Hymns for the 3nd Sunday in Lent, Year B - Revised Common Lectionary (3 March 2024)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common  lectionary for the third 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: Exodus 20:1-17 - The Ten Commandments, as spoken by God to Moses.

Psalm: 19 - The heavens are telling the glory of God ...

Second: I Corinthians 1:18-25 - Paul reflects on the crucified Christ - who does not satisfy the Jews who look for miracles or the Greeks who look for wisdom - but who reflects the power and wisdom of God to those who are called.

Gospel: John 2:13-22 - Jesus drives the money changers from the Temple, and then makes predictions about how long it will take to rebuild it.


Wisdom.   God's law vs human law.

Free-use artwork

See lectionary art for this Sunday for suggested pictures and art-works based on today's readings.

Free-use hymns

A Psalm For the Lord's Day - Watts
A Tender Conscience - Wesley
Ah Holy Jesu How Hast Thou Offended - Bridges
Alas and Did my Savior Bleed - Watts
All my Hope is Firmly Grounded - Jacobi, trans from Neander
All my Hope On God is Founded
All Praise to Our Redeeming Lord - Wesley
And Can it be that I Should Gain
Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know - Kennedy (1863), trans from Schwedler (1741)
At the Name of Jesus
At the Name of Jesus Every Knee Shall Bow

Be Thou my Vision
Beneath the Cross of Jesus - Clephane
Blest are the Poor in Heart
Built on the Rock - Døving, trans from Grundtvig
Christ is Made the Sure Foundation
Christ is our Corner-Stone - Chandler
Come You People Come Adore Him - Brownlie (1857-1925)
Come, Thou Redeemer of the Earth - Neale
Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
Every Time I Feelthe Spirit - Unknown
Forth in Thy Name O Lord I Go - Wesley
From All that Dwell Belowthe Skies - Watts

God be in my Head (the Sarum Prayer)
God Himself is Present - Foster / Miller, translated from Blumengärtlein
God of Grace and God of Glory - Fosdick (1878-1969) - free-use in the USA only
God's Law Is Perfect And Converts  - Unknown, from the Scottish Psalter, 1650
Have Thine own way Lord
Here is Love Vast Asthe Ocean
Holy Holy Holy (early in the morning) - Heber

I Sing the Mighty Power of God
I Surrender All (All to Jesus I Surrender)
If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee - Winkworth, trans from Neumark
In the Cross of Christ - Bowring

Jaya Ho (Victory Hymn) - Unknown
Jesus Comes With all His Grace - Wesley
Jesus Lord of All Creation - Wesley
Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun - Watts
Jesus Walked this Lonesome Valley - Unknown
Jesus Where'Er Thy People Meet - Cowper
Just as I Am Without One Plea

Let Us With a Gladsome Mind - Milton
Lord be Thy Word my Rule - Wordsworth
Lord Thy Word Abideth - Baker
Make me A Captive Lord - Matheson
May the Mind of Christ my Saviour - Wilkinson
Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone - Shepherd
My God Is so Big so Strong and so Mighty - Unknown

Nature With Open Volume Stands - Watts
Near the Cross - Crosby
Near to the Heart of God - McAfee (1866–1944) 
Now to Him Who Loved Us - Waring (1792-1827)

O Come O Come Emmanuel
O Crucified Redeemer - Rees
O For A Heart to Praise my God - Wesley
O God of Earth and Altar
O Lord of Heaven and Earth and Sea - Wordsworth
O Love How Deep How Broad How High - Webb, trans from á Kempis
O the Depth of Love Divine - Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
O Thou Who Camest From Above - Wesley
O Word of God Incarnate - How
O Worship the King (all glorious above) - Grant
O Young and Fearless Prophet - Harlow (1885-1972) - free-use in the USA only

Of the Glory of God in the Starry Heavens - Addison
Open now Thy Gates of Beauty - Winkworth, trans from Schmolck (1704)
Praise for the Fountain Opened - Cowper (1731-1800)
Praise to the Holiest in the Height
Praise to the Living God - Various, from ben Judah

Rejoice Ye Pure in Heart - Plumbtree
Revive Us Again - Mackay (1839-1885)
Sing my Tongue the Glorious Battle - Neale
Soldiers of Christ Arise - Wesley
Sweet Hour of Prayer - Walford

Take Time to be Holy
Take up Thy Cross / Take up Your Cross (the Saviour Said)
The Church's One Foundation
The Divine Perfections - Isaac Watts
The Head that Once Was Crowned With Thorns - Kelly
The Heavens Declare Your Glory Lord - Isaac Watts
The Old Rugged Cross - free-use in the USA only
The Voice of God is Calling - Holmes (1879-1964) - free-use in the USA only
The Unspeakable Gift - Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
Thy Words to Me - Martin (1865-1937)
Trust and Obey

Victory in Jesus - Bartlett
We Love the Place O God - Bullock
We Sing the Praise of Him Who Died - Kelly
What Wondrous Love
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
When we Walk with the Lord (Trust and Obey)
Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life - North
Wonderful Words of Life  - Bliss

Hymns that may still be copyright

Call The Seeker (You're calling us) - Kendrick
Come Come Everybody Worship - Sleeth (1930 –1992)
God Is Here - Pratt Green (1903–2000)
God Made From One Blood - Troeger ((1945-2022)

Help us O Lord to Learn - Reid
How Shall I Come Before the Lord - McIntyre
In My Life Lord Be Glorified - Kilpatrick (b 1952)

Let the Cross Shine Out (In this house all people will be welcome) - McDermott
Lift High the Cross
Lift High Your Hearts in Blessing - Dudley-Smith
Lord of the Dance
Lord we Come to Ask Your Blessing - Pratt Green (1903–2000)
Love Inspired the Anger - Pratt (b. 1948)

O Christ the Healer we Have Come - Pratt Green (1903–2000)
O Dearest Jesus Why Aren't You Acquitted - Schubert (b 1942), transl from Heermann
O God You Made the Sabbath Day(source) - Gillette

Show Me How to Stand For Justice - Leckebusch
Sing and be Glad for this is God's House - TBA
The Stars Declare His Glory - Dudley-Smith (b 1926)
These are the Holy Ten Commands - Herl (b 1959), Janzow (1913-2001) and Penikis(b 1964) - trans from Luther
Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery - Haugen (b 1950)

What Does the Lord Require - Bayly (1901-1984)
What Kind of Love is This that Gave Itself for Me? - Haworth / Haworth
Wild and Lone the Prophet's Voice - Daw
Word of God come Down on Earth 

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