Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Songs, Hymns and Music for Good Friday (April 18 2014)

Isaiah 52:13-53:12  
The despised suffering one; 
You may like to repeat an Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) from last week.
*TiS 356 / CH385 / Cha203 Here hangs a man discarded (Wren) Excellent words, particularly for this reading “Can such a clown of sorrows still bring a useful word where faith and love seem phantoms and every hope absurd?”. Also works very well with TiS 339 (Passion Chorale) if your congregation is scared of new tunes. Lyrics (first verse only)
*TiS 345 / AHB 261 / AoV1-103 / NCH229 / UMH288 / VU144 / LBW81 / ELW353 / GA336 / A&M144 / HPP185 / GtG228 / PH102 / G(II)302 / GC416 / GC(II)438 / G(3)511 / CP192 / CP(E) 126 / W&R283 / Cha198 / 82Hml-172 / Lau225 Were you there when they crucified my Lord? A classic - well known, beautiful to sing and listen to. Lyrics and sound sample. And a youtube of Paul Robeson.
CH389 Behold the holy Lamb of God! (Malawi hymn) This will take some practice, I think. A song with a Cantor and response; you will need a small group to lead the congregation in the response. MWANA MWERERE
*Tune In: A grain of wheat (Sheree Anderson) Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it won't form roots and grow. A boppy song with deeply meaningful lyrics. Reference recording, lyrics and songbook.
*Tune In: In the shape of a cross (Dave Brown) A cry to God for help and a call for God to enter our world. Reference recording, lyrics and songbook.
*Tune In: See our God with the tear-streaked face / Our God who weeps (Kate Scull) Very simple folk tune and challenging and hopeful lyrics. Sound sample, lyrics and songbook.
*Worldmaking.net O Christ, Lamb of God (Bruxvoort-Colligan) A more modern Agnus Dei, with Christ sharing our weakness. Lyrics and sound sample. 

Psalm 22 
Crying out to God. A Psalm of suffering.
*Emergent Psalter My god, my god (Everett) A simple refrain, and well-written spoken words for the Psalm itself. Piano music for refrain.
*STB274 My God my God why why have you forsaken me? (Ukur / Feliciano) Ps 22; This can be sung either as a unison refrain, a tricky 4 part harmony chorale, or an even trickier chant with a solost (or reader). The words said by the reader, or sung by the cantor are quite challenging, and coming more from the perspective of poorer nations. This would be pretty amazing to do, and as there are many options, it's quite achievable. The refrain can be sung in English, Bahasa Indonesian, Pilipino, Mandarin or Thamilz.
*NCH192 / VU146 / SFFS 2106 / HPP183 / GtG194 / PH312 / Cha199 / 82Hml-715 When Jesus wept (Billings) I like this simple round. Partly because it's by a Sacred Harp composer - William Billings! It's also very restful and beautiful. I quite like this video sound sample. This might be a good song for the musicians to sing during the offering, or in a prayer of confession.
*Tune In / ATAR663 Save us in the time of trial Reflective chant-like chorus and verses. Reference recording, lyrics and songbook.
*VU745 In the presence of your people (Chambers) Refrain only for Psalm reading. This is a very well known song in our congregation, but usually sung as a very upbeat, slightly crazy celebration song, but I like the way the VU has used this as a refrain for this quite sad, but still hopeful Psalm. I think this could work extremely well. Yiddish melodies are very good at being sad and happy at the same time.
*MV073 / LBW320 / ELW632 / GC(II)570 / G(3)668 O God Why Are You Silent? (Haugen) Excellent seeking words expressing grief and fear and the absence of God. Sung to the familiar PASSION CHORALE. Lyrics, sample sheet music. Sheet music sample.
GtG210 / PH168 Lord Why Have You Forsaken Me (Webber) Simple and honest lyrics. A paraphrase of the psalm to a shape note tune (DISTRESS).
Online resource All the ends of the earth (Harding) A simple Psalm refrain. Sample sheet music, and site for purchase.
*VU744 / G(II)28 / GC29 / GC(II)22 / G(3)033 My God My God O why have you abandoned me? (Haugen) Simple chant and good cantor lines. Chant lead sheet.
*CH537 / AA147 / SP256 We do not hope to ease our minds (Barrell) Excellent words of standing with the crucified Christ against injustice. A number of different tunes are offered. I do not have a copy of Alleluia Aotearoa which has two possible tunes. MARY MORISON is the tune in Church Hymnary 4, and it is very straightforward.
*Online resource Why my God? (Harding) A lovely haunting round with an optional descant part. Sample sheet music. Purchase here.

