Hymns for Proper 13 (18), Year A - Revised Common Lectionary (10th Sunday after Pentecost, 6 August 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 18 in Year A.

"Free-to-use" means 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 copyright may also be included, if they 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.


First: Genesis 32:22-31 - Jacob wrestled with a man, who put Jacob's hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him.  Jacob asked for the man's name and his blessing the reply was "You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed."  He called the place Peniel, saying, "For I have seen God face to face...."
OR  Isaiah 55:1-5 - O come to the water you who are thirsty ... come and eat

Psalm 144 - You open wide your hand O Lord / The Lord is kind and full of compassion / The eyes of all creatures look to you / The Lord is just in all his ways.

Second: Romans 9:1-5 - Paul laments that the Israelites are cut off from God even though ... to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises;
... the patriarchs, and from them ...comes the Messiah"

Gospel: Matthew  13:13-21 - The miracle of the loaves and fishes.


God as source of all that is good - God who feeds us.

Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

All My Hope Is Firmly Grounded - Neander

Break Thou/Now the Bread of Life -  Lathbury

Children of the Heavenly Father - Olson
Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Sky - Wesley
Christ, from Whom All Blessings Flow - Wesley
Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown Wesley

Give to the Winds Thy Fears - Wesley
 God Be with You till We Meet Again - Rankin

Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face - Bonar
Holy Spirit, Truth Divine - Longfellow

I’ll Praise My Maker While I’ve Breath - Watts
If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee - Winkworth

Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun - Watts
Just As I Am Without One Plea

Lord Jesus Christ, We Humbly Pray - Jacobs

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

O Food to Pilgrims Given - Riley from Aquinas
O God Unseen yet Ever Near - Osler
O Living Bread from Heaven - Winkworth
O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go - Matheson
Of the Father’s Love Begotten - Neale

Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior - Crosby

Standing on the Promises of Christ My King - Carter
Sweet Hour of Prayer - Walford

Tell Me the Stories of Jesus -Parker 
The Church's One Foundation
The God of Abraham Praise  - Olivers
Thee We Adore, O Hidden Savior - Woodford

Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life - North

Suggested hymns which may still be copyright

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