Thursday, August 6, 2015

Songs, Hymns & Music for Proper 16B / Ordinary 21B / Pentecost +13 (August 23 2015)

1 Kings 8:(1,6,10-11), 22-30, 41-43   
Solomon has built a house for God. Prays that all who pray “toward the house” be forgiven, fed, welcomed, healed including foreigners.
  • *CH198 / MV001 / HPP550 / A&M365 / GtG301 / GC753 / GC(II)741 / G(3)850 / SP176 / URW058/ Lau458 Let Us Build a House / All are welcome (Haugen / TWO OAKS) This song has wonderful lyrics of hope for what a Christian community can be like, and a chorus that joyfully says “All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place”. Sheet music sample. Sound sample. 
  • Brunswick UCA Songs Take this space (Brown / Lees / McKinnon) This song was written for the opening of our renovated church space and it would be good to sing it again. 
  • *Taizé / GtG814 / CP563 / PfAS062D In God alone my soul can find rest and peace / Mon ame se repose (Berthier) A beautiful healing chant from Taize. Words and music and sound samples for learning the parts  Good for kids.
  • *Iona (LFB) / Lau930 Listen Lord (Iona / Bell) Beautiful chant-like chorus, can be used on its own or as a response, or used with the verses. Good to use for the intercessions. “Listen Lord, Listen Lord, not to our words but to our prayers. You alone, you alone, understand and care.”
  • Iona (SBL) / CH140 / MV181 / WoV727 / ELW554 / G(II)341 / GC495 / StB178 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, Phillippino melody; it will need to be taught. Lyrics (first verse only)
  • *Taizé / TiS 741 / AoV1-017 / ATE 282 / LBW368 / ELW407 / GA431 / SFFS 2200 / GtG471 / G(II)410 / GC586 / GC(II)566 / G(3)666 / W&R484 / Srce519 / URW390 / Lau929 / PfAS013A / PfAS102A / MP908 O Lord hear my prayer (Berthier) A simple and very well known Taizé chant. Works well during intercessions. You could read the Psalm between repeats of this chant, or just use as a chant as is. Sheet music samples. Good for kids
  • *Online Resource In my father's house (Somerville) A great new song, with an inspiring, and very singable chorus. Lyrics, sound sample, and source.  
  • CH133 / UMH113 / GtG011 / GC(II)563 / G(3)667 / Cha012 Source and sovereign rock and cloud (Troeger / ABERYSTWYTH) Excellent words of many names for God / I AM. Can be sung to BIRINUS, but I would sing it to the more familiar ABERYSTWYTH. Sheet music and lyrics. New words to old tunes
Psalm 84
How lovely is your dwelling place; longing for God; Happy is everyone who trusts in God
  • *Tune In: Longing for you (Loukes). A simple chant of longing for God. Sound sample and lyrics 
  • *MV119 God our protector (Bell) Simple chant "God our protector, keep us in mind, always give strength to your people. For if we could be with you one day in time it is better than a thousand without you" Could be used between a reading of the Psalm, or on its own with or without an instrumental bridge, and I think it would be good for kids.  
  • *Linnea Good God you are for us the shining sun (Good) A simple refrain for this psalm. 
  • G(II)72 / GC77 Happy Are They (Porter) A simple refrain with cantored (or read) verses. The refrain also works as a round. "Happy are they who dwell in your house, O Lord". Sound sample. Sheet music. The refrain on its own would be good for kids. 
  • *Beneath the Noise How lovely is your dwelling place (Randall) A lovely contemplative settign of this Psalm. The congregation could join on the refrain while a soloist sings the verses. Note to BUC: I have this book, published by Creative Ministries Network in St Kilda.
  • NCH600 / VU800 / G(II)620 / 82Hml-517 How lovely is your dwelling (Janzen) Beautiful words; sources vary in the tune for this. A well known hymn tune that is a possibility is ES IST EIN' ROS (Lo ho a rose here blooming). A more contemporary tune by John Foley can be heard here (search for "How lovely"). New words to old tunes 
