Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Songs, Hymns & Music for Holy Name of Jesus (January 1 2019)

Numbers 6:22-27 
The Aaronic blessing
  • *AoV1-177 / GA441 May God Bless and keep you (Christopher Walker) Simple and inclusive Aaronic blessing that has words everyone can understand. I strongly suggest having a look at this one as an alternative to the standard Aaronic blessing. 
  • TiS 776(ii) / AHB 572 The Lord bless you and keep you (various tunes, traditional words) The Australian hymn books have two settings for the Aaronic blessing. I prefer tune (ii) rather than the chant version. Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • Iona (Love From Below) The Lord bless you and keep you (The Iona community). This is a very nice, but very tricky setting of the standard Aaronic blessing words. It’s more something you would ask your choir to sing, if you have one! 
  • *MV218 / GtG549 / STB315 May the love of the Lord / Wei yuan shen di ai (Maria Ling Poh Choo) Lovely alternative words to a simple Chinese melody. It will need to be taught, but is not too hard. 
  • CH796 The Lord bless you and keep you (Lowell Mason) Standard words to a tune by Lowell Mason.
  • CH785 May god bless you (Aaronic blessing adapted) A nice alternative, and quite simple tune
  • Iona (SBL) / CH787 / PH596 / G(II)413 / GC589 / CP661 / URW445 May the Lord Mighty God (Pao-chen Li) Many of these sources are quite masculine, but URW is very good. Sung to a traditional Chinese melody. Lyrics and lead sheet. Sound sample.
  • *AoVK-161 / GC(II)577 / G(3)675 May God bless and keep us (David Haas) A nice simple and largely inclusive Aaronic blessing set to the familiar tune ADORE TE DEVOTE. Sound sample. Sheet music sample. Good for kids. New words to old tunes.
  •  NCYC07 The Lord bless you and keep you / Blessing (Jeremy Burtenshaw) A nice new tune for the standard words of the Aaronic blessing. Worth a look. Will need to be taught to your congregation, but I can see this being a keeper for more contemporary congregations!
  • AoV2-089 / Taize / MV086 / SFFS 2156 Give peace to every heart / Da Pacem Cordium (Jacques Berthier) A good, simple Taize chant. Sound samples, sheet music (not cantor lines though). 
  • STB080 May the Lord gracious God bless and keep you forever / Yuan quan-neng zhu  shang-di (I-toh Loh) This is quite lovely, and when sung in two parts would be really special. You would need to teach it, or to have your musicians sing it often until the congregation get to know it; if someone can sing in Mandarin, that would be particularly nice.
Psalm 8 
How majestic!
  • *Emergent Psalter O God our sovereign (Isaac Everett) A lovely simple Psalm response and read Psalm over an instrumental backing. Sheet music (refrain only)  
  • AoVK-50 / ATW 430 / NCYC'99 Come let us praise our God / A voice is heard (Trisha Watts) Excellent and energetic. Good for kids.
  • *Online Resource How Great is your name! (Richard Bruxvoort-Colligan) A fun Psalm refrain for kids with a cantor part. Good for kids. Sound sample and sheet music.
  • TiS 163 / AHB 112 / NCH556 / UMH150 / LBW463 / ELW771 / GtG024 / PH268 / W&R644 / Cha651 / URW084 / 82Hml-580 God who stretched the spangled heavens (Catherine Cameron) Good words of creation of nature and cities and creative possibilities for the future. AHB has a Father and old language, but it works okay; TiS and other sources are better. There are many possible tunes. I like it best to HOLY MANNA as in the link. Lyrics and sound sample. New words to old tunes
  • PfAS008E O Lord Our Lord how majestic is your name (Alfred Fedak) Psalm response.
  • *CH005 / PfAS008D / URW231 / StF112 O Lord our Lord throughout the earth (Iona) A lovely hymnlike version of the Psalm, set to a traditional Scottish tune. I like the questioning nature of this hymn. New words to old tunes
  • ATW 462 When I consider God's design (Hand in hand) (Norm Habel) Good words of all creation celebrating together. Tune is good, too. Lyrics.
  • VU730 / URW229 God our God your glorious name (William Sherwin) Inclusive paraphrase of the Psalm with a joyous chorus.
  • *AoVK-113 Thank you O Lord for this world of ours I like this kid's song. Really fun and interesting with two parts! Good for kids.
  • AoV1-003 / HPP258 / GA394 / G(II)342 / GC497 / GC(II)495 / G(3)576 / Lau693 / StF803 / MP648 The heavens are telling the glory of God / Canticle of the Sun (Marty 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.
  • VU732 O God our God how glorious is your name (Michael Guimont) Inclusive responsive paraphrase of the Psalm with a simple refrain.  
