Thursday, August 4, 2011

Season of Creation 1A - Forest Sunday

Genesis 2:4b-22
*Tune In: God is walking in the garden (Brown) A gentle song that starts in the Garden of Eden and ends with Easter. "We heard you walking, We hid because we're afraid". A great song for the start of Lent. Reference recording, lyrics and songbook.
NCH568 / PH283 God marked a line and told the sea (Troeger) Sung to the familiar hymn tune KEDRON, this hymn is a song about limits and how to define freedom. "God set one limit in the glade where tempting, fruited branches swayed". Would be great to initiate a discussion.
*CH171 / SP253 Take up the song and sing the praise of God (Whitney) Simple, upbeat tune, and great words about creation, our choice and responsibility. Nice time signature.
*PH266 / W&R36 Thank You God for Water Soil and Air (Wren) Good words asking God's forgiveness for the way we have damaged the planet we have been entrusted with, and a plea to help us renew the face of the earth by caring for creation. A prayer of confession. Can't tell you much about the tune, because I don't have these hymnals and can't find it on the internet anywhere. Lyrics.
*TiS 668 / AoVK-34 / ATFG587 / NCH569 / CH243 / VU307 / R254 / ELW739 / AA143 / W&R38 / Cha693 / URW189 Touch the earth lightly (Murray) Sings of the redemption of creation and our complicity in its destruction. Sources vary in their set tunes. TiS has a good tune (TENDERNESS) with a nice minor key change to the relative minor for the second verse. Youtube video with all lyrics.
*VU248 / StJ / WoV799 / ELW861 / CP307 When long before time / The Singer and the song (Davison) Good creation (and damage to creation) song. Nice imagery of God the Singer, and Song Incarnate. I think my big-bang believing 7 year old son would really like these words, if he has the patience for them. Easy tune to sing (BUC people, I have this).
*CH244 / FFS75 Where are the voices for the earth? Very very nice. Haunting tune. While the harmonies are complex, I don't think this is hard to sing.
Here in this place Dawn heralds this day's journey (Wiltshire) Beautiful words of creation dawning, trees reaching, clouds moving, wind dancing. Sung to CRUGER, and will also work with PASSION CHORALE. Highly recommended. Download songbook here for free.

Psalm 139:13-16
God's intimate knowledge of us
*AoV2-031 / ATW 424 / CH97 / GC(II)509 O God, you search me and you know me (Farrell). My favourite version of this Psalm. The tune flows effortlessly and it has a nice little hook at the end of each verse. Sample music and lyrics here.
*NCH274 / SFFS 2046 / CP390 Womb of Life and source of being (Duck / LADUE CHAPEL) Excellent words. The tune is unlikely to be familiar, and is just a little bit tricky.
*ATOK 320 / NCH351 / VU645 / StJ / WoV770 / ELW732 / SFFS 2051 / HPP516 I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry. A song of God’s presence in all stages of life. Very simple tune to sing. Lyrics, and a nice (slow) sound sample.
* God of My Breathing (Bruxvoort-Colligan). Excellent words to a well-known hymn tune. Sample and lyrics.
*ATW 487 Make your home in me A simple beautiful invitation. Written by Melbourne songwriter and teacher, Fay White. “If you fly to the point of the day’s sunrise or westward across the sea, if you travel to the uttermost ends of the earth, there I will be; Make your home in me as I make my home in you. I am everywhere that you can be. Make your home in me”. This is quite different to the Vineyard / Josh Young version you can find all over the internet. I can't find a sample of this one, unfortunately.
*TiS 725 / ATE 275 / TiS 725 / AoV2-167 / ATE 275 / StJ / GA538 / G(II)553 / GC763 / In our darkness there is no darkness in your sight, the deepest night is clear as the daylight. (La tenebre). Also translated as "Our darkness is never darkness"). Sample music and lyrics.
*VU384 / SFFS 2052 / HPP229 / HPSS320 The Lone Wild Bird in lofty flight (Haugen / PROSPECT) Familiar tune and excellent words. First 3 verses and tune sample.

Acts 17:22-28
Universal longing for God
* God of My Breathing (Bruxvoort-Colligan). Excellent words to a well-known hymn tune. Sample and lyrics.
*SP&P89 / Ground and Source of all that is (Bruxvoort-Colligan) This song is very beautiful and easy to sing. Lyrics and sound sample.
*Tune In: Longing for you (Loukes). A simple chant of longing for God. Sound sample and lyrics here.
*TiS 180 / UMH105 / W&R58 / Cha013 God of many names (Wren) If this is new it will need to be taught to your congregation as the tune is not intuitive, but it is worth knowing. The chorus is particularly appealing to kids. Lyrics (downloads a pdf)
*Here in this place As we live and have our being (Wiltshire) Lovely words to one of my favourite scripture verses, focused on God in all our life and action. Suggested tune is FELICITY. Download songbook here for free.

