Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Songs, Hymns & Music for Proper 13A / Pentecost 18A / Pentecost +7 (August 6, 2017)

Genesis 32:22-31
Jacob seeks forgiveness from Esau, sending his family onwards, he remains alone and wrestles all night, obtaining a blessing from a man/God; seeing God face to face.
  • *Traditional Freedom is a constant struggle I love this song and I think it might work with this reading. Could be good used during prayers of confession or a time of lament. Lyrics. Old recording on Youtube.
  • TiS 691 Faith will not grow from words alone (Smith) This is an excellent hymn about doubting and struggling in faith. The tune is familiar and I find the words very helpful for thinking and doubting Christians. Lyrics. New words to old tunes.
  • TiS 506 / AHB 430 / A&M424 / CP064 / CP(E) 281 / StF572 Author of life divine (Wesley) Good inclusive words and a simple traditional tune; mystery of communion and seeing God's face. There is also a more modern tune from Carlton Young available from GIA music. Lyrics and sheet music. Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • TiS 516 / AHB 438 / NCH336 / CH664 / UMH623 / VU459 / LBW211 / A&M447 / HPP521 / GtG517 / PH520 / GtG029 / CP(E) 304 / Cha416 / 82Hml-318 / MP230 Here O my Lord I see thee face to face / Here gracious Lord, we see you face to face (Bonar) I prefer the more chant-like setting of this (Adoro to Devote), but I know the hymn-like tune (ST AGNES) is probably more familiar. Some translations are more inclusive than others. Best if you are serving communion during your service.  Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • ATOK 342 Jacob struggled for a blessing (Robin Mann). Excellent words. “When we struggle in the darkness, take away our fear and doubt. In the dirt beneath the surface quiet seeds begin to sprout”. Lyrics 
  • *MV027 Creator God you gave us life (Judith Snowdon) “through the mist of time and space, we search for that which makes us whole…. our spirits soar beyond the veil to touch the very face of God”. A soaring tune that hits the “weepy” button for me, though I don’t know why. Easy to sing after a brief introduction, I think. 
  • UMH386 / A&M616 / CP539 / CP(E) 407 / URW148 / 82Hml-638 / StF461 Come O thou Traveler unknown (Wesley) This is an older hymn, and will not suit all congregations. I think it's quite mysterious and good. Maddy Prior recorded a good folky version of it, here. Oldy-but-a-goody.  
  • SP&P107 Great is your faithfulness O God of Jacob / Your grace is enough (Maher) This very popular Christian rock song is pretty good. Note that the lyrics on most of Matt Maher's recordings are not the same as in SP&P. I quite like the changes he made for SP&P. The chorus is a bit repetitive, but "Your grace is enough" bears repeating really. Youtube. 
  • *Tune In / NCYC '07: Forgive us now (Brown) This is one of the best songs seeking forgiveness that I know. Lyrics, sound sample, and songbook. "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”.  
  • FFS19 For the hurt I create (Murray) Beautiful tunes (there are two) and words. Tune (ii) is most simple, so use that if you will sing it as a congregation, but tune (i) is good if you have musicians who can sing it for your congregation. If using tune (ii) you may like to suggest that your congregation join in on "forgive me, Lord, forgive", but make sure you teach it to them first, because the third one is different to the other three. "For the hurt that I create.... for the evil I condone... for works of peace I do not do... for hope and help that I refuse... forgive me Lord, forgive"   
  • FFS20 Forgive forgive us Holy God (Murray / Gibson) Very easy tune for a congregation to sing (and there are 5 verses to learn it in!). The words focus on our desensitisation to violence and our greed, so a nice fit for this week's reading. The final verse has a focus on communion, but still makes sense if you are not celebrating the eucharist this week. Lyrics and sheet music.
Psalm 17:1-7, 15
Asking for God to listen; God testing and trying and visiting by night, but the Psalmist has been faithful. I shall behold your face and be satisfied when I wake and see it. 
  • *NCH Psalter has a good translation of the Psalm and a simple lovely refrain from Jane Marshall.
  • *GtG211 Hear O Lord my plea for justice (Morgan) Excellent words set to a simple flowing tune; words are a little formal.
  • *PfAS017A / PfAS017B Lord bend your ear (Honoré) A very simple refrain which can be used with a read or chanted version of the Psalm. Good for kids
  • TiS006 Lord when your glory appears my joy will be full / O Lord hear a cause that is just This cantored Psalm is very beautiful. There is something about it that is quite formal and reverential without being pompous.
  • MV214 May God's sheltering wings (Snowdon) A nice simple blessing and benediction, which may be sung about a feminine or a masculine God. Lyrics (downloads a pdf).
  • Taizé / TiS 741 / AoV1-017 / ATE 282 / LBW368 / ELW407 / GA431 / SFFS 2200 / GtG471 / G(II)410 / GC586 / GC(II)566 / G(3)666 / W&R484 / Srce519 / URW390 / Lau929 / PfAS013A / PfAS102A / MP908 O Lord hear my prayer (Berthier) A simple and very well known Taizé chant. Works well during intercessions. You could read the Psalm between repeats of this chant, or just use as a chant as is. Sheet music samples. Good for kids   
  • *GtG211 Hear O Lord my plea for justice (Morgan) A very nice lilting tune, and good words that gently paraphrase this Psalm.  
  • VU739 Guard me as the apple of your eye (Hopson) A nice refrain for this Psalm.
  • *URW238 Keep me keep me as the apple of your eye (Marshall) Very simple refrain for this Psalm, read responsively.
  • *ATFG575 / VU400 / WoV775 / ELW752 / SFFS 2193 / GtG469 / HPP403 / W&R489 / Cha305 / ZSS156 Lord Listen to Your Children Praying (Medema) A simple, repetitive song which would be fun to play around with - you could do it fast or slow. Sheet music sampleYoutube sound sample (album version.
