Songs and Hymns for Easter 7C and Ascension (May 16, 2010)

Acts 16:16-34
Paul and Silas imprisoned, freed and convert the jailor and family. The jailor ministers to them.
TiS 209 / AHB 138 / CH396 / UMH363 / HPP332 / CP(E) 376 / Srce31 And can it be that I should gain (Wesley) It's such a classic, and I don't mind using the masculine for God if it is balanced throughout the service. This song is worth it. A good sing. The joy of "my chains fell off!" is not captured anywhere else so well.
Traditional Paul and Silas bound in jail A great old song which could be a lot of fun; very simple to sing as it's quite repetitive. Good for kids and non-readers. 1935 recording of Josh White (youtube). Lyrics. Okay, here's a youtube bluegrass version too.
AoVNG125 / MV146 / GC(II)637 / 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.
AoV1-061 / ATOK 355 / SFFS 2194 / G(II)521 / GC723 / GC(II)707 / ZSS110 / SgTJ1035 Freedom is coming Excellent and lots of fun, especially if you have a keen African-style drummer in your congregation. It's really worth teaching the parts to your congregation before the service. It can get a bit boring if the congregation don't know they get to listen to the other parts! Partial sheet music, sound sample (search for Freedom)
L4tWC128 A story of freedom (Bock) A dramatic reading of the story for three people.
NCH553 / UMH375 / VU612 / WoV737 / ELW614 / HPP379 / HPSS394 / G(II)460 / GC648 / GC(II)617 / W&R631 / Cha501 / ZSS114 / SgTJ1045 There is a balm in Gilead "If you cannot preach like Peter, if you cannot pray like Paul". This song is not so meaningful for Australians, but I know it is for Americans and the language is inclusive. It's a good one for those who feel discouraged about anything magnificent happening in their life of faith. Sheet music and lyrics. Choral arrangement sound sample.

Psalm 97
Pretty exciting and grand Psalm.
Taize / GC(II)533 Sing to God with joyful hearts / Singt dem Herrn (Berthier) A joyful round. Works well in English and German, and probably other languages too. Sound samples, sheet music and lyrics.
TiS 179 / NCH273 / VU312 / StJ / GA379 / URW073 Praise with joy the world's Creator It's not a direct fit, but I think it would work well, and it's great.
Cha749 God of all to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise Familiar sung response and responsively read Psalm.
TiS 110 / AHB 27 / NCH6 / UMH126 / VU216 / HPP14 / HPSS483 / GC539 / CP310 / CP(E) 569 / W&R56 / Cha006 / URW070 Sing praise to God who reigns above / Sing praise to God our highest good (Schutz) Many versions of this old and easy to sing hymn are not inclusive, but some are, like HPSS and NCH.

Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21
Coming soon, alpha and omega, bright morning star, come all who are thirsty
ATE 221 They were waiting (Mann) I think this is a great pop song - "Now the time has come. God is in the world, we have seen his day dawning in the sky". Lyrics.
Traditional Bright morning star’s a risin’. Easy old American folk song. Lyrics (multiple versions). Gillian Welch singing it on youtube. I usually like it a lot faster, but this is beautiful. Thanks to Ched Myers for teaching this to me about 10 years ago.
AoV1-061 / ATOK 355 / SFFS 2194 / G(II)521 / GC723 / GC(II)707 / ZSS110 / SgTJ1035 Freedom is coming Excellent and lots of fun, especially if you have a keen African-style drummer in your congregation. It's really worth teaching the parts to your congregation before the service. It can get a bit boring if the congregation don't know they get to listen to the other parts! Partial sheet music, sound sample (search for Freedom)
AoV1-039 / GA277 / G(II)257 Come To Set Us Free come to make us your own (Farrell) I like this one. Good words of hope. Will need to be taught, but it's worth it. Lyrics (warning, this website starts playing unrelated music when you load it!)
NCH576 / CH706 / UMH428 / VU678 / GA513 / GC719 / GC(II)712 / RS823 / CP576 / CP(E) 427 / W&R621 / Cha668 For the healing of the nations (Kaan) Excellent words seeking peaceful coexistence of the nations. Can be sung to a range of tunes including the very familiar WESTMINSTER ABBEY. Lyrics and another tune.
TiS 569 / AHB 478 / NCH18/19 / CH167 / UMH127 / VU651 / LBW343 ELW618 / HPP432 / HPSS281 / CP565 / CP(E) 455 / W&R501 / Cha622 Guide me O thou great Jehovah A rousing hymn of God’s presence and strength. Sound sample and lyrics.
TiS 217 / AHB 148 / NCH43 / CH519 / UMH384 / VU333 / LBW315 / ELW631 / GA463 / HPP48 / HPSS376 / GC622 / GC(II)613 / CP485/6 / CP(E) 516 / W&R358 / Cha517 / Srce457 Love divine all loves excelling A beautiful classic song and most hymnals use a very inclusive version of this hymn, even the AHB! Lyrics and sound sample.
MV019 / StS002 Maranatha Maranatha Come Lord Jesus Come (Skibsted) A very simple chant. You might also like to repeat a chant that you used in Advent if you can remember back that far. Always waiting....
StJ / GC(II)505 / W&R444 / URW144 / Srce2-502 Rain Down (Cortez) A good simple gospel song. A very easy chorus, and good verses too. Lyrics and sheet music. Sound sample.
GA406 G(II)356 GC511 The Light of Christ surrounds us (Haugen) Could be quite nice. Strong words, needs a cantor. Sound sample. Sheet music and lyrics.

