Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Songs and Hymns for Palm Sunday (April 17th 2011)

You might also like to sing songs on the theme of Peace.

Luke 19:28-40

Christ’s entry into Jerusalem
*TiS 279 / AHB 212 / SFFS 2091 / HPP158 / GC487 / GC(II)494 / CP632 The King of glory comes the nation rejoices (Jabusch) Fun and energetic song to a traditional Israeli folk melody. A good processional. Lyrics (and sign language) .
StS025 / LBW074 / G(II)269 / GC356 / CP(E) 42 / W&R206 / Cha141 / 82Hml-104 A Stable Lamp Is Lighted (Wilbur) Starting From the stable, ending on the cross. This has a nice celticish tune, which is simple to sing, and a refrain of "and every stone shall cry". I like it. TOLLEFSON. Lyrics.
*CH366 / AA022 Come into the streets with me! (Murray) Simple folk tune which is great for kids; chorus is "Come and follow my leader". A good fun choice for Palm Sunday. Especially for BUC people, as we walk up the street to St. Ambrose.
*StS073 / SP&P132 Jesus is coming / Pave the way with branches (Hesla) Palm Sunday this song has a great rhythm; in SP&P they suggest singing "Pave the way with branches" rather than "Pave the way wth justice", but I would stick with the year-long version. It would be great for kids, and good for drumming. It's very repetitive so good for kids and non-readers. Other verses include "Hope for the downtrod / Pave the way with justice" and "Debts are forgiven / Pave the way with justice".
*Cha193 A Cheering Chanting Dizzy Crowd (Troeger) Lyrics are great. Usually sung to the well known folk melody MORNING SONG (TiS 172). Lyrics (scroll to the bottom). Tune sample.
*VU128 / World Council of Churches Assembly 1991 Canberra Sanna sannanina An excellent African processional, which simply means "Hosanna". Great for drumming down the street (if you like to do that sort of thing - we do!). Sound sample (scroll to the 2nd album). Sheet music (downloads a handy little book).
SFFS 2109 Jesus rode into Jerusalem (Townley) Fun call-and-response song.
Iona (Enemy of Apathy) / CH370 / VU126 Ride on ride on the time is right (Iona) A different version of “Ride on Ride on in Majesty”. Lyrics.
Iona (Enemy of Apathy) Travelling the Road to Freedom Easy tune and excellent words. Who wants to travel the road with me? Lyrics (search for "travelling". The liturgy is also really good!).
TiS 348 / AHB 264 / NCH215 / CH365 / VU127 / R133 / ELW328 / HPP186 / HPSS090 / CP182 Ride on ride on in majesty The lyrics to this hymn contain some amazing imagery, but it is very inaccessible for young people, people who are new to the church, or people who don't like masculine God-talk. The NCH has excellent traditional, yet inclusive, lyrics for this hymn. I encourage you to seek them out if you would like to sing something more traditional and still accessible.
TiS 333 / AHB 250 / NCH216 / CH364 / UMH280 / VU122 / LBW108 / ELW344 / HPP179 / HPSS088 / GC402 / GC(II)421 / RS 563 / CP181 All Glory Laud and Honor / All Glory Laud and Honour Most hymnals have very non-inclusive language for this hymn. If you would like an alternative, the NCH has excellent lyrics, which are still poetic.
StS025 / G(II)269 / GC356 A Stable Lamp Is Lighted (Wilbur) Starting from the stable, ending on the cross. This has a nice celticish tune, which is simple to sing, and a refrain of "and every stone shall cry". I like it. Lyrics, sample sheet music and a keyboard music sample (search for "stable")
ATW 444 Hey King (Grant) Good for kids. What sort of King was Jesus, anyway? My niece was obsessed with this when she was 7.
*MV 128 / GC(II)420 When they heard that Jesus was coming (Cooney) A simple and excellent antiphon (led by one singer, and a simple repeated chorus by the congregation). It has 11 verses, so you may want to just chose the ones that fit for your service. Just the first 3 would do the trick for Palm Sunday really. It would work really well to help the whole congregation tell the story, and fun for kids. Lyrics and sample sheet music. Sound sample. It could be sung much more energetically than the sound sample.
FFS18 For the crowd another busy day (Gibson) Tune might be a little tricky, but the words are really excellent.
GA312 Hosanna to the son of David (Wood) A simple and energetic Hosanna.
TiS 357 / ATA 147 When his time was over the palms lay where they fell A quiet and mournful song that would lead well into Holy Week if you wish to end your Palm Sunday service on a more sombre tone.
TiS 244 / AHB 187 Trotting trotting through Jerusalem (Reid) An old favourite.
Iona (The Courage to Say No) Travelling the road to freedom (Bell) Excellent words. I don't have a copy of the book, so can't comment on the tune. Lyrics.
Unknown source No tramp of soldiers marching feet (Dudley-Smith) Pretty good words, and sung to a familiar folk tune (STAR OF THE COUNTY DOWN). Lyrics and melody line.

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
*Linnea Good / MV008 And on this path (Good) An energetic gospel style song.
TiS 74 / GA070 This is the day the Lord has made (Willcock) Unusual timing in this refrain, but once you've nailed it, it will be stuck in your head for the rest of the week, which is what I like about Psalm refrains.
*MV122 This is the day (Harding) This is a really simple nice jazzy song. Sound sample. Sample sheet music.
GA071 / G(II)320 / GC449 This is the day the Lord has made (Haugen) Quite a groovy refrain and cantored verses OK too. Refrain could be sung to read verses. I wouldn't let the congregation sing the verses though. Lyrics and sheet music. Sound sample.
Taize / MV016 / StJ / R180 / ELW528 / GA430 / SFFS 2157 / HPP410 / G(II)398 / GC570 / GC(II)550 / RS710 / CP402 Come and Fill our hearts/ Confitemini Domino Can be sun in English as "Come and fill our hearts with your peace, you alone O God are holy. Come and fill our hearts with your peace, Alleluia". Sound samples and sheet music.
*NCH387 / HPSS443 / GC(II)646 / RS782 / CP524 O christ the great foundation (Lew) Excellent words of salvation and justice from Timothy Tingfang Lew, sung to the tune of "The church's one foundation" (AURELIA). Lyrics can be viewed here (search for "Foundation")
*MV187 We give our thanks / Reamo leboga (Traditional Botswana) A great song to sing for the offering. Sound sample (scroll to the 3rd album). We usually sing it much more quickly than this sample.
*TiS 48 / AoV1-153 / ATOK 411 / VU808 / WoV779 / ELW787 / GA452 / HPP385 / G(II)433 / GC611 / GC(II)593 / CP531 / W&R438 You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord / On Eagle's Wings A familiar song to many congregations. It's based on a different Psalm, but would work for this one too. It has masculine imagery for God; some subtle changes will make it less grating.

Any Holy, holy, holy / Sanctus will work well.

Exclusive BUC code: *, we've sung it in the last 5 years; *, we haven't, but it suits us well.

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