  • TiS 90 / AHB 44 / UMH60 / VU867 / GtG806 / PH253 / A&M673 / CP346 / CP(E) 473 / W&R79 / Cha20 / PfAS146A / 82Hml-429 / StF079 / MP320 I'll praise my Maker while I've breath (Isaac Watts) A great classic hymn. Most sources are not inclusive; Voices United and Chalice hymnal are! Lyrics and sound sample. Oldy-but-a-goody. 
  • NCH Psalter008 How majestic is your name in all the earth (Lee Dengler) A very simple refrain and chanted Psalm.  
  • *URW097 All you works of God bless the Lord (Stephen Starke) Joyful words of creation's celebration to the Jamaican tune LINSTEAD (Let us talents and tongues employ). Fun! New words to old tunes
Galatians 4:4-7
Being adopted children of God
  • TiS 465 / AHB 399 / ATA 115 / NCH279 / Iona (SBL) / CH116 / A&M271 / GA381 Our God in heaven / Father in heaven / Loving Creator grant to your children (Elena Maquiso / Daniel T Niles) I really like this hymn, especially the Philippino folk melody to which it's set. Newer versions of the hymn from the Christian Conference of Asia have altered the lyrics to be more inclusive: "Our God in heaven / Creator God" in the first verse. Other versions, such as CH4 have "Loving Creator / Parent and God".
  • *MV157 I am a child of God (Bruce Harding) A simple song with powerful words. Good for kids and adults alike. Very easy to learn. Good for kids.
  • TiS 417 / AoV2-133 / ATW 448 / VU387 / StJ / WoV683 / ELW397 / AA94 / HPP237 / GtG293 / PH323 / CP657 / W&R135 / Cha244 / URW203 / StB220 Loving Spirit, Loving Spirit (Shirley Murray). There are about a zillion tunes set for this. I prefer FELICITY (by Colin Gibson TiS 417), but also like RESTORATION and OMNI DIE. Lyrics New words to old tunes
  • *CH329 / AA108 / CoC33 O little Love who comes again (Shirley Murray) A lovely gentle and thoughtful Christmas song, which would also work for Epiphany and the Christmas season. It fits well with this reading.
  • *TiS 303 / AHB 227 / AoV1-171 / NCH144 / CH301 / UMH240 / VU048 / LBW060 / ELW270 / GA294 / HPP123 / PH031 / GtG119 / GC348 / GC(II)356 / G(3)424  / CP138 / CP(E) 53 / W&R185 / Cha150 / ZSS62 / Srce202 / 82Hml-087 / Lau155 Hark the herald angels sing (Charles Wesley)  One of those carols that we sing pretty much every year at Brunswick. Oldy-but-a-goody.
Alternative Epistle Philippians 2:5-11
  • TiS 721 / Iona (LFB) / URW431 / StF344 / Lau124 He became poor that we may be rich (Iona) A simple chant. Timing is a little bit tricky, so you will need to take a little time to teach it initially. This has gorgeous parts if you have some singers. Sound sample.
  • CH348 / StS001 / LBW196 / ELW843 / A&M762 / G(3)625 / CP397 / W&R93 / SP304 / URW090 Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness (Rusty Edwards) Good words of Christ's ministry to all. Can be sung to the familiar tune NETTLETON, or the less familiar and very lovely tune JOEL.  Lyrics and sheet music. New words to old tunes   
  • *TaizĂ© / MV075 / StS079 / SFFS 2118 / GtG284 / GC(II)479 / G(3)547 / SP99 / URW395 Holy Spirit Come to Us / Veni sancte spiritus / Tui amoris (Jacques Berthier) Best if you have a cantor, but works well if you don't, too. Sheet music, translations, sound samples.  
  • TiS 341 / AHB 257 / NCH222 / CH399 / VU143 / A&M147 / WoV661 / LBW094 / ELW782 / SFFS 2083 / HPP329 / GtG209 / PH076 / CP184 / CP(E) 112 / Srce2-426 / 82Hml-458 / Lau752 / StF277 / MP478 My song is love unknown (Samuel Crossman) I really love this old and beautiful song. I prefer it sung to LOVE UNKNOWN. It doesn't have to be saved up for Good Friday / Maundy Thursday. Lyrics. New words to old tunes 
  • Worldmaking.net O Christ, Lamb of God (Richard Bruxvoort-Colligan) A more modern Agnus Dei, with Christ sharing our weakness. Lyrics and sound sample.  
  • TiS 242 / AHB 183 / AoV1-018 / ATN 27 / CH404 / UMH261 / VU352 / A&M667 / HPP163 / GtG157 / PH302 / G(II)481 / GC708 / GC(II)689 / G(3)796 / CP(E) 468 / W&R118 / Lau765 / StF247 I danced in the morning / Lord of the Dance (Sydney Carter). Lyrics and tune sample. You all know this one, right?  Good for kids   
  • GtB God is love and love is giving (Ross Langmead) A simple kids' song about God's love. A round. Good for kids  
  • Tune In / Online Resource O Spirit God to you we pray / In the shape of a cross (Dave Brown) A cry to God for help. Reference recording, lyrics and free downloadable songbook. 
  • Online resource / MV047 Born in human likeness (Bruce Harding) A simple Christmas round. Good for kids.  
Luke 2:15-21
The angels sing; the shepherds arrive!
Here's a big list of Christmas carols to choose from.

