Hymns for Proper 6 (11th Ordinary) (4th Sunday after Pentecost, 16 June 2024) - Revised Common Lectionary

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the Sunday of Proper 6 (11th in 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.  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 message in the Comments box near the bottom of the page.


First: 1 Samuel 15:34 - 16:13 - The LORD was sorry that he had made Saul king over Israel.   He sends Samuel to as a prophet, to identify which is Jesse's sons shall become king:   when he saw David, the Lord said, "Rise and anoint him; for this is the one." ... and the spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David.
Ezekiel 17:22-24 - Prophesy that the Lord will take a shoot from the highest branch of the cedar and plant it on the high mountain of Israel.

Psalm 91 - It is good to give you thanks O Lord / The just will flourish like the palm-tree / planted in the house of the Lord they will flourish.

Second: Corinthians 5:6-17 - Whether we are living in the body or exiled from it, we are intent on pleasing the Lord.

Gospel: Mark 4:26-34 - Jesus tells parables describing the Kingdom of heaven -  the Parable of the Sower in which the kingdom is like the harvest, and the Parable of the a Mustard Seed.

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


Jesus as the cedar of Lebanon.  The Church, planted by God.   Humble beginnings.  Growth in the Kingdom.  Co-operating with God's work - making our home in God.  God at work expanding the Kingdom like a mighty tree, built on Jesus.

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