Hymns for Proper 24 (OT 29), Year A - Revised Common Lectionary (21st Sunday after Pentecost, 22 Oct 2023)

A selection of  hymn  and song suggestions, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the Sunday of Proper 24 in 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 which may still be copyright is also included, for items which 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 33:12-23 - Moses asks the Lord to show his ways.  The Lord replies "... for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name. ... But ..you cannot see my face; for no one shall see me and live ...I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by...."

OR  Isaiah 45: 1-7- The Lord anoints Cyrus, who he has called by name ... so that all may know from the rising of the sun to the setting that apart from God there is nothing.

Psalm 95 - Give the Lord glory and power / O sing a new song to the Lord / The Lord is great and worthy of praise / Give the Lord you families of people / Worship the Lord in his temple.

Second: I Thessalonians 1:1-10-  Paul greets the church, and says that they are constantly remembered in his prayers ... for their faith in action .. you have been chosen ... because the Good News came to you as power and the Holy Spirit.

Gospel: Matthew 22: 15-22 - Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar - and to God what belongs to God.


God as supreme king, throughout history. Praise. Justice

 Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God - Hedge, trans from Luther
Abide with Me
All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
All my Hope On God is Founded
All Things Come From Thee - Unknown
At the Name of Jesus Every Knee Shall Bow

Bless the Lord O my Soul
Bless Thou the Gifts - Longfellow
Blessed Assurance
Blessed Be the Name (All praise to Him who reigns on high) - Clark (1854-1925)
Blest Be the Dear Uniting Love - Wesley
By Christ Redeemed in Christ Restored - Rawson

Come Let Us With Our Lord Arise - Wesley
Come My Way My Truth My Life - Herbert
Come Thou Almighty King - the Italian Hymn
Crown Him With Many Crowns

Father who on man Dost Shower - Dearmer
Give of Your Best to the Master - Grose
Give to Our God Immortal Praise - Watts
Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken
Gracious Spirit Holy Ghost - Wordsworth
Great is Thy Faithfulness

Help us to Help Each Other Lord - Wesley
Holy God we Praise Thy Name
Holy Holy Holy (early in the morning) - Heber
Holy Spirit Truth Divine - Longfellow
How Firm A Foundation - Keith / Keen

I Gave My Life For Thee - Havergal
Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

Jaya Ho (Victory Hymn) - Unknown
Jesus Calls us O’Er the Tumult - Alexander
Jesus Shall Reign Where'er the Sun - Watts
Judge Eternal Throned In Splendor - Holland

Little Is Much When God Is in It - Suffield (1924)
Living For Jesus - Chisholm (1866-1960) - free-use in the USA only
Lord Dismiss us with Thy Blessing
Lord I Want to Be A Christian - Unknown - Afro/American
Lord Jesus Think on Me
Lord Thy Word Abideth - Baker

Make Me A Blessing - Wilson
Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone - Shepherd
My Life Flows On

Never Alone - Pickett (1867-1953)
Now I Have Found the Ground Wherein - Wesley

O Breathe on Me O Breath of God
O Come O Come Emmanuel
O Happy Day that Fixed My Choice - Doddridge
O Jesus I Have Promised
O Lord of Heaven And Earth And Sea - Wordsworth
O Spirit of the Living God - Montgomery
O Thou Who Camest From Above - Wesley
O Worship the King All-Glorious Above
O Young And Fearless Prophet - Harlow (1885-1972) - free-use in the USA only
On My Heart Imprint Your Image - Strømme, trans from Kingo

Rejoice the Lord is King
Rise up O Men of God - Merrill (1867-1954) - free-use in the USA only
Saviour like a Shepherd Lead Us
Sing Praise To God Who Reigns Above - Cox
Spirit of Faith Come Down - Wesley
Standing in the Need of Prayer
Standing On the Promises of Christ my King - Carter

Take my Life and Let it Be
Teach Me My God And King - Herbert
The Lord Is King Lift up Your Voice - Conder
This Little Light of Mine - Unknown
Through All the Changing Scenes of Life - Unknown - from Tate and Brady's New Version, 1696, 1698
Thy Kingdom Come O God - Hensley

Walking with God - Cowper
We Give Thee but Thine Own - How
We Would See Jesus - Warner
What Shall we Offer Our Good Lord - Wesley, trans from Spangenberg

Hymns which may still be copyright

A Shield About Me - Thomas / Williams
An Outcast Among Outcasts

Baited, the Question Rose - Daw
Before the World Began One Word Was There - Bell
Breathing the Breath (We have nothing to give) - Redman
Bring Many Names - Wren

Christ is the World's Light - Pratt-Green
Christ Triumphant Ever Reigning - Saward
Come All You People - I-to Loh, trans from Gondo
Cry of my Heart - Butler

Father of Mercy God of Consolation - Quinn
Filled with the Spirit's Power
Freely Freely

God Beyond all Names - Farrell
God of Justice Saviour to All - Hughes
God of Many Names - Wren
God Whose Giving Knows No Ending - Edwards
Gracious God You Send Great Blessings - Wismar

Have you Heard God’s Voice - Jones
Heaven Shall Not Wait - Bell / Maule
His Name Is Wonderful - Mieir (1916–1996)
How Shall I Come Before the Lord - McIntyre

I Offer My Life - Cloninger / Moen
I Will Offer Up my Life (This thankful heart) - Redman
I Will Serve Thee - Gaither
Is It Lawful to Pay Taxes - Gillette

Jesus Savior Lord (Saranam Saranam) - Niles

Lead On O Cloud of Presence - Ducl
Lord of the Morning I Awake to This New Day - Unknown

Make Me A Servant - Willard

Name of All Majesty - Dudley-Smith
Now Praise the Hidden God of Love - Pratt Green

Pray For the Church Afflicted And Oppressed - Pratt Green

Thanks to God Whose Word Was Spoken - Brooks (1918-1985)
The Kingdom of God is Justice and Joy - Rees

We are an Offering - Liles
We Have A Gospel to Proclaim - Burns
We Turn to You O God of Every Nation - Kaan
What Does the Lord Require - Bayly (1901-1984)

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