  • MV029 / PfAS084B How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place / Better is one day (Redman) Recorded by Chris Tomlin. A contemporary praise and worship song. I don't actually like the recording much, but the song would work well for more contemporary congregations with a band, or if you have an excellent contemporary pianist. The sheet music listed for the song doesn't include all the stuff at the end of the Chris Tomlin recording which is not in the Psalm.
  • VU267 / W&R20 / A&M711 / SP288 / Lau897 / MP419 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
  • *MV092 Like a Rock (Good) A lovely simple song (with actions!) from Linnea Good. Great for kids.
  • *Tune in The God that I Know (Anderson) A beautiful ballad with female and male images of a loving, embracing God. “He comes with his arms open wide, a sheltering place I can hide”. If this is not familiar to your congregation it would be a good song for a soloist. Sound sample, sheet music sample and songbook. 
  • *NCH008 / 82Hml-372 Praise to the living God (Beach) Excellent, intelligent words for an opening hymn. This is really quite wonderful. Sung to a very familiar hymn tune too (DIADEMATA).  Lyrics New words to old tunes
Alternative Hebrew Scripture: Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18
Joshua tells the Israelites their history and asks for their allegiance to God. The Israelites choose God despite Joshua trying to talk them out of it.
  • *TiS 687 God gives us a future (Smith) Great words to a very easy hymn tune. Careful not to let it get the tune get too pompous; the words are not! "God gives us a future, daring us to go into dreams and dangers on a path unknown. We will face tomorrow in the Spirit's power, we will let God change us for new life starts now!". Lyrics here (scroll down). The hymn has been split into two parts to include the blessing and words of mission. 
  • *AoVK-29 Remember we are your people (Barr) Simple three part chant "Remember we are your people, your people O God". This would work really well as a sung refrain during the prayer of confession. Good for kids. 
  • G(II)632 / GC869 As for me and my house / We Will Serve the Lord (Haas) Quite nice song of hospitality and serving all people as guests. Clunky sound sample. Sheet music and lyrics.  
  • *NCH408 / WoV782 / Cha088 All my hope on God is founded / is firmly grounded (Neander) Most translations of this well known German hymn are not inclusive, but these three translations are (BUC people, we have NCH). New words to old tunes.
  • *TiS 569 / AHB 478 / NCH18/19 / CH167 / UMH127 / VU651 / LBW343 / ELW618 / StF465 / A&M652 / HPP432 / GtG065 / PH281 / CP565 / CP(E) 455 / W&R501 / Cha622 / 82Hml690 / StF465 / Lau960 / MP201 Guide me O thou great Jehovah / Redeemer (Williams) A rousing hymn of God’s presence and strength and making it to the other side. "Bread of heaven, feed me now and evermore." Sound sample and lyrics. Oldy-but-a-goody.
Psalm for the Joshua reading: Psalm 34:15-22 
God hears the righteous and prevents fractures.
  • *Iona (LFB) / Lau930 Listen Lord (Iona / Bell) Beautiful chant-like chorus, can be used on its own or as a response, or used with the verses. Good to use for the intercessions.
  • *Taizé / TiS 741 / AoV1-017 / ATE 282 / LBW368 / ELW407 / GA431 / SFFS 2200 / GtG471 / G(II)410 / GC586 / GC(II)566 / G(3)666 / W&R484 / Srce519 / URW390 / Lau929 / PfAS013A / PfAS102A / MP908 O Lord hear my prayer (Berthier) A simple and very well known Taizé chant. Works well during intercessions. You could read the Psalm between repeats of this chant, or just use as a chant as is. Sheet music samples. Good for kids
  • *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 
  • *AoVK-24 / Iona (T1AU) / CH756 Bless the Lord (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. The tune is identical to Reamo Leboga. Sound sample of Reamo leboga (scroll to the 3rd album). Good for kids.
  • *TiS 706 / Taizé / AoV2-142 / A&M600 / SFFS 2013 / GtG544 / PH224 / GC(II)576 / G(3)620 / CP360 / PfAS103C / SP194 / Src79 / URW377 / Lau813  Bless the Lord my soul (Batastini / Taizé) A beautiful and very well known Taizé chant. Sound samples, sheet music. Good for kids. 
