Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Songs and hymns for Proper 9A (Pentecost 14A) - July 6th 2014

Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
Abraham’s servant finds Rebekah and she becomes Isaac’s wife. The suggestions for the Psalm would also fit well. 
*ATOK 320 / NCH351 / VU645 / StJ / WoV770 / ELW732 /SFFS 2051 / GtG488 / HPP516 / W&R680 / Cha075 I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry. (Ylvisaker) A song of God’s presence in all stages of life. Very simple tune to sing. This always makes me think of Center Church on-the-Green in New Haven, CT. Lyrics, and a nice (slow) sound sample
*AoV1-137 / ATOK 403 / GA306 / G(II)286 God Of Abraham lead us (Farrell) I love this energetic call and response with the response "Lead us to your kingdom". Don't try to sing all 17 verses! Choose what you like... You can sing with a cantor and response, or you could split your congregation in the middle doing half and half, or you could just have people singing all the way through. Lyrics (downloads a pdf). Good for kids. Maybe add a verse about Rebekah and Isaac?
*ATW 507 Where you tread (Beavis) A beautiful and simple song based on the story of Ruth, it might be a good song to sing if you want to focus on the life-long relationship of Rebekah and Isaac. The melody is beautiful and very simple for a congregation to sing first time. We sang this once a couple of years ago, and it would be great to sing it again.

Psalm 45:10-17 
alternative to Psalm: Song of Solomon 2:8-13
Two passages celebrating romantic love
TiS 654 / NCH362 / UMH643 / VU489 / WoV749 / G(II)628 / GC865 / GC(II)856 / G(3)966  / W&R612 / Cha499 / Lau416 When love is found and hope comes home (Wren) Lovely words to the tune O WALY WALY celebrating loving relationships through all their changes. While this is often sung at weddings, I think it would also work in the context of a standard service. Lyrics.
CH115 / MV089 / Iona (Love from Below) / A&M722 / SP292 Love is the touch of intangible joy (Robertson / Bell) Great words and a simple tune. "God is where love is, for love is of God". Lyrics (scroll).
SgTJ1029 / MV094 Love knocks and waits (Damon) Lovely words of assurance and a simple lilting melody. Groovy bossa nova mp3 sample here. I reckon I would play it faster for our congregation.
*NCH540 We plant a grain of mustard seed A song about how human love is a taste of divine love. Great words to a fairly standard-sounding (but new) hymn tune. It would also work well with MORNING SONG (the tune for “Awake, awake to love and work”).
*MV031 Pure Love (Good) I think this song would be good for reflecting on God as the source of all love. Very simple and beautiful. Good for kids.
VU769 God has blessed you forever and ever (Russian Orthodox) A lovely simple response to this Psalm. Can be sung with a responsive reading as set out in VU. Nice if you can build in the harmonies, but fine if you can't.
*ATW 507 Where you tread (Beavis) A beautiful and simple song based on the story of Ruth, it might be a good song to sing if you want to focus on the life-long relationship of Rebekah and Isaac. The melody is beautiful and very simple for a congregation to sing first time. We sang this once a couple of years ago, and it would be great to sing it again.
MV085 / StJ / ELW814 / HPP319 / GtG698 / GC(II)692 / G(3)795 / SP130 / PfAS045B / URW441 / Lau395a Take O Take Me As I Am (Bell / Maule) A lovely simple chant. PfAS uses it as a refrain to a reading of the Psalm. 
G(II)630 / GC867 / GC(II)860 / G(3)698 Wherever You Go (Haas) (Haas) Good words based on Song of Songs / Song of Solomon and Ruth. It would work well with a cantor, though I'm not sure how it would fit in a standard worship service (as opposed to a wedding). Lyric and sheet music sample. Slow, but nice sound sample.
*Tune in The God that I Know (Anderson) A beautiful ballad with female and male images of a loving, embracing God. Sound sample, sheet music sample and songbook here.
Recorded Music Canticle (Clarion Fracture Zone / Mara / Martenitsa Choir) If you happen to have a recording of "Canticle" a jazz work commissioned by Paddington Uniting Church, first performed in 1997, this would be the time to dig it out and play at some point during the service. Available here.
Sacred Harp Rose of Sharon This is not a suggestion for your congregation, but if you happen to have Sacred Harp singers in your area, go join in and see if they sing this. It's one of the more challenging "anthems" and quite excellent when done well. 

*AoVK-12 God is our shelter truly a friend indeed (O'Hara) Groovy little round / more like a call and response really. Good for kids.
Recorded Music: Power of Two (Indigo Girls) A song about life lived by two people instead of just one. Okay, so many of my contemporaries had this played at their weddings… myself included… for good reason. Hear and watch a video here.

