Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Songs, Hymns and Music for Epiphany (January 6 2017)

 You can still sing Christmas carols
  • Online Resource Song of the Magi (Anais Mitchell) This powerful song reflects on modern day Bethlehem and the struggles there, and may be appropriate to play to your congregation. Lyrics. Original Song. Powerful video cover version recorded in Bethlehem at the Israeli West Bank barrier. 
Isaiah 60:1-6
    • Online Resource O Children of the Light / Ay Farzandane Nur (Anonymous Farsi) This is simple enough if you just limit yourself to one verse and chorus in both languages. Sheet music, Farsi, transliteration and English translation (the English translation is not for singing). Sound sample on youtube (which includes a singable English translation). Don't do it too fast! 
    • Online Resource Lift your head / Your light has come (Bruxvoort-Colligan) A really lovely refrain that could be used at various points throughout the service. Sound sample, lyrics & sheet music.
    • NCH164 / VU79 / StS030 / WoV652 / LBW652 / ELW314 / PH411 / GtG744 / W&R231 / URW138 Arise your light is come! (Duck) Good general words of Christ coming to bring justice to the familiar tune ST. THOMAS (TiS 271). New words to old tunes.
    • TiS 666 / AoV2-113 / AoVK-126 / ATOK 409 / NCH526 / Iona (Common Ground, Freedom is Coming) / CH516 / VU646/647 / WoV650 / ELW866 / A&M483 / SFFS 2235 / HPP153 / GtG853 / G(II)357 / GC513 / GC(II)516 / G(3)594 / Cha442 / SP235 / Srce737 / StF483 / MP954 We are marching in the light of God / Siyahamba / Caminando (South African) A very popular chorus, with possible alternate verses, depending on your source. Sometimes people get anxious about the word "marching", but remember that this song comes from apartheid-era South Africa, where people were protesting so that they could vote in their own country. And the marching is toi-toing, much less militaristic than what you may imagine. Good for kids. 
    • SP&P070 Although it looks as if the sky is falling / Isaiah's Dream (Green) Joyful words; the tune will need to be taught. PDF for purchase.  
    • *Music by Heart 61 Arise shine for your light has come (Cunningham) A simple two-part chant, which can easily be taught before, or during, the service. Good for kids. 
    • *UMH725 / SP25 Arise shine out your light has come (Wren) Excellent hopeful words sung to the majestic hymn tune DUNEDIN. Lyrics. New words to old tunes.
    • *Online resource Arise Shine! (Harding) A simple repeated chorus. It would work well at the end of the service. Sound sample. Sample PDF. PDF for purchase. 
    • NCH112 Keep awake be always ready (Clyde) New words to the tune for "Wake awake for night is flying". I particularly like the second verse of this one. WACHET AUF. New words to old tunes.
    • ATOK 389 Light of the nations (Mann) A simple yet powerful song. Lyrics.
    Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
    Praise for a just and righteous king Solomon
    • Emergent Psalter For he shall deliver the poor (Everett) A Psalm refrain. It's not amazing, but I'm having trouble finding good Psalm refrains for this particular Psalm.  
    • WCC website: Hear the message we now are proclaiming / El mensaje que hoy proclamamos. This jubilant Colombian song of liberty and new life for the poor and suffering would fit well with this reading. Free sheet music!
    • SP&P137 The world is hungry for justice / Sweet Justice (Gilio / Ressman) This song is new to me, and the words are very suitable for this reading. It's a ballad and the verses would be best sung by the musicians at first, with the congregation joining in on the chorus until they get to know it.
    • *NCH36 / PH219 To God compose a song of joy (Duck) “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). New words to old tunes.
    • *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.
    • NCH588 / StJ / WoV763 / ELW717 Let justice flow like streams (Parker Huber) Excellent words to the very familiar tune ST THOMAS. New words to old tunes.
    • *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, or as a benediction song to your congregation. 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.
       Ephesians 3:1-12  
    Paul's call & mission; inclusion into the body of Christ.
