Hymns for Proper 16 (OT 21), Year A - Revised Common Lectionary (13th Sunday after Pentecost, 27 August 2023)

Hymn and song suggestions, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the Sunday of Proper 16 in Year A.

Many 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 - 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 which are still copyright may also be included if they are particularly appropriate.

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


Exodus 1:8-2:10 - Massacre of the infants - Moses in the bulrushes
OR   Isaiah 51:1-6 - Listen to me ... Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you .... For the LORD will comfort Zion; ...Listen to me, my people, and give heed to me, my nation; for a teaching will go out from me, and my justice for a light to the peoples.

Second: Romans 12:1-8 - Present your bodies as a living sacrifice ...Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds ...For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function ... We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy .. ministry, teacher, exhorter, .. giver .. leader,

Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20 - Jesus asked the disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” and then “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, ..." Jesus blesses him, and declares him to be ... Peter, and on this rock I will build my church ...


Recognising God.   The church built on rock.  Kingdom.  Trust.  Mission.

Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God - Hedge (from Luther)
Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed - Watts
Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I Go - Wesley
Forward Through the Ages - Hosmer

Give to the Winds Thy Fears - Wesley
Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken

Help us to Help Each Other Lord - Wesley
Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee - Caswall

O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright - Benson
O Thou who Camest from Above - Wesley

The Son of God Goes Forth to War - Heber

When I survey the Wondrous Cross

Hymns which may still be copyright

A Mother Lined a Basket - Keithahn 

God is Love and Where True Love is God himself is There - Quinn
God is our Fortress and our Rock - Perry
God of Many Names - Wren

He Is Lord, He Is Lord!

I Call to You my Rock - Leckebusch
I'm Gonna Live So God Can Use Me - traditional

Jesus Asked One Day - Gillette (ref)

Living for Jesus - Chisholm
Many Gifts, One Spirit (God of change and glory) - Carmines

One is the Body and One is the Head - Bell

Peter the Rock - Living Waters (video)

Walk with Me  - Rice
Well Jesus is the Rock - Treagus

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