Songs, Hymns & Music for Lent 4C (6 March 2016)

Joshua 5:9-12
No more manna; food provided from the land. New relationship with God. Arrival. Settlement. Safety.
  • URW061 Bring us home on love's renewing tide (Romney) A lovely gentle song, that is very very easy to sing. 
  • ATW 487 Make your home in me (Fay White) A simple beautiful invitation. “If you fly to the point of the day’s sunrise or westward across the sea, if you travel to the uttermost ends of the earth, there I will be; Make your home in me as I make my home in you. I am everywhere that you can be. Make your home in me”.  Lyrics.
  • Liturgy for the Whole Church p86 When life is dry and hot like a desert / God's love will bring you home (Bock) A simple song.
  • TiS 627 / AHB 569 / ATN 8 / LBW409 / ELW689 / GC764 / GC(II)754 / G(3)861 / CP(E) 272 / W&R722 / URW188 / StF125 Praise and thanksgiving Father we offer / Praise and thanksgiving now we would offer (Albert Bayly) Most versions of this are not inclusive, as it is based on quite old words. However, the imagery of a parent makes sense, so even though it is masculine, it doesn't need to be avoided. URW has an inclusive version. Sung to the familiar tune BUNESSAN. Old 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.
  • *CH230 / VU517 / StF126 Praise God for the harvest of orchard and field A thoroughly modern harvest thanksgiving hymn, which would work for any service, not just a harvest thanksgiving. I would actually sing this to BONNIE GEORGE CAMPBELL (TiS 624), by just adding a single note anacrusis at the start of each line. Lyrics and a different tune sample. New words to old tunes.
  • Online Resource A whole lot of harvest festival songs for kids (various) This site might be useful for finding some songs for kids that follow up on the idea of food coming from the land. More suitable for a harvest festival, and certainly good for kids. The Harvest Samba is pretty cool, but yes, festival-focussed - it depends on how solemn you get for Lent, I reckon. 
  • *CH763 / MV193 God bless to us our bread (Traditional Argentinian) A lovely simple grace for meals and for communion. More Voices has Spanish and French lyrics as well as English. "God bless to us our bread, and give bread to all those who are hungry, and hunger for justice to those who are fed. God bless to us our bread". This would be very appropriate if you are celebrating communion this week. Sound sample (Track 1). Good for kids.
Psalm 32
You could sing a Kyrie (lots listed here). Some of them are good for kids.
  • Tune In / NCYC '07: Forgive us now (Brown). “As we forgive may we be healed, as we reach out….” An excellent ballad. Lyrics and sound sample.
  • Tune In: Making things new (Sheree Anderson). A groovy one. Great for kids, and lots of fun. Sound sample, lyrics and songbook.
  • BUC Song Project Broken (Loukes) This song seeking God's open arms at the end of a dry journey fits this reading well.  
  • Cha739 Be glad in God and rejoice (Smith) Responsive psalm with joyous sung refrain.
  • *MV095 How deep the peace (Bauman / Good) Simple song. Would work particularly well as words of assurance after the prayers of confession.
  • G(II)42 / GC44 I Turn to You in time of trouble (Cooney) A quite nice inclusive cantor and response. Lyrics and sheet music. Sound sample. 
  • *TiS 417 / AoV2-133 / ATW 448 / VU387 / StJ / WoV683 / ELW397 / AA94 / HPP237 / GtG293 / PH323 / CP657 / W&R135 / Cha244 / URW203 / StB220 Loving Spirit, Loving Spirit (Murray). There are about a zillion tunes set for this. I prefer FELICITY (by Colin Gibson TiS 417), but also like RESTORATION and OMNI DIE. Free sheet music and lyrics. 
  • Emergent Psalter Show me which way to go (Everett) Simple refrain. Sheet music (refrain only). 
  • *StS066 / PfAS032C While I keep silence (Wright) A very mournful song based on this Psalm. Best for a meditative service; this will not suit all congregations, but there is something quite compelling about it, and maybe particularly good for Lent. 
