Friday, October 23, 2015

Songs, Hymns & Music for Proper 26B / Ordinary 31B / Pentecost +22B (November 1 2015)

Ruth 1:1-18  
  • *Seeds of Faith Do you know that I am your friend? / I’m Gonna Stick With You (Bruxvoort-Colligan) This is a great simple song for kids about sticking with friends, which is hard to do sometimes when you're a kid. Probably the easiest way for kids to make sense of this reading.An excellent and fun song for kids. Lyrics, sound sample and songbook. Good for kids.
  • Recorded music Ruth 1:16-17 (Why Not Sea Monsters?) This is a beautiful song "Do not press me to leave you...". If you have a good singer and guitarist, they could present it to the congregation, or you could play the recorded song. CD includes lyrics and chords.
  • *ATW 507 Where you tread (Beavis) Beautiful and simple melody; one of those intuitive songs that most congregations will be able to sing immediately. Good for the whole congregation to sing or as a reflective piece.
  • *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". Strangely, it doesn't mention David. Perhaps you could make up a "God of David be with us" verse.  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. 
  • MV216 Wherever you may go (Kai) A good song for the end of a worship service, with a commitment to stand by each other. The tune is pretty straightforward, but it will be worth introducing it to your congregation so they can be confident with it. The piano accompaniment is pretty straightforward."Wherever you may go I will follow, and your people shall be my people too. Wherever you may go I will follow for I would be faithful, loyal and true".
  • *ATA 200 / CH530 / VU639 / A&M757 / CP(E) 548 / URW109 / StF476 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.

