Hymns for the 5th Sunday of Easter, Year A - Revised Common Lectionary (7 May 2023)

A selection of  hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the 5th Sunday of Easter, Year A.

Most are free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) meaning 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 particularly suitable hymns which are still copyright may also be included.


First: Acts 7:55-60  - Stephen sees a vision of the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.  He is dragged him out of the city, and while being stoned he pray, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit" and "Lord, do not hold this sin against them."

Psalm: 32 -  In you, O Lord, I seek refuge

Second: I Peter 2: 2-10 - The stone the builders rejected has proven to be the cornerstone .. you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation ... God called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Gospel: John 14: 1-14 - Jesus said "I am going now to prepare a place for you ... I am the Way, the Truth and the Life ... whoever believes in me will perform the same works as I do myself ... because I am going to the Father.


Our royal priesthood - Jesus the Way, the Truth, the Life.    Faithfulness.   Service

Free-use hymns

A Charge to Keep I Have - Wesley

Abide with Me

Christ for the World We Sing - Wolcott

Christ is our Cornerstone - Chandler

Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life

Give Me Jesus - unknown

Hail, thou once-despised Jesus - Bakewell / Toplady

Hark my Soul it is the Lord - Cowper

I am not Skilled to Understand - Greenwell

I’ll Praise My Maker While I’ve Breath - Wesley

Jesus, Joy of Our Desiring

Jesus Lives - Cox

Jesus Loves Me: this I Know - Warner

Jesus, Lover of My Soul - Wesley

Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me - Wesley

Lord Teach us how to Pray Aright - Montgomery

My Jesus I Love Thee - Featherston

O God of Bethel by Whose Hand - Doddridge

O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go - Matheson

Prayer is the Soul's Sincere Desire - Montgomery

Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart - Plumptre

Thine for ever God of Love - Maude

Thou art the Way To Thee Alone

Victory in Jesus - Bartlett

We Pray Thee Heavenly Father - Coles

Hymns which may still be copyright

Come to us Creative Spirit - Mowbray

Jesus the Lord said: 'I am the Bread' - Monahan

Make Songs of Joy to Christ Our Head - Tranovský - translated by Vajda

Not far Beyond the Sea - Caird

When Jesus taught by Galilee - Dudley-Smith

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