  • TiS 754 / SFFS 2055 / HPP457 / Cha554 / PfAS032B / Srce2-686 / MP793 You are my hiding-place (Ledner) Very mushy, but somehow very satisfying and soothing. Particularly mushy sound sample and lyrics. Good for kids.  
  • *ATW 463 / Iona (T1AU) / ELW721 / SFFS 2219 / A&M835 / GtG750 / GC(II)451 / G(3)528 / W&R296 / URW436 Goodness is stronger than evil (Tutu / Iona) Words from Archbishop Desmond Tutu. "Victory is ours, victory is ours, through him who loves us". Some congregations change the last line to "Compassion is ours, compassion is ours...". It depends on the context in which you sing it, I suppose. Sound sample. Good for kids.  
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Everything old has passed away. Ministry of reconciliation. Haven’t made it yet.
Note that I will suggest some of these songs again for the Isaiah reading next week. This may be a good time to introduce a new song, because the theme will still fit next week.
  • *AoV2-085 / Iona (T1AU) / MV115 / A&M328 / SP129 Behold behold I Make All Things New (Bell) A nice hopeful upbeat short song. Highly recommended. Sound sample (scroll down) Good for kids.  
  • *Tune In: Making things new (Anderson) A groovy one. Great for kids, and lots of fun. Sound sample, lyrics and songbook. Good for kids. 
  • AA019 / GA354 Church of the living Christ (Murray) Good words, and interesting call and response for most of the song. It would need to be learned before singing it. An alternative is to sing it to DARWALL'S 148th which is in most standard hymnals (Thanks to Margaret Ann for the suggestion). New words to old tunes.
  • TiS 683 / WoV735 / ELW603 / W&R416 / StF649 God when human bonds are broken (Kaan) These words pick up an unusual theme, and fit really well with this reading. There are a couple of possible tunes, none of which are immediately familiar, but they are not difficult either. Lyrics. 
  • *TiS 671 / AoV2-121 Made in God's Likeness (Lewis/Spence) Excellent Australian imagery. This is one of my very favourite songs. It is not difficult if you have a good musician at the helm. If it is new to your congregation, they will be able to join in on the verses by the time you get to the 3rd one. The change in tone with the verse really lifts this song. Good for kids.
  • *TiS 688 Come to be our hope O Jesus (Marachin) This is a really fun Latin American song from the World Council of Churches Assembly in Canberra. It's not easy the first time, but once you've heard it, it's very catchy and good for kids. The words are really excellent, despite a slightly clunky translation. Use some maracas. It would be worth teaching to your congregation! Good for kids.
  • *ATA 200 / CH530 / VU639 / A&M757 / CP(E) 548 / URW109 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.
  • *NCH387 / GtG361 / PH443 / GC(II)646 / RS782 / CP524 / Lau829 O Christ the great foundation (Lew) Excellent words of salvation and justice from Timothy Tingfang Lew, sung to the tune of "The church's one foundation" (AURELIA) which is in all standard hymnals. Lyrics There is a second possible tune (ABREU), which is more challenging. Note that the lyrics in the NCH are slightly different, and more inclusive.  New words to old tunes.
  • *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 to two parts to include the blessing and words of mission. New words to old tunes.
  • *TiS 217 / AHB 148 / NCH43 / CH519 / UMH384 / VU333 / A&M721 / LBW315 / ELW631 / A&M721 / GA463 / HPP48 / GtG366 / PH376 / GC622 / GC(II)613 / G(3)641 / CP485/6 / CP(E) 516 / W&R358 / Cha517 / Srce457 / URW100 / 82Hml-657 / Lau801 Love divine all loves excelling (Wesley) Can't possibly sing this song too often! A beautiful classic song and most hymnals use a very inclusive version of this hymn, even the AHB! "Joy of heaven" *sigh*, so lovely! Lyrics and sound sample. You may also like to give Rend Collective Experiment's version a listen (hard to sing, but nice for listening). Oldy-but-a-goody.
Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
Prodigal Son. I came to call sinners. Jesus heals. Which is easier, to heal or forgive sins?
