God’s knowledge of us before birth; Being called – having confidence; God is asking a big thing.
TiS 679 God of Jeremiah grieving (Wren) If you are going to focus on Jeremiah for the next few weeks, this would be a good hymn to learn. Unfortunately, I do not know of USA-based resources for this excellent song. The traditional Scottish tune KELVIN GROVE is well known as the tune for "The Summons". Lyrics (with an alternate tune).
AoV2-031 / ATW 424 / GC(II)509 O God, you search me and you know me (Farrell) This adaptation of Psalm 139 would fit well with this reading. The tune flows effortlessly and it has a nice little hook at the end of each verse. Slow sound sample. Sample music and lyrics.
AoV1-021 / ATOK 402 / StS114 / G(II)488 / GC682 / GC(II)669 God Has Chosen Me (Farrell) I love this one. Energetic, and great words of justice. Can be rocky or smooth, however you like it. Sample sheet music, words and sound sample.
TiS 87 / VU862 / HPPS248 You are before me, Lord, you are behind (Smith) A beautiful chant-like setting to Psalm 139; sung to SURSUM CORDA. The words are directly from the Psalm and are very beautiful. Lyrics (downloads a pdf)
TiS 749 / AoV1-154 / AoVK-131 / ATE 305 NCH360 / Iona (SBL, Freedom is coming) / CH800 / UMH497 / VU572 / WoV773 / ELW809 / GA493 / HPP340 / G(II)484 / GC677 / GC(II)674 / W&R713 / Cha447 Send me Jesus / Thuma mina A good song to end a service. Lyrics and weird sound sample.
ATOK 412 / Iona (SBL, Common Ground) / CH250 / MV212 / SFFS 2184 Sent by the Lord am I / Sent out in Jesus name / Enviado soy de Dios (Traditional Cuban) Great rhythm, good words and not too hard to sing (provided you sing it a little slowly the first time!) I prefer the MV translation "Sent out in Jesus' name, my hands are ready now". Music sample (click on "preview").
Iona (M&G, T1AU) / MV99 / GC(II)673 Stand O Stand Firm An excellent, strong, and simple chorus from the Cameroons. Free sheet music.
Iona / AoV2-070 / ATW 496 / MV090 / StJ Don't be afraid (Bell) Excellent song, especially if you are able to bring in some of the harmonies written for it. Sound sample (gives you a hint for how it could be used in intercessions).
TiS 674 / Iona (Common Ground, Heaven Shall Not Wait) / CH253 Inspired by love and anger Powerful lyrics, simple English folk tune. Lyrics (search for "inspired").
TiS 417 / AoV2-133 / ATW 448 / CH597 / VU387 / StJ / WoV683 / ELW397 / AA94 / HPP237 / HPSS323 / CP657 / W&R135 / Cha244 / URW203 Loving Spirit loving Spirit There are about a zillion tunes set for this. I prefer FELICITY (by Colin Gibson TiS 417), but also like RESTORATION. Lyrics
God our refuge, place of trust when we cause others discomfort
Tune in The God that I Know (Anderson) A beautiful ballad with female and male images of a loving, embracing God. Sound sample, sheet music sample and songbook.
Emergent Psalter Don't cast me off in my old age (Everett) This simple refrain, which can be sung as a canon takes verse 9 for the refrain and focusses on the fear of abandonment of ageing.
TiS 506 / AHB 430 / CP064 / CP(E) 281 Author of life divine (Wesley) Good inclusive words from Wesley and a simple well known tune (RHOSYMEDRE); mystery of communion and seeing God's face. Older style lyrics and tune sample. GIA also have a choral arrangement available withe a lovely tune from Carlton Young. PDF of the first page. Sound sample.
ATOK 320 / NCH351 / VU645 / StJ / WoV770 / ELW732 / SFFS 2051 / HPP516 / W&R680/ Cha75 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. Lyrics, and a slow sound sample.
MV092 Like a Rock (Good) A lovely simple song (with actions!) from Linnea Good. Great for kids.
TiS 613 / ATOK 405 / NCH211 / CH166 / LBW469 / ELW765 / SFFS 2197 / HPP265 / GC578/ GC(II)560 / CP506 / CP(E)507 / W&R469 / URW179 Lord of all hopefulness Lord of all joy Excellent straightforward Irish tune (Slane), and beautiful words. Would be a good choice for the final song. Lyrics. Tune sample.