    • *Iona (M&G, T1AU) / MV099 / GC(II)673 / G(3)763 / Lau996 Stand O Stand Firm (Cameroon) I love having an excuse to sing this simple and powerful song. Very easy for your congregation. You can make up cantor parts too “Oh my sisters…. Oh my brothers… Oh my children….” or you can name countries you are praying for in your intercessions. Good for kids. Scottish sound sample. Lead sheet.
    • *TiS 417 / AoV2-133 / ATW 448 / VU387 / StJ / WoV683 / ELW397 / AA94 / HPP237 / GtG293 / PH323 / CP657 / W&R135 / Cha244 / URW203 / StB220 Loving Spirit, Loving Spirit (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
    • TiS 428 / AHB 340 Help us O Lord to learn Great challenging (but quite formal) words about being committed to learning the faith. Good for a New Year message. Boring tune though. I would sing it to ST THOMAS (TiS 271 / AHB 198) Lyrics (with thees and thys, which are not in TiS).  New words to old tunes.
    Matthew 2:1-12
    Here come the Magi...
    • **Online Resource God help the weary travellers (Damon) Timely lyrics with reference to travellers who may be refugees, and/or women fleeing from domestic violence and a lovely simple tune and our call to travel with love. Lyrics and sheet music.
    • *CoC49 Who are these who ride by starlight? (Barrell) Powerful words! The tune is simple enough too. Lyrics.
    • VU94 / Cha175 / STB132 Lovely star in the sky (Korean text) Good words. Lovely simple Korean tune. The peoples of the two Koreas could do with some songs from us.
    • *CoC51 / Online Resource Wise men came journeying (Murray) Good, imaginative words, including reference to New Year, sung either to a new tune or to BONNIE GEORGE CAMPBELL if you need something familiar. New words to old tunes. Lyrics and sheet music. 
    • *AoVK-60 / AA04 / CoC05 And did you see him little star? (Clyde / Gibson) I quite like this song. It's very imaginative and good for kids.
    • TiS 314 / AHB 239 / NCH159 / CH326 / VU81 / A7M094 / LBW082 / ELW302 / HPP144 / PH063 / GtG150 / GC374 / GC(II)384 / CP160 / CP(E) 83 / W&R236 / Cha173 / Srce2-39 / 82Hml-119 / Lau166 / StF224 / MP039 As with gladness men of old / those of old / sages bold (Dix) A well known traditional Epiphany carol. Oldy-but-a-goody. Lyrics and tune.
    • GC(II)386 / G(3)462 Every nation sees the glory (O'Brien) BEACH SPRING (TiS 493) Beautiful words and very familiar tune. “Every nation sees the glory of a star that pierced the night. As we tell the wondrous story we are bathed in radiant light. Star sent forth from highest heaven, dancing light of God’s design, Shine upon the gift that’s given; Word made flesh now born in time.” Highly recommended! Lyrics, sample sheet music and nice sound sample. New words to old tunes.
    • TiS 281 / AHB 214 When God Almighty came to be one of us This is a great Christmas and Epiphany song. It’s also set to a very easy (and fun) tune to sing (URQUHART). I especially love verse 3 "Wise men, they called them, earnest astrologers, watching for meaning in the moving stars, science or fancy, learned or laughable, theirs was a vision that was brought to pass. Sing all you wise men, dance all the scientists whether your theories are false or true. God uses knowledge, God uses ignorance. God at his coming had a need of you". Lyrics. Good for kids? I liked it when I was a kid.
    • SFFS 2094 I sought him dressed in finest clothes (Bell) Excellent words that speak of the search for a king in high places, and finding him among the poor. Sung to a Celtic folkish tune. Lyrics.
    • *LBW648 / ELW312 / CP437 / W&R669 / SP28 / URW085 Jesus come for we invite you (Idle) Excellent words to a well known hymn tune. This picks up themes of the Wedding at Cana, the transformative power of Christ to energise our faith. "Jesus,come! surprise our dullness; Make us willing to receive More than we can yet imagine, All the best you have to give: Let us find your hidden riches, Taste your love,believe,and live!". It's set to the tune UNION SEMINARY, which is not in that many hymnals. You could also sing it to WESTMINSTER ABBEY (TiS 432). New words to old tunes. Lyric and sheet music
    • TiS 307 / AHB 232 / CH300 / VU73 / SFFS 2098 / G(II)264 / GC345 / GC(II)378 / G(3)454 The Virgin Mary had a baby boy This carol includes those wise men. Good for kids
      Oldy-but-a-goody
    • *NCH370 / W&R685 / URW127 What gift can we bring? A good offering song. Also good for a church anniversary. Lyrics. This song has great words for the offering, and seems appropriate to both Epiphany and New Year. The tune is a bit tricky.
