Hymns for Proper 17 (OT 22), Year A - Revised Common Lectionary (14th Sunday after Pentecost, 3 September 2023)

Hymn and song suggestions, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the Sunday of Proper 17 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 - 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 may still be copyright are also included, if these are particularly relevant.

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


Exodus 3:1-15:   Moses led the flock to Horeb, the mountain of God, where the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a burning bush - God says "You are standing on holy ground .. I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham ..." - and then sends him to Pharaoh to bring  the Israelites, out of Egypt.  Moses asks God what name to use - God replies "I AM .." 

Jeremiah 15:15-21
The prophet says ... your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart; for I am called by your name, and asks why his pain is unceasing.  The lord says "If you turn back, I will take you back" and "I am with you to save you and deliver you"

Second: Romans 12: 9-21 - Paul's manifesto for living as a Christian:  Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; Love one another ... Rejoice in hope ... Bless those who persecute you ... Live in harmony with one another ...Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Gospel: Matthew  16: 21-28  - Jesus begins showing disciples that he suffer, be killed, and on the third day be raised. Peter rebukes him, but Jesus identifies this response as .. "setting your mind not on divine things but on human things. ” “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.


The great I AM:   Discerning and doing God's will.  Struggle.   The Cross.  Sacrifice.

Free-use hymns

All Praise to Our Redeeming Lord - Wesley
Angel Voices Ever Singing - Pott

Beneath the Cross of Jesus - Clephane
Blest Be the Tie That Binds

Come, ye Faithful, Raise the Strain - Neale

Go out into the World in Peace - unknown, 1928 (ref)
God Reveals his Presence - Fos­ter / Mill­er
God’s Word is Our Great Heritage - Belsheim
Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost - Wordsworth 

Help us to Help each Other, Lord - Wesley
Holy Spirit Truth Divine - Longfellow

In the Cross of Christ I Glory - Bowring 

Jesus, Lead Thou On  / Jesus, Still Lead On - Borthwick
Jesus, Lord, We Look to Thee - Wesley
Jesus Where'er Thy People Meet - Cowper 

Lord, Speak to Me, That I May Speak - Havergal 

May the mind of Christ my Saviour - Wilkinson

New every morning is the love - Keble 

Praise to the Holiest in the Heights
Praise to the Living God - Mann / Gannett

Rule of Life (Do all the good you can) - Wesley

Take up Thy Cross
The God of Abraham Praise - Olivers
The Head that Once was Crowned with Thorns - Kelly
Through all the Changing Scenes of Life - from Tate and Brady's New Version, 1696, 1698
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Hymns which may still be copyright

A Voice Was Heard in Ramah - Gillette (ref)

Go Forth for God - Peacey

In the Desert, on God's Mountain - Cherwien

Moses I Know you're the Man

Once Again (Jesus Christ, I think upon your sacrifice) - Redman
Our God, You Called to Moses - Gillette (ref)

Show me the Way of the Cross Once Again - Redman

Wherever He Leads, I'll Go - McKinney
Would I have Answered when you Called - Stuempfle

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