Hymns for Proper 12 (17), Year A - Revised Common Lectionary (9th Sunday after Pentecost, 30 July 2023)

A selection of free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) hymns and song suggestions, based on themes from the Revised Common Lectionary for the Sunday of Proper 12 in Year A.

Most are free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) so 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 may stil be copyright are included if they are a particularly apt.

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


First:  Genesis 29:15-28 - Jacob's love for Rachel, and marriage to her sister Leah after working seven years for Laban.
OR   I Kings 3:5-12 - The Lord appears to Solomon in a dream - Solomon asks for wisdom and a heart to understand discerning between good and evil.   It pleased the Lord that Solomon asked for this, not for riches for himself

Psalm 118 - Lord how I love your law / My part I have resolved O Lord / Let your love be ready to console me / This is why I love your commands / Your will is wonderful indeed.

Second: Romans 8 26-39 -  God co-operates with all those who love him ... they are the ones who he intended to become true images of his Son.

Gospel: Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52 - The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed ... like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened ... The parable of the treasure in the field ... the one who finds it sells everything he owns and buys the field. The parable of the pearl merchant ... parable of the dragnet cast into the sea - this is how it will be at the end of time, the angels will separate the good from the wicked. - Jesus uses all these parables to show what the kingdom of Heaven is like.


Wisdom.   Discernment - good judgement.    Seeking God, who is the treasure we have found.

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

Free-use hymns

All for Jesus - James
Children of the Heavenly Father - Olson

Draw Me Nearer (I am Thine O Lord) - Crosby

Food to Pilgrims Given - Riley
Forward Through the Ages - Hosmer
Give Me the Faith Which Can Remove - Wesley
God in Heaven Hath a Treasure - Bevan
God is Love let Heaven Adore Him - Rees
God Will Take Care of You - Martin

Happy are They who Find the Grace - Wesley

I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord - Dwight
In Thee is Gladness - Winkworth

Jesus Lives,  Thy Terrors Now - Cox
Jesus, Priceless Treasure - Winkworth
Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

Let him to Whom we now Belong - Wesley
Lord, Teach us how to Pray Aright - Montgomery
Lord thy Word Abideth - Baker

Not So in Haste, My Heart - Torrey

O for a Heart to Praise my God - Wesley
O Jesus, King most wonderful - Caswall
O Lord of Heaven and Earth and Sea -  Wordsworth
O Love Divine, What Hast Thou Done - Wesley
O Perfect Love, all human thought transcending - Gurney
O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus - Francis
One Thing’s Needful; Lord, This Treasure - Cox

Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above - Wesley
Praise to the Father - Hopkins

Rejoice, ye Pure in Heart - Plumptre
Revive Us Again (We praise thee O God) - MacKay 

Soldiers of Christ, Arise - Wesley
Sweet Hour of Prayer -Walford

Teach Me to Pray - Reitz
The Lord our Righteousness (Jesus, thy blood and righteousness) - Wesley

This Is My Father’s World - Babcock
Through the love of God our Saviour - Peters
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
What Shall we Offer our Good Lord - Wesley
Where He Leads Me I Will Follow - Blandly


Hymns which may still be copyright

Faith as Small as a Mustard Seed - Horley 

God of Grace and God of Glory - Fosdick

Pass It On (It Only Takes a Spark) - Kaiser

The Kingdom of God Is Like a Grain of Mustard Seed - Grindal

When Jesus Came Preaching the Kingdom of God - Pratt-Green

Where Your Treasure is - Haugen

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