  • *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! 
  • G(II)44 / GC46 I Will Bless the Lord (Gouin) A nice contemporary cantored Psalm with inclusive lyrics. Sound sample. Sheet music
  • TiS 73 / Taizé / CH77 / GA418 / GtG635 / G(II)364 / GC526 / GC(II)528 / G(3)623 / CP313 / Srce614 /  URW384 / Lau698 Laudate Dominum / Sing Praise And Bless The Lord (Berthier) One of the more jolly Taizé chants. I prefer it in Latin, but for kids, this one is quite good fun in English. Good for kids. Sound sample and parts for learning.
  • AoV1-083 / GA036 / GtG763 / G(II)46 / GC48 / GC(II)33 / G(3)047 / PfAS082B / URW257 / Lau892 The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor (Foley) The chorus for this makes a very good refrain for this Psalm, as set in PfAS. Sound sample and lyrics (including verses).
  • GC(II)621 / G(3)730 The Lord Will Heal the Broken Heart (Lawton) Maybe too tricky for a congregation, but it is quite beautiful for a soloist. Lyrics, sheet music and sound sample (search for Broken Heart)
Ephesians 6:10-20 
Stand firm; Put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace (helmet, shield stuff etc); Pray in the Spirit at all times.
  • *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 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. Oldy-but-a-goody. 
  • ATW 485 Praying in the morning (Treagus) Good song for kids about praying all the time. 
  • NCH282 / UMH404 / HPP235 / PH315 / GtG066 / W&R481 / Cha592 Every time I feel the Spirit (African-American) There are a lot of versions of this song, so the lyrics vary in their inclusiveness. It's pretty good fun, though I'm not sure if many congregations sing it. 
  • TiS 542 Far beyond our mind's grasp (Feliciano). These beautiful devotional words are sung to a traditional Filipino tune. The tune is not easy, but is very haunting once you get to know it. If it is new to your congregation, it would be good to ask a soloist to sing it.   
  • TiS 623 Lord Christ true peace of all above (Moore) A lovely, simple inclusive, and old fashioned, benediction song. 
  • TiS 561 / AHB 467 / NCH494 / CH535 / LBW498 / A&M823 / CP(E) 621 / 82Hml-684 / Lau862 Who would true valor see / valour see (Bunyan) A lovely old hymn, with old-world imagery. I think it still works OK. TiS and NCH have inclusive language throughout. CH and CP(E) do not have inclusive language, even for humanity. I really like the tune MONK'S GATE. Particularly nice with light instrumentation. A violin / flute and a bodhran may be all you need for this. Inclusive lyrics (loads a Word document). Last time I sang this was at a Science Fiction Service Oldy-but-a-goody.  
  • TiS 414 / CH616 / UMH192 / VU582 / A&M265 / HPP134 / PH433 / GC550 / CP(E) 198 / Cha257 There's a Spirit in the Air (Wren) A good song of getting the business of following Christ done. Speaking out, caring for others, being changed. Good, joyful tune too.  Hymnals vary in the tunes they use. I like the TiS tune, which I tend to think of it in 6/8 instead of 6/4. Lyrics and a sample of one tune that you could use. 
  • TiS 642 / AHB 570 / VU410 / GA536 / G(II)547 / GC757 / GC(II)749 / G(3)856 / CP(E) 205 / URW185 / Lau673 This day God gives me strength of high heaven There are a couple of possible tunes to this. I like BUNESSAN (morning has broken) best. The words are based on St. Patrick's Breastplate. One version of the lyrics. Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • *TiS 749 / AoV1-154 / AoVK-131 / ATE 305 / NCH360 / Iona (SBL, Freedom is coming) / CH800 / UMH497 / VU572 / WoV773 / ELW809 / GA493 / A&M481 / HPP340 / GtG746 / G(II)484 / GC677 / GC(II)674 / G(3)776 / W&R713 / Cha447 / SP234 Send me Jesus / Thuma mina (South African) You all know this one, right? If you don't - it's great - simple, repetitive, and meaningful. Good for kids. Sheet music sample and lyrics. Youtube. 
  • *Tune in The people will perish without a vision strong (Whelan) A rock song about being strong in vision and courage. Lyrics, sound sample and songbook.

