Thursday, August 25, 2016

Songs, Hymns & Music for Proper 19C / Ordinary 24C / Pentecost +16 (September 11th 2016)

Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28
God is lamenting Israel's foolishness and the damage done to the earth.  
  • *TiS 679 / Online God of Jeremiah grieving (Wren) If you are going to focus on Jeremiah for the next few weeks, this would be a good hymn to learn. The traditional Scottish tune KELVIN GROVE is well known as the tune for "The Summons". Lyrics and free sheet music PDF. New words to old tunes 
  • Online Resource We love to sound your praises (Winfrey Gillette) New words to the very familiar tune O SACRED HEAD. Lyrics and copyright info. New words to old tunes  
  • *TiS 668 / AoVK-34 / ATFG587 / NCH569 / CH243 / VU307 / R254 / ELW739 / AA143 / A&M553 / GtG713 / G(3)805 / W&R38 / Cha693 / URW189 / StF729 Touch the earth lightly (Murray) Sings of the redemption of creation and our complicity in its destruction. Sources vary in their set tunes. TiS has a good tune (TENDERNESS) with a nice minor key change to the relative minor for the second verse. Can also be sung to BUNESSAN, if you need a familiar tune. Youtube video with all lyrics. New words to old tunes (if you want).
  • CH240 / W&R37 / StF727 / Lau687 / MP832 God in such love for us lent us this planet (Pratt Green) Really excellent lyrics of caring for creation and a reminder that the Earth is God's. Not all versions are inclusive (CH is). Lyrics (scroll down, and enjoy the other harvest songs listed as you do).  
  • *AHB 106 / CH238 / A&M543 / CP(E) 257 Lord bring the day to pass (Fraser) Excellent words. Care for the earth. New heavens and earth. Can be sung to one of my favourite hymn tunes (LOVE UNKNOWN), but other tunes are also listed. Lyrics and a tune sample. New words to old tunes.  
  • *Online Resource (Pilgrim Uniting) Behold and look with inner eye (Wiltshire) Care for the earth. A set of common meter words that can be sung to FRENCH, on seeing the beauty of earth, acknowledging climate change, and caring for the earth. Free songbook. New words to old tunes  
  • MV135 Called by earth and sky (Mayberry) Gentle song about being called to care for the earth. Sheet music.  
  • *URW080 Great Lover calling us to share (Wren) Challenging and beautiful words to the familiar tune PUER NOBIS.  New words to old tunes  
  • *VU305 Into the unshaped silence (Tufts) Lovely words of a new day, a day of rest, and care for the earth. You could choose just one verse and sing it as a round.  
  • NCH559 / PH266 / W&R36 Thank You God for Water Soil and Air (Wren) Good words asking God to help us renew the face of the earth by caring for creation. A prayer of confession. 
  • *TiS 651 Take, take off your shoes A fun slightly silly song for kids; this song is focussed on caring for the earth and creation. Good for kids. 
  • Cha658 / URW081 Restless Weaver (Harrison) Excellent words of our desire to help build God's new earth - caring for creation and desiring justice for all. Sung to the familiar tune HOLY MANNA. New words to old tunes
Psalm 14
Doesn't anyone around here believe in what is true?
  • Emergent Psalter Fools say in their heart "There is no God" (Everett) An excellent, modern refrain which is very singable, and can be sung with a second refrain over the top from Psalm 53. Sheet music (refrain only). 
  • PfAS014B Prone to wander (Robinson) A simple refrain based on an old hymn, sung to the tune BEACH SPRING. I would sing this quite slowly and reflectively. New words to old tunes
  • *VU735 Dear God who loves all humankind (Parry) Simple familiar refrain. It's the first line of the old hymn "Dear Lord and Father of Mankind" with a responsive Psalm setting. This would be a nice way to do the Psalm this week. Sample sheet music. New words to old tunes
  • GC(II)660 / G(3)750 Deliver Us O Lord of Truth (Steumpfle) Very challenging words to a good well known American folk tune (LAND OF REST - TiS 324). "Deliver us, O Lord of Truth, from speech unbacked by deed, from lives that by their faithlessness deny our spoken creed" (don't worry, it gets more positive in the later verses). Lyrics and sheet music sample. Sound sample. New words to old tunes
  • *TiS 469 This is the truth we hold (Bridge) This is a new one for me. It has very positive words about Christ as our truth through the ages. The tune is also new, but is not difficult, especially if you play it through once before starting to sing this. "This is the truth we hold, source of the joy we share, hope that can make us bold, trusting the name we bear: that "Christ has died" and "Christ is risen, in Christ shall all be made alive".
  • *MV31 / Linnea Good Pure love A simple two-part chant that picks up the Psalmist’s idea of the purity of God’s law “Pure love, pure truth, pure justice, God”. Would be great if you can teach it to some of the congregation before worship starts. Good for kids.
Alternative Hebrew Scripture: Exodus 32:7-14 
The Golden Calf. Who brought the Israelites out of Egypt? A cow? Moses? God?

  • *Taizé / MV016 / StJ / ELW528 / GA430 / SFFS 2157 / HPP410 / GtG466 / G(II)398 / GC570 / GC(II)550 / G(3)637 / CP402 / URW378 / Lau701 Come and Fill our hearts/ Confitemini Domino (Taize) Can be sun in English as "Come and fill our hearts with your peace, you alone O God are holy. Come and fill our hearts with your peace, Alleluia". A good song of recommitment. Obviously if you don't sing Alleluias during Lent, this is not for you. You could replace the Alleluia with Hosanna if you really want to sing it. Sound samples and sheet music.
  • Tune In / NCYC'07 Forgive us now (Brown) I think I’ve been suggesting this one a lot lately, but it also fits well with this reading “Forgive us now, O mother love for all the idols we have built, For all the time we’ve worshipped there in company of dark despair. Forgive us mother of all hope”. Lyrics, sound sample and songbook
Psalm for the Exodus reading: Psalm 51:1-10 
A Prayer for forgiveness and a new heart
You might like to sing a Kyrie.
  • *Iona (SBL) / MV068 / G(II)405 / GC581 / GtG578 / PfAS009A  Kyrie Guarany / On the poor, on the poor  (Sosa) A simple Kyrie from Paraguay; This is our current favourite at Brunswick. The English translation varies depending on the source (we don't sing On the Poor). Sound sample (track 12). Good for kids.