Alternative Hebrew Scripture: Zechariah 9:9-12
God comes on a donkey and releases the prisoners
VU901 / PH601 / WoV725 / PfAS1032 / URW010 Blest be the God of Israel (Song of Zechariah) (Daw) A simple and inclusive paraphrase to the well-known hymn tune KINGSFOLD (TiS 262). Lyrics and tune sample.   
TiS 284 / ELW552 / W&R158 / Cha135 / URW012 / 82Hml-444 Blessed be the God of Israel / O Bless the God of Israel (Perry) Good words of Christ as the fulfiller of the prophets who will set God's people free From fear and darkness. Be aware that some versions (like TiS) use exclusively masculine language for God. URW and Chalice are inclusive. Set to the simple tune MERLE'S TUNE 
GC(II)755 / G(3)864 O the weary world is trudging / The trumpet in the morning (Cooney) Song of release of prisoners and the trumpet's blast. Sound sample. Lead sheet.
*AA085 Let justice roll down like a river (Gibson) Excellent song, and very easy to sing. Lyrics. Sheet music. Good for kids.
*URW357 Praise to the One who sets prisoners free (Eslinger) A great tune, and the response can be sung in three parts, or as a round. Can be sung with one or two cantors / readers or without the cantors. The refrain alone as a round could be good for kids.
*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 would fit well with this reading. Good for kids. Free sheet music!
Tune In: Father of Earth, Mother of Sea (Brown) A latinesque song about the Spirit being with those who are victims, prisoners and the sick, as well as present in our prayers. Lyrics, sound sample and songbook.

Alternative Psalm for the Zechariah reading: Psalm 145:8-14
*TiS 152 / NCH4 / UMH89 / VU232 / LBW551 / ELW836 / HPP22 / GtG611 / PH464 / 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.
VU267 / W&R20 / A&M711 / SP288 / Lau897 Like a mighty river flowing (Perry) Lovely words of the presence of God in nature. It's quite summery, so maybe better for the Northern Hemisphere. Lyrics
MV048 I can feel you near me God / Jump for joy (Mayberry) Good song for smaller kids about God being with us. I reckon you could get the kids to Jump in the chorus. Maybe it's a bit too happy clappy for some? Good for kids.  Sound sample.  
*Taizé / MV009 O Come and let us sing to God our hope (Taize) "God's mercy is forever". Joyful gathering chant. Sound samples, sheet music.
*Iona / CH788 / MV104 / GtG659 Know that God is Good / Mungu ni mwema (Traditional Congo) This traditional African refrain is just lots of fun and very simple to sing. Good for kids and adults! Sound sample (a bit "white", but it gives you an idea). It's a while since we've sung this, but it's great!  
*CH101 You are kind and full of compassion (The Grail, Inclusive Language Version) This is not a hymn, but a beautiful paraphrase of this Psalm that could be read as a poem or alternate translation reading. 