  • TiS 613 / AHB 546 / ATOK 405 / CH166 / LBW469 / ELW765 / A&M713 / SFFS2197 / HPP265 / GtG683 / GC578 / GC(II)560 / G(3)663 / CP506 / CP(E) 507 / W&R469 / URW179 / 82Hml-482 / Lau969 / StF526 / MP882 Lord of all hopefulness Lord of all joy (Struther) Excellent straightforward Irish tune (SLANE), and beautiful words. Would be a good choice for the final song. New words to old tunes
  • G(II)24 / GC25 Lord When Your Glory Appears (Stewart) A simple and good refrain. Lyrics and melody line. Sound sample.
  • TiS 47 / AHB 46 / AoV1-175 / NCH25 / CH161 / UMH117 / VU806 / LBW320 / ELW806 / GA459 / A&M746 / HPP1 / GtG687 / PH210 / GC614 / GC(II)588 / G(3)688 / CP528 / CP(E) 537 / W&R84 / Cha067 /  Srce2-441 / URW200 / 82Hml-680 / PfAS090B / Lau955 / StF132 / MP498 O God our help in ages past (Watts) A good solid very well known hymn! The surprising thing about this one is that the language is inclusive for God in most sources. Not all sources are inclusive for humanity, so check. Lyrics and sheet music. Oldy-but-a-goody.
Alternative Hebrew Scripture: Isaiah 55:1-5 
Come to the waters, God's abundance is free for all, listen and live, seek God while near
  • *Taizé Let all who are thirsty come (Taizé) A lovely simple chant. Sheet music, sound samples for learning. 
  • *Online Resource Dry (Somerville) An excellent song seeking refreshment from the living water and grace of Christ. It will need a little time for teaching, or ask your musicians to sing it. We used this at Brunswick on Ash Wednesday. Sound sample and sheet music 
  • GtG078 You thirsty ones come to the spring! (Donaldson) Pretty tune and a simple paraphrase of this reading. The tune will need to be taught, but there are 5 verses, so it's worth it.
  • BUC Song Project Broken (Loukes) This song seeking God's open arms at the end of a dry journey fits this reading well.  
  • G(3)815 The Thirsty Cry for Water Lord (Stuempfle / Haugen) Excellent words. The tune is pretty straightforward. Lead sheet. Sound sample.  
  • AoV1-074 Come To The Water (Andersen) A beautiful paraphrase of this reading. Familiar to many, but easy to sing if not. It is not entirely inclusive. Lyrics. 
  • *Tune In / NCYC 2009 / ATAR598 God has laid a feasting table / Invitation (Whelan). Feminine imagery of God gathering her guests to a feasting table. Sample and songbook. 
  • *W&R655 / URW202 Come Away from Rush and Hurry (Dawn) Excellent words of resting in a sacred space to the familiar tune BEACH SPRING (TiS 493) Lyrics. New words to old tunes
  • *StS060 / G(II)538 / GC743 / GC(II)740 / G(3)842 / URW055 / Online Resource Come to me come to us you who are burdened (Cooney) Very lovely, simple, welcoming song. Sound sample, and music for purchase. 
  • AoV1-151 / GtG479 / GA400 / G(II)350 / GC504 / GC(II)499 / RS 642 Oh Everyone Who Thirsts (To Everyone That Thirsts) / Come to the feast (Haugen) Dramatic call and congregational response. This could be a lot of fun - don't try to do all the verses though... lyrics and sheet music sample. Sound sample (I'd probably do it more energetically than this sample).  
  • TiS 34 O Lord you are my God for you I long (Dunn) Quite a nice paraphrase. Tune is not easy, but good once known.
  • AoVNG30 / SP&P016 / Srce2-24 All who are thirsty for justice / Come to the Water (Makeever) Nice song, and I really like the lyrics. A good song to be sung by the musicians to welcome the congregation, or before communion. Could be schmaltzy if you're not careful. Lyrics and sound sample. 
  • VU870 / CP419 / W&R25 / URW069 Let all creation bless the Lord (Daw) A very majestic hymn (the to tune MIT FREUDEN ZART). A good opening hymn. Lyrics & sheet music. New words to old tunes
  • ATW 435 Like the woman of old / Wellsprings A favourite song in our congregation about going to the "Wellsprings of life"and finding Jesus there. Picks up themes of tiredness, broken hearts and weariness, but makes the point that it's worth the effort.
  • *Taizé / MV102 / GC(II)648 / GC(3)752 Jesus your spirit in us (Taizé) "Jesus your spirit in us is a wellspring of life everlasting" Lyrics in English and German. Sheet music sample. Very very slow sound sample. You know, Taize music is not necessarily slow. When one of the brothers visited here, he strongly encouraged us not to be so slow!
  • ATW 475 Come to the banquet there’s a place for you. An excellent song by Melbourne singer and songwriter Faye White. "Though you maybe have no money, though you maybe feel unworthy, in your strength and in your weakness you are welcome, come." Good for kids. 
Psalm for the Isaiah reading:  Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21  
God is excellent 
  • TiS 100 / AHB 3 / NCH017 / CH147 / UMH62 / VU217 / LBW527 / ELW835 / A&M532 / GA395 / HPP261 / GtG020 / PH455 / GtG015 / GC534 / GC(II)523 / G(3)611 / CP(E) / 250 / W&R23 / Cha022 / 82Hml-400 / Lau694 / StF099 / MP007 All creatures of our God and King (Francis of Assisi) A good classic sing! Hymnals vary a LOT in their translations and verses included. Using only Alleluia Alleluia or "Sing your praises" as some hymnals do, eliminates the "Oh praise him" which makes it annoyingly male exclusive. NCH has "To you, O God, all creatures sing" and eliminates all kingly language. ELW has "All creatures worship God most high". Lyrics and sheet music. Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • TiS 132 / AHB 65 / NCH277 / CH651 / UMH64 / VU315 / LBW165 / ELW413 / A&M276 / HPP243 / GtG001 / PH138 / G(II)332 / GC475 / GC(II)483 / CP001 / CP(E) 202 / W&R136 / Cha004 / Srce243 / 82Hml-362 / Lau468 / StF011 / MP237 Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty (NICAEA) Old other-worldly language, but a surprisingly inclusive (in most hymnals) classic, and a great rousing hymn tune. Different resources have slightly altered lyrics. A surprisingly non-inclusive sample can be found here. Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • *MV176 Three things I promise (Wren / Damon) Beautiful words of seeking to live faithfully from Brian Wren. The set tune is unfamiliar, but very beautiful, and if not familiar to your congregation would make a good reflective piece (for the congregation to sing in later weeks). You could also sing it to one of the suggested alternate tunes PROSPECT and WAREHAM if you like. 
