Hymns for Proper 8 (13th Ordinary) (6th Sunday after Pentecost, 30 June 2024) - Revised Common Lectionary

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised common lectionary for Sunday of Proper eight / thirteenth Ordinary 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 other hymns are welcome: leave a message in the Comments box near the bottom of the page.
2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 - After the death of Saul, David intoned a lamentation over Saul and his son Jonathan ... How the mighty have fallen!   ... Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely! ... O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul ...I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; 
Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24 - God made man imperishable .. in the image of his own nature:  it was the devil's envy that brought death into the world.

Psalm 29 - I will praise you Lord, you have rescued me / Sing psalms to the Lord you who love him / The Lord listened and had pity.

Second: Corinthians 8:7-15 - Remember how generous the Lord was:  he was rich, but he became poor for your sake ... it is a question of balancing what happens to be your surplus now against present need.

Gospel: Mark 5:21-43 - Jesus heals the haemorrhaging woman, and raises Jairus' daughter from the dead.


Jesus as giver of life - we were made to live, not to die.   The Kingdom is close at hand.   The apostles as servants of God's people.    God's covenant.   The people of God.    Christ as mediator of the kingdom.   Spreading the Good News.   Healing, wholeness and salvation


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

Free-use hymns

  • Children of the Heavenly Father - Olson. tr from Sandell - free use in the USA
  • Come Let us Join Our Friends Above - Wesley
  • Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy
  • Come, Ye Disconsolate - Moore / Hastings
  • How Firm A Foundation - Keith / Keen
  • I Am the Lord that Healeth Thee (Heal us, Immaneul) - Cowper (1731-1800)
  • I Am Trusting - Havergal (1836-1879)
  • I Sing the Mighty Power of God
  • I’ll Praise my Maker While I’ve Breath - Wesley / Watts
  • I'm Pressing On (Higher Ground)
  • Immortal Love for Ever Full - Whittier
  • In Thee is Gladness - Winkworth, trans from Lindemann
  • Let all Together Praise our God - Crull (1845-1923), trans Herman (c. 1480-1561)
  • Let Us Plead for Faith Alone - Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
  • Little is Much When God is in It - Suffield (1924)
  • Lord from the Depths to Thee I Cry'd
  • Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me - von Hausmann (1826-1901)
  • Make Me A Blessing - Wilson
  • May the Grace of Christ Our Saviour - John Newton (1725-1807)
  • Take my Life and Let it Be
  • The Mouner (Jesus, if still the same Thou art) - Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
  • There's A Wideness in God's Mercy - Faber
  • Thine Arm, O Lord, in Days of Old - Plumptre
  • Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne and Thy Kingly Crown - Elliot
  • To be Like Jesus - Unknown
  • Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus - Lemmel (1863-1961) - free use in the USA
  • We Give Thee but Thine Own - How
  • What a Friend we have in Jesus
  • Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life - North
  • Ye Servants of God - Wesley
  • You are Before Me Lord You are Behind - Pitt-Watson

Hymns that are or may be copyright

  • God Give us Life When all Around Spells Death - Bell / Maule
  • God Hold us Enfold us Through Desolate Loss - Dobson (b. 1940)
  • God's Word Throughout the Ages (The Daughter of Jairus) - Kaan (1929-2009)
  • He Became Poor that We May be Rich - Bell
  • He Touched Me (Shackled by a Heavy Burden) - Gaither / Gaither
  • He Who Began A Good Work in You (If the struggle) - Mohr
  • Heal me Hands of Jesus - Perry (1942-1996)
  • Healer of Our Every Ill - Haugen
  • I am a New Creation
  • O Christ the Healer we Have Come - Pratt Green (1903–2000)
  • O Christ who Shared our Mortal Life - Stuempfle (1923-2007)
  • Open Our Eyes - Cull
  • People Need the Lord - Nelson /McHugh
  • So God Loved the People of the World - D'Arcy Wood (b 1936)
  • Take my Hand Precious Lord
  • The Aberfan Hymn ( God who knows our darkest moments) - Gareth Hill (2016)
  • The Spirit Sends us Forth to Serve - Dufner
  • There’s a Spirit in the Air - Wren (b 1936)
  • Thou Who Wast Rich beyond All Splendor - Houghton

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