CP517 / W&R503 O God your constant care and love (Lanier) Quite good words about God's presence with us through our lives. Sung to a standard hymn tune. Lyrics and tune sample.
CH570 / UMH512 / W&R495 When the storms of life are raging (stand by me) (Tindley) A good gospel song. or a more old-style version, lyrics are here.
TiS 103 / AHB 8 / NCH439 / CH454 / UMH110 / VU262 / VU770 / VU789 / LBW228 / LBW229 / ELW505 / HPP382 / HPSS259,260 / GC607 / GC(II)594 / RS 741 / W&R507 / Cha65 / URW271 A mighty fortress is our God (Luther) Old words, a great tune. There are many many different translations of this, so you might want to check your source carefully. The only words I would enjoy singing myself are in NCH, but TiS is okay as well. CH4 has "A safe stronghold our God is still", and CP(E) has "A mighty stronghold is our God".
Reverence and awe; Imagery of heaven;
NCH91 Wake my soul with all things living (von Canitz) I really like this honest hymn. The tune is not immediately simple, so it will need to be taught to your congregation. "You at last shall know perfection, pure affection, bathed in God's own morning light". Sound sample and lyrics.
MV184 Ay ay salidummay (Trational Philippines) I don't know if this would make any sense to a non Filipino congregation, but I'm listing it in case you have someone in your congregation for whom it would have meaning. Here's a sample of a piano teacher playing a more classical version, but it will give you an idea of the tune.
NCH379 / NCH382 / UMH733 / VU714 / WoV742 / ELW625 / HPP427 / W&R67 / W&R390 / Cha707 / URW139 Come we that love the Lord / Marching to zion / Come we who love God's name (Watts) I like this sung best to the tune MARCHING TO ZION, but it's also great sung to ST THOMAS, it just doesn't get the fun chorus. The NCH translation is uber inclusive and works really well. Warbly sound sample and old lyrics.
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 / Redeemer (Williams) A rousing hymn of God’s presence and strength and making it to the other side. Sound sample and lyrics. Video of it being sung at Wembley Stadium before a football game. (Tom Jones clearly doesn't know the words!).
The woman bent double is healed on the Sabbath
TiS 638 / NCH175 / CH717 / UMH265 / LBW380 / ELW675 / PH380 / CP291 / CP(E) 346 / W&R638 / Cha503 O Christ the healer we have come Beautiful words and simple to sing. Good to sing during intercessions. I like the tune INVERCARRY best. Lyrics and sound sample (of an alternate tune)
TiS 737 / Iona (Common Ground, HSNW, T1AU) Lord Jesus Christ lover of all (Bell) A beautiful and simple chant. Note that some versions (T1AU at least) has a beautiful 4 part harmony arrangement with excellent moving parts in the lower registers.
AA039 / GA192 / In Every Corner Sing For the bread and wine and blessing (Murray) Very straightforward tune. Good eucharist song. Really good song of healing.
Tune In: Our God who weeps (Kate Scull) Very simple folk-like tune and challenging and hopeful lyrics. God understands our pain and suffering. Reference recording, lyrics and songbook available here.
NCYC ’95 We will love / We will walk with you at the edges. This is a good little rock number “We will walk with you at the edges, we will die with you at the cross roads, we will risk with you taking chances, we will love”. Jesus broke rules, and that's OK sometimes.
VU619 / WoV738 / ELW612 / SFFS 2213 / G(II)642 / GC882 / GC(II)854 / RS 958 / CP612 / W&R630 / Cha506 / URW161 Healer of Our Every Ill (Haugen) Good straightforward words of healing and simple tune. Lyrics and sheet music sample. Sound sample.
Iona (Love From Below / common ground) / CH718 / VU613 / G(II)401 / GC575 / GC(II)558 / CP292 We Cannot Measure How You Heal (Bell)Really very excellent words to a very familiar celtic air. Easy to sing; be careful not to get too fast; it's tempting but the words need a slower tune. Sheet music sample. Sound sample.
Iona (Heaven Shall Not Wait) When our Lord walked the earth (Bell / PERSONENT HODIE) Familiar and easy tune, excellent words. Chorus is “Power to speak and heal, grace to know what’s real, wisdom, insight and faith, grace and understanding”