Music - Sunday, 18 June 2023 – Third Sunday after Pentecost, Year A (Proper 6).


There are many music choices available each week. You will find music suggestions for each reading drawn from the Lutheran Hymnal, the All Together song books and Together in Song. In addition, we have selected the Top 4 Public Domain hymns, the Top 4 All Together and LHS songs under copyright and the Top 4 Contemporary Music suggestions each week. You may like to mix and match from these lists to suit your context.

Top 4 Public Domain

If you enjoy traditional hymn singing or your congregation does not have a copyright license, here are our recommended Public Domain hymns for the week:

If a title is hyperlinked, that means that modernised lyrics are available. MP3 backing tracks have been recorded for you to use.

Praise to the Lord the almighty – LHS 442 - Backing track
May we Thy precepts, Lord fulfil- LHS 355 - Backing track
Jesus, I my cross have taken – LHS 349 - Backing track
Spread O spread, thou mighty Word – LHS 221 - Backing track

Top 4 All Together and LHS songs under copyright

Copyright information for the following suggestions has been provided. Please ensure that you are reporting the use of any material under copyright.

He turned my mourning into dancing - AT 253 (orange) (Public Domain)
Christ be our Light – AT 313 (red) (One Licence)
There is a redeemer – AT 349 (red) (CCLI)
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord - LHS 903 (CCLI)

Top 4 Contemporary Music Suggestions

The following songs have been carefully reviewed, and are recommended for use in congregational worship, primarily because they point people to Christ and proclaim the message of his word in music and song for this Sunday in the lectionary cycle. They also fit well with other selection guidelines as highlighted in Tips for song selection and Fact Sheet 6: Music in Worship. While the use of a particular song by a band or organisation is not necessarily an endorsement of that group or the entire body of their work, we recognise that any scriptural song is a Spiritual song that can be used to complement a rich diet of worship for God’s people.

Please note, the hyperlinked Youtube clips are provided to give you a sense of how music can be performed or for personal use. You must always obtain permission from the creators of the music videos and the creators of the song before using clips in worship, unless permission is explicitly stated beneath the video.

Psalm 100 - Chris Tomlin - CCLI by Chris Tomlin, Jason Ingram
Praise To The Lord - Emu Music - CCLI by Alanna Glover, Catherine Winkworth, Joachim Neander
Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me - CityAlight - CCLI by Jonny Robinson, Michael Farren, Rich Thompson
May The Peoples Praise You - Keith & Kristyn Getty - CCLI by David Zimmer, Ed Cash, Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, Stuart Townend

Song/Hymn suggestions based on the Lectionary readings

Some LHS hymns have modernised lyrics. Click on underlined hymns to see the new lyrics.

Please click here to go to the Modernised Hymns page.

G3, G4 . . . = Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . .ro.; GS = Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH

First Reading: (a) Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7)


409 Commit whatever grieves thee* G6
440 Sing praise to God who reigns above G3
456 The God of Abraham praise G7
458 Praise the Lord! ye heavens, adore Him G8
893 Our Father, by whose name G6 (One Licence)
903 Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord G7 (CCLI)


253 He turned my mourning into dancing (Public Domain)
326 Shout for joy (CCLI)
333 You are our God (CCLI)
403 God of Abraham (vv 1,2) (One Licence)


93 Praise the Lord, ye heavens, adore him
110 Sing praise to God who reigns above
125 The God of Abraham praise
161 Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord

First Reading: (b) Exodus 19:2-8a


355 May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfil* G3
356 Lord of glory, who hast bought us* G3
373 Lord, speak to me, that I may speak* G5
376 Jesus, Master, whose I am
379 Lord of creation, to Thee be all praise G6
442 Praise to the Lord, the almighty, the king of creation
456 The God of Abraham praise G7
804 The Church of Christ, in every age G5 (CCLI, One Licence)


119 Come and praise him, royal priesthood (CCLI)
313 Christ, be our light (One Licence)
357 Give us hearts to know you, Lord (Please use freely with permission of the author. Use the acknowledgement “Permission granted by Annette Fechner”)
358 Gift to the world (CCLI, One Licence)
411 On eagle’s wings (One Licence)
414 Take this moment (CCLI, One Licence)
416 We will rise up (CCLI, One Licence)


48 You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord
83 Let us with a gladsome mind
111 Praise to the Lord, the almighty, the king of creation
125 The God of Abraham praise
626 Lord of creation, to you be all praise

Second Reading: Romans 5:1-8


112 Hail, Thou once despised Jesus G3
121 Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord* G4
141 Father of heaven, whose love profound G5
154 Amazing love, that rent the heavens asunder* G4
170 Chief of sinners though I be* G5
295 O Lord, we praise Thee, bless Thee, and adore Thee* G3
321 Faith is a living power from heaven* G5
326 O how great is Thy compassion* G3
327 Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness* G3
329 By grace I’m saved, grace free and boundless
333 All that I was, my sin, my guilt* G9
402 Rejoice, my heart, be glad and sing* G6
405 In God, my faithful God* G4
413 Why should cross and trial grieve me? G5
785 In Adam we have all been one GS (One Licence)
787 Jesus was born for us GS (One Licence)
794 What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul GS (One Licence)
803 Peace with the Father G7 (One Licence)
851 Amazing grace, how sweet the sound GS (Public Domain)
854 Be still my soul, the Lord is on your side (Public Domain)