  • StJ / G(II)346 / GC506 / GC(II)508 / G(3)586 You Are All We Have (O'Brien) A nice refrain and good cantor parts. Somewhat formal. Sound sample, sheet music sample and a different sound sample.  
  • 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) ). Older version lyrics and tune sample. Oldy-but-a-goody. 
  • VU267 / W&R20 / A&M711 / SP288 / Lau897 / MP419 Like a mighty river flowing (Perry) Lovely words of the presence of God in nature. Lyrics
  • MV048 I can feel you near me God / Jump for joy (Mayberry) Good song for smaller kids about God being with us. I reckon you could get the kids to Jump in the chorus. Maybe it's a bit too happy clappy for some? Good for kids.  Lyrics 
  • *Taizé / MV009 O Come and let us sing to God our hope (Taize) "God's mercy is forever". Joyful gathering chant. Sound samples, sheet music.  
  • *Iona / CH788 / MV104 / GtG659 Know that God is Good / Mungu ni mwema (Traditional Congo) This traditional African refrain is just lots of fun and very simple to sing. Good for kids and adults! Sheet music sample.
  • *CH101 You are kind and full of compassion (The Grail, Inclusive Language Version) This is not a hymn, but a beautiful paraphrase of this Psalm that could be read as a poem or alternate translation reading.  
Romans 9:1-5  
Paul's anguish for the Israelites
  • 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 new video of Gurrumul singing it in Yolngu with Paul KellyOldy-but-a-goody. 
  • TiS 578 / AHB 491 / UMH529 / VU660 / NCH407 / SLW075 / LBW507 / ELW796 / HPP248 / GtG463 / PH361 / GC606 / GC(II)587 / G(3)694 / CP527 / W&R411 / Cha618 / PfAS011B / Srce254 / 82Hml-636 / MP243 How firm a foundation The lyrics of almost all these versions is quite masculine. NCH has good alternative lyrics that are inclusive, and GtG is inclusive but retains the "thees" and "thys".  Oldy-but-a-goody
  • *VU255 / CP348 The living God be praised (ben Judah) A new translation of "The God of Abraham praise". Excellent words, and of course, a familiar tune (LEONI). New words to old tunes.
Matthew 14:13-21
Christ's compassion; the loaves and fishes
  • *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.  
  • *Tune In / NCYC09 / ATAR598 God has laid a feasting table / Invitation (Whelan) Feminine imagery of God gathering her guests to a feasting table. Fun Cuban rhythm. Sample and songbook.
  • Online Resource How long will we sing? / Until all are fed (Bryan Field McFarland
    and Tommy Brown) Excellent words focussed on the need to feed the hungry all over the world. Very singable, and a catchy chorus. Sheet music
  • TiS 537 / ATE 297 / NCH347 / CH673 / VU468 / StS123 / WoV754 / ELW674 / HPP536 / GtG526 / PH514 / W&R698 / Cha422 / ZSS206 / URW096 Let us talents and tongues employ Great for kids, excellent Jamaican rhythm which you can have a lot of fun with. It's also very adaptable and works well with any instruments. “Loaves abound!”. lyrics and slighty tacky midi sample here.  
  • Web resource “Where is bread?” the great crowd murmured. This hymn from Carolyn Winfrey Gillette to ABBOTS LEIGH (a good familiar tune) focusses on the issue of hunger then and now. Strong social jutice vision. "Where is bread?" the call is rising; Millions cry who must be fed. God, your answer seems surprising: "You, my Church, you give them bread."Words and music available here. 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 / StF558 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.
  • AHB 565 Feed us now O Son of God (Peter John Douglas Allan) I like this old 1970s folky song. I don’t know why it didn’t make it into TiS. One of my childhood favourites. I think kids still like it, too. Good for kids   
  • TiS 538 / AoV2-093 Feed us now Bread of life (Robin Mann) One of my favourite communion songs. Simple to sing, and beautiful simple theology. “Piece of bread, cup of wine, Lord this food is good”. Lyrics Good for kids 
  • UMH434 / VU702 / StJ / R249 / ELW725 / GtG762 / PH407 / W&R624 / Cha662 Cuando el Pobre / When a poor one / When the Poor Ones. The words to this are just wonderful liberation theology. Lyrics
  • *TiS 511 / AHB 433 / AoV2-098 / NCH330 / UMH618 / VU480 / LBW212 / ELW471 / HPP524 / GtG525 / PH513 / GC832 / GC(II)832 / W&R699 / Cha425 / 82Hml-325 / StF592 / MP414 Let us break bread together on our knees / with the Lord (Trad/US Folk) A good one for people to join in on without needing to look at lyric sheets or projections if you are celebrating communion this week. Oldy-but-a-goody
  • Recorded music Five loaves and two fishes (Corinne May) I've listened to a few samples of this song, and it might work well played to your congregation, although it gets a bit schmaltzy for my taste. She has a beautiful voice! Lyrics are here, and you can listen to the whole song at YouTube and/or download the song from iTunes.
Do you have ideas to share? Please add them in a comment below. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Songs, Hymns & Music for Proper 12A / Pentecost +11 (July 30th 2017)

Genesis 29:15-28
The story of Jacob, Leah and Rachel. What a messy family!
  • TiS 683 / WoV735 / ELW603 / W&R416 / StF649 God when human bonds are broken (Kaan) These words pick up an unusual theme, and fit really well with this reading. There are a couple of possible tunes, none of which are immediately familiar, but they are not difficult either. Lyrics.
