Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Songs, Hymns & Music for Transfiguration C (February 10 2013)

Exodus 34:29-35
Moses comes down from the mountain. His face shines whenever he meets with God; need for a veil.
I don't have any particular suggestions for this passage that I wouldn't list primarily for the Gospel reading this week. I'd love to hear your suggestions!

Psalm 99  
God of justice, God is holy, worship at the mountain. 
This Psalm has lots of concepts in it, so I've only chosen a couple of particularly pertinent songs; you may wish to include a Sanctus (scroll down).
*Emergent Psalter O mighty God lover of justice (Everett) A catchy refrain, that got stuck in my head for days after I ran through it. Can be sung with the Psalm read over instrumentation. Sample sheet music. Good for kids.
TiS 58
Be exalted O God, above the heavens! Let your glory over all the earth be found (Marshall) An excellent refrain to the Psalm for this week. The cantor line is not totally inclusive.
Cha751 To God all people give thanks (Fox) Joyful Latin-rhythmed sung response and responsively read Psalm. I think it would be fun to do a responsive Psalm with a sung response.
Iona (Love From Below) / CP424 Sing praise to God on mountain tops (Bell/Maule) A song of praise to God for the beauty of creation to a traditional English tune (THE VICAR OF BRAY). 
*MV 60 / Cha026 / STB112 God, we give you heartfelt praise (Tan) A lively round from Taiwan. “God we give you heartfelt praise, mercy and love you show us daily, blessed always be your name”. While based on Taiwanese harmonic modes, it is not too hard for Western singers to pick up.
*TiS 723 / AoV2-092 / ATOK 381 / Iona (M&G, Common Ground) / CH769 / UMH65 / VU944, VU951 / StJ / GtG595 / ELW473 / SFFS 2007 / G(II)395 / GC563 / W&R737 / Cha111 / ZSS48 / Lau723 Holy holy holy / Santo santo santo (Argentinian folk song) Better in Spanish. A nice quiet devotional song.

2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2
Boldness, no veil anymore; Where the Spirit is, there’s freedom; Unveiling – seeing Christ in each other
*AoV2-057 / ATOK 383 May we see Christ's loving face / Icon of Grace This simple chant would be excellent this week, and could be used for a slower passing of the peace; it also works extremely well with a simple slow drum beat (DUM ta-ka DUM ta-ka). I've sung this with everyone in the congregation bowing to each other in a circle dance but that may only work with smaller congregations. Good for kids (but you may need to explain an Icon to them).
*ATOK 414 / Iona (LFB, Common Ground) / CH501 / GA485 / G(II)480 / GC673 / GC(II)655 / SP311 / Lau850 Take this moment, sign and space (Bell) A fairly well known favourite. Simple melody and beautiful words. Lyrics
TiS 326 / Iona (HSNW) Pull back the veil on the dawn of creation / Love's the secret The tune is really pretty tricky, but if it is familiar to your congregation, it's a good song to sing. Can skip a few verses if it seems too long and it will still make sense.
TiS 421 Where the Spirit is there's freedom (Harling) Fun and good. Lyrics.
TiS 506 / AHB 430 / CP064 / CP(E) 281 Author of life divine Good inclusive, but still old fashioned words from Wesley and a simple well known tune (RHOSYMEDRE); mystery of communion and seeing God's face. Sources vary in how old fashioned the lyrics are. Lyrics and organ sample.
HPP28 / PH285 / W&R24 God You Spin the Whirling Planets (Jane Parker Huber / AUSTRIAN HYMN) Excellent words to a very familiar tune (TiS 772). Really good for the final hymn or response to the sermon. Lyrics.
*CH484 / UMH579 / WoV666 / ELW358 / PH353 / CP442 / CP(E) 133 / W&R55 / SP57 / URW087 Great God Your Love Has Called Us Here (Wren) Good words to a standard hymn tune (MELITA). Gathering, confession, response, communion, and sending out all in one hymn. This is a good all-rounder.
TiS 516 / AHB 438 / NCH336 / CH664 / UMH623 / VU459 / HPP521 / HPSS520 / CP(E) 304 / Cha416 Here O my Lord I see thee face to face / Here gracious Lord, we see you face to face (Bonar) I prefer the more chant-like setting of this (Adoro to Devote), but I know the hymn-like tune (ST AGNES) is probably more familiar. Some translations are more inclusive than others. Best if you are serving communion during your service.
Srce2-660 Where the Spirit is there is liberty (Franklin) Gospel song of healing, wholeness and liberty for the captive.  
*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 / Lau801 Love divine all loves excelling (Wesley) Can't possibly sing this song too often! A beautiful classic song and most hymnals use a very inclusive version of this hymn, even the AHB! Lyrics and sound sample.
TiS 414 / CH616 / UMH192 / VU582 / HPP134 HPSS433 / GC550 / CP(E) 198 / Cha257 There's a Spirit in the Air (Wren) A good song about service... “Lose your shyness, find your tongue, tell the world what God has done". 
SFFS 2119 / HPP236 / W&R396 / Cha264 Where the Spirit of the Lord Is (Adams) A sentimental favourite chorus for some, I suspect; a nice simple chorus. Lyrics and chords.
SP&P108 Send your Spirit to set us free (Hamm) A groovy little song. It could also work as a round, sung unaccompanied.  Good for kids.   

