Hymns for the 4th Sunday in Lent, Year B - Revised Common Lectionary (10 March 2024)

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

This day is also Mother's Day in some countries (including Ireland, the UK, Nigeria).


First: Numbers 21:4-9 - The people became impatient and spoke Moses and God: "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food."   The Lord sends poisonous serpents, which make the people understand that their sin.   Moses prayed for them, the Lord tells him to make a bronze image of a serpent:  evern who looks on it and has sinned will love.

Psalm 107 - O give thanks to the Lord.

Second: Ephesians 2:1-10 - By grace you have been saved through faith, [this] is the gift of God- not the result of works.

Gospel: John 3:14-21- “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” God sent the Son into the world to save it through him - those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.


Exile. God's mercy and compassion. Christ the redeemer. Salvation

Free-use Artwork

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

Free-use hymns

Ah Holy Jesu How Hast Thou Offended - Bridges
All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name
Alleluia Sing to Jesus
Amazing Grace – How Sweet the Sound
And Can it be that I Should Gain
Behold the Amazing Gift of Love - Isaac Watts (1674-1748)
Beneath the Cross of Jesus - Clephane
Blessed Assurance

Christ the Lord Is Risen Again - Winkworth (1827-1878), trans from Weisse (1531)
Come Let Us With Our Lord Arise - Wesley
Come O Thou Traveler Unknown - Charles Wesley
Come Sinners to the Gospel Feast - Wesley
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Comfort, Comfort Ye my People - Winkworth, trans from Olearius
Crown Him With Many Crowns

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
Depth of Mercy - Wesley
Father Whose Everlasting Love - Charles Wesley
Give to Our God Immortal Praise - Watts
God Loved the World So that He Gave - Crull (1845-1923), translated from Olearius
Grace Greater Than Our Sin - Johnston
Guide me O Thou Great Redeemer / Jehovah (Bread of Heaven)

Hail Thou Once Despised Jesus - Toplady
He Came Down - Unknown
His Eye is on the Sparrow
How Can a Sinner Know - Wesley
How Good is the God We Adore - Hart (1712-1768)

Jesus my Lord my God my All
Jesus Paid It All - Hall
Jesus Paid It All (I hear the Saviour say) - Hall (1820-1889)
Jesus the Light of the World - Wesley / Elderkin
Jesus We Look To Thee - Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
Jesus the Name High Over All - Wesley
Just as I Am Without One Plea

Lead us Heavenly Father Lead Us
Let Us Plead for Faith Alone - Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
Living For Jesus - Chisholm (1866-1960) - free use in the USA
Lord I Want to be A Christian - Unknown - Afro/American
Love Divine all Loves Excelling
Love Lifted Me - Rowe (1865-1933)
Love's Redeeming Work is Done - Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

Man of Sorrows, What a Name - Bliss
Marvelous Grace of Our Loving Lord - Johnston (1849-1919)
May the Grace of Christ Our Saviour - John Newton (1725-1807)
Meet and Right It is To Sing - Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
My Faith Looks up to Thee - Palmer (1808-1887)
My Hope is Built on Nothing Less - Mote (1797-1874)
My Song is Love Unknown

Nature With Open Volume Stands - Watts
Near the Cross - Crosby
O Breathe on Me O Breath of God
O God Our Help in Ages Past
O Happy Day that Fixed my Choice - Doddridge
O Jesus King Most Wonderful - Caswall, trans from Bernard of Clairvaux
O Love Divine, What Hast Thou Done - Wesley
O Love How Deep How Broad How High - Webb, trans from á Kempis
O My Saviour Lifted - How (1823-1897)
Of the Father's Love Begotten

Pleading His Gracious Name (Approach, my soul, the mercy seat) - Newton (1725-1807)
Praise to the Holiest in the Height
Praise to the Living God - Varioius, from ben Judah
Rock of Ages Cleft for Me
Saviour like a Shepherd Lead Us
Sing my Tongue the Glorious Battle - Neale
Standing on the Promises of Christ my King - Carter

The People that in Darkness Walked - Morison
There is A Green Hill Far Away - Alexander (1895-1895)
There's A Wideness in God's Mercy - Faber
To God be the Glory
Trust and Obey

Victim Divine - Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
We Walk By Faith
We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations - Nichol
What Wondrous Love
When Morning Gilds the Skies - Caswall
Where Shall my Wondering Soul Begin - Wesley

Hymns that may be copyright

Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) - Newton + Tomlin and Giglio
By Grace We Have Been Saved - Edwards (b 1955) / Whitfield (1829-1904)

Christ is the World's Light He and None Other - Pratt Green (1903–2000)
Christ is the World's True Light
Forgive Our Sins As we Forgive - Herklots

God Hath Spoken by His Prophets - Briggs (1875-1959)
God Who is Rich In Mercy's Grace - Garland (2010)
Grace Alone - Brown / Nelson

How Deep the Father's Love For Us - Townend
How Great Thou Art
If it Had Not Been for the Lord - Douroux (b. 1941)

Lord As I Wake I Turn To You - Brian Foley (1919-2000)
Lord Christ we Praise Your Sacrifice - Gaunt
Lord God Your Love has Called us Here - Wren (b 1936)
Lord I Lift Your Name On High - Founds
Lord of Light Whose Name Outshineth - Elvet (1860-1953)

My Life is in You Lord - Gardner (b 1956)
Name of All Majesty - Dudley-Smith
Now is Eternal Life - Briggs (1875-1959)

O How He Loves You and Me - Kaiser (1934-2018)
Only by Grace (can we enter)

The Servant King (From heav'n You came helpless babe)
Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery - Haugen (b 1950)

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