  • *TiS 129 / AHB 56 / AoV1-029 / ATA 131 / NCH547 / CH555 / UMH378 / VU266 / LBW448 / ELW779 / A&M587 / GA437 / HPP334 / GtG649 / PH280 / G(II)434 / GC612 / GC(II)586 / G(3)645 / CP352 / CP(E) 375 / W&R422 / Cha546 / ZSS202 / Srce25 / Lau846 / StF440 / MP031 Amazing grace how sweet the sound (Newton) I once was lost... I think you all know this one. Nice youtube of some Sacred Harp singing, and a story. I love the recording of Dr G Yunipingu singing this in Yolngu; so sad that he is no longer singing on this earth.  Oldy-but-a-goody. 
  • *TiS 693 / AoV1-031 / GA212 Come as you are that's how I want you (Browne) This song is beautiful, gentle, simple, and very well known (in Australia, at least!). "I came to call sinners, not just the virtuous". Lyrics. Slow and mushy sound sample. A good song to start the service.
  • BUC Song Project Broken (Loukes) This song seeking God's open arms at the end of a dry journey fits this reading well. 
  • NCH583 / StJ / GtG044 Like a mother who has borne us (Bechtel)  Very easy and intuitive tune. Beautiful words of the way that God comforts us as mother and father, and how God walks with us when we help others. 
  • ATE 284 / VU395 Come in, come in and sit down (Manley) A fun song. Great for kids. Teenagers think it's tacky, and sometimes I agree with them, because it's not very sophisticated. Lyrics (downloads a pdf). Good for kids. 
  • *Tune In / NCYC 2009 / ATAR598 God has laid a feasting table / Invitation (Whelan). Feminine imagery of God gathering her guests to a feasting table. Fun Cuban rhythm. Particularly good if you are celebrating communion, but you don't need to be for it to make sense. Sample and songbook. Good for teenagers. 
  • *MV020 God of still waiting (Daw) Good words about God waiting for us and the promise brought by the Spirit. Tune is quite beautiful, and will need to be taught at least a little. Lyrics. 
  • *ATN 77 / G(II)542 / GC749 O Welcome All You Noble Saints of Old / In Christ There Is a Table Set for All The Gather hymnals use "In Christ there is a table set for all" which is much more inclusive than "God and man at table are sat down". Good for celebration of communion Older style lyrics. Good for kids. 
  • NCH202 / VU112 / StS058 O God how we have wandered (Nichols) This song is particularly suited to this reading. The words are difficult, and would require some sensitivity to those who would "the evil that we do" so condemning that they would find it hard to get to the beautiful words of compassion in the third verse. Each source has a different tune. It fits particularly nicely to PASSION CHORALE. New words to old tunes.
  • *TiS 179 / NCH273 / VU312 / StJ / GA739 / URW073 Praise with Joy the World's Creator One of my favourite hymns - strongly Trinitarian lyrics and excellent imagery. Lyrics (scroll down or search). New words to old tunes.
  • Online resource Joy in the Presence (Harding) A very simple little refrain. Could work well at a couple of points in the service. Sample and available here. 
  • Online resource All we asked you gave and more (Gibson) Excellent words sung to a simple American folk tune. Lyrics. Sheet music. 
  • Recorded Music Our Father is Waiting (Malcolm Gordon) A nurturing song of welcome from a loving father. Sound sample and purchase options
  • Recorded Music How can we be at home? (Malcolm Gordon) A searching song asking how we can find peace when our family (either church or biological) is incomplete. Sound sample and purchase options
Have I missed a song you would like to share? Please join the conversation by adding a comment.


Taizefreak said...

I will arise from Wild Goose's 'One is the Body' tells the prodigal's story nicely and brings perspectives from the three characters. There's a sound sample here:
Haven't found anywhere that lists the lyrics, but each character's verse begins with 'I will arise...' and ends with 'all will be well, and all be one'. The recording has a spoken-word element that isn't in the songbook, but the story itself could be used, with the verses of each character being inserted at appropriate points and the 'summing up' verse used after a brief reflection.
James Douglas - St Luke's UCA Mt Waverley

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU Taizefreak! Been trying to think of the name of that song for weeks!