Monday, November 22, 2010

Songs and Hymns for Advent 4A (December 19th 2010)

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Songs for New Year's Day

  • FFS49 May the God of new beginnings (John Murray) Lovely blessing for a new start, to a simple tune.  
  • *Online Resource At the door of the year (Shirley Murray) Great words of hope for the new year, and a lovely, very singable tune, and memorable chorus: "Make a vow that somehow we will all create peace". Lyrics and sheet music.
  • TiS 653 / NCH417 / CH526 / UMH383 / GC(II)453 / G(3)522 / W&R355 / Cha518 This is a day of new beginnings (Brian Wren) "This is a day of new beginnings, time to remember and move on, time to believe what love is bringing, laying to rest the pain that's gone." Excellent words of reconciliation. A good New Year's Day hymn. There are two possible tunes. I prefer the more simple hymn-like tune by Carlton Young which is in most resources (including TiS). There is an optional final verse that can be used for Communion. Lyrics.
  • *CoC13 / Online Resource Come in come in New Year (Shirley Murray) A joyous New Year song, which can be sung for the Southern Hemisphere ("shining Summer day") or the Northern ("sparkling Winter day"). I particularly like Colin Gibson's tune in CoC (i); It also works for Darwall's 148th and many other standard hymn tunes. Lyrics and sheet music. 
  • TiS 47 / AHB 46 / AoV1-175 / NCH25 / CH161 / UMH117 / VU806 / LBW504 / ELW806 / GA459 / A&M746 / HPP1 / GtG687 / PH210 / GC614 / GC(II)588 / G(3)688 / CP528 / CP(E) 537 / W&R84 / Cha067 /  Srce2-441 / URW200 / 82Hml-680 / PfAS090B / Lau955 / StF132 / MP498 O God our help in ages past (Isaac Watts) A good solid very well known hymn! The surprising thing about this one is that the language is inclusive for God in most sources. Not all sources are inclusive for humanity, so check. Lyrics, sheet music and sound sample. Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • FFS26 God of the past (Judy Mills) A good song to a simple tune; thanksgiving. Great for New Year as it gives thanks for the past, and hope for the future. It would also work well for congregations facing change. 
  • LBW222 / WoV778 / ELW480 / W&R433 O Christ the Same (Timothy Dudley-Smith) A bit more formal than I would usually suggest, but it's worth letting you know that this song is out there. Could be sung to RED or LONDONDERRY AIR. New words to old tunes Lyrics
  • *Online Resource God bless the day (Shirley Murray) More excellent lyrics from Shirley Murray! These focus on the theme of leaving the past behind and looking to the future with clear eyes. This might be good sung after the absolution. The tune is also quite simple. Lyrics and sheet music
  • CP(E) 82 / 82Hml-251 O God whom neither time nor space (Horace Smith) An older style hymn casting away the old year, and committing to the new. I'm sure the lyrics could be modernised and it would still sound good (and be easier for those not inclined to thees and thous). Lyrics.
  • *Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians Celebrate a new day dawning (Jann Aldredge-Clanton) Great new hymn words, sung to ODE TO JOY. New words to old tunes Lyrics 
  • *Iona (Love From Below) / GA555 / G(II)648 / GC894 / GC(II)877 / G(3)989 / Lau712 The God of all eternity unbound by space yet always near (John Bell) Sung to the familiar tune O WALY WALY. Some non-inclusive language in the Gather hymnals. Lyrics.
  • *Online Resource At the turning of the year (Michael Hudson) Excellent words from the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship set to a simple hymn tune (RATISBON). New words to old tunes Sheet music.
  • Online Resource On this day of celebration (Carolyn Winfrey Gillette) Good solid words to ODE TO JOY. LyricsNew words to old tunes
  • Online Resource A new year confronts us (Fred Pratt Green) Good, thoughtful words, sung to a range of possible standard hymn tunes. Lyrics
  • Online Resource As the old year passes (David MacGregor) Good practical honest words to the familiar hymn tune NOEL NOUVELET. Lyrics (or check the comments below). New words to old tunes.
These songs are not specific for new year, but would work well:
  • Tune In / Online Resource Making things new (Sheree Anderson). A groovy one. Great for kids, and lots of fun. Sound sample, lyrics and free songbook. Good for kids.
  • AoV2-007 / AoVNG110 See I Make All Things New (Monica O'Brien, Trish Watts) I really love this song. “New, as night turns to morning, the spirit is calling I’m with you, I make all things new”. Sound sample.
  • AoV2-085 / Iona (T1AU) / MV115 / A&M328 / SP129 Behold behold I Make All Things New (John Bell) A nice hopeful upbeat short song. Highly recommended. Sound sample (scroll down) Good for kids.
What will you be singing? Let me know your ideas by posting a comment... 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Songs and Hymns for Advent 1A (November 28th 2010)

See also general Advent songs.