Romans 7:15-25a
It’s really hard to do what’s right. Obedience. Discipleship.
*Tune in: We are the dream that's longing / Jesus is waiting. An honest catchy rock song about our hesitation to follow and Jesus not only waiting, but continuing to work and change the world. A good sending-out song. Sound sample, lyrics and songbook available here.
*Tune In / ATAR663 Save us in the time of trial (Whelan) A song with a reflective almost-Taize-like chorus about trying to follow even in the face of temptation. We have sung this a cuople of different ways, it's quite flexible. Lyrics, sound sample and songbook available.
*Tune In: Come O God and visit us sick we pray / Your abundant life (Brown) A joyful song "Lead us into your abundant life". Lyrics and sound sample.
*Tune In: Kingdom Come (Lees) A song about how things are not what we expect in God’s kingdom. Maybe not all daisies and sunshine. Lots of words and good images. Sound sample and lyrics  
*ATFG563 / NCYC'03 How long must we cry out? (Mann) This is a big Brunswick favourite, great for young people in particular. "Teach me to do what is right, walk in the darkness, trust in the light and may love be the path I walk upon". I will suggest this again next week, so maybe this is a good week to teach it if your congregation doesn't know it.
*NCH497 / SFFS 2208 / PH354 / G(II)508 / GC707 / GC(II)684 / G(3)780 / CP513 / ZSS141 Guide my feet while I run this race An excellent civil rights song. Would work well as a meditative prayer for guidance or as an uplifting call to action at the end of the service.You could also make up your own lyrics. Lyrics. Good for kids.
*Taizé / AoV2-109 / CH772 / GA429 / GtG654 / A&M334 / SFFS 2195 / G(II)396 / GC566 / GC(II)546 / G(3)639 / SP128 / URW381 / Lau944 / W&R448 In the Lord I'll Be Ever Thankful / El Senyor (Berthier) A joyful and bouncy Taize song. Works well in English, German and Spanish at least. Good for kids. Sheet music, translations into many other languages, sound samples. 
*ATA 200 / CH530 / VU639 / A&M757 / CP(E) 548 / URW109 One more step along the world I go (Carter) A good fun kid's song from Sydney Carter which many of their parents will remember. "And it's from the old I travel to the new, keep me travelling along with you". Lyrics and a really slow and clunky sound sample. Good for kids.
AoV2-102 / GA509 Who will speak if we don't (Haugen) Excellent challenging words. Lyrics (scroll). Good for teenagers.
*ATOK 413 / Iona (HSNW) / CH533 / VU567 / StS039 / A&M510 / ELW798 / GA502 / SFFS 2130 / HPP317 / GtG726 / G(II)510 / GC700 / GC(II)687 / G(3)790 / CP430 / CP(E) 622 / W&R350 / URW060 / Lau877 Will you come and follow me / The Summons (Iona / KELVINGROVE) A classic. Don't sing it too slowly or it really drags and takes forever!
*TiS 607 / AoV2-126 / ATN 95 / CH528 / VU684 / StJ / A&M725 / SFFS 2171 / HPP406 / GtG753 / G(II)524 / GC726 / GC(II)721 / G(3)828 / CP(E)519/ W&R587 / Srce 462 / Lau898 Make me a channel of your peace (Temple). Lovely. Nice if you can just start a capella...  Youtube video of Sinead O'Connor singing it and lyrics and MIDI file.  
*MV176 Three things I promise (Wren / Damon) Beautiful words of seeking to live faithfully from Brian Wren. The set tune is unfamiliar, but very beautiful, and if not familiar to your congregation would make a good reflective piece (for the congregation to sing in later weeks). You could also sing it to one of the suggested alternate tunes PROSPECT and WAREHAM if you like.
*StS040 / URW439 We will follow (Som’landela) Groovy African song. Sample for listening here.
VU575 / SFFS 2153 / GtG700 / PH369 / SP&P139 / W&R574 / Cha614 I'm Gonna Live So God Can Use Me (African American traditional) Good simple tune and meaningful words. Easy to sing and play around with. Good for kids, non-readers and for people for whom English is a second language.

Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
A bit of angry stuff at the start, but then words of comfort
*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 youtube. A good song to start the service. 
*Tune In: God’s Mercy (Anderson) A beautiful ballad about recognising God's mercy in the everyday. Lyrics, sound sample, songbook.
*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.
*TiS 665 / AoV2-008 / Iona (Common Ground) / CH360 / A&M563 / VU117 / StJ / SP246 / Lau889 Jesus Christ is waiting (Bell) A good and well known hymn. Lyrics here (scroll down just a little bit). 
*Tune In / ATAR598 / NCYC 2009 God has laid a feasting table / Invitation (Whelan). Feminine imagery of God gathering her guests to a feasting table. Fun Cuban rhythm. Sample and songbook.
*NCH002 / ZSS117 Glory Glory Hallelujah! Excellent African-American chorus; includes the verse “We are climbing Jacob’s ladder” and “every rung goes higher higher”. There is a version here similar to NCH.  
*Iona / StS050 / GtG851 Come, bring your burdens to God / Woza nomthwalo wakho Simple slow African chant (Sound sample here)
*Iona (Love from Below) / CP545 We will lay our burdens down A groovy song arranged for part-singing. I just love this!
*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").

*TiS 590 / AHB 165 / AoVK-117 / NCH506 / UMH526 / VU663 / LBW439 / ELW742 / HPP408 / GtG465 / 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.
Unknown Resource Come to me (Langmead) A good song of comfort "for activists". Good questions about how much we need to follow, how desperate the need. I don't know how to get hold of this song anymore. Does anyone know if this was ever published?
ATAR593 Come to me all you who are weary (Lang) A soothing and slightly schmaltzy chorus. Easy to sing and fun accompaniment to play.
TiS 585 / AHB 500 / AoV1-054 / ATA 137 / NCH489 / CH540 / VU626 / LBW497 / ELW611 / GA468 / GC646 / GC(II)622 / G(3)724 / CP508 / CP(E) 469 / Srce280 / 82Hml-692 / Lau795 I heard the voice of Jesus say (Bonar) Hymnals vary a lot in their translations of this older hymn and in the tunes to which it is set.
FFS28 God rest us (Leunig) Beautiful words from Michael Leunig, seeking rest when we are tired, and awakening when we are asleep. Will need to be taught, but I think it's worth it.
URW166 Come God and hear my cry (Duck) Lovely words seeking restoration for tired faithful souls. Sung to the familiar tune TRENTHAM. New words to old tunes.

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