Songs, Hymns & Music for Christmas 1C (December 30 2012)

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Songs, Hymns & Music for Proper 26B / Ordinary 31B / Pentecost +22B (November 4 2012)

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Songs, Hymns & Music for All Saints' Day (November 1 2018)

  • *FFS057 Song of faith that sings forever (Shirley Murray) Simple tune and beautiful image of people throughout generations, alive and dead, taking up a song together; I think this would be particularly good for congregations and communities facing difficult times "And when life would overwhelm us, when there seems no song to sing, hear the constant voice of courage out of fear and suffering" Lyrics and sheet music. 
  • Iona (Love From Below) / A&M297 / SFFS 2283 / GC(II)786 / G(3)885 / SP114 / StF746/ Lau387 For all the saints who’ve shown your love (John Bell) These beautiful lyrics are some of the best words about All Saints' Day that I've come across, and would work for this reading too. There are two tunes, and two slightly different sets of lyrics. Love From Below uses the tune "ALL SAINTS" which is a John Bell original. A nice tune, but not familiar, although not hard to learn at all. The Gather hymnals publish a slightly different version of the lyrics, sung to the tune O WALY WALY which is the tune for "The water is wide", so much more familiar. Lyrics New words to old tunes.   
  • AA120 Sing of the saints who were loved and made beautiful (Marnie Barrell) AA has these lovely words to a tune by Colin Gibson, but it could also be sung to a modified version of the tune MYRRH-BEARING MARY (see comments below). Lyrics (downloads a pdf) 
  • Tune In / Online Resource Hail the fisherfolk (Dave Brown) A bluesy song that remembers the saints of history and today. Lyrics, sound sample, free downloadable songbook. 
  • *CH172 / URW062 / StF116 Sing for God’s glory that colours the dawn of creation (Kathy Galloway) Beautiful poetic words of creation (first verse), release (2nd verse), justice (3rd verse) and saints (4th verse). Would be a good song to open worship. Sung to a very familiar hymn tune, LOBE DEN HERREN (TiS 111). Lyrics (scroll down). New words to old tunes.  
  • *Online Resource Heaven and Earth are Filled (Christopher Grundy) A beautiful, meditative chant about the great cloud of witnesses; very simple. The sheet music includes the string part. Recording and link to sheet music
  • *NCH376 God we thank you for our people (Ruth Duck) All Saints Good words to the tune HOLY MANNA. Some really nice phrases "hardy spirits, rich in loving", and "thank you God for gentle pleasure". An excellent forward-looking final verse, too. Lyrics. New words to old tunes.   
  • TiS 470 / CH742 / UMH708 / WoV689 / LBW26 / ELW264 / A&M308 / GtG732 / CP(E) 227 / W&R531 / Cha476 / SP116 Rejoice in God’s saints today and all days! (Fred Pratt Green) Great words about all the different saints and the importance of remembering them. The 2nd verse which mentions "some carry the gospel through fire and through flood" may be particularly appealing. Works well to the tune PADERBORN, but would be even simpler sung to LAUDATE DOMINUM which would be more familiar. Lyrics and some tune samples. New words to old tunes