  • *Tune In / NCYC '07 Forgive us now (Brown) An excellent ballad. Lyrics and sound sample. "Forgive us now, O mother love for all the idols we have built, For all the time we’ve worshiped there in company of dark despair. Forgive us mother of all hope”.   
  • *Online Resource Open my heart (Hernandez) A beautiful 3 part chant, which also works as a single part chant. Sheet music. Youtube of the song being taught and sung in 3 parts 
  • *TiS 712 / AoV2-021 / ATE 269 / The tide has turned songbook Create in me a clean heart O God (Hannah) A big favourite in our congregation, and a big favourite of mine.  
  • *MV015 / GA186 Holy Sacred Spirit (Brown) Gentle chant, which would work well at the start of the service. Can be used without the cantor part. "Holy Sacred Spirit, breathe your breath on us". Youtube (VERY SLOW) Good to help kids settle.   
  • *AoV1-158 / GA438 Create a new heart Holy Lord / A new heart for a new world (O'Brien/Watts) Very simple melody, excellent words "Create a new heart Holy Lord, beckon our lives through your word, open our eyes to your call, United as one for your world". Lyrics and slightly odd sound sample. 
  • GA040 Create in Me a Clean Heart O God (O'Brien) Nice refrain and simple cantor part for this Psalm. 
  • GtG423 / W&R378 / PfAS051H Create in Me a Clean Heart O God (Carter) A very simple, and repetitive version of the Psalm. Lyrics and sheet music sample.    
  • Cha743 Create in me a clean heart O God (Mueller) Very simple refrain and responsive reading.  
  • GtG431 / SFFS 2134 Forgive Us Lord / Perdon Senor (Lockward / Martinez) Call and response prayer of confession.   
  • NCH784 Create in Me a clean heart (Diemer) Easy to sing. Nice words. 
  • *Online Resource Create in Me a pure Heart O God (Harding) A nice round, with an optional descant part.  Good for kids. Sample sheet music Purchase here (note that the sound sample is for a different song). 
  • TiS 31 / PH195 / CP257 Have mercy on us living Lord (Hopson) Solid inclusive words (if you replace "Lord" with "God") and a simple hymn tune (PTOMEY) 
  • Iona (Love and Anger) / StS067 / PfAS051G / STB120 Have mercy on us Lord / Khudaya rahem kar (Pakistan) A nice alternative. It would be nice to get your congregation to sing something from South Asia. PfAS uses only the first line as a Psalm refrain, which may be the simplest approach for Anglo congregations to dip their toes into South Asian melodies. Lyrics also in Urdhu, but works well in English too. Youtube
  • *Worldmaking.net O Tender God, Have Mercy A gentle, modern version of the Kyrie. Sound sample, lyrics and theology
  • ATOK 399 Holding out your hand (Holmes) I like this one. Good for kids.
  • *?GC(II)409 / G(3)477 Lord Jesus Christ son of the living God (Browning) A simple chant based on "The Jesus Prayer" with a beautiful (and optional) cantor which is really worth using. Nice chords! Nice sound sample and sheet music sample Sound sample  Lead sheet.    
  • Psalm Project - Sharing the Road Wash Me Clean (Bruxvoort-Colligan) A nice, gentle reworking of the Psalm. Might be good to ask a musician to sing this one. Available here. 
  • *TiS 729 / Iona (HSNW) Jesus Christ, Son of God have mercy upon us A very very simple call and response chant.  
  • *? TiS 744 Refresh my heart Lord (Bullock) I'm surprised at myself for suggesting this song, but I think it could work very well, especially if played in a laid back sort of way. Lyrics and chords. 
  • *Iona (Sent By the Lord) / MV066 Senzenina? / What have we done? (South African) This beautiful chant from South Africa asks the question that we often ask when things go wrong beyond belief. It's important to know what the song means when singing it. If you have some part-singers in your congregation, this would be particular good. It's good to let people ask this question. It is also on the soundtrack for "The Power of One" so you could also play the recorded music if appropriate. Free sheet music (loads a pdf). Maybe this could work as a Psalm response? 
  • Linnea Good Ah then these shattered broken bones (Good) Simple song; best if you have enough singers to cover all the parts. 
  • PfAS051I Lord Have Mercy (Brumm) A simple call and response Kyrie. Good for kids if you sing it with some energy. 
  • ATOK 354 / ELW801 / SFFS 2152 / GtG695 / SP&P128 / W&R373 / PfAS051A / ZSS178 / Srce95 Change my heart O God / Cambiame Senor (Espinosa) A mushy old favourite. 
  • SFFS 2134 Forgive Us Lord / Perdon Senor (Lockward) Call and response prayer of confession.
  • Online Resource Create in Me (Keesecker) A lovely choral piece. Listen to the full sound sample, it just gets better and better. Sound sample, PDF sample, and purchasing options.
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Grateful to be chosen; Some Glorias would be good.
  • TiS 143 / AHB 80 / NCH1 / CH132 / UMH103 / VU264 / A&M676 / LBW526 / ELW834 / HPP37 / GtG012 / PH263 / GC507 / CP(E) 474 / W&R48 / Cha066 / ZSS4 / Srce296 / 82Hml-423 / Lau725 / StF055 / MP327 Immortal invisible God only wise (ST DENIO). An oldy-but-a-goody. "In light inaccessible hid from our eyes". Lyrics, tune sample. Words are mostly inclusive for God's gender, but for the last verse which our congregation usually sings as "Great Father of glory, pure Mother of light", except for the last time we sang it. Oldy-but-a-goody. 
  • TiS 728 Jesuchristo Reina reina ya! A fun Latin American song. It's particularly fun if someone is brave enough to yell out a "call" at the start of each verse. 
  • ATOK 318 / Iona (SBL) / CH762 / MV036 / WoV788 / SFFS 2033 / GtG585 / SP&P078 / URW403 / StF753 Glory to God / Gloria di dios (Peru) Good fun. Great for kids - call and response. SFFS has a good Trinitarian formula for it. Good for kids.   
  • TiS 773 /  ATW 431 / NCH756 / CH760 / UMH072 / VU37 / WoV640 / GtG583 / GA291 / G(II)199 / GC(II)253 / G(3)426 / W&R240 / Cha034 / URW380 / StF752 Glory to God / Gloria Gloria (Taize) The refrain is excellent - joyous, simple, a round. Everything. The verses are not great. Good for kids. 