    • Recorded Music Heavenly Child (Mayer) This is a great song from the viewpoint of one of the wise men. A great song for those who have travelled far in their spiritual journey but hold on to the image of the heavenly child. Lyrics and sound sample
    • *AA014 / CoC09 / STB144 / StF194  Child of joy and peace (Murray) Excellent words for Christmas and Epiphany; recognises the poverty of Christ and constrasts it with the greed of Christmas - without being too heavy handed. I like the Ian Render tune (JENNIFER'S GIFT) best, even though it's a little tricky.
    • UMH243 / VU089 / PH064 / W&R238 From a Distant Home / De Tierra Lejana Venimos (Puerto Rican) Nice tune and pretty standard words. Would be a good change for Epiphany
    • VU092 In the darkness shines the splendour (Gasslein) Good new words sung to the tune IRBY (Once in Royal David's City)
    • Tune In II Jesus Was a Carpenter (Lees) A slightly daggy but cool song for kids. Brunswick UCA only, as it's not published yet. Good for kids
    • TiS 666 / AoV2-113 / AoVK-126 / ATOK 409 / NCH526 / Iona (Common Ground, Freedom is Coming) / CH516 / VU646/647 / WoV650 / ELW866 / A&M483 / SFFS 2235 / HPP153 / GtG853 / G(II)357 / GC513 / GC(II)516 / G(3)594 / Cha442 / SP235 / Srce737 / StF483 / MP954 We are marching in the light of God / Siyahamba / Caminando (South African) A very popular chorus, with possible alternate verses, depending on your source. Sometimes people get anxious about the word "marching", but remember that this song comes from apartheid-era South Africa, where people were protesting so that they could vote in their own country. And the marching is toi-toing, much less militaristic than what you may imagine. Good for kids.  
    • UMH254 / WoV646 / GA299 / HPP148 / A&M574 / PH066 / GtG151 / GC373 / GC(II)382 / CP(E) 91 / W&R233 / Cha172 / 82Hml-128 / Lau170 We Three Kings of Orient Are (Hopkins) I used to think this carol was silly until I read the lyrics properly. Good for kids, just for the O-o-o, bit. Oldy-but-a-goody
    • VU093 When heaven's bright with mystery (Johns) Good new words to the tune SUSSEX CAROL. New words to old tunes.
    • *VU096 Will you come and see the light? (Wren) Excellent Christmas / Epiphany words to the tune KELVINGROVE (The Summons) "Will you hide, or decide to meet the light?"
    • Online Resource A Star Shone Bright (Garland) Sung to the familiar tune O WALY WALY, this new set of words sing of the star of long ago, still leading us today. New words to old tunes. Free sheet music.
    • *Online Resource / HiOS105 Now the star of Christmas (Murray) A multifaith epiphany song: "Where the three kings travel, three great faiths arise: Jesus Christ for Christians, Jesus, Judah's son, Prophet for the Muslim, wisdom in each one". Some congregations will find this a bit too much, but others will find much to celebrate in this song. Can also be sung to NOEL NOUVELET if you don't want to try a new tune (the new tune is not hard). Lyrics and sheet music. New words to old tunes.
    • *CH329 / AA108 / CoC33 O little Love who comes again (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 255 / CH135 / VU434 / CP018 O laughing Light O first-born of creation (Dunstan) A slightly more modern version of the Phos Hilaron. Words are good but the tune in TiS (ADRIAN) is a little tricky.  
    • GtG152 / PH068 / GC378 / GC(II)389 / G(3)461 What Star Is This? (Coffin) Slothful hearts could do with singing this sometimes. A standard hymn sung to PUER NOBIS NASCITUR. New words to old tunes.
    • Online Resource Last night among the stars (Wiltshire) Imaginative words, to a standard hymn tune about the sorry of the word, and the hope of the Christ Child. "We join the sages from afar and bring the gift of who we are". Free songbook download.
    • Online Resource Set the sun dancing (Murray) Joyful song of celebration, with an uplifting key change for the chorus. Lyrics. Sheet music.
    • AoV1-165 / NCH148 / UMH219 / VU074 / LBW040 / ELW296 / HPP138 / PH053 / GtG145 / GC380 / GC(II)387 / G(3)466 / CP137 / CP(E) 74 / W&R184 / Cha162 / 82Hml-115 / Lau145 What child is this? (Dix) "Come bring him incense, gold & myrrh"...  LyricsOldy-but-a-goody.
    • ATAR632 Share your gift (Busch) A good song for the offering, particularly on Sundays when the theme of being part of the body of Christ, or sharing gifts or talents is being explored. Words are simple enough to make sense to kids. Good for kids.
    What will you be singing? Join the conversation and share your thoughts in a comment below.  

