Hymns for the 6th Sunday of Easter, Year A - Revised Common Lectionary (14 May 2023)

A selection of  hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the 6th 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 hymns that are still subject to copyright may be included, where they are particularly appropriate.


First: Acts 17:22-31 The God who made the world and everything in it .. does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands ...From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live,  ... For 'In him we live and move and have our being'; .   God ... now he commands all people everywhere to repent.

Psalm: 66    Bless our God O peoples .

Second: I Peter 3:13-22 - Reverence Christ in your hearts .. have your answer ready for those who ask you the reason for your hope ... Christ himself has died for sins - in the body he was put to death, in the spirit he was raised to life.

Gospel: John 14:15-21 - I shall ask the Father and he will give you another Advocate ... that spirit of Truth. ... anybody who receives my commandments and keeps them will be one who loves me:  and anybody who loves me will be loved by my Father.


Receiving the Spirit - strengthening for the Christian life.  Truth.   The spirit as the source of the message we proclaim.   Looking forward to Pentecost - coming of another advocate.

Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

Be Still, My Soul

Beloved let us Love: Love is of God - Bonar

Blessed Quietness - Ferguson
Christ is the world's Redeemer - MacGregor

Come, Thou Holy Spirit, Come - Caswall

Give me the Faith which can Remove - Wesley

He Keeps Me Singing (There’s Within My Heart a Melody) - Bridgers

Holy Spirit Truth Divine - Longfellow

I Love to Tell the Story - Hankey and Fischer 

In the Quiet Consecration - Coote

Jesus, lover of my soul - Wesley

Jesus, Thine All-Victorious Love - Wesley

Jesus Where'er thy People Meet - Cowper

Lord of Beauty Thine the Splendor - Alington

Lord Speak to Us That We May Speak - Havergal

May We Thy Precepts Lord Fulfill - Osler

O For a Heart to Praise My God - Wesley

O Lord of Heaven and Earth and Sea - Wordsworth

O Love Divine what hast Thou Done - Wesley

O Love, how Deep, how Broad, how High Webb

Of the Glory of God in the Starry Heavens (The spacious firmament on high) - Addison

Once, Only Once, and Once for All - Bright

Our Blest Redeemer - Auger

Son of God, Eternal Savior - Lowry

There is a Green Hill far Away - Alexander

Thou Hidden Source of Calm Repose - Wesley

Through all the Changing Scenes of Life - unknown, pre 1696
We give Immortal Praise - Watts

Hymns which may still be copyright

Deep in the Shadows of the Past - Wren

Lord of the Boundless Curves of Space - Bayley

Healer of Our Every Ill

Let there be Love

Now Praise the Hidden God of Love - Green

Spirit of the Living God

The Church of Christ, in Every Age - Green

Unless a Grain of Wheat Shall Fall - Farrell

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