Hymns for Proper 27 (OT 32), Year A - Revised Common Lectionary (24th Sunday after Pentecost, 12 Nov 2023)

A selection of hymn and song suggestions, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the Sunday of Proper 27, 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 that may still be copyright are also included, if these 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.


Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 - Joshua asks the people who they will serve - they commit to service the Lord who brought father Abraham from beyond the River, and Joshua asks them to put away the false gods.
Wisdom 6:12-16 - Wisdom is bright  ... readily seen by those who look for her.   She looks for those who are worthy of her.
Amos 5:18-24
The prophet tells the people he despises their noise, but says "let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream."

Second: I Thessalonians 4:13-18  - We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and that it will be the same for those who have died in Jesus.

Gospel: Matthew 25: 1-13 - The parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids.


Being prepared for the end-times.  Watching for the coming of the Lord, ready to respond to God's invitation.  Christian life as a response to Christ's love - we await his coming with joy-filled hope.   

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 my Hope On God is Founded
At the Name of Jesus

Come let us use the Grace Divine - Wesley
Come Thou (O) Long Expected Jesus
Comfort Comfort All my People - Winkworth, trans from Olearius

Day of Judgment! Day of Wonder! - Newton
Deck Thyself my Soul With Gladness - Winkworth, trans from Franck
For all the Saints - How
For the Might of Thine Arm - Horne
Freedom Is Coming - Unknown

Hark a Herald Voice is Calling
Hark What A Sound and Too Divine For Hearing - Myers
He Is Risen He Is Risen - Alexander
Here Gracious Lord We See You Face To Face - Bonar
Here O my Lord I See Thee Face to Face - Bonar
How Brightly Beams the Morning Star  - Winkworth
I Will Sing the Wondrous Story - Rowley
I Will Trust in the Lord - Unknown
I'm Not Ashamed To Own my Lord - Watts
Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

Jesus Calls us O’erthe Tumult - Alexander
Jesus Lives Your Terrors Now - Cox, trans from Gellert
Just as I Am Without One Plea

Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning - Unknown - Afro/American

Lead us Heavenly Father Lead Us
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (Alleluias of St James)
Let Saints On Earth In Concert Sing - Wesley
Let There be Light - Marriot
Lift up Your Heads you Mighty Gates  - Winkworth
Lo He Comes with Clouds Descending
Lord It Belongs Not To my Care - Baxter
Lord You Have Been Our Dwelling Place - Unknown - from The Psalter 1912
Love Divine all Loves Excelling

Man of Sorrows, What a Name - Bliss
My God, and is Thy Table Spread - Dodderidge
My Hope is Built on Nothing Less (On Christ the Solid Rock) - Mote
My Lord, What a Morning - unknown

Near to the Heart of God (There Is A Place of Quiet Rest) - McAfee

O God Our Help in Ages Past
O Happy Day that Fixed my Choice - Doddridge
O Jesus I Have Promised
O Lord, How Shall I Meet Thee - Winkworth
O Master Let me Walk with Thee (You) - Gladden
On Jordan'S Stormy Banks I Stand - Stennett
Once To Every Man and Nation - Lowell

Rejoice, Rejoice Believers - Findlater, trans from Laurenti
Rejoicethe Lord is King!

Take my Life and Let it Be
Take up Thy Cross / Take up Your Cross (the Saviour Said)
Tell Me the Stories of Jesus - Parker
The Bridegroom Soon Will Call Us - Loy, translated from Walter
The Church's One Foundation
The Day Is Surely Drawing Near - Peter, trans from Ringwaldt
The God of Abraham Praise - Olivers
The Lord Will Come and Not be Slow - Milton
The Love of God Shed Abroad in the Heart - Watts
The Strife Is Past the Battle Done - Pott
There's a Light Upon the Mountains
Thine For Ever God of Love - Maude
Thy Hand O God has Guided - Plumptre

Wake Awake for Night is Flying (Zion Hearsthe Watchmen / Sleeper’s Awake)
Wake O Wake With Tidings Thrilling - Burkitt, trans. From Nicolai
Watchman Tell Us of the Night - Bowring
We Believe In One True God - Winkworth, trans from Clausnitzer
We Pray untilthe Hour, that Awesome Hour Unknown - Wesley
When I Surveythe Wondrous Cross
When we All Get to Heaven / Singthe Wondrous Love of Jesus
Who is onthe Lord's Side (Savior we are Thine) - Havergal

Ye Servants of the Lord - Doddridge

Hymns which may still be copyright

Allow my Prayer and Plea -Tietze
Awake Awake Fling off the Night - Peacy

Christ is the World's Light He and None Other - Pratt Green

Darkness like a Shroud covers the Earth - Kendrick
Days of Elijah - Mark
Deep in the Shadows of the Past - Wren

Eternal Light, Shine in my Heart - Idle

God Gives Us A Future - Smith
God Weeps - Murray
Going Home Moving On - Forster
Great is the Darkness That covers the Earth - Coates / Richards

Have Faith in God my Heart - Rees
Hear the Call of the Kingdom - Townend / Getty
Heaven Shall Not Wait - Bell / Maule
How Blest Are They Who Trust In Christ - Pratt Green

In Labour All Creation Groans - Dufner
In the Darkness of This World - Dawn

Jesus the Lord Said 'I Am the Bread' - Monahan (1906 - 1957)
Let Justice Flow like Streams - Huber
Let Streams of Living Justice - Whitla
Lord of Creation to You be all Praise
Lord of Light Whose Name Outshineth - Elvet (1860-1953)
Lord What A Cloud of Witnesses - Gillette
Now is Eternal Life - Briggs

Powerful in Making us Wise to Salvation - Idle

Send Down the Fire of Your Justice - Haugen
Show Me How to Stand For Justice - Leckebusch
"Sleepers, Wake!" A Voice Astounds Us -Daw
Soon and Very Soon  - Crouch

Ten Bridesmaids Waited For the Time - Gillette

The Clouds of Judgment Gather - Unknown - from the Lutheran Book of Worship, 1978
The Son of God Proclaim - Bridge (1927-2021)

Waken O Sleeper - Forster
What Does the Lord Require - Bayly (1901-1984)
When He Comes Back - Stewart
Who Can Sound the Depths of Sorrow - Kendrick

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