Songs and Hymns for Proper 12C / Ordinary 17C / Pentecost +7 (July 28th 2019)

Hosea 1:2-10
God is really angry and fed up with those Israelites, but there will be forgiveness.
  • A Kyrie would work well - there are lots to choose from - here's a long list!
  • Online Resource / Tune In / NCYC '07 Forgive us now (Dave Brown). “As we forgive may we be healed, as we reach out….” An excellent ballad. Free downloadable song book, lyrics and sound samples
  • FFS19 For the hurt I create (Shirley Murray) Beautiful tunes (there are two) and words. Tune (ii) is most simple, so use that if you will sing it as a congregation, but tune (i) is also worth using if you have some good musicians who can sing it for your congregation. If using tune (ii) you may like to suggest to your congregation that they simply join in on the "forgive me, Lord, forgive" line, but make sure you teach it to them first, because the third one is different to the other three. "For the hurt that I create.... for the evil I condone... for works of peace I do not do... for hope and help that I refuse... forgive me Lord, forgive" 
  • Iona (Enemy of Apathy) / A&M466 / SP223 / StF654 / MP940 The love of God comes close (John Bell / Graham Maule) A good song of God's forgiveness. Simple melody. Lyrics. Very slow music sample.
  • FFS20 Forgive forgive us Holy God (Shirley Murray) Very easy tune for a congregation to sing (and there are 5 verses to learn it in!). The words focus on our desensitisation to violence and our greed, so a nice fit for this week's reading. The final verse has a focus on communion, but still makes sense if you are not celebrating the eucharist this week. Lyrics and a different tune (which is also very lovely indeed) can be found here.  
  • *AoVNG55 / Taizé / G(3)959 / SP323 / Lau221 God is forgiveness / Bóg jest miłością (Taize) "God is forgiveness, love and do not fear". A simple Taize chant which seems to suit this reading quite well. Sheet music, lyrics in many languages, sound samples
  • Iona (Sent By the Lord) / MV066 Senzenina? / What have we done? (South African) This beautiful chant from South Africa asks the question that we often ask when things go wrong beyond belief. It's important to know what the song means when singing it. If you have some part-singers in your congregation, this would be particular good. It's good to let people ask this question. It is also on the soundtrack for "The Power of One" so you could also play the recorded music if appropriate. Free sheet music (translation not quite correct). Good for kids
Psalm 85
God will speak peace; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. God’s forgiveness and steadfastness.
  • AoV1-106 / UMH376 / WoV774 / ELW753 / GtG752 / G(II)528 / GC730 / GC(II)724 / G(3)822 / CP562 /  Cha297 / URW443 / 82Hml-712 / Lau904 / LUYH073 Dona Nobis Pacem (American folk song) This is very well known, and would fit well with this reading. Good for kids. Oldy-but-a-goody. Sheet music.
  • Taizé / TiS 713 / Cha296 Dona nobis pacem domine / cordium (Jacques Berthier) There is a specific cantor line for Psalm 85 to go with this prayer of peace. Sound samples and sheet music for the refrain
  • TiS 409 / AHB 322 / CH595 / UMH543 / VU202 / StJ / SLW43 / W&R328 / Cha250 / StF391 / MP488 O Breath of life come sweeping through us (Elizabeth Porter Head) This is a really good older style hymn with inclusive lyrics. Lyrics and sheet music. Not all verses are in all hymnals.
  • AoVNG55 / Iona (WWHW) / G(II)74 / CP113 Come O Lord and Set Us Free (Daryl Ducote / Gary Daigle / Mike Balhoff) Good simple, inclusive refrain with a pretty groovy cantor line; could work for the younger set. This song appears in a few different formats. There is a full-length short song (WWHW) and a short 7 bar refrain (Gather), either would work well as a response. The refrain is exactly the same melody as the short song, but only uses the words "Come O Lord and set us free, come and set us free". Sample sheet music. Sound sample. 
  • *CH720 / A&M409 / GtG470 / G(3)653 / SP204 / Lau941 There is a longing in our hearts O Lord (Anne Quigley) Good words of longing for God's love, justice, wisdom, healing. A good song for before, during or after intercessions. 
