Hymns for Proper 23 (OT 28), Year A - Revised Common Lectionary (20th Sunday after Pentecost, 15 Oct 2023)

Hymn and song suggestions, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the Sunday of Proper 23 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 these are particularly appropriate.


Exodus 32:1-14 - Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, so the people lost faith and asked Aaron to make gods for them:  they held a festival to celebrate the golden calf.  This angered the Lord, who wanted to burn them, but Moses convinced him to stay his anger and change his mind.
Isaiah 25:1-9 - The prophet praises God who has done wonderful things, and predicts that strong peoples will glorify the Lord and cities of ruthless nations will fear the Lord who has been a refuge to the poor and need and has on the mount has made a feast of rich food:  He will destroy the shroud that is cast over all peoples, and wipe away the tears from all faces.  It will be said  ...this is the Lord for whom we have waited; be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Second: Philippians 4:1-9 - Paul writes encouragement:  be of the same mind in the Lord:   Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.  Let your gentleness be known  ...Do not worry:  The peace of God, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Gospel: Matthew 22: 1-14 - The parable of the wedding banquet: the invited guests would not attend - the servants gathered guests from the highways ... many are called, few are chosen.


God fulfils our needs through Christ.   All are invited, no matter how unworthy - God is forgiving.  Gathering in God's house.

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 Safe Stronghold Our God Is Still - Carlyle, trans from Luther
All For Jesus - James
All Things are Ready
Amazing Grace – How Sweet the Sound
Arise my Soul Arise - Wesley
As Your Family Lord See Us Here - Unknown
At the Lamb's High Feast we Sing

Christ From Whom All Blessings Flow - Wesley
Come Sinners to the Gospel Feast - Wesley
Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy
Come ye Thankful People Come

Day of Judgment! Day of Wonder! - Newton
Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
Deck Thyself My Soul With Gladness - Winkworth, trans from Franck

Fill Thou my Life - Bonar
For the Beauty of the Earth

Give Peace - Unknown
Grace Greater Than Our Sin - Johnston
Great is Thy Faithfulness
Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah

Here O My Lord I See Thee - Bonar
Here O my Lord I See Thee Face to Face - Bonar
I’ll Praise My Maker While I’ve Breath - Wesley / Watts
In My Heart There Rings A Melody - Roth
In the Cross of Christ - Bowring

Jerusalem the Golden - Neale
Jesus Calls us O’Er the Tumult - Alexander
Jesus Paid It All - Hall
Jesu Thou Joy of Loving Hearts
Jesus United By Thy Grace - Wesley
Joy To the World the Lord Is Come - Watts
Joyful Joyful we Adore Thee
Just as I Am Without One Plea

Like A River Glorious - Havergal
Love-Feast (Come and let us sweetly join) - Wesley

May the Mind of Christ my Saviour - Wilkinson
My God, And Is Thy Table Spread - Dodderidge
My Life Flows On

Not So In Haste My Heart - Torrey
Now Thank we all our God
O Living Bread From Heaven - Winkworth
O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go - Matheson
O Thou In Whose Presence My Soul Takes Delight - Swain

Rejoice O Land In God Thy Might - Bridges
Rejoice the Lord is King
Rejoice Ye Pure in Heart - Plumbtree

Sing Praise To God Who Reigns Above - Cox
Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling
Soul Adorn Yourself With Gladness - Winkworth, trans from Franck
Standing in the Need of Prayer
Sunshine In My Soul - Hewitt
Sweet Hour of Prayer - Walford
Take my Life and Let it Be
Take Time to be Holy
The Act of Consecration - Wesley
The King of Love my Shepherd Is
The Parting Hymn (Saviour again to Thy dear name) - Davis / Ellerton
There's A Wideness in God's Mercy - Faber
Through All the Changing Scenes of Life - Unknown - from Tate and Brady's New Version, 1696, 1698
Thy Hand O God has Guided - Plumptre

Walking with God - Cowper
What a Friend we have in Jesus
When all Thy Mercies O my God - Addison
Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life - North

Ye Servants of the Lord - Doddridge
Your Ceaseless Unexhausted Love - Wesley

Hymns which may still be copyright

All are Welcome - Haugen
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) - Newton + Tomlin and Giglio
As We Gather At Your Table - Daw

Be Joyful in the Lord - Daw

Come And Find the Quiet Center - Murray
Come let us Eat for now the Feast is Spread - Miller, trans from Kwillia / Doan
Come Risen Lord And Deign To Be Our Guest - Briggs
Come Share the Lord - Leech

Days of Elijah - Mark

Gentle Shepherd - Gaither / Gaither
God Hath Spoken by His Prophets - Briggs
God of Forgiveness Your People You Freed - Forster
God of the Sparrow God of the Whale - Vajda
Good Christian Friends Rejoice and Sing - Alington (1872-1955)
Grace Alone - Brown / Nelson

He has Made me Glad (I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart)
Humble Thyself In the Sight of the Lord - Hudson

I Come With Joy A Child of God - Wren

Jesus Calls Us Here To Meet Him - Maule / Bell

Let Us Offer To the Father - Parker
Like A Mighty River Flowing - Perry
Like the Murmur of the Dove's Song - Daw

O Day of Peace That Dimly Shines - Daw

Praise the Lord O My Soul - Perry
Praise the Lord With Joyful Cry - Kaan

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

The Feast Is Ready - Kendrick
The Trumpets Sound the Angels Sing - Kendrick

Until Jesus Comes - Crouch

View the Present Through the Promise - Troeger

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