Lectionary Songs & Hymns Year C Pt. 1

Please scroll down the page for earlier dates. Good Friday is the last entry for Year C Pt. 1. The Easter season and following will be found on a new page, Year C Pt. 2

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

25 March 2016: Good Friday

If your service is Eucharistic, several of the selections for Maundy Thursday would be suitable.

Something recent to try:

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 TiS  #357 Well worth learning for your Holy Week repertoire

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.

 

24 March 2016: 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

 

20 March 2016: Passion Sunday / Palm Sunday

Featured video this week:

Lord you hear the cry (Lord have mercy)   This 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!

 

13 March 2016: Lent 5 – Anointing at Bethany

Featured:

Said Judas to Mary Great lyrics as linked. Easy to learn folk-style tune in E minor. I have it in a book called “Our Songs” (Kevin Mayhew Pub.) You could show this video version as a meditation: 

There is a pdf of the words and music here.

Myrrh-bearing Mary from Magdala came You’ll have to squint for the words! (Zoom in). Can be sung to SLANE (Check the tune version, though!) TiS #660

A prophet-woman broke a jar Good words affirming women’s ministry in the Gospels. Tune MEGERRAN would need to be learned, but you could sing 1/2 verses to ST COLUMBA, probably omitting verse 3 as it would be too long. TiS #696, CoCS #603

Take my life and let it be NOTTINGHAM

My song is love unknown or, for Communion Now to your table spread (AA #100) both to LOVE UNKNOWN

Give thanks with a grateful heart

Praise with joy the world’s creator LAUDA ANIMA / PRAISE MY SOUL Good opening hymn

Love will be our Lenten calling TiS #684 PICARDY

One more step along the world I go

Jesus put this song into our hearts

Be thou my vision

You shall go out with joy

Thanks to Chris Harris and Natalie Sims for suggestions. If you need more ideas, try this page.

 

6 March 2016: Lent 4 – Filled with compassion

Featured: Our Father we have wandered This hymn by Kevin Nichols is a reflection on the story of the Prodigal Son. It is titled “Our God how we have wandered” in some hymnals, but “Father” is the God-metaphor in the story. You decide. May be sung to PASSION CHORALE or AURELIA (76.76D) Good for the Offertory.

Praise with joy the world’s creator TiS #179 [PRAISE MY SOUL / aka LAUDA ANIMA] An excellent opening hymn

How much am I worth is Colin Gibson’s hymn about the “searching” parables, so very apt today. Good with kids, easy to play on guitar. HIOS #63

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

Amazing grace

O the deep, deep love of Jesus [EBENEZER] TiS #232, HFTC #465

O Love that will not let me go [ST MARGARET] HFTC #486 TiS #602

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases Attractive singalong version

There is a Redeemer Singalong version – Stewart Townend leading a congregation

The king of love my shepherd is

Loving Spirit AA #94 I like the first tune, but both are good

Gentle God, when we are driven AA #44 Repenting violence. Well worth learning

Come as you are TiS #693 Very fitting, simple but effective. Demo video

 

28 February 2016: Lent 3 – Seek the Lord while he may be found

See: New words for more traditional tunes (Lent 1) February 14 for hymns about repentance

Come to the banquet, there’s a place for you

Let us sing to the God of salvation [SING HOSANNA aka “Give me oil…”] Sign up with Jubilate for a free membership (applies to the next song too).

Come sing praises to the Lord above [CALYPSO CAROL]  One for you, Maunu. The lyrics aren’t very inclusive, so you could try “for our God is sovereign [cf. “king”]” and “God is maker of the mountains high” in the refrain. In the end it’s a tough call if “king” isn’t a metaphor you want to use!

Seek the Lord “Songs of the Kingdom” #202 Isaiah 55:6-12 in a lively setting. You might well change “him” to “them”!

Son of God, eternal saviour [ABBOT’S LEIGH or AUSTRIA] HFTC 102, TiS 606 

Forgive our sins as we forgive Suggested tune: ALBANO (or other 8.6.8.6 tune)  HFTC111, TiS #635, CoCs #215

When I needed a neighbour were you there? TiS #629

Who is my mother, who is my brother? [BRONWEN] AA #158

Eat this bread, drink this cup TiS  #714 (Taize chant)

As the deer pants for the water CoCs #148, Songs of the Nations #460

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy I like Colin Gibson’s reworking of the words: HioS #135, or see TiS #136 or click “Full text” on this page May be sung to CROSS OF JESUS – if you didn’t use it last week!

Break now the bread of life [BREAD OF LIFE] Click the “full text” link if you need it TiS #429

In the singing, in the silence [BREAD OF PEACE] FFS #38, CoCs #519 Good to sing during communion

 

21 February 2016: Lent 2 – Your dwelling place

Featured: Recorded music – How lovely is your dwelling place (Ps. 84) The Maranatha Singers’ very attractive contemporary choral version of the Psalm (vocals start at about 57secs). You could listen to this for the Psalm, or as a meditation

Consider some of the Lenten listings below for other seasonal material such as “Love will be our Lenten calling”

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy I like Colin Gibson’s reworking of the words: HioS #135, or see TiS #136 or click “Full text” on this page May be sung to CROSS OF JESUS

All my hope on God is founded TiS #560 sung to MICHAEL, also HFTC #451

Lord make me like you Songs of the Kingdom #76

Here in this place (Gather us in) CoCs #72, TiS #474

How lovely are your dwelling places A blast from the past, change “thy” to “your”. Scripture in Song #171. Could be sung as the Gradual

God of grace and God of glory REGENT SQUARE Change “Lo” to “See”

One more step along the world I go Good for kids, and for closing the service today

Here to the house of God we come AA #61 Challenging hymn from Colin Gibson and Shirley Murray, topical these days. Worth learning the tune, but you could sing it to MELITA

These hills where the hawk flies lonely FFS #63 Linked words and music free to use with acknowledgement. So easy to learn, this really should be part of your NZ repertoire!

For Holy Communion/Offertory:

Christ let us come with you AA #17 Lovely, easy to learn, good message.

As we gather at your table Can be sung to NETTLETON, BEACH SPRING or other 87.87D

Sent forth by God’s blessing THE ASH GROVE Excellent closing hymn, don’t let it drag!

 

14 February 2016: Lent 1 – Temptation in the wilderness

Several of the hymns and songs for Ash Wednesday, immediately below this Sunday’s listings, will be suitable so are not repeated here

Featured:

All I am I lay it down Beautiful, meditative folk-style song from ResoundWorship – would make excellent reflective music during or after Communion, for example

Jesus, you have called us A song for the Lenten journey from ResoundWorship. Very easy to learn.

New words to more traditional tunes:

Love will be our Lenten calling [PICARDY] A fine hymn from Elizabeth J Smith. TiS #684 or you can find the words on this page if you scroll down

God, come now to explore my heart A wonderful text by Marnie Barrell that couldn’t be more apt. Marnie has provided her own tune, or you could sing this to KINGSFOLD. HioS #38

Forgive, forgive us, holy God Another fine and very direct text from Shirley Murray which can be sung to Colin Gibson’s tune or another 88.88 tune such as ANGELUS or MARYTON FFS #20

When Christ was lifted from the earth A hymn by Brian Wren, found in TiS #248 or on this page. It can be sung to  WILTSHIRE (“Through all the changing scenes”) or other suitable 86.86 tune

Also:

Jesus is Lord, creation’s voice proclaims it  For the Romans reading, perhaps as a gradual HFTC S.17

He is Lord (Te Ariki) Te Reo Maori version is an approximation of the traditional chorus:

Te Ariki, te Ariki / Kua ara mai nei koe i te mate / Koropikoria, whakaatungia / ko Ihu Te Ariki

Christ be our light (Longing for light) Bernadette Farrell’s contemporary hymn. There are several versions on YouTube. This one has lyrics and very Roman images, but good singalong potential. And this one is more folky and upbeat.

 

10 February 2016: 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)

 

7 February 2016: God’s call to Isaiah, Jesus’ call to the first disciples

Some observe Transfiguration on this day, however the Principal Feast of Transfiguration is August 6 (A Saturday this year). You may wish to observe this on the Sunday following  (August 7) instead. However, we have provided a selection for Transfiguration below.

Featured video/song (suitable for either observance): I stand in awe Annie Herring’s outstanding version of Mark Altrogge’s beautiful worship song, complete with inclusive language! Nice pix with easy to follow lyrics. Good for a reflection after the Gospel (if Transfiguration) or the Isaiah reading if Ordinary time. Congregation could sing along, especially with the refrain. (Songs of the Nations #549)

A good song for celebration today would be Hallelujah, we sing your praises if you have learned it. See 17 January below.