  • AHB 551 / NCH295 / UMH712 / HPP506 / GtG730 / PH364 / 82Hml-293 I sing a song of the saints of God (Lesbia Scott) A bit twee and it makes me giggle when we get to the "shepherdess on the green", but I loved this song as a kid, especially the idea that even I (a girl!) had potential. I think the "And I mean to be one too" part is just great and no other songs seem to pick up that sentiment about All Saints Day. It's mostly only good for older kids because it's a bit wordy. Lyrics and tune sample. New words to old tunes
  • TiS 455 / AHB 384 / NCH299 / CH740 / UMH711 / VU705 / LBW174 / ELW422 / A&M296 / GA551 / HPP500 / GtG326 / PH526 / GC793 / GC(II)791 / G(3)884 / CP276 / CP(E) 232 / W&R529 / Cha637 / Srce2-125 / 82Hml-287 / Lau371 / StF745 / MP148 For all the saints who from their labors rest (William Walsham How) A classic, but sources vary widely in terms of how ancient and/or inclusive the language and which verses are included. NCH, VU and Gather hymnals are pretty good. Be aware that some versions are really quite militaristic and warlike, which may not be helpful to some congregations. Oldy-but-a-mostly-goody. Old-school lyrics. As an alternative, you may like to use: Online Source For all the saints who from their labors rest (Cotter) A good adaptation of the traditional lyrics. Lyrics (downloads a pdf). New words to old tunes.
  • HPP475 / Traditional Oh when the saints go marching in (Traditional) This could be a lot of fun. One All Saints' Day, I went to Trinity Church on the Green in New Haven, Connecticut, where a New Orleans style jazz group played this. It was just great.     
  • ATN 77 / G(II)542 / GC749 O Welcome All You Noble Saints of Old / In Christ There Is a Table Set for All (Robert Stamps) Radical hospitality. A song about God with us. Gather hymnals use "In Christ there is a table set for all" which is much more inclusive than the old "God and man at table are sat down". Good for celebration of communion, but is fine without it, too. Lyrics (scroll down). Clunky sound sample.  
  • UMH702 / StS092 / WoV691 / ELW426 / GC442 / GC(II)442 / G(3)539 / Lau451 Sing with All the Saints in Glory (William Irons) Sung to the well known tune, ODE TO JOY, these words focus on the joy of heaven. Lyrics, sample sheet music, tune sample (search for "sing with all"). New words to old tunes.  
  • A&M311 / CP(E) 614 We sing for all the unsung saints (Carl P Daw Jr) A great song about all the unsung saints. The set tune is not familiar, and a little bit tricky. Could work with ELLACOMBE or KINGSFOLD instead Lyrics and tune sample. 
  • CH748 As stars adorn the night-veiled sky (Carl P Daw Jr) A simple hymn which talks about the value of recognising saints. Language is fairly formal, but not archaic. Sung to the familiar hymn tune WAREHAM (TiS 124) Lyrics and sheet music
  • Online Resource A cloud of witnesses around us (Brian Wren) Powerful words about the thousand alleluias being proclaimed through the generations. Lyrics and sheet music.
Join the conversation below! What will you be singing? Do you have any other ideas, or know of songs that others may like that are not listed here? 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Songs, Hymns and Music for Intercessory Prayer