  • TiS 569 / AHB 478 / NCH18/19 / CH167 / UMH127 / VU651 / LBW343 / ELW618 / StF465 / A&M652 / HPP432 / GtG065 / PH281 / CP565 / CP(E) 455 / W&R501 / Cha622 / 82Hml690 / StF465 / Lau960 / MP201 Guide me O thou great Jehovah / Redeemer (Williams) A rousing hymn of God’s presence and strength and making it to the other side. "Bread of heaven, feed me now and evermore." Sound sample and lyrics. Oldy-but-a-goody.   
  • *NCH429 God bless our homes (von Christierson) A song to the easy tune CHARTERHOUSE seeking harmoniuos relationships and forgiveness within our households. 3rd verse "Forgive the hurts our selfishness inflicted on those we love and those who love us best. Christ, heal the scars, and draw us all together in God whose will is peace and joy and rest."
  • SFFS 2169 / GtG445 / StF613 God How Can We Forgive (Duck) Good words of healing in the midst of broken relationships to the familiar tune LEONI. Lyrics (scroll down). New words to old tunes.  
  • MV074 When painful mem'ries haunt each day / When painful memories haunt each day (Ruth Duck) I suggest singing it to the more familiar Celtic tune KINGSFOLD (TiS 262). "When painful mem'ries haunt each day and dreams disturb the night, when life is washed with shades of grey and phantoms fill our sight, Christ stay beside us and embrace the child who dwells within; come, Healer, touch or lives with grace; restore our lives again." New words to old tunes
  • TiS 689 / ATE 286 / GtB Lord hear my praying, listen to me / Sorrowing song (Mann) Powerful words of prayer to a simple tune. Words are straightforward about asking difficult questions of God. Lyrics (loads a pdf).
Psalm 105:1-11, 45b
Lots of fairly general praise ideas here. 
  • NCH022 / VU221 Sing praise to God who has shaped and sustains all creation! (Neander / Marshall) A new translation of Neander's classic hymn "Praise to the Lord the Almighty…". I quite like this. Sung to LOBE DEN HERREN New words to old tunes. 
  • *NCH Psalter Let the hearts of those who seek God rejoice! Good joyous refrain, which could be used with the sung or read Psalm. 
  • *AoVK-24 / Iona (T1AU) / CH756 Bless the Lord (Kenyan). A good call and response chant – would make a good processional. Words are: Bless the Lord (my sisters), Bless the Lord (my brothers) Bless the Lord there is no other God. I think our congregation would really enjoy this. The tune is identical to Reamo Leboga. Sound sample of Reamo leboga (scroll to the 3rd album). 
  • *Iona / CH788 / MV104 / GtG659 Know that God is Good / Mungu ni mwema (Traditional Congo) This traditional African refrain is just lots of fun and very simple to sing. Good for kids and adults! Lyrics and sheet music
  • *ATW 457 / Iona (T1AU) / CH751 / MV050 / StS017 / GC(II)260 / G(3)328 / URW402 Alleluia (Duncan) A simple Alleluia. Gather version has a descant cantor part. Here are some nice notes on how to teach it to your congregation. Sound sample. 
  • ATW 460 / Iona (M&G) / CH752 / VU717 / WoV610 Alleluia (South Africa) (Mxadana) Beautiful and peaceful, especially if you can work all the harmonies in. 
  • MV187 / ELW682 We give our thanks / Reamo leboga (Traditional Botswana) A great song to sing for the offering. Sound sample (scroll to the 3rd album). We usually sing it much more quickly than this sample. 
  • *MV060 / Cha026 / STB112  God we give you thanks and praise / God we give you heartfelt praise (Tan) Lovely chant that also works as a round, and would be appropriate for receiving the offering. From Taiwan.  
  • ATE 216 / Iona (SBL) / CH126 / StJ / ELW555 / PH472 / G(II)365 / GC527 / RS 671 / CP417 / W&R15 / StF042 O sing to the Lord / Cantai ao Senhor / Cantad al Señor (Traditional Brazilian) A good, fun and simple song that is easy to learn in Portuguese or Spanish too; note that not all versions are inclusive. Sheet music samplesGood for kids!
Alternative Psalm: Psalm 128
Happy the home that honours God
  • GtG047 Bless all who trust in God (Mowbray) A simple paraphrase to a very predictable and good hymn tune (FRANCONIA) about trusting God as the only truth. 
  • G(II)111 / GC125 / GC(II)70 / G(3)086 / PfAS128B / Lau409 Blest Are Those Who Love You (Haugen) Quite nice Psalm and response. 
  • *NCH429 God bless our homes with peace and love and laughter (von Christierson) A song to the easy tune CHARTERHOUSE seeking harmoniuos relationships and forgiveness within our households.  
Alternative Hebrew Scripture: 1 Kings 3:5-12
Solomon asks God for understanding.
  • Iona (Heaven Shall Not Wait) When our Lord walked the earth (Bell / PERSONENT HODIE) Familiar and easy tune, excellent words. Chorus is “God became our neighbour, granting with his favour, Power to speak and heal, grace to know what’s real, wisdom, insight and faith, love and understanding.” Lyrics. New words to old tunes
  • NCYC09 For my brother I pray peace / Understanding through you Lord (Price) Excellent song for intercessions. Not easy the first time through, but catchy once you know it. Needs quite a good vocal range, and a good keyboardist or (better) a guitarist because it's written in a fairly tricky key.
  • SP&P037 Open our hearts (Rowley) A simple song, with suggested parts for rhythm instruments (djembe, clave, shaker); would be a good processional, or for the entry of scriptures.  
  • *CH604 Holy wisdom lamp of learning (Duck) Great words seeking wisdom, judgement, and celebrating a searching faith. Sung to a good joyful and easy hymn tune (IN BABILONE). Could also be sung to BEACH SPRING. Sample music and lyrics. New words to old tunes
  • *MV063 / StJ / GC(II)500 / G(3)593 Long before my journey’s start / Wisdom my road (Warner) A song seeking Wisdom. Pretty straightforward, and particularly good if you have communion this Sunday. Sample sheet music available here. Sound sample.
