Lectionary Songs & Hymns Year B pt. 1

For hymn book references and resources please see the preamble on the “Lectionary Songs and Hymns, Year A” page

3 April 2015: Good Friday

Consider the hymns and songs from Lent 4  & Lent 1 below. If your service is Eucharistic, several of the selections for Maundy Thursday would be suitable.

Something new:

On a cool and autumn dawn Bill Bennett’s NZ hymn (for the southern hemisphere!). Easy tune, chords provided in “Hope is our Song” #110

Some core items you may want to consider include:

When I survey the wondrous cross (suits as a closing hymn on Good Friday)

Were you there when they crucified my Lord? (but suggest you do not use “Were you there when… the stone was rolled away (or)  he rose up..”)

(Jesus walked this) lonesome valley CoCs #452

O sacred head, surrounded CoCs #463

Jesus, remember me (Taize) CoCs #459

Meekness and majesty (Kendrick) Suitable opening song

Come and see, come and see (Kendrick)

From heaven you came, helpless babe aka “The Servant King” (Kendrick)

Glory be to Jesus (A bit Victorian gothic, but some will like to use it)

What a friend we have in Jesus (On Good Friday, the tune SCARLET RIBBONS would be fitting rather than the jolly CONVERSE)

There is a redeemer (Melody Green)

I will sing the wondrous story HYFRYDOL

O Christ who by a cross made peace your sign (Murray/Gibson) AA #105

My song is love unknown LOVE UNKNOWN (selected verses)

When his time was over

Here hangs a man discarded PASSION CHORALE

I cannot tell why he whom angels worship LONDONDERRY AIR Suggest the first two verses only, possibly with the last verse too, but this tune can be draggy if too many verses are sung. You will need the inclusive language version in the link.

I won’t recommend “There is a green hill far away” because of its sentimentality and poor theology, but you’re the boss…

Thanks to Chris Harris for providing most of the suggestions.

 

2 April 2015: Maundy Thursday and as a reference list for Holy Communion

Featured Eucharistic Hymn:

Eat this bread and never hunger (Damon) CoCs #530 and words and music online from Hope Publishing. Easy to learn and very popular at the 2o14 LSM Conference, this is a worthy addition to your communion repertoire. Click the pdf symbol for the sheet music.

Featured Eucharistic Song:

Come to the banquet (there’s a place for you) Fay White’s easy and catchy song of invitation, your congregation could easily sing along – the lyrics are on the Youtube clip. This would make an excellent opening song.

Amazing grace

A (The) new commandment

An upper room did our Lord prepare O WALY WALY

Broken for me, broken for you

Gifts of bread and wine

Here is bread, here is wine (Kendrick) I prefer the lyrics to read “Feast with Jesus here”

Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us

Love is his word

Meekness and majesty (Kendrick)

Be still, for the presence of the Lord

Broken for me, broken for you

Eat this bread (Taize) CoCs  #528

Jesus stand among us

Let us break bread together on our knees CoCs #521

Stay with me (Taize)

Ubi caritas  (Taize)

Jesu, Jesu (fill us with your love) aka Kneels at the feet of his friends Check to see that your version has inclusive language CoCs #367

God of our journeys

I come with joy, a child of God (Wren) 86.86

I love the Lord

O God you search me (Farrell)

On this night

Oh welcome all ye noble saints of old

 

NZ Repertoire

E te Ariki, (Lord have mercy) (Render) FFS #13

In the singing, in the silence (Murray/Young) FFS #38 CoCs #519

Now to your table spread (Murray) LOVE UNKNOWN AA #100

For the bread and wine and blessing (Murray/Jansen) AA #39

Do this in remembrance of me AA #29 (Val Cash)

Christ let us come with you AA #17 (Murray/Gibson)

Brother, sister, let me serve you (The Servant Song) (Gillard) AA #8, CoCs #550

He came singing love (Gibson) AA #59, CoCs #226

 

29 March 2015: Passion Sunday / Palm Sunday

Featured video this week:

Lord you hear the cry (Lord have mercy)  I recommended this Gospel-style worship song for Ash Wednesday, but it would set the scene for Palm Sunday perfectly if used to convey the sense of hope for a Messiah that the people had. This video has all the words.

Featured hymn of the week:

No tramp of soldiers marching feet An evocative hymn by Timothy-Dudley Smith for Palm Sunday, suitable perhaps for closing the service, or possibly at the Offertory. Follow the link for the words. KINGSFOLD is an appropriate tune.

Featured song of the week:

Make way, make way Youtube video (with words) of Graham Kendrick’s song, very suitable for a Palm Sunday entry/opening. The spoken beginning is optional. Found in a number of books, including “Songs of the Nations” #587

Hosanna, hosanna (Carl Tuttle – Youtube Video)  “Songs of the Nations” #538 Would make an excellent medley with Make Way as they are both in the key of G – I’d use this song second.

Other material for Palm Sunday:

When his time was over Beautifully evocative song for Palm Sunday and Holy Week, by Robin Mann. TiS #357. Really worth learning – should be a standard part of the repertoire for this time of year.

All glory, praise (laud) and honour Standard processional hymn for Palm Sunday. ST THEOLDULPH TiS #333,  CoCs #467, HFTC #120 and many other hymnals.

There’s a man riding in on a donkey A different context for SING HOSANNA (the well-worn “Give me oil in my lamp”). Excellent with children (and a good alternative to “Make Way” above). You may need a free membership to Jubilate Group to get access to the words. Best on guitar, but the music can be found in HFTC  #S.11

I will enter his gates (with thanksgiving in my heart) Scripture in Song (SoP) #139

My song is love unknown [LOVE UNKNOWN] I suggest selected verses

Ride on, ride on in majesty WINCHESTER NEW HFTC #119, TiS #348

You are the king of glory (Mavis Ford) “Songs of the Kingdom” #118

Lift up your heads (Kia hiwa ra) “Songs of the Kingdom” #13  as recorded by Shiloh Whanau (Hawkes Bay)

The King of Glory comes TiS #279 Lively Israeli-style song

Come into the streets with me (Murray) AA #022 Lively, for kids

 

Many of the hymns and songs from the season of Lent (below) are suitable in association with the Passion Narrative, but some additional suggestions are:

Meekness and majesty (Kendrick)

From heaven you came (The Servant King) (Kendrick)

An upper room did our Lord prepare O WALY WALY

O Sacred head PASSION CHORALE

This is my body, broken for you (In love for me) with the lovely extra verses here “Songs of the Kingdom” #79 Link to the original recording

Lift high the cross (Murray) AA #87 CRUCIFER

Lord Jesus for my sake you come (Perry) Deserves wider use at this time of year. HFTC #133 Could be sung to ANGELUS or WAREHAM. You may need a free membership to Jubilate Group to get access to the words.

Thanks to Natalie & Chris for their very significant input!

 

22 March 2015: The fifth Sunday in Lent See also Lent 2

Featured song of the week:

Unless a grain of wheat by Bernadette Farrell. The lyrics are all from the NT (mainly words of Jesus).

Featured hymn of the week:

God of Jeremiah grieving Brian Wren’s hymn sung to KELVINGROVE aka (“Will you come and follow me?”) TiS #679, or scroll down the linked page for the music pdf.

O Day of Peace Carl Daw’s beautiful hymn of promised shalom. Can be sung to JERUSALEM or O WALY WALY (half verses, or other LM), as above, scroll down for the music pdf link if you want a copy of JERUSALEM

Spirit, spirit of gentleness

Breathe on me, breath of God I prefer TRENTHAM as the tune, as in CoCs #190 HFTC #226 has more modern words.

God forgave my sin (Freely, freely)

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy (I like the Colin Gibson version HiOS #135, to CROSS OF JESUS)

From heaven you came (The Servant King) Graham Kendrick’s well-known worship song

Create in us a clean heart O God (Digby Hannah)  If you have TiS (#712) it would be worth learning this attractive little song

Among us and before us Lord you stand (Iona) can be sung to SURSUM CORDA. Scroll down the linked page for the (not easy to find) lyrics, or TiS #259

There is a redeemer (Melody Green)

Christ be my leader by night as by day is easily sung to SLANE (aka “Be Thou My Vision”). Click the link for the lyrics. Short, so a suitable gradual hymn

Praise the One who breaks the darkness sung to NETTLETON or other 87.87D, CONVERSE (aka “What a friend”…) would work.

When Christ was lifted from the earth Simple,  but profound words from Brian Wren. WILTSHIRE or other 86.86

My song is love unknown (selected verses! possibly the first two and last two). LOVE UNKNOWN

Natalie Sims and Chris Harris provided most of the suggestions for this week.

 

15 March 2015: The fourth Sunday in Lent  See also Lent 2 

In NZ we encourage you to observe Lent omitting the English festival of “Mothering Sunday” which was, in any case, not originally about mothers, but about your mother church (Cathedral). In NZ the secular mothers’ day is on May 10, and that is a more appropriate day (seasonally speaking) to celebrate our mothers.

Featured song of the week:

Lift Jesus higher may be a choice that surprises some because of the way it was sung in the 70s (as a jolly little ditty). However, sung slowly and meditatively it is worshipful and reflective and very apt for today’s readings. The words need updating: I suggest you could sing “He said ‘When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw the world unto me.'” (or, “all  folk”,  but I always think ‘folk’ is clunky.) SiS (Songs of Praise) #119. Copyright and composer are unknown.

Featured hymn of the week:

O, my saviour lifted is perfect for today, and would work in any reflective moment of the service, or as an apt Gradual. The tune NORTH COATES In the key of D, could be given a more contemporary feel on guitar. TiS #600(ii) You will need a contemporary version of the words such as these:

O my saviour lifted /from the earth for me/ draw me in your mercy/so my eyes may see.

Lift my earth-bound longings/ fix them high above / draw me with the magnet /of your mighty love.

For your arms are stretching/ ever far and wide/ to enfold your children / to your loving side.

And I come, O Jesus / dare I turn away? / No, your love has conquered / and I come today.

Bringing all my burdens / sorrow, sin and care / at your feet I lay them /and I leave them there. William Walsham How.

Other choices suitable for today:

Amazing grace (Appropriate in relation to the Epistle) CoCs #19 and many other sources

From heaven you came (The Servant King)

When at this table (Murray/Gibson) HiOS #148 Well worth learning – easy tune and poignant words for communion, very suitable in Lent

I will sing the wondrous story 

When we are living, we are in the Lord CoCs #242 Performed by the Local Shared Ministry Conference on this page.

Give thanks with a grateful heart

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy Colin Gibson’s version in HiOS #135 CROSS OF JESUS can be used.

Where shall be found (Tree of Peace) Worth learning this simple, moving song from Colin Gibson HiOS #151

Who is my mother, who is my brother Murray/Render AA #158

Your (thy) lovingkindness is better than life Blast from the past: SiS #71 (for the Psalm)

This is a day of new beginnings Wren/Young CoCs #495, TiS #653

When I survey the wondrous cross

Lift high the cross (Shirley Murray’s version in AA #87

My song is love unknown 

Thanks to Chris Harris for contributions 

 

8 March 2015: The third Sunday in Lent

Hymns and songs associated with the cross from last week’s selection are particularly appropriate to the Epistle; many of the selections from Ash Wednesday onwards are appropriate during Lent. Consider “Love will be our Lenten calling” (Lent 1) or “Lord you hear the cry” (Ash Wednesday) for example

Featured hymn this week:

I have brought you out of Egypt is a hymn by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette which neatly summarized the 10 Commandments, so this could be used as a Gradual hymn. NETTLETON is a great tune, as is BEACH SPRING, but you could sing it to ABBOT’S LEIGH or EBENEZER (or other 87.87D)

Featured songs this week: from Richard Bruxvoort Colligan’s album “Love Stands With”

Bring us justice (Psalm 26) I love this boppy number which could be listened to in place of the psalm, or as a lively response to communion, or (easy!) the exit music. Words and recording here.

Faithfully angry (Psalm 58)  could be listened to as a reflection on the gospel. Words and recording here.

Move! (Psalm 109) Sixties-sounding rocker/protest song. Apt for the Gospel today! Good with youth, or, of course those who were young in the sixties! Words and music here.

Other hymns and songs suited to the day:

Praise with joy the world’s creator Refreshing contemporary text inspired by “Praise my soul the king of heaven…” with the same tune (called either PRAISE MY SOUL or LAUDA ANIMA) CoCs #57 or TiS 179 or the words are here. Good for opening or closing worship.

