Hymns for Proper 6 (11), Year A - Revised Common Lectionary (3rd Sunday after Pentecost, 18 June 2023)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for Proper 6, 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 which are, or may be, still copyright are also included where they are a particularly good for for the theme(s).

Suggestions about other free-to-use hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a message in the Comments box near the bottom of the page.


Genesis 18:1-15, (21:1-7)   The Lord visits Abraham and Sarah:  a feast is prepared and shared.  The visitor says that Sarah will have a son:  she laughs in disbelief, because of her age.  But the Lord made it possible:  she conceived and bore Isaac when Abraham was 100 years old. ...  Sarah said, "God has brought laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me."
Exodus 19:2-8a - The Israelites camped in the wilderness facing the mountain.  Moses went up to God, and God said "If you obey my voice and keep my covenant, you of all the nations shall be my very own, for all the earth is mine".

Psalm 99 - We are his people the sheep of his flock / Cry out with joy to the Lord all the earth / How that he, the Lord is God / Indeed how good is the Lord.

Second: Romans 5:1-8  - What proves that God loves us is that Christ died for us while we were still sinners.

Gospel: Matthew 9:36 - 10:8 - Jesus sends the apostles out to the lost sheep of the House of Israel, to proclaim that the kingdom of heaven is close at hand, and to cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers and cast out devils.


The Kingdom is close at hand.   The apostles as servants of God's people.    God's covenant.   The people of God.    Christ as mediator of the kingdom.   Spreading the Good News.  The faith of Abraham.

Free-use hymns

All My Hope is Firmly Grounded - Neander / Jacobi

Being of Beings, God of Love - Wesley

Come, let us sing of a Wonderful Love - Walmsley

Come Sinners to the Gospel Feast - Wesley

Come, ye Thankful People, Come - Alford

Draw Near and Take the Body of the Lord - Neale

Father, in Whom we Live - Wesley

Food to Pilgrims Given - Riley

Give Me the Faith Which Can Remove - Wesley

God of Bethel by Whose Hand - Doddridge

God Will Take Care of You - Martin

Hail, thou once-despised Jesus! - Bakewell

Here I am Send Me (Hark, the Voice of Jesus Calling - March)

I Love to Tell the Story Hankey / Fischer

Longing to be Established in Love (My God! I know, I feel thee mine ) - Wesley

May the mind of Christ my Saviour - Wilkinson

My God how Wonderful Thou Art -  Faber 

New every Morning is the Love - Keble

O Breath of Life - Head

O Love Divine how Sweet Thou Art! - Wesley

Only Trust Him - Stockton

Our Father, By Whose Name - Tucker

Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior - Crosby

Rise Up, O People of God - Merrill

Son of God, eternal Saviour - Lowry

Spread, O Spread, Almighty Word - Winkworth

Standing on the Promises of God - Carter

The God of Abraham Praise - Olivier

The Lord our Righteousness (Jesus, thy blood and righteousness) - Wesley

Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life - North

Ye Servants of God, your Master Proclaim - Wesley

Hymns that may be copyright

God of Justice Saviour to all - Hughes

Hear the call of the kingdom - Getty / Townend

Lord, You Give the Great Commission -  Rowthorn

We Are All One in Mission - Edwards

We have a Gospel to Proclaim - Burns

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