Hymns for Proper 19 (OT 24), Year A - Revised Common Lectionary (16th Sunday after Pentecost, 17 Sept 2023)

A selection of hymns and song suggestions, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the Sunday of Proper 19 , 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 such 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 relevant.

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: Exodus 14:19-31 - The Lord drives back the Red Sea and Moses leads the Israelites through it on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left.  The Egyptians pursued, and the Lord fought against them ... So the people [..] believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.

Genesis 50:15-21 - After their father's death, Joseph's brothers begged him for forgiveness, saying "We are here as your slaves."  Joseph replied ... have no fear; I myself will provide for you and your little ones." 

Second: Romans 14: 1-12 - The life and death of each of us has influence on others ... dead or alive we belong to the Lord.

Gospel: Matthew  18: 21-35  - Jesus tells Peter that he must forgive seventy times seven, and recounts the parable of the servant whose debts were forgiven, but who then did not forgive the debts that were owed to him.


Mercy and compassion.   Forgiveness.  God's forgiveness of us, our need to forgive  and make peace.

Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

The Act of Consecration (Let him to whom we now belong) - Wesley
All Praise to our Redeeming Lord - Wesley
Bear Ye One Another's Burdens (Thou God of truth and love) - Wesley
Brotherly Love (Jesus, Lord, We Look to Thee ) - Wesley

Christ from Whom all Blessings Flow - Wesley
Come, let us Use the Grace Divine - Wesley
Come Out the Wilderness - unknown
Come, ye Faithful, Raise the Strain -  Neale

He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought - Gilmore

I Lay My Sins on Jesus - Bonar
In Thee Is Gladness - Winkworth

Jesus Lives: Thy Terrors Now - Cox
Jesus, United by Thy Grace - Wesley
Lord, I Want to Be a Christian - traditional
Love-Feast (Come, and let us sweetly join) - Wesley
Love's redeeming work is done - Wesley

Maker in Whom we Live - Wesley
My Soul, Now Praise Your Maker - Winkworth

O Breath of Life, come Sweeping Through Us  - Head
O God of Bethel - Doddridge
O How I Love Jesus (There Is a Name I Love to Hear) - Whitfield/anon
O Mary, Don’t You Weep, Don’t You Mourn - unknown
On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand - Stennett

Son of God, Eternal Savior - Lowry

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy
Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow - Baring-Gould

Hymns which may still be copyright

 A King Once Told His Servants - Gillette (ref)

Deep in the Shadows of the Past - Wren

Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive - Herklots

Freely Freely - Owens

God, How Can We Forgive - Duck

Help us Accept Each Other - Kaan
Here on the Threshold of a new Beginning - Dudley-Smith

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