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

    Songs and Hymns for Christmas 2A (January 5th 2014)

    It's still Christmas, so it's a good time to sing some favourite Christmas carols.

    Jeremiah 31:7-14
    Gathering the flock of Israel, redeeming them, and the celebration afterwards
    *TiS474 / AoV1-012 / ATAR595 / CH623 / SFFS 2236 / HPP553 / A&M363 / GtG401 / G(II)539 / GC839 / GC(II)743 / G(3)848  / CP465 / W&R649 / Cha284 / SP175 / URW054 / Lau475 Here in this place new light is streaming / Gather us in (Haugen). Excellent words, very well known. “Nourish us well and teach us to fashion lives that are holy and hearts that are true”. Lyrics and sound sample.
    *MV007 Gather us in ground us in you (Hann) A simple chant which would be great for an invitation to worship.
    AoV1-071 / GA530 / GC(II)742 / G(3)837 / Lau462 Gather Your People (Hurd) Excellent eucharistic theology. Sound sample. Lyric and sheet music sample.
    *TiS 647 / AoV2-012 / ATN 25 Comfort comfort all my people (Mann) This is one of my all time favourite songs. Easy to sing, beautiful lyrics. Chorus is“Comfort, comfort all my people, with the comfort of my word. Speak ye tender to my people, all your sins are taken away”. Lyrics and mp3.
    AoVK-125 / ATW 489 Turn our sadness upside down (Newton) Good for kids, and adults too. Simple tune, but not so simple that it’s boring. Lyrics (search in the page for "sadness").
    Iona (There is one among us) Lord you can turn all mourning into dancing (Bell) An excellent simple refrain “Lord you can turn all mourning into dancing, evenings of grief to mornings of great joy”.
    *Tune In You in all our worries / All will finish well (Brown) “In this world where injustice reigns, you are in the midst of pain”. Excellent words of reassurance in a difficult world. Sound sample, lyrics and songbook available here.
    *TiS 670 / AoVK-138 / ATE 258 / CH692 Jesus put this song into our hearts (Kendrick) A fun Yiddish tune that gets even more fun if you get faster and faster as you go. Try teaching your congregation a simple side to side “dance” step. If you teach them and make it clear that it’s okay, you’ll be surprised how many people dance to God. Good for kids.
    *MV221 I am walking a path of peace (Tissandier) A simple song for the end of the service; words can be altered to paths of love, grace, hope, joy etc.