  • Iona (TI1AU) / MV038 Glory to God / Nzamuranza (Mozambique / Matsikenyiri) Simple African call and response song. Sound sample.    
  • *TiS 775 / ATOK 317 / Iona (M&G) / VU895 / GtG584 Glory glory glory glory be to God on high (Sosa) A simple Gloria. 
  • CoC20 Gloria (Bray) A pretty majestic gloria in 4 part harmony.   
  • CoC21 Gloria (Gibson) This Latin gloria could be sung as a simple chant, a 3-part canon or a four part chorale! 
  • GC(II)190 Glory to God in the highest (Beneath the Tree of Life) (Haugen) Communion response A good joyful Gloria. Just needs a word substituion for "his people" to "God's people". The sound sample actually does that and it still works well.  
  • MV124 Glory to God in the Highest (Trinidad) A good simple Gloria from the Caribbean Conference of Churches.
  • TiS 129 / AHB 56 / AoV1-029 / ATA 131 / NCH547 / CH555 / UMH378 / VU266 / LBW448 / ELW779 / A&M587 / GA437 / HPP334 / GtG649 / PH280 / G(II)434 / GC612 / GC(II)586 / G(3)645 / CP352 / CP(E) 375 / W&R422 / Cha546 / ZSS202 / Srce25 / Lau846 / StF440 / MP031 Amazing grace how sweet the sound (Newton) I once was lost... I think you all know this one. Nice youtube of some Sacred Harp singing, and a story. And a video of Gurrumul singing it in Yolngu with Paul KellyOldy-but-a-goody.  
Luke 15:1-10 
The lost sheep and the lost coin are found; cause for celebration!
  • TiS 179 / NCH273 / VU312 / GA379 / StJ / URW073 Praise with Joy the World's Creator One of my favourite hymns - strongly Trinitarian lyrics and excellent imagery. I particularly love the “One God in community” phrase. Some versions change "Son" to "Christ" to make it more inclusive. Lyrics (scroll down). 
  • VU360 / Cha074 A woman and a coin / the coin is lost (Vajda) Very appropriate lyrics, which ask whether we are the lost child or sheep. Tune is a little tricky so will need to be taught. lyrics 
  • TiS 129 / AHB 56 / AoV1-029 / ATA 131 / NCH547 / CH555 / UMH378 / VU266 / LBW448 / ELW779 / A&M587 / GA437 / HPP334 / GtG649 / PH280 / G(II)434 / GC612 / GC(II)586 / G(3)645 / CP352 / CP(E) 375 / W&R422 / Cha546 / ZSS202 / Srce25 / Lau846 / StF440 / MP031 Amazing grace how sweet the sound (Newton) I once was lost... I think you all know this one. Nice youtube of some Sacred Harp singing, and a story. And a video of Gurrumul singing it in Yolngu with Paul KellyOldy-but-a-goody.   
  • TiS 693 / AoV1-031 / GA212 Come as you are that's how I want you (Browne) This song is beautiful, gentle, simple, and very well known. Lyrics (search for "come as you are"). Slow and mushy sound sample. A good song to start the service.  
  • ATAR598 / Tune In / NCYC 2009: God has laid a feasting table / Invitation (Whelan). Feminine imagery of God gathering her guests to a feasting table. Fun Cuban rhythm. Particularly good if you are celebrating communion, but you don't need to be for it to make sense. Sound sample, sheet music and songbook. 
  • *MV020 God of still waiting (Daw) Good words about God waiting for us and the promise brought by the Spirit. Tune is quite beautiful, and will need to be taught at least a little. Lyrics.
  • TiS 233 / AHB 173 / A&M671 / SP283 / Srce2-319 / StF323 / MP315 I will sing the wondrous story A good old fashioned sing (HYFRYDOL). Note that it uses masculine language for Christ, which may bother some. “I was lost but Jesus found me, found the sheep that went astray, raised me up and gently led me back into the narrow way”. Verse 2 is particularly appropriate. I actually quite like the "companion Christ" imagery. Lyrics and tune sample. Oldy-but-a-goody. 
  • ATN 77 / G(II)542 / GC749 O Welcome All You Noble Saints of Old / In Christ There Is a Table Set for All We often sing "We and God at Table are sat down" instead of the original "God and man at table are sat down" from ATN 77, however, the Gather hymnals use "In Christ there is a table set for all" which I also really like! Good for celebration of communion Older style lyrics. Good for kids.
  • Online Resource God's great love is so amazing (Winfrey-Gillette) Good words about this story, to the familiar tune CONVERSE (What a friend we have in Jesus). Lyrics
And something extra: A cool youtube stop motion animation of this story. Unfortunately the resolution is not good enough to project it...

Please add your suggestions in a comment below. I'd love to hear of any appropriate songs you may know. 

Songs, Hymns & Music for Season of Creation 1C - Ocean Sunday (4 September 2016)

Songs related to the readings (not all with ocean focus) followed by (more) ocean songs:


Job 38:1-18
The birth of the earth and the mysterious ocean  
  • VU888 / LBW558 / ELW731 / GtG026 / PH458 / RS681 / CP358 / W&R642 Earth and All Stars Fun words of the universe united in praise. An easy hymn-like tune. I really like the "boiling test tubes" bit, although this verse is not in all hymnals. Lead sheet. Sound sample Good for kids, especially if sung with some humour.
  • *Recorded music Where were you? (Justin Roberts) from the collaboration "Why Not Sea Monsters" and their album Songs from the Hebrew Scriptures. This kids' song has lovely words and could be good for an offertory or reflective music (it's not just for kids really). Remember to project or supply copies of the lyrics when using recorded music in worship as it's often hard to hear all the words. If you have a copy of the album, chords are also available, so your own musicians could also present this song to the congregation. Download mp3 album or listen to sample. Good for kids. 
  • *ATAR629 Where were you? (Holmes) This song would suit a soloist rather than a congregation. Perhaps the congregation could join in on the chorus, but I think it would be better for them to just listen. 