Alternative Psalm for the 1 Kings reading: Psalm 119:129-136
  • TiS 666 / AoV2-113 / AoVK-126 / ATOK 409 / NCH526 / Iona (Common Ground, Freedom is Coming) / CH516 / VU646/647 / WoV650 / ELW866 / A&M483 / SFFS 2235 / HPP153 / GtG853 / G(II)357 / GC513 / GC(II)516 / G(3)594 / Cha442 / SP235 / Srce737 / StF483 / MP954 We are marching in the light of God / Siyahamba / Caminando (South African) A very popular chorus, with possible alternate verses, depending on your source. Sometimes people get anxious about the word "marching", but remember that this song comes from apartheid-era South Africa, where people were protesting so that they could vote in their own country. Good for kids.    
  • TiS 430 / AHB 337 / Cha324 / StF164 Your words to me are life and health (G Currie Martin) I really like this old hymn. It’s a bit old fashioned, but it still works, I think. Lyrics. Oldy-but-a-goody. 
  • AHB 341 A lamp for our feet has been given (CRUGYBAR). Solid words and a great old Welsh tune. I wouldn’t be desperate to sing this one, but if all you have is the AHB, it’s worth it. 
  • *MV108 I know your word (Tua Palavra) A simple Brazilian rhythm and a catchy tune. Great for kids, and a good song for adults too. “I know your word, your word is a lamp to my feet O God. I know your word is a lamp, O God, to light my path forever”.  Good for kids. 
  • Recorded song: Walk in the light, beautiful light (Aretha Franklin). This song would be great if you have some gospel singers in your congregation! can listen to Aretha and some awesome choir singing it here. 
  • Recorded music: Heavenly light shine on me (Swan Silvertones). This is a cool song. BUCkets of Love (the occasional BUC gospel choir) can sing it, too, but not as well as the Swan Silvertones. Listen here.
  • NCH497 / SFFS 2208 / GtG741 / PH354 / G(II)508 / GC707 / GC(II)684 G(3)780 / CP513 / ZSS141 Guide my feet while I run this race An excellent civil rights era song. Would work well as a meditative prayer for guidance or as an uplifting call to action at the end of the service.You could also make up your own lyrics. Lyrics. Good for kids.  
  • TiS 689 / ATE 286 / GtB Lord hear my praying, listen to me / Sorrowing song (Mann) Powerful words of prayer to a simple tune. Words are straightforward about asking difficult questions of God. Lyrics (loads a pdf).
Romans 8:26-39
  • *Taizé / A&M842 / G(3)697 / SP328 Nothing can ever come between us and the love of God A newer Taizé chant “Nothing can ever come between us and the love of God, the love of God, revealed to us in Christ Jesus”. It has a long “Oh…..” in it for a cantor part, but I have sung it many times with just a simple Oh and no cantor and it works fine. Sound samples and sheet music for practice. 
  • HiOS004 All Will Be Well (Wallace) While based on the writings of Julian of Norwich, I think this song fits well with this reading. "All will be well, all things shall be well. This is the peace of deep blue dream"... 
  • StJ / HPP564 / GC(II)584 / G(3)693 All Will Be Well (Julian of Norwich / Warner) refrain is good. think this may have verses, but I don't have the book.  
  • *Tune In: Spirit of the Father / Alive in me (Anderson) Catchy song about God’s spirit living in us. "Take hold of the hope that I give, trust in me, reach out for the love you can live, eternally”. Lyrics and sound sample. 
  • *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 new video of Gurrumul singing it in Yolngu with Paul KellyOldy-but-a-goody.
  • *TIS 624 / W&R453 / StF492 Christ be my leader by night as by day Excellent words of following Christ in times of struggle to a traditional Scottish melody. Lyrics 
  • FFS011 Come teach us Spirit of our God (Murray) Excellent words and a good tune. 
  • Tune In: Father of earth, Mother of sea. A latinesque song about the Spirit being with those who are victims, prisoners and the sick, as well as present in our prayers. Note particularly the phrase “Spirit who prays with us while war goes on… pray with us Lord”. Lyrics and sample  
  • ATW 463 / Iona (T1AU) / ELW721 / SFFS 2219 / A&M835 / GtG750 / GC(II)451 / G(3)528 / W&R296 / URW436 Goodness is stronger than evil (Tutu / Iona) Words from Archbishop Desmond Tutu. "Victory is ours, victory is ours, through him who loves us". Some congregations change the last line to "Compassion is ours, compassion is ours...". It depends on the context in which you sing it, I suppose. Sound sample. Good for kids. 
  • VU619 / WoV738 / ELW612 / SFFS 2213 / GtG795 / G(II)642 / GC882 / GC(II)854 / G(3)960 / RS 958 / CP612 / W&R630 / Cha506 / URW161 / Lau427 Healer of Our Every Ill (Haugen) Good straightforward words of healing and simple tune. "Give us strength to love each other, every sister, every brother". Can get overly mushy. Lyrics and sheet music sample. Sound sample.  
  • TiS 419 / NCH270 / CH592 / A&M252 / UMH544 / VU205 / WoV685 / ELW403 / HPP222 / GtG285 / PH314 / CP635 / CP(E) 185 / W&R327 / SP92 / 82Hml-513 / StF389 Like the murmur of the dove's song (Daw) Excellent words and a simple tune about Christian unity. Each verse ends with "Come holy spirit, come". Lyrics and sheet music samples.      
  • *ATOK 383 / AoV2-057 May we see Christ's loving face / Icon of grace. A beautiful chant from Australians Trisha Watts and Monica O’Brien  
  • Worldmaking.net / SP&P081 / CP086 More Than We Can Ask A great chant for use during intercessions. Very simple and genuine. Sample and lyrics here.  
  • *Worldmaking.net O Tender God have mercy (Bruxvoort-Colligan) A nice chant which would be great for the prayer of confession. Lyrics and very breathy sound sample
  • AoV1-139 O God Nothing Can Take Us from your love (Walker) Good refrain. Good verses. Cantor and congregational response. 
  • *TiS 380 / AHB 303 / NCH253 / CH419 / UMH308 / VU173 / LBW145 / ELW376 / A&M218 / HPP203 / GtG238 / PH122 / CP210 / CP(E)160 / W&R310 / Cha218 / Srce694 / Lau287 / StF313 / MP689 Thine be the glory risen conquering Son (Budry) One of the few older hymns that doesn't require updating, and beautiful harmonies... A great classic hymn! Lyrics and sheet music. Oldy-but-a-goody.