130 I am covered over (Public Domain)
131 Amazing grace (Public Domain)
133 Jesus set us free
145 What wondrous love (Public Domain)
240 My peace I give (CCLI, One Licence)
336 Faith is (Please use freely with permission of the author)
345 Nothing but the blood (Public Domain)
349 There is a redeemer (CCLI)
352 Your love keeps following me (CCLI)
376 Faith, hope, and love (CCLI, One Licence)
465 How deep is the love (CCLI)


118 We give immortal praise
123 Be still, my soul, the Lord is on your side
129 Amazing grace (how sweet the sound)
131 Father of heaven, whose love profound
139 O love of God, how strong and true
154 Great is your faithfulness
155 O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
202 I know that my Redeemer
249 No weight of gold or silver
373 Hail, our once despised Jesus
399 Come, Spirit of God, holy Lord
425 Come, Spirit blest, our hearts inspire
466 Peace with the Father
683 God, when human bonds are broken

Gospel Reading: Matthew 9:35 - 10:8 (9-23)


185 Sun of righteousness divine* G3
218 Arouse, O Lord, that zeal inspiring G5
221 Spread, O spread, thou mighty Word* G5
227 O Spirit of the living God G5
233 Lord of the harvest, hear
349 Jesus, I my cross have taken G3
795 When Jesus came, the demons cried GS (CCLI, One Licence)
796 When to our world the Saviour came (alt tune 227, G5) (CCLI, One Licence)
804 The Church of Christ, in every age G5 (CCLI, One Licence)
842 Praise the Lord, rise up rejoicing G3 (One Licence)


31 Freely, freely (CCLI, One Licence)
146 They knew who He was (CCLI, One Licence)
226 All is nearness (When Jesus sat down on the lake-shore) (One Licence)
305 Thuma mina (One Licence)
313 Christ, be our light (One Licence)
348 Sing hey for the carpenter (CCLI, One Licence)
402 God has chosen me (one Licence)
412 Sent by the Lord am I (CCLI)
413 The summons (CCLI, One Licence)
450 When Jesus Christ worked here on earth (One Licence)


405 O Spirit of the living God
409 O breath of life, come sweeping through us
450 Spread, O spread, almighty word
460 The call of God resounding
461 God, your glory we have seen in your Son


PSALM 116:1,2,12-19

Musical settings of Psalm 116:1,2,12-19, from Music Packages 2 and 2 (2) , 3 , 5 and 8.
TIS 71, I love the Lord who has heard my prayer, is a version of Psalm 116:1-5,12-20.

The following paraphrase of Psalm 116:1-4,12-19 by David Schütz may be sung either to the tune Melita (LH 578, TIS 138) or to the tune of the Song of Mary in the Modern Vespers of Worship Today. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

I love the Lord! He hears my prayers,
so all I my life I’ll call on him.
When snares of death entangled me,
and pangs of hell laid hold of me,
I called upon God’s holy name:
‘I beg you, Lord, to save my life!’

What shall I offer to the Lord
for all his goodness shown to me?
I will lift up salvation’s cup
and call upon God’s holy name,
I’ll keep my promises to him
among his people gathered here.

O Lord, how dearly you are pained
when one of your true people dies!
I am your slave, your slavegirl’s child,
so, Lord, I’ll serve you all my days.
For you have freed me from the chains
that made me captive to the grave.

I pay my sacrifice of thanks,
and call upon God’s holy name.
I pay my vows unto the Lord
among his people gathered here,
here in the holy house of God,
here in your midst, Jerusalem.

Music Resources Vol 3 (Psalm settings): Psalm 116 p188, Psalm 116 p189, Psalm 116 p190


For musical settings of Psalm 100, see Music Packages 3 and 7.
See also TIS nos 59-62. LHS 433, 453, 879 and 882 are also based on Psalm 100, and so are AT 44, 56, and 107.

Music Resources Vol 3 (Psalm settings): Psalm 100 p168, Psalm 100 p169

Advice for Musicians

Advice for Congregations Without Musicians

Other Music Resources

LCA Music Resources

Downloadable Hymnal Resources (including downloadable backing tracks and lyric PPTs)
Modernised Hymn Lyrics
Hymnal Index (by tune and scriptural link) 
All Together Index (by tune, scriptural link and theme)
Five Songs of Faith

For further Music Resources click here.


While the LCA does not necessarily endorse the content of these websites, you may find them helpful in your worship planning.

Together to Celebrate: lectionary based song and hymn suggestions from a variety of sources.
Singing from the Lectionary: has song and hymn suggestions based on the RCL from other hymnals.
Song Select: catalogues CCLI licensed music. You can search for more contemporary songs by theme. If your congregation has a paid subscription you can also download sheet music and other resources.
Hymns Without Words: mp3 downloads of hymn tunes.
Metrical Psalms by Dale Schoening : Psalms set to well known hymn tunes.