  • *Online Resource For the blast of creation (Gibson) Excellent words of cosmic creation. Lyrics and sheet music
  • *Online Resource God who formed the mighty ocean (Dudley-Smith) I reckon these words are about perfect for Ocean Sunday, and can be sung to a range of standard hymn tunes - I like them best to ODE TO JOY. Lyrics. New words to old tunes
  • *TiS 418 / AoV2-075 / Iona (EoA, Common Ground) / CH593 / GA372 / A&M259 / Cha255 / SP94 / URW165 / StF393 / Lau305 She sits like a bird brooding on the waters (Bell) My favourite Holy Spirit song. Beautiful words and very easy to sing, provided it is not played too quickly The Iona recordings are generally very quick, but there are a lot of words to fit in, so keep it elegantly moderate in speed! Lyrics (scroll down).  
  • VU248 / StJ / WoV799 / ELW861 / CP307 When long before time / The Singer and the song (Davison) Easy tune. Nice imagery of God the Singer and Song Incarnate. Lyrics
  • *CH242 Is this the way you made the world (Gay) Wow! This song has a great tune, and wonderful wondering words.   
  • TiS 186 / NCH567 Stars and planets flung in orbit (Stuempfle) Great lyrics, the first verse particularly appropriate this week. Sung to the familiar tune PRAISE MY SOUL. Sheet music & lyrics.  New words to old tunes
  • MV190 Laughter lit the stars of morning (Pedersen) Lovely lyrics and a simple waltz melody. More a baptismal hymn than for a standard Sunday, but if you have a baptism this week, or would just like to use the lyrics of the first verse as a reflection, this would be good. Mind you, there’s nothing wrong with singing about baptism when there isn’t one on that particular day. "Laughter lit the stars of morning singing at the dawn of earth, angel throngs rejoiced to witness so miraculous a birth". 
  • *TiS 187 / AoV2-130 / CH149 / StS122 / A&M539 / SP247 Let all creation dance I just love the imagery of this one, and it's a very joyous and familiar hymn tune too. Lyrics New words to old tunes
  • *CH172 / URW062 / StF116 Sing for God’s glory that colours the dawn of creation (Galloway) Beautiful poetic words of creation (first verse), release (2nd verse), justice (3rd verse) and saints (4th verse). Would be a good song to open worship. Sung to a very familiar hymn tune, LOBE DEN HERREN (TiS 111). Lyrics (loads a Word document). New words to old tunes
  • VU242 / LBW557 / ELW881 / GtG037 / PH554 / GC567 / GC(II)551 / G(3)635 / CP403 / W&R22 / Cha717 Let All Things Now Living (Davis) Lovely lyrics to the well known and quite jolly Welsh folk tune ASH GROVE. Not all sources are inclusive. Lyrics (older version). New words to old tunes 
  • *SP&P89 / Worldmaking.net Ground and Source of all that is (Bruxvoort-Colligan) This song is very beautiful and easy to sing. Lyrics and sound sample.  
  • Cha055 O God of Every Shining Constellation (Bayly) A good older hymn for this theme.
  • TiS 119 / AHB 40 / NCH012 / UMH152 / VU231 / HPP39 / GtG032 /  PH288 / W&R31 / Cha064 / 82Hml-398 / Lau684 / StF107 / MP293 I sing the almighty power of God / We sing the mighty power of God(Watts) I really like this old hymn, especially sung to ELLACOMBE, but it can also be sung to FOREST GREEN. VU, NCH and Chalice have inclusive language, but other hymnals (like TiS and AHB, are not).   Lyrics and tune sample.  Oldy-but-a-goody.
Psalm 104:24-26  
God's creation and playfulness with wild creatures in the oceans
  • FFS63 These hills where the hawk flies lonely (Gibson) This is a really beautiful song that would work well for all the Seasons of Creation Sundays. For this reading the phrase "Oceans where the great whales wander" is a particularly nice part. Lyrics & sample sheet music.
  • *TiS 135 / AHB 70 / AoVK-110 / NCH31 / A&M533 / CH137 / UMH147 / VU291 / WoV767 / HPP35 / PH267 / GtG020 / CP415/6 / CP(E) 251 / W&R30 / Cha061 / Srce21 / StF100 / Lau685 / MP023 All things bright and beautiful The TiS version has beautiful Australian imagery. If you are in Australia and your congregation only has the AHB or other versions of the music, it is worth making copies of the TiS lyrics; the congregation will know the tune. Verse 2 and 5 have masculine language for God. Oldy-but-a-goody 
  • AoVK-123 / NCH3 / Iona (M&G) / UMH148 / VU308 / WoV794 / ELW837 / GtG021 / PH271 / G(II)338 / GC499 / G(3)911 / CP407 / W&R26 / Cha58 / URW232 / 82Hml-385 Many and Great O God are your works / Wakantanka Taku Nitawa (Lacquiparle) Good words. Simple tune. Sounds great accompanied by a good Native American-style drum beat, which is a great way to get people (especially kids) involved in music-making. Lyrics here. 
  • MV015 / GA186 Holy Sacred Spirit (Brown) Gentle chant. Can be used without the cantor part. "Holy Sacred Spirit, breathe your breath on us". Good for kids.     
  • TiS 175 / GtB Did you ever see a kookaburra laugh A fun kid's song. "Where do all the good things come from?". Good for kids.
  • *TiS 152 / NCH4 / UMH89 / VU232 / LBW551 / ELW836 / HPP22 / GtG611 / PH464 / GC529 / GC(II)520 / G(3)614 / CP425 / W&R59 / Cha002 / URW065 / 82Hml-376 Joyful joyful we adore thee Note that this hymn is not always very inclusive. I prefer more modern translations (e.g. TiS, VU, NCH, GC(II) ). Oldy-but-a-goody Older version lyrics and tune sample. 
  • *TiS 187 / AoV2-130 / CH149 / StS122 / A&M539 / SP247 Let all creation dance I just love the imagery of this one, and it's a very joyous and familiar hymn tune too.  New words to old tunes. Lyrics 
  • G(II)90 / GC101 / GC(II)60 / G(3)076 Lord Send Out Your Spirit (Lisicky) Could be fun to use just the refrain as a round. I would sing it much quicker than the sample. Sheet music sample. Sound sample. 
  • TiS 188 Where wide sky rolls down and touches red sand (Smith) Great Australian imagery sung to a familiar hymn tune. Lyrics (scroll down).
Ephesians 1:3-10  
Christ unites the cosmos 
  • *TiS 417 / AoV2-133 / ATW 448 / VU387 / StJ / WoV683 / ELW397 / AA94 / HPP237 / GtG293 / PH323 / CP657 / W&R135 / Cha244 / URW203 / StB220 Loving Spirit, Loving Spirit (Murray). There are about a zillion tunes set for this. I prefer FELICITY (by Colin Gibson TiS 417), but also like RESTORATION and OMNI DIE. Lyrics.
