Hymns for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B - Revised Common Lectionary (14 Jan 2024)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the second Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B.

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. Many such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.  A small selection of hymns which are still copyright, but are a particularly good fit for the day's readings, are also included.

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.

Seasonal Note

This Sunday sometimes falls during the week of Prayer for Christian Unity.   Some hymn suggestions for that week are provided here.


First: Samuel 3:3-10, (11-20) - The Lord calls the boy Samuel, and Eli teaches him how to respond to the call.

Second: I Corinthians 6:12-20 - Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit - use it to glorify God.

Gospel: John 1:43-51 - Andrew and Simon Peter become Jesus' disciples - Jesus says that Simon Peter is is to be called Cephas, meaning Rock.


God calls each of us by name.   Answering God's call to discipleship, and using our bodies to serve God.

Free-use pictures and illustrations

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 Tender Conscience - Wesley
All Praise to Our Redeeming Lord - Wesley
Be Still and Know that I Am God
Be Thou my Vision
Blessed are the Pure in Heart
Blessed Assurance
Blest are the Poor in Heart

Called By Christ to be Disciples - Leckebusch
Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies - Wesley
Come Down O Love Divine
Come Follow me the Savior Spake - Schaeffer
Come Let Us With Our Lord Arise - Wesley
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Day by Day Dear Lord - Richard of Chichester
Dear Jesus in Whose Life I See - Hunter
Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
Draw Me Nearer ( I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice) - Crosby

Footsteps of Jesus - Slade
Forth in Thy Name O Lord I Go - Wesley
Forward Through the Ages - Hosmer
God of Mercy God of Grace - Lyte
God’s Word is Our Great Heritage - Belsheim, trans from Grundtvig
Have Thine own way Lord
He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought - Gilmore
Holy Spirit Truth Divine - Longfellow

I Have Decided to Follow Jesus
I Want to be Like Jesus - Miller
I'll Live for Him - Hudson (1843-1901)
Jesus Calls us O’er the Tumult - Alexander
Jesus Comes With all His Grace - Wesley
Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun - Watts
Just as I Am Without One Plea

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (Alleluias of St James)
Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So - Kirkpatrick
Lord in the Strength of Grace - Wesley
Lord, Speak to Me that I May Speak - Havergal
Master Speak Thy Servant Heareth - Havergal
Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone - Shepherd
Nothing Between my Soul and my Savior - Tindley

O Breathe on Me O Breath of God
O Crucified Redeemer - Rees
O For A Heart to Praise my God - Wesley
O Jesus I Have Promised
O Perfect Love all Human Thought Transcending - Gurney
O the Lamb - 19th cent - unknown
O to be Like Thee - Chisholm
O Word of God Incarnate - How
Oh I Know the Lord's Laid His Hands on Me - Unknown
Open my Eyes that I May See - Scott
Open now Thy Gates of Beauty - Winkworth, trans from Schmolck (1704)

Praise to the Lord the Almighty
Rise up O Men of God - Merrill (1867-1954) - copyright free in the USA
Speak Lord in the Stillness - Crawford (1864-1927)
Speak, O Lord, Thy Servant Heareth - Rygh, trans from von Hessen-Darmstadt
Spirit of Mercy Truth and Love - Anonymous (1774)
Take my Life and Let it Be
Take up Thy Cross / Take up Your Cross (the Saviour Said)
The Act of Consecration - John Wesley trans from Lange (1697)
The Voice of God is Calling - Holmes (1879-1964)
There is A Green Hill Far Away - Alexander (1895-1895)
To God be the Glory

We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder - Unknown - spiritual
What Wondrous Love
Where He Leads me I Will Follow - Blandly (1849-?)
Wonderful Words of Life  - Bliss
Would I Have Answered When You Called - Stuempfle (1923-2007)

Hymns that may be still copyright

And Still He Calls Us  - Murphy
Christ be my Leader - Dudley-Smith
Come and Journey with a Saviour
Come and See - Kendrick
Cry of my Heart - Butler

From the Breaking of the Dawn - Townend
God Hath Spoken by His Prophets - Briggs
Here I am Lord (I the Lord of Sea and Sky) - Schutte
How Shall They Hear the Word of God - Perry (1942-1996)

Lord God Your Love has Called us Here - Wren (b 1936)
Lord You Give the Great Commission - Rowthorn (1934)
Make Me A Servant - Willard
Refiner's Fire
Rise and Hear the Lord is Speaking - Gaunt (1902–1983)

Sacred the Body God has Created - Duck
Sing to Him Whom in Creation - Unknown
Speak O Lord - Getty / Townend
The Call / Two Fishermen (And Come and Follow Me)
The Prophet Speaks From Days Gone By  - Brown
The Servant King (From heav'n You came helpless babe) - Kendrick
The Spirit Came As Promised - Seddon (1915-1983)
The Summons (Will You Come and Follow Me)
Thy Word (is a lamp unto my feet) - Grant

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