  • G(II)254 / GC330 Let Me Taste Your Mercy Like Rain (Rory Cooney) Good words of both personal and communal redemption. Simple contemporary tune. Lyrics & lead sheet. Clunky sound sample.  
  • PfAS085C Righteousness and peace (Mary David Callahan) A nice simple refrain; a little bit majestic. "Righteousness and peace shall go before the Lord".
  • CH198 / MV001 / HPP550 / A&M365 / GtG301 / GC753 / GC(II)741 / G(3)850 / SP176 / URW058/ Lau458 / StF409 Let Us Build a House / All are welcome (Marty 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
  • 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 / StF503 / MP449 Love divine all loves excelling (Charles Wesley) A beautiful classic song and most hymnals use a very inclusive version of this hymn, even the AHB. Lyrics and sheet music. You may also like to give Rend Collective Experiment's version a listen (hard for congregations to sing, but nice for listening). Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • MV222 May the peace of God be your peace (Neil McLaren) A lovely benediction. Will need to be taught first. Lyrics.
  • CH659 / MV173 / StJ / A&M566 / G(3)824 / W&R389 / SP251 / StF712 Put peace into each other’s hands (Fred Kaan) Good words for communion; tune is quite simple and flows nicely. Slow sound sample, sheet music with lyrics. Good for kids
  • *Emergent Psalter Show us your mercy O God (Isaac Everett) A simple refrain and read Psalm. Sheet music sample.
Alternate Hebrew Scripture: Genesis 18:20-32 
Abraham debates God over the destruction of Sodom, and God is convinced to forgive, and not to destroy the city if there are 10 righteous there...
  • AoV1-137 / ATOK 403 / GA306 / G(II)286 God Of Abraham lead us (Bernadette 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.
  • Iona (Enemy of Apathy) / A&M466 / SP223 / StF654 / MP940 The love of God comes close (John Bell / Graham Maule) A good song of God's forgiveness. Simple melody. Lyrics. Very slow music sample.
  • Online Resource / Tune In / NCYC '07 Forgive us now (Dave Brown). “As we forgive may we be healed, as we reach out….” An excellent ballad. Free downloadable song book, lyrics and sound samples
Psalm for the Genesis reading: Psalm 138
God is great, strengthens us, protects us, God regards the lowly 
  • NCH Psalter 138 Great is the glory of God (Emma Lou Diemer) A very simple refrain for a chanted (or read) Psalm.
  • TiS 86 / Srce793 With my whole heart I will praise you O Lord (Arlo Duba) This refrain is fine. Verses should be read, perhaps while playing the chords in the background. Make sure to keep the chord quiet enough so they are not too distracting. 
  • FFS37 In the quiet of the day (Shirley Murray) A simple tune, and beautiful words about moving into a time of worship, and the peace that time apart gives us. Lyrics (and a different tune)  
  • *Emergent Psalter They shall sing of the ways of the Lord (Isaac Everett) Simple psalm refrain and Psalm spoken over music in between the refrains. Sheet music (antiphon only).  
  • GC(II)700 / G(3)799 Lord you lead through sea and desert / You are strong you are holy (Sylvia Dunstan) Simple version of this psalm with a strong chorus. I don't know if our congregation would like it though. Sheet music. Sound sample.
  • AoV2-002 / AoVK-5 / StS049 / ELW581 / GtG177 /  SFFS 2218 / G(II)461 / GC649 / GC(II)627 / G(3)721 / URW158 / Lau776 / LUYH430 I will come to you in the silence / You are mine (David Haas) Tune is a bit mushy and requires a cantor for the verses (tricky!). The lyrics are excellent and full of strength. Chorus is easy to sing. Keyboard sample. Sample sheet music 
  • Iona (SBL) / CH140 / MV181 / WoV727 / ELW554 / G(II)341 / GC495 / StB178 Lord Your Hands Have Formed This World / The Earth is the Lord's (Ramon and Sario Oliano) Good words of creation to a lovely, and not too difficult, Phillippino melody. Lyrics (first verse only) 
  • *NCH085 / SFFS 2082 / Cha623 / ZSS105 Woke Up This Morning (African-American Spiritual) A great Spiritual. If you don't have one of these sources, you can just make it up from this video. This could be a good Sunday to make use of those choir stalls... Good for kids.Oldy-but-a-goody. 
  • ATW 480 On the day I called (Bernadette Farrell) A simple song. Sound sample.
Colossians 2:6-15, (16-19)