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Lots of kingdom imagery including treasure in a field and a mustard seed
  • *CH343 / GC(II)641 / G(3)738 The Reign of God like farmer's field (Dufner) Excellent words, sung to a very familiar traditional American tune (LAND OF REST). Highly recommended. This song will also fit next week's readings, so if it's new, now would be a good time to introduce it. I'd play it a little quicker than this sample. Sample lyrics and tuneNew words to old tunes.  
  • Seeds of Faith: The seed song (Bruxvoort-Colligan) Supremely silly and fun. A good song to sing for the kid’s talk, and get them involved in the actions. It's kind of long... Lyrics and sound sample here. Good for (smaller) kids 
  • Iona (Common Ground) URW177 Til all the jails are empty (Daw) A song about the work that we need to do in the world, and a prayer that the seed we sow will grow.
  • Tune In: Kingdom Come “The kingdom is here, it’s not in a jar. Try weeding it out, you won’t get far”. A song about what the kingdom might be like, with plentiful images from the parables. Sample here. 
  • AoVNG125 / MV146 / GC(II)637 / G(3)740 / PfAS024D / Taize The Kingdom of God is justice and peace and joy in the holy spirit (Taize) "Come, Lord and open in us the gates of your kingdom". A nice joyful Taize chant. Sheet music and sound samples of parts for practice. Good for kids. 
  • VU361 / AA123 Small things count (Murray) Good simple song. Good for kids, although there are a lot of words for non-readers. It would be nice to break this song up and sing it to the kids somehow. Good for kids. 
  • UMH275 The kingdom of God is like a grain of mustard seed I don't have this hymnbook, so don't know what the tune is like, but the words are fine. Lyrics. 
  • 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. 
  • Gospelling to the beat See the little seed A simple little song for kids.   
  • *WoV658 / ELW506 / URW078 The word of God is source and seed "The Word of God is source and seed; It comes to die and sprout and grow. So make your dark earth welcome warm; Root deep the grain God bent to sow." Lyrics (downloads a pdf). 
  • *NCH 528 / UMH583 / WoV753 / Cha478 You are the seed / Sois la semilla. This is a simple song to sing, and the words are very cheering. “You are the seed that will grow and new spout; you’re a star that will shine through the day”. Good for older kids who can read all the words. 
  • *MV174 Soil of God (Holy Ground) The tune is quite siple and the words are good “Soil of God, you and I, stand ready to bear seeds of faith nourished by God’s tender care”. It's probably more appropriate for last week, but would also fit this week. 
  • Tune In Tune In (Sims) A simple kids’ song, with actions about listening for God. Sample and lyrics 
  • AoVK-132 When we listen we will hear you (Halloran) Good words about hearing God through creation, family and stories. 
  • TiS 531 / NCH076 / UMH664 / VU481 / R171 / ELW330 / HPP578 / W&R712 Sent forth by God's blessing (Westendorf) Lovely joyful folk tune (THE ASH GROVE), and the analogy of the vine and fruit is paramount in the first verse. NCH has a descant part written in, so look at that if you have some good high singers.“The seed of God’s teaching, our hungry souls reaching, shall blossom in action for all humankind”… Lyrics. New words to old tunes
  • ATW 447 Thank you Jesus for ordinary miracles (Mann) This is a fun song, and good for older kids. Lyrics. Good for older kids who can read all the words. 
  • ATA 181 Faith like a mustard seed (Prewer) A simple round. I would just sing the first verse. 
  • A Singing Faith 27 As trees from tiny seeds can grow (Parker Huber) Excellent words to a hymn-like tune. Can also be sung to O WALY WALY.  Preview. New words to old tunes
  • MV155 Unbounded spirit breath of God (Wren / Best) Good solid words of commitment to faith and work; a communal song. Simple hymnlike tune.
Do you have ideas? Please share them in a comment below...

Songs, Hymns & Music for Proper 11A / Pentecost 16A (July 23, 2017)

Genesis 28:10-19a
Jacob, alone in an unfamiliar land dreams of a passage to heaven, and receives anew God’s promise to Abraham. Recognises God’s presence and worships. Bethel. 
  • *NCH002 / ZSS117 Glory Glory Hallelujah! Excellent African-American chorus; includes the verse “We are climbing Jacob’s ladder” and “every rung goes higher higher”. There is a version here similar to NCH. Good for kids. 
  • AoV2-154 / NCH606 / UMH528 / VU497 / A&M352 / HPP471 / CP538 / CP(E) 526 / Cha577 / Srce492 / MP482 Nearer my God to you / thee (Adams/Mason). I didn’t grow up with this song, so I find the tune kind of sappy and sentimental. Having said that, I really like the words in the NCH and it is an excellent fit for this reading “When I am wandering as Jacob did, and in the deepest night, the path is hid, my dreams will bring me, too, nearer my God, to you”. Please note that not all sources have such accessible words. Traditional lyrics.   
  • NCH500 / UMH418 / HPP454 / G(II)497 / GC693 We are climbing Jacob’s ladder. A traditional well-known favourite in some circles; NCH replaces “Soldiers of the cross” with “bearers of the cross”. Note that not all sources are as accessible. Traditional lyrics. Note there are also many recordings of this song (e.g. Pete Seeger, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Paul Robeson, Bruce Springsteen, Jane Siberry) that you may also want to use; it's interesting to see how each of these singers has altered the lyrics. Good for kids. Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • TiS 569 / AHB 478 / NCH18/19 / CH167 / UMH127 / VU651 / LBW343 / ELW618 / StF465 / A&M652 / HPP432 / GtG065 / PH281 / CP565 / CP(E) 455 / W&R501 / Cha622 / 82Hml690 / StF465 / Lau960 / MP201 Guide me O thou great Jehovah / Redeemer (Williams) A rousing hymn of God’s presence and strength and making it to the other side. "Bread of heaven, feed me now and evermore." Sound sample and lyrics. Oldy-but-a-goody.   
