Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Songs and Hymns for Proper 26A/Ordinary 31A/Pentecost +21 (November 2 2014)

Joshua 3:7-17
Joshua leads the Israelites across the Jordan into the Promised Land.
*TiS 569 / AHB 478 / NCH18/19 / CH167 / UMH127 / VU651 / LBW343 / ELW618 / A&M652 / HPP432 / GtG065 / PH281 / CP565 / CP(E) 455 / W&R501 / Cha622 / 82Hml690 / Lau960 Guide me O thou great Jehovah / Redeemer (Williams) A rousing hymn of God’s presence and strength and making it to the other side. Sound sample and lyrics.
*God Gives 1 We will walk together into the Promised Land (Coates) A fun repetitive gospel-type song.  Great for kids.
NCH598 / UMH724 / LBW36 / ELW249 / W&R519 On Jordan's Stormy Bank I Stand / On River Jordan's Bank I stand Sound sample and lyrics. Here's a great gospel version (youtube). Actually, I don’t think there will be many more progressive congregations interested in singing this, but the Sacred Harp singer in me thinks it’s the perfect song for this reading. I think we find it hard to sing of Heaven, even if we only mean a better land. “I am bound for the Promised Land, I’m bound for the Promised Land, O who will come and go with me, I am bound for the Promised Land”. The chorus is excellent fun. Perhaps there is some way of using this.
ATA 114 Come my brother come my sister (McCarthy) Nice and easy to sing. Has a repeated line of "come, my brother, come", which would be better alternated with "come, my sister, come". Great words of hope about the Promised Land.
*NCH572 / UMH448 / WoV670 / HPP453 / GtG052 / PH334 / G(II)515 / GC715 / W&R618 / Cha663 / 82Hml-648 When Israel was in Egypt's land (African-American) Traditional song, quite familiar, and great to sing. It might be good to reprise this - even though Moses didn't cross the Jordan, this is the end of that story we started back in Egypt. Here's Louis Armstrong (and a few others) singing it. Good for kids

Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37
The promise of a fruitful land for a people who have come through the desert. A vision for a new world.
Scripture in Song 79 Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return. A quite over the top happy clappy chorus, but imagine how happy they would have been to cross the Jordan! I’ve always thought this would work well as a hair metal song, but I digress…
TiS 67 Give thanks Give thanks to the Lord (O'Brien) A cantored Psalm with a response that is actually fun and happy! The verses could also be read, rather than cantored.
*Taize / MV016 / StJ / ELW528 / GA430 / SFFS 2157 / HPP410 / G(II)398 / GC570 / GC(II)550 / RS710 / CP402 / URW378 Come and Fill our hearts/ Confitemini Domino Can be sun in English as "Come and fill our hearts with your peace, you alone O God are holy. Come and fill our hearts with your peace, Alleluia". Sound samples and sheet music.
AoV1-074 Come To The Water (Andersen) A beautiful song about God providing (from Isaiah 55). Familiar to many, but easy to sing if not. Works well for communion also. Lyrics and sound sample.
*Tune In / NCYC'09 / ATAR598 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.
*ATW 475 Come to the banquet there’s a place for you (White) An excellent song by Melbourne singer and songwriter Faye White. Lyrics (scroll quite a bit). Good for kids.
*AoV2-020 / ATAR665 Come to the feast of Heaven and Earth / Table of Plenty (Schutte) “God will provide for all that you need, here at the table of plenty”. I love this song. It’s very straightforward and excellent words.
*PfAS107A Give thanks to God who hears our cires (Duck) Excellent words of God hearing those in despair. Sung to the familiar tune MORNING SONG. It's got 6 verses, so it may be nice to have half the congregation sing to the other half, or alternate men and women for the central 4 verses. Emergent Psalter / PfAS107C May those who are wise (Everett) A good Psalm refrain, with two possible options for alternate refrains. Will need to be taught. Sheet music (refrains only). 
*Tune In: Kingdom Come (Lees). A song about what the kingdom might be like, with plentiful images from the parables. Sample and lyrics.
*Online resource: Your New Shalom (Harding) A simple song with 4 verses, including “your desert will bloom again”, with a last verse of “We bring in your new Shalom”. This would work well at any point in the service, including the final song.... or even interspersed throughout. Sheet music sample available, and you can purchase a pdf here.
*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. Good for kids. Free sheet music! 