Sing for God’s glory that colours the dawn of creation sung to LOBE DEN HERRN (but keep it lively!). Link downloads a word document.

Let justice roll down like a river (Colin Gibson) aa #85 or perhaps:

Let justice flow down (Douglas Romanow) CoCs #286

Jesus Christ is waiting sung to NOEL NOUVELET (Iona Community) Check out the words and video links on sixmaddens. Free sheet music, simple arrangement.

Here hangs a man discarded is Brian Wren’s hymn about the apparent foolishness of the cross. Works well with PASSION CHORALE aka “O Sacred Head”. Words here.

When I survey the wondrous cross is apt today (CoCs #457 and most hymnals)

All heaven declares

All my hope on God is founded

Lift high the cross (Shirley Murray’s version to the traditional tune) AA #87

Thanks to Chris Harris and Natalie Sims for contributing to this list

 

1 March 2015: The second Sunday in Lent (Take up your cross)

Consider using some of the hymns and songs for Lent 1 & Ash Wednesday

Featured songs and videos this week:

I have decided to follow Jesus receives an effective African-style treatment in this YouTube clip from vocal group “Selah”, which you could sing along to (except for the verse in an African language, I presume!). Alternatively, it could be used as a reflection after the Gospel or Sermon, or before Communion, perhaps. “Community of Christ Sings” #499, guitar chords and words are here, but note that the first three verses are the ones normally sung; you can probably do without the arm-twisting.

Let your heart be broken A song not well-known here but very appropriate for Lent and this Sunday. Lyrics are here (but a bit exclusive: “a brother” is better as “another” for example). The music is published in “Community of Christ Sings [CoCs] #353. Reflective performance in this Youtube clip related to medical mission in Africa.

Other hymns and songs for the day:

O Christ who by a cross made peace your sign Shirley Murray’s hymn is very apt at this time of violence in the world. The tune SURSUM CORDA can be found in many books. Words: CoCs #315, AA #105 or here at Hope Publishing (Click on the little PDF symbol for the words set to the music).

I will set my bow in the clouds Dan Damon offers a modern hymn about covenants in the Bible. Words and music from Hope Publishing are here: click the pdf symbol for a printable score with guitar chords.

I will sing the wondrous story [HYFRYDOL] TiS #233 HFTC #212

In the cross of Christ I glory [STUTTGART] TiS #349 or lyrics are here.

In the presence of your people (Brent Chambers, Scripture in Song) for the psalm, a blast from the 70s past.

All people that on earth do dwell (Revised, inclusive version of the words [OLD 100TH]. Worth scrolling down to p44 for a lively take on the words. Must not be sung like the familiar dirge-performances! For the psalm

Faith will not grow from words alone Another excellent text from Elizabeth J Smith, (TiS #691, where the tune is DUNEDIN aka “Where mountains rise to open skies”. You can use a different 88.88 tune, though. Check out the lyrics here Related to the Epistle reading, so could be sung before the Gospel

Bambelela (Never Give Up) Just the coolest African-style song recorded by Marty Haugen Reflective of Abraham’s faith in the First Testament reading. Very simple words, multi-part score

With the body that was broken More traditional-style hymn by Carl Daw, but very suitable for a Lenten offertory hymn. Could be sung to ST HELEN (slightly lively!) but perhaps better in Lent to PICARDY (87.87.87)

Will you come and follow me (The Summons) Well known song from Iona, suitable for closing. CoCs #586 and many other contemporary books. Worth Googling/search YouTube if you don’t know it.

There is a redeemer (Melody Green) Songs of the Nations #644

We wait for you (we long to see you come) Beautiful, reflective song by Shirley Murray & Colin Gibson AA#149

Jesus comes to me as a springtime tree Poetic hymn of the journey with Jesus by Joy Cowley & Ian Render AA# 77, and on the “Alleluia Aotearoa” CD

Chris Harris and Natalie Sims provided many of these selections

 

22 February 2015: The first Sunday in Lent (Baptism of Jesus)

Consider using some of the hymns and songs suggested for Ash Wednesday, and also “Unless a grain of wheat”  (15 February)

Featured song for Lent:

Jesus, you have called us Another ResoundWorship song from Joel Payne (“In the beginning”). This is a simple and meditative song which you could use throughout Lent. Suitable as Gradual, Post-Sermon reflection, Post-, or during Communion. All the resources are available for a small fee.“Jesus, you have called us: Come, follow me, take up your cross,
deny yourself and live.”

Featured hymn for Lent:

Love will be our Lenten calling [PICARDY aka “Let all mortal flesh...”] Powerful words from Elizabeth J Smith Scroll down the linked page for the words. Could be used as a theme hymn for Lent, or on any Sunday. Good Offertory hymn, for example. TiS #684

Chris Harris has provided these suggestions:

And can it be

As the deer pants for the water

Father, hear the prayer we offer 

Forgive our sins as we forgive

Forty days and forty nights

God forgave my sin (Freely, freely)

I bind unto myself today

Just as I am, without one plea

O Jesus, I have promised

O let the Son of God enfold you

From Alleluia Aotearoa:

Loving Spirit #94(i)

Gentle God when we are driven #44

Here is the place #60

He came singing love #59

Suggested by Natalie Sims :

She sits like a bird, brooding on the water (Enemy of Apathy) (Iona Community) – Youtube demo. TiS #418

Christ be my leader by night as by day [SLANE] TiS #624

What a friend we have in Jesus

Here at Jordan’s river [NOEL NOUVELET] Scroll down for the words

Lord, when you came to Jordan [ELLACOMBE] Scroll right down for the words

 

18 February 2015: Ash Wednesday

Featured song for Ash Wednesday:

Lord you hear the cry (Lord have mercy) Strong, gospel-influenced song with a justice theme from ResoundWorship. Your congregation could, for example, sing along with the refrain and listen to the verses. Nice key change.

Dust and ashes touch our face  is a new hymn by Brian Wren and Hal Hopson. If you don’t want to learn a new tune, this would make an excellent poem for reflection before the imposition of ashes.