Short refrains for Prayers of the People / Intercessions.
  • TiS 741 / AoV1-017 / ATE 282 / LBW368 / ELW407 / GA431 / SFFS 2200 / G(II)410 / GC586 / GC(II)566 / Taize / W&R484 / Srce519 / URW390 O Lord hear my prayer (Jacques Berthier) A simple and very well known Taize chant. Works well during intercessions. Good for kids.
  • Online Resource / NCYC09 Understanding through you Lord (Heather Price) A prayer for peace seeking understanding of suffering, and that our leaders gain understanding. Nicely written tune, very catchy once you've got it. Would be great to use for the intercessions. Sound sample and sheet music.
  • URW311 I love you Lord you hear my cry (Watts) A simple song with two verses, or you could use it as a Psalm refrain with the text read by a leader. It would be pretty amazing if you can sing it in 4 parts, I reckon. The 2nd verse could be quite appropriate on its own during intercessions.
  • Online resource Come in your fullness / Lord hear our prayer (Langmead) A good and quite simple response. Sheet music and sound sample.
  • *AoV2-078 / VU952 / GA151 / SP206 Through Our Lives And by Our prayers Bell An excellent chant for use in Intercessory prayers (or anytime really). Not super easy, but once known, it's very memorable.
  • GC(II)554 / G(3)664 Lord hear our prayer (Lawton) A very simple prayer response. Good if you'd like an alternative to the Taize "O Lord hear my prayer". Could be used as a response during intercessory prayers. Lead sheet. Sound sample (is that an accordion?).
  • Worldmaking.net / CP086 / SP&P More Than We Can Ask A great chant for use during intercessions. Very simple and genuine. Sound sample and lyrics.
  • *AoV2-070 / ATW 496 / MV090 / StJ / G(3)719 Don't be afraid (Bell) Excellent. I love this song of reassurance. "Don't be afraid, my love is stronger. My love is stronger than your fear". This song can be used as a response to intercessions. Good for kids.
  • GC(II)753 / G(3)860 Watch O Lord (St. Augustine / Haugen) Lovely gentle prayers of intercession for an evening service. A bit schmaltzy, but worth it. The verses have a cantor and response.
  • Iona (LFB) / Lau930 Listen Lord (Iona / Bell) Beautiful chant-like chorus, can be used on its own or as a response, or used with the verses. Good to use for the intercessions.
  • MV096 And when you call for me (Bauman / Good) This simple chant "And when you call for me I have already answered... I am already there" might work nicely during the prayers of intercession. Tune is not immediately easy, so teach your congregation first. Good for kids.
  • AoV2-137 / Iona (SBL) / CH262 For the world and all its people (Somos Pueblo) This is a beautiful, haunting song. It will need to be taught, but once your congregation gets it, I'm sure they'll love it. Particularly good to use during intercessions.
  • SP&P125 In our prayers / O lau tatalo (Fowler / Pouesi) A simple chant suitable for Intercessions with Samoan translation.
  • PfAS006C How long how long O Lord (Walhout) A very simple Psalm refrain which will work very well as a prayer of lament for those who suffer - during intercessions for example. 
  • VU280 Mother and God (Winter) A slightly longer short song, suitable for before the intercessions or communion. Beautiful words; some may find the breastfeeding God image a little challenging. Simple tune. Lyrics.  
  • STB111 God receive our prayer (Gibbs) A nice intercessory prayer response.
  • StF761 Merciful Lord in your loving kindness hear our prayer (Simei Monteiro) A lovely simple song that can be sung as an Intercessory response. In Portuguese and English.
Kyries are also very useful as prayer responses.