Alternative Hebrew Scripture: Micah 3:5-12
Bad prophets and the destruction of Jerusalem - See the Psalm suggestions below

Psalm for the Micah reading: Psalm 43 
NCH469 O grant us light (Tuttiett) Lovely oldish words to a simple tune. Older style lyrics and tune sample.
*Music by Heart 09 O Send your light forth (McClellan) The rhythm is quite tricky and needs to be taught, but once you have it, it's a lot of fun, and sounds pretty cool with both parts going. It's listed as difficult, but I'm not sure that it is.
*AHB 393 Send forth your light and your truth (Murray) Cantored Psalm. Antiphon II is best in my opinion, and could be used with a read Psalm, or lead by a cantor as written.  
TiS 027 / PfAS043A Send out your light and your truth let them lead me (Gounod) A more plain psalm response to use with a read or cantored Psalm.  
VU768 Why restless why cast down my soul? / will go to the altar of God (Wilson / Daley) I'm not sure why Psalm 42 and 43 are together in this hymnal, but I really like the first refrain, and the translation of both Psalms.
*Worldmaking.net Your People Lament (Bruxvoort-Colligan) A quiet lament with verses; would fit particularly well for Brunswick at the moment. "Your people lament for our witness of suffering, Our anger and sorrow in light of Your holiness". Sound sample, lyrics etc.
*MV027 Creator God you gave us life (Snowdon) A lovely song, with a stirring chorus. I think it would be quite straightforward to sing: "Through hands that paint majestic skies, and voices chanting melody, with words that reach beyond the page, we comprehend your mystery. Lyrics (loads a pdf).
AHB 596 I shall go to the house of God (Murray) A Gelineau tone Psalm. The ANTIPHON II is the one by Murray, which could be used with a read or chanted Psalm.
PfAS043C / ATFG585 Send out your light (Iona) Very simple Psalm refrain for Psalm 43.  Nice simple chant which could be used at any point in the service. Maybe good for intercessions?
*MV071 / GC(II)339 / G(3)417 When the wind of winter blows (Duck) A song of confession and lament, and expectation. Good for congregations in Winter...
VU768 Why restless why cast down my soul? / I will go to the altar of God (Wilson) I really like the first refrain, and the translation of the Psalm.

1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 
The way that the early church encouraged new believers and their eagerness to accept the Gospel.
*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 are here.

Matthew 23:1-12
Humility
*TiS 650 / ATA 191 / CH694 / A&M604 / NCH539 / VU595 / ELW659 / AA08 / SFFS 2222 / HPP442 / GtG727 / G(II)476 / GC683 / GC(II)661 / G(3)751 / CP500 / CP(E) 393 / W&R391 / Cha490 / SP263 / URW117 / Lau924 Brother, sister, let me serve you / Won't you let me be your servant? (Gillard) I think you all know this one. Lyrics. NCH has a nice turn on the lyrics with "Won't you let me be your servant?" as the first line.
*ATOK 390 Put on love every day, never hide your love away (Walker) A groovy song that's good for kids!    
*TiS 640 / AHB 561 / ATE 310 / NCH498 / UMH432 / VU593 / WoV765 / ELW708 / HPP446 / GtG203 / PH367 / G(II)296 / GC409 / GC(II)429 / G(3)505 / CP504 / W&R273 / Cha600 / URW116 / 82Hml-602 / Lau241 Jesu Jesu fill us with your love / Kneels at the feet of his friends (Colvin & people of Ghana) Lyrics. Good for kids 
W&R383 If My People’s Hearts Are Humbled (Cloniger) Quite formal words, but appropriate. Lyrics.
PH437 / CP591 / W&R586 Our Cities Cry to You O God (Clarkson) Good words sung to an old American hymn tune that's pretty straightforward. Lyrics and sheet music.

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