Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Songs, Hymns & Music for Epiphany 5A (February 5th 2017)

Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12)
Hypocrisy; the fast that matters to God is justice, generosity, hospitality, etc...
  • Online Resource O Children of the Light / Ay Farzandane Nur (Anonymous Farsi) Why not sing something in Farsi? This is simple enough if you just limit yourself to one verse and chorus in both languages. Sheet music, Farsi, transliteration and English translation (the English translation is not for singing). Sound sample on youtube (which includes a singable English translation). Good for kids.  
  • AoV2-060 / SFFS 2172 / HPP307 / GtG749 / G(II)518 / GC718 / GC(II)710 / G(3)807 Come live in the light / We Are Called (Haas) Joyful song of mission. Lyrics, sheet music sample and slowish sound sample here. I would double the speed of this (almost).
  • 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. 
  • TiS 657 / CH263 / VU700 / A&M559 / AA50 / CP(E) 447 / Cha656 / SP242 God of freedom God of justice (Murray / Guthrie Foote) Powerful lyrics. Can be sung to either TREDEGAR (new, but not too hard) or PICARDY (very familiar). Final verse is: "We are all tenants of your love; gather us round a common fire, warm us in company with Christ, give us the heart to feel, to share, table and lodging with free hand, space in our living, in our land". Lyrics and midi. New words to old tunes
  • CH195 / StS053 / AA061 Here to the house of God we come (Murray) Good honest and challenging words and a simple, but unusual tune. Lyrics.  
  • TiS 416 Great God your Spirit like the wind (Gaunt) Excellent words asking for God to shake us out of our complacency and give us compassion. I really wish it was set to a different tune - it is set to JERUSALEM and this seems to suck all the power out of the lyrics for me. It works with MAGNIFICAT (TiS173) which is fairly straightforward so I would try that if it's not too confusing for the congregation. New words to old tunes
  • 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!
  • CH488 / AA130 Teach us O loving heart of Christ (Murray) Good, powerful words seeking forgiveness for those things we have not done or said. The tune is new, but fairly simple. Lyrics.
  • Iona (Enemy of Apathy) / A&M466 / SP223 / StF654 / MP940 The love of God comes close (Iona) A good song of God's forgiveness. Simple melody. Lyrics. Very slow music sample.
  • CH659 / MV173 / StJ / A&M566 / G(3)824 / W&R389 / SP251 / StF712 Put peace into each other’s hands (Kaan) Good words for communion; tune is quite simple and flows nicely. Slow sound sample, sheet music with lyrics. Good for kids  
Psalm 112:1-9 (10)
It will be well for those who follow God's commands, like giving to the poor etc
  • *TiS 69 Light rises in darkness when justice rules our lives (Kimbrough/ Young) A lovely Psalm response. Could be used with a sung or read version of the Psalm. The TiS translation is quite inclusive. It's from the United Methodist Liturgical Psalter (1989).
  • ATOK 354 / ELW801 / SFFS 2152 / GtG695 / SP&P128 / W&R373 / PfAS051A / ZSS178 / Srce95 / MP069 Change my heart O God / Cambiame Senor (Espinosa) A mushy old favourite. Thanks to Sylvia Griffiths for this and the next few suggestions. Lyrics and chords.
  • *SFFS 2129 / HPP322 / W&R344 / Cha344 / Srce2-244 / MP272 I Have Decided to Follow Jesus (Singh) Good simple traditional chorus. Do you know the story behind it? I didn't. Read it here. This Australian video from Perth has some nice chords. Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • 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!
  • *URW223 (refrain 2) Like a tree that's planted by the water (African American) This simple and very well known refrain would work well with Psalm 112, even though this book lists it for Psalm 1. Good for kids.
  • TiS 712 / AoV2-021 / ATE 269 / The tide has turned Create in us a clean heart O God (Hannah) Good. A big favourite in our congregation.
  • Emergent Psalter  Happy are they who fear God (Everett) A very simple Psalm refrain. Sample sheet music (refrain only). 
