Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Songs, Hymns & Music for Lent 2A (March 12 2017)

Genesis 12:1-4a
Abram and Sarah’s travels and the promise of the future.
  • 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. Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • 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". 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.
  • *NCYC ’93 / ATFG586 We will love / We will walk with you at the edges (Gardener) This is a good little rock number “We will walk with you at the edges, we will die with you at the cross roads, we will risk with you taking chances, we will love”. Or something like that. Jesus broke rules, and that's OK sometimes. Good for kids.  
  • NCYC07 Labyrinth (Chalson / Winton) A beautiful song about walking with God through all times. "To the heart of all that's sacred and to the margins we will walk the path with you". Excellent words. Not easy for a congregation, but if you have good musicians, they can sing it as a prayer for the congregation. 
  • FFS14 / HPP57 Faith has set us on a journey (Murray) Good lyrics of trusting God and taking risks in our faith. Lyrics & sheet music.  
  • *NCH020 God of Abraham and Sarah, God of Moses, Miriam's Guide (Gertmenian) Salvation history in one song with a focus on justice, healing, courage. I suggested this for Transfiguration as well, so it might be good to sing it again. Fits well with all themes for this week. Could also be sung to NETTLETON if you want something familiar. Lyrics (downloads a pdf). New words to old tunes.
  • Iona (LFB) / G(II)503 / GC701 / RS818 / StF464 God It Was who said to Abraham (Bell) Easy tune. Good story words, which includes God's call to Joseph, along with a canon of others who were called by God. Note that God is masculine; I think this has been changed in more recent editions of Love From Below. Lyrics and sheet music. Slow sound sample.  
  • NCH501 We are dancing Sarah's circle (Etzler) Set to the familiar tune of "We are climbing Jacob's ladder", with positive imagery of increasing the size of the circle of inclusion. Good for kids. New words to old tunes.
  • TiS 125 / AHB 53 / NCH24 / HPP24 / GC544 / CH162 / UMH116 / LBW544 / ELW831 / A&M791 / HPP24 / GtG049 / PH488 / CP347 / W&R016 / Cha024 / 82Hml-401 / Lau712 / StF091 / MP645  The God of Abr’am praise / The God of Abraham Praise (Olivers) A very well known hymn based on the Yigdal. NOTE: The lyrics are quite masculine in most hymnals, which vary widely in which verses they include. The words are inclusive, yet still old-fashioned and poetic in the NCH; or even better, sing the new version listed below. Oldy-but-a-goody. Lyrics and sound sample.
  • *VU255 / CP348 The living God be praised (ben Judah) A new translation of "The God of Abraham praise". Excellent words, and of course, a familiar tune (LEONI).
    New words to old tunes.
  • *MV148 Hope of Abraham and Sarah. This song is simple to sing and speaks of unity for the Abrahamic faiths (Islam, Judaism and Christianity). 
  • *VU634 / GtG051 / CP468 To Abraham and Sarah (Fetter) A good interfaith hymn, and excellent words of being a pilgrim people. Sung to the familiar tune THORNBURY. Lyrics (about half way through the article) New words to old tunes.
  • TiS 547 / AHB 455 / AoV1-009 / NCH451 / CH465 / A&M595 / UMH451 / VU642 / WoV776 / ELW793 / HPP353 / GtG450 / PH339 / CP505 / CP(E) 386 / W&R502 / Cha595 / Srce70 / URW180 / 82Hml-488 / Lau970 / StF545 / MP051  Be thou my vision O Lord of my heart (8th century Irish) Most recent hymnals are fairly inclusive for this. Note that the High King phrase has been changed in some hymnals because it is masculine, but the hymn is based on an ancient story of St. Patrick refusing to follow the High King Logaire, and choosing instead the "High King of Heaven". Lyrics, tune and a little of the story. Oldy-but-a-goody.  
  • *Tune In: Cover us with love. (Loukes) Challenging lyrics to listen, and see where God is leading us. Sound sample, sheet music sample and songbook 
  • *Tune in: May you go well into paths still unknown (Brown) Mostly easy tune, and strong words. Would work well as a benediction. Lyrics, sound sample and songbook. 
  • AoVNG125 / MV146 / GC(II)637 / G(3)740 / PfAS024D / Taize The Kingdom of God is justice and peace and joy in the holy spirit (Taize) "Come, Lord and open in us the gates of your kingdom". A nice joyful Taize chant. Sheet music and sound samples of parts for practice. Good for kids. 