Longer hymns with a focus on intercessions:
  • CH265 / StF527 Pray for a world where every child (Duck) A good song about praying for things that are difficult to name, including domestic violence.
  • *CH721 / URW156 We lay our broken world (Briggs) Beautiful words seeking global healing, healing of relationships and healing for self. Sung to familiar tunes (ICH HALTE TREULICH STILL in URW). I prefer the tune in CH, but maybe there is an even better tune for it. Lyrics.
  • URW160 In your love make us whole (Friedman) The chorus is a little bit mushy, but satisfyingly so. The verses are particularly good for prayers of intercessions.

Songs, Hymns and Music for Easter 3B (April 22 2012)

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Songs of Farewell and Benedictions

People are always leaving, and it's good to send them on their way with a sung blessing. Here are some - this list will grow. Most of these songs work also for general benedictions too.

Songs that work as both Farewells and Benedictions
  • *SFFS 2281 / URW451 May you run and not be weary (Hanson / Murakami) A nice blessing song. Good for the ending of the service, but also good if you need to farewell someone. 
  • FFS29 God speed you on your way (Shirley Erena Murray) Farewell; benediction Good lyrics of a new beginning, or just time for leaving church at the end of the service. Joyful tune, which will need to be taught, but is really catchy! Lyrics & Sheet music.
  • Tune in: May you go well into paths still unknown (David Brown) Mostly easy tune, and strong words. Would work well as a benediction. Lyrics, sound sample and songbook.
  • ATW 494 For you deep stillness (Robin Mann / Julie Perrin) A peaceful and powerful homegrown favourite. And is has actions. Lyrics and mp3 sample. Good for kids.
  • ATFG589 / NCYC'99 / VU298 When you Walk From here (Linnea Good) A simple benediction, commissioning or farewell song.
  • BUC Resource May the feet of many walk beside you (Robson) A beautiful, flowing blessing; much loved by our congregation, both for its beauty and for the person who wrote it.
  • SP&P201 Peace peace deep peace (Thomas) A very simple benediction, that could also work well as a blessing to someone who is leaving the congregation. Could be used creatively in Advent - by changing the verses each week (Peace, Love, Joy and Hope)  
  • GtG448 / SP&P204 Peace of God be with you / As-salaamu lakum (Bruxvoort-Colligan) Peace / Blessing Arabic and English words, very simple to learn and sing.  
  • Online source May love surround you (Etzler) A lovely flowing 6/8 tune, and kind words "May love surround you with warm gentle arms. May love surround you and keep you from harm. And may you always continue to grow. May you find happiness wherever you go". Can also be used as a children's recessional. Sheet music. Copyright info.
  • Online source We hold you in our love / As you go (Tracy) A friendly farewell, encouraging further growth. Can also be used as a children's recessional. Sheet music. Copyright info.
  • Online source As you go may joy surround you (Piirainen) Another friendly farewell, encouraging further growth. Can also be used as a children's recessional. Sheet music. Copyright infoGood for kids.
  • TiS 779 / AoVK-67 / ATA 194 May the feet of God Walk with you (Mann) This is beautiful, but be aware that it is quite masculine. Would be good to alternate male and female pronouns.
  • VU962 May the blessing of God go before you (Winter) Really easy to sing and beautiful words that celebrate a feminine God.  
  • 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.
  • *MV218 / GtG549 / STB315 May the love of the Lord / Wei yuan shen di ai (Choo / Lim) Lovely alternative words to a simple Chinese melody. It will need to be taught, but is not too hard. 
  • MV222 May the peace of God be your peace (McLaren) A lovely benediction where the congregation addresses each other. It's one of those ones that makes me want to look around at the congregation and sing it to each person there. It will need to be taught at first. This would be particularly nice during advent, but will work at all other times of the year too.