John 17:20-26
Oneness of all believers and lots of Johanine mysticism of God in Christ and Christ in us. Whole and holy, called in Christ (Bruxvoort-Colligan) Great lyrics and very simple tune. Lyrics and sound sample
AoV1-130 / NCH444 / SFFS 2223 / HPP495 / G(II)533 / GC735 / GC(II)728 / W&R595 / Cha494 We are one in the Spirit / They’ll know we are Christians (ST. BRENDAN’S/Scholtes) A classic 60s song of unity and being an example to others. It's still pretty groovy, I reckon. We often syncopate it a bit at Brunswick. Good for kids and non-readers as there are not too many words in it. Slowish sound sample. Sample sheet music.
CH252 / VU578 / GA481 / SFFS 2237 / G(II)471 / GC663 / GC(II)643 / W&R551 As a Fire Is Meant for Burning (Duck) Excellent lyrics of unity across all nations set to the familiar tune BEACH SPRING. Lyrics.
TiS 548 / VU629 / HPSS340 / CP(E) 415 / W&R418 Eternal light shine in my heart I really love this beautiful inclusive and ancient prayer. It is not familiar, but would be beautiful sung by a soloist until your congregation grows to know it.
TiS 411 / AHB 328 / NCH266 / UMH537 / VU194 / CP658 / CP(E) 425 / W&R331 Filled with the Spirit's power Excellent inclusive words to a very well known hymn tune. I prefer it sung to WOODLANDS. Lyrics and hymn tune samples.
TiS 670 / AoVK-138 / ATE 258 / CH692 / Srce385 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. If you teach them and make it clear that it’s okay, you’ll be surprised how many people dance to God. Great for kids, too. Lyrics.
TiS 623 Lord Christ true peace of all above (Moore) A lovely, simple inclusive song.
TiS 179 / NCH273 / VU312 / StJ / GA379 / URW073 Praise with joy the world's Creator A good solid hymn with great words and theology. Lyrics.
NCH58 / CH618 / AA125 Spirit of love you move within creation (Murray) Familiar tune. Good words; "come work with us and weave us into one". Lyrics (dowloads a pdf that you'll need to search through).

Ascension songs:
Acts 1:1-11 and Luke 24:44-53
I should note here that I just don’t like a lot of ascension songs because they seem so triumphalistic, which I understand is probably the point… So here are some others... You can easily find the ones I don't like so much by looking in the "Ascension" section at the back of any hymnal.
VU359 / AA059 / W&R454 He came singing love (Gibson) A lovely image and reasonably straightforward song. Lyrics (scroll down).
TiS 541 / CH674 / WoV722 / ELW535 / G(II)394 / GC562 / GC(II)529 / CP082 Hallelujah we sing your praises / Haleluyah! Pelo Tsa Rona. Joyous and simple song.
ATE 252 / CH437 / SFFS 2070 / HPP16 / W&R122 / Srce219 He is exalted (Paris) A praise song that just really works well, and it's very masculine, and sometimes is just too much, but I thnk it can be done well on this occasion.
NCH259 / LBW157 / ELW393 / HPSS141 / GC454 / GC(II)467 / RS 606 / W&R322 A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing Good hymn tune. Lots of Alleluias. Formal, but inclusive language. And the original words are by the Venerable Bede. Not all hymnals are inclusive or accessible. For example, they probably don't have the word "thitherward" like these lyrics. Thank goodness.
NCH462 / UMH109 / VU265 / WoV757 / ELW684 / HPSS134 / GC580 / RS711 / CP410 / W&R32 / Cha335 / URW067 Creating God Your Fingers Trace A good Trinitarian hymn about Creating, Sustaining and Redeeming God. There are many possible tunes. I like the Presence tune better. Lyrics and a sound sample.
CH683 / VU420 / GC(II)469 / CP598 / W&R553 / URW132 Go to the world Go into all the earth (Dunstan) Great words of sending out. Can be sung to a couple of different tunes. SINE NOMINE is the easiest and best known. Sound sample. Sheet music sample. HPP28 / HPSS285 / W&R24 God You Spin the Whirling Planets (Jane Parker Huber / AUSTRIAN HYMN) Excellent words to a very familiar tune (TiS 772). Really good for the final hymn or response to the sermon. Lyrics.
TiS 419 / NCH270 / CH592 / UMH544 / VU205 / WoV685 / ELW403 / HPP222 / HPSS314 / CP635 / CP(E) 185 / W&R327 Like the murmur of the dove's song Excellent words and a simple tune. Each verse ends with "Come holy spirit, come" . Lyrics and organ sample here.TiS 749 / AoV1-154 / AoVK-131 / ATE 305 / NCH360 / Iona (SBL, Freedom is coming) / CH800 / UMH497 / VU572 / WoV773 / ELW809 / HPP340 / G(II)484 / GC677 / GC(II)674 Send me Jesus / Thuma mina

1 comment:

sarahmuff said...

Hi there,
Do you know a little book called 'Reflecting Praise' published by Stainer and Bell in 1993? It has some good hymns - they are not always inclusive - they sometimes refer to God as 'she'! One I am thinking of using on Sunday is 'God is present' by Jan Berry -

Here is the third verse ...
Praise to God, the Spirit in us,
prompting hidden depths of prayer,
Firing us to long for justice,
reaching out with tender care.
In our searching, in our loving,
in our struggles to be free,
God is present, living in us,
pointing us to what shall be.

We sing it to Abbot's Leigh.