Luke 9:28-36, (37-43) 
Transfiguration story
*ATFG 555 / NCYC03 Open your eyes / See Yourself (Mann) “see yourself in the one who’s shining on the hill”. Puts the transfiguration in the context of a whole lot of other New Testament stories. Excellent newer song.  Good for kids
*TiS474 / AoV1-012 / ATE 295 / CH623 / SFFS 2236 / HPP553 / 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.
*SFFS 2153 / GC(II)770 / G(3)878 / Cha182 Transform Us as you transfigured (Dunstan) Good words to the familiar and quite meditative hymn tune PICARDY (TiS 497). Lyrics and sign language.
NCH182 / VU104 / SFFS 2103 / HPP147 / CP166 / W&R245 We have come at Christ's own bidding (Daw Jr) Excellent lyrics that bring the images of the transfiguration to the faith of today. Sung to the familiar tune HYFRYDOL (TiS 517). Lyrics (scroll down). Tune sample.
ATFG 541 What is this scene? good story telling song. Not too difficult for the congregation to sing on a first attempt, but it will need a brief “teaching time” for the melody. You could also ask the musicians to present as part of the offering. The words are great. 
*Bruce Harding Seeing Jesus A simple chant, needs at least 2 of the parts. Sample PDF, and available for purchase here.
NCH183 Jesus take us to the mountain (Vajda) A very positive transfiguration hymn that asks good questions and provides some good challenges and clearly looks onward to Good Friday. Lyrics.
TiS 234 / AHB 390 / GC778 / GC(II)771 /
G(3)877 / CP167 / CP(E)248 / VU103 / LBW89 / ELW315 / Lau209 How good Lord to be here / Tis Good Lord to Be Here (Robinson / SWABIA) Good solid words and a good solid tune (I like CARSLISLE best). I like the ending “But since you bid us leave the mount, come with us to the plain”.
*NCYC07 You shine (Crawford) A good song, with an excellent chorus "You shine over us, you shine through us, so let your light shine on around the world". Definitely for the more youthful congregation. It would also work to play the CD from NCYC07 if you don't have a band of musicians. Good for teenagers.
*AoV2-103 / AoVK-115 / G(II)514 / GC712 / GC(II)715 Holy Ground (Brenda Pena) I love the energy and passion in this song and the vision of the heavens embracing the earth. I especially like the “Do you believe in freedom? Yes we do Lord! Do you believe in justice? Justice for all!” call in the middle. Bilingual English/Spanish song. Good for kids. Sample here.
ATW 447 Thank you Jesus for ordinary miracles (Mann) Fun and joyful. "Up in a cloud in the air"! Lyrics.  

Srce87 / Srce293 Can I ascend? / I'm Coming Up The Mountain (Redman) A bit "me me me" for my liking, but the youth in some congregations would probably like it, and I maybe shouldn't find these songs as embarrassing as I do. Lyrics and chords.
*CH355 / VU210 / SFFS 2102 / HPP81 / GC(II)525 / RS699 / CP630 / W&R99 / URW098 You Lord Are Both Lamb and Shepherd (Dunstan) Beautiful words. Can be sung to many tunes. I like it to WESTMINSTER ABBEY or PICARDY. Hymnals vary with what they have for verse 2. I like this version (scroll down).

*Recorded Song: Transfiguration (Sufjan Stevens) I love this song. Lyrics. Here’s a video of him performing it live here on youtube, which is a bit more eclectic than the studio recording. Note: if playing recorded songs in worship, it's a really good idea to provide lyrics to the congregation either in a handout or using projection.

Liturgy for the Whole Church (p69) The transfiguration (Bock) A narrated skit. If you have this book, or access to it, this would be good to do.


heather nicole. said...

How about "Immortal, Invisible" to go with the Exodus reading? The "light" theme seems to connect with Transfiguration in general.

Unknown said...

My favourite is "Transfigure Us, O Lord", by Bob Hurd. I'm using it to end a gospel reflection evening this week.