Hebrews 10:16-25 or Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
God’s new covenant, our new confidence, Christ as high priest.
TiS 529 / AHB 598
By your priestly power O risen Lord Formal and beautiful words from James McAuley. This would work well if some of the bread from Thursday remains on the communion table. The responsive chant could also be used on its own “By your priestly power O risen Lord, All we lost and needed is restored. God in our communion be adored”
*Worldmaking.net O Christ, Lamb of God (Bruxvoort-Colligan) A more modern Agnus Dei, with Christ sharing our weakness. Lyrics and sound sample. See last week's entry for more Agnus Dei suggestions.
*TiS 259 / Iona (Love From Below) Among us and before us Lord you stand (Bell). Good words. The set tune (GATEHOUSE) will need to be taught. It can also be sung to SURSUM CORDA. Lyrics (search within the site).
*TIS 624 / W&R453 Christ be my leader by night as by day. Excellent words of following Christ in times of struggle to a traditional Scottish melody. Lyrics (downloads a pdf).
TiS 542 / STB082 Far beyond our mind's grasp (Feliciano) These beautiful devotional words are sung to a traditional Filipino tune. The tune is not easy, but is very haunting once you get to know it. If it is new to your congregation, it would be good to ask a soloist to sing it. STB has it in Pilipino as well as English.

John 18:1-19:42
The long story of Jesus’ arrest, betrayal and crucifixion
*Songs from the still strange land Empty empty I come empty to the bleeding Lord (Dutney) Thanks to Paul Walton for finding this simple and beautiful chant.
*VU610 / StJ / GC(II)572 / G(3)669 God remembers pain (Wren) Pretty full on in the first verse, but these words seem somehow helpful if your congregation has been vulnerable this year. Lyrics and sheet music. Slightly odd sound sample.
TiS 340 / AHB 256 Before the cock crew twice This storytelling song uses words from the 17th century. The tune is a little tricky, but it could work very well if sung by a soloist (even unaccompanied if you have a brave soloist!).
*ATA 135 / VU132 Bitter was the night (Carter) Lyrics based on Peter's denial of Christ. Lyrics and sheet music
*Online resource: I will drink the cup (Harding) A simple 4 part chant; best if you have all 4 parts - the tenor part rocks. Available here.
*Iona (Common Ground, M&G, T1AU) / CH805 / MV151 / StJ / A&M412 / 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, beautiful harmonies and would work well for reflection for Good Friday, sung slowly. Maybe it could even be sung in a minor key? Last year the musicians sang it as we moved throughout the space and that worked quite well. Sound sample.
*Taizé  / TiS 730 / AoV1-152 / ATOK 387 / CH775 / UMH488 / WoV740 / ELW616 / GA308 / A&M838 / HPP214 / GtG227 / PH599 / G(II)293 / GC404 / GC(II)422 / G(3)510 / W&R285 / Cha569 / Srce387 / URW382 / Lau253 Jesus remember me (Berthier) A beautiful chant, but we have not sung it often. Sheet music and sound samples.
Online Resource Jesus went out to a garden (Winfrey-Gillette) Set to a standard hymn tune, this story-telling song asks good questions about the violence of the crucifixion and the God of peace. Available here.
Taizé / GA331 / GC421 / Lau233 All You Who Pass this Way (Taizé) Simple chant and cantored verses. Sound sample, lyrics and sample sheet music.
AoV2-048 See His Hands (Sears) Excellent. Simple. Crucifixion focus, but not morbid.
*FFS08 Broken the body (Murray / Bray). Good words of a broken body of Christ and a broken Church seeking healing, unity and courage.
*Iona (Enemy of Apathy) / GA511 I walked through the lonely streets (Bell) Contemporary reproaches. Very challenging words.
FFS70 What have we done to you? (Murray) Tricky tune. Would be good to have musicians present this the first time.
*FFS79 Who will carry the cross for me? (Bennett) Simple tune, and good questioning words about who will walk the hard road with Christ.
*ATA 171 Dying you destroyed our death (Boucher) Simple chant for Good Friday.
*On the road Mystery of servant love (Langmead) Excellent song, with much feeling about Christ's suffering, death, and servanthood. Lyrics
*Iona / VU881 / GA510 When the son of God was dying (Bell) This song has lots of words, which I don't generally like during a more reflective service, but maybe you like that, and these words are quite good. Tune is pretty straightforward.
*AoVNG108 See Him (Duke) Quiet reflective and challenging chant, would work well for a soloist. Also available in the book "Sacred Dance" Sound sample. Lyrics. Also available to purchase from iTunes if you would like to play a recording. We sang this last year, and it would be good to do it again.
*NCH192 / VU146 / SFFS 2106 / HPP183 / GtG194 / PH312 / Cha199 / 82Hml-715 When Jesus wept (Billings) I like this simple round. Partly because it's by a Sacred Harp composer - William Billings! It's also very restful and beautiful. I quite like this video sound sample. This might be a good song for the musicians to sing during the offering, or in a prayer of confession.
*WoV663 / ELW566 / GtG195 / PH547 / STB161 When Twilight Comes / Awit Sa Dapit Hapon (Andrade) Beautiful words for Good Friday, and for evening. Uses the theme of the hen gathering her chicks. Unusual Asian tune, which is not too hard for Western ears. Lyrics (downloads a pdf - search in it).
*TiS 341 / AHB 257 / NCH222 / CH399 / VU143 / WoV661 / LBW094 / ELW782 / A&M147 / SFFS 2083 / HPP329 / GTG209 / PH076 / CP184 / CP(E) 112 / Srce2-426 / 82Hml-458 / Lau752 My song is love unknown (Crossman) I really love this old and beautiful song. I prefer it sung to LOVE UNKNOWN. Lyrics.