John 6:56-69
More bread stuff: Christ in us, and we in Christ; You have the words of eternal life.
You could sing more songs about bread from last week....
  • *New Brunswick UC songs In Spirit we rise (Anderson) It would be great to sing this song about God's spirit working in and through us. "In Spirit we rise, rise, rise, to be bread for the world". Sorry, this isn't available yet online or in a songbook.
  • TiS 541 / CH674 / WoV722 / ELW535 / GtG538 / G(II)394 / GC562 / GC(II)529 / G(3)626 / CP082 / SP&P190 / W&R709 / ZSS198 / URW400 Hallelujah we sing your praises / Haleluyah! Pelo Tsa Rona. Joyous and simple song. "Christ the Lord to us said "I am wine, I am bread. I am wine, I am bread. Give to all who thirst and hunger". Sound sample. Sheet music sample. Good for kids. 
  • Taizé / TiS 714 / AoV1-125 /ATE 270 / CH661 / UMH628 / VU466 / WoV709 / ELW472 / GtG527 / GA205 / A&M442 / G(II)588 / GC838 / GC(II)806 / G(3)941 / RS928 / CP063 / W&R697 / Cha414 / SP229 / URW379 / Lau633 / StF583 Eat this bread drink this cup (Batastini / Taize) Excellent, particularly if you have a capable cantor. Some resources say "Come to him and never be hungry", but others have "come to me / trust in me". 
  • *ATW 474 You're like the sun that warms me / Bread of angels (Mann) This is a nice ballad, a favourite of many in our congregation. It may not be easy for a congregation without some introduction because the structure is a little tricky. Lyrics.
  • *TiS 569 / AHB 478 / NCH18/19 / CH167 / UMH127 / VU651 / LBW343 / ELW618 / StF465 / A&M652 / HPP432 / GtG065 / PH281 / CP565 / CP(E) 455 / W&R501 / Cha622 / 82Hml690 / StF465 / Lau960 / MP201 Guide me O thou great Jehovah / Redeemer (Williams) A rousing hymn of God’s presence and strength and making it to the other side. "Bread of heaven, feed me now and evermore." Sound sample and lyrics Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • *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, sound samples, sheet music.
  • *TiS 239 / AHB 185 / ATE 236 / NCH48 / Lau746 Jesus the Christ said "I am the bread" / Jesus the Lord said "I am the bread" (Urdu) Good for kids and non-readers as it is very repetitive.
  • VU460 / R181 / ELW461 / *SFFS 2126 / GtG509 / G(II)589 / GC820 / GC(II)817 / RS 845 / Cha419 / Lau477 All who hunger gather gladly (Dunstan) The words are great; I would sing it to the tune HOLY MANNA. There is a contemporary tune (by Bob Moore) is also very nice, but may need to be introduced to your congregation. “All who hunger gather gladly, holy manna is our bread. Come from wilderness and wand’ring, here, in truth, we will be fed. You that yearn for days of fullness, all around us is our food. Taste and see the grace eternal, Taste and see that God is good”. Lyrics (scroll down). New words to old tunes
  • *ATW 498 / Iona (T1AU) / MV 196 / SP&P182 / URW438 We will take what you offer. An excellent simple short song that works well either as an upbeat chorus or as a reflective chant. "We will take what you offer, we will live by your word. We will love one another and be fed by you Lord". Good for kids. Sound sample.
  • FFS03 As we walk along beside you (Perry) Excellent words or recognising Christ in the word, the bread, the resurrection. A simple tune. Lyrics.
  • *AoVNG15 Bread of Life (Poirier) A nice gentle song. Would be good for distribution of communion. This was sung by the musicians on Maundy Thursday, and it would be good to sing it again. 
  • *TiS 538 / AoV2-093 Feed us now Bread of life (Mann) One of my favourite communion songs. Simple to sing, and beautiful simple theology. “Piece of bread, cup of wine, Lord this food is good”. Lyrics (search for "feed us now"). Good for kids. I love how the liturgy in the link intersperses the words of institution with the singing of the song. I think it's so great that there are so many orders of worship on the Internet! 
  • MV194 Bread of life feed my soul (Spencer) A simple communion prayer for healing and guidance.
  • WoV701 / ELW487 / URW119 What Feast of Love (Dufner) Very poetic devotional language about Christ as the bread, light and wine. Sung to GREENSLEEVES. Maybe better as a solo initially so people can just listen to the beauty of the words. Perhaps sung during distribution of communion.
  • ATW 473 / Lau625 Bread for the world a world of hunger (Farrell) Very nice words. Tune a bit schmaltzy, but the words save it. A bit gutsy really. Good for a soloist during distribution of communion. 
  • MV197 Bread of life broken and shared (Gagnon) Quite nice verses and catchy chorus, which refers to this, and other famous bread-like readings. For communion. 
Here's some I didn't suggest last week...
  • *ATW 472 / NCYC'99 As we take this bread (Dyson) A lovely simple communion chant.    
  • VU250 / GA415 / G(II)372 / GC546 O God of Matchless Glory (Duck) Good song, simple tune. HASTINGS. Maybe more than one tune out there. 
  • TiS 430 / AHB 337 / Cha324 / StF164 Your words to me are life and health (Martin) I really like this old hymn. It’s a bit old fashioned, but it still works, I think. Oldy-but-a-goody.
Got any ideas of your own for any of these readings? Please add them in the comments below!