Hymns and songs related to God’s call (through Jesus):

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

Will you come and follow me? (“The Summons”)

I have called you by your name (Dan Damon)

Bright the vision that delighted LAUS DEO HFTC #578

Dear God embracing humankind (“Dear Lord and Father…”) Click on the “full text” tab, note misprint of “be” for “by spirit stirred” REPTON or REST

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty NICAEA

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord (author unknown)

O Lord who came from realms above HEREFORD HFTC #552

Hymns and songs related to Transfiguration:

Transform us as you transfigured Scroll down the page for the lyrics, which can be sung to PICARDY

You Lord are both Lamb and Shepherd PICARDY CoCs #22 Scroll down this page for these outstanding lyrics by Sylvia Dunstan

Christ upon the mountain peak ST. ALBINUS HFTC #115

Our Saviour Christ once knelt in prayer suggested tune: MELITA HFTC #116

My Lord you wore no royal crown suggested tune: O WALY WALY HFTC #118

You are the king of glory, you are the Prince of Peace (Songs of the Kingdom #118)

Jesus, take us to the mountain Really good words, but the only tune most will know that fits is IRBY (“Once in royal…”). However, it does work.

How good, Lord, to be here CARLISLE, TiS #234

Lord the light of your love If you really, really must

Thanks to Natalie Sims for her “Transfiguration” collection.

 

31 January 2016: The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (Candlemas)

Songs/Hymns of the week:

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!

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:

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 via a free membership to Jubilate Hymns.

(O) Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness [WAS LEBET] TiS #454,  HFTC #344

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 [PUER NOBIS] TiS #293, HFTC  #83 (Updated lyrics)

Good Christians all, rejoice [In DULCI JUBILO]  CoCs #433, HFTC #85, TiS #313

Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us HFTC #417

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

Hallelujah, we sing your praises Wonderful African (Shona) hymn well worth the effort to learn. Can be sung unaccompanied. TiS #541 CoCs #656 Words are here This was sung enthusiastically by our Local Shared Ministry conference attendees at the closing Eucharist at the end of November 2015

Loving Spirit AA 94 I prefer the Dell tune, others may like FELICITY, which is also the tune in TIS 

 

24 January 2016: “Scripture fulfilled in your hearing”

Featured: Shadow and substance by Dan Damon. Dan writes such lovely, original and easy to learn material. Music has guitar chords in G, too! The text is found here. The tune, TWILIGHT is also in CoCs #233. Fits  with the psalm or the Epistle readings

Click below for an audio version:

http://listeninglab.stantons.com/title/shadow-and-substance/496824/0/?e=1&ap=0

For the Nehemiah reading:

Your words to me are life and health A traditional-style hymn with updated words, which can be sung to any suitable 86.86 tune, such as IRISH. Words also in TiS #430

How firm a foundation, you people of God Suggested tune: ST DENIO. TiS #578, HFTC #430

God of the Bible, God in the gospel Easy to learn song from Shirley Murray & Colin Gibson, FFS #25. It’s on the CD, too.

Lord we hear your word with gladness A hymn by Margaret Clarkson, which can be sung to BLAENWERN or NETTLETON

For the psalm:

Let all creation dance in energies sublime Tune: DARWALL TiS #187 Vigorous words from the pen of Brian Wren. Good choice if you want a well known tune for your opening hymn.

Sing for God’s glory that colours the dawn of creation sung to LOBE DEN HERRN (“Praise to the Lord, the almighty”) Great words from Kathy Galloway

For the Epistle:

We are many, we are one FFS #67 Lively and easy to learn from Colin Gibson

Take my gifts and let me love you AA #127 CoCs #609 (NB different tune)

Who sweeps the stable (when Christmas is over) HioS #154(i) Easy to learn song from Shirley Murray and Colin Gibson, with guitar chords. All about practical ministry

For the Gospel:

We have a gospel to proclaim sung to FULDA. This hymn appears in many books. The linked text has not been updated and in v1. we suggest you sing “Good news for people of the earth”. Note that there are downloadable accompaniments linked (look for the purple down-arrow symbol). Could be a closing hymn.

Speak, O Lord  Fantastic modern hymn/song CoCs #66. The words are here. Guitar chords here along with a recording (play button underneath the title). Can be purchased on Itunes. You could sing along with this YouTube clip.

The Spirit of the Lord a blast from the 70s past! Scripture in Song #84

I am the light of the world Jim Strathdee’s well-known 70s song. Care needs to be taken so that the language is inclusive today. That’s been done (in part only) on this page. I think the music can be found in “New Journeys” but is otherwise not easy to find. There’s a demo performance at the bottom of this page.