Chris Harris has provided these suggestions from “Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New” but you can find most of them in other books:

All who would valiant be  # 27

As the deer pants for the water  # 43

Be thou my guardian and my guide  # 65

Be thou my vision  # 66

Father of heaven, whose love profound  # 174

Forgive our sins as we forgive  # 199

Forty days and forty nights  # 202

Give thanks with a grateful heart  # 219

God forgave my sin  # 237

Jesu, lover of my soul  # 369

Judge eternal, throned in splendour  # 411

Lord Jesus, think on me  # 465

O for a heart to praise my God  # 540

O God of Bethel, by whose hand  # 545

O Lord, hear my prayer  # 561

O love, how deep, how broad, how high  # 570

Rock of ages  # 643

Through the night of doubt and sorrow  # 770

Some suggestions from New Zealand writers, all from “Alleluia Aotearoa”:

Christ let us come with you is suitable for a Eucharist (AA #17)

Christ is our peace (AA #16)

He came singing love (AA #59)

Tama Ngakau Marie (AA # 128)

Teach us O loving heart of Christ (AA # 130) can be sung to ST COLUMBA or other 86.86

Now unto him (AA #102) Suitable for closing

God of freedom, God of justice (AA #50) Effective when sung to the suggested tune PICARDY

God of the galaxies (AA #54)

 

15 February 2015: Being healed and spreading the word

Featured songs this week:

O Author of faith by Richard Bruxvoort-Corrigan An Epistle-related hoedown song. Words and recording here. If you have no other role for this song it would make lively exit music!

Unless a grain of wheat shall fall by Bernadette Farrell is performed very well in this Youtube clip. This is a song that also looks forward to Lent. Your congregation could sing along with the refrain as a post-Communion reflection -words are included, or can be found here. The music (with chords)  is published in a book called “Praying in Song”, but can be purchased as a separate here.

Last week’s selections are mostly apt, so if you learned something new you could sing it again, or perhaps try some of the hymns you didn’t use.

Other possibilities:

God forgave my sins in Jesus name (Freely, freely) HFTC S.12

Siyahamba (We are marching/walking in the light of God) TiS #666 (Yes, really!)

Come O God of all the earth (For the psalm: see February 8 below)

Jesus Christ is waiting (Iona Community) [NOEL NOUVELET]

This is a day of new beginnings TiS #653 A worthy addition to any church’s repertoire

Jesus, where’er your people meet [WAREHAM] TiS #445 and  HFTC #371 (revised words)

Stand up and bless the Lord [CARLISLE] TiS #449 and HFTC #351

Here in this place (Gather us in) TiS #474 Marty Haugen’s lively opening song is well worth learning

Jesus calls us here to meet him [GAELIC AIR] TiS #477 John Bell and Graeme Maule offer challenging lyrics for an opening hymn – the tune is easy to learn. If you prefer, v3. could read “race and gender, class and language…” The words can be found in this document (with a 4th verse on the next page). The music is also in “Faith Forever Singing” #10(i)

 

8 February 2015: Proclaiming the message and healing the people

Featured song this week:

Healer of our every ill (Marty Haugen) It’s worth learning this very attractive and reflective song! YouTube example hereWords, music and guitar chords are here.

Other hymns about healing ministry:

Jesus’ hands were kind hands [AU CLAIRE DE LA LUNE] TiS #236

We cannot measure how you heal [YE BANKS AND BRAES] Lyrics are here

Two different hymns about healing that can be sung to [ANGELUS]:

At evening when the sun had set (HFTC #315) & O Christ the healer we have come (TiS #638)

Among us and before us Lord you stand [SURSUM CORDA] is a tune that fits well. Good for Offertory.

Praise the One who breaks the darkness [NETTLETON] Tune well worth learning if you don’t know it, or other 87.87D Lyrics are here. Suitable for an opening hymn.

We give God thanks for those who knew [MELCOMBE] HFTC #318

From miles around the sick ones came Lyrics are here. Can be sung to [WAREHAM] or many other 88.88 tunes. Short, so suitable for a Gradual hymn

In the quiet of this day [FFS #37] Delightful when sung to [BUCKLAND aka Loving Shepherd of your sheep]

Christ is our peace [AA #16]

For the bread and wine and blessing [AA #39] Suitable for Offertory or Communion

Other suitable hymns/songs for today:

Make me a channel of your peace

He’s got the whole world in his hands

If I were a butterfly for kids!

Come O God of all the earth (Marty Haugen) Lively responsive song. Lyrics and example performance here. YouTube singalong version is here.

We have a gospel to proclaim HFTC #519 [FULDA] Words and downloadable accompaniment versions are here. Suitable closing hymn

Thanks to Natalie Sims for providing many of these selections

 

1 February  2015: Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (Candlemas – A principal feast)

As the Gospel reading for today is the same as December 28 2014, please refer to those selections below.

Some additional selections:

Where the road runs out AA 156

Jesus, name above all names SotK 21

Faith has set us on a journey FFS 14

Go now in peace (A simple round) TiS 782

 

If your congregation is using the readings for the 4th Sunday after Epiphany instead:

Give thanks with a grateful heart (Suitable for opening or closing)

There is a redeemer (Suitable offertory hymn)

Be still for the presence of the Lord (Suitable Communion hymn)

Jesus Christ is waiting

Jesus shall reign where’er the sun

All hail the power of Jesus’ name (revised version in HFTC is suitable, key of D would be better)

Create in me a clean heart, O God (Could be used as preparation for confession)

Christ is our peace AA 16 (Suitable gradual hymn)

O love that will not let me go

Firmly I believe and truly (Could be sung instead of reciting a Creed)

 

25 January 2015: Calling the first disciples

Songs and hymns for last week, 18 January, (below) will also be suitable

Featured song this week:

Jesus, you have called us (Joel Payne) Full resources available hereGood for post-communion or similar time of reflection

Beauty for brokenness (Kendrick) see December 14

Jesus Christ is waiting (Bell) [NOEL NOUVELET]

In the singing, in the silence (Murray/Young) FFS #38 A delightful communion hymn

Lord of the dance

Dear God embracing humankind More inclusive language version of “Dear Lord and Father…”

I come with joy, a child of God (Wren) [UNIVERSITY] Lyrics are here.

I have decided to follow Jesus This works well sung slowly and meditatively, rather than the typical bouncy version

Who would true valour see in the TiS version, #561, or Who honours courage here, HFTC #537 the original words are too obscure to use nowadays [MONK’S GATE]

You are born in us again see 4 January

Tell my people I love them AA #132

Now as we go AA #99

Thanks to Natalie Sims and Chris Harris for their suggestions

 

18 January 2015: God’s call

Featured song:

Speak O Lord (Stuart Townend) Very striking and beautiful worship song perfect for today. Lyrics and guitar chords, audio performance plus introductory video. (Look for the play button under the title). Also in “Community of Christ Sings” #66. There is a Youtube with lyrics here.

