Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Songs, Hymns and Music for Easter 6B (13 May 2012)

Acts 10:44-48 
The Gentiles receive the Spirit and are welcomed with baptism

*MV 145 / CP418 / SP&P123 Draw the circle wide (Light) A great song about welcoming all people. Chorus is “Draw the circle wide, draw it wider still. Let this be our song, no-one stands alone, standing side by side, draw the circle wide”. Lyrics (downloads a Word document). 
*TiS 411 / AHB 328 / NCH266 / UMH537 / VU194 / LBW160 / CP658 / CP(E) 425 / W&R331 Filled with the Spirit's power (Peacey) A rollicking hymn; a classic and the lyrics are still good to sing today. I prefer the tune WOODLANDS for this hymn.
*TiS 420 Holy Spirit go before us (Elizabeth Smith) Great words of evangelism and justice to a simple lilting melody. If you think your congregation can't cope with a new tune this week, it can be sung to AUSTRIA (TiS 93).
*CH614 / AA043 / CP642 From the waiting comes the sign (Murray) Lovely haunting song. Lines 1, 3 and 5 may be sung by a cantor, with the congregation responding on the other repetitive lines. Sung, this way, the repetition makes it quite good for kids.
*VU324 / AA078 / URW426 Jesus come to our hearts (Worley) A simple devotional song, with images of God in nature.
*CH198 / MV001 / HPP550 / GC753 / GC(II)741 / G(3)850 / SP176 / URW058 Let Us Build a House / All are welcome (Haugen / TWO OAKS) This song has wonderful lyrics of hope for what a Christian community can be like, and a chorus that joyfully says “All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place”. Sheet music sample. Sound sample. Lyrics (scroll down a little).
*TiS 421 Where the Spirit is there's freedom An excellent joyous upbeat song from the World Council of Churches. Lyrics.
Taize / MV075 / StS079 / SFFS 2118 / GC(II)479 / SP99 / URW395 Holy Spirit Come to Us / Veni sancte spiritus / Tui amoris (Berthier) Best if you have a cantor, but works well if you don't, too. Sheet music, translations, sound samples.
Psalm 98
All of creation singing a new song. Oh, there are a lot of songs about this...
Tune In: We will sing a new song to the world (Brown) An energetic song about the gospel. Sound sample and lyrics here.
MV 180 Sing, Sing Out! (Sing a new song). An excellent two-part round from Jim Hannah. It’s worth teaching it to your congregation so they can sing it with confidence and break into two parts. Alternately, you could have a small group sing it in canon with the rest of the congregation. Good for kids
*TiS 166 / AHB 102 / StB 35 Sing a new song sing a new song Excellent inclusive words from Australian poet James McAuley. The last verse annoys me a bit, but the rest is excellent. Lyrics.
AoV2-143 / G(II)86 / GC1 / GC(II)55 / G(3)70 / RS 135 All The Ends Of The Earth (Haugen/Haas) Good refrain; verses require a good cantor, or a reader. Not entirely inclusive. Lead sheet and lyrics. Sound sample.
*PH274 O God of Earth and Space (LEONI) Terrific words by Jane Parker Huber to a well known Jewish hymn tune. "Wherever freedom reigns, where sin is overthrown, Where justice fused with mercy rules, there you are known. Give us the courage clear, to make the earth a home, For all to live in harmony, in Christ’s shalom." Highly recommended. Lyrics.
*TiS 181 / AoV2-032 / GC(II)497 / G(3)577 / CP589 Come O God of all the earth / Sing Out Earth and Skies (Haugen) Another big favourite. Sheet music, lyrics. Sound sample.
*TiS 72 / AHB 42 / NCH27 / CH146 / UMH101 / HPP36 / PH229 / CP344 / CP(E) 431 / Cha49 / 82Hml-380 From all that dwell below the skies (Watts) A very old hymn, known by many, which is entirely inclusive in its language for God, save for one Lord which you can replace with God if you like 'cos it's Public Domain! Lyrics and tune samples.
AoV1-019 / CH151 / GA397 / G(II)340 / GC493 / GC(II)498 / G(3)575 / W&R39 / URW097 All You Works of God (Haugen) Joyful call, response and chorus. This will take a little work to get your congregation into the rhythm of how this song works, but I really think it would be worth it. Lyrics and lead sheet. Sound sample.
VU888 / LBW558 / ELW731 / PH458 / RS681 / CP358 / W&R642 / 82Hml-412 Earth and All Stars Fun words of cosmic praise. An easy hymn-like tune. I really like the "boiling test tubes" bit, although this verse is not in all hymnals. Lyrics and a confusing sound sample.
*ATE 216 / Iona (SBL) / CH126 / StJ / ELW555 / PH472 / G(II)365 / GC527 / RS 671 / CP417 / W&R15 O sing to the Lord / Cantai ao Senhor / Cantad al SeƱor (Traditional Brazilian) A good, fun and simple song that is easy to learn in Portuguese or Spanish too. Some versions also have multiple verses (e.g. CH). Sheet music sample. Sound sample (click on the play button).
AoV1-080 / ATA 150 / G(II)384 / GC538 / GC(II)544 / G(3)607 / URW296 Sing a New Song Unto the Lord (Schutte) Good, joyous words and a simple joyous tune. It is not inclusive in all sources. Lead sheet and lyrics. Sound sample.
*Taize / GC(II)533 Sing to God with joyful hearts / Singt dem Herrn (Berthier) A joyful round. Works well in English and German, and probably other languages too. Sound samples, sheet music and lyrics here. Good for kids
NCH36 / PH219 To God compose a song of joy (Duck / KEDDY) “The God of Justice comes to save; let earth make melody; For God will judge with righteousness and rule with equity” Beautiful words. I prefer this sung to the tune in NCH – the standard hymn tune RICHMOND (TiS 425)