    Psalm 147:12-20
    God who grants peace and controls the wind and snow and rain
    *ATE 216 / Iona (SBL) / CH126 / StJ / ELW555 / PH472 / G(II)365 / GC527 / RS 671 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. Good for a call to worship. Good for kids.
    *TiS 706 / Taize / AoV2-142 / SFFS 2013 / GC(II)576 / G(3)620 / CP360 / SP194 / Srce79 / URW377 / Lau813 Bless the Lord my soul (Berthier) A beautiful and very well known Taize chant. Sound samples, sheet music. Good for kids.
    *TiS 181 / AoV2-032 / GC(II)497 / G(3)577 / CP589 Come O God of all the earth / Sing Out Earth and Skies (Haugen) A very joyful song for cantor and congregation, or small group and congregation; this is a big favourite in our church. Sheet music, lyrics and sound sample.
    *CH753 / SFFS 2078 / GtG589 / GC(II)271 / G(3)338 / PfAS147A Alleluia alleluia (Honduras) Simple and fun Alleluia that works well as a refrain for a reading of this Psalm. You could also use a different Alleluia.
    *AoVK-24 / Iona (T1AU) / CH756 / GC141 / GC(II)77 Bless the Lord / My sisters (Kenyan) Simple and fun Kenyan call and response. "Bless the Lord there is no other God" Kids would really enjoy this, and with some African drumming, it would really be excellent. Good for kids.
    *MV037 Each blade of grass / Circle of God (Wehlander) Lovely words set to a familiar-feeling folk tune. Lyrics
    Iona (SBL) / CH140 / MV181 / WoV727 / ELW554 / G(II)341 / GC495 Lord Your Hands Have Formed This World / The Earth is the Lord's (Oliano) Good words of creation to a lovely, and not too difficult, Philippino melody. This would be a nice song for a children's choir or for the offering. Lyrics and sample sheet music.
    VU888 / LBW558 / ELW731 / PH458 / RS681 / CP358 / W&R642 / 82Hml-412 Earth and All Stars (Dexter) Fun words of cosmic praise. An easy hymn-like tune. I really like the "loud boiling test tubes" bit, although this verse is not in all hymnals. Sheet music and lyrics. Keyboard sound sample.
    MV095 How deep the peace (Bauman / Good) Simple song. Would work particularly well as words of assurance after the prayers of confession. Lyrics (a very short slide show)

    Ephesians 1:3-14
    God as our loving adoptive parent and our new inheritance, of forgiveness
    *TiS 417 / AoV2-133 / ATW 448 / VU387 / StJ / WoV683 / ELW397 / AA94 / HPP237 / HPPS323 / CP657 / W&R135 / Cha244 / URW203 / StB220 Loving Spirit, Loving Spirit (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 are here.  
    Online resource Children of God (Harding) A simple two part chant. Will need to be taught. Sheet music sample (note that the sound sample on this site is for a different song!)
    AoV2-037 Children Of God in one family (Walker) Great for kids. Sometimes we mess up, but God forgives. Good for kids.
    AoVK-119 We're God's family God's children (Watts/O'Brien) Good words. Catchy tune.  Good for kids.
    *TiS 465 / AHB 399 / ATA 115 / NCH279 / A&M271 / Iona (SBL) / CH116 / GA381 / Lau313 Our God in heaven / Father in heaven / Loving Creator grant to your children (Maquiso / 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 "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 (Harding) A simple song with powerful words. Good for kids and adults alike. Very easy to learn. Good for kids (just the first verse probably).
    ATE 284 / VU395 Come in come in and sit down A good welcoming song for kids; not so well-loved by adults. Good for kids
    *TiS 163 / AHB 112 / NCH556 / UMH150 / LBW463 / ELW771 / HPPS268 / W&R644 / Cha651 / URW084 / 82Hml-580 God who stretched the spangled heavens (Cameron) Good words of creation of nature and cities and creative possibilities for the future. Some sources do not have inclusive language. There are many possible tunes. I like it best to HOLY MANNA as in the link. Lyrics and sound sample.
    TiS 180 / UMH105 / W&R58 / Cha013 God of many names (Wren) If this is new it will need to be taught to your congregation as the tune is not intuitive, but it is worth knowing. The chorus is particularly appealing to kids. Lyrics
    NCH072 / UMH552 / VU362 / ELW530 / PH465 / CP534 / W&R597 / Cha278 Here O Lord Your Servants Gather / Sekai no Tomo (Yamaguchi) Beautiful song about being a community of faith seeking strength and courage. Lovely simple Japanese tune. Sound sample and lyrics.
    TiS 428 / AHB 340 Help us O Lord to learn Great challenging (but quite formal) words about being committed to learning the faith. Good for a New Year message. Boring tune though. I would sing it to ST THOMAS (TiS 271 / AHB 198) Lyrics (with thees and thys, which are not in TiS).
    *Tune In: Community (Brown) A great and very easy-to-sing contemporary song about being welcomed and part of a community. Sound sample, lyrics, songbook.