Here I am Lord (I the Lord of sea and sky)

I have called you by your name (Dan Damon) Words and music. This song has proved very popular and is easy to learn.

O God, you search me and you know me (Farrell)

Jesus calls us here to meet him (Bell) GAELIC AIR as found in TiS #477, or, the lyrics are here, and can be sung to an 87.87D tune such as CONVERSE aka “What a friend…”

Will you come and follow me? (The Summons) (Bell) KELVINGROVE. Found in many modern hymnbooks. The straight tune version is, in my opinion, better than the dotted. That said, there is an attractive version of the dotted performed here. Lyrics are here.

There is a redeemer

Every Day (AA #36)

Who is moving through the silence? (AA 157)

Alleluia, sing to Jesus

Be thou my vision

Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour

O worship the King

Thanks to Natalie Sims and Chris Harris for their suggestions

 

 

11 January 2015: Baptism of Jesus

Hymn lyric of the week:

Down by the Jordan straightforward words by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette that can be sung (with vigour!) to LOBE DEN HERRN aka “Praise to the Lord, the almighty, the king of creation”.

Also, check out the video listing “Beneath the Southern Cross” for 4 January. You could make use of it anytime in January.

 

Songs and hymns for the Genesis 1 reading:

Wind upon the waters is a beautiful meditative modern hymn by Marty Haugen performed by a choir here. The lyrics are here, with a solo performance: words could be read as a poem.

She sits like a bird (Enemy of apathy). Nice use of some feminine imagery for the ruach. From the Iona Community. TiS #418. Well worth learning the tune. There is a very simple performance, with lyrics, on this video.

Morning has broken [BUNESSAN]

Let all creation dance Great words by Brian Wren, sung to DARWALL aka “You holy angels bright”. TiS 187 or the words can be found here.

Praise with joy the world’s creator Another hymn from John Bell, set to the well known PRAISE MY SOUL / LAUDA ANIMA. TiS 179 or the words can be found here.

Mothering God Some feminine Trinitarian imagery if you scroll down this page. Can be sung to MARYTON aka “Jesus the joy of loving hearts”

Touch the earth lightly Murray/Gibson (NZ) in Alleluia Aotearoa #143 and TiS 668. Hymn about our engagement with creation. Note that the minor key verse can be optional.

 

Songs and hymns for the Acts reading:

Breathe on me breath of God Personally I think the meditative TRENTHAM is a much more fitting tune than the somewhat bouncy CARLISLE

Spirit of the living God s. 23 & 24 in HFTC

Wairua Tapu / Holy Spirit you are welcome Simple Maori words for the chorus “Holy Spirit Thou Art Welcome” You could sing this as a Gradual Hymn. Lyrics and alternative English lyrics:

Wairua Tapu, Wairua Tapu, tomo mai,
(Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit enter)
Wairua Tapu, Wairua Tapu, tomo mai
Ko koe ra e Ihowa te mana nui
(Yahweh you have all authority)

Wairua Tapu, Wairua Tapu, tomo mai.

Holy Spirit, you are welcome in this place (x)

Revealing the power of mercy and grace,

you are welcome in this place.

Spirit, spirit of gentleness Jim Manley’s classic song: words here

Come down, O Love divine [DOWN AMPNEY]

Join hands in the Spirit AA 82

 

Songs and hymns for the Gospel reading:

Christ on whom the Spirit rested David Mowbray’s hymn works for all the readings today! Sung to the vigorous tune MICHAEL aka “All my hope on God is founded”. HFTC #228. Words also on this page, but you may need a free account to access them.

Wild and lone the prophet’s voice Excellent and challenging words from Carl Daw. Half verses can be sung to HEINLEIN aka “40 days and 40 nights”, making a total of 6 verses.

Down by the Jordan (See above for the featured lyric this week)

When Jesus came to Jordan Fred Pratt Green’s hymn with lyrics here. This would make a good post-communion reflection especially if sung to PASSION CHORALE aka “O Sacred Head”. You could choose a different 76.76D tune.

Natalie Sims and Chris Harris contributed several of these suggestions. 

 

4 January 2015: Epiphany, or alternately Second Sunday of Christmas

Epiphany readings take precedence here, unless observed January 6.

Featured video: Beneath the Southern Cross:

Perfect celebration of two hundred years of the Gospel in Aotearoa-New Zealand,  from the Presbyterian church. Overseas vistors to this page: this might give you a flavour of the Gospel in our land.

 

 

A selection of material related to the visit of the Magi (Epiphany)

The Little Drummer Boy: [Pentatonix version]

 

Come all poor and humble (see links below under Christmas [night])

Angels from the realms of glory

As with gladness men of old

Let all mortal flesh keep silence

(O) Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness

Shepherds came, their praises bringing (HFTC #74) QUEM PASTORES LAUDAVERE  Suitable for a Gradual or Gospel Acclamation

I am the light of the world (care is needed with the version chosen for inclusive language): “To be at one with people everywhere” instead of “To call a man your brother everywhere”, & “To make music in the hearts of the old”…

You are the king of glory (Songs of the Kingdom #118)

The Light of the World: A new song (free download) from Stuart Townend. Celebratory Irish folk style. Mp3 and lyrics Available here. This would make superb exit music, especially the bouncy instrumental at the end!

 

From Aotearoa:

Who sweeps the stable (see below, 28 December)

Who are these who ride by starlight (CoC #49) This Marnie Barrell carol could be sung to a well-known tune, as it is 87.87D. My suggestion is EBENEZER, but you could use SCARLET RIBBONS or ABBOT’S LEIGH

Wise men came journeying Text by Shirley Murray, with a very evocative tune by Colin Gibson

You are born in us again (CoC #52) Also on the CD

 

A selection of material for the Second Sunday of Christmas (if Epiphany is observed on January 6)

In the beginning: Joel Payne’s excellent contemporary song as found here.

