Hymns for Proper 15 (20), Year A - Revised Common Lectionary (12th Sunday after Pentecost, 20 August 2023)

A selection of free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) hymn and song suggestions, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the Sunday of Proper 15 (20th Ordinary Time) 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.

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


Genesis 45:1-15 - Joseph made himself known to his brothers:  They were dismayed at his presence.  He told them not be be distressed, because it was actually God who sent him to Egypt before them, to prepare for the time of famine, so that they dynasty would survive.   He sent them to fetch his father and asked them to in the land of Goshen near to him.   
OR   Isaiah 56: 1, 6-8 - Have a care for justice, act with integrity ... Foreigners .. I will bring to my holy mountain ... for my house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples..

Psalm 66 - Let all the peoples praise you O God / O God be gracious and bless us / Lets the nations be glad and exult / Let the peoples praise you O God.

Second: Romans 11: 1-2a, 29-32 - Paul identifies himself as an apostle to the Gentiles, and makes it clear that all can receive God's mercy

Gospel: Matthew  15:(10-20), 21-28  - The Canaanite woman asks Jesus for healing for her daughter who is tormented by a demon.” The disciples urged him to send her away, and he initially refuses to help. But she persists, saying that even the dogs get crumbs from the master's table. He sees the greatness of her faith and the daughter is healed.


Unity.   God's love for all people of every country and race.   Persistence.   Faithfulness.

Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

A Tender Conscience (I Want a Principle Within) - Wesley
All Praise to Our Redeeming Lord - Wesley
And are we Yet Alive - Wesley

Blest Be the Tie that Binds - Fawcett
Brotherly Love (Jesus, Lord, we look to thee) - Wesley

Come, Let Us Use the Grace Divine - Wesley
Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life - Herbert
Come, Ye Disconsolate, Where’er Ye Languish - Moore / Hastings

Dear Lord, for All in Pain - Carmichael
Depth of Mercy - Wesley

Father Whose Everlasting Love - Wesley
Forgive Us, Lord - Hastings

God Will Take Care of You (Nunca desmayes) - Martin
God, whose almighty word - Marriott
Great is our Redeeming Lord - Wesley

Happy are they, they that Love God - Bridges
He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought - Gilmore

I Love to Tell the Story - Hankey / Fischer
I'm So Glad Jesus Lifted Me - traditional
In Christ there is no East or West

Jesus, United by Thy Grace  - Wesley

Let Us Plead for Faith Alone - Wesley
Lord, I Want to Be a Christian - traditional
My God, your Table here is Spread - Doddridge
My Heart is Full of Christ - Wesley

O For a Heart to Praise My God - Wesley
O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing - Wesley
O God of Bethel, by whose hand - Doddridge
O Holy Spirit, Lord of grace - Chandler
O I Know the Lord's Laid His Hands on Me - traditional

Son of God, eternal Saviour - Lowry
Spread, O Spread, Almighty Word - Winkworth
Standing on the Promises of Christ My King - Carter

We Walk by Faith
We've a Story to Tell to the Nations - Nichol 

Hymns which may still be copyright

A Place at the Table - Murray 

All are Welcome - Haugen

God, How Can We Forgive - Duck

Goodness Is Stronger than Evil - Tutu

Help Us Accept Each Other - Kaan

How Wide the Love of Christ - Stuempfle 

Let there be Love Shared Among Us

O Lord, Hear My Prayer - Communaute de Taizé

She Came to Jesus - Gillette (ref)

We Cannot Measure How You Heal - Bell

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