Lord you hear the cry (Lord have mercy) Great gospel-style contemporary song from ResoundWorship

From this holy time Really good “sending out” hymn from Marnie Barrell which can be sung to LAUDATE DOMINUM (“O praise ye the Lord/Sing praise to the Lord”) HioS #31

And a suitable communion hymn: Christ let us come with you AA #17 as learned at the LSM conference 2015

Thanks again for contributions to this list by Natalie Sims and Chris Harris

 

17 January 2016: The wedding at Cana

Featured lyric: Jesus, come, for we invite you by Christopher Idle. Suggested well-known tune: MANNHEIM (“Lead us heavenly Father lead us”). Also #109 in HFTC. This is the best matched hymn to the Gospel reading that I can find.

Other hymns related to the Gospel:

Come to the banquet, there’s a place for you A great singalong song! Free to use with acknowledgement

Come to the celebration all who are hungry Lively Scottish-style hymn from Marnie Barrell. Tune: CANA. AA #27 Featured on the “Alleluia Aotearoa” CD

As we gather at your table Tune: BEACH SPRING or other 87.87D

Hymns related to the Epistle:

We are one in the Spirit (They’ll know we are Christians) CoCs #359

Loving Spirit, loving Spirit AA # 94 (i) I like David Dell’s tune

Filled with the Spirit’s power, with one accord Sung to the well-loved tune WOODLANDS Text and tune is also published in TiS #411

Come Holy Spirit, come –  Tune: DIADEMATA “Crown him with many crowns” TiS #422

Other selections:

When our God shall come to reign Tune: TEMPUS ADEST FLORIDUM “Good King Wenceslas”) Suited to the reading from Isaiah

Christ be our light (Longing for light) Bernadette Farrell’s song is suitable throughout Epiphany. YouTube performance and lyrics on this page.

Hallelujah, we sing your praises Wonderful African (Shona) hymn well worth the effort to learn. Can be sung unaccompanied. TiS #541 CoCs #656 Words are here This was sung enthusiastically by our Local Shared Ministry conference attendees at the closing Eucharist at the end of November 2015

Thanks to Natalie Sims for suggestions from her extensive lists.

 

10 January 2016: The 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 3 January. You could make use of it anytime in January.

Songs and hymns for the Isaiah reading:

I have called you by your name (Dan Damon) CoCs 636, or here, with pdf link to the music below the lyrics

Will you come and follow me (The Summons) YouTube video, amongst other versions. CoCs 586 Tune: KELVINGROVE

I will sing the wondrous story HYFRYDOL TiS 233, HFTC 212

Loving Spirit AA 94 I prefer the Dell tune, others may like FELICITY, which is also the tune in TIS 

How firm a foundation, you people of God ST DENIO CoCs 250 (old words) TiS 578 & HFTC 430 (Better words)

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. 
3 January 2016: 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 (link is to a word document for the lyrics)

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

 

27 December: First Sunday of Christmas / St John, Evangelist

28 December commemorates the Slaughter of the Innocents. You could listen to one of the many versions of the “Coventry Carol” on YouTube. I like the one by Hayley Westenra, which could be played during Communion, or as recessional music.

If you wish to commemorate St John, Evangelist, you could use ResoundWorship’s “In the beginning” I really love this song! Very suitable for Christmas anyway.

Sing some of the Christmas carols you haven’t included yet (suggested below) perhaps including “What child is this?” or “Born in the night, Mary’s child”. If you haven’t much time to do selecting for today, here is a sample order:

Carol our Christmas [REVERSI] CoC #7, AA #9 . Recorded on the CD of the same name.

A mother lined a basket [ELLACOMBE] Words that relate to both Hannah and Mary, very apt, are here.

Lord who left the highest heaven [IRBY aka “Once in Royal…”] Good words from Timothy Dudley-Smith. A bit long, I would omit v4. You could sing “Christ” as an alternative to “Lord” if you prefer.

Jesus, good above all other [QUEM PASTORES LAUDAVERE] HFTC #95 provides modern words, traditional text is here, easy to modernize. You could sing this post-Communion, along with Joseph, son of an ancient king if you have learned it – music via the pdf link. An excellent Australian song is Lift this child found in “As One Voice 2-125” with accompaniment and lyrics here.

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.

