Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Songs and Hymns for Epiphany 3B (January 25 2015)

Jonah 3:1-5, 10  
God gets made with Nineveh, but doesn't destroy them when they repent.
*Tune In / NCYC '07 Forgive us now (Brown) This is one of the best songs seeking forgiveness that I know. Let’s not forget that sometimes we are the ones waging war against the poor. “Forgive us now, O holy one For crimes committed in your name For all the holy wars we wage For all the children we enslave, Forgive us now O holy one”. Lyrics, sound sample, and songbook.
*Tune In You in all our worries / All will finish well “In this world where injustice reigns, you are in the midst of pain”. Excellent words of reassurance in a difficult world. Lyrics, sound sample, and songbook.  
*Tune In II (BUC resource) There's a fish in the sea (Lees) This fun song for kids and teenagers works well for both this reading, and the Gospel reading this week. BUC only. Good for kids.
*TiS 674 / Iona (Common Ground, Heaven Shall Not Wait) / A&M562 / CH253 / SP245 Inspired by love and anger (Bell) Powerful lyrics, simple English folk tune. Lyrics (search for "inspired"). I love verse three “Don’t query our position! Don’t criticise our wealth! Don’t mention those exploited by politics and stealth!”. It’s easy for us to be judgemental on these things.
*TiS 690 / CH259 / A&M557 / StS115 / SP237 / Srce54 Beauty for brokenness hope for despair (Kendrick) Themes of healing from personal and universal suffering and an emotive chorus. “Refuge from cruel wars, havens from fear, cities for sanctuary, freedoms to share, peace to the killing-fields, scorched earth to green; Christ for the bitterness, his cross for the pain”. It's a bit schmaltzy, but that never hurt anyone. Lyrics.
*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!
*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). 
*TiS 689 / ATE 286 / GtB Lord hear my praying, listen to me / Sorrowing song (Mann) Powerful words of lamentation to a simple tune. Words are straightforward about asking difficult questions of God. Lyrics
ATFG537 Jonah was a prophet who lived many years ago (Pfeffer) Fun. Sung to the tune of "John Brown's body". Has more of the book of Jonah than just this reading... Good for kids. 
*Youtube / DVD Jonah was a prophet (VeggieTales) This is just great! This would be good fun to play, even if only part of it. "But he never really got it" is a pretty important part of the Jonah story.  Youtube. Great for kids.

Psalm 62:5-12 
For God alone my soul waits in silence
Taiz√© / GtG814 / CP563 / PfAS062D In God alone my soul can find rest and peace / Mon ame se repose (Berthier) A beautiful healing chant from Taize; perfectly suited to this Psalm, where it can be used as a Psalm refrain. Words and music and sound samples for learning the parts  Good for kids.
*Emergent Psalter  For you alone I wait in silence (Everett) A (very) simple and sparse refrain, with a deliberate period of silence at the end. It can be sung as a round either at the first or second measure. Sheet music (refrain only).
GtG790 / PfAS062A In silence my soul thirsts (Sheldon Sorge and Tammy Wiens) A more contemporary setting of this Psalm. This should be quite simple to sing. The chorus is "God is my strength, God is my salvation, my refuge, my abinding peace. I shall not be shaken".
*Iona (T1AU) / URW408 On God alone I wait silently (Bell) Simple and lovely chant or psalm refrain. Could work well with kids to help them to be calm and still and waiting-like.  
*TiS 33 / VU779 Rest in God alone (Batastini) A lovely simple and inclusive refrain that could be used on its own or with a sung or read cantor part. Lead sheet. Sound sample.
GtG790 / PfAS062A In silence my soul thirsts (Sorge / Wiens) A more contemporary setting of this Psalm. This should be quite simple to sing. The chorus is "God is my strength, God is my salvation, my refuge, my abinding peace. I shall not be shaken".  
GA280 / GtG089 / G(II)252 / GC328 / GC(II)336 / G(3)415 / Lau111 For you O Lord my soul in stillness waits (Haugen) Nice refrain, and verses that contain a good range of images of God. Might be best for the congregation to join in only in the refrain as verses are long and have lots of words. Sound sample. Lead sheet & Lyrics
*Linnea Good Alone my soul awaits you God (Good) Very simple psalm refrain.
*ELW466 / FFS38 / SFFS 2255 / GtG533 In the singing in the silence (Murray) Lovely words, simple tune in FFS; there are quite a few tunes to this. Lyrics and single-use only downloadable PDF.