  • 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. Lyrics & a sound sample. I had an interesting discussion with a friend at church who doesn't like the line "Called to create a new world for the Lord", and I realised that I was interpreting the line quite differently to her. I think of it as a world being created that is for God, like when you vote for someone.  
  • 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.  
  • W&R584 / Cha454 Come Celebrate the Call of God (Wren) Good words to a lilting intuitive tune. This song is written to recognise a commissioning or the gift of a particular person's call, but it can also be sung with "our" instead of "her" to make it a song for a whole congregation. New words to old tunes.
Psalm 121
  • *Linnea Good I lift up my eyes. A paraphrase. Has some jumps that could be tricky for the congregation, so would be good for musicians to present for the congregation. A flute, recorder or violin might be a nice addition. 
  • *Online Resource Going out and coming in (Bruxvoort-Colligan). A very simple Psalm refrain that could be used as a reflective chant or a refrain to a read version the Psalm. Sound sample 
  • TiS 548 / VU629 / A&M014 / PH340 / CP(E) 415 / W&R418 / SP3 / 82Hml-465 Eternal light shine in my heart I really love this beautiful inclusive and ancient prayer. It is not familiar, but would be beautiful sung by a soloist until your congregation grows to know it. 
  • *Ps Project God Is Holding Your Life (Bruxvoort-Colligan) Lovely words, and a simple, repetitive chorus. Sound sample, lyrics and story. Good for kids. 
  • *AoVK-12 God is our shelter truly a friend indeed (O'Hara) Groovy little round / more like a call and response really. Good for kids. 
  • *Online resource I lift my eyes (Harding) A three part canon. It would be good to teach one, two, or all three parts to your congregation, and then sing it together. Take time to do this well, and it will stick with thim. Sample sheet music, and available to purchase. 
  • Emergent Psalter When I look around (Brown) Another great refrain from this book. Sheet music (refrain only). 
  • *The Beatles Help (Lennon) Isaac Everett, in the Emergent Psalter, also suggested using the chorus of John Lennon's "Help" as a Psalm refrain. I think that would work really well, especially if it's a bit laid back. 
  • TiS 77 / URW314 Lifting my eyes up to the hills (Bell) While the version published in TiS has a masculine God, the version in URW is more inclusive - and possibly more recent Iona publications may also be inclusive. I don't think this is fantastic, but it's simple. 
  • Recorded Music Simple Song (Bernstein) This song from Leonard Bernstein's mass is really lovely. God is totally male, but it's beautiful, so I'm listing it anyway. Here's a version of it on Youtube. It's not quite as I sing it in the car, but trust me, it's not worth going through all the versions on Youtube. You could also play a recording of it. I think it would work really well with a simple female vocalist too, but all the versions I can find are a bit too operatic for me to think of them as "simple".
  • 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.
  • Cha760 My help comes From God the maker of earth and sky (Marshall) Sung response, and responsively read passage.
  • TiS 47 / AHB 46 / AoV1-175 / NCH25 / CH161 / UMH117 / VU806 / LBW504 / ELW806 / GA459 / A&M746 / HPP1 / GtG687 / PH210 / GC614 / GC(II)588 / G(3)688 / CP528 / CP(E) 537 / W&R84 / Cha067 /  Srce2-441 / URW200 / 82Hml-680 / PfAS090B / Lau955 / StF132 / MP498 O God our help in ages past (Watts) A good solid very well known hymn! The surprising thing about this one is that the language is inclusive for God in most sources. Not all sources are inclusive for humanity, so check. Lyrics and sound sample. Oldy-but-a-goody.  
  • PfAS121D My help comes only from the Lord (Richardson / Napieralski) A nice simple, and quite happy refrain. 
  • *MV129 / GtG845 / PfAS121F / STB053 To the hills I lift my eyes / To the high and kindly hills / Naega sanul hyanghayo (Song-suk) Korean setting of the Psalm. Lovely tune. The translations vary, but are good. Tune will need to be taught, or sung by your musicians.  
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
The promise to Abraham came through his faith. Belief even in the face of impossibility.
The songs listed above will also fit well.
  • AoVK-28 / ATOK 376 Faith, Hope and Love (Trisha Watts). We haven't sung this for a while. It's great for kids and the musicians always seem to find a new way to interpret it. 
  • TiS 691 Faith will not grow from words alone Excellent strong words of a questioning faith to a familiar hymn tune. New words to old tunes.
