Hymns for Proper 25 (OT 30), Year A - Revised Common Lectionary (22nd Sunday after Pentecost, 29 Oct 2023)

A selection of hymns and song suggestions, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the Sunday of Proper 25, 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 which are still copyright may also be included, if they are particularly relevant.


Deuteronomy 34:1-12 - The LORD showed Moses the land of which he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.   Then Moses died there in the land of Moab and was buried in a valley.   The Israelites mourned for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days.  Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands on him; and the Israelites obeyed him, doing as the LORD had commanded Moses.  

OR   Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18 - The LORD told to Moses, telling him to tell the people to be holy, behave justly and love their neighbours.

Second: I Thessalonians 1:5-10 - Paul reflects that the people took to the gospel with the joy of the Holy Spirit, that the broke with idolatry and were converted to God and are now waiting for Jesus to come from heaven.

Gospel: Matthew 22: 34-40 - The Pharisees put Jesus to the test by asking about the greatest commandment - he answer "love the Lord your God ... and love your neighbour as yourself."


The commandment to love - empowered by the Holy Spirit.  Doing God's will.

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
A New Commandment
A Shelter In The Time Of Storm - Charlesworth
A Tender Conscience - Wesley
All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name
Away With Our Fears - Wesley

Come Down O Love Divine
Come Let us Join Our Friends Above - Wesley
Come on, Don't You Want to Go - Unknown
Come Thou (O) Long Expected Jesus

Every Time I Feel the Spirit - Unknown

Father Hear the Prayer we Offer
For all the Saints - How
Forth In Thy Name O Lord I Go - Wesley

I'll Praise My Maker While I’ve Breath - Wesley / Watts
In Heavenly Love Abiding - Waring

Joyful Joyful we Adore Thee
Just One Step At A Time - Rowe

Lead Kindly Light
Lord I Want to Be A Christian - Unknown - Afro/American
Lord, Speak to Me that I May Speak - Havergal

More Love to Thee - Prentiss
My Jesus I Love Thee - Duffell / Featherston

O God Of Bethel By Whose Hand - Doddridge
O God Our Help in Ages Past
O Jesus I Have Promised
O Master Let me Walk with Thee (You) - Gladden
O Thou Who Camest From Above - Wesley
On Jordan’S Stormy Banks I Stand - Stennett
Open My Eyes That I May See - Scott

Rejoice the Lord is King!
Rise up O Men of God - Merrill (1867-1954) - free-use in the USA, not necessarily elsewhere yet

Saviour like a Shepherd Lead Us
Some Day (Beams of heaven as I got) - Tindley
Spirit Of God Descend Upon My Heart - Croly
Stand by Me - Tindley
Stand By Me (When the storms of life are raging) - Tindley
Stand Up Stand Up for Jesus
Standing On the Promises of Christ my King - Carter
Swing Low Sweet Chariot - Unknown

Take my Life and Let it Be
The God Of Abraham Praise - Olivers
The Immensity of His Grace (What shall I do my God to love) - Wesley
There Is A Land Of Pure Delight - Watts
Through All the Changing Scenes of Life - Unknown - from Tate and Brady's New Version, 1696, 1698
Thus Saith the First, the Great Command - Watts
Thy Hand O God has Guided - Plumptre

When Love Shines In (Jesus comes with power to gladden) - Breck
When we All Get to Heaven / Sing the Wondrous Love of Jesus

Hymns which may still be copyright

A Shield About Me - Thomas / Williams
Abba Father let me Be - Bilbrough

Before I Take The Body Of My Lord - Bell
Beyond These Walls Of Worship - Worsfold / Wood

Deep In The Shadows Of The Past - Wren

Faith is Patience in the Night - Keithahn
For the Fruits of His Creation - Pratt Green

Go to the World! - Dunstan
God Hath Spoken by His Prophets - Briggs
God How Can We Forgive When Bonds Of Love Are Torn? - Duck
God Of Love And God Of Power - Kennedy (1907-1980)
God Whose Love Is Always Stronger - Gillette

Healer of Our Every Ill
Hear The Call Of The Kingdom - Townend / Getty
How Can We Name A Love - Wren

I Come With Joy A Child of God - Wren
I Love You With The Love Of The Lord - Gilbert
In Remembrance Of Me - Courtney
In The Heart Where Love Is Abiding God Is In That Heart - Wigmore

Jesu Jesu Fill us With Your Love
Lead On O Cloud of Presence - Duck
Let There be Love Shared Among Us - Bilborough
Let This Day Be Holy - Unknown
Live In Charity (Ubi Caritas) - Les Presses de Taize
Lord I Offer My Life To You - Cloninger / Moen
Love God And Neighbor - unknown
Love the Lord Your God (Love round) - Stewart
Loving Spirit - Shirley Murray

More Like You - Brown
Put Peace into Each Other's Hands - Kaan

Sent Out In Jesus' Name - Maldonado, trans from anonymous
Servant Song (Brother let me be Your Servant) - Gillard

The Bond Of Love
The Care The Eagle Gives Her Young - Postlethwaite
The Gift of Love - Hopson

We Have A Gospel to Proclaim - Burns
When I Needed a Neighbour
When Love Is Found - Wren
Where Charity and Love Prevail

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