John 3:1-16
*GtB God is love and love is giving (Langmead) A simple kids' song about God's love. A round. We sang this a few weeks ago, and it would be good to do it again before we forget it completely.
*TiS 242 / AHB 183 / AoV1-018 / ATN 27 / CH404 / UMH261 / VU352 / HPP163 / HPSS302 / G(II)481 / GC708 / GC(II)689 / CP(E) 468 / W&R118 I danced in the morning (Carter / SIMPLE GIFTS)
ATOK 316 From the air and from the light (Mann)
*Taize / CP530 By night we hasten in darkness (Berthier) One of my favourite Taize chants. Sheet music, lyrics, translations and sound samples.
* Holy Holy Holy One (Bruxvoort-Colligan) An energetic rocky song about God's love. Sound sample, lyrics etc.
*Taize / MV100 Lord God you love us, source of compassion (Berthier) A very simple refrain, which would work well as a response during prayers of confession or of intercession. Sound sample, sheet music and translations.
TiS 174 / UMH194 / CP(E)259 / 82Hml-585 Morning glory starlit sky (Vanstone / KENOSIS) Quite formal words, but very very beautiful song of God's boundless love "Drained is love in making full, bound in setting others free, poor in making many rich, weak in giving power to be". The tune is not difficult, but will need to be taught to a congregation if not familiar. The lyrics could also be read as a poem, and challenges the image of Christ as monarch, but also affirms God's reign. Lyrics.

Extra forest-y songs
*TiS 755 / ATA 196 / CH804 / VU884 / SFFS 2278 / HPP219 / URW449 You shall go out with joy / The trees of the field (Dauerman) This is a good hand clappy foot stomping song. Fun. Can't get enough of this song, really. Chords and lyrics.
*StS116 I saw a tree by the riverside / The Tree Song (Ken Medema) A great kid’s song about roots growing down to the water, and leaves growing up to the sunshine, and bearing fruit, and all that great stuff. Video of Ken singing this song I'm not sure of other sources for it, but I know it must be in some 1970s book, because I grew up singing it. Lyrics.
*Linnea Good Strong as living Trees A lovely haunting chant. Good for kids and adults alike.
NCH313 Like a tree beside the waters (Martin) Good congregational words of richness from the waters. Tune is a little bit tricky, so will need to be introduced. It can also be sung to the more familiar HYFRYDOL. Lyrics (downloads a pdf)
*TiS 135 All things bright and beautiful TiS has beautiful Australian imagery, including rainforests. If your congregation only has the AHB or other versions of the music, it is worth making copies of the TiS lyrics; the congregation will know the tune. Verse 2 and 5 have masculine language for God.
*TiS 671 / AoV2-121 Made in God's Likeness (Lewis/Spence) "Called to create a new world for the Lord". Excellent images of rainforest birds. This is one of my very favourite songs. It is not difficult if you have a good musician at the helm. If it is new to your congregation, they will be able to join in on the verses by the time you get to the 3rd one. The change in tone with the verse really lifts this song. Lyrics (search for "Made in").
Online Resource Imagine now our world renewed (Wiltshire) A song of prayer for healing of our beautiful earth. Free download.
AoV1-003 / HPP258 / GA394 / G(II)342 / GC497 / GC(II)495 / RS638 The heavens are telling the glory of God / Canticle of the Sun (Haugen) Energetic waltz of cosmic praise with great lyrics "Come dance in the forest, come play in the field, and sing, sing to the glory of the Lord". Sound sample. Lyrics and sheet music sample.

Also, look at a list of songs from ecofaith Uniting Church.


judyredman said...

Hi Natalie,

I first learned The Tree Song from Faye White - she recorded it on a cassette album called "Trees, Stars and Other Wonders" that was commissioned by, I think, the Victorian Education Dept for use in primary schools - songs with a spiritual flavour rather than overtly Christian. However, Bruce (my husband) tells me that Amy Grant also recorded it, so I suspect that you were exposed to it from one or both of these sources.

Lectionary Singer (Natalie Sims) said...

Thanks Judy,
On further reflection, I think it was on an old Evie Tornquist cassette.