Hymns for Congregational Use

UPDATED 3/27/2020

These hymns are available for use in Moravian congregations and for those creating alternative worship opportunities.  Printed music pieces are from the 1995 Moravian Book of Worship, used with permission.

We recognize that there are myriad music resources out there for creative worship. If you are interested in specific hymns from the Moravian Book of Worship, please reach out to the IBOC; we can provide printed music and words for any public domain hymn in the Book of Worship.  We are also exploring the possibility of recording additional works from the MBW; if you have a request, let us know.

And if you are considering using copyrighted materials in your worship, please ensure you have the proper licenses.  Major church music licensees like OneLicense and Christian Copyright Licensing International offer streaming licenses that will cover your performance and use of these songs.  For more on copyrights, click here.

NEW 3/25/2020: The IBOC has collected the CCLI and OneLicense numbers for many of the copyrighted hymns in the Moravian Book of Worship. Use this chart as a reference determine if hymns are public domain, copyrighted and whether or not they are covered under one of the licenses. As always, be sure to double check the copyright information at the bottom of each Book of Worship hymn you wish to use.

The hymns presented here are in the public domain, and permission is granted for use of the recorded and printed works.  We recommend downloading the PDF materials to your computer prior to printing.  Hymns are standard MP3 files; when select “Download” from the Dropbox page to save them to your computer.

Now, to our first round of hymns! Thanks to the Moravian Music Foundation for these files, which appear on Joining Our Voices from 2003, recorded by the Moravian Church Choir.

  • Hymn 273, Once He Came in Blessing (MP3) (PDF)
  • Hymn 394, Ten Thousand Times Ten Thousand (MP3) (PDF)
  • Hymn 533, Now Thank We All Our God (MP3) (PDF)
  • Hymn 543, Sing Hallelujah, Praise the Lord (MP3) (PDF)
  • Hymn 662/3, Jesus Makes My Heart Rejoice (MP3) (PDF)
  • Hymn 673, Christian Hearts in Love United (MP3) (PDF)
  • Hymn 769, God is My Strong Salvation (MP3) (PDF)


This next set of hymns were recorded by Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Thanks to Becky Lepore and the Central Choir for these pieces.

  • Hymn 381, Holy, Holy, Holy (MP3)
  • Hymn 343, Ride On! Ride On in Majesty (v. 1, 3, 4, 5) (MP3) (PDF)
  • Hymn 494, Breathe on Me, Breath of God (v. 1, 2, 4) (MP3)


New Hymns

These two hymns were written in March 2020. Thanks to Jill Bruckart and the Rev. Andy Meckstroth for permission to share these new hymns.

  • We Long for Comfort (Text by the Rev. Andy Meckstroth, Tune by Jill Bruckart) (MP3) (PDF)
  • God So Loved the World (Text and Tune by Jill Bruckart) (MP3) (PDF)


Hymns and Liturgical Music for Palm Sunday

These materials from various sources provide musical resources for Palm Sunday.  For liturgies, click here.

(*) Thanks to College Hill Moravian Church, Bethlehem, Pa.)