1 Corinthians 7:29-31
The present form of this world is passing away; do not be as you are (married, rich, mourning, rejoicing).
*TiS 547 / AHB 455 / AoV1-009 / NCH451 / CH465 / A&M595 / UMH451 / VU642 / WoV776 / ELW793 / HPP353 / GtG450 / PH339 / CP505 / CP(E) 386 / W&R502 / Cha595 / Srce70 / URW180 / 82Hml-488 / Lau970 Be thou my vision O Lord of my heart (8th century Irish) Most recent hymnals are fairly inclusive for this. Note that the High King phrase has been changed in some hymnals because it is masculine, but the hymn is based on an ancient story of St. Patrick refusing to follow the High King Logaire, and choosing instead the "High King of Heaven". Lyrics, tune and a little of the story.
TiS 586 / AHB 502 / AoV2-128 / NCH099 / CH580 / UMH700 / VU436 / LBW272 / ELW629 /  A&M010 / GtG836 / CP024 / CP(E) 10 / W&R521 / Cha636 / Srce2 / 82Hml-662 /  Lau907 Abide with me; fast falls the eventide (Lyte) This is not a favourite of mine, but it fits the reading well and many versions (but not all!) are quite inclusive. 
*ATAR676 Lord, be the rising (Sears) This is quite lovely. The tune is simple and the words seek God in all goodness.  
*UMH729 / VU682 / LBW161 / WoV762 / ELW627 / GtG373 / PH450 / CP573 / W&R539 / Cha711 / URW140 / 82Hml-597 O day of peace that dimly shines (Daw) A song of hoped-for peace. The tune in Chalice hymnal is really nice (CANDLER) or O WALY WALY which is used in URW. Other sources use JERUSALEM, which is a bit too militaristic for me. Lyrics and JERUSALEM sheet music.
Mark 1:14-20 
John declares the coming of the kingdom. Jesus calls Simon and Andrew, James and John. “Follow me and fish for people!”
Some of the songs suggested last week for the calling of Philip and Nathaniel may also be useful.

*Tune In: Hail the fisherfolk (Brown) A bluesy litany of the saints, including the fishermen of yesterday and the fisherfolk of today. This song celebrates the many people who have followed God’s call through the ages. Lyrics, sound sample and songbook.
*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!
*ATOK 348 / Iona (HSNW) / G(II)496 / GC692 / GC(II)697 Come with me / Sing hey for the carpenter (Iona) Excellent. I love this one. Very joyous, and a big favourite in our congregation. The chorus is fun for kids too. Lyrics.
*TiS 242 / AHB 183 / AoV1-018 / ATN 27 / CH404 / UMH261 / VU352 / A&M667 / HPP163 / GtG157 / 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? “I danced to the fishermen, to James and John….”. Good for kids 
*Tune In II There's A Fish In The Sea (Lees) BUC resource only so far. A good song for kids and teenagers. Fits the Jonah reading too. Good for kids. 
*NCH173 / CH532 / UMH344 / VU563 / WoV784 / ELW817 / HPP324 / GtG721 / PH377 / G(II)500 / GC696 / GC(II)678 / G(3)781 / W&R347 / Cha342 / Lau871 Lord, you have come to the seashore / You have come down to the lakeshore / Pescador de Hombres There are many translations of this song. I like the NCH version best as it's most inclusive. The song can get a bit shmaltzy, but the tune is a nice lilting one and the words are great. “On the sand I have abandoned my small boat; now with you I will seek other seas”. Sound sample. Lyrics and sheet music.
SFFS 2101 / G(II)301 / GC688 / GC(II)693 / G(3)798 Two Fishermen (Toolan) A nice medieval / minstrelly sounding tune and good words. This would be fun. Lead sheet. Sound sample.

  • NCH504 / StJ / HPP545 / GtG170 / GC(II)679 You Walk along Our Shoreline (Dunstan) Good words to a very familiar hymn tune (AURELIA). Sound sample, lyrics and sheet music sample (search for "you walk") New words to old tunes.

  • *TiS 589 / AHB 505 / NCH171 / CH509 / UMH398 / VU562 / A&M324 / LBW494 / ELW696 / HPP314 / CP432 / CP(E) 233 / W&R345 / Cha337 / 82Hml-550 Jesus calls us o'er the tumult (Alexander) Great words. TiS sets it to ST CATHERINE, but it could be sung to other tunes (like STUTTGART) if this is not familiar to your congregation (it’s not hard though). 
    Recorded Music Bring 'em all in  (Scott) Thanks to Jonathan Evans for this suggestion. This song could work well as a call to inclusive and welcoming evangelism. Youtube.
    CH340 When Jesus saw the fishermen (Agnew) Simple words about the calling of the fishermen, set to a traditional carol tune (THE SEVEN JOYS OF MARY)


    Jonathan Evans said...

    Also suggest Bring em all in by Mike Scott of the waterboys

    Thomas Seniow said...

    Another one for the Matthew scripture is "New Beginnings," Parker MacDonnell.

    I love your posts; I look forward to them every week when I'm planning hymns.

    Lectionary Singer (Natalie Sims) said...

    Hi Thomas,
    Thanks for this suggestion, and for the positive feedback - I'm glad you love the site! Can you provide me some info on how to find the Park MacDonnell song?
    Rev Google couldn't help me!

    Lectionary Singer (Natalie Sims) said...

    Thanks Jonathan,
    That's a new one for me, and I really like it. I've added it to the site - I hope many others like it too!

    Jaggystar said...

    Great suggestion Jonathan. I love using Mike Scott and the Waterboys' songs in worship. Other songs i've used in worship are: church not made with hands, open, the Christ in you, and everlasting arms.

    Catherine said...

    Hi Natalie - looking for ideas for a Jonah-themed event, and I had difficulty finding El mensaje que hoy proclamamos. Your link was broken and so were a lot of other results in Google. Eventually found it at: