Monday, April 20, 2015

Songs for Mother's Day / Mothering Sunday (13 May 2018, in most countries)

Songs about mothers
  • *WoV692 / ELW419 / GtG324 / RS885 For all the faithful women (Herman Steumpfle) Great words of the faithfulness of women, including Hannah, Mary, Mary Magdalene, Deborah and Miriam. Sung to a very familiar tune (AURELIA). You could choose just the verses you want so it's not too long, (but all the verses are good). Some words are a bit odd (like the bit about saving "our race" could unfortunately be easily misconstrued). Lyrics. New words to old tunes
  • *SFFS 2189 A mother lined a basket (Mary Nelson Keithahn) Quite a remarkable song about the nurture mothers provide and the risks they take in letting children go. "A mother lined a basket to keep her baby dry, then rocked him on a river lest he awake and cry, She let a princess name him, her son, that he might live, God's people had a leader, she had such hope to give". Could be sung to other tunes such as THORNBURY. Lyrics. New words to old tunes.
  • *NCH426 O God whose steadfast love (James Haddix) A song about family and motherhood. The tune is a very familiar sounding hymn tune (RHOSYMEDRE).  New words to old tunes.  
  • A&M137 / G(II)646 / GC892 / GC(II)871 / G(3)983 / SP42 / StF119 God of Eve and God of Mary (Bernadette Farrell) A lovely gentle song that celebrates Mary, Eve, and all who play mothering roles.
  • Online Resource / Recorded Music For our mothers of faith (Malcolm Gordon) A good song about mothers and other women who have "mothered" us in the faith. Very simple chorus which would be great to sing along to. Sound sample, lyrics, and lead sheet available here.
God as Mother 
  • *VU270 Dear Mother God your wings are warm (Janet Wootton) Good images of God as mother; the tune is not known and will need to be taught. Could also be sung to PERFECT LOVE, I think. New words to old tunes.
  • *VU484 God the all-holy Maker and Mother (Brian Wren) A Trinitarian song, with the first verse focussed on God as Mother. Sung to the familiar tune BUNESSAN. New words to old tunes.
  • *NCH467 / CH117 / VU320 / WoV769 / ELW735 / SFFS 2050 / HPP242 / GtG007 / Cha083 / VF072 Mothering God you gave me birth (Jean Janzen) Lovely words to the well known tune MARYTON. Feminine trinitarian imagery. I like the tune MOTHER JULIAN (CH4 117(I)) best. Lyrics (scroll down)
  • *AoV1-085 / GtG474 / Lau453 / PfAS131E Like a child rests in its mother's arms (Christopher Walker) A very beautiful and simple refrain; works well on its own. Note that GtG and PfAS have removed the beautiful rest in the 2nd bar of the song, which is one of the things I love about it! I'm quietly outraged... Sound sample and sheet music for (paid) download (including the "restful rest")
  • *VU280 Mother and God (Miriam Therese Winter) A short song, suitable for before the intercessions or communion. Beautiful words; some may find the breastfeeding God image a little challenging. Simple tune. Lyrics.
  • BUC Song Project Mother Our God (David Brown) A plain-speaking song that celebrates the image of God as mother, and questions why we have found it hard.
  • VF136 Mothers call upon the Maker (Jane Hawes) Words for mothers, sisters and daughters; this hymn draws on ideas of the way that God is mother, sister and daughter too. Sung to an older hymn tune RUSTINGTON. New words to old tunes. Sheet music and sound samples
  • Online Resource Are you not also a mother? (Christopher Grundy) I really like this relaxed jazzy rendition of the prayer of St. Anselm (from around 1100). More for listening than congregational singing.  And yeah, saxophone, right? Live recording. You can find the translation of the prayer here.
God as Grandmother 
  • *Online Resource Grandmother God / Younger than a youth (Brian Wren) This is a great two part song, with a simple bass part and then a second part for the rest of the congregation. Great imagery of strong older women. Sheet music and lyrics

Songs, Hymns and Music for Easter 5B (3 May 2015)

This page has been updated for 2018

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Songs and Hymns for ANZAC Day / Memorial Day / Remembrance Day

  • FFS05 Be their names remembered (Murray/Jillian Bray) Simple chant, good for singing in response to a list of names of those who have died (e.g. catastrophe, ANZAC day). "Be their names remembered in the heart of God"  
  • VU526 Weep for the dead (Wren) This song would be very appropriate for Peace Day, but also for Memorial Day / ANZAC day / Services of Remembrance. Lyrics here (along with many others for Remembrance Day)
  • HiOS061 Honour the dead (Murray) This hymn has a tune that is familiar enough (by Colin Gibson) for the congregation to join in as it is sung. There are 6 verses, so perhaps invite them to join in as they get the hang of the tune. Lyrics and sheet music.
  • ORAiY God who remembers (Bruxvoort-Colligan) Based on Psalm 136, this simple chant could also be good to use during the prayers of the people, or while people are placing poppies somewhere, lighting candles, or reading the names of those who have died. Lyrics and sound sample. Sheet music.
Congregation Songs that may be useful for a public memorial service where attendees may not be regular church attenders:
  • TiS 10 / AHB 16 / AoV1-144 / NCH479 / Iona (Common Ground) / CH14/16 / UMH136 / VU747/8 / StS099 / LBW451 / ELW778 / GA473 / HPP55 / GtG801 / PH170 / CP519 / CP(E) 594 / W&R86 / Cha0789 / Srce662 / Lau806 The Lord's my Shepherd I'll not want / God is my shepherd It's not inclusive, but I think it's more than a sentimental favourite and will be meaningful for those remembering fathers, grandfathers, uncles, aunts and mothers who died.
  • 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.  
  • TiS 621 / UMH435 / VU677 / LBW416 / ELW748 / GtG756 / PH289 / GC(II)717 / G(3)825 /  CP593 / W&R626 / Cha680 / 82Hml-607 O God of Every Nation (Reid) Powerful words seeking God's redemption of the world. Can be sung to LLANGLOFFAN or PASSION CHORALE, both very familiar hymn tunes. Lyrics and sheet music. Go look at the lyrics just to bring a smile to your face. So much hope!

Recorded music or music that could be played by your musicians (pretty much all Australian anti-war folk songs) for reflection. With thanks to Shawn Whelan who plays most of these every ANZAC Day.
  • I was only 19 (John Schumann)  Written about the Vietnam War, and its after effects on those who returned, this poignant song manages to be both anti-war and pro-veteran and is known by many. Lyrics. Chords. Youtube.
  • Mothers Daughters Wives (Judy Small) One of those rare songs that presents the women's perspective on war. Lyrics & chords. Youtube.
  • And the band played Waltzing Matilda (Eric Bogle) A massive tear-jerker that realistically protrays the experience of the returned soldier. Particularly appropriate this year for the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli. Youtube. Lyrics & chords.
  • The Green Fields of France (Eric Bogle) Another mournful anti-war song that questions what it was like for those who died in the first world war. Particularly appropriate this year for the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli. Youtube. Lyrics & chords. 
  • In Memoriam (Vic MacDonald)  A New Zealand song reflecting on the decimation of and remembrance in many country towns for generations. Lyrics and mp3s