    John 1:(1-9), 10-18 
    The Word made flesh.
    Again, Christmas carols (new or old) and Epiphany songs would fit well for this.
    *NCH164 / VU79 / StS030 / WoV652 / LBW652 / ELW314 / PH411 / GtG744 / W&R231 / URW138 Arise your light is come! (Duck) Good general words of Christ coming to bring justice to the familiar tune ST. THOMAS (TiS 271).
    VU886 / SFFS 2005 Arise Shine for your light has come (Smith) A simple call and response. Good for an intro to worship. This would be great for the whole Christmas season.
    *Tune in II We are love (Anderson) This is one of the new songs collated in 2009 at Brunswick Uniting. It's got a quite anthemic chorus "We are love, made in the image"....
    *TiS 156 / AHB 91 / AoV1-135 / ATA 123 / CH212 / UMH145 / VU409 / ELW556 / GA537 / A&M545 / HPP267 / PH469 / G(II)546 / GC756 / GC(II)748 / G(3)855 / CP003 / W&R35 / Cha053 / URW186 / 82Hml-008 / Lau671 Morning has broken (Farjeon) This song makes me smile every time. Here's Yusuf Islam (when he was Cat Stevens) in 1976 (love those green boots).
    *TiS 447 / AHB 61 / CH112 / VU313 / LBW400 / ELW673 / A&M810 / CP560 / CP(E) 267 / 82Hml-371 / Lau887 God whose almighty word / Lord your almighty word chaos and darkness heard / Thou, whose almighty word A good hymny hymn, very familiar, with the memorable “Let there be light” line at the end of each verse. TiS lyrics are fairly inclusive, but VU is better. Older style lyrics and sound sample.
    TiS 477 / Iona (LFB, Common Ground) / CH510 / StJ / GA529 / A&M450 / CP059 / SP218 / URW056 Jesus calls us here to meet him. Good words and a rollicking or gentle Celtic tune (depending on how you play it!). Lyrics (downloads PowerPoint slides) 4th verse (not in TiS, but in Iona sources) leads to communion.
    GA461 / G(II)445 / GC629 / GC(II)608 / G(3)699 God Is Love and all who live in love live in God (Haas) This is a nice cantor and refrain piece. The refrain is very simple and the cantor part is inclusive. The words are really good. Slowish sound sample.
    *Iona (M&G) / CH359 / MV033 / GtG137 / ZSS54 / StJ / ELW253 / GA293 / SFFS 2085 / G(II)276 / GC370 / GC(II)364 / G(3)429 / CP368 / W&R402 He came down that we may have love/ Jesus came bringing us hope (Traditional Cameroon) A lovely simple song - you can make up words and have a lot of fun with this if you also use some drums. Good for kids.
    WoV768 / ELW737 / CP456 / W&R412 He comes to us as one unknown (Dudley-Smith) Great words to a very familiar hymn tune (REPTON).
    W&R104 / URW102 Hidden Christ Alive for Ever (Wren) Wonderful and inspiring words of Christ in all things. Can be sung to HYFRYDOL or HOLY MANNA, so would be easily sung by most congregations. A good song for just after the sermon. Lyrics and sheet music.
    StS028 / WoV638 / A&M067 / G(II)275 / GC369 / GC(II)354 / G(3)443 / W&R199 / Lau148 Holy Child within the Manger (Haugen) Lovely words and a simple gentle tune. Lyrics.
    *TiS 666 / AoV2-113 / AoVK-126 / ATOK 409 / NCH526 / Iona (Common Ground, Freedom is Coming) / CH516 / VU646/647 / WoV650 / ELW866 / A&M483 / SFFS 2235 / HPP153 / G(II)357 / GC513 / GC(II)516 / G(3)594 / Cha442 / SP235 / Srce737 We are marching in the light of God / Siyahamba / Caminando (South African) A very popular chorus, with possible alternate verses, depending on your source. Sometimes people get anxious about the word "marching", but remember that this song comes from apartheid-era South Africa, where people were protesting so that they could vote in their own country. And the marching is toi-toing, much less militaristic than what Westerners imagine. 
    Iona / CH317 / CP621 Before the world began (Bell/Maule) Excellent words from John Bell.
    *AoV2-060 / SFFS 2172 / HPP307 / G(II)518 / GC718 / GC(II)710 / G(3)807 Come live in the light / We Are Called (Haas) Joyful song of mission. I love this, and we've not sung it at BUC for ages! Lyrics, sheet music sample and slowish sound sample here. I would double the speed of this (almost).
    *TiS 242 / AHB 183 / AoV1-018 / ATN 27 / CH404 / UMH261 / VU352 / A&M667 / HPP163 / PH302 / G(II)481 / GC708 / GC(II)689 / G(3)796 / CP(E) 468 / W&R118 / Lau765 I danced in the morning / Lord of the Dance (Carter / SIMPLE GIFTS). Lyrics and tune sample. You all know this one, right? Good for kids 
    AoVK-123 / NCH3 / Iona (M&G) / UMH148 / VU308 / WoV794 / ELW837 / HPSS271 / G(II)338 / GC499 / G(3)911 / CP407 / W&R26 / Cha58 / URW232 / 82Hml-385 Many and Great O God are your works / Wakantanka Taku Nitawa (Lacquiparle) Good words. Simple tune. Sounds great accompanied by a good Native American-style drum beat, which is a great way to get people involved in music-making. Lyrics here.
    AA016 Christ is our peace (Murray) Wow. This one is excellent. Would also be good for the offering. Very simple Irish traditional tune.
    NCH401 / W&R388 O god in whom all life begins (Daw) Excellent words of living as a community of faith. Sung to a simple English melody.
    NCH111 O loving founder of the stars (Latin 9th Century) Lovely words, to a plainsong-like tune. Plainsong is not as hard as people think....
    *CH348 / StS001 / LBW196 / ELW843 / CP397 / W&R93 / SP304 / URW090 Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness (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.