“Do not let anyone disqualify you”…. a tricky reading, but I liked that phrase.
  • 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; didn't Elijah have to be pretty brave? 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.
  • NCH332 / VU457 / ELW522 / SFFS 2268 / HPP528 / GC(II)738 / G(3)839 / CP061 / W&R695 As We Gather at Your Table (Carl P Daw) Could be sung to HOLY MANNA or NETTLETON, both very popular hymn tunes. New words to old tunes
  • *Brunswick Song Project Come out and Shout (Dave Brown) I think this would work well with this reading; a good song of good news. Since this is new, it would be good to have the musicians present it to the congregation.
  • TiS 367 / AHB 287 / NCH242 / CH412 / UMH306 / VU159 / LBW135 / ELW366 / A&M217 / GtG236 / PH119 / GC446 / GC(II)459 / G(3)525 / CP212 / CP(E)159 / W&R290 / Cha221 / 82Hml-208 / Lau275 / MP670 The strife is o'er the battle done (Francis Pott) There are two possible tunes for this hymn. I prefer the tune by James Minchin (THE STRIFE IS O’ER), which is found in the Australian Hymn Book, rather than the more traditional minstrelly VULPIUS (Oldy-but-a-goody). The newer tune is pretty groovy, and has lots and lots of Alleluias. The words also vary a lot between hymnals. My pick: TiS words and AHB tune 287 (ii). Yeah, this was my other church rock favourite of 1979.
  • NCH438 / UMH377 / LBW346 / ELW785 / HPP390 / GtG840 / W&R428 / Cha561 / Srce784 / MP757 When peace like a river (Horatio Spafford) An older American hymn. Hymnals vary in how old fashioned the lyrics are, and only some include the chorus. Lyrics and sheet music. Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • StS116 I saw a tree by the riverside / The Tree Song (Ken Medema) A great kid’s song about roots growing down to the water, and leaves growing up to the sunshine, and bearing fruit, and all that great stuff. Good for kids. Lyrics. 
Luke 11:1-13
Jesus teaches The Lord’s Prayer; everyone who asks receives.
  • *PfAS1049 Abana in Heaven / Abana Alathi Fi Ssama (Laila Constantine) I love this and think it would be very well learned and remembered. It will need to be taught, but it would be worth it, particularly if your congregation says the Lord's Prayer weekly. It can also be sung in Arabic (the word Abana is "Father"). Absurdly short sound sample. It could be sung very slowly and meditatively, or a bit more up-tempo, in which case I reckon it's Good for kids.
  • BUC Resource Our Father in Heaven (Dave Brown) Written in 2019! This is very jazzy, and takes some learning. It would be good to sing this again. It can be sung slowly or more quickly. It's easier, and more chilled out if it's slower.
  • *URW455 Holy one our only home, hallowed be your name (Mother Thunder Mission) An excellent inclusive version of the Lord's Prayer by a Native American woman. The tune and words are really beautiful. The tune will need to be taught as it has some surprising jumps.
  • URW454 Our Father in Heaven (Plainsong) I wish I had the guts to try to get my congregation to sing some Plainsong chant; it's easier to get a small group to do it though. This version has the modern translation. 
  • *ATFG574 You are our Father you live in heaven (Warmun and Tiwi communities) Australian Aboriginal version of the Lord's Prayer. 
  • Online Resource Ground of all being Mother of life (David Poole / John Phillip Newell) A modern translation and call and response version of the Lord's Prayer. There are two key phrases, so it would not be hard to teach if you have an attentive congregation. Youtube. Sound sample, sample pdf, and licensing (search for "Casa del Sol Prayer of Jesus")
  • URW457 Life-giver lover of us all (Laurie Aleona) An adaptation of the Lord's Prayer, set to the familiar tune TALLIS CANON. New words to old tunes
  • STB043 Lord we did not live up to your teachings / Amra tomar adesh rupe (Shaha) A Bengali Kyrie, with a particular focus on Christ's teachings. The translation is good, and quite challenging. This will need to be taught; it could be sung in Bengali, because (like a Kyrie) it's repetitive.