Isaiah 2:1-5

Come let us go to the mountain of God. "Making space for the holy" is the theme for Brunswick UCA.
SFFS 2202 / URW059 Come Away with Me to a quiet place (Keithahn) A lovely simple song of sanctuary and quietness.
W&R655 / URW202 Come Away from Rush and Hurry (Dawn) Excellent words of resting in a sacred space to the familiar tune BEACH SPRING (TiS 493)
FFS04 Be still my heart (John Murray) A good opening to worship. With two possible simple tunes. "Be still my heart, my mind, my busy world that I may hear God's word".
CH716 / VU374 / FFS10 / SFFS 2128 / W&R477 / Cha575 Come and find the quiet centre (Murray) A good song for the beginning of worship. I would prefer to sing this to one of the more traditional melodies offered (Tune 1 in FFS) or BEACH SPRING (TiS 493).
CH195 / StS053 / AA061 Here to the house of God we come (Murray / Gibson) Good honest words and a simple, but unusual tune. Sound sample.
TiS 666 / AoV2-113 / AoVK-126 / ATOK 409 / NCH526 / Iona (Common Ground, Freedom is Coming) / CH516 / VU646/647 / WoV650 / ELW866 / SFFS 2235 / HPP153 / G(II)357 / GC513 / GC(II)516 We are marching in the light of God / Siyahamba / Caminando Fits perfectly with the last verse.
NCH107 / LBW633 / ELW242 / GC346 / GC(II)351 / RS494 / W&R160 / Cha138 Awake Awake and greet the new morn (Haugen) Joyful song. Maybe best suited to the Northern Hemisphere? Lyrics, sound sample.
Iona (SBL) / CH275 / VU34 / R101 / ELW247 / SFFS 2232 / CP588 / W&R157 / SP10 / URW415 Come now O Prince of peace / O-So-So (Lee) A lovely simple Korean song, praying for the coming of the one who will bring all peace. Inclusive language for God and people. One of very few songs from Asia in Western hymnals. Lyrics (scroll down)
TiS 473 / NCH314 / W&R615 / Cha655 Community of Christ (Murray) Beautiful words to a traditional Hebrew synagogue melody (LEONI). Easy to sing. Lyrics (downloads a pdf of an excellent service of lamentation - scroll to the end).
NCH112 Keep awake be always ready (Clyde) Excellent words about Christ's coming to bring peace. It's sung to the tune for "Wake awake for night is flying", but is not simply a "rewrite". I particularly like the second verse of this one. "Rise and shine for One is coming whose love will quench all nature's thirsting to be made whole for evermore"
UMH729 / VU682 / WoV762 / LBW161 / ELW627 / PH450 / CP573 / W&R539 / Cha711 / URW140 O day of peace that dimly shines (Daw) A song of hoped-for peace. The tune in Chalice hymnal is really nice (CANDLER). Other sources use JERUSALEM, which is a bit too militaristic for me. Lyrics and sound sample (JERUSALEM). Sound sample of CANDLER.
AoV1-071 / GA530 / GC(II)742 Gather Your People (Hurd) Excellent eucharistic theology. Sound sample. Lyric and sheet music sample.
TiS 132 / AHB 65 / NCH277 / CH111 / UMH64 / VU315 / LBW165 / ELW413 / HPP243 / HPSS138 / G(II)332 / GC474 / GC(II)483 / CP001 / CP(E) 202 Holy Holy Holy Lord God Almighty (Heber / NICAEA) Many sources have good inclusive language for people and God (e.g. CH4 and TiS, but others don't so check your source!)
GA521 / G(II)525 / GC727 / SP244 / URW335 How Good it is what pleasure comes (Duck) Good words celebrating the joy of a faithful community. Sung to a familiar American folk tune. Lyrics and sample sheet music. Midi file of tune.
ATFG510 Sing a song of praise and glory / Advent News (Schmidt) A fun and simple advent song - would be good any week of Advent, but fits particularly well this week.