    Tuesday, June 11, 2013

    Winter & Winter Solstice Songs

    Recorded music Longest Night (Mayer) This is a lovely and very appropriate song, which you might like to play. Lyrics and source. Sound sample.

    NCH434 / VU530 / HPP275 / PH292 / CP427 All beautiful the march of days (Wile)  
    *VU278 / URW221 In the quiet curve of evening (Howards) Beautiful words. Simple tune. Particularly lovely for the Southern Hemisphere congregations who are at Winter Solstice. Lyrics.
    URW418 God comes to us (Damonte) A simple song, a little bit Advent and Christmassy, but it can also just be Wintry! "God comes to us on Winter night, in baby's breath, in firelight, God comes to us. Could be used as a chant, or at various points during the service.  

    HiOS139 Through winter cold (Murray) A lovely lilting tune and words about the hope of spring after Winter. Best for places that have snow.  
    NCH432 / CH234 Tis winter now; the fallen snow (Longfellow) Simple words based on Psalm 74, sung to O WALY WALY. The words are beautiful, but not completely inclusive in CH234. 
    VU078 Sing till sundown hum your joy (Spinelli) A song for snowy places. This is a quite delightful song of hope "Now we're dancing through the snow"!
    VU181 Midnight sharpness starfields fading (Lemke) Quite nice gentle Winter evening song.

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