Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Songs, Hymns & Music for Proper 25B / Ordinary 30B / Pentecost +21 (October 25 2015)

Job 42:1-6, 10-17 
Job asks forgiveness and God restores Job. Job lives a long life, including writing his daughters into the will.
  • GA445 / G(II)421 / GC597 / GC(II)581 / G(3)676 I Say "Yes," Lord / Digo "Sí," Señor (Pena) A simple song which speaks of sticking with God through good times and bad. Lyrics and sample sheet music. Sound sample. 
  • NCH544 / MV076 / G(3)957 If I have been the source of pain, O God (Sosa). A song seeking forgiveness “If I’ve insisted on a peaceful life, far from the struggles that the gospel brings, when you prefer to guide me to the strife, Forgive me God". Lyrics. Sample sheet music and sound sample.
  • *Tune In / NCYC '07: Forgive us now (Brown) This is one of the best songs seeking forgiveness that I know. "As we forgive, may we be healed”. Lyrics, sound sample, and songbook.
  • *Taizé / A&M847 / GtG294 / G(II)456 / GC644 / PfAS088A / SP330 Within Our Darkest Night (Taizé) A lovely chant of continuing hope in the face of despair. Lyrics and sound samples. Good for kids. 
  • *TiS 690 / CH259 / A&M557 / StS115 / SP237 / Srce54 / StF693 / MP806 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.
  • *CH114 / AA110 O threefold God of tender unity (Wallace) Excellent inclusive Trinitarian words to a simple Celtic air. Lyrics (to a different tune)
Psalm 34:1-8, (19-22)  
I will bless the Lord at all times; (Taste and see the goodness of God).
  • *AoVK-24 / Iona (T1AU) / CH756 Bless the Lord / My sisters (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. 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 / StF778 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.
  • *Taizé / TiS 739 / AoV2-041 / ATOK 404 / VU290 / GA269 / SFFS 2054 / GtG820 / G(II)451 / GC639 / GC(II)626 / G(3)733 / CP568 / W&R421 / URW388 / Lau947 Nothing Can Trouble / Nada te turbe (Berthier) Excellent and quite well known Taizé chant. Spanish lyrics are not too hard for non-Spanish speakers. Sheet music, sound samples, lyrics and translations. Good for kids. 
  • *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 tune
  • *G(II)602 / GC835 / G(3)917 O Taste and See (Haugen) Inclusive cantor line. Groovy and simple gospel style refrain. Sound sample
  • *AoV2-064 / Lau046 Taste And See (Barr) I like this. A simple chant (3 parts if you want) with a cantor that fits over the chant. Good for kids
  • *AoV1-067 Taste And See (Hurd) Great tune for this passage. Cantor plus refrain.
  • GA203 Taste and see God's love for us (Browne / Lenehan) This could be really good. It's unusual, and has particular verses for various times in the church year. It has an ostinato refrain (very very simple) and cantored choruses. The words are particularly lovely for the verses. "come to me, come to me and drink deeply, freely, taste and see my love". Inclusive too.
  • SFFS 2267 / GC(II)827 Taste and See (Moore) Simple chant. Some versions have verses. Sheet music, and tacky sound sample (search for Taste).   
  • ELW493 / G(II)45 / GC47 / GC(II)34 / G(3)034 Taste and See the goodness of the Lord (Haugen) Quite nice cantor and refrain. Sheet music, lyrics and tacky sound sample (search for Taste).  
  • TiS 22 / AHB 597 Taste and see the goodness of the Lord (Willcock) A nice simple response for this Psalm. Could be used with a cantor, or more simply, someone speaking the Psalm with the congregation joining with the response between each stanza. 
  • 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)
Alternative Hebrew Scripture: Jeremiah 31:7-9 
Gathering the flock of Israel, redeeming them, and the celebration afterwards
  • *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.  
  • *AoV2-139 /  GA525 / SP&P045 Gather us O God Body spirit soul and mind (Brown) Very simple song. Would work well as a gathering chant "Gather us O God, Body, spirit, soul and mind. Gather us, O God, One in union now with you. Also works at the end of the service "Send us out O God..."
  • MV007 Gather us in ground us in you (Hann) A simple chant which would be great for an invitation to worship.
  • AoV1-071 / GA530 / GC(II)742 / G(3)837 / Lau462 Gather Your People (Hurd) Excellent eucharistic theology. Sound sample. Lyric and sheet music sample.
  • TiS 647 / AoV2-012 / ATN 25 / STB184 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. 
  • 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").
  •  Iona (There is one among us) Lord you can turn all mourning into dancing (Bell) An excellent simple refrain “Lord you can turn all mourning into dancing, evenings of grief to mornings of great joy”. 
  • Tune In You in all our worries / All will finish well (Brown) “In this world where injustice reigns, you are in the midst of pain”. Excellent words of reassurance in a difficult world. Sound sample, lyrics and songbook available here.
  • *TiS 670 / SiS569 / AoVK-138 / ATE 258 / CH692 / Srce385 / MP376 Jesus put this song into our hearts (Kendrick) A fun Yiddish tune that gets even more fun if you get faster and faster as you go. Try teaching your congregation a simple side to side “dance” step. If you teach them and make it clear that it’s okay, you’ll be surprised how many people will join in. Good for kids. Youtube. Lyrics
  •  MV221 I am walking a path of peace (Tissandier) A simple song for the end of the service; words can be altered to paths of love, grace, hope, joy etc. Good for kids
Psalm for the Jeremiah reading: Psalm 126  
Those who sow in tears shall reap with joy
  • *AoV1-021 / ATOK 402 / StS114 / G(II)488 / GC682 / GC(II)669 / G(3)761 / Lau858 / MP830 God Has Chosen Me (Farrell) Energetic, and great words of justice. We used to sing this a lot, but not so much lately. Can be rocky or smooth, however you like it. Good for kids. Sound sample and lyrics.
  • **Shout for Joy (Psalm Project) When we share God's dream (Bruxvoort-Colligan) Nice words, especially if you read Desmond Tutu's book to the kids this week. Good for kids 
  • SFFS 2182 / CP583 / GtG074 / PfAS126E When God Restored Our Common Life (Duck)  Good words, based on Ps 126 to a familiar fairly upbeat hymn tune (RESIGNATION).  
  • *Iona (Common Ground) / CH257 Singing we gladly worship the Lord together (Traditional Guatemalan) This song has a simple and energetic chorus with a great rhythm, and sings of us "sowing seeds of peace and love" in a troubled world. Good for kids.
  • Linnea Good It was a dream (Bauman / Good) A simple Psalm refrain.
  • TiS 177 / VU614 In suffering love the thread of life (Johns / WALSALL) A more sombre choice, but comforting.
  • *TiS 670 / SiS569 / AoVK-138 / ATE 258 / CH692 / Srce385 / MP376 Jesus put this song into our hearts (Kendrick) A fun Yiddish tune that gets even more fun if you get faster and faster as you go. Try teaching your congregation a simple side to side “dance” step. If you teach them and make it clear that it’s okay, you’ll be surprised how many people will join in. Good for kids. Youtube. Lyrics
  • Shout for Joy (Psalm Project) Rivers in the desert (Bruxvoort-Colligan) A nice way to present this Psalm to the congregation; this would work well during the offering.  
  • PfAS126B Those who sow in tears (Ladies of the Grail) A simple Psalm refrain. Nice chords.
  • *PfAS126A / URW325 When God first brought us back from exile (Daw) Good words based on the Psalm, and it's sung to WAYFARING STRANGER, which is a very cool tune. Lyrics. New words to old tunes (if you're in the USA)
  • Online resource: Those who sow in tears (Harding) A simple, joyful round. Available here. Good for kids. 
  • URW327 Wondrous God bring us back to you (Peacock) A simple Psalm prayer. No music. It's just a beautiful little prayer. 
  • *NCH461 Let us hope when hope seems hopeless (Beebe) A lilting tune and good words of hope in the face of difficulty. A song of a maturing faith. Sound sample (long introduction). 
  • VU023 / CP104 Joy shall come even to the wilderness (Israeli traditional) Advent A traditional Israeli song. Excellent words and the tune is cool. Lyrics.  
  • *G(II)110 / GC124 / GC(II)69 / URW326 God Has Done Great Things for Us (Haugen) Lovely words “God has done great things for us. Filled us with laughter and music”. I really like this. Both the cantor part and the refrain are inclusive. Would work well also with the Psalm being read between the refrains. Sheet music and sound sample.
Hebrews 7:23-28
Christ as the perfect high priest. It's hard to find inclusive hymns that fit passages like this... 