  • *AoV2-103 / AoVK-115 / G(II)514 / GC712 / GC(II)715 / G(3)809 The heavens embrace the earth / On Holy Ground (Donna Pena). I love the energy and passion in this song and the vision of the heavens embracing the earth. I especially like the “Do you believe in freedom? Yes we do Lord! Do you believe in justice? Justice for all!” call in the middle. Bilingual English/Spanish song. Sample.   
  • *ATW 433 At the dawn of the ages / You were in this place (Mann) An Australian song about seeing God in this ancient land and in our indigenous people. “Do we take after Jacob, blind to what lies at hand, needing dreams to inform us God is here in this land?”. Tune is very smooth and simple. Lyrics. 
  • TiS 217 / AHB 148 / NCH43 / CH519 / UMH384 / VU333 / A&M721 / LBW315 / ELW631 / A&M721 / GA463 / HPP48 / GtG366 / PH376 / GC622 / GC(II)613 / G(3)641 / CP485/6 / CP(E) 516 / W&R358 / Cha517 / Srce457 / URW100 / 82Hml-657 / Lau801 / StF503 / MP449 Love divine all loves excelling (Wesley) A beautiful classic song and most hymnals use a very inclusive version of this hymn, even the AHB. Lyrics and sheet music. You may also like to give Rend Collective Experiment's version a listen (hard for congregations to sing, but nice for listening). Oldy-but-a-goody. 
  • Online Resource  The sun went down on Jacob's grief (Idle) Good accessible words about this story. Lyrics and tune  
Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 
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 Psalm 139, which fits this reading too. 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.
  • 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.
  • STB008 Come Lord Jesus Christ / Esho hae Probhu (Bangladesh) (Shaha) A good chant to sing in times of darkness. It has words in English and Bengali. The tune will need to be taught.  
  • *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. New words to old tunes
  • *NCH274 / CH118 / SFFS 2046 / GtG003 / CP390 / Cha014 Womb of Life and source of being (Duck) 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.
  • *MV131 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: Wisdom of Solomon 12:13, 16-19
God's strength, and kindness in righteousness 
  • ATW 463 / Iona (T1AU) / ELW721 / SFFS 2219 / A&M835 / GtG750 / GC(II)451 / G(3)528 / W&R296 / URW436 Goodness is stronger than evil (Tutu / Iona) Words from Archbishop Desmond Tutu. "Victory is ours, victory is ours, through him who loves us". Some congregations change the last line to "Compassion is ours, compassion is ours...". It depends on the context in which you sing it, I suppose. Sound sample. Good for kids.  
  • *Taize / A&M834 / G(3)959 / SP323 / Lau221 God is forgiveness / Bog jest miloscia (Taize) "God is forgiveness, love and do not fear". A simple Taize chant which seems to suit this reading quite well. Sheet music, lyrics in many languages, sound samples. Good for kids
  • StF761 Merciful Lord in your loving kindness hear our prayer (Simei Monteiro) A lovely simple song that can be sung as an Intercessory response. In Portuguese and English.
Alternative to the Alternative Hebrew Scripture: Isaiah 44:6-8
  • *AoV2-070 / ATW 496 / MV090 / StJ / G(3)719 Don't be afraid (Bell) Excellent. I love this song of reassurance. "Don't be afraid, my love is stronger. My love is stronger than your fear". This song can be used as a response to intercessions. Good for kids. Sound sample.  This song could be used as a Psalm response I think.
  • FFS27 God of unexplored tomorrows (Jones) The tune will need to be taught, but is quite lovely (CROMWELL). Imagery of "God of rock and flowing river", "strong foundation" "cleansing, quenching water".
Alternative Psalm: Psalm 86:11-17
Listen to me in my trouble; prayer
  • NCH Psalter 86 O God you abound in steadfast love (Hunnicutt) A nice joyful refrain for this cantored or read Psalm.
  • Taizé / TiS 741 / AoV1-017 / ATE 282 / LBW368 / ELW751 / GA431 / SFFS 2200 / GtG471 / G(II)410 / GC586 / GC(II)566 / G(3)666 / W&R484 / Srce519 / URW390 / Lau929 / PfAS013A / PfAS102A / MP908 O Lord hear my prayer (Berthier) A simple and very well known Taizé chant. Works well during intercessions. You could read the Psalm between repeats of this chant, or just use as a chant as is. Sheet music samples. Good for kids 
  • Music by Heart 68 Incline your ear (Allaway) This is quite lovely. It will need to be taught (instructions on how to do that are in the book), but is not difficult. It has 5 parts. Google books has a preview. 
  • *GtG844 Incline your ear O Lord to me (Morgan) Excellent words. The tune will need to be taught.
  • AoV2-003 / ATOK 313 / CH543 / StJ / GA404 / A&M042 / ELW715 / GtG314 / GC(II)512 / G(3)590 / SP13 / URW114 / Lau883 / StF706 Longing for light we wait in darkness / Christ, be our light (Farrell) One of my favourites, especially if someone can sing or play the descant line in the later verses. Sound sample and lyrics. Good for kids.  
  • TiS 136 / NCH023 / CH187 / UMH121 / VU271 / LBW290 / ELW587 / HiOS135 / A&M806 / HPP45,46 / GtG435 / PH298 / GC626 / GC(II)603 / G(3)644 / CP606 / CP(E) 598 / W&R61 / Cha073 / SP316 / 82Hml-469/70 / StF416 / Lau810 / MP683 There's a Wideness in God's Mercy (Faber) This is a good older style hymn. Not all sources are inclusive, but some (like NCH, GtG, StF) are.
  • TiS 590 / AHB 165 / AoVK-117 / NCH506 / UMH526 / VU663 / LBW439 / ELW742 / HPP408 / GtG465 / PH403 / CP532 / W&R473 / Cha585 / Srce 776 / StF531 / MP746 What a Friend we have in Jesus There is a bit of masculine language, but the song has so many other good things about it. I like both tunes. AOVK has different lyrics, written specifically for kids, which I think are worth singing. Good for kids. Oldy-but-a-goody.   