    New words to old tunes
  • Online resource Children of God (Harding) A simple two part chant. Will need to be taught. Sheet music sample (note that the sound sample on this site is for a different song!)
  • AoV2-037 Children Of God in one family (Walker) Great for kids. Sometimes we mess up, but God forgives. Good for kids.
  • AoVK-119 We're God's family God's children (Watts/O'Brien) Good words. Catchy tune.  Good for kids.
  • TiS 465 / AHB 399 / ATA 115 / NCH279 / A&M271 / Iona (SBL) / CH116 / GA381 / Lau313 / StF004 Our God in heaven / Father in heaven / Loving Creator grant to your children (Maquiso / Niles) I really like this hymn, especially the Philippino folk melody to which it's set. Newer versions of the hymn from the Christian Conference of Asia have altered the lyrics to "Our God in heaven / Creator God" in the first verse. Other versions, such as CH4 have "Loving Creator / Parent and God".
  • MV157 I am a child of God (Harding) A simple song with powerful words. Good for kids and adults alike. Very easy to learn. Good for kids (just the first verse probably).
  • *TiS 163 / AHB 112 / NCH556 / UMH150 / LBW463 / ELW771 / GtG024 / PH268 / W&R644 / Cha651 / URW084 / 82Hml-580 God who stretched the spangled heavens Good words of creation of nature and cities and creative possibilities for the future. AHB has a Father and old language, but it works okay; TiS and other sources are better. There are many possible tunes. I like it best to HOLY MANNA as in the link. New words to old tunes. Lyrics and sound sample.
  • TiS 180 / UMH105 / W&R58 / Cha013 God of many names (Wren) If this is new it will need to be taught to your congregation as the tune is not intuitive, but it is worth knowing. The chorus is particularly appealing to kids. Lyrics
  • NCH072 / UMH552 / VU362 / ELW530 / GtG311 / PH465 / CP534 / W&R597 / Cha278 / STB242 Here O Lord Your Servants Gather / Sekai no Tomo (Yamaguchi) Beautiful song about being a community of faith seeking strength and courage. Lovely simple Japanese tune. The story of this hymn. Lyrics
  • TiS 428 / AHB 340 Help us O Lord to learn Great challenging (but quite formal) words about being committed to learning the faith. Good for a New Year message. Boring tune though. I would sing it to ST THOMAS (TiS 271 / AHB 198) Lyrics (with thees and thys, which are not in TiS). New words to old tunes
  • Tune In: Community (Brown) A great and very easy-to-sing contemporary song about being welcomed and part of a community. Sound sample, lyrics, songbook.
Luke 5:1-11
The risk of going into the deep, as the disciples who followed Christ.
  • *Tune In: Hail the fisherfolk (Brown) A bluesy litany of the saints, including the fishermen of yesterday and the fisherfolk of today. This song celebrates the many people who have followed God’s call through the ages. Lyrics, sound sample and songbook.
  • CH340 When Jesus saw the fishermen (Agnew) Simple words about the calling of the fishermen, set to a traditional carol tune (THE SEVEN JOYS OF MARY). New words to old tunes.
  • *NCH173 / CH532 / UMH344 / VU563 / WoV784 / ELW817 / HPP324 / GtG721 / PH377 / G(II)500 / GC696 / GC(II)678 / G(3)781 / W&R347 / Cha342 / Lau871 Lord, you have come to the seashore / You have come down to the lakeshore / Pescador de Hombres There are many translations of this song. I like the NCH version best as it's most inclusive. The song can get a bit shmaltzy, but the tune is a nice lilting one and the words are great. “On the sand I have abandoned my small boat; now with you I will seek other seas”. Sound sample. Lyrics and sheet music.
  • ATOK 413 / Iona (HSNW) / CH533 / VU567 / StS039 / A&M510 / ELW798 / GA502 / SFFS 2130 / HPP317 / GtG726 / G(II)510 / GC700 / GC(II)687 / G(3)790 / CP430 / CP(E) 622 / W&R350 / URW060 / Lau877 / StF673 Will you come and follow me / The Summons (Iona / KELVINGROVE) A classic. Don't sing it too slowly or it really drags and takes forever!
  • NCH504 / StJ / HPP545 / GtG170 / GC(II)679 You Walk along Our Shoreline (Dunstan) Good words to a very familiar hymn tune (AURELIA). Sound sample, lyrics and sheet music sample (search for "you walk") New words to old tunes.
  • *Tune in: We are the dream that's longing / Jesus is waiting. An honest catchy rock song about our hesitation to follow and Jesus not only waiting, but continuing to work and change the world. A good sending-out song. Sound sample, lyrics and songbook available here.
  • Gospelling to the Beat One man was Peter he lived by the sea (Llewellyn)A simple kid's song "stop what you're doing and follow me!" Good for kids.
  • *ATOK 348 / Iona (HSNW) / G(II)496 / GC692 / GC(II)697 / StF462 Come with me / Sing hey for the carpenter (Iona) Excellent. I love this one. Very joyous, and a big favourite in our congregation. Lyrics. Good for kids.
  • *TiS 589 / AHB 505 / NCH171 / CH509 / UMH398 / VU562 / LBW494 / ELW696 / HPP314 / CP432 / CP(E) 233 / W&R345 / Cha337 / 82Hml-550 Jesus calls us; o'er the tumult (Alexander) Great words. TiS sets it to ST CATHERINE, but it could be sung to other tunes (like STUTTGART) if this is not familiar to your congregation (it’s not hard though). New words to old tunes.
  • *TiS 242 / AHB 183 / AoV1-018 / ATN 27 / CH404 / UMH261 / VU352 / A&M667 / HPP163 / GtG157 / PH302 / G(II)481 / GC708 / GC(II)689 / G(3)796 / CP(E) 468 / W&R118 / Lau765 / StF247 I danced in the morning / Lord of the Dance (Carter / SIMPLE GIFTS). Lyrics and tune sample. “I danced to the fishermen, to James and John….”.You all know this one, right? Good for kids Oldy-but-a-goody.   
