Hymns for Proper 4 (9th Ordinary) (2nd Sunday after Pentecost, 2 June 2024) - Revised Common Lectionary

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the Proper 4 (the 9th Sunday of Ordinary Time) in 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 - sometimes in a limited setting.   Many such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles and genres are included. A few hymns that are still copyright may also be listed, if they are a particularly good fit.

Other suggestions are welcome:  leave a message in the Comments box below.


I Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20) - LORD called, "Samuel! Samuel!" and he said, "Here I am!" - and ran to Eli for advice.
Deuteronomy 5:12-15: Observe the Sabbath day

Psalm: 139 - O Lord, you have searched me and known me.

Second 2 Corinthians 4:5-12:  We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord ... For God said, "Let light shine out of darkness," who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.   But we have this treasure in clay jars -this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.

Gospel:   Mark 2:23-3:6 - The Pharisees question Jesus' healing on the Sabbath.


The Sabbath.  Hearing and responding to the voice of God.

Free-use hymns

A Psalm For the Lord's Day - Watts
Are Ye Able - Marlatt (1892-1976) - free use under USA rules only
Awake My Soul And With the Sun - Ken
Be Still and Know that I Am God
Be Thou my Vision

Christ Liveth in Me (Once far from God and dead in sin) - Whittle (1840-1901)
Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies - Wesley
Come Labour On - Borthwick (1813-1897)
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Come, Let Us with Our Lord Arise - Charles Wesley

Draw Me Nearer ( I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice) - Crosby
Footsteps of Jesus - Slade
Forth in Thy Name O Lord I Go - Wesley
God, whose Almighty Word - Marriott

Hark my Soul it is The Lord - Cowper
Have Thine own way Lord
How Firm A Foundation - Keith / Keen
I’ll Praise my Maker While I’ve Breath - Wesley / Watts
I'll Live for Him - Hudson (1843-1901)
It is a Thing Most Wonderful

Jesus Loves Me this I Know - Warner (1824-1915)
Lord, Speak to Me that I May Speak - Havergal
Master Speak Thy Servant Heareth - Havergal
Now Thank we all our God

O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing - Wesley
O Love that Wilt Not Let Me Go - Matheson
O Master Let me Walk with Thee (You) - Gladden
O Splendour of God’s Glory Bright - Benson (1855-1930)
O Word of God Incarnate - How
Oh I Know the Lord's Laid His Hands on Me - Unknown
Open my Eyes that I May See - Scott

Speak Lord in the Stillness - Crawford (1864-1927)
Spirit Divine Attend Our Prayers - Reed
Standing on the Promises of Christ my King - Carter

Take Time to be Holy
Take up Thy Cross / Take up Your Cross (the Saviour Said)
The Voice of God is Calling - Holmes (1879-1964)  - free use under USA rules only
Teach Me my God and King - Herbert
This Little Light of Mine - Unknown
Thy Words to Me - Martin (1865-1937)

Welcome Delightful Morn - Hayward (pre 1806)
What Wondrous Love
Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life - North
Wonderful Words of Life  - Bliss

Hymns which may still be copyright

Faith While Trees are Still In Blossom - Kaan (1929-2009), trans from Frostenson
First of the Week and Finest Day - Mowbray (b 1938)

God is Here - Pratt Green (1903–2000)
God the Spirit, Guide and Guardian - Daw

Have you Heard God’s Voice - Jones
Here I am Lord (Ithe Lord of Sea and Sky) - Schutte
Holy Darkness - Schutte
How Shall They Hear the Word of God - Perry (1942-1996)

I Will Follow (All Your ways are good) - Tomlin / Ingram / Morgan

Lord of the Dance - Carter
Lord You Give the Great Commission - Rowthorn (1934)

Make Me A Servant - Willard

O Christ the Healer we Have Come - Pratt Green (1903–2000)
O God You Search me and You Know Me - Farrell (b 1957)

Rise and Hear the Lord is Speaking - Gaunt (1902–1983)
Speak in the Stillness God we Pray - Hill
Speak O Lord - Getty / Townend

The Summons (Will You Come and Follow Me)
This is the Day of Rest to Use as God Intended - Bell (b. 1949)
Thy Word (is a lamp unto my feet) - Grant

We Come To You For Healing Lord - Stuempfle (1923-2007)
What Does the Lord Require - Bayly (1901-1984)
Word of God come Down on Earth - Quinn
Word of God Speak - Kipley / Millard

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