Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Songs, Hymns and Music for the Annunciation (March 25 2014)

Isaiah 7:10-14
God's sign to Ahaz; a young woman will have a son and call him Immanuel

*W&R172 For Ages Women Hoped and Prayed (Huber) This is one of those "Coming, but already here songs" of Advent, and could be sung at other times of year, too. Thought-provoking words about what it may have been like for Mary to bear Christ. Lyrics (downloads a large pdf). Set to VOX DILECTI, but could be sung to other tunes. It fits New Britain (the tune for Amazing Grace) quite nicely.
*NCH107 / LBW633 / ELW242 / GC346 / GC(II)351 / G(3)423 / W&R160 / Cha138 / Lau157 Awake Awake and greet the new morn (Haugen) Joyful song with excellent hopeful lyrics and an uplifting tune.  Lyrics, sound sample.
*ATFG 514 Emmanuel Carol / God of light we are waiting for you (Berberick) This is a lovely song; you will need to teach it, but once it's known, it's pretty easy. Fast sound sample. Lyrics (search for "God of light")
TiS 283 / HPP87 / CP(E) 58 / W&R167 / Srce2-382 / Lau116 Long ago prophets knew (Pratt Green / THEODORIC) I’m never sure if I like this one, but lots of other people do and it fits the reading this week well. Lyrics and midi sample here.
*TiS 265 / AHB 193 / AoV1-174 / NCH116 / CH273 / UMH211 / VU001 / LBW034 / ELW283 / GA285 / HPP92 / PH009 / GC317 / GC(II)323 / G(3)395 / CP089 / CP(E) 32 / W&R154 / Cha119 / 82Hml-056 / Lau112 O come O come Emmanuel (Psaleroilum Cantionum Catholicarum) A very well known ancient Advent carol. Most versions are pretty inclusive. Lyrics and sound sample. There are also two alternate versions (one by Sue Wickham and one by John Henson), set to the same tune, but with more modern lyrics and ideas. See the Facebook Group for lyrics.
*TiS 279 / AHB 212 / SFFS 2091 / HPP158 / GC487 / GC(II)494 / G(3)572 / CP632 / Lau107 The King of glory comes the nation rejoices (Jabusch) Fun and energetic song to a traditional Israeli folk melody. A good processional. Lyrics. Good for kids.

Psalm 45 
*CH115 / MV089 / Iona (Love from Below) Love is the touch of intangible joy (Robertson / Bell) words of different kinds of love – deep friendship, romantic love (Love is the lilt in a lingering voice), and the love of God. Each verse ends with "God is where love is, for love is of God". Tune is simple enough for a congregation to sing first go, and it has gorgeous chords. Lyrics
TiS 458 / AHB 388 / NCH095 / CH220 / UMH690 / VU437 / Songs for Liturgy / LBW274 / ELW569 / GA539 / A&M24 / GtG677 / PH546 / CP029 / CP(E) 22 / 82Hml-024 / Lau679 The day you gave us God is ended (Ellerton) A lovely older hymn. Suitable only for evening services.  

MV085 / StJ / ELW814 / HPP319 / GC(II)692 / G(3)795 / SP130 / PfAS045B / URW441 / Lau395a Take O Take Me As I Am (Bell / Maule) A lovely simple chant. PfAS uses it as a refrain to a reading of the Psalm.
 *MV094 Love knocks and waits (Damon) Lovely words and a simple lilting melody. Groovy bossa nova mp3 sample here. I reckon I would play it faster for our congregation.
*NCH 540 We plant a grain of mustard seed A song about how human love is a taste of divine love. Great words to a fairly standard-sounding (but new) hymn tune. It would also work well with MORNING SONG (the tune for “Awake, awake to love and work”).
*AoVK-12 God is our shelter truly a friend indeed (O'Hara) Groovy little round / more like a call and response really. Good for kids.
*Taize / TiS 731 / SFFS 2017 / G(II)377 / GC557 / GC(II)535 / G(3)618 / W&R212 / URW383 Raise a song of gladness / Come rejoice in God / Jubilate Deo omnis terra / Jubilate servite (Taize) Glorious, fun round. If your congregation balks at singing in Latin, it can be sung in English as "Raise a song of gladness, people of the earth, Christ has come, bringing peace, joy to every heart, Alleluia Alleluia, Joy to every heart (x2)" When I first learned this Taize song, I had it stuck in my head for weeks and weeks, which was a good thing! Short sound sample here. Good for kids (and kids like Latin sometimes!)
*AoV2-068 / VU695 God is passionate life (Fulmer) Good simple round with a peace / justice focus. Good for kids.
*MV031 Pure Love (Good) I think this song would be good for reflecting on God as the source of all love. Very simple and beautiful. Good for kids.
VU769 God has blessed you forever and ever (Russian Orthodox) A lovely simple response to this Psalm. Can be sung with a responsive reading as set out in VU. Nice if you can build in the harmonies, but fine if you can't. 

Alternative Psalm: Psalm 40:5-10  
God hears and helps.
Tune In: God’s Mercy
(Anderson) A beautiful ballad about recognising God's mercy in the everyday. Lyrics, sound sample, songbook. 

