Hymns for the 2nd Sunday in Lent, Year B - Revised Common Lectionary (25 Feb 2024)

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


First: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 - God makes a covenant with Abraham, "You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations"

Psalm: 22 - You who fear the Lord, praise him ...

Second: Romans 4:13-25 - 
4:13 For the promise that he would inherit the world came to Abraham through the righteousness of faith, not through the law.   God's covenant with Abraham was for our sake as well as his, to explain the covenant of Jesus.

Mark  8:31-38 - Jesus begins teaching the disciples that he must suffer, and die and rise again.  Peter rebukes him, but Jesus responds "get away from me Satan" - and teaches that suffering part of taking up the cross - those who want to lose their life will save it.
Mark 9:2-10 - The Transfiguration - a voice from the cloud said "This is my Son the Beloved, listen to him"


God's covenant.  Eternal life.   

Free-use hymns

A Mighty Fortress is Our God - Hedge, trans from Luther
All my Hope On God is Founded
And are We Yet Alive - Charles Wesley
At the Name of Jesus

Be Still and Know that I Am God
Be Still my Soul
Be Thou my Guardian and my Guide - Williams (1802-1865)
Be Thou my Vision
Beneath the Cross of Jesus - Clephane
Brotherly Love - Wesley

Chief of Sinners Though I Be - McComb (1793-1873)
Children of the Heavenly Father - Olson. tr from Sandell  (free use in the USA)
Come ye Thankful People Come
Crown Him With Many Crowns
Dear Shepherd of Your People Hear - Newton

Faith of our Fathers
Fight the Good Fight with all thy Might
Forth In Thy Name O Lord - Wesley
Forth in Thy Name O Lord I Go - Wesley
God Merciful and Righteous Is - Unknown - pre 1887
Great is Thy Faithfulness (free use in the USA)

Hail Thou Once Despised Jesus - Toplady
Here O my Lord I See Thee Face to Face - Bonar

I Am Trusting - Havergal (1836-1879)
I Cannot Tell (why he whom angels worship)
I Have Decided to Follow Jesus
I Know Whom I Have Believed - Whittle
I'm Not Ashamed To Own my Lord - Watts
In the Cross of Christ - Bowring
In the Name of Jesus - Unknown
It is Well With my Soul (When peace like a river) - Spafford (1828-1888)

Jesus Calls us O’er the Tumult - Alexander
Just A Closer Walk With Thee - Unknown
Let Christian Faith and Hope Dispel - Logan (1748-1788)
Let us Ever Walk With Jesus - Rimbach, trans von Birken
Let Us Plead for Faith Alone - Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
Let Us With a Gladsome Mind - Milton
Lord Thee I Love With all My Heart - Winkworth, trans. From Schalling

Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone - Shepherd
My Eyes be Open to Your Presence (Stf 560) - Haigh / Haigh
My Faith has Found A Resting Place - Hewitt (1851-1920)
My Faith Looks up to Thee - Palmer (1808-1887)
My Hope is Built on Nothing Less (On Christ the Solid Rock) - Mote
My Jesus I Love Thee - Duffell / Featherston
My Song is Love Unknown

New Every Morning is the Love - Keble (1792-1866)
O God of Bethel By Whose Hand - Doddridge
O Jesus I Have Promised
O Master Let me Walk with Thee (You) - Gladden
One There Is Above All Others - Newton (1725-1807)
Out of the Depths / From Depths of Woe I Cry to Thee (De profundis)
Praise to the Holiest in the Height
Rejoice Ye Pure in Heart - Plumbtree

See How Great A Flame Aspires - Wesley
Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above - Cox
Somebody's Knockin' at Your Door - Unknown
Stand Up and Bless the Lord - Montgomery
Standing on the Promises of Christ my King - Carter

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 Church's One Foundation
The God of Abraham Praise - Olivers
The Immensity of His Grace (What shall I do my God to love) - Wesley
The Lord is King Lift up Your Voice - Conder
The Work of Faith (Author of faith, eternal Word) - Wesley
There is A Green Hill Far Away - Alexander (1895-1895)
Thy Words to Me - Martin (1865-1937)
Trust and Obey

Walking with God - Cowper
We Walk By Faith
When all Thy Mercies O my God - Addison
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life - North
Where He Leads me I Will Follow - Blandly (1849-?)
Why Should Cross and Trial Grieve Me - Kelly, translated from Gerhardt

Hymns that may be copyright

Deep in the Shadows of the Past - Wren
Eternal Lord of Love Behold Your Church - Cain (1931-2003)
Faith While Trees are Still In Blossom - Kaan (1929-2009), trans from Frostenson

Gift of Finest Wheat
God it Was who said to Abraham - Bell
God My Father Loving Me - Briggs (1875-1959)
God Who Sets us On A Journey (source) - Dine (1937-2001)
God Whose Love is Reigning O’Er Us - Grove (1929-2023)

Have you Heard God’s Voice - Jones
Here is Bread - Kendrick
I Want to Walk with Jesus Christ / Follow Him Follow Him
If We Will Trust in God to Guide Us - Schubert, trans from Neumark

Jesus Asked One Day(source) - Gillette
Jesus Draw Me Close - Founds
Lift High the Cross
Light of the Minds that Know Him - Dudley-Smith
Lord Christ we Praise Your Sacrifice - Gaunt
Lord of the Dance - Carter

My Tribute - Crouch (1942-2015)
Show me the Way of the Cross Once Again - Redman (b 1974)
Sing of Eve and Sing of Adam - O'Driscoll (b 1928)

The Church of Christ in Every Age - Pratt Green (1903–2000)
The Summons (Will You Come and Follow Me)
There are Some Things I May Not Know (Yes, God Is Real) - Morris* (1917-1989)
To Know You More - Horness
Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery - Haugen (b 1950)

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