  • *Tune In II There's A Fish In The Sea (Lees) BUC resource only so far. A good song for kids and teenagers. Good for kids
  • SFFS 2101 / G(II)301 / GC688 / GC(II)693 / G(3)798 Two Fishermen (Toolan) A nice medieval / minstrelly sounding tune and good words. This would be fun. Lead sheet. Sound sample. 
Ocean Songs (just in case you don't have enough)
  • *Online Resource Ocean is a call to worship (Damon) You could use all the verses of this gentle song, or just use the chorus as a chant. Quite a lovely call to worship, or prayer to re-enter worship at various points in the service. Lyrics and PDF
  • *Online Resource God who formed the mighty ocean (Dudley-Smith) I reckon these words are about perfect for Ocean Sunday, and can be sung to a range of standard hymn tunes - I like them best to ODE TO JOY. Lyrics. New words to old tunes
  • *NCH326 / VU449 / R158 / ELW455 / SFFS 2247 / CP042 / URW105 / StF376 Crashing waters at creation (Dunstan) Excellent words to the familiar hymn tune STUTTGART that cover all those great water images of creation, the red sea, and baptism. The song is not baptism-specific though. It would be great to sing on any Sunday “Living water, never ending, quench the thirst and flood the soul. Wellspring, Source of life eternal, drench our dryness, make us whole”.  Can also be sung to the tune RESTORATION, which is a great Sacred Harp melody. Lyrics, sheet music and sound samples. There is also a version of this in "Music by Heart" (number 56) where a cantor sings the verses, while the congregation sings a simple refrain "To the bath and the table, to the prayers and the word, come, every seeking soul". New words to old tunes
  • Church copies Flower of the forest (McRae) I am not sure of the source of this, but we have it in our folders at church; it has themes of creation and specifically mentions mountains, forests, and oceans.
  • G(II)343 / GC497 God of the Ocean and Sea (Haas) Good words of God in creation, including oceans. Joyful tune. Sound sample. Lyrics.
  • Online Resource Watch once more the windswept storm clouds (Habel) These excellent lyrics fit the tune LOBE DEN HERREN (Praise my soul the King of Heaven). New words to old tunes
  • SP&P091 O Great Spirit earth sun sky and sea (Getty) A beautiful and simple meditative chant on the Spirit. This can be sung gently, or more energetically like a Native American chant, as here. 
  • FFS63 These hills where the hawk flies lonely (Gibson) This is a really beautiful song that would work well for all the Seasons of Creation Sundays. For this reading the phrase "Oceans where the great whales wander" is a particularly nice part. Lyrics & sample sheet music.
What will you be singing? Add a comment, especially if it's something I haven't thought of! 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Songs, Hymns & Music for Proper 18C / Ordinary 23C / Pentecost +15 (September 4th 2016)

Jeremiah 18:1-11
God as the potter who can break down Israel; it's quite a threatening image. Repentence called for.
  • Tune In / NCYC '07 Forgive us now (Brown). “As we forgive may we be healed, as we reach out….” An excellent ballad seeking forgiveness in a sinful world. Lyrics and sound sample.
  • Brunswick Song Project Broken (Loukes) This simple song would fit well this week as it talks about being broken (like that pot!) and leads into communion, which we'll be celebrating. It's probably not too hard to be sung the first time, particularly if the congregation are just invited to join in the chorus.
  • Online Resource We are clay (Harding) A simple chorus which could be used prayerfully or in an upbeat style. Sound sample and PDF for download. Good for kids 
  • NCH263 / UMH539 O Spirit of the living God (Tweedy) Excellent words of hope for a church that needs to turn to God and do things right. The tune in NCH (ST MATTHEW) is not one I'm familiar with, but it's pretty straightforward. UMH uses FOREST GREEN which is much better konwn. Lyrics and sound sample. New words to old tunes
  • Iona (Sent By the Lord) / MV066 Senzenina? / What have we done? (South African) This beautiful chant from South Africa asks the question that we often ask when things go wrong beyond belief. It's important to know what the song means when singing it. If you have some part-singers in your congregation, this would be particularly good. It's good to let people ask this question. It is also on the soundtrack for "The Power of One" so you could also play the recorded music if appropriate. Free sheet music (loads a pdf). Good for kids 
  • CH252 / VU578 / GA481 / SFFS 2237 / G(II)471 / GC663 / GC(II)643 / G(3)744 / W&R551 / Lau828 As a Fire Is Meant for Burning (Duck) Excellent lyrics of unity across all nations set to the familiar tune BEACH SPRING. Sheet music samples. New words to old tunes
  • TiS 409 / AHB 322 / CH595 / UMH543 / VU202 / StJ / SLW43 / W&R328 / Cha250 / StF391 / MP488 O Breath of life come sweeping through us (Elizabeth Porter Head) This is a really good older style hymn with inclusive lyrics. Lyrics and sound sample. Not all verses are in all hymnals. Oldy-but-a-goody.
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
God knows us better than we know ourselves. We cannot hide.God knows us better than we know ourselves. We cannot hide.
  • AoV2-031 / ATW 424 / CH97 / A&M747 / GtG029 / GC(II)509 / SP301 / StF728 / Lau779 O God, you search me and you know me (Farrell). My favourite version of this Psalm. The tune flows effortlessly and it has a nice little hook at the end of each verse. Sample music and lyrics here. 
  • *CH145 God made me as I am (Farrell) A lovely little song.  "God made me as I am, part of creation's plan. No-one else can ever be the part of God's plan that's me". Good for kids.  
  • NCH Psalter 139 is a very simple refrain for this Psalm from Jane Marshall, which is worth a look.  
  • TiS 87 / CH096 / VU862 / GtG028 / PH248 / PfAS139D You are before me, Lord, you are behind (Pitt-Wilson) Excellent words, set either to the chant-like tune SURSUM CORDA or the Scottish tune HIGHLAND CATHEDRAL. The words are directly from the Psalm and are very beautiful. Lyrics. New words to old tunes
  • SP&P084 You know my words before they’re said / All My Days (Zelman) A good contemporary version of this song. It would be good sung by a soloist at first.  
  • PfAS139C Lord you have searched me and you know (Hopson) A very simple refrain for a responsive reading or chanted reading of this Psalm.
  • AHB 90 / PfAS139B Lord you have searched me and you know (1912 Psalter) An older style hymn based on this Psalm. I'm not crazy about it, but it might be good if you only have the AHB!  
