Hymns for Proper 21 (OT 26), Year A - Revised Common Lectionary (18th Sunday after Pentecost, 1 Oct 2023)

Hymn and song suggestions, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the the Sunday of Proper 21 (Ordinary time 26) in Year A.

Most are free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) meaning that 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.

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.


Ezekiel 18: 1-4, 25-32 - The sinner who renounces sin to become law-abiding and honest deserves to live.
Exodus 17:1-7:  The Israelites complained against Moses because there was not water where they camped.  Moses cried out to the Lord, and was given guidance about which rock to strike to find water - he called the place Massah and Meribah.

Second: Philippians 2: 1-13 - Always consider the other person to be better than yourself - in your minds you must be the same as Christ .

Gospel: Matthew 21: 23-32 - Jesus' reflections on the source of his authority -the parable of the disobedient son.


Keeping true to God's word.   Obedience.   Humble service.   Christ who obeyed the Father in word and deed.   God's mercy and kindness.

In the northern hemisphere, harvest festival is around this time, so hymn suggestions from many sources are based on God's generosity from the earth.   This theme is not been included in the list below, you may want to consider the Harvest Festival hymn suggestions in some areas.

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
All Glory Laud and Honor
All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
All My Hope is Firmly Grounded - Neander
All My Hope On God is Founded
Amazing Grace – How Sweet the Sound
And Can It Be That I Should Gain
As Pants the Hart for Cooling Streams - Tate and Brady's New Version, 1696, 1698
At the Name of Jesus Every Knee Shall Bow

Christ the Lord is Risen Today
Come Sinners To the Gospel Feast - Wesley
Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy
Come Ye That Love the Lord - Watts
Creator of the Stars of Night - Caswall 
Crown Him With Many Crowns

Day of Judgment! Day of Wonder! - Newton
Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
Father Hear the Prayer We Offer

Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken
God of All Power and Truth and Grace - Wesley
God Will Take Care of You (Nunca Desmayes) - Martin
Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah

Hail Thou Once Despised Jesus - Toplady
Have Thine Own Way Lord! - Pollard
He is Lord He is Lord - Unknown
He is Lord He is Lord - Unknown
Help Us To Help Each Other Lord - Wesley
Hosanna Loud Hosanna the Little Children Sang - Threlfall

I Will Sing the Wondrous Story - Rowley
Immortal Love for Ever Full - Whittier
In the Name of Jesus - Unknown

Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun - Watts
Jesus! the Name High Over All - Wesley

Look Ye Saints the Sight is Glorious - Kelly
Lord Enthroned in Heavenly Splendour

May the Mind of Christ My Saviour - Wilkinson

O Food To Pilgrims Given - Riley - trans from Aquinas
O God Our Help in Ages Past
O God Unseen Yet Ever Near - Osler
O How I Love Jesus (There is A Name I Love To Hear) - Whitfield (1829-1904)
O Jesu So Meek O Jesu So Kind - Daisley
O Jesus I Have Promised
O Love How Deep How Broad How High - Webb, trans from á Kempis
Of the Father’s Love Begotten
On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry

Praise to the Redeemer (To Our redeemer's glorious name) - Steele

Rejoice the Lord is King!
Rejoice Ye Pure in Heart - Plumbtree
Rock of Ages Cleft for Me

Take the Name of Jesus With You - Baxter
The Head That Once Was Crowned With Thorns - Kelly
There's A Wideness in God's Mercy - Faber
Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne - Elliot
To the Name of Our Salvation - Neale
Trust and Obey

Victory in Jesus - Bartlett

We Walk By Faith
What Wondrous Love is This
When Morning Gilds the Skies - Caswall
Where Shall My Wondering Soul Begin - Wesley

Your Ceaseless Unexhausted Love - Wesley

Hymns which may still be copyright

Among us and Before Us - Bell / Maule

Children of the Heavenly Father - Olson. tr from Sandell
Change My Heart O God - Espinosa
Come Build the Church - Not Heaps of Stone - Wren

Empty Broken Here I Stand Kyrie Eleison - Haigh and Haigh

Forth in the Peace of Christ We Go - Quinn
From the Squalor of A Borrowed Stable - Townend

Have the Mind That Was in Jesus - Gillette
He Made the Stars To Shine - Hall

Jesus Christ is Waiting - Bell / Maule

Let My People Seek Their Freedom - O'Driscoll
Lord Whose Love Through Humble Service - Bayly

Make Me A Servant - Willard
Meekness and Majesty - Kendrick
Morning Glory Starlit Sky - Vanstone
My Elder Son, Go Work Today - Whitney
My Love Colours Outside the Lines - Light

The Servant King (From heav'n You came helpless babe) - Kendrick
The Servant Song - Gilliard

When Our Confidence is Shaken - Pratt Green

Share this Post


HTML link code:

BB (forum) link code:

Subscribe to LiturgyTools.net

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thanks for commenting. All comments on this website are moderated, so there will be a delay until yours is shown. Deo gratias.