  • *TiS 689 / ATE 286 / GtB Lord hear my praying, listen to me / Sorrowing song (Mann) Powerful words of prayer to a simple tune. Words are straightforward about asking difficult questions of God. Lyrics (loads a pdf).
Romans 8:12-25 
Being led by the Spirit and God’s adopted children.
  • Tune In: Father of Earth, Mother of Sea. A latinesque song about the Spirit being with those who are victims, prisoners and the sick, as well as present in our prayers. Lyrics, sound sample, sheet music. 
  • Taizé / TiS 747 / ATE 214 / Iona (M&G) / GtG842 / PfAS027A / URW393 The Lord is my light, my light and salvation A simple and very popular Taize chant. Note that this is really easy on recorder if you have a kid in your congregation who is learning it. Good for kids. Youtube.  
  • STB008 Come Lord Jesus Christ / Esho hae Probhu (Bangladesh) (Shaha) A good chant to sing in times of darkness. It has words in English and Bengali. The tune will need to be taught. 
  • TiS474 / AoV1-012 / ATE 295 / CH623 / SFFS 2236 / HPP553 / A&M363 / GtG401 / G(II)539 / GC839 / GC(II)743 / G(3)848  / CP465 / W&R649 / Cha284 / SP175 / URW054 / Lau475 Here in this place new light is streaming / Gather us in (Haugen). Excellent words, very well known. “Nourish us well and teach us to fashion lives that are holy and hearts that are true”. Lyrics and lead sheet.   
  • TiS 410 / AHB 323 / NCH059 / CH615 / LBW523 / ELW582 / CP655 / 82Hml-511 Holy Spirit, ever dwelling I like these words best to the tune NETTLETON (TiS 392). Lyrics.  
  • TiS 178 / G(II)335 / GC478 / GC(II)487 / G(3)565 Praise the God who changes places I like the joy of the tune written by William Rowan (BOE) for this song. Lyrics and sign language here (scroll to the bottom for the lyrics). Sample here, to a different tune.  
  • TIS 415 Praise the Spirit in creation. Amazing words. Tune is unfamiliar, but good.  
  • Tune In Making things new (Anderson) A simple pop/rock song. “Take hold of the hope that I give, trust in me, reach out for the love you can live, eternally”. Good for kids. Lyrics and sample  
  • 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 and sheet music. New words to old tunes
  • TiS 465 / AHB 399 / ATA 115 / NCH279 / UMH119 / A&M271 / Iona (SBL) / CH116 / GA381 / Lau313 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". 
  • *VU379 / WoV688 / LBW459 / ELW786 / SFFS 2121 / Cha251 / URW079 O Holy Spirit root of life (Janzen, based on Hildegard) Good words of "Holy Spirit","Eternal Vigour" and "Holy Wisdom". I like the phrase "encompass us with wings unfurled". Simple known tune (PUER NOBIS).     
  • *MV157 I am a child of God (Harding) A simple song with powerful words. Very easy to learn. I would just sing the first verse this week, as a round. It's important to remember that God speaks through children. Good for kids.  
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 
Seed sown which grows up together with the weeds. Separate them at the harvest time.  
  • *CH343 / GC(II)641 / G(3)738 The Reign of God (Dufner) Excellent words, sung to a very familiar traditional American tune (LAND OF REST). Highly recommended. This song will also fit next week's readings, so if it's new, now would be a good time to introduce it. I'd play it a little quicker than this sample. Sample lyrics and tune. New words to old tunes
  • NCH608 Christ will come again (Wren) One of few hymns that talks about sifting the weeds from the wheat. The tune is new, and fits the unusual metre of these words. It should be picked up quite quickly by a singing congregation, but would benefit from a quick lesson before the start of the service. “Christ will come again, God’s justice to complete, to reap the fields of time and sift the weeds from wheat. Then let us passionately care for peace and justice here on earth, and evil’s rage restrain with love, till Christ shall come again”.   
  • *WoV658 / ELW506 / URW078 The word of God is source and seed "The Word of God is source and seed; It comes to die and sprout and grow. So make your dark earth welcome warm; Root deep the grain God bent to sow." Lyrics (downloads a pdf). 
  • *NCH 528 / UMH583 / WoV753 / Cha478 You are the seed / Sois la semilla. This is a simple song to sing, and the words are very cheering. “You are the seed that will grow and new spout; you’re a star that will shine through the day”. Good for older kids who can read all the words. 
  • AoVK-156 A sower, a sower, a sower went sowing This is fun. More of a storytelling song than one for joining in. 
  • *MV174 Soil of God (Holy Ground) The tune is quite siple and the words are good “Soil of God, you and I, stand ready to bear seeds of faith nourished by God’s tender care”. It's probably more appropriate for last week, but would also fit this week. 
  • ELW736 / SFFS 2060 / GtG005 God the sculptor of the mountains (Thornburg) A song full of excellent imagery, including "God, the sower of the seed" and "God the reaper of the harvest". Tune will need to be taught, but won’t take long to learn. Good for congregations in times of transition. Lyrics, sound sample, and sheet music. 
  • 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.
  • *GtG171 A sower came from ancient hills (Steumpfle) Excellent words to a lovely tune that is simple to sing. Sound sample 
  • TiS 531 / NCH76 / UMH664 / VU481 / R171 / ELW330 / HPP578 / W&R712 Sent forth by God's blessing (Westendorf) Lovely joyful folk tune (THE ASH GROVE), and the analogy of the vine and fruit is paramount in the first verse. NCH has a descant part written in, so look at that if you have some good high singers.“The seed of God’s teaching, our hungry souls reaching, shall blossom in action for all humankind”… Lyrics. New words to old tunes
  • ATAR593 Come to me all you who are weary (Lang) A soothly and slightly schmaltzy chorus. Easy to sing and fun accompaniment to play. 
  • WoV713 / ELW512 Lord let my heart be good soil (Hanson) A simple and quite lovely short song with hope of being a fertile place for love and peace to grow.  
What will you be singing? I'd love to hear your idea - please add them in a comment below.