  • TiS 465 / AHB 399 / ATA 115 / NCH279 / A&M271 / Iona (SBL) / CH116 / GA381 / Lau313 / StF004 Our God in heaven / Father in heaven / Loving Creator grant to your children (Elena Maquiso) I really like this hymn, especially the Philippino folk melody to which it's set. Newer versions of the hymn from the Christian Conference of Asia have altered the lyrics to "Our God in heaven / Creator God" in the first verse. Other versions, such as CH4 have "Loving Creator / Parent and God".
  • URW453 Our Father in Heaven (Jim Strathdee) A simple call and response arrangement of the more modern translation of the Lord's Prayer. We used this a few times last year at BUC and it worked well, but the congregation's opinion became quite divided...  
  • Online Resource Ask the complicated questions (David Bjorlin / Southern Harmony) Excellent words about the value of questioning, doubting and seeking. Set to the shape note tune RESTORATION. There is also a more contemporary setting. Sample lyrics, sheet music and purchasing options. New words to old tunes
  • PH349 Let All Who Pray the Prayer Christ Taught (Thomas Troeger) I don't have a copy of this, but the lyrics look very good. It's sung to the tune CHESHIRE.
  • *GC(II)565 / G(3)655 Lord increase our faith (David Haas) Quite nice simple song of devotion and turning to God. Sound sample. Sheet music and lyrics.
  • *ATFG575 / VU400 / WoV775 / ELW752 / SFFS 2193 / GtG469 / HPP403 / W&R489 / Cha305 / ZSS156 Lord Listen to Your Children Praying (Ken Medema) A simple, repetitive song which would be fun to play around with - you could do it fast or slow. Sheet music sampleYoutube sound sample (album version.
  • TiS 607 / AoV2-126 / ATN 95 / CH528 / VU684 / StJ / A&M725 / SFFS 2171 / HPP406 / GtG753 / G(II)524 / GC726 / GC(II)721 / G(3)828 / CP(E)519/ W&R587 / Srce 462 / Lau898 / StF707 / MP456 Make me a channel of your peace (Sebastian Temple). Lovely. Nice if you can just start a capella...  Youtube video of Sinead O'Connor singing it and lyrics   
  • Online resource Our Father above us and all around us (Brian McLaren) I'm not actually sure that I like this, but you might like it. Video.
  • VU959 / GC(II)007 Our Father in Heaven (Lord's Prayer) (David Haas) A simple and slightly schmaltzy arrangement of the more modern translation. Sound sample.
  • Source Unknown Indwelling God infused throughout all existence (Fred F Keip) This is a rewritten Lord's prayer. It's a bit wordy, but quite helpful in reframing the Lord's Prayer with less baggage. Ed Murray who is part of the Singing the Lectionary Facebook group has written a good plainsong-like tune for this.
  • Music by Heart 85 Our Father in heaven (Sanford Dole) A simple call and response arrangement of the more modern translation of the Lord's Prayer. Needs a confident, and well rehearsed leader!
  • TiS 526 / AHB 451 / A&M712 / CP(E) 505 / StF594 / Lau772 / MP435 Lord Jesus Christ you have come to us (Patrick Appleford) The second verse is particularly appropriate. I haven't sung this for ages; not sure why. Lyrics.
  • Recorded Music No Empty Phrases (Paul Demer) This is really lovely, and I think would be a nice song to play for a reflective (listening) Lord's Prayer. Sound sample and download (the download comes with chords too, so you can play it yourselves).
  • Online Resource (choral work) Our Father / Journey Through the Lord's Prayer (Pepper Choplin) This is a full "worship experience". A choral cantata with narrations and prayers. It's not inclusive, and it's very schmaltzry, but it may be useful to someone and is pretty satisfying; I quite like the introduction on its own. Sound sample and purchasing options.
What ideas do you have? I'd love to hear your ideas - especially if it's something I've missed. Please add a comment below. 


Unknown said...

"An Aboriginal Lord's Prayer", which I have in the NCYC Retrospect book is also a good one for this week :-)

Darren Wright said...

Hey Hey You Say by Dave Andrews would be another song to add to this list

MusicMummy said...

I clicked the link to listen to "I saw a Tree By the Riverside" which took me to a German advertising site. However, I could not find the song there.Help?

Lectionary Singer (Natalie Sims) said...

MusicMummy - I've fixed that link now. Thanks for alerting me to the problem.

Richard Schwedes said...

Lutheran Hymnal Supplement (Australia 1987) LHS 894 Father God in heaven is a form of the Lord's prayer to the tune Kum Ba Yah...