1 John 5:1-6
 Many of the suggestions for last week's reading will fit well. Reposting...
*MV31 / Linnea Good Pure love A simple two-part chant that picks up the Psalmist’s idea of the purity of God’s law “Pure love, pure truth, pure justice, God”. Would be great if you can teach it to some of the congregation before worship starts. Good for kids.
*TiS 217 / AHB 148 / NCH43 / CH519 / UMH384 / VU333 / LBW315 / ELW631 / GA463 / HPP48 / HPSS376 / GC622 / GC(II)613 / G(3)641 / CP485/6 / CP(E) 516 / W&R358 / Cha517 / Srce457 / URW100 / 82Hml-657 Love divine all loves excelling (Wesley) A beautiful classic song and most hymnals use a very inclusive version of this hymn, even the AHB! Lyrics and sound sample.
*TiS 697 All the sleepy should have a place to sleep (Edwards / PITNEY) Great chorus "Make love happen by God's grace and by God's power. Let God move you on this day and in this hour. New creations will then blossom like a flower for together we can be the hands of God".
*TiS 693 / AoV1-031 / GA212 Come as you are that's how I want you (Browne) This song is beautiful, gentle, simple, and very well known. Lyrics (search for "come as you are"). Slow and mushy sound sample. A good song to start the service. 
*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.
*GtB God is love and love is giving (Langmead) A simple kids' song about God's love. A round. Good for kids. Sound sample.
*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 (loads a pdf).
AoVK-44 God loves you and I love you (Trad) Good old Sunday School song. AoV version is not too tacky. Good for kids.
*Iona (M&G) / CH359 / MV033 / ZSS54 / StJ / ELW253 / GA293 / SFFS 2085 / G(II)276 / GC370 / GC(II)364 / G(3)429 / CP368 / W&R402 / ZSS54 He came down that we may have love/ Jesus came bringing us hope (Cameroon) Would be more exciting and energetic with some African drums, rather than a quiet reflective candle lighting song. Good for kids especially if with drums.
*TiS 640 / AHB 561 / ATE 310 / NCH498 / UMH432 / VU593 / WoV765 / ELW708 / HPP446 / HPSS367 / G(II)296 / GC409 / GC(II)429 / G(3)505 / CP504 / W&R273 / Cha600 / URW116 / 82Hml-602 Jesu Jesu fill us with your love / Kneels at the feet of his friends (Colvin & people of Ghana) Lyrics. Good for kids
*TiS 152 / NCH4 / UMH89 / VU232 / LBW551 / ELW836 / HPP22 / HPSS464 / GC529 / GC(II)520 / G(3)614 / CP425 / W&R59 / Cha002 / URW065 / 82Hml-376 Joyful joyful we adore thee Note that this hymn is not always very inclusive. I prefer more modern translations (e.g. TiS, VU, NCH, GC(II) ). Older version lyrics and tune sample.
CH801 / MV170 / StJ / WoV665 / ELW642 / SFFS 2179 / GC408 / GC(II)430 / CP553 Live in charity / Ubi Caritas (Taize) Usually sung in Latin, but can be sung just as beautifully as "Live in charity and steadfast love, live in charity; God will dwell with you." Sheet music and sound samples for practice here. Good for kids.