  • Iona (HSNW) / VU019 / A&M839 / SP326 Kindle a flame to lighten the dark and take all fear away (Iona) This song would also work well at various points in the service, including during intercessions. Good for kids Sound sample. 
  • *Taize / AoV2-091 When The Night becomes dark your love O Lord is a fire (Toolan) A lovely simple chant. Sound sample.   
1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16)
God's secret wisdom revealed by the Spirit
  • BUC Song Project Take a deep breath / Deep in your soul (Anderson) A refreshing and simple song of the Spirit's transformative power. 
  • BUC Song Project Silent as the dawn / Spirit God you come (Loukes) Simple meditative song about the coming of the spirit. Beautiful images. 
  • 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. Lyrics New words to old tunes (depending which tune you choose)  
  • TiS 626 / AHB 557 / CH500 / GA423 / Lau869 Lord of creation to you be all praise! (Winslow) A wonderful traditional and quite inclusive hymn to the familiar tune SLANE. Lyrics. Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • TiS 418 / AoV2-075 / Iona (EoA, Common Ground) / CH593 / GA372 / A&M259 / Cha255 / SP94 / URW165 / StF393 / Lau305 She sits like a bird brooding on the waters (Bell) My favourite Holy Spirit song. Beautiful words and very easy to sing, provided it is not played too quickly The Iona recordings are generally very quick, but there are a lot of words to fit in, so keep it elegantly moderate in speed! Lyrics (scroll down).     
  • STB037 Thousands and thousands of songs / Aayirem aayirem padelgellei (Francis) This Tamil song from India has a catchy chorus, which could be sung in English or Tamil. Slightly tacky youtube sound sample. The sound sample is in Tamil, so that could help you with your pronunciation!
  • NCH286 / ATE 218 / VU375 / WoV684 / ELW396 / HPP239 / GtG291 / PH319 / W&R326 / Cha249 Spirit spirit of gentleness (Manley) Lovely, gentle song. Very easy to sing, but can get slow and ponderous if you're not careful. Lyrics  
  • TiS 414 / NCH294 / CH616 / UMH192 / VU582 / HPP134 / PH433 / GC550 / CP(E) 198 / Cha257 / StF398 There's a Spirit in the Air  (Wren) A good song of getting the business of following Christ done. Speaking out, caring for others, being changed. A joyful tune (it looks less so in TiS, but think of it in 6/8 instead of 6/4). Just think how brave Naaman's servant girl must have been. Seven verses – you might want to have women sing a verse and men sing another to keep people going. The TiS suggestion to use INVERCARRY is (in my opinion) not necessary; it’s easier to the set tune. Lyrics and tune sample.  
Matthew 5:13-20 
My favourite: you are salt of the earth, and light of the world 
  • BUC Song Project You the hope you the light / Send out the word (Brown) Not really a congregational song, but it's just cool and joyful. Would be good for the musicians to sing during the offering. 
  • Online Resource A Little Bit of Salt (Winfrey-Gillette) Excellent and timely words, with a focus on welcoming refugees to the familiar tune LEONI. Lyrics. New words to old tunes
  • TiS 473 / NCH314 / W&R615 / Cha655 / StF681 / Lau895 Community of Christ (Murray) Beautiful words to a traditional Hebrew synagogue melody (LEONI). This doesn't specifically mention salt, but the message is the same! Easy to sing. Lyrics and sheet music. New words to old tunes 
  • *Recorded music Light by light (Frencham) This is a lovely song by Melbourne musician Liz Frencham. One version here. BUC people, I have a gospel-style arrangement of this (somewhere...)  
  • Recorded music You are the light of the world (Pino) This is a lovely catchy refrain, which we have sung once before; if you have the CD you could play it. If not, and you have a clever musician, they could work out the chords (we did!). Good for kids (if you sing it)  
  • Online Resource O Children of the Light / Ay Farzandane Nur (Anonymous Farsi) Why not sing something in Farsi? This is simple enough if you just limit yourself to one verse and chorus in both languages. Sheet music, Farsi, transliteration and English translation (the English translation is not for singing). Sound sample on youtube (which includes a singable English translation). Good for kids. 