God is working his purpose out

Jesus, name above all names (Songs of the Kingdom #21)

Emmanuel (Songs of the Kingdom #33)

Like a candle flame (See Christmas [night] below)

We have a gospel to proclaim

God has spoken by his prophets

Fairest Lord Jesus (TiS #203)

Take my gifts and let me love you (AA 127)

Come in, come in New Year (CoC #13 – Tune ii is on the CD)

Who sweeps the stable? (See below)

I am the light of the world (see note above)

Christ is the world’s true light (Briggs) Can be sung to NUN DANKET aka “Now thank we all our God” Inclusive language version is found in TiS #238

Thanks to Chris Harris for his suggestions for today

 

 28 December: First Sunday of Christmas

Songs/Hymns of the week:

Who sweeps the stable (when Christmas is over?)

You could be tempted to think that this would be the very worst day to learn something new, but “Who sweeps the stable” (Murray/Gibson) is a delightful song about discipleship, with a very singable tune. Would suit a soloist or small group to lead a couple of verses, with the congregation joining in later. HioS [Hope Is Our Song] #154(i). Colin’s tune has easy guitar chords. There is an echo here of Mary’s “Yes” to God.

Lift this child This Australian carol (from a poem by Norman Habel) has a lovely tune by Robin Mann, and is perfect for the Gospel reading today. If you can’t use the music, it could be read as a reflective poem. It was popular when we learned it at an LSM conference a couple of years back (although one person really took exception to the line “God has come to be born as an ordinary bloke” which seems perfectly incarnational to me).

Other material suitable for the day, in addition to the carols for Christmas below:

Lord now let your servant go his way in peace [NORTH COATES] The Nunc Dimittis set to a familiar tune (cf. “O My Saviour Lifted”) HFTC #611. Perfect Gradual hymn. Words here.

Lord bid your servant go in peace A slightly longer Nunc Dimittis. TiS #324. You could use many 86.86 tunes such as ST ANNE (aka “O God our help”)

Child in the manger, infant of Mary [BUNESSAN, aka “Morning Has Broken”. TiS #319, HFTC #51, or words and music on this page.

Lord, you were rich beyond all splendour Moving and lovely carol with a french traditional tune, BERGERS aka QUELLE EST CETTE ODEUR. HFTC # 63 and words on this page. Music (but with different words) is here.

Born in the night, Mary’s child TiS #323 Poignant 60s carol suitable for the Gospel reading

Unto us a boy is born

Good Christians all, rejoice

Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us

Star-child, earth child CoC #40(ii)  also found on the CD

Praise to God, whose Holy Spirit CoC #36, suggest you sing it to ABBOT’S LEIGH. This would make a suitable offertory hymn

Peace Child CoC #35  also on the CD

Carol our Christmas CoC #7  also on the CD .  Very suitable opening carol

Don’t forget to conclude with a rousing carol that everyone knows well: Hark the herald angels sing, or O Come all ye faithful for example.

 

24/25 December: The feast of the Incarnation

 Video Clip for Christmas Eve/Midnight:

Pentatonix: Silent Night A lovely, meditative take on the carol

The music suggestions assume that traditional favourites such as “Once in royal David’s city” are likely to be included in your selections anyway. But beware of including too many verses, such as in “The first nowell ” (which in one version has a stupefying NINE verses). Sometimes it is wise to cull the more sentimental verses from carols. We encourage you to ensure that you use inclusive people-language in your carol versions, for example, substituting “all” for “men” (“Let all their songs employ”). See “Hymns for Today’s Church” 2nd edition, for example, or “Together in Song”. 

Natalie Sims has an exhaustive list here, which has all the traditional favourites at the bottom of the page.

Chris Harris reminds us of the comprehensive resource from the Methodist Church of NZ, “Ten Minutes on a Tuesday” which has lots of Christmas ideas and a list of carols, too.

 

Carols for celebration at night:

All over creation joy spills into light CoC #3, also on the CD*

Child of Christmas story CoC #8, also on the CD. Very easy to learn, charming but challenging words!

The stars danced, the angels sang CoC #43, also on the CD*. Great with kids.

The wind blew keen CoC#44 Atmospheric carol by Colin Gibson

All who would see God’s greatness CoC #4, also on the CD*. Beautiful words by Marnie Barrell

How far is it to Bethlehem? Adapted for all-age use without the sentimental “kiddie” language. Pleasant English tune STOWEY which can be found in HFTC #288 HowFarIsItToBethlehem words.

Infant holy, infant lowly Attractive but under-utilised Polish carol.

Like a candle flame Superb carol by Graham Kendrick that deserves to be better known. Link to a Youtube clip with lyrics. Congregation could sing along with the simple refrain.

Holy Child, how still you lie Timothy Dudley Smith’s moving carol, HFTC #60 HOLY CHILD. Link provides organ example of the tune. Words here, but ignore the noxious version of the tune.

It came upon the midnight clear probably deserves to be sung more, especially with the words version from Jubilate Hymns (sign up for a free account, gives you access to the lyrics and heaps of other resources). I prefer the American tune CAROL, but NOEL will do, if not done too slowly.

Come all poor and humble (aka POVERTY CAROL). Lovely Welsh carol with updated words: Come all poor and humble . Music is from the Oxford Book of Carols, but needs to be down a tone for congregational singing. See also a different version for Christmas Day.

See him lying on a bed of straw (CALYPSO CAROL). Upbeat  1960s carol (Youtube link)

 

Carols for celebration in the morning:

Video clip for Christmas Day

Ring out the bells A new version of Judy Gresham’s super-catchy song, with lyrics to sing along to. If you don’t know Resound Worship, check out some of their other video clips and Christmas songs. Popular songs include “In the beginning”, “What kind of throne”, and “On Christmas Day”. Full downloadable resources are available for a small fee.

Carol our Christmas (Upside down Christmas) CoC #7, also on the CD*. Well-known Murray/Gibson carol for an Antipodean Christmas

Awake before sunrise CoC #6, also on the CD*. Bill Bennet’s back-country inspired NZ carol

Child of joy and peace CoC #9 Very challenging lyrics, if that’s your thing!

Te Harinui (Not on a snowy night) A bit sentimental, but important, perhaps, in this bicentennial year. CoC #31, also on the CD*

Open, open, open the stable door Lively song from Colin Gibson, fun to do.

All who would see God’s greatness CoC #4, also on the CD*. Great lyric by Marnie Barrell

You are born in us again CoC #52, also on the CD*. Delightful summer carol with a contemporary feel.