You may want to sing an Alleluia.
  • *TiS 387 / CH416 / UMH318 / VU158 / LBW363 / ELW389 / A&M199 / GtG246 / PH108 / CP(E) 140 / W&R312 / 82Hml-182 / Lau272 / StF297 Christ is alive Let Christians sing (Wren) Excellent words of Christ's saving, and still relevant grace. A couple of tunes are offered in different hymn books. I prefer TRURO. Lyrics and sound sample.  New words to old tunes. 
  • NCH565 / LBW408 / ELW678 / GtG716 / PH422 / CP601 / W&R572 / Cha606 / URW091 God whose giving knows no ending (Edwards) Excellent more formal words of thanks for God's many good gifts to us. Can be sung to a range of tunes including BEACH SPRING, HYFRYDOL, AUSTRIAN HYMN, RUSTINGTON. Lyrics.  New words to old tunes   
  • *ATW 459 I don't believe in a God up in the sky / God Version 1.0 (Mann) An excellent rock song about how we think about God, or not! Lyrics and mp3. Good for kids. 
  • *TiS 720 / AHB 295 / AoVK-85 / AoV2-046 / ATOK 319 / NCH236 / Iona (Many & Great, There is one among us) / CH345 / VU958 / StJ / A&M836 / SFFS 2026 / HPP571 / GtG591 / GC(II)261 / G(3)329 / W&R005 / Cha041 / ZSS76 / SP324 / PfAS150G / URW370 / Lau178 Halle halle hallelujah (Traditional Caribbean) A good Alleluia would work well for this passage, and I think this one is particularly excellent – simple, great for kids, good rhythm. Good for kids. Sound sample. 
  • TiS 732 Lift up your hearts unto the Lord (Stassen-Benjamin) “in Christ the world has been redeemed”, could skip or keep vs 4 “Therefore we celebrate the feast”. This has a beautiful descant part, which should be used. 
Mark 10:46-52 
Healing of Bartimaeus