Emergent Psalter You are my help and my rescuer (Everett) A simple and lovely Psalm refrain to Psalm 40. Sample sheet music. You can also alternate between these two refrains as described in the book. 
*Online resource I delight to do your will (Spalding) I am a little entranced with this lovely simple chant that Dean Spalding from Monbulk Anglican sent through. It's designed for repetitive singing, and builds beautifully with a number of (optional) parts. Sheet music and sound sample.
*Iona (Common Ground, Ps PPP) / CH31 / URW266 I waited patiently for God (Bell) Surprisingly positive for such a gloomy Psalm (Psalm 40). Lyrics. Can be sung to NEW BRITAIN / AMAZING GRACE as well.
*Iona (M&G) / CH267 Blest be God blest be God for ever (Martinez / DANDASOY) Beautiful words to a beautiful, but tricky Philippino melody (unless you have a Philippino congregation, in which case it's just a familiar folk tune). This would be great to ask a small group to sing if you have some good singers in your congregation. Works especially nicely with a guitar. 
Cha740a God your mercy is upon us as we place our trust in you Responsive psalm with joyous sung refrain to a familiar hymn tune.
SP&P155 O God please rescue me (Salvaggione) An upbeat paraphrase of Psalm 40.
*TiS 560 / AHB 465 / NCH408 / CH192 / UMH132 / VU654/655 / WoV782 / ELW757 / CP529 / CP(E) 368 / Cha088 / Srce2-15 All my hope on God is founded / is firmly grounded (Neander) Most translations of this well known German hymn are not inclusive, but the NCH and WoV are, so if you have those books (BUC people, we have NCH, and I have WoV). Older version of the lyrics.
GA445 / G(II)421 / GC597 / GC(II)581 I Say "Yes," Lord / Digo "Sí," Señor
(Pena) A simple song which speaks of sticking with God through good times and bad. Lyrics and sample sheet music. Sound sample.
*TiS 741 / AoV1-017 / ATE 282 / LBW368 / ELW407 / GA431 / SFFS 2200 / G(II)410 / GC586 / GC(II)566 / Taize / W&R484 / Srce519 O Lord hear my prayer (Berthier) A simple and very well known Taize chant. Good for kids.
CH573 / UMH523 Jesus Savior Lord lo to thee I fly / Saranam Saranam (Sri Lankan) I think this would be an excellent song to sing, not only because the words are good (although language is old-fashioned), and because the tune is simple and beautiful, but because we need to keep praying for the people of Sri Lanka.
CH541 Lord I pray if today (Keegstra-DeBoer) Very simple words, quite child like, but memorable.
*TiS 23 O Lord do not withold your mercy (Saliers) A really lovely and simple refrain.
*ATW 480 On the day I called (Farrell) A simple song. 
*CH276 / VU22 / ELW262 / GA283 / G(II)256 / GC332 / GC(II)340 / CP094 / W&R166 / URW396 Wait for the Lord (Berthier) Very well known Taize chant. This will get us thinking about Advent... Sound samples and sheet music.
 *TiS 754 / HPP457 / Cha554 You are my hiding-place (Ledner) Very mushy, but somehow very satisfying and soothing. Sound sample and lyrics
NCH565 / LBW408 / ELW678 / PH422 / CP601 / W&R572 / Cha606 / URW091 God whose giving knows no ending (Edwards) Excellent more formal words of thanks for God's many good gifts to us. Can be sung to a range of tunes including BEACH SPRING, HYFRYDOL, AUSTRIAN HYMN, RUSTINGTON. Lyrics. 

Hebrews 10:4-10
Christ did God's will.
*Iona (Common Ground, M&G, T1AU) / CH805 / MV151 / StJ / R257 / ELW741 / G(II)416 / GC592 / URW440 Your will be done on earth, O Lord / Mayenziwe 'ntando yakho (South African - Xhosa) This is a really good South African song, simple to sing. It would work sung slowly and sadly or sung quickly and joyfully. As you wish... Sound sample. Good for kids.

Luke 1:26-38
*Online resource I delight to do your will(Spalding) I am a little entranced with this lovely chant that Dean Spalding from Monbulk Anglican sent through. Very simple to learn, and many parts to play with. Sheet music and sound sample.
*Seeds of Faith I Bring You Good News This is a great little song for kids “Mary, Mary do not be afraid. I bring you good news, good good news!”. Very simple and fun. Nice sound sample (with kids singing!) and lyrics/theology. Good for kids.
*TiS 287 / CH287 / StS011 / GC(II)768 / RS876 No wind at the window (COLUMCILLE /Iona). Highly recommended. This lovely Irish tune and excellent words tell the story in a simple and powerful setting. I especially like the last verse “No payment was promised, no promises made; no wedding was dated, no blueprint displayed. Yet Mary, consenting to what none could guess, replied with conviction “Tell God, I say Yes”. Lyrics
*?GC(II)781 O Mary of Promise (Warner) A lovely song to a gentle tune. This will probably be too Marian for some, but not for me.  Lyrics and leader sheet. Sound sample.
*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. Very slow sound sample. Lyrics and sample sheet music.
GA445 / G(II)421 / GC597 / GC(II)581 I Say "Yes," Lord / Digo "Sí," Señor (Pena) A simple song which speaks of sticking with God through good times and bad. Lyrics and sample sheet music. Sound sample. 
G(II)563 / GC781 / GC(II)777 I Sing a Maid This telling of the role of Mary would be good sung by a soloist during part of the service, although some may find it too strongly Marian. The tune will be known to Australians as “with my swag all on my shoulder”. Lyrics, sheet music and (slow!) sound sample.
G(II)506 / GC(II)676 There Is a Mountain / I am for you (Cooney) Lovely words, but probably too tricky for a congregational song. “There was a woman small as a star, full of the patient dreams of her nation. Welcoming in an angel of God, Welcoming in God’s bold invitation”.

*Poem The angel and the girl are met (Edwin Muir) A beautiful transformative poem about the meeting of Mary and Gabriel.

1 comment:

Sunny Hallanan said...

The Episcopal Hymnal 1982 has a good hymn, once you figure out the tune, "The first one ever" #673 highlights Mary & Annunciation, and the woman at the well, and the women at the resurrection.