God weeps for the suffering of God's people
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).
NCH553 / UMH375 / VU612 / WoV737 / ELW614 / HPP379 / PH394 / G(II)460 / GC648 / GC(II)617 / W&R631 / Cha501 / ZSS114 / SgTJ1045 There is a balm in Gilead (African-American Spiritual) This beautiful song, while not steeped in layers of meaning for non-Americans is absolutely worth singing wherever you live. Lyrics and sheet music. Sound sample.
Tune In: Our God who weeps (Kate Scull) Very simple folk-like tune and challenging and hopeful lyrics. "When death has taken those held dear"... Reference recording, lyrics and songbook available here.
MV78 / CH168 / FFS30 / SFFS 2048 God weeps at love withheld. Pretty full-on lyrics of lamentation, that some may find difficult to sing simply because of the horrors it names. In the context of this story, I think this is okay. Lyrics can be found here (search for "God weeps"). For the service this links to, they imaginatively used the words as a responsive prayer. Nice idea.
A cry for forgiveness and deliverance in the face of destruction
ATFG563 How long must we cry out? (Mann) This is a big Brunswick favourite, and we've not sung it for quite some time. "Teach me to do what is right, walk in the darkness, trust in the light and may love be the path I walk upon".
AoVK-29 Remember we are your people (Barr) Simple three part chant "Remember we are your people, your people O God". This would work really well as a sung refrain during the prayer of confession. Sound sample (search for the song, then click on the music symbol)
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 (LFB) Listen Lord (Iona / Bell) Beautiful chant-like chorus, can be used on its own or as a response, or used with the verses. Good to use for the intercessions.
TiS 741 / AoV1-017 / ATE 282 / LBW368 / ELW407 / GA431 / SFFS 2200 / G(II)410 / GC586 / GC(II)566 / Taize / W&R484 / Srce519 O Lord hear my prayer (Berthier) A simple and very well known Taize chant
HPSS437 / CP591 / W&R586 Our Cities Cry to You O God (Clarkson) Good words of helping to heal injustice in the world. Being the body of Christ. Sung to a very amiliar hymn tune. Lyrics and tune sample.
Online resource May your compassion come quickly (Harding) A simple Psalm refrain. Sheet music sample. Purchase here.
Emergent Psalter How long O Lord? (Everett) A simple, but interesting refrain. Sheet music sample.
Amos 8:4-7 and Psalm 113 (alternate readings)
Recommendations for Amos 8.
1 Timothy 2:1-7
Pray for everyone, including national leaders; Christ our mediator.
TiS 672 / GA554 Lord of earth and all creation (Thwaites) A call for renewal of creation and all God's created people in Australia. Two possible tunes. The newer tune is very good, but if your congregation can't do a new tune this week, it can also be sung to WESTMINSTER ABBEY which is very well known. Lyrics (split by words of mission and blessing).
TiS 285 / VU363 Your coming Lord to earth in Bethlehem Tricky, but good solid words and images. Verse 4 is particularly good if you are celebrating communion, and could be omitted if you don’t like to sing songs about communion when you are not celebrating it.
TiS 742 / ATA 120 / SFFS 2240 One God, one living God (Schlenker) A quite well known responsive song.
The dishonest and shrewd manager; honesty, faithfulness.
ATW 498 / Iona (T1AU) / MV 196 We will take what you offer. An excellent simple short song that works well either as an upbeat chorus or as a reflective chant. "We will take what you offer. We will live by your word. We will love one another. And be fed by you Lord". Sound sample here.
Online resource To be faithful (Bruxvoort-Colligan) This is a very simple, catchy short song about being faithful with what you are given. Note to BUC people, I have a copy of this book. Sound sample, lyrics and songbook.