Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Songs for Church Anniversaries

  • VU528 God of life in Christ you lead us (Jane Parker Huber) "Celebrating past and present, consecrating future days". Good words to a standard hymn tune. New words to old tunes.
  • NCH371 God creation's great designer (Jane Parker Huber) Excellent words, particularly if you worship in an older church building, or have an anniversary to celebrate. Sung to a well-known tune (HOLY MANNA). New words to old tunes   
  • NCH370 / UMH087 / W&R685 / URW127 What gift can we bring? A good offering song. Also good for a church anniversary. Lyrics. The tune is a bit tricky.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Sung creeds (Nicene, Apostles & Others)

This is just a start!
STB045 We Believe Maranatha (Feliciano) This is a good spoken creed with sung responses. The response is a simple two part fugue with a simple sung (almost) drone for the bass. The creed is one developed by the Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music.  The refrain could be used for any creed, really.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Songs about the Summer Heat

FFS02 As the sun beats down (Bennett) Good words. Simple tune. A lamentation in times of drought, or places where the Summer is always a time of dry heat and anxiety.
CoC52 You are born in us again (Wilson) A lovely song. Simple to sing. I would swing it just a little. "Like the warmth of the summer wind you come"…

Songs with a focus on all seasons
Unknown Source We'll weave a love / Song of Community (McDade) A song of all seasons. It's a little bit tricky to learn, but once learned, you will not forget it "We'll weave a love that greens sure as spring, then deepens in summer to the fall autumn brings". Lyrics.
Online Resource Flow'ring in the summer / Faithful Seasons (Wiltshire) Australian imagery for all the seasons, and how it's worth celebrating them! Free book download.  
STB026 Seasons Come Seasons Go / Ella kaladollu (Bhajan) I think this song from India would not be too hard to learn, but it will need to be taught because the melody (THANDHEYU) will not be familiar. The words are really quite lovely, including the English translation.