John 15:9-17
The command to love one another
*TiS 699 / AHB 571 / ATN 65 / WoV664 / GA318 / Srce35 A new commandment I give unto you (Westwood) Note that older sources do not have inclusive words, but more recent publications use "others" rather than "all men" to make it inclusive for all people. 
ATN 68 / Various 1970s and 1980s sources This is my commandment (Keith Green) Every now and then I like a good happy clappy chorus. This fits the bill nicely. This must be all over the place. Lyrics are here (like you need them). There's a video of the song here (thanks Karen). Good for kids.
*TiS 697 All the sleepy should have a place to sleep (Edwards / PITNEY) Great chorus "Make love happen by God's grace and by God's power. Let God move you on this day and in this hour. New creations will then blossom like a flower for together we can be the hands of God".
*AoV2-054 / Iona (T1AU, LFB) / MV077 /  SFFS 2057 / G(II)438 / GC618 / RS 736 / SP&P111 URW409 Be still and know that I am God (Chant) (Bell / Maule) Beautiful. I'd much rather sing this than the more well known version. Works as a round or in unison. I think this might be a good way for kids to understand some of this Psalm. Good for kids.
*ATOK 311 CH754 GA401 Be still and know that I am God and there is none beside me (Iona) A good alternative. I like the 2nd verse especially "I am the one who calls you my friends, and there is none beside me". CH doesn't have the 2nd verse.  Again, while not directly related to the Psalm, it is related and Good for kids.
*GtB God is love and love is giving (Langmead) A simple kids' song about God's love. A round. Good for kids. Sound sample.
Taize / MV075 / StS079 / SFFS 2118 / GC(II)479 / SP99 / URW395 Holy Spirit Come to Us / Veni sancte spiritus / Tui amoris (Berthier) Best if you have a cantor, but works well if you don't, too. Sheet music, translations, sound samples.
*TiS 640 / AHB 561 / ATE 310 / NCH498 / UMH432 / VU593 / WoV765 / ELW708 / HPP446 / HPSS367 / G(II)296 / GC409 / GC(II)429 / CP504 Jesu Jesu fill us with your love / Kneels at the feet of his friends (Colvin & people of Ghana) Lyrics.
*TiS 686 / ATE 292 Lord Jesus we belong to you / Because we bear your name (Robin Mann). A straightforward and practical song asking God to help us to follow Christ well, with a refrain of "because we bear your name". 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 178 / G(II)335 / GC478 / GC(II)487 Praise the God who changes places (Wren) I like the joy of the tune written by William Rowan (BOE) for this song. Lyrics and sign language here (scroll to the bottom for the lyrics). Sound sample.
*TiS 590 / AHB 165 / AoVK-117 / NCH506 / UMH526 / VU663 / LBW439 / ELW742 / HPP408 / PH403 / CP532 / W&R473 / Cha585 / Srce 776 What a Friend we have in Jesus There is a bit of masculine language, but the song has so many other good things about it. I like both tunes. AOVK has different lyrics, written specifically for kids, which I think are worth singing. Good for kids.