4 comments:

Mike said...

My favourite song for the words of Psalm 84 comes from Cry Hosanna 124 'Psalm 84'. It is set to a traditional Scottish melody arranged by Jonathan Asprey. As a (modest) guitarist I particularly like the simple open D tuning suggested for the guitar. Mike.

61 Keys said...

Praise to the Living God from the New Century Hymnal. Please pardon me, but anytime I see the word 'cosmic' in a hymn, I cringe. Cosmic is for bowling and astronomy, not hymns.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Natalie. Over the years I have collected an odd mix of music. One piece that I haven't sung for years, and have never used in congregational worship, is a setting of Psalm 84 by Jim Minchin (c) 1968 - How Lovely is your Dwelling Place. It uses Gelineau words which need a little bit of gender tweaking in spots. But I love this and am wondering how I can introduce it this week. I also have his book 'Jazz in the Church' which has some wonderful things in it, too. I doubt any of these are still available. I am disappointed that the only tune of his in AHB didn't make the cut into TIS - I use it every Easter anyway. Much more fun than Vulpius! Christine Moimoi.

Lectionary Singer (Natalie Sims) said...

Thanks Christine. I've not heard of those songs - I loved Jim Minchin's tune in the AHB. We still use it quite a bit.

Mike, If there's any way of getting a copy of the Cry Hosanna song to me, I'd love to see it. I don't have that book.

61 Keys, I think cosmic sometimes has a place in hymns. I am a scientist in my other life, which is probably why, though sometimes it reminds me of the way people used to say "Wow Man, that's Cosmic" in the 80s... ;-)