God is really angry and fed up with those Israelites, but there will be forgiveness.
Some Kyries would also fit well.
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.
Iona (Enemy of Apathy) The love of God comes close (Iona) A good song of God's forgiveness; God is masculine (at least in the version I have). Simple melody. Lyrics (downloads a pdf). Very slow music sample.
FFS19 For the hurt I create (Murray) Beautiful tune and words. Might be a bit tricky.
FFS20 Forgive forgive us Holy God (Murray / Gibson) Simple tune and excellent words.
AoVNG55 / Taize 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.
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 here (loads a pdf).
God turns from hot anger and forgives. Lots of stuff about faithfulness and righteousness
AoVNG55 / Iona (WWHW) / G(II)74 / CP113 Come O Lord and Set Us Free (Ducote / Daigle/ Balhoff) Good simple, inclusive refrain with a pretty groovy cantor line. Lyrics, sheet music sample, sound sample (search for Daigle and click on the music symbol).
TiS 409 / AHB 322 / CH595 / UMH543 / VU202 / StJ / W&R328 / Cha250O Breath of life come sweeping through us (Elizabeth Porter Head) This is a really wonderful hymn with inclusive lyrics. Not all verses are in all hymnals. Lyrics.
CH198 / MV001 / GC753 / GC(II)741 / RS 846 Let Us Build a House / All are welcome (Haugen / TWO OAKS) This song has wonderful lyrics of hope for what a Christian community can be like, and a chorus that joyfully says “All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place”. Sheet music sample. Sound sample. Lyrics (scroll down a little).
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 / URW100 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.
MV222 May the peace of God be your peace (McLaren) A lovely benediction. Will need to be taught first.
CH659 / MV173 / StJ / W&R389 Put peace into each other’s hands (Kaan) Good words for communion; tune is quite simple and flows nicely. Lyrics (downloads a pdf).
TiS 690 / CH259 / StS115 Beauty for brokenness hope for despair (Kendrick) Themes of healing from personal and universal suffering and a rousing chorus. Lyrics.
Colossians 2:6-15, (16-19)
“Do not let anyone disqualify you”…. a tricky reading, but I liked that phrase.
Iona (Many & Great, There is One Among Us) /MV99 / GC(II)673 Stand O Stand Firm (Cameroons) I love having an excuse to sing this simple song from the Cameroons. Very easy for your congregation. You can make up cantor parts too “Oh my sisters…. Oh my brothers… Oh my children….” or you can name countries you are praying for in your intercessions. Sample sheet music, lyrics and Scottish sound sample.
VU457 / R183 / ELW522 / SFFS 2268 / HPP528 / GC(II)738 / CP061 / W&R695 As We Gather at Your Table (Daw) Beautiful, honest, encouraging words. Could be sung to HOLY MANNA, BEACH SPRING or NETTLETON, all very popular hymn tunes (did I mention that two of them are Sacred Harp tunes?), particularly good if you are celebrating communion this week. Lyrics.
Brunswick UCA New Songs Come out and Shout (Brown) I think this would work well with this reading; a good song of good news. Since this is new, it would be good to have the musicians present it to the congregation.
TiS 367 / AHB 287 / NCH242 / CH412 / UMH306 / VU159 / LBW135 / ELW366 / HPSS119 / GC446 / GC(II)459 / CP212 The strife is o'er the battle done There are two possible tunes for this hymn. I prefer to sing this hymn to the tune by James Minchin (THE STRIFE IS O’ER), which is found in the Australian Hymn Book, rather than the more traditional minstrellish VULPIUS. The newer tune is pretty groovy (I loved it as a kid!), and has lots and lots of alleluias. The words also vary a lot between hymnals. So, the best would be a combination of the TiS words and the AHB tune 287 (ii).
NCH438 / UMH377 / LBW346 / ELW785 / HPP390 / W&R428 / Cha561 / Srce784 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).
Jesus teaches The Lord’s Prayer; everyone who asks receives.
PH349 Let All Who Pray the Prayer Christ Taught (Troeger) I don't have a copy of this, but the lyrics look very good. Can anyone comment on this?
Tune In: Kingdom Come: A song about how things are not what we expect in God’s kingdom. Lots of words and good images including "there's no blacklist or admission fee" Sound sample and lyrics
GC(II)565 Lord increase our faith (Haas) Quite nice simple song of devotion and turning to God. Sound sample. Sheet music and lyrics.
ATFG575 / VU400 / WoV775 / ELW752 / SFFS 2193 / 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. Sound sample and lyrics. A jazzier sound clip.
TiS 607 / AoV2-126 / ATN 95 / CH528 / VU684 / StJ / SFFS 2171 / HPP406 / G(II)524 / GC726 / GC(II)721 / CP(E)519/ W&R587 / Srce 462 Make me a channel of your peace (Temple) Youtube video of Sinead O'Connor singing it and lyrics and MIDI file.
URW453 Our Father in Heaven (Oppenheimer) A simple call and response arrangement of the more modern translation of the Lord's Prayer. I think this could work very well every time we say it.
URW454 Our Father in Heaven (Plainsong) I wish I had the guts to try to get my congregation to sing some Plainsong chant. This version has the modern translation.
Online resource Our Father above us and all around us (McLaren) Brian McLaren's simple way of chanting the Lord's prayer. Video.
GC(II)7 Our Father in Heaven (Lord's Prayer) (Haas) A simple and only slightly schmaltzy arrangement of the more modern translation. Sound sample. Sheet music.
Cha308 Our Father which art in heaven (West Indian) This is the one with a Jamaican "Hallowed be thy name" response to a called verse. Fun, but old school lyrics.
URW455 Holy one our only home, hallowed be your name (Mission) An excellent inclusive verson of the Lord's Prayer by a Native American woman. The tune and words are really beautiful.
TiS 465 / AHB 399 / Iona (SBL) / CH116 Our God in heaven / Father in heaven / Loving Creator grant to your children (Niles) I really like this hymn, especially the Philippino folk melody to which its 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".
Source Unknown Indwelling God infused throughout all existence (Fred F Keip) This is a rewritten Lord's prayer. It's a bit wordy, but quite helpful in reframing the Lord's Prayer with less baggage. Ed Murray who is part of the Singing the Lectionary Facebook group has written a good plainsong-like tune for this.
TiS 745 / AoV1-048 / ATN 34 / SiS96 / CH641 / UMH405 / VU356 / GA456 / HPP370 / PH333 / GC615 / GC(II)600 / CP458 / W&R349 / Cha354 / Srce593 Seek ye first the kingdom of God (Lafferty) A classic. Versions vary widely in the inclusiveness of their versions. A tip: GA and VU has made this gender inclusive for God by simply replacing "his righteousness" with "God's righteousness". Easy, really.
ATFG574 You are our Father you live in heaven (Warmun and Tiwi communities) Australian Aboriginal version of the Lord's Prayer.
TiS 526 / AHB 451 / CP(E) 505 Lord Jesus Christ you have come to us (Appleford) The second verse is particularly appropriate. I haven't sung this for ages; not sure why. Lyrics.