Psalm 146 
God is great and cares for the widow, and brings justice etc.
  • Cha766 Blessed are the poor and needy for God's justice surely is theirs Simple, very familiar sung response, and responsive reading.  
  • TiS 90 / AHB 44 / UMH60 / VU867 / GtG806 / PH253 / A&M673 / CP346 / CP(E) 473 / W&R79 / Cha20 / 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 is! Lyrics and sound sample.  Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • *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 and suffering would fit well with this reading. Good for kids. Free sheet music! 
  • Linnea Good Hallelujah my heart sings (Good) A nice version of this Psalm. 
  • *Psalm Project (2010) Hallelujah Hallelujah The god of Jacob (Bruxvoort-Colligan) A nice way to present this Psalm to the congregation; this would work during the offering for our congregation, or have the congregation (including the kids) sing the Hallelujah bits as a Psalm refrain. Note to BUC: I have this! Sound sample and lyrics. 
  • G(3)093 I will praise the Lord all my days (Joncas) A lovely Psalm refrain, very straightforward. The verses could be sung or read. 
  • *TiS 702 / NCH768 / SFFS 2014 / GC257 / GC(II)263 / G(3)331 / PfAS146B / Lau539 Alleluia 7 (Taize) A very straightforward Alleluia that builds with energy. PfAS uses this as a refrain to a cantored (or read) version of Psalm 146.  
  • WoV609 / GtG034 / SP&P055 / W&R735 / PfAS146B Hallelujah / Heleluyan (Muscogee / Webb) Native American Hallelujah. I like it. It's simple and straightforward. It can also be used as a round (come in on each bar), and with a strong drum beat on 1 and 3. PfAS146 uses it as a refrain to Psalm 146.   
  • *PfAS146B Hallelujah / Puji Tuhan (Tamaela) A simple Bahasa Indonesian Alleluia set as a Psalm refrain for Psalm 146. It will need to be taught.
Alternative Hebrew Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:1-9 
The importance of keeping the law; love God
  • ATA 184 Spring follows winter (love is the law) (Mann) Lovely words to a familiar traditional English (?) melody. There is a Father in the last verse, but is inclusive other than that. Lyrics. Particularly good for the Southern Hemisphere, where it is Spring. 
  • SP&P062 You shall love our God (Sandberg) An excellent round, which could be sung in unison, as a round, or in 4 parts. I really quite like this. I think this would be Good for kids. 
  • *God Gives 1: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind and love all humankind as you would love yourselves and…. I really like this old Sunday School round, with a groovy 50s feel to it. Great for kids. 
  • StS055 / SFFS 2168 / GtG062 Love the Lord Your God (Strathdee) Very simple chorus. Good for kids.   
  • Iona (We walk his way) / G(3)517 / StF775 We walk his way / Ewe Thina A joyful, simple African song. I'm guessing it's from South Africa. Sound sample. 
  • *Worldmaking.net O Holy One (Bruxvoort-Colligan) A very simple song for the start of worship. It could be sung all together as a congregation or responsively. Sound sample and lyrics. 
Psalm for the Deuteronomy reading: Psalm 119:1-8
  • Iona (We walk his way) / G(3)517 / StF775 We walk his way / Ewe Thina A joyful, simple African song. I'm guessing it's from South Africa. Sound sample.  
  • *Iona (WWHW) / MV223 We will go with God / Sizohamba naye (Traditional Swaziland) A simple song from Swaziland. Good for the end of the service. Video with pronunciation and parts. Note that MV has a different translation. Good for kids.  
  • NCH Psalter p701 (at the back of NCH) has a very good arrangement of Psalm 119 by Elaine Kirkland. The refrain is “Teach me, O God, the way of your statutes” and can be sung in 4 parts. Note that there are three sections. This week's reading is on p701. 
  • *URW143 The Grace of God is like a road (Hudson) Really beautiful words sung to a very familiar Celtic hymn tune (THE GIFT OF LOVE, which is very similar to O WALY WALY). Highly recommended. I would even print these words for the congregation to take home with them and meditate with during the week. A good song to sing after the sermon. We sang this once, three years ago when we read this passage. Would be good to sing it again. LyricsNew words to old tunes.
  • *MV45 / SP&P051 Hamba nathi (Zulu). There are a lot of translations of this song. I like "Come walk with us, the journey is long". Here's a good version, with some great harmonies. And, a version which is slightly different from what's published in the hymnals. Good for kids
  • PfAS119G / PfAS199H O Lord my delight (Hopson) Simple psalm refrain for verses 1-8.   
  • GtG064 I long for your commandments (Janzen)  Good words that pick up many of the themes of Psalm 119. You may like to introduce it this week, and sing it again in the weeks to come as we keep reading the Psalm. The tune is very old and quite lovely.   
  • *MV108 I know your word (Tua Palavra) A simple Brazilian rhythm and a catchy tune. Great for kids, and a good song for adults too. “I know your word, your word is a lamp to my feet O God. I know your word is a lamp, O God, to light my path forever”.  Good for kids.  
  • 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. Lyrics. Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • AHB 341 A lamp for our feet has been given (CRUGYBAR). Solid words and a great old Welsh tune. I wouldn’t be desperate to sing this one, but if all you have is the AHB, it’s worth it.  
  • ATE246 / UMH601 / HPP256 / GtG458 / W&R664 / Cha326 / Cha759 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet (Smith / Grant) Cha326 has this arranged as a simple chorus, and 759 as a sung response, and responsively read passage. Neither version has the verses, but really, the chorus is probably all you need. Video & longish introduction from Amy Grant, lacking her curly 80s hair. 
  • *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.  
  • GC109 I Will Walk in the Presence of God (Daigle) A simple lilting refrain. Inclusive verses. This could maybe be used as a chant on its own. Sheet music & lyrics. Sound sample. 
  • *Linnea Good / MV008 And on this path (Good) An energetic gospel style song. Here's a youtube video. We sing it much slower than this and as a gospel style song with big chords and a groovy bass part. I thought I'd never say that we sing something slower than anyone!   
  • TiS 71 / VU617 / HPSS362 / G(II)97 / GC108 I will walk in the presence of the Lord (Proulx) A beautiful cantored Psalm. The refrain is very simple. Doesn’t make sense without the cantor. 
  • *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. Sheet music samples. Good for kids   
Hebrews 9:11-14
Christ's blood is better than that of goats and bulls. You may like to sing an Agnus Dei.
  • *TiS 279 / AHB 212 / SFFS 2091 / HPP158 / GC487 / GC(II)494 / G(3)572 / CP632 / Lau107 The King of glory comes the nation rejoices (Jabusch) Fun and energetic song to a traditional Israeli folk melody. A good processional. Lyrics (scroll down). Good for kids 
  • *TiS 705 / Iona (Common Ground, EoA) / W&R282 / SP320 / StF234 / Lau610 Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin (Bell) A simple Agnus Dei. Best if you can manage to get all four parts involved.   
  • *Worldmaking.net O Christ, Lamb of God (Bruxvoort-Colligan) A more modern Agnus Dei, with Christ sharing our weakness. Lyrics and sound sample. 
  • *ATAR648 Lamb of God you take away the sin of the world (Keil) A simple and quite lovely extended Agnus Dei, with extra verses of Morning Star, God with Us, Prince of Peace…     
Mark 12:28-34
Love the Lord your God with all your heart etc, and love your neighbour as yourself
  • *God Gives 1: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind and love all humankind as you would love yourselves and…. I really like this old Sunday School round, with a groovy 50s feel to it. Great for kids.
  • SP&P062 You shall love our God (Sandberg) An excellent round, which could be sung in unison, as a round, or in 4 parts. I really quite like this. I think this would be Good for kids. 
  • NCH583 / GtG044 / StJ Like a mother who has borne us (Bechtel) This has very appropriate lyrics on God as mother and father, and God's presence when we follow by caring for neighbour. The tune is gentle, soothing and simple. Sound sample. Lyrics (scroll to the end of the sermon).
  • StS055 / SFFS 2168 / GtG062 Love the Lord Your God (Strathdee) Very simple chorus. Good for kids.   
  • Iona (We walk his way) / G(3)517 / StF775 We walk his way / Ewe Thina A joyful, simple African song. I'm guessing it's from South Africa. Sound sample.
  • *TiS 774 / GtG717 / W&R684 For the life that you have given (Daw) Excellent words for the offering. If your congregation, like ours, doesn't have a song to sing when the offering is presented, it would be good to try singing this for a couple of weeks. It's short and meaningful, and the tune is a quite straightforward hymn tune. Lyrics & sheet music
  • *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 / StF249 Jesu Jesu fill us with your love / Kneels at the feet of his friends (Colvin & people of Ghana) Lyrics. Good for kids 
  • *GC(II)604 / G(3)707 The Call Is Clear and Simple (Duck) Wonderful and realistic lyrics about what it means to love all humankind. Sung to a very familiar hymn tune (PASSION CHORALE aka O Sacred Head). A good response song for after the sermon. This one is really great. Lyrics. Tune sample (different words). New words to old tunes.
  • On the road Mystery of servant love (Langmead) Excellent song, with much feeling about Christ's suffering, death, and servanthood, and our desire to live with the same depth of love for others.  
  • SP&P170 We share a hunger (Kirsten Warner) A simple song of unity in mission - hunger for justice in the world.  
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...) 

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