Hymns for the 1st Sunday in Lent, Year B - Revised Common Lectionary (18 Feb 2024)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the first Sunday of Lent, 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: Genesis 9: 7-18 - God explains the covenant with Noah and his descendants and every living creature .... that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth." And the rainbow is a sign of this covenant.

Psalm: 24 - Your ways Lord are faithfulness and love for those who keep your covenant / Lord make me know your ways / Remember your mercy, Lord / The Lord is good and upright.

Second: I Peter 3:18-22 - Christ also suffered for sins once for all, in order to bring you to God. ... Baptism now saves you ... as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Gospel: Mark 1:9-15 - Jesus spends 40 days in the desert being tempted by the devil. Than after John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee ... saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe.”


The desert. Encountering God. Confront the temptations in our lives.  Struggling to live a life of doing what is good and right.   Repentance.

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
Ah Holy Jesu How Hast Thou Offended - Bridges
Alas and Did my Savior Bleed - Watts
All the Way my Savior Leads Me - Crosby
Amazing Grace – How Sweet the Sound
And Can it be that I Should Gain
Angel Voices Ever Singing - Pott
At the Name of Jesus

Be Still and Know that I Am God
Be Thou my Guardian and my Guide - Williams (1802-1865)
Before the Ending of the Day - Neale
Children of the Heavenly Father - Olson. tr from Sandell (copyright-free in the USA)
Christ is the World 's Redeemer - MacGregor (1854-1923)

Depth of Mercy - Wesley
Do Lord Do Remember Me - Unknown
Forty Days and Forty Nights
Give to the Winds Thy Fears - Wesley, trans from Gerhardt (1656)
Glory be to God the Father - Bonar
God of Grace and God of Glory - Fosdick (1878-1969) (copyright-free in the USA)
God, whose Almighty Word - Marriott
Great is Thy Faithfulness(copyright-free in the USA)
Guard and Guide - Hewitt (1851-1920)

Hail Thou Once Despised Jesus - Toplady
Holy Holy Holy (early in the morning) - Heber
I Bind Unto Myself Today - Alexander
I Want Jesus to Walk With Me - Unknown
If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee - Winkworth, trans from Neumark
Immortal Love for Ever Full - Whittier

Jesu, Still Lead On - Borthwick, trans from Ludwig / Zinzendorf (1721)
Jesus – the Name High Over All - Wesley
Jesus I my Cross Have Taken - Lyte (1793-1847)
Jesus Lover of my Soul - Wesley
Jesus Walked this Lonesome Valley - Unknown

Lead us Heavenly Father Lead Us
Let Us With a Gladsome Mind
Lord Enthroned in Heavenly Splendour
Lord I Want to be A Christian - Unknown - Afro/American
Lord Keep us Steadfast in Thy Word - Winkworth
Lord of Our Life and God of Our Salvation - Pusey (1799-1885), trans. From Matthäus Appeles von Löwenstern (1644)
Lord, Thy Word Abideth - Baker

Mister Noah Built an Ark - Unknown
My Saviour's Love (I stand amazed in the presence) - Gabriel
My Song is Love Unknown

O God of Bethel By Whose Hand - Doddridge
O Jesus I Have Promised
O Love Divine, What Hast Thou Done - Wesley
O Love How Deep How Broad How High - Webb, trans from á Kempis
O Love that Wilt Not Let Me Go - Matheson
O Merciful Creator Hear - Neale
O Sacred Head Sore Wounded - Bridges, trans from Gerhardt
O Thou Who Camest From Above - Wesley
On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry
Once in Royal David's City
Once Only Once and Once For All - Bright (1824-1901)

Rejoice the Lord is King!
Rock of Ages Cleft for Me
Soldiers Of Christ Arise - Wesley
Songs of Thankfulness and Praise (God in man made manifest) - Wordsworth
Spirit Divine Attend Our Prayers - Reed
Standing in the Need of Prayer - Unknown

Walking with God - Cowper
We’ll Understand it Better By and By - Tindley (1851-1933)
What a Friend we have in Jesus
Who Fathoms the Eternal Thought? - Whittier (1807-1892)

Hymns that may be copyright

Best of all is God is With Us - Pratt (b 1948)
Christ is the World's Light He and None Other - Pratt Green (1903–2000)
Christ Our Redeemer Knew Temptation 's Hour - Dudley-Smith
Father in Heaven - Niles (1908-1970)
From the River to the Desert - Duck

Give Me A Clean Heart - Douroux (b. 1941)
God is Our Fortress and Our Rock - Perry, trans from Luther
Jesus Tempted In the Desert - Stuempfle (1923-2007)

Lead Me Guide Me - Akers (1922-1995)
Lead Me, Lord, Lead Me in Thy Righteousness - Samuel S. Wesley (1810-1876), Strickling (1896-1985)
Like the Murmur of the Dove's Song - Daw
Lord who Throughout These Forty Days

My Heart is Filled With Thankfulness - Getty / Townend
Our Lord You were Sent - Gillette
Refiner's Fire
Safe in the Shadow of the Lord - Dudley-Smith (b 1926)
Standing on Holy Ground - Davis

Take my Hand Precious Lord - Dorsey
Tell Out my Soul
The Lamb the Lamb - Coleman (1953-2023)
The Sinless one to Jordan Came - Timms
Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery - Haugen (b 1950)

Wash O God our Sons and Daughters - Duck
We are A Rainbow  - Kai
We’ll Walk With You  - Herbert
When Jesus Came to Jordan - Pratt-Green
When we are Tested - Duck (b 1947
Who put the Colours in the Rainbow - Booth
Wild and Lone the Prophet's Voice - Daw

You Call Us to the Wilderness  - Wood / Worsfold

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