Jubilate has always sought to provide words that are readily understandable for both regular and occasional church members. Therefore where appropriate we feel it is helpful to make some small changes (“invisible mending”) to existing texts. This is a well-established practice that has gone on for centuries, and will ensure that many classic texts will remain relevant for future generations in an increasingly “unchurched” culture.

Below are many great hymns updated by Jubilate – all lyrics are free to download and use; please remember to include them in your CCL return.

Updated hymn lyrics with music

All creatures of our God and king

All people that on earth do dwell

Alleluia, sing to Jesus

Alleluia... hearts to heaven and voices raise

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound

All creatures of our God and king

All people that on earth do dwell

Alleluia, sing to Jesus

Angel voices ever singing

Angels from the realms of glory

As with gladness men of old

Be thou my vision (Lord, be my vision)

Breathe on me, breath of God

Brightest and best of the sons of the morning

Christ is made the sure foundation

Come down, O love divine

Come, you thankful people, come

Crown him with many crowns

Dear Lord and Father of mankind

Eternal Father, strong to save

Forty days and forty nights

Glory to Jesus! risen, conquering Son

How shall I sing that Majesty

Immortal, invisible, God only wise

It came upon the midnight clear

Jesus lives! Your terrors now

Jesus (Jesu), my Lord, my God, my all, hear me

Jesus shall reign where'er the sun

Just as I am, without one plea

Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us

Lord, be my vision, supreme in my heart

Lord, you were rich beyond all splendour

Love divine, all loves excelling

May the mind of Christ my Saviour

My hope is built on nothing less 

My song is love unknown

O come, O come Emmanuel

O God, our help in ages past

O Lord of heaven and earth and sea

O Lord, who came from realms above

O sacred head, surrounded

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness

O(h) the deep, deep love of Jesus!

Praise, my soul, the king of heaven

Praise to the Lord, the almighty

Ride on, ride on in majesty

Rock of ages, cleft for me

See, amid the winter snow

Take my life, and let it be

The church's one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord

The day you gave us, Lord, is ended

The first nowell

The God of Abraham praise

The holly and the ivy

The king of love my shepherd is

Thine be the glory (Glory to Jesus)

Through all the changing scenes of life

Through the night of doubt and sorrow

You holy angels bright

 

Updated hymn lyrics without music

A great and mighty wonder

All hail the power of Jesus' name

All my heart this night rejoices

Alleluia, raise the anthem

And can it be that I should gain

And now, O Father, mindful of the love

At the name of Jesus

Author of life divine

Awake, my soul, and with the sun

Before the ending of the day

Behold the eternal king and priest

Behold the great creator makes

Bright the vision that delighted

Christ, from whom all blessings flow

Christ, the Lord, is risen today! Hallelujah!

Christian soldiers, onward go

Christian, do you hear the Lord?

Christian, seek not yet repose

Christians, awake, salute the happy morn

Come, O fount of every blessing

Deck yourself, my soul, with gladness

Draw near and take the body of the Lord and drink

Eternal light, eternal light

Faithful shepherd, feed me

Firmly I believe and truly

For all the saints, who from their labours rest

Forth in your name, O Lord, I go

Give to our God immortal praise 

God is working his purpose out, as year succeeds to year

God made me for himself, to serve him here

God rest you merry, gentlemen

God save our gracious Queen

Great God, what do I see and hear?

Hail, gladdening light, of his pure glory poured

Hark! the voice of love and mercy

Help us to help each other, Lord

Holy Spirit, gracious guest

How bright these glorious spirits shine

I am not worthy, holy Lord

I bind myself to God today

I bless the Christ of God

I hear the words of love

I'll praise my maker while I've breath

Immortal love, for ever full

In heavenly love abiding

It is a thing most wonderful

Jerusalem on high

Jerusalem the golden

Jerusalem, my happy home, name ever

Jesus came, the heavens adoring

Jesus, priceless treasure

Jesus, your blood and righteousness

Joy to the world! The Lord has come

Judge eternal, throned in splendour

Let all mortal flesh keep silence

Let saints on earth together sing

Lift up your heads, you gates of brass

Light's glittering morning fills the skies

Like a river glorious

Look, you saints, the sight is glorious

Lord Jesus, think of me

Lord, I was blind: I could not see

Lord, your word shall guide us

Love came down at Christmas

Love's redeeming work is done

My Father, for another night

My God, accept my heart this day

O God of Jacob, by whose hand

O God, unseen yet ever near

O happy band of pilgrims

O happy day that fixed my choice

O Jesus (Jesu), king most wonderful

O Jesus, King most wonderful

O Lord my love, my strength, my tower

O Lord, you gave in love divine

O(h) for a closer walk with God

O(h) the bitter shame and sorrow

Onward, Christian soldiers

Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin?

Praise him, praise him, everybody praise him

Prayer is the soul's supreme desire

Round me falls the night

Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle

Soldiers of the cross, arise

Songs of thankfulness and praise

Speak, Lord, in the stillness

Stand up, stand up for Jesus! You soldiers

Ten thousand times ten thousand

The Lord is king! Lift up your voice

The wise may bring their learning

There is a land of pure delight

This joyful Eastertide, away with sin

To the name of our salvation

We love the place, O God

We were not there to see you come

Welcome, happy morning - age to age shall say

When morning gilds the skies

Where high the heavenly temple stands

You are coming, O my Saviour

Yours for ever, God of love