  • *AoVNG52 / MV209 / GC(II)664 / G(3)775 / SP&P199  Go Make a Difference (Angrisano) Groovy sending out song. "We are the salt of the earth, called to let the people see the love of God for you and me" Sound samples on this page. Lyrics. Good for kids & teenagers. 
  • *AoV2-004 / NCH181 / GA478 / CP502 / G(II)468 / GC658 / GC(II)640 / G(3)734 / Lau854 You are a salt for the earth O People / Bring forth the kingdom (Haugen) Joyful song. "Bring forth the reign of justice, bring forth the reign of peace...". Sheet music. Sound sample. 
  • *AoV2-060 / SFFS 2172 / HPP307 / GtG749 / G(II)518 / GC718 / GC(II)710 / G(3)807 Come live in the light / We Are Called (Haas) Joyful song of mission. Lyrics, sheet music sample and slowish sound sample here. I would double the speed of this (almost). 
  • CH252 / VU578 / GA481 / SFFS 2237 / G(II)471 / GC663 / GC(II)643 / G(3)744 / W&R551 / Lau828 As a Fire Is Meant for Burning (Duck) Excellent lyrics of unity across all nations set to the familiar tune BEACH SPRING. Not terribly Adventish, but great. Lyrics and sheet music. New words to old tunes
  • TiS474 / AoV1-012 / ATE 295 / 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 and sheet music. 
  • TiS 686 / ATE 292 Lord Jesus we belong to you / Because we bear your name (Robin Mann) A straightforward and practical song asking God to help us to follow Christ well, with a refrain of "because we bear your name". Lyrics
  • AoVK-40 / NCH524 / UMH585 / ELW677 / A&M808 / HPP466 / G(II)358 / GC514 / GC(II)514 / G(3)591 This little light of mine The AoVK version has excellent verses that actually make the chorus make sense, but will need to be practiced. Check them out if you have a copy. In the meantime, hear Bruce Springsteen sing it here. It's amazing... Oh, and here's another version. Good for kids.
    Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • HiOS001 A pinch of salt (Gibson) This song is quite funny, and picks up this theme really well. It talks well about not over-doing things. "When you sprinkle it, just go lightly." 
  • SP&P170 We share a hunger (Kirsten Warner) A simple song of unity in mission - hunger for justice in the world.   
  • STB254 / Hymns from the Four Winds: A Collection of Asian American Hymns #74 Light of the World, Salt of the Earth / Chu Li kau-tai goa kang-tia (T'in)  This Taiwanese song has a lovely tune, but it's a little tricky. The English translation is quite formal, but good. If you can only handle one verse, sing the first verse. "But if salt has lost its taste, and the light its fuel, and the city shuts its gates, whence can come renewal". Perhaps one to encourage your musicians to present to the congregation; especially if you have anyone from Taiwan in your congregation!
I would love to hear your ideas - please add them in a comment below, especially if there is a song you love that I haven't included. 

3 comments:

Allan Baer said...

Canadians using the More Voices (MV) hymnal supplement will find a different tune (by Ron Klusmeier) at MV173 for "peace into each other's hands" (for the Isaiah reading). The Klusmeier vweaion is simple to sing (and has a nice descant, if desired). We've done it many times and it's a favourite. A sample can be found here song sample

Allan Baer said...

Sorry for the typo in my previous comment (should be version, not "vweaion"?

Another possible song is one we'll be singing VU401 Worship the Lord. This song ties in with the Isaiah 58 lesson, which talks about the fast (worship) that God asks for (eg. sharing with the poor). It also ties in with Matthew (which calls us to be salt and light - worship in action). Line to highlight: "Worship and work must be one". sound sample here

David Swain said...

A possible song, that I think fits the gospel, and is good for ending the service is 'Colours of Day' (Light up the fire); I think it is in Mission Praise, not sure of the number.