Songs for Ordinations and Commissionings

Songs for those being commissioned into special service
  • W&R584 / Cha454 Come Celebrate the Call of God (Brian 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 (Carl 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 (Ruth 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.
  • Online Resource Called and gifted for Christ's service (David Bjorlin) Excellent words sung to ODE TO JOY so easy for everyone to sing with passion! Sheet music and lyrics sample, purchasing options.
  • 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.
  • Online Resource For all who craft their words with skill (David Bjorlin) A song originally written to farewell a beloved pastor, but it would also work well to welcome one! Set to the familiar tune RESIGNATION. Sheet music sample and purchasing options. New words to old tunes.   
  • 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.
  • CH175 / GtG628 Praise I will praise you Lord with all my heart / Je Louerai L’├ęternel (Fraysse) Good words; tune is a little schmaltzy, but easy to sing once heard. Excellent words of serving God in the years to come.
  • *Online Resource Be a blessing (Bruxvoort-Colligan) A song of encouragement based on this Psalm. This would be a wonderful song to sing at someone's commissioning, or as a benediction song to your congregation. It would be tricky for a congregation at first, so I would get your musicians to present it as a gift to the congregation. Lyrics, sound sample and sheet music.
  • Online Resource We say yes to you (Richard Bruxvoort-Colligan) A simple joyful affirmation from the congregation to the person being ordained or commissioned. Simple, and lovely. Lyrics, sound sample and purchasing options
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.
  • *Online Resource Be a blessing (Bruxvoort-Colligan) A song of encouragement based on this Psalm. This would be a wonderful song to sing at someone's commissioning, or as a benediction song to your congregation. It would be tricky for a congregation at first, so I would get your musicians to present it as a gift to the congregation. Lyrics, sound sample and sheet music.
  • Online Resource We say yes to you (Richard Bruxvoort-Colligan) A simple joyful affirmation from the congregation to the person being ordained or commissioned. Simple, and lovely. Lyrics, sound sample and purchasing options
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 (Ruth 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.  
  • FFS65 / SFFS 2185 This thread I weave / For one great peace (Shirley Erena Murray) Lovely simple song about how all our actions can be part of a prayer for peace.  Good for kids

1 comment:

Unknown said...

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