Psalm 122
Glad to go to God's house - pray for peace - suggestions for the Hebrew Scripture Lesson would also fit well.
NCH741 I was glad when they said unto me (Wooten) Very simple and straightforward chorus for this Psalm.  
CH83 / URW321 I Rejoiced when I heard them say (Farrell) Highly recommended. A really lovely and simple to sing arrangement of this Psalm, with a chorus of "Shalom, shalom, the peace of God be here. Shalom, shalom, God's justice be ever near". URW suggests passing the peace during the refrain if desired. You can also use the refrain on its own.
Emergent Psalter Because of the house of the Lord your God (Everett) A good and simple Psalm refrain. Refrain only for download. Book seems to be most affordable through The Book Depository (US) at the moment for Australians.
AoV1-190 / UMH431 / HPP308 / G(II)529 / GC731 / GC(II)723 / W&R614 / Cha677 Let There Be Peace on Earth and let it begin with me (Miller/Jackson) Well known, and great for older kids. AoV changes "Brothers all are we, let me walk with my brother" to "We are family. Let us walk with each other". Lyrics.
G(II)108 / GC121 I Was Glad when they said to me (Haas) A pretty decent arrangement of this Psalm. I'm not terribly inspired by it, but it's fine really. Sheet music and lyrics. Midi.
Cha761 God has made me glad (von Brethorst) This is a psalm response using that old chorus probably best known as "He has made me glad". I think this could work fairly well as it would be very familiar, particularly for slightly older congregations.

Romans 13:11-14
The day is near. Live honourably
NCH112 Keep awake be always ready (Clyde) Yes, it works for this reading too. Excellent words about Christ's coming to bring peace. It's sung to the tune for "Wake awake for night is flying", but is not simply a "rewrite". I particularly like the second verse of this one. "Rise and shine for One is coming whose love will quench all nature's thirsting to be made whole for evermore".
ATOK 390 Put on love every day, never hide your love away (Walker) A groovy song for kids!
CH276 / VU22 / ELW262 / GA283 / G(II)256 / GC332 / GC(II)340 / CP094 / W&R166 / URW396 Wait for the Lord (Berthier) Very well known Taize chant. I prefer to sing "Wait for the Lord, WHOSE day is near", which is in many publications, but not all.
TiS 630 / AHB 554 The law of Christ alone can make us free (McAuley) …and love is the fulfilling of the law. A good song with excellent words from an Australian poet.
NCH590 / CH621 Spirit of Jesus, if I love my neighbour. Challenging words of offering help from a position of privilege and seeking to be set free from the entrapment of possessions “If I am hugging safety or possessions, uncurl my spirit as your love prevails, to join my neighbours, work for liberation, and find my freedom at the mark of nails”. Could also be sung to the tune PERFECT LOVE if your congregation woudl have trouble with the newer tune.
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.
TiS 416 Great God your Spirit like the wind (Gaunt) Excellent words asking for God to shake us out of our complacency and give us compassion. I really wish it was set to a different tune - it is set to JERUSALEM and this seems to suck all the power out of the lyrics for me. It works with MAGNIFICAT (TiS173) which is fairly straightforward so I would try that if it's not too confusing for the congregation.

Matthew 24:36-44No-one knows the day or the hour. Keep awake! Be ready!

See the General Advent suggestions.
NCH112 Keep awake be always ready (Clyde) And it works for this reading too! Excellent words about Christ's coming to bring peace. It's sung to the tune for "Wake awake for night is flying", but is not simply a "rewrite". I particularly like the second verse of this one. "Rise and shine for One is coming whose love will quench all nature's thirsting to be made whole for evermore".
MV19 Maranatha (Skibsted) This simple chant, simply “Maranatha, Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus, come” makes a lovely meditation or prayer song.
Recorded music I want to be ready when Jesus comes (Dottie Peoples) This could be fun if you have a little gospel choir and it fits the reading really well. Youtube. Lyrics.
Recorded Music I want to be ready (Ben Harper) I love Ben Harper, and this will work for some congregations, but I don't know if I want to put on a long white robe... Sound sample on youtube.
TiS 272 / AHB 200 / NCH122 / CH472 / UMH196 / VU002 / LBW030 / ELW254 / HPP89 / PH001/PH002 / GC323 / GC(II)345 / RS 496 / CP088 / CP(E) 24 / W&R153 / Cha125 / URW101 Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus (Wesley) Most versions of this old hymn are quite inclusive, although still quite old fashioned.