Monday, November 22, 2010

Songs for New Year's Day

  • *Online Resource At the door of the year (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.
  • *CoC13 / Online Resource Come in come in New Year (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. 
  • FFS26 God of the past (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.
  • *Online Resource God bless the day (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
  • TiS 653 / NCH417 / CH526 / UMH383 / GC(II)453 / G(3)522 / W&R355 / Cha518 This is a day of new beginnings (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.
  • 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 (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 and sound sample. Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • LBW222 / WoV778 / ELW480 / W&R433 O Christ the Same (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
  • CP(E) 82 / 82Hml-251 O God whom neither time nor space (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. 
  • *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 (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 (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.
  • *Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians Celebrate a new day dawning (Aldredge-Clanton) Great new hymn words, sung to ODE TO JOY. New words to old tunes Lyrics
  • Online Resource A new year confronts us (Pratt Green) Good, thoughtful words, sung to a range of possible standard hymn tunes. Lyrics
  • Online Resource On this day of celebration (Winfrey Gillette) Good solid words to ODE TO JOY. LyricsNew words to old tunes
  • Online Resource As the old year passes (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: Making things new (Sheree Anderson). A groovy one. Great for kids, and lots of fun. Sound sample, lyrics and songbook. Good for kids.
  • AoV2-007 / AoVNG110 See I Make All Things New (O'Brien, 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 (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... 

2 comments:

David MacGregor said...

Hi Natalie

You might also be interested in my own: AS THE OLD YEAR PASSES. It's written to the tune: TIS 665/Noel Nouvelet. Lyrics are below:

Blessings
DAVID MacGregor

David MacGregor said...

Not sure I posted the lyrics to:
AS THE OLD YEAR PASSES.
Sorry, if that's the case ...

1. As the old year passes
we look back, reflect:
times of joy and promise,
times we’d best forget.
God of the ages
help us walk your way.
Help us greet your future,
seize tomorrow’s day

2. As the old year passes
sorrow wells within:
loved ones no more ‘round us,
all that could have been.
God of compassion
heal each ailing heart.
Guide us to your future
where new life may start

3. As the old year passes
we cry for our struggling world.
Climate ever-changing,
fighting too-often heard.
Jesus, you call us
to cherish all you give.
Call us to your future
where all in peace, might live

4. As the new year dawns now
we would give you praise.
Faithful God, come lead us
onward in new ways.
We’ll love and serve you
in the faith of Christ,
in your Spirit’s future;
people of new life.

© David MacGregor 2007
Willow Publishing