Hymns for Proper 7 (12), Year A - Revised Common Lectionary (4th Sunday after Pentecost, 25 June 2023)

A selection of  hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for Proper 7 (Ordinary time 12) in Year A.

Most are free-to-use, meaning the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing - sometimes in a limited setting.   Many of these hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles and genres are included.  A small selection of hymns that are still subject to copyright may also be included, if they are particularly relevant.

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 21:8-21 - As Isaac grew, Sarah was jealous of the son of Abraham and Hagar the Egyptian slave:  She asks Abraham to cast them out.  This distressed Abraham, but God reassured him, and he sent Hagar out to the wilderness.  When she ran out of water, she wept.  God responded to her distress and provided a well, saying "Do not be afraid; for God has heard the voice of the boy".  God was with them as the boy grew in the wilderness and became an expert with the bow.
OR   Jeremiah 20:3-17 - The prophet is disparaged from every side, but knows that God is near ... praise the Lord for he has delivered the soul of the needy from the hands of evil ones.

Psalm: 68 - In your great love answer me O God / It is for you that I suffer taunts / This is my prayer to you / The poor when they see it will be glad.

Second: Romans 6:1b-11 - ... consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Gospel:  Matt 10: 24-39 - Do not be afraid ... you are worth more than a hundred sparrows .. if anyone declares himself for me in the presence of men, I will declare myself for him in heaven.


The God of Abraham is at our side, no matter what we face.   Courage in the face of difficulty.   God's immense care for us.

Free-use hymns and songs

And Are We Yet Alive - Wesley

Blessed Quietness - Ferguson

Built on a Rock the Church Shall Stand - Døving

Children of the Heavenly Father - Olson, from Sandell

Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain - Neale

Conquerors Through the Blood / More than Conquerors - Morris

Give to the Winds Thy Fears - Wesley

God is Gove: let Heaven Adore Him - Rees

Guide My Feet - unknown

Hear My Cry - unknown

His Eye Is on the Sparrow

Holy Fortitude (Am I a Soldier of the Cross) - Watts
How Firm a Foundation - unknown

I Surrender All

I'm Gonna Live So God Can Use Me  - unknown 

I'm not Ashamed to Own my Lord - Watts

I'm So Glad Jesus Lifted Me - Unknown


Jesus Calls Us o’er the Tumult - Alexander

Lead, Kindly Light

Let us Ever Walk with Jesus - Rimbach

Like a River Glorious - Havergal

Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone - Shepherd

My Life Flows On

Never Alone (I've see the lightening flashing) - unknown

O God of Mercy, God of Light - Thring

O God our Help in Ages Past

O Happy Day - Doddridge

Oh, I Know the Lord's Laid His Hands on Me  - Unknown

O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee - Gladden 

Precious Lord Take my Hand

Rescue the Perishing - Crosby

Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above - Cox

The Day of Resurrection - Neale

The God of Abraham Praise - Oliviers

This Little Light of Mine - unknown

Thy Words to me are Life and Health - Martin

Where He Leads Me - Blandly

When My Love to God Grows Weak - Wreford

Hymns and songs which may still be copyright

Be Not Afraid (You shall cross the barren desert) - Dufford

By Gracious Powers so Wonderfully Sheltered - Pratt-Green

Do not Fear to Hope - Cooney

God is my Great Desire - Dudley-Smith

God Is Our Fortress and Our Rock - Perry

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