The angels visit Abraham and Sarah, a child is promised and Sarah laughs.
NCH 20 God of Abraham and Sarah. This was new to us last week, and it would be good to sing it again, as the theme is carried onwards.
AoV1-137 / ATOK 403 /G(II)286 God of Abraham, lead us (Farrell). Excellent call-and-response song. Choose the most appropriate of the 17 verses! First verse focuses on Abraham, second verse focuses on Sarah.
TiS 560 / AHB 465 / NCH408 / VU655 All my hope on God is founded. A good old fashioned hymn, with good strong words. Note that AHB and TiS are tiringly masculine. NCH is inclusive and I don't have access to more than the table of contents for VU, so you'll have to judge that yourself.
NCH 426 O God, whose steadfast love. A song about family and motherhood. A quite specific focus, but worth knowing about if you head this way with the theme of the service. The tune is a very familiar sounding hymn tune (RHOSYMEDRE). “Your promises, O God, so sure throughout the years, have lived in mothers’ hearts, have bloomed from mothers’ tears. So Sarah laughed, and Hannah wept, and singing Mary secrets kept…”
Iona / G(II)503 / GC701 / RS818 God it was who said to Abraham.... Familiar tune, words of Abraham, Sarah and others in salvation history. "God it was who said to Sarah "Smile and soon you'll bear a son".
MV 190 Laughter lit the stars of morning. These words really capture the laughter of Sarah. The tune in MV is new, but it can also be sung to the very familiar Abbot’s Leigh tune. “Laughter filled a barren Sarah: shall is ancient womb conceive? When I feel new life within me, only then will I believe! Sarah’s laughter turned to wonder at the thing that God had done when her longing arms were cradling Isaac, her beloved son”. The 3rd and final verse ais a baptismal verse, so it may not make sense if you don’t have a baptism this Sunday. On the other hand, there’s nothing wrong with singing about baptism when there isn’t one on that particular day. It’s not so day specific that it couldn’t work.
Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19
God listens; the Psalmist’s response to God
TiS 71 (Refrain 1 – Proulx), “I will walk in the presence of the Lord, in the land of the living”. A very simple and beautiful refrain, which we have sung before at BUC. Would work well with either a cantor, or a reader.
TiS 137 For the beauty of the earth (Pierpont). A simple congregational hymn of thanks.
TiS 727 In the presence of your people, I will praise your name. Good Jewish folk tune, and solid words. Good fun for kids, especially if you get really fast on the Lai lai lai’s.
ATE 225 Why do you love me? I like how this song asks a difficult question.
Justification by faith; suffering produces endurance, character and hope. Christ died for us while we were sinners.
SiS 29 Therefore being justified by faith. I still like this old Scripture in Song paraphrase of Romans 5. It can be pretty funky if your musicians want to play with it a bit.
ATOK 376 Faith, hope and love (Watts / O’Brien). Do I suggest this every week?
NCH 278 Creator God, creating still. A well known hymn tune, and challenging words. “Create a new humanity to meet the present need” (also fits well with the gospel reading this week). Strongly Trinitarian: Creator God, Redeemer God, Sustainer God.
Jesus is healing, the harvest is ready (the people are needy), but the labourers are few. The disciples begin their mission. “The kingdom of heaven is near”. Cure the sick, raise the dead and do not ask for payment.
TiS 217 / AHB 148 / NCH43 / HPP48 / VU333 / GC622 / GC(II)613 / HPPS376 Love divine, all loves excelling. A beautiful classic hymn.
TiS 409 / AHB 322 / VU202 O breath of life, come sweeping through us. A beautiful traditional hymn, with powerful words.
Taize: The kingdom of God is justice and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, come now, and open in us the gates of your kingdom. One of the more upbeat Taize chants.
Tune In: A grain of wheat (Anderson). Challenging words which are more about Christ as the grain of wheat than being focussed on the harvesters. Lyrics and a sound sample here.
Tune In: Hail the fisherfolk. A funky bluesy number that celebrates those who have been faithful in the many ways of following. Lyrics and a sound sample here.
Tune In: Isaiah 61: The spirit of the Lord is now upon me. A good meditative chant, would be good to use to provide space and focus to encourage people to spend some time thinking about God’s spirit giving them the power to heal and release captives. Lyrics and a sound sample here.
ATW 509 / Iona You hear the lambs a-crying. There’s something a little bit eerie about this one. It would be new for BUC, so might be good to ask the musicians to present it during the offering.
ATN 31 / HPP459 / VU251 / HPPS290 Freely, freely (God forgave my sin in Jesus name). This is probably a sentimental favourite. The tune is very simple and the words are very simple but challenging. It can be schmaltzy, but it doesn’t need to be. I think it’s worth dusting off. Some lyric changes might be needed.
ATOK 412 / SFFS 2184 / MV 212 / Iona (Sent by the Lord): Sent by the Lord am I / Sent out in Jesus’ name / Enviado soy de Dios. Catchy Cuban chorus. Spanish might be too tricky for non-Spanish-speakers, but the English translation is also good. Simple and rhythmic enough that kids will also enjoy it. Sound sample here.
AoV1-021 / ATOK 402 / G(II)488 / GC682 / GC(II)669 God has chosen me (Farrell). I love this one. Good challenging lyrics, and quite upbeat.
NCH 586 Come to tend God’s garden. Beautiful gardening words; tune is a little tricky. If not familiar to your congregation, it may be worth asking your musicians to sing it for the congregation as the words are very good.
ATOK 348 / HSNW (Iona) / G(II)496 / GC692 / GC(II)697 Sing Hey for the Carpenter! A great upbeat song about leaving things behind and following.
HSNW (Iona) Oh where are you going and can I come with you?
TiS 749 / AoV1-154 / ATE 305 / NCH360 / HPP340 / G(II)484 / VU572 / GC677 / GC(II)674 Send me Jesus / Thuma Mina. An excellent simple song to end the service.