Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Songs, Hymns & Music for All Saints' Day (November 1 2013)

*FFS57 Song of faith that sings forever (Murray/Gibson) 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 / Lau387 For all the saints who’ve shown your love (Bell) These beautiful lyrics are some of the best words about All Saints' Day that I've come across. There are two tunes for this hymn, 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
*Tune In: Hail the fisherfolk: A bluesy song that remembers the saints of history and today. Lyrics, sound sample, songbook.
*TiS 470 / CH742 / UMH708 / WoV689 / LBW26 / ELW264 / A&M308 / CP(E) 227 / W&R531 / Cha476 / SP116 Rejoice in God’s saints today and all days! (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, or LAUDATE DOMINUM tune sample.
TiS 455 / AHB 384 / NCH299 / CH740 / UMH711 / VU705 / LBW174 / ELW422 / A&M296 / GA551 / HPP500 / PH526 / GC793 / GC(II)791 / G(3)884 / CP276 / CP(E) 232 / W&R529 / Cha637 / Srce2-125 / 82Hml-287 / Lau371 For all the saints who from their labors rest (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.
Unknown source For all the saints who from their labors rest (Cotter) A good adaptation of the traditional lyrics. Lyrics (downloads a pdf).
*CH172 / URW062 Sing for God’s glory that colours the dawn of creation (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).
*ATN 77 / G(II)542 / GC749 O Welcome All You Noble Saints of Old / In Christ There Is a Table Set for All (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
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. 
UMH702 / StS092 / WoV691 / ELW426 / GC442 / GC(II)442 / G(3)539 / Lau451 Sing with All the Saints in Glory (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").
CP(E) 614 We sing for all the unsung saints (Daw Jr) A great song about all the unsung saints. The tune is not familiar, and a little bit tricky. Could work with ELLACOMBE or KINGSFOLD instead Lyrics and tune sample.
AHB 551 / NCH295 / UMH712 / HPP506 / PH364 / 82Hml-293 I sing a song of the saints of God 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 good for older kids because it's a bit wordy. Lyrics and tune sample.
CH748 As stars adorn the night-veiled sky (Daw) 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
*NCH376 God we thank you for our people (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 (scroll down).

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