Hymns for the 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B - Revised Common Lectionary (21 Jan 2024)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the third Sunday of after 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.


First: Jonah 3:1-5, 10 - The Lord sends Jonah to preach in Nineveh - the people were converted and God repented and did not inflict on them the disaster he had threatened.

Psalm: 62 - For God alone my soul waits in silence.

Second: I Corinthians 7: 29-31 - Our time is growing short ... the world as we know it is passing away.

Gospel: Mark 1:14-20 - Jesus calls the fishermen Simon and Andrew, and James and John - to follow him.


God teaches us his ways.   Come, follow me.   Jesus teaching repentance, as Jonah did.

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
Amazing Grace – How Sweet the Sound
As Surely as I Live God Said - Loy, trans from Herman
Be Thou my Vision
Blessed Assurance

Called By Christ to be Disciples - Leckebusch
Come Let us to the Lord Our God - Morrison
Come Thou (O) Long Expected Jesus
Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
Depth of Mercy - Wesley
Forth In Thy Name O Lord - Wesley
Forth in Thy Name O Lord I Go - Wesley

Give to Our God Immortal Praise - Watts
Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken
God of Grace and God of Glory - Fosdick (1878-1969) - free use in the USA only
Grace Greater Than Our Sin - Johnston
I Have Decided to Follow Jesus
I Love to Tell the Story - Hankey / Fischer
I Owe My Lord A Morning Song - Bell
I Surrender All (All to Jesus I Surrender)
I Want to be Ready (The great day is nearing) - Blackmer
In Christ there is no East or West
It is Well With my Soul (When peace like a river)

Jesus Calls us O’er the Tumult - Alexander
Living For Jesus - Chisholm (1866-1960) - free use in the USA only
Marvelous Grace of Our Loving Lord - Johnston (1849-1919)
My Faith Looks up to Thee
Now Let us See Thy Beauty Lord - Waugh

O Christ Our True and Only Light  - Winkworth, trans from Heermann
O God of Earth and Altar
O Happy Day that Fixed my Choice - Doddridge
O Jesus I Have Promised
O Master Let me Walk with Thee (You) - Gladden
Once To Every Man and Nation - Lowell

Rise Up O Saints of God - Merrill (1867-1954) - free use in the USA only
Rock of Ages Cleft for Me
Send Me - March (1816-1909)
Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling
Spread O Spread Almighty Word - Winkworth, trans from Bahnmaier
Spread the Reign of God the Lord - Composite, trans from Bahnmaier
Standing in the Need of Prayer

The Voice of God is Calling - Holmes (1879-1964) - free use in the USA only
There's A Wideness in God's Mercy - Faber
Thuma Mina - Based on a traditional Zulu song
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus - Lemmel (1863-1961) - free use in the USA only
We Pray until the Hour, that Awesome Hour Unknown - Wesley
We've A Story to Tell to the Nations - Nichol
Where He Leads me I Will Follow - Blandly (1849-?)
Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim - Wesley

Hymns that may be still copyright

All Who Love and Serve Your City - Routley
And Still He Calls Us  - Murphy
Christ be my Leader - Dudley-Smith
Come All of You - Cher Lue Vang (1987)
Come and See - Kendrick

Dear Lord Lead Me Day By Day - Asuncion
Hear the Call of the Kingdom - Townend / Getty
Here am I Send Me to the Nations - Kilpatrick
How Shall They Hear the Word of God - Perry (1942-1996)
In Faith and Hope and Love - McAuley

James and Andrew, Peter and John
Jesus Christ is Waiting - Bell / Maule
Lord God Your Love has Called us Here - Wren (b 1936)
Lord of Light Whose Name Outshineth - Elvet (1860-1953)
Lord We Have Come At Your Own Invitation - Pratt-Green
Lord You Have Come to the Lakeshore - Suppe / Lockwood / Gutierrez-Achon
Lord You have come to the Seashore - Trupia / Gabaráin

O Christ Our Light Our Radiance True - Unknown, trans from Heermann
O Jesus Christ to Thee May Hymns Be Rising - Webster (1898-1991)
O Lord All the World Belongs to You - Appleford (1925-2018)
O Lord You Called Disciples - Gillette

Sing Hey for the Carpenter - Bell / Maule
Sing of Andrew John’s Disciple - Daw (b 1944)
Tell the World - Means
The Call / Two Fishermen (And Come and Follow Me)
The Summons (Will You Come and Follow Me)

When Jesus Taught By Galilee - Dudley-Smith
Would I Have Answered When You Called - Stuempfle (1923-2007)
You Call us as You Called the Twelve  - McCoan
Your Love O God Has Called Us Here - Schulz-Widmar

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