Might be nice to use a Kyrie during the intercessory prayers, or as reflective post-sermon music.  
  • *TiS 728 Jesucristo reina reina ya This fun chorus from Argentina is just lots of fun, and our congregation hasn't sung it for a while (although the musicians often play it!). Good for kids. 
  • TiS 633 / AHB 563 Lord we are blind; the world of sight (Edge) Beautiful formal words. The tune is not immediately singable, but is very beautiful. If you have musicians who could sing this for the congregation, that would be excellent. 
  • *TiS 638 / NCH175 / CH717 / A&M518 / GtG793 / PH380 / UMH265 / LBW380 / ELW675 / PH380 / CP291 / CP(E) 346 / W&R638 / Cha503 / Lau430 / StF653 O Christ the healer we have come Beautiful words and simple to sing. Good for intercessions. I like the tune INVERCARRY best. Lyrics and sound sample (of an alternative tune) 
  • *TiS 579 / ATN 23 / GtB The blind man sat by the road and he cried / The Blind Man (Anon) "O-o-o-o-o Show me the wa-a-a-ay! Show me the wa-a-a-ay! Show me the wa-a-a-ay, the way to go home". Good for kids. 
  • Online resource The Blind Man (Harding) An excellent, relaxed, gospel-blues rendition of this passage. Mp3 sound sample. Sheet music PDF sample and available for purchase. 
  • *TiS 210 / AHB 141 / NCH42 / CH352 / UMH57 / VU326 / LBW42 / ELW295 / A&M742 / HPP74 / GtG610 / PH466 / CP306 / CP(E) 534 / W&R96 / Cha005 / Srce506 / 82Hml-493 / StF364 / MP496 O for a thousand tongues to sing (Wesley) A classic. I particularly love NATIVITY for these words, and it's such a fun tune. Be careful with the words "ye dumb". Voices United has "Hear him you deaf, you voiceless ones, your tongues again employ" which is more respectful. We totally rocked this at church camp last year! Lyrics and one possible tune.  Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • TiS 90 / AHB 44 / UMH60 / VU867 / GtG806 / PH253 / A&M673 / CP346 / CP(E) 473 / W&R79 / Cha20 / PfAS146A / 82Hml-429 / StF079 / MP320 I'll praise my Maker while I've breath (Watts) A great classic hymn. Most sources are not inclusive; Voices United and Chalice hymnal are! Lyrics and sound sample. Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • *TiS 748 / GtB There once was a man as mean as could be (Hannah) Good song for kids and great for this passage when you get to verse 2 “Blind Bartimaeus, as we all will agree, was wise to keep shouting as loud as could be….”. Good for kids. 
  • SP&P050 Jesus Son of David have mercy on me (Schmidt) A simple, repetitive song which starts with "Jesus Son of David Have Mercy on Me". A good alternative to a Kyrie. 
  • CH350 / UMH263 / VU358 / StS044 When Jesus the healer passed through Galilee (Smith) A simple song with many verses (you don't have to sing all of them!), and a simple "Heal us, heal us today" refrain. This would be good for kids or those who can't read, as they'll be able to join in easily. Verse 4 is particularly appropriate "When blind Bartimaeus cried out to the Lord, Heal us, heal us today, his faith made him whole and his sight was restored. Heal us, Lord Jesus". Good for kids.
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What ideas do you have? If you have some suggestions for any of the above readings, please join the conversation and post them in the comments below. I'd love to know what you're singing (or would like to sing...)    
(Written in Seattle, USA!)

1 comment:

Jane Hessdorfer said...

For the Psalm 34 reading a good call and answer piece:

Bless the Lord at All Times -- by Nancy Gordon & Steve Merkel (2006) CCLI Song No 4807696 I got a lead sheet from Worship Leader Magazine but it's also available from Sheet Music Plus