  • GC(II)651 / G(3)755 / Online Resource You must never give up / Sizo Bambelela (South African) An excellent song! We have sung this once recently (I think); it would be good to do it again. It would be fun to get a few singers together to sing the parts to this, though maybe not as many times through as in the sound sample. Sound sampleGood for kids.  
John 3:1-17

Nicodemus and the famous John 3:16
  • GtB God is love and love is giving (Langmead) A simple kids' song about God's love. A round.  Good for kids. 
  • TiS 721 / Iona (LFB) / URW431 / StF344 / Lau124 He became poor that we may be rich (Iona) A simple chant. Timing is a little bit tricky, so you will need to take a little time to teach it initially. This has gorgeous parts if you have some singers. Sound sample
  • *Iona (M&G) / ATAR609 / CH359 / MV033 / GtG137 / ZSS54 / StJ / ELW253 / GA293 / SFFS 2085 / G(II)276 / GC370 / GC(II)364 / G(3)429 / CP368 / W&R402 He came down that we may have love/ Jesus came bringing us hope (Traditional Cameroon) A lovely simple song - you can make up words and have a lot of fun with this if you also use some drums. Scottish sound sample. Good for kids. 
  • Tune In: In the shape of a cross (Dave Brown) A cry to God for help and a call for God to enter our world. Reference recording, lyrics and songbook. 
  • TiS 242 / AHB 183 / AoV1-018 / ATN 27 / CH404 / UMH261 / VU352 / A&M667 / HPP163 / GtG157 / PH302 / G(II)481 / GC708 / GC(II)689 / G(3)796 / CP(E) 468 / W&R118 / Lau765 / StF247 I danced in the morning / Lord of the Dance (Carter / SIMPLE GIFTS). Lyrics and tune sample. You all know this one, right? Good for kids Oldy-but-a-goody.
  • *Taizé / CP530 By night we hasten in darkness / De noche (Berthier) One of my favourite Taize chants. Sheet music, lyrics, translations and sound samples.    
  • *NCH297 / CH736 / VU706 / StJ / AA45 / HPSS528 / W&R518 / Cha649 / URW131 Give thanks for life the measure of our days (Murray) This song is also good for funerals and is sung to the familiar tune SINE NOMINE. "Give thanks for life, the measure of our days, mortal we pass through beauty that decays, yet sing to God our hope, our love, our praise: Alleluia, Alleluia!". Lyrics (scroll down). New words to old tunes.
  • *Online Resource Holy Holy Holy One (Bruxvoort-Colligan) An energetic rocky song about God's love. Sound sample, lyrics etc. 
  • TiS 494 / W&R678 / Cha375 In water we grow (Wren) Great words, especially if you have a baptism this week. Tune is quite straightforward. Lyrics 
  • ATW 451 Jesus Saviour of the world (Schubert) Simple chant-like song.  
  • *Taizé / MV100 / Lau782 Lord God you love us, source of compassion (Berthier) A very simple refrain, which would work well as a response during prayers of confession or of intercession. Sound sample, sheet music and translations.  
  • TiS 174 / UMH194 / A&M544 / CP(E)259 / 82Hml-585 / StF012 Morning glory starlit sky (Vanstone / KENOSIS) Quite formal words, but very very beautiful song of God's boundless love "Drained is love in making full, bound in setting others free, poor in making many rich, weak in giving power to be". Not all sources are inclusive. The tune is not difficult, but will need to be taught to a congregation if not familiar. The lyrics could also be read as a poem, and challenges the image of Christ as monarch, but also affirms God's reign. Lyrics.
  • AoV1-003 / HPP258 / GA394 / G(II)342 / GC497 / GC(II)495 / G(3)576 / Lau693 / StF803 / MP648 The heavens are telling the glory of God / Canticle of the Sun (Haugen) Energetic waltz of cosmic praise with great lyrics "Come dance in the forest, come play in the field, and sing, sing to the glory of the Lord". Sound sample. Lyrics and sheet music sample 
  • NCH271 / UMH538 / VU196 / PH131 / CP249 / W&R333 Wind who makes all winds that blow (Troeger) Excellent words. Familiar tune (ABERYSTWYTH). New words to old tunes. 
  • Various Sources Blowin' in the wind (Dylan) Thanks to Ed in LA for this suggestion. "The wind blows where it will". This could be a good song to add to this reading. 
  • Recorded Music You must be born again (Mahalia Jackson) A good old song - if you have good musicians, they could do their own version of this classic. Lyrics and Youtube.
Alternate reading: Matthew 17:1-9
See the post for Transfiguration Sunday


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