Hymns for Trinity Sunday (1st Sunday after Pentecost), Year B - Revised Common Lectionary (26 May 2024)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common Lectionary for the Trinity Sunday (the first Sunday after Pentecost) 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.  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: Isaiah 6:1-8 -  I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple.   Seraphs said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory."  One touched the prophet's mouth and said: "Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out."  I heard the Lord "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I; send me!"

Psalm 29 - Ascribe to the Lord ..

Second: Romans 8:12-17 - For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God ... When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God ... we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

Gospel: John 3:1-17 - Jesus says to Nicodemus 'Do not be astonished that I said to you, 'You must be born from above.' ... The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."  ...  No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man ...  "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.  Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him."


Trinity - the fullness of God in three persons. God's closeness to us. God's inner life. God as three interactive, loving persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) remaining one divine reality. "We shall become like God, because we shall see him as he really is" - St John. Completeness, perfect symmetry

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

Free-use hymns

All Creatures of our God and King
All Glory Be to God on High - Winkworth, trans from Decius
Angel Voices Ever Singing - Pott
Away With Our Fears - Wesley

Baptised into Thy Name Most Holy - Winkworth, trans from Rambach
Battle Hymn of the Republic (Mine eyes have seen the coming)
Beneath the Cross of Jesus - Clephane
Blessed Assurance
Bright the Vision that Delighted - Mant (1776-1848)

Canticle of the Holy Trinity Response - Cox (1812-1897), trans from Schütz (1675)
Christ in You,the Hope of Glory - Wesley, trans from Gerhardt
Come Holy Ghost our Souls Inspire (And lighten with celestial fire) - Cosin
Come Let Us With Our Lord Arise - Wesley
Come Thou Almighty King -the Italian Hymn
Come You People Come Adore Him - Brownlie (1857-1925)
Crown Him With Many Crowns

Day is Dying in the West
Draw Near and Take the Body of the Lord - Neale (1818-1866)
Every Time I Feel the Spirit - Unknown

Father Most Holy Merciful and Tender
Father of Everlasting Grace - Wesley
Father of Heaven Whose Love Profound - Cooper
Fill Thou my Life - Bonar
For the Beauty of the Earth
For the Bread Which you have Broken - Bensen

Give to Our God Immortal Praise - Watts
Glory be to God the Father - Bonar
God Himself is Present - Foster / Miller, translated from Blumengärtlein
God is Love: Let Heaven Adore Him - Rees (1874-1939)
God Loved the World So that He Gave - Crull (1845-1923), translated from Olearius

He Came Down - Unknown
Holy God we Praise Thy Name
Holy Holy Holy (early in the morning) - Heber
Holy Spirit Ever Dwelling - Rees( 1874-1939)
Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord (Holy is the Lord God Almighty) - Unknown
How Can We Sinners Know - Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

I Bind Unto Myself Today - Alexander
I Know Whom I have Believed (I know not why God’s wondrous grace) - Whittle
If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee - Winkworth, trans from Neumark
I'm Goin' a Sing When the Spirit Says Sing - Unknown
I'm Gonna Live so God Can Use Me - Unknown
Immortal Love for Ever Full - Whittier
Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
In Christ there is no East or West
It is a Thing Most Wonderful

Lead us Heavenly Father Lead Us
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (Alleluias of St James)
Let Us With a Gladsome Mind - Milton
Longing to be Established in Love ( My God, I know, I feel Thee mine) - Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
Lord Enthroned in Heavenly Splendour
Lord Keep us Steadfast in Thy Word - Winkworth

Maker in Whom We Live - Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
Man of Sorrows, What a Name - Bliss
My God, How Wonderful Thou Art - Faber

