Hymns for Proper 18 (OT 23), Year A - Revised Common Lectionary (15th Sunday after Pentecost, 10 Sept 2023)

Hymn and song suggestions based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the Sunday of Proper 18 (Ordinary Time 23) in Year A.

Most are free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) meaning 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 number of hymns that may still be copyright are also included, if they are particularly appropirate.


Exodus 12:1-14 - The Lord tells Moses and Aaron how to celebrate the Passover - because the Lord will pass through the land of Egypt and strike down every firstborn in the land, except where he sees the blood as a sign.  And future generations will celebrate this way as a festival to the LORD; 
OR    Ezekiel 33: 7-11 - The prophet explains that God will hold him responsible for failing to pass on information from God.

Psalm 94 - O that today you would listen to his voice, harden not your heart / Come ring out our joy to the Lord / Come in and let us bow and bend low.

Second: Romans 13 8-14 - All the commandments are summed up in a single command:  You must love your neighbour as yourself - love is the answer to every one of the commandments.

Gospel: Matthew 18: 15-20  - Jesus outlines a process for resolving conflicts in the community - approaching the offender first and then the elders - "Where two or three meet in my name, I am there."


Christ's on-going presence in the world.    Relationships.  Reconciliation.    Love.   Being faithful to God's word.

Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

A Charge to Keep I Have - Wesley

Being of Beings God of Love - Wesley
Blest Be the Dear Uniting Love - Wesley
Blest be the Tie that Binds

Christ is Made the Sure Foundation
Christ the Lord is risen again - Winkworth

Day of Judgment Day of Wonders - Newton
Draw us in the Spirit's Tether

Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost - Wordsworth
Great Shepherd of thy people, hear - Newton
Hail, thou once-despised Jesus - Bakewell
He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought - Gilmore
Here, O My Lord, I See Thee - Bonar

Jesus, Lord of All Creation - Wesley
Jesus We Look to Thee - Wesley
Jesus, Where'er Thy People Meet - Cowper

Lead Me, Lord (lead me in Thy righteousness) - from Psalm 5:8, author unknownLord of Glory, You Have Bought Us - Alderson

O God, My Faithful God - Winkworth
O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee - Gladden
Soldiers of Christ Arise - Wesley
You Servants of the Lord - Doddridge

Wake O Wake With Tidings Thrilling - Burkitt
We Gather Together to Ask the Lord’s Blessing - Baker

Hymns which may still be copyright

Christ, You Teach Us of Your Kingdom - Gillette (ref)

Forgive our sins as we forgive - Herklots

God, how can we forgive - Duck

God when Human Bonds are Broken - Kaan

I Come with Joy to Meet My Lord - Wren

Jesus Stand Among Us - Kendrick

Lead On, O Cloud of Presence - Duck

Where Two or Three - Kendrick

Why Is This Night Different - Gillette (ref)

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