Hymns for Proper 20 (OT 25), Year A - Revised Common Lectionary (17th Sunday after Pentecost, 24 Sept 2023)

Hymn and song suggestions, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the Sunday of Proper 20, 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 are still copyright may also be included, if they are particularly relevant.


Exodus 16:2-15
The Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron, saying they had brought the people into the wilderness to kill them with hunger.   But the Lord promised to rain bread from heaven - and he did, when the dew lifted there was a fine flaky substance on the ground - manna from heaven.

Jonah 3:10-4:11
God changed his mind about punishing Nineveh, which angered the prophet Jonah  God tried to show his reasoning, but Jonah did not understand.

Second: Philippians 1:21-30  - Life to me is Christ - avoid anything in your everyday lives that would be unworthy of the gospel of Christ.

Gospel: Matthew 20: 1-16 - Parable of the vineyard workers - the last shall be first and the first shall be last.


God's love for us.   Generosity.   God's ways vs human ways.

In the northern hemisphere, harvest festival is around this time, and hymn suggestions from many sources are based on God's generosity from the earth.   This theme is not universal, so it has not been included in the list below.  You may want to consider the Harvest Festival hymn suggestions if it gratitude for the harvest is celebrated in your country at this time.

Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

All my Hope on God is Founded
And Are We Yet Alive - Wesley
Author of Faith, Eternal Word - Wesley

Being of Beings, God of Love - Wesley

Come, Sinners, to the Gospel Feast - Wesley

Depth of Mercy! Can There Be - Wesley

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

For all Thy Saints, O Lord - Mant
For Me to Live is Jesus - Winkworth
Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go

God Will Take Care of You - Martin
Great is thy Faithfulness

Hark, the Voice of Jesus Calling - March
He’s got the Whole World in his Hands - unknown, pre 1927
Holy Fortitude (Am I a Soldier of the Cross) - Watts

If Thou but Suffer God to Guide Thee - Winkworth
In Thee Is Gladness - Winkworth
It is Well with my Soul

Jesus Lives: thy Terrors Now - Cox
Jesus, Lord, we Look to Thee - Wesley
Jesus, Lover of My Soul - Wesley

Living for Jesus - Chisholm
Lord Enthroned in Heavenly Splendour - Bourne
Lord Speak to me that I may Speak - Havergal

May the Mind of Christ my Saviour - Wilkinson
More Love to Thee, O Christ - Prentiss

O Food to Pilgrims Given - Riley
O God of Bethel - Doddridge
O God Unseen yet Ever Near - Osler
O Jesus, I Have Promised

Stand Up and Bless the Lord - Montgomery
Strengthen for Service, Lord, the Hands - Dearmer

The Lord is King! Lift up thy Voice - Conder
Through all the Changing Scenes of Life - from Tate and Brady's New Version, 1696
Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow - Baring-Gould

When my Love for Christ Grows Weak - Wreford

Ye Servants of the Lord - Doddridge

Hymns which may still be copyright

All Who Hunger - Dunstan
All Who Love and Serve Your City - Routley

Behold a Broken World - Dudley-Smith

For me to Live is Christ to Die is Gain - unknown

Lead On, O Cloud of Presence - Duck
Lord for the Years - Dudley-Smith
Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service - Bayly

The Servant King - Kendrick

Together We Serve - Damon

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