Hymns for the 6th Sunday of Easter, Year B - Revised Common Lectionary (5 May 2024)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common Lectionary for the sixth 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 10:44-48 - Peter visits Cornelius' household, and the Holy spirit is poured out even on the Gentiles and they speak in tongues. “God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.” So Peter ordered them to be baptised.

Psalm 97 (98) - The Lord has shown his salvation to the nations / sing a new song to the Lord /All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Second  1 John 5:1-6 - Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God -  we love the children of God, when we love God ... For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments.   Jesus Christ is the one who came by water and blood.

Gospel: John 15:9-17- Jesus says: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you.


Choosing and being chosen. We are chosen by God. God's love for us - and its implications, our call to love others.  The Spirit, and God's love.  Equality - God is for all nations and races.

Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

 A Great and Mighty Wonder - Neale
A Charge to keep I Have - Wesley
A Hymn of Joy we Sing
A New Commandment
A Tender Conscience - Wesley
All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name
All People that on Earth do Dwell

Beloved let us Love: Love is of God - Bonar (1808-1889)
Blessed Assurance
Blessed be the Ties that Bind / Blest be the Tie that Binds
Blessed Quietness - Ferguson
Brethren we Have met to Worship - Askins

Christ is Made the Sure Foundation
Come Down O Love Divine (the words are public-domain in most countries, though the most commonly-used tune is not)
Come Holy Ghost our Souls Inspire (And lighten with celestial fire) - Cosin
Come Sinners to the Gospel Feast - Wesley
Come, Christians Join to Sing - Bateman (1813-1889)
Crown Him With Many Crowns

Eternal Ruler of the Ceaseless Round - Chadwick
Faith is the Victory - Yates
Fold to Your Heart Your Sister and Your Brother  - Whittier (1807-1892)
Footsteps of Jesus - Slade
Give Me the Faith Which Can Remove - Wesley

Hail to the Lord's Anointed
Have I Done my Best For Jesus? - Young
He Came Down - Unknown
Help us to Help Each Other Lord - Wesley
Here is Love Vast Asthe Ocean
Holy Spirit Truth Divine - Longfellow
How Shall I Sing That Majesty - Mason (1646?-1694)
How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

Jesus is all the World to Me / He's my Friend - Thompson
Jesus Thou Joy of Loving Hearts - Palmer, trans from Bernard of Clairvaux
Let Us Plead for Faith Alone - Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
Lord Dismiss us with Your Blessing - Fawcett (1740-1817)
Love Divine all Loves Excelling

Make me A Captive Lord - Matheson
May the Mind of Christ my Saviour - Wilkinson
My Faith Looks up to Thee - Palmer (1808-1887)
My Jesus I Love Thee - Duffell / Featherston
My Song is Love Unknown
Now it is Evening, Time to Cease from Labour - Woodward
Now to Him Who Loved Us - Waring (1792-1827)

O Breath of Life - Head (1850-1936)
O Jesus I Have Promised
O Sacred Head Sore Wounded - Bridges, trans from Gerhardt
O Savior Precious Savior - Littledale / Alford / Havergal
O Sing A New Song to the Lord  - From the Scottish Psalter, 1650
O Spirit of the Living God - Montgomery
Of the Father's Heart Begotten - Neale / Baker

Praise to the Lord the Almighty - Winkworth
Rescue the Perishing - Crosby
Rock of Ages Cleft for Me

See How Great A Flame Aspires - Wesley
Since Jesus Came Into My Heart - McDaniel (1850-1940)
Songs of Praise the Angels Sing / Sang - Montgomery
Spirit of Faith Come Down - Wesley
Spirit of God Descend Upon my Heart - Croly

Teach Me my God and King - Herbert
The Church's One Foundation
The Immensity of His Grace (What shall I do my God to love) - Wesley
The Unspeakable Gift - Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
There's A Wideness in God's Mercy
This is my Commandment (that your joy may be filled)
This This Is the God We Adore - Hart
Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne and Thy Kingly Crown - Elliot
Trust and Obey

Victory in Jesus - Bartlett
We Pray Thee Heavenly Father - Coles (1845-1929)
What a Friend we have in Jesus
When Love Shines in (Jesus comes with power to gladden) - Breck

Hymns which may still be copyright

And They'll Know we are Christians by our Love (We are One in the Spirit) - Scholltes
Bind us Together
Bring to the Lord A Glad New Song - Perry (1942-1996)

Called as Partners in Christ’s Service - Huber (1926-2008)
Christ is the World's Light He and None Other - Pratt Green (1903–2000)
Christus Paradox (You, Lord, are both Lamb and Shepherd) - Dunstan

Filled with the Spirit's Power
God is Love Let Heaven Adore Him - Rees (1874-1939)
Goodness is Stronger than Evil - Tutu
Great God Your Love Has Called us Here - Wren

Help us Accept Each Other  - Kaan (1929-2009)
Here in Christ We Gather - Quinn
I Come With Joy A Child of God - Wren
In the Heart Where Love is Abiding God is in that Heart - Wigmore

Let There be Love Shared Among Us - Bilborough
Live in Charity (Ubi Caritas) - Les Presses de Taize
Lord Jesus We Belong to You - Kleinig
Lord You Give the Great Commission - Rowthorn (1934)
Love Each Other - Kendrick
Love is His Word (Richer than gold is the love of my Lord)

O Sing to the Lord O Sing God A New Song - Cartford (1923-2016)
Prayer of St Francis / Make me a Channel of Your Peace - Temple
Sing to God New Songs of Worship - Baughen (b 1930)
Sing to the Lord A New Song  - Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

The Gift of Love - Hopson
The Great Love of God - Niles
This Is My Will - Quinn (1919-2010)

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