  • MV224 May the God of Peace / Na Jijoho (Traditional Benin) A lovely traditional Benediction from Benin, West Africa. Very simple. I would sing it in English, but it (of course) also works well in the original language (Goun).
  • *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, particularly if they are heading off to a special task. 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.
Benedictions and Sending Forth songs for the whole congregation (not farewells!)
  • Iona (WWHW) / MV223 We will go with God / Sizohamba naye (Traditional Swaziland) A simple song from Swaziland. Good for the end of the service. Sound sample. It would be good to sing this at Brunswick again. Note that MV has a different translation. Good for kids.
  • MV220 Hope shines as the solitary star (Maclean) A nice benediction seeking personal growth and connection for the journey of faith. It will need to be taught, but once taught it's easily sung. Could be used as an Advent Candle-lighting song too. Lyrics
  • MV221 I am walking a path of peace (Tissandier) A simple song for a benediction or an Advent Candle Song; words can be altered to paths of love, grace, hope, joy etc. Good for kids.
  • WoV723 / ELW551 / SFFS 2241 The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve (Dufner) Great words of sending forth in service to the world sung to a well known hymn tune (CHESTERFIELD or LAND OF REST).
  • SP&P052 For you shall go out and be led forth with peace (Gellar) A good paraphrase of Isaiah 55:10-13. Slightly energetic.
  • SP&P193 Peace be to you (Rose) A very simple benediction "peace be to you in all you do". Good for kids.
  • CH256 / VU424 / GtG765 / StF411 May the God of hope go with us every day (Schutmaat) Simple joyful song with a focus on working for peace and justice; I would sing just the first verse and chorus. A good song for the end of the service. Good for kids.
  • SP&P194 Our God's light (Amano) A contemporary blessing - not immediately easy to sing, but it's nice "Go with love…"
  • SP&P207 Now you are releasing your servant (Grundy) A more modern Nunc Dimittis that works well as a benediction, particularly during the Christmas / Epiphany seasons. This will need to be taught, because the timing is a little tricky. Sound sample (scroll down). 
  • STB288 May the Lord bless you with joy (Burma / Karen Blessing) A blessing from the Karen people of Burma. Would not be too hard to sing in Karen, but there is also a lovely English translation. Would be particularly nice in Spring time when the flowers are all in bloom. 
  • STB289 Now I know by God's own grace (Cambodia) A call and response benediction. Would be simple to sing, in English, and if you have members who speak Khmer, could be good to learn!  
  • BUC Resource May the feet of many walk beside you (Kirk Robson) A beautiful, flowing blessing; much loved by our congregation, both for its beauty and for the person who wrote it. 
  • URW444 Go in peace walk in love (Trilby Jordan)  A lovely blessing song that can be sung as a round. 
  • FFS49 May the God of new beginnings (John Murray) Lovely blessing for a new start, to a simple tune. 
  • AoVNG129 / Iona (Common Ground, T1AU) / CH798 / StJ / ELW646 / A&M845 / G(3)820 / ChaP189 / URW446 / StF774 / Lau901 The peace of the earth be with you (Guatemalan traditional / translation: Christine Carson) I really like the energy and the words of this one. Easy to sing. Some versions have "The peace of the Lord be with you" instead. Which is not the same.    
  • VU454 May God who creates you (Louise Skibsted) A lovely blessing for a baptism, or a farewell. Lyrics (downloads a pdf). 
  • Iona (Common Ground) / URW447 / StF648 God to enfold you (John Bell) A simple blessing. Best if you can have all the parts covered.  
  • Iona (T1AU) /  URW448 God's eye be within me (John Bell) Based on a traditional Irish blessing, and St. Patrick's Breastplate, and sung to a familiar Irish tune COLUMCILLE.

Songs and Hymns for Epiphany 5B (February 5 2012)

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