Mary’s boy child (Long time ago in Bethlehem). Great to sing if you have guitars. Lyrics and chords. Suggested modification: “We may live for ever more because of Christmas day”.

I have a song to sing Woo-hoo! A new incarnation for TEN GUITARS! Rob Ferguson’s contemporary knees-up carol. Thanks to Natalie Sims and her Big List of Christmas Carols for the suggestion.

Who would think that what was needed A lovely reflective carol  from the Iona Community sung to SCARLET RIBBONS (Who knew that you could sing “What a friend we have in Jesus” to this tune, as in the melody and chords in this pdf.

Come your hearts and voices raising  TiS #297 Perhaps not well known, but sung to the lovely tune QUEM PASTORES LAUDAVERE. You really need the lyrics version in TiS, as the original is too dated. I would omit vv. 3 & 7.

Fantastic exit music for Christmas morning would be “In the beginning” by Joel Payne. Stunning.

*CD: “Carol our Christmas” pub. New Zealand Hymnbook Trust, 24 carols from Aotearoa. A companion to the book of the same name with 52 carols from Advent to Epiphany

 

21 December 2014: “My spirit rejoices in God my saviour”

The Advent focus shifts to the message to Mary and her response of obedience.

Video clip of the week:

Mary did you know? A simply stunning a cappella song perfect for today’s theme. “That sleeping babe you’re holding is the great I AM.” A great contemporary rendition, too. Could be used to follow the Gospel reading or as a reflection after the sermon.

Hymns of the Magnificat

And holy is your name A lovely song by David Haas. Sung to the traditional WILD MOUNTAIN THYME (listen to the sound sample). Melody and chords are on this page. Definitely worth learning, as the Magnificat could be included on any number of occasions, including Morning Worship.

My soul gives glory to my God (words) A simple and beautiful magnificat from Miriam Therese Winter which in “Together in Song” is set to the 8.6.8.6 MORNING SONG (TiS # 172) but you could sing it to RICHMOND or IRISH or any of dozens of others!

Tell out my soul, the greatness of the Lord Timothy Dudley-Smith’s well loved hymn, sung to WOODLANDS. Scroll down the page for an inclusive language version of the lyrics.

A blast from the past:

My soul doth magnify the Lord (Writer unknown, Scripture in Song Vol. 1 #60)

You could make the lyrics more contemporary:

My soul proclaims your greatness, Lord, … and my Spirit is rejoicing in my saviour,

for  you, Mighty God, have done great things for me, and holy is your name.

For ages women hoped and prayed A hymn by Jane Parker Huber which will sound appropriately “Christmassy”: sung to NOEL (HFTC #87) aka “It came upon the midnight clear”. Note in the link a misprint “weal” which I assume to mean “weak”. You could use FOREST GREEN aka “O little town…” if you want a dead cert tune.

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord My early attempt at a contemporary (in 1986!) sound for a canticle. Suitable if you want something lively, perhaps, to listen to. Text is the version in “A New Zealand Prayer Book”. Downloadable from the linked page. Robyn Allen-Goudge sang the lead vocal.

 

For the Romans reading, 5 Kiwi benedictions (but for singing at the end of worship!):

Now unto him who is able to keep SiS #72, or AA #102

The Lord bless you and keep you SiS #189 or AA #138

May the mystery of God enfold us AA #95 Lovely words by Joy Cowley

Now as we go AA #99

God speed you on your way FFS #29

 

Other suitable hymns and songs for today:

Come now, Lord Jesus (Carol for Advent) AA #23(ii LALA MNTWANA) also in CoC

We wait for you (AA #149) Also in CoC

Where is the room? (AA #152) Also in CoC

Star-child, earth-Child (CoC # 40(ii)

You are born in us again (CoC #52) features a lovely descant, and perfect for a summer Christmas

All who would see God’s greatness (CoC #4)

All of the above are NZ written, and some feature on the “Carol Our Christmas” CD from NZHT

The angel Gabriel from heaven came

I cannot tell why he whom angels worship [LONDONDERRY AIR]

Lord you were rich beyond all splendour [BERGERS aka “Whence is that goodly fragrance”: unfortunately neglected Advent/Christmas hymn HTFC #63

Meekness and majesty

Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us

The king of glory comes, the nation rejoices

My particular plea: Unless you are having a special service of readings and carols, please leave the “he is born” material for the season of Christmas!

Once again, thanks are due to Natalie Sims and Chris Harris for their prior work which has assisted with this compilation.

 

14 December 2014: “God’s saving power and justice”

Nearly all the hymn and song selections for 7 December are also appropriate this week and will not be repeated in this list. See them below.

Video clip of the week:

Beauty for brokenness by Graham Kendrick aptly captures the vision of Isaiah 61. Could be used before or after intercession

Contemporary Song of the Week:

In the beginning Joel Payne’s inspired and lively setting of John 1. For a small fee you can download all the resources you need to use this song. Could be used as an Affirmation of Faith.

 

There are several hymns that fit the Isaiah reading:

When our God shall come to reign an inclusive-language adaptation of a hymn by Christopher Idle. The tune is the well known TEMPUS ADEST FLORIDUM aka “Good King Wenceslas”

Joy to the world

O Come, o come Emmanuel

Live into hope of captives freed  is a hymn by Jane Parker Huber which is effective sung to DUKE STREET aka “Jesus Shall Reign where’er the sun”

O Day of Peace that dimly shines is a wonderful visionary hymn by Carl Daw. Perfect if your congregation is suffering from withdrawal symptoms re “And did those feet” as these words were written for the tune JERUSALEM

Comfort, comfort all my people TiS 647 [Link has music performance and lyrics]

Last Sunday I heard Come O long expected Jesus sung not to the dreary CROSS OF JESUS but to the lilting Welsh tune HYFRYDOL and it was a perfect match. This would make an excellent Gradual.

Instead of the Psalm this week you can use the Magnificat, and of course you could certainly use Tell out my soul the greatness of the Lord [WOODLANDS] or how about this other lovely setting: My soul proclaims your greatness  (opens a .pdf)[KINGSFOLD aka “I heard the voice of Jesus say”]

 

Epistle suggestions:

Holy Spirit go before us  (TiS 420) – can be sung to an 8787D tune. Link opens a .pdf file, scroll down to page 13 for the lyrics.