By the way.... it's now four years since I started this blog! That's crazy... It seems like a good time to ask for feedback. Please let me know what you are finding useful, and songbooks you would recommend. Add a comment, or email me

25 comments:

NigelG said...

Good selection - keep it up. Don't be discouraged if there are not many comments as they are only used for one week. But thanks for your commitment

Britt said...

I look at it regularly and thank you for this great resource.

Melanie said...

Thank you for your good and caring work, Natalie. I look at your suggestions every week!

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Taizefreak said...

I visit this site every week and always appreciate the breadth of sources used and the diversity of styles suggested. Thanks for the regular theological comments and the reminders about inclusive language for God as well as for us - it's important but easy to overlook. Thanks also for your dedication in providing such a valuable resource freely and consistently.

hyfrydol said...

Even this Baptist from the south uses your resource almost weekly. On behalf of my congregation, I thank you.

Jamey Graves said...

Love your selections! I read them weekly.

Jennifer said...

Thanks so much for all of your work! I visit your site every week, and often find something unexpected and wonderful :)

I'm a lucky liturgist, to have stumbled on your knowledge and generosity.

All best to you!

PJ said...

Thank you so very much for your work on this - it's an invaluable resource for me every week!! I love your suggestions and almost always find something I hadn't thought of that works just right for us. THANK YOU!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks! I check your list almost every week. As the only music person at a small church and not having access to many resources your music selections have been a great help. There's almost always some familiar songs - and I like looking up others that I may not have heard before.

Linda said...

Thank you for your hard work. Your blog is the first place I look when I start to pick out music for Sunday. You have such good suggestions and have given me some great ideas. Keep up the good work!

Kekapa808 said...

Thanks for your site which helps me plan for our worship service Natalie!Blessings & aloha!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful ministry! You are my first reference every Tuesday! I thank you so much for your alternative/creative suggestions. God bless.

Kathy Donley said...

I have used other hymnsites through the years as a pastor, but yours is the best at providing a variety of styles of music to coordinate with the texts. I always enjoy your suggestions and find music to lift up the themes I am working with. I so appreciate your work and am embarrassed that I have never said so before. Thank you!

Michael Mulberry said...

I am so thankful for your ministry. You have helped me out more than once.

sarahmuff said...

Natalie, this is such a great resource. It is my first stop when choosing hymns for the week and offers a wonderful range and inspiration. Being in NZ i especially appreciate the Southern Hemisphere hymns which find their way into the selections. Thank you and many blessings!

a pearl downunder said...

I check the list every week as I prepare worship - I like that the suggestions come from more than one music resource, and cover a variety of styles.

rilma said...

Natalie, the work you do is just great :) please be encouraged, i am sure there are lots like me who regularly see your post
rilma

dave lee said...

one of my most trusted sites for planning worship! keep it up....

Lectionary Singer (Natalie Sims) said...

Thanks everyone for such encouragement! Brings a big smile to my face... !

Hugh said...

I'm a curate in a group of churches in North Kent, UK - always on the look out for music that is beautiful, relevant and engaging - and your site hits the target every time. I look at it often.
Thank you for all the work that you must put into it.

DaviGoss said...

I look at your blog every week and appreciate your suggestions. - Unfortunately, as another UK user, I don't have access to some of the hymn books you mention. This is a a pity, as sometimes your write up makes the hymn sound "just right" and then I can't find it! - But, even so, thanks for your help.

Helen said...

Thank you for a very clear, accessible resource to use. I use this website every week and I love all the suggestions and encouraging comments. Don't stop what you do!

Narelle said...

I use this every week to help with my selections. Through it I have found new songs that I have been able to introduce in our services. Thank you so much.

Lectionary Sermons said...

Keep up the great work and thank you for making this resource so freely available.