Hymns for Proper 10 (15), Year A - Revised Common Lectionary (7th Sunday after Pentecost, 16 July 2023)

Hymn and song suggestions, based on themes from the Revised Common Lectionary for the Sunday of Proper 10, 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 - 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 works which are still copyright may also be provided, if these are particularly appropriate.

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 25:19-34
Isaac married Rebekah, who became pregnant with twins.   It was difficult and the LORD said to her, "Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples born of you shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the elder shall serve the younger." ... Esau sold his birthright to Jacob.
OR Isaiah 55: 10-11 - As the rain waters the earth making it yield seed and bread, so the word that goes from my mouth does not return to me empty.

Psalm 119:105-112 - Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Second: Romans 8: 1-11 - ...For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death .... For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.

Gospel: Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23 - The parable of the sower .. for anyone who has will be given more ... happy are your ears because they hear ... the one who received the Word in rich soil understands - he is the one who yields a harvest and produces a hundredfold.


Christ, the sower of God's word in the world.  The first-fruits of the Spirit.  Hearing God's word and responding.

Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

All Good Gifts (We plough the fields and scatter)

Almighty Father, bless the Word - unknown

Almighty God, Thy Word is Cast - Cawood

Blessedness of Gospel Times (How beauteous are their feet) - Watts

Come, Ye Thankful People, Come - Alford

Father of Heaven Whose Love Profound - Cooper

Give Me the Faith Which Can Remove - Wesley

Give to our God Immortal Praise - Watts

Holy is the Seed-Time when the Buried Grain - Headlam

Holy Spirit, Truth Divine - Longfellow

I Know Not Why God's Wondrous Grace (I know Whom I Have Believed) - Whittle

In Tenderness He Sought Me - Walton

Jesus Calls Us o’er the Tumult - Alexander

Jesus Stand Among Us

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms - Hoffman

Lord Dismiss us with your blessing

"Man of Sorrows," What a Name (Hallelujah! what a Saviour) - Bliss

Master Speak Thy Servant Heareth - Havergal

O Word of God Incarnate - How

On What Has Now Been Sown - Newton

Open My Eyes, That I May See - Scott

Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty - Winkworth

O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing - Wesley

O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go - Matheson

Seeking the Lost - Ogden

Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above - Cox

Sing to the Lord of Harvest - Monsell

Speak O Lord Thy Servant Heareth - Rygh

Spread O Spread Thou Mighty Word - Winkworth

Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart - Croly

Teach me, my God and King - Herbert

This Is My Father’s World - Babcock

To Bless the Earth God Sendeth

Under His Wings   - Cushing

What Shall we Offer our Good Lord - John Wesley

Wonderful Words of Life - Bliss

Ye Servants of God your Master Proclaim - Wesley

Yield Not To Temptation - Palmer

Your Word O Lord is Gentle Dew - Winkworth

Your Words to Me - Martin

Hymns which may still be copyright

Christ Taught Us of a Farmer - Gillette (ref)

Father we Thank Thee who hast Planted - Tucker

Preach You the Word and Plant it Home - Franzmann

Thy Word Is a Lamp Unto My Feet - Smith / Grant

When Seed Falls on Good Soil - Olsen

When the Seeds of Love Are Sown - Garland

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