Hymns for the 3rd Sunday of Easter, Year B - Revised Common Lectionary (14 April 2024)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the 3rd Sunday of Easter, 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, or may be, still copyright are also included where they are a particularly good for for the theme(s).

Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a comment below.


First: Acts 3:12-19 - Peter reminds the people that it was the Israelites who handed over Jesus to Pilate - but that God raised him from the dead, and that they are witnesses to this. He calls them to repent and turn to God.

Psalm 4 - Answer me when I call, O God of my right!

Second  I John 3:1-7  See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; ... when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is.

Gospel: Luke 24:35-48 -  Jesus appears again to the disciples, and eats with them. He then opens their minds to understand the scriptures, and that they are witnesses to the resurrection.


Resurrection. Witness. Jesus the prince of life. Our advocate with the Father, in whose name repentance is preached.

Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

A Child of the King (My Father is rich in houses and lands) - Buell (1834-1910)
A Mighty Fortress is Our God - Hedge, trans from Luther
A Tender Conscience - Wesley
Abide with Me
All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name
Amazing Grace – How Sweet the Sound
An Evening Hymn (All praise to Thee my God this night) - Ken (1637-1711)
And Can it be that I Should Gain
At the Name of Jesus
Author of Life Divine - Charles Wesley

Behold the Amazing Gift of Love - Isaac Watts (1674-1748)
Beloved let us Love: Love is of God - Bonar (1808-1889)
Blessed Assurance
Blessed be the Name (All praise to Him who reigns on high) - Clark (1854-1925)
Blessed Jesus at Your Word

Children of the Heavenly Father - Olson. tr from Sandell - free use in the USA only
Christ For the World we Sing - Wolcott
Christ is Risen Alleluia - Monsell (1911-1875)
Christ the Lord Is Risen Again - Winkworth (1827-1878), trans from Weisse (1531)
Christ the Lord is Risen Today
Come Down O Love Divine
Come let us Sing of a Wonderful Love - Walmsley
Come Let Us With Our Lord Arise - Wesley
Come Sinners to the Gospel Feast - Wesley
Come Ye Faithful Raise the Strain - Neale
Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy
Come Ye that Love the Lord - Watts
Come, Ye Faithful Raise the Anthem - Hupton (1762 - 1849) / Neale (1818 - 1866)
Crown Him With Many Crowns

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
Draw us in the Spirit’s Tether
Finished the Strife - Neale
God of Grace and God of Glory - Fosdick (1878-1969) - free use in the USA only
Good Christians all, rejoice - Neale
Great is Thy Faithfulness - free use in the USA only

Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise Alleluia - Wesley
Hail Thou Once Despised Jesus - Toplady
He Came Down - Unknown
He is Lord He is Lord - Unknown
Here O my Lord I See Thee - Bonar
How Firm A Foundation - Keith / Keen
How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

Jesus – the Name High Over All - Wesley
Jesus Christ is Risen Today
Jesus Comes With all His Grace - Wesley
Jesus is Calling (Jesus is tenderly calling you home) - Crosby (1820-1915)
Jesus Paid It All - Hall
Jesus the Name High Over All - Wesley
Jesus the Very Thought of Thee - Caswall
Jesus Thine All-Victorious Love - Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

Lead us Heavenly Father Lead Us
Leaning On the Everlasting Arms - Hoffman (1839-1929)
Let us Break Bread Together Withthe Lord - Unknown - Afro/American
Living For Jesus - Chisholm (1866-1960) - free use in the USA only
Lord I Want to be A Christian - Unknown - Afro/American
Love Divine all Loves Excelling
Loving Shepherd of Thy Sheep / The Good Shepherd - Leeson

My God, How Wonderful Thou Art - Faber
My Song is Love Unknown
Never Alone - Pickett (1867-1953)
Now I Have Foundthe Ground Wherein - Wesley

O For A Heart to Praise my God - Wesley
O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing - Wesley
O Love Divine, What Hast Thou Done - Wesley
O Love How Deep How Broad How High - Webb, trans from á Kempis
O Love of God How Strong and True - Bonar (1808-1889)
O Love that Wilt Not Let Me Go - Matheson
O Sons and Daughters Let Us Sing - Neale (1818 – 1866)

Peace be to This Congregation - Wesley
Praise for the Fountain Opened - Cowper (1731-1800)
Praise my Soulthe King of Heaven
Saviour like a Shepherd Lead Us
Sing With all the Saints In Glory - Irons
Sometimes a Light Surprises - Cowper
Standing on the Promises of Christ my King - Carter

Take Time to be Holy
Tell Me the Old Old Story
Tell Me the Stories of Jesus - Parker
The Day of Resurrection (Earth tell it out abroad) - Neale (1818-1866)
The Name Of Jesus  - Martin (1864-1914)
The Old Rugged Cross - free use in the USA only
The Parting Hymn (Saviour again to Thy dear name) - Davis / Ellerton
The Strife Is Past the Battle Done - Pott
The Whole Bright World Rejoices Now (Alleluia Christ is risen) - Dearmer (1867-1936), trans from von Spee

Thine be the Glory
This is my Father's World - Babcock (b. Syracuse, NY, 1858-1901)
To the Name of Our Salvation - Neale
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus - Lemmel (1863-1961) - free use in the USA only

Hymns which may still be copyright

Alleluia Jesus is Risen - Brokering (1926-2009)
Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks (to the Risen Lord) / Alleluia No 1
Almighty God we Come to Make Confession - Ellis
Amazing Love (My Lord what love is this) - Kendrick
By Gracious Powers so Wonderfully Sheltered  - Pratt-Green, trans from Bonhoeffer

Christ Has Risen While Earth Slumbers - Bell (b. 1949) / Maule (1958-2019)
Christ is Risen As He Said - Dudley-Smith (b 1926)
Christ Triumphant Ever Reigning - Saward
Cry of my Heart - Butler

Easter People Raise Your Voices - James (1915-2014)
Go Ye Go Ye Into the World - Sleeth (1930 –1992)
God in His Wisdom for our Learning - Dudley-Smith
How Deep the Father's Love For Us - Townend

I Need You Lord For I Have Seen - Taylor (1915-94)
I Serve a Risen Savior (He lives) - Ackley (1887-1960)
I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light / Shine in my Heart

Jesus Stand Among Us - Kendrick
My Daughters and my Sons Hear Tell (O Filii et Filiae) - Wootton, trans from Tisserand
Now the Green Blade Riseth (Love is Come Again) - Crum (1872-1958)

Stay with Us (till night has come) - Brokering (1926-2009)
Surely the Presence of the Lord Is In This Place - Wolfe
There are Some Things I May Not Know (Yes, God Is Real) - Morris* (1917-1989)

What Peace Is There For Tarnished Lives  - Pratt (b 1948)
Who are You Who Walk in Sorrow - Stuempfle

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