Hymns for the 4th Sunday of Easter, Year A - Revised Common Lectionary (30 April 2023)

Hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the 4th Sunday of Easter, Year A.

Most are free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free), so the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing. Many such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.

A small selection of hymns which are still copyright may also be included, if they are particularly relevant.


First: Acts 2:42-47  - The early church:  devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers  ... many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles.  All who believed were together and had all things in common ... they broke bread at home and ate ... with glad and generous hearts ... The Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

Psalm: 23 - The Lord is my shepherd / he guides me along the right path / You have prepared a banquet for me / Surely goodness and kindness.

Second: I Peter 2:19-25 - Merit in the sight of God is bearing punishment patiently ... now you have have come back to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

Gospel: John 10: 1-10 - Jesus said "I am the gate of the sheepfold, anyone who enters through me will be safe .. I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full.


Jesus, the Good Shepherd and path to salvation.   Faith.    Repentance.  

Free-use artwork

See lectionary art for this Sunday for suggested pictures and art-works based on today's readings.

Free-use hymns

Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed - Watts

All Praise to Our Redeeming Lord - Wesley

Am I a Soldier of the Cross - Watts

Blest Be the Tie That Binds - Fawcett

Christ the Lord is Risen Today; Alleluia - Wesley

Come and let us Sweetly Join - Wesley

Faithful Shepherd, Feed Me - Pollock 

Give me the Faith which can Remove - Wesley

God Leads us Along (In shady green pastures so rich and so sweet) - Young

Great Shepherd of thy People Hear - Newton

Happy are they they that Love God - Bridges

I owe my Lord a Morning Song - Herr

Lord Jesus Christ, Life-Giving Bread - Russell, from von Rist 

Jesus, Lord, We Look to Thee - Wesley

Jesus Paid It All - Hall
Jesus, United by Thy Grace - Wesley

Jesus Where'er thy People Meet -  Cowper

My God, I love thee; not Because

My Shepherd will Supply my Need - Watts

O Christ our Hope our Heart's Desire - Chandler

O Happy Day When We Shall Stand - Rygh

O Love Divine, what hast thou Done - Wesley

O Thou, in Whose Presence My Soul Takes Delight - Swain

Saviour Like a Shepherd Lead Us - Thrupp

The Head that Once was Crowned with Thorns - Kelly

The Living God my Shepherd Is (copyright expired in the UK, possibly not in the US)

There is a Green Hill far Away - Alexander

What shall I do my God to love, my Saviour

Hymns which may still be copyright

Gentle Shepherd (Come and lead us) - Bill and Gloria Gaither

God is Here As we his People  - Green (esp verse 3)

God the Spirit, Guide and Guardian - Daw

Good Shepherd, We Are Not Alone - Gilette (ref)

Have No Fear, Little Flock - Zimmermann and Jillson

He came to Earth not to be Served - Pantry

How Like a Gentle Spirit - Lincoln

In the Arms of the Shepherd - Wreckler Barr

In the Name of Christ we Gather - Murray

Jesus, Shepherd of Our Souls - Kaan

The Church is wherever God's people are praising - Ikeler

The Lord's my Shepherd - Townend

Where can we find you, Lord Jesus our Master? (esp verse 4 ) - Dickinson

You, Lord, Are Both Lamb and Shepherd - Dunstan

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