  • ATOK 320 / NCH351 / VU645 / StJ / WoV770 / ELW732 / SFFS 2051 / GtG488 / HPP516 / W&R680 / Cha075 I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry. (Ylvisaker) A song of God’s presence in all stages of life. Very simple tune to sing. This always makes me think of Center Church on-the-Green in New Haven, CT. Lyrics, and a nice (slow) sound sample
  • Worldmaking.net God of My Breathing (Bruxvoort-Colligan). Excellent words to a well-known hymn tune. Sample and lyrics.  New words to old tunes
  • *ATW 487 Make your home in me A simple beautiful invitation. Written by Melbourne songwriter and teacher, Fay White. “If you fly to the point of the day’s sunrise or westward across the sea, if you travel to the uttermost ends of the earth, there I will be; Make your home in me as I make my home in you. I am everywhere that you can be. Make your home in me”. This is quite different to the Vineyard / Josh Young version you can find all over the internet. I can't find a sample of this one, unfortunately.
  • Taizé / TiS 725 / ATE 275 / AoV2-167 / ATE 275 / StJ / GA538 / GtG678 / G(II)553 / GC763 / URW391 In our darkness there is no darkness in your sight, the deepest night is clear as the daylight (La tenebre). Also translated as "Our darkness is never darkness". Sample music and lyrics.
  • *Music by Heart 15 Darkness is not dark (Law) A simple round, with optional cantor part. Good to teach to your congregation without lyric sheets or projections. Would be appreciated by kids, as it is simple. Good for kids.
  • *VU384 / SFFS 2052 / HPP229 / PH320 The Lone Wild Bird in lofty flight (Haugen / PROSPECT) Familiar tune and excellent words. First 3 verses and tune sample.
  • *NCH274 / CH118 / SFFS 2046 / GtG003 / CP390 / Cha014 Womb of Life and source of being (Duck / LADUE CHAPEL) Feminine trinitarian imagery. An easier tune, listed in some hymnals is IN BABILONE. Others have LADUE CHAPEL which is a little less intuitive. Lyrics. New words to old tunes
  • AoV2-079 / GA081 How Rich Are The Depths (Willcock) A good Cantor and refrain version of the Psalm.
  • ATFG511 There are lots of things that I can do / I'm the only one like me (Kirkland) Adults think this is stupid. Little kids like it a lot. So it's a good song if you want to teach something to your sunday school class.Good for kids
  • *Worldmaking.net Open unto me light for my darkness (Richard Bruxvoort-Colligan). This is really lovely and meditative. Sample here.
  • *MV 131 You, Creator God, have searched me Get out the maracas for this one! This joyous calypso chorus for this Psalm is so refreshing. I think it’s really good fun, and very catchy! Good fun for kids.  Good for kids
  • ATW 423 Examine my heart, explore my mind (Mann) This is a bit tricky, but if familiar to your congregation would be great to sing. Lyrics 
  • Linnea Good: Psalm 139: Where Can I Go? “Where can I hide from your Spirit? Where can I run from your presence? Where can I go, when you are always there?” A simple refrain.
Alternative Hebrew Scripture: Deuteronomy 30:15-20 
Love God, follow God's commandments and hold fast to God - it's the best way, really.
  • God Gives 1: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind and love all humankind as you would love yourselves and…. I really like this old Sunday School round, with a groovy 50s feel to it. Great for kids.
  • Iona (We walk his way) / G(3)517 / StF775 We walk his way / Ewe Thina A joyful, simple South African song. Sound sample. 
  • VU250 / GA415 / G(II)372 / GC546 O God of Matchless Glory (Duck) Good song, simple tune (HASTINGS). Lyrics and sheet music. Sound sample. 
  • TiS 430 / AHB 337 / Cha324 Your words to me are life and health (Martin) I really like this old hymn. It’s a bit old fashioned, but it still works, I think. Sound sample and lyrics.
  • TiS 430 / AHB 337 / Cha324 / StF164 Your words to me are life and health (Martin) I really like this old hymn. It’s a bit old fashioned, but it still works, I think. Lyrics. Oldy-but-a-goody. 
  • CP447 / W&R671 Lord we hear your word with gladness (Clarkson) Good words honouring the word and the Word of God, set to a well known hymn tune (NETTLETON). Lyrics and tune sample.  New words to old tunes
  • CH115 / MV089 / Iona (Love from Below) / A&M722 / SP292 Love is the touch of intangible joy (Robertson / Bell) Great words and a simple tune. "God is where love is, for love is of God". Lyrics (scroll).
  • NCH350 Now in the days of youth (Mathams) Sung to the familiar tune DIADEMATA, this song has great words for young people, including those being confirmed, asking for knowledge to use their lives wisely and to love truthfully.  New words to old tunes
Psalm for the Deuteronomy reading: Psalm 1 
They who trust in the Lord shall be like a tree planted by the water with roots in the stream and will fruit even in drought. 
  • *Online resource Blessed are those who trust in God / By the stream (Grundy) Oh my... this is just gorgeous! Best sung by a soloist for the verses. The recording is so beautiful - it's easy to pull my heartstrings with a cello and a mandolin... Youtube. Sheet music sample and purchasing options
  • *Online resource Like a tree by the flowing water (Bruxvoort-Colligan) Lovely simple words of connectedness, and a simple chorus. Good for kids. Lyrics, sound sample and purchasing options.  
  • *StS116 I saw a tree by the riverside / The Tree Song (Ken Medema) A great kid’s song about roots growing down to the water, and leaves growing up to the sunshine, and bearing fruit, and all that great stuff. Good for kids. Lyrics.
  • *Linnea Good Strong as living Trees A lovely haunting chant. Good for kids and adults alike.
  • *Online resource Like a tree by the flowing water (Bruxvoort-Colligan) Part of a series of songs based on Psalm 1, I think the chorus of this is probably my favourite. In Australia, you might want to use only the chorus because the word "rooted" means something quite different over here. Sound samples, lyrics and purchasing options. Good for kids. 
  • NCH313 Like a tree beside the waters (Martin) Good congregational words of richness from the waters. Tune is a little bit tricky, so will need to be introduced. It can also be sung to the more familiar HYFRYDOL. New words to old tunes 
  • CP462 The hidden stream that feeds (Troeger) Good for the end of the service "We leave this watered place to work on rocky ground, Yet even there the streams of grace sustain our daily round. Lord, through our lives may others hear your living waters drawing near."