Near the Cross - Crosby
Nearer my God to Thee

O Breath of Life Come Sweeping Through Us - Head (1850-1936)
O Breathe on Me O Breath of God
O Love Divine, What Hast Thou Done - Wesley
O Love How Deep How Broad How High - Webb, trans from á Kempis
O Merciful Creator Hear - Neale
O My Saviour Lifted - How (1823-1897)
O Thou Who Camest From Above - Wesley
O Worship the King (all glorious above) - Grant
O Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness - Monsell (1811-1875)
Of the Father's Love Begotten
Open my Eyes that I May See - Scott
Our Blest Redeemer - Auger (1773-1862)
Out of the Depths / From Depths of Woe I Cry to Thee (De profundis)

Pleading His Gracious Name (Approach, my soul, the mercy seat) - Newton (1725-1807)
Praise God From Whom all Blessings Flow - Ken
Praise O Praise Our God and King - Milton / Baker
Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above - Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
Praise to the Holiest in the Height
Praise to the Living God - Various, from ben Judah
Praise to the Lord the Almighty
Rejoice the Lord is King!
Rule of Life - John Wesley (1703-1791)

Sing my Tongue the Glorious Battle - Neale
Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above - Cox
Spirit Divine Attend Our Prayers - Reed
Spirit of God Descend Upon my Heart - Croly
Stand Up and Bless the Lord - Montgomery
Strengthen For Service Lord The Hands - Humphreys, Dearmer - trans from St. Ephraem, Syrus

The Church's One Foundation
The Divine Perfections - Isaac Watts
The God of Abraham Praise - Olivers
The Head that Once Was Crowned With Thorns - Kelly
The Leadings of the Spirit - Browne
The Lord is King Lift up Your Voice - Conder
The Voice of God is Calling - Holmes (1879-1964) - free use in the USA
The Work of Faith (Author of faith, eternal Word) - Wesley
There's A Wideness in God's Mercy - Faber
This is my Father's World - Babcock (b. Syracuse, NY, 1858-1901)
This is the Day the Lord Hath Made - Watts (1674-1748)
Thou Whose Almighty Word - Marriott (1720-1825)
Thuma Mina - Based on a traditional Zulu song
To God be the Glory

We Believe In One True God - Winkworth, trans from Clausnitzer
We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations - Nichol
What Wondrous Love
Who is on the Lord's Side (Savior we are Thine) - Havergal

Ye (You) Holy Angels Bright
Ye Watchers And Ye Holy Ones - Riley

Hymns which may still be copyright

Abba Father let me Be - Bilbrough
By Grace we bave been Saved - Edwards (b 1955) / Whitfield (1829-1904)
Come Join the Dance of Trinity - Leach (b 1953)
Creating God Your Fingers Trace - Rowthorn (b. 1934)

Father All-Loving and Ruling in Majesty - Appleford
Father in Heaven - Niles (1908-1970)
Father we Adore You / Father I Adore You - Coelho
Father, Lord Of All Creation - Cross (1928-1989)

Glory to God the Source of All Our Mission - Idle
Go Make of all Disciples - Adkins
God is One Unique and Holy - Wren
God to Enfold You Christ to Uphold You - Bell / Maule
God We Praise You God We Bless You - Idle (b 1938)
God Whose Love is Always Stronger - Gillette (source)

He Became Poor that We May be Rich - Bell
Here I am Lord (Ithe Lord of Sea and Sky) - Schutte
Holy Holy - Owens
Holy Holy Holy (Sanctus From A Groaning Creation) - Harling (1948)
Holy is the Lord - Tomlin
How Great Is Our God (The splendour of the King) - Tomin / Reeves / Cash
How Wonderful the Three in One

I Will Offer Up my Life (This thankful heart) - Redman
Lift High the Cross
Name of All Majesty - Dudley-Smith

O God in Heaven Grant to Thy Children - Niles (1908–1970)
O How He Loves You and Me - Kaiser (1934-2018)
O Living God - Bible
O World of God - Scott (1965)

So God Loved the People of the World  - Wood (b. 1936)
Standing on Holy Ground - Davis
Take This Moment - Bell
Today I Awake and God is Before Me - Bell (1949)

We Believe in God the Father (We Believe in God the Son...) - Walker (b 1947)
We Know That Christ is Raised - Geyer (1932-2020)
Womb of Life - Duck (b 1947

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