Hymns for Proper 22 (OT 27), Year A - Revised Common Lectionary (19th Sunday after Pentecost, 8 Oct 2023)

Hymns and song suggestions, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the Sunday of Proper 22, 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 selection of hymns that are still copyright may also be included, if they are particularly appropriate.

Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: Please leave a message in the Comments section below.


Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20:  God gives the ten commandments to Moses - they people see and they are afraid of God.
Isaiah 5:1-7 - The prophet compares Jerusalem with a vineyard that only produces sour grapes. ...  The Lord of hosts expected justice but found bloodshed, expected integrity but found only a cry of distress

Second: Philippians 3:4b-14 - Whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. ... I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death .... I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.

Gospel: Matthew 21:33-46 - Parable of the wicked tenants who killed the vineyard owner's son - the stone the builders rejected became the keystone - the kingdom will be given to a people who will produce its fruit.


The Church as the vineyard of the Lord.    God as the creator of all.  Our need to examine our lives to see if we are bearing fruit.

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
A Psalm for the Lord's Day - Watts
A Tender Conscience - Wesley
All Creatures of our God and King
All People that on Earth do Dwell
And Can it be That I Should Gain
And Now O Father Mindful of the Love - Bright
Arise my Soul Arise - Wesley

Be Still and Know that I Am God
Be Thou my Vision
Beneath the Cross of Jesus - Clephane
Bread of the World in Mercy Broken
Built on the Rock - Døving, trans from Grundtvig

Christ in You, the Hope of Glory - Wesley, trans from Gerhardt
Christ is Made the Sure Foundation
Christ is our Corner-Stone - Chandler
Close to Thee - Crosby
Come Let us Join Our Friends Above - Wesley
Come Ye That Love the Lord - Watts

Depth of Mercy  - Wesley
Draw us in the Spirit’s Tether

Every Time I Feel the Spirit - Unknown
Faith of our Fathers
Father of Peace and God of Love - Doddridge
Fight the Good Fight with all thy Might
Fill Thou my Life - Bonar
Forth In Thy Name O Lord I Go - Wesley

Go Down Moses / When Israel Was in Egypt's Land
God of All Power and Truth and Grace - Wesley
Grace Geater Than Our Sin  - Johnston
Guide my Feet - Unknown

Hail Thou Once Despised Jesus - Toplady
Here is Love Vast As the Ocean
Here O my Lord I See Thee Face to Face - Bonar
How Blest are They Who Hear God’s Word - Smeby, trans from Brun

I Gonna Live so God Can Use Me - Unknown
If God Himself be For Me - Massie, trans from Gerhardt
If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee - Winkworth, trans from Neumark
In the Cross of Christ - Bowring
It is a Thing Most Wonderful
It is Well With my Soul (When peace like a river)

Jesus Calls us O’Er the Tumult - Alexander
Jesus Lord of All Creation - Wesley
Jesus Lover of my Soul - Wesley
Jesus Priceless Treasure - Winkworth, trans from Franck
Jesus the Very Thought of Thee - Caswall
Jesu Thou Joy of Loving Hearts
Jesus! the Name High Over All - Wesley
Judge Eternal Throned In Splendor - Holland

Let me be Thine Forever - Loy, trans from Loy Selneccer
Let us Break Bread Together on our Knees
Let us Break Bread Together With the Lord - Unknown - Afro/American
Let us Ever Walk With Jesus - Rimbach, trans von Birken
Lord be Thy Word my Rule - Wordsworth
Lord Keep us Steadfast in Thy Word - Winkworth

May the Mind of Christ my Saviour - Wilkinson
My Hope is Built on Nothing Less (On Christ the Solid Rock) - Mote
My Song is Love Unknown

Nature With Open Volume Stands - Watts
Nearer my God to Thee

O Come and Dwell In Me - Wesley
O Crucified Redeemer - Rees
O For A Heart to Praise my God - Wesley
O Jesus I Have Promised
O Jesus King Most Wonderful - Caswall, trans from Bernard of Clairvaux
O Love Divine How Sweet Thou Art! - Wesley
O Love Divine, What Hast Thou Done - Wesley
O Morning Star How Fair and Bright - Winkworth, tr from Nicolai
O Word of God Incarnate - How

Rise, Ye Children of Salvation - Bevan, tr from Falckner
Son of God Eternal Savior - Lowry
St. Columba's Affirmation (Alone with none but Thee my God) - unknown
Stand Up Stand Up for Jesus
Standing On the Promises of Christ my King - Carter

Take my Life and Let it Be
The Act of Consecration - Wesley
The Church's One Foundation
The Lord our Righteousness - Wesley, trans from Nicolaus Ludwig, Graf von Zinzendorf
To God be the Glory
Trust and Obey

Walking with God - Cowper
We Sing the Praise of Him Who Died - Kelly
What Shall we Offer Our Good Lord - Wesley, trans from Spangenberg
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
When we All Get to Heaven / Sing the Wondrous Love of Jesus
Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life - North
Wonderful Words of Life  - Bliss

Ye (You) Holy Angels Bright

Hymns which may still be copyright

A Single Unmatched Stone - Troeger
As Saints of Old Their Firstfruits Brought - Christierson

Become to us the Living Bread  - Drury

Can we By Searching Find Out God - Cosnett
Christian People Raise Your Song - Thompson

For the Fruits of His Creation - Pratt Green
Forgive Our Sins As we Forgive - Herklots
Fruitful Trees the Spirit’S Sowing - Dudley-Smith

Glory to God the Source of All Our Mission - Idle
God Hath Spoken by His Prophets - Briggs
God When You Called Our Church By Grace - Gillette
Great God Your Love Has Called us Here - Wren

He Gave His Life In Selfless Love - Porteous
Help us Accept Each Other  - Kaan
Help us O Lord to Learn - Reid
How Deep the Father's Love For Us - Townend

Knowing You - Kendrick

Lord Christ we Praise Your Sacrifice - Gaunt
Lord For the Years Your Love Has Kept and Guided - Dudley-Smith
Lord we Come to Ask Your Blessing - Pratt Green
Love Each Other - Kendrick

More Love to Thee O Christ - Prentiss

O Christ the Great Foundation - Lew - Lew
O God of Every Nation  - Reid

Powerful In Making us Wise to Salvation - Idle

Sanctuary (Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary) - Scruggs / Thompson

There in God's Garden
This is A Day of New Beginnings - Wren

When we are Living (Pues Si Vivimos) - Eslinger, trans from unknown

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