  • TiS 607 / AoV2-126 / ATN 95 / CH528 / VU684 / StJ / A&M725 / SFFS 2171 / HPP406 / GtG753 / G(II)524 / GC726 / GC(II)721 / G(3)828 / CP(E)519/ W&R587 / Srce 462 / Lau898 / StF707 / MP456 Make me a channel of your peace (Temple). Lovely. Nice if you can just start a capella...  Youtube video of Sinead O'Connor singing it and lyrics  
  • *URW223 Happy are they who delight (Hopson) A responsively read Psalm with an African-American spiritual refrain "Like a tree that's planted by the water, we shall not be moved". I like it. 
  • NCH438 / UMH377 / LBW346 / ELW785 / HPP390 / GtG840 / W&R428 / Cha561 / Srce784 / MP757 When peace like a river (Spafford) An older American hymn. Hymnals vary in how old fashioned the lyrics are, and only some include the chorus. Lyrics and tune (really terrible old lyrics). 
  • *AoV2-006 / The tide has turned Deeper River / There's a river running deep within the silence of our souls (Digby Hannah). An excellent song of restoration for tired desert-like souls. Lyrics. 
  • PfAS001B Happy are they who trust (Thompson) A simple psalm response that can also be used as a round. Good for kids 
  • PfAS001E How blest the people (Espinosa) This will take a little while to learn, but the chorus is very simple, so perhaps use a cantor to sing the verses.   
  • TiS 1 / PfAS001C Happy are they who Walk in God's wise way (Routley) Excellent tune from Thailand. Words are a reasonable paraphrase and slightly old fashioned but quite fine. 
  • PfAS001F / URW224 Happy is the one (Bell) Quite straightforward and good hymlike paraphrase of the Psalm. 
  • NCH Psalter001 My delight is in the law of God (Hunnicutt) A very simple refrain and chanted Psalm.
Philemon 1:1-21
Paul's words of greetings and words on Onesimus' return, no longer a slave.
  • TiS 670 / SiS569 / AoVK-138 / ATE 258 / CH692 / Srce385 / MP376 Jesus put this song into our hearts (Kendrick) A fun Yiddish tune that gets even more fun if you get faster and faster as you go. Try teaching your congregation a simple side to side “dance” step; give them an excuse to join in! Good for kids. Youtube. Lyrics   
  • CH348 / StS001 / LBW196 / ELW843 / A&M762 / G(3)625 / CP397 / W&R93 / SP304 / URW090 Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness (Edwards) Good words of Christ's ministry to all. Can be sung to the familiar tune NETTLETON, or the less familiar and very lovely tune JOEL. Lyrics. New words to old tunes
  • AoV1-130 / NCH444 / SFFS 2223 / HPP495 / GtG300 / G(II)533 / GC735 / GC(II)728 / G(3)835 / W&R595 / Cha494 We are one in the Spirit / They’ll know we are Christians by our love (Scholtes) A classic 60's song of unity and being an example to others. It's still pretty groovy, I reckon. Older version are really masculine. We often syncopate it a bit at Brunswick. Lyrics and pretty silly sound sample. Good for kids.     
  • AoVK-21 Weave one heart (Haugen) Excellent song, with call and response verses "many colours woven into one" 
  • Recorded Music Sisters & Brothers (Malcolm Gordon) A song of change, surrender and the formation of a new family "Where slaves become brothers and love is discovered...". Sound sample and purchase options.  
Luke 14:25-33
In case you didn't hear him the first time, the gospel writer is reminding you that Jesus told his followers to give up their possessions. 
  • NCH590 / CH621 Spirit of Jesus, if I love my neighbour. Challenging words of offering help from a position of privilege and seeking to be set free from the entrapment of possessions “If I am hugging safety or possessions, uncurl my spirit as your love prevails, to join my neighbours, work for liberation, and find my freedom at the mark of nails”. Could also be sung to the tune PERFECT LOVE if your congregation would have trouble with the newer tune. New words to old tunes
  • *Taizé / TiS 739 / AoV2-041 / ATOK 404 / VU290 / GA269 / SFFS 2054 / GtG820 / G(II)451 / GC639 / GC(II)626 / G(3)733 / CP568 / W&R421 / URW388 / Lau947 Nothing Can Trouble / Nada te turbe (Berthier) Excellent and quite well known Taizé chant. Spanish lyrics are not too hard for non-Spanish speakers. Sheet music, sound samples, lyrics and translations. Good for kids. 
  • NCH562 / AA127 / Cha381 Take my gifts and let me love you (Murray) Good words about giving God ourselves, our goods, our money. Can be sung either to the set tune by Colin Gibson (TALAVERA TERRACE) which is quite straightforward, or the more well known tune HOLY MANNA. A good offering song. Lyrics. New words to old tunes
  • TiS 583 / AHB 496 / NCH204 / CH402 / UMH415 / VU561 / LBW398 / ELW667 / PH393 / GtG718 / GC698 / GC(II)690 / CP431 / CP(E) 582 / W&R351 / 82Hml-675 / MP935 Take up thy cross the Savior said (Everest) I don't actually like this hymn, mainly because I don't know it very well, but lots of other people do. Some versions are quite masculine in their language, but TiS, NCH, Gather hymnals and others are OK. Lyrics with one of many possible tunes (not the TiS tune). Oldy-but-a-sometimes-goody.
  • Online Resource / AA087 Lift high the cross (Kitchin adapt Murray) Shirley Murray's adaptation of this old hymn makes it very singable, while still challenging. Lyrics and sheet music.  
  • NCYC ’93 / ATFG586 We will love / We will walk with you at the edges (Gardener) This is a good little rock number “We will walk with you at the edges, we will die with you at the cross roads, we will risk with you taking chances, we will love”. Or something like that. Jesus broke rules, and that's OK sometimes. Good for kids.  
  • ATOK 413 / Iona (HSNW) / CH533 / VU567 / StS039 / A&M510 / ELW798 / GA502 / SFFS 2130 / HPP317 / GtG726 / G(II)510 / GC700 / GC(II)687 / G(3)790 / CP430 / CP(E) 622 / W&R350 / URW060 / Lau877 / StF673 Will you come and follow me / The Summons (Iona / KELVINGROVE) A classic. Don't sing it too slowly or it really drags and takes forever!
What other songs would work with these readings? Please join in and add a comment below.