Thursday, February 3, 2011

Songs for Ordinations and Commissionings

This is a work in progress. Growing slowly... 
W&R584 / Cha454 Come Celebrate the Call of God (Wren) Good words to a lilting intuitive tune. This song is written to recognise a commissioning or the gift of a particular person's call. Lyrics and sheet music sample.
NCH355 / UMH648 / VU514 / PH523 / W&R149 / Cha450 God the Spirit guide and guardian (Daw) Suitable for Ordination or Commissioning. Excellent, inclusive Trinitarian lyrics of God's guidance and blessing on leaders in the church community. Set to a variety of well known hymn tunes including HYFRYDOL (my favourite!). Lyrics and funny sound sample.
NCH356 God who summons through all ages (Downing) An ordination song. Includes men and women - a very personalised hymn for ministry and for an individual.
NCH357 / CH680 / G(II)487 / GC680 / GC(II)675 You are called to tell the story (Duck / ROSEMARY / REGENT SQUARE) This ordination-specific song can be sung to a range of tunes. It is a song from the congregation to the ordinand.
CH677 / AA069 / CP299 / SP159 In the name of Christ we gather (Murray) Quite formal words for an ordination of a Minister of the Word. Lyrics and tune sample.
MV161 I have called you by your name (Damon) Commitment, confirmation, ordination, commissionings, but also ordinary Sundays. Easy, natural tune and good words about having courage to follow where God leads.
ATFG589 / NCYC'99 / VU298 When you Walk From here (Good) A simple benediction, that would be appropriate for a commissioning.
MV211 Go now in peace guided by the light (Rubalcava) Lovely English / Spanish benediction or comissioning prayer with an excellent rhythm. "Go now in peace guided by hte light of Christ, so you may be nourished by the Word of Life".
*MV 202 Bread for the Journey / Pain pour la route (Harding) A simple chant for the distribution of communion; would work well for a group of people being commisioned to go out and do something who are celebrating communion before they go.

General Commissioning type songs:
TiS 749 / AoV1-154 / AoVK-131 / ATE 305 / NCH360 / Iona (SBL, Freedom is coming) / CH800 / UMH497 / VU572 / WoV773 / ELW809 / HPP340 / G(II)484 / GC677 / GC(II)674 Send me Jesus / Thuma mina
*TiS 658 / AoV1-090 / ATE 296 / CH251 / UMH593 / VU509 / WoV752 / ELW574 / HPP541 / HPSS525 / G(II)492 / GC(II)671 / CP(E) 470 / W&R559 / Cha452 / Srce328 I the Lord of sea and sky / Here I am Lord (Schutte). Song of God searching for us and our response. Good for any sort of commissioning! Very slow sound sample. Lyrics and sample sheet music.

Commissioning of Sunday School Teachers:
NCH359 O God who teaches us to live (Hunter) A song for the commissioning of Sunday School and School Teachers!

Commissioning of Musicians, Poets, Actors and Writers: 
TiS 190 / NCH030 / HPP296 / W&R643 / Cha457 Colorful Creator God of mystery (Duck) Good words, I think this would be a good song to recognise the life of a painter, a musician, a poet, actor or writer. Excellent tune with nice twist at the end. 

1 comment:

Galen said...

One that Presbyterians (at least in this part of the USA) use is Here I Am Lord, by Daniel L. Schutte HPSS #525