Adoration of the Cross
If this is a tradition in your congregation, here are some songs that could work well.
*Songs from the still strange land Empty empty I come empty to the bleeding Lord (Dutney) Thanks to Paul Walton for finding this simple and beautiful chant.
*GA305 / GC396 / GC(II)400 / RS542 / CP338 Adoramus Te Christe (Haugen) It's really nice. Might be good to some musicians singing this quietly on Good Friday. The Refrain is a canon which could work on its own. Lyrics and sheet music sample. Sound sample (maybe a little energetic for my liking).
CH750 Adoramus te Domine Deus (Rizza) A fairly simple chant which would be good for an entire congregation to sing.
*Taizé / URW389 / Lau757 O Christe domine Jesu (Berthier) The very simplest, and best known song for this purpose. Very simple, haunting chant. Cantor verses over the top add more beauty, but are not neccessary. Sheet music and lyrics.
GA329 O my people what have I done? (Lundy) This song is pretty incredible. The tune is very straightforward, but I'm not sure how you would use it. It's really about the veneration of the cross and Christ's suffering. Not a very popular theme, but important and I think this would work well if you choose to focus on that. Sound sample.
Recorded Music Scars (Malcolm Gordon) I find this song quite challenging. I struggle with the idea of glorifying suffering, but this recognition of the beauty of Christ's scars will be helpful to many. Sound sample and purchase options.  
Recorded music A Love Supreme (Coltrane) Since I first heard it, I have thought that it would be awesome to play this suite while people reflect on the cross. Or, since it's 30 minutes long, just Part 1 (Acknowledgement) which is almost 8 minutes long, and includes Coltrane chanting the words "A love supreme". You need a congregation that likes this type of music, or at least, is willing to listen to it thoughtfully. Youtube with the entire suite. And just as I was thinking "Man, that seems like something that St. John the Divine in NYC would do" I found this... *sigh... Just look at the service!

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