Jesus put this song into our hearts Graham Kendrick’s Hebrew-inspired lively song\

 

Hymns for the Gospel reading:

Come of God of all the earth (TiS 181) Very lively song by Marty Haugen – you can find a slower congregational performance also on YouTube

Longing for light (Christ be our light) An attractively sung version of Bernadette Farrell’s popular hymn

How lovely on the mountains

 

Some additional NZ songs for Advent:

Child of joy and peace CoC #9

Peace child CoC #35

 

7 December 2014: “Prepare the way”

Music suggestions for other Sundays in Advent will often be appropriate. Jeff Shrowder has a variety of creative ideas for Advent and Christmas here

Hymn text of the week:

Down by the Jordan, a text by the prolific writer Carolyn Winfrey-Gillette. This hymn, which would be suitable for opening worship (at a lively pace!) is sung to LOBE DEN HERRN aka “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the king of creation”. The lyrics are here

 Music ideas for lighting the Advent Candles:

Be still and know that I am God a version, simply edited, which can be sung in response to the candle-lighting each week. Lyrics

Hope is a light: a lovely reflection by Dan Damon. Simple cantor and response tune. Music and lyrics, with chords

Light a candle bright and tall: good words sung to the well-known tune DIX aka “As with gladness, men of old”. Lyrics are here

Aotearoa New Zealand Advent Songs (from Carol our Christmas* & some from Alleluia Aotearoa):

We wait for you (definitely worth learning the tune for, as we did at the LSM conference)

Come now where we least expect you* sung to MICHAEL. A suitable gradual hymn

You are born in us again* A lovely, lyrical advent song for a NZ summer

Look towards Christmas, Advent is here: I like Jillian Bray’s lively tune, but those with lower voices would prefer it in Bb!

For the Isaiah reading:

Comfort, comfort all my people: A lovely, simple hymn from Robin Mann (TiS #647). Video suitable for learning only, I’d recommend a slightly livelier pace as in this audio sample from the writer. Lyrics and a couple of instrumental accompaniment versions are here

See also Awake from your slumber, in the list for Advent 1

 For Psalm 85:

Let us build a house: a contemporary hymn by Marty Haugen. The writer’s own version (with lyrics) is on this Youtube clip. This would be suitable for a reflection, or something to play before the service.

Put peace into each other’s hands. Fred Pratt Green’s attractive hymn sung to ST. COLUMBA aka “The king of love my shepherd is”. Lyrics, music and chords

 For the Epistle:

Wait for the Lord: a simple chant from Taize. This could be played during communion, or as a quiet meditation before the service begins. This Youtube clip is a recording from Taize.

For the Gospel:

Prepare the way for love: recorded music for the young, or young at heart, especially if they like “Dire Straits”.

Wild and lone the prophet’s voice: if your congregation knows the Welsh tune ABERYSTWYTH aka “Jesus lover of my soul” you might well use this hymn!

Down by the Jordan: as above

and if you want a blast from 1973, the movie clip Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord from “Godspell” can be found on Youtube

For the Offertory or as a Recessional:

Sing with joy you Advent people is sung to the French Carol tune IRIS aka “Angels from the realms of glory”.  If you use this hymn, be aware that in the refrain the long melody on one syllable falls on the first part of the word “Joyful”, and the congregation would need to know this before the service begins. David Wood has given us something really apt for the season. You could also certainly use this as an opening hymn. Lyrics are here 

Natalie Sims provided many of these suggestions. If you would like a list of more traditional material please look at Jeff Schrowder’s page

Some of you may like to use this summer carol to a well-known tune:

Lord of our Summer Christmas

This Christmas we will celebrate under a summer sky,

when kowhai trees burst out in leaf and bellbirds sing on high,

and under giant ferns a lazy stream is rippling by.

Chorus:

O Lord of our summer Christmas, come, come again,

O Christ of all seasons, come again.

 

This Christmas we will celebrate upon a sunny shore,

when waves are lapping on the beach and giant breakers roar,

and sand is soft beneath our feet and seagulls wheel and soar.

 

This Christmas we will celebrate among the lofty trees,

when red pohutukawa flowers are sighing in the breeze,

and sunset touches red and gold upon the silver seas.

 

This Christmas some will celebrate in wind and rain and snow

in places poor and dirty, where we would not want to go.

O Lord, may all your children everywhere your caring know.

 

Tune: God Rest You Merry, With One Voice 233

© Jan Chamberlain (used with permission)

Thanks to Chris Harris for pointing to this suggestion

 

30 November 2014: Advent 1 “Stay awake”

See 7 December for Candle-Lighting suggestions

Video of the week:

O Come, O Come Emmanuel, interpreted brilliantly by BYU Vocal Point

This could be used to set the tone for worship, by listening or viewing before the service begins, or as a post-Communion reflection. The congregation could then sing it as a closing hymn as well.

For Psalm 80: Turn and restore us

If you want a little bit of country-rock this version of the psalm might get the people moving! It could be played as lively exit (or entrance!) music.

Traditional material for Advent 1(B)

Let all mortal flesh keep silence [PICARDY]

All my hope on God is founded [MICHAEL]

Lord of creation to you be all praise OR, (starting with v2) Lord of all power I give you my will (HFTC) You could make this more inclusive by singing “God of…” if you prefer

Long ago prophets knew [THEODORIC] lyrics can be found online

Here’s an inclusive version of verse 2:

God in time, God on earth,
thus is God’s human birth:
Jesus comes, as a man,
born himself of woman,
God divinely human: Ring bells, ring…

It’s also easier to sing “People, sing” than “Sing, choirs, sing” (also, most places don’t have choirs).

A suitable contemporary song by Dan “Here I am Lord” Schutte is Awake from your slumber/City of God which is lively with excellent words. However, it is easier to sing if you omit the bridge passage:

Another is: The king of glory comes [TIS 279] A lively, Israeli-type tune. There is a rather cheesy version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcJiC8mXyE8

Aotearoa New Zealand Advent Songs (from Carol our Christmas* & some from Alleluia Aotearoa):

We wait for you (definitely worth learning the tune for, as we did at the LSM conference)

Come now where we least expect you* sung to MICHAEL. A suitable gradual hymn

You are born in us again* A lovely, lyrical advent song for a NZ summer

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