Hymns for the 5th Sunday after Epiphany, Year B - Revised Common Lectionary (4 Feb 2024)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the fifth Sunday 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 hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a message in the Comments box near the bottom of the page.


First:   Isaiah 40:21-31   The prophet reflects on asks ...  Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.  He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless.   Those who trust the Lord will rise like eagles

Psalm 147:1-11, 20 - How good it is to praise the Lord

Second: I Corinthians 9 16-23 - Paul says "I should be punished if I did not preach the Gospel ... I have made myself the slave of everyone so as to win as many as I could ....

Gospel: Mark 1 29-39 -Jesus heals:  firstly Simon's mother-in-law of a fever, and then many in the town who were suffering diseases or possessed.   Then he goes to a lonely place to pray - and then to the neighbouring towns to preach there too.


Jesus as healer - heals the broken so they are free to serve God and God's people.  The pain of suffering.  The hope which healing brings.   Without Christ, our lives are like drudgery.  The power of God.

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
A Mighty Fortress is Our God - Hedge, trans from Luther
A Tender Conscience - Wesley
All my Hope is Firmly Grounded - Neander
An Eye Single to the Glory of the Lord (Behold the servant of the Lord) - Wesley
At Even, Ere the Sun Was Set - Twells (1868)

Blessed Assurance
Christ For the World we Sing - Wolcott
Come Let us Join Our Friends Above - Wesley
Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
Forth in Thy Name O Lord I Go - Wesley

Give Me the Faith Which Can Remove - Wesley
God is Love: Let Heaven Adore Him - Rees (1874-1939)
God of Mercy God of Grace - Lyte
God of Our Fathers, Whose Almighty Hand - Roberts (1876)
God Will Take Care of You (Nunca Desmayes) - Martin
Guide me O Thou Great Redeemer / Jehovah (Bread of Heaven)

Hail to the Lord's Anointed
Have You not Known Have You not Heard  - Watts
I Will Sing the Wondrous Story - Rowley (1854-1952)
I'm so Glad Jesus Lifted Me - Unknown
Immortal Love for Ever Full - Whittier

Jesus is all the World to Me / He's my Friend - Thompson
Joyful Joyful we Adore Thee
Make me A Captive Lord - Matheson
My Faith Looks up to Thee - Palmer (1808-1887)

O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing - Wesley
O Love How Deep How Broad How High - Webb, trans from á Kempis
O Spirit of the Living God - Montgomery
O Worship the King All-Glorious Above - Grant
Oh I Know the Lord's Laid His Hands on Me - Unknown
Onward Christian Soldiers

Praise my Soulthe King of Heaven
Praise to the Lord the Almighty - Winkworth
Rejoice Ye Pure in Heart - Plumbtree
Serenity (O Sabbath rest of Galilee) - Whittler
Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above - Cox

Take Time to be Holy
Tell Me the Stories of Jesus - Parker
There is A Balm In Gilead - Unknown
Thine Arm, O Lord, in Days of Old - Plumptre
Those who Wait on the Lord - Unknown
Thuma Mina - Based on a traditional Zulu song

We Would See Jesus - Warner
We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations - Nichol
What a Friend we have in Jesus
Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life - North
Ye Servants Of God - Wesley

Hymns that are / maybe copyright

An Eagle is Soaring - Gillette (ref)
God of Love and God of Power - Kennedy (1907-1980)
Heal me Hands of Jesus - Perry (1942-1996)
Healer of Our Every Ill
Here as we Kneel Here as we Pray - Stainsby (b 1959)

Jesu Jesu Fill us With Your Love (Kneels at the feet) - Colvin
Jesus' Hands Were Kind Hands - Cropper
Lord of all Hopefulness
Lord of Life we Come to You (Lord of all / through the days) - Walker (b 1958)
Lord we Come to Ask Your Blessing - Pratt Green (1903–2000)
Lord Whose Love Through Humble Service - Bayly

Make Me A Servant - Willard
Many and Great / Wakantanka taku nitawa / Dakota Hymn - Frazier (1892-1964)
May You Run And not Be Weary
O Christ the Healer we Have Come - Pratt Green (1903–2000)
On Eagles Wings (You who dwell) - Joncas
People Need the Lord - Nelson /McHugh

Silence Frenzied Unclean Spirit - Troeger (1945-2022)
Take my Hand Precious Lord - Dorsey
The Care the Eagle Gives Her Young - Postlethwaite
The Power of Your Love (Lord I come to you) - Bullock (b 1955)

We Cannot Measure How You Heal - Bell (1949)
We Have A Gospel to Proclaim - Burns
We Have This Ministry - Strathdee
We Pray For Healing And For Health  - Brown
When Jesus the Healer Passed Through Galilee - Smith
When to Our World the Savior Came - Dudley-Smith

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