Finish with one of the lively songs from ResoundWorship, such as Ring out the bells or the well known CALYPSO CAROL (See him lying in a bed of straw) Link is to a YouTube clip with lyrics. Another lively song from NZ anticipates New Year: Come in, come in, New Year CoC  #13. My tune is the one on the “Carol our Christmas” CD

If you need more variety of material that relates to the readings, have a look at Natalie Sims’ page.

 

24/25 December: The feast of the Incarnation (Christmas)

Knock yourself out with hundreds of public domain carol texts at “The Hymns and Carols of Christmas” Or just choose from our tried and tested selections below! There are: Carols for Christmas at night, Carols for Christmas morning, Carols and songs with children and young people, and Carols for a southern hemisphere Christmas. You can sing some of these on the Sunday after Christmas too. 

At night (traditional selections first):

Once in royal David’s city IRBY (or if you’re in a provocative mood, Once in Judah’s least-known city)

O little town of Bethlehem FOREST GREEN or ST LOUIS (American tune)

It came upon the midnight clear CAROL or NOEL HFTC 87, or hereReally good revision of the words with much better theology than the original. Jubilate Group.

Silent night STILLE NACHT Good choice for the Gradual, as is the following

Infant holy, infant lowly INFANT HOLY

O come all ye faithful ADESTE FIDELIS One carol where the traditional language still (mostly) works, although I’d leave out the verse about “abhorring not the virgin’s womb” which is very anti-incarnational and anti-female. It is best to select some verses for this carol. Remember to sing “born for our salvation” or “born this happy morning” as appropriate! One of the best opening carols.

Come and sing the Christmas story AR HYD Y NOS HFTC 81 Words from Jubilate

Angels from the realms of glory IRIS The Jubilate version of the words is good HFTC 77

Hark the herald angels sing MENDELSSOHN (also for the morning service, probably the best carol for the recessional)

The wind blew keen (Carol of cold comfort) CoC 44 Lovely modern carol from Colin Gibson 

Peace child CoC 35 Unsentimental and focused on the hope for peace

Come now, Lord Jesus LALA MNTWANA CoC 14(ii) Suitable for a short processional hymn, easy Zulu tune

Child of Christmas story INCARNATION CoC 8 Easy to learn, attractive Gradual hymn

Like a candle flame Lovely song from Graham Kendrick. There is a full-length YouTube clip (just the music and choir) on Graham’s site. You could listen to this during communion. 

On Christmas Day:

Some of the carols from Christmas Eve are, of course, appropriate in the morning too.

Star-child, earth-child CoC 40 and CoCs 420 The tune by Carlton R. Young is the better known and on the CD. Words are on this page, scroll down and click the pdf symbol for this tune

All who would see God’s greatness CoC 4 Marnie Barrell’s wonderful words have two tunes, OBEISANCE is the one on the CD. Suitable also at night

Holy child, how still you lie HOLY CHILD HFTC 60(ii) This lovely, challenging modern carol deserves to be so much better known. Text from Jubilate, and the music can be downloaded as a pdf. Free to listen to on Spotify

Lord you were rich beyond all splendour BERGERS HFTC 63 or from Jubilate and you can get a pdf of the sheet music by clicking on “piano score“. French traditional carol.

Jesus Christ the Lord is born PUER NOBIS HFTC 83 or from Jubilate (also the sheet music)

Good Christians, all rejoice IN DULCI JUBILO HFTC 85 or Good Christian friends, rejoice CoCs 433

Like a child Lovely, simple carol affirming children by Dan Damon words and music

Glad music fills the Christmas sky O WALY WALY HFTC 82 or words at Jubilate Here’s a pop-style version of the music as a backing track I made for you. (Right-click, save as). Note that this is but one of the variants of this tune, so you’ll need to pay attention to the recorded melody.

Especially with children and young people:

The stars danced CoC 43

Away in a manger CRADLE SONG

See him lying on a bed of straw CALYPSO CAROL You’ll need the revised version of the words from Jubilate and they have a piano score available too.

and the following contemporary (and very popular) songs from Resound Worship’s Christmas collection (amongst others, but these are the ones I’ve been teaching):

In the beginning Fab, lively song based on John 1, perfect for Christmas morning

On Christmas Day Who doesn’t love this soaring, anthemic confession of faith?

What kind of throne? Country-style worship song with great lyrics reminiscent of medieval carols

Ring out the bells  Fun song for all ages, needs a good song leader or soloist for the verses

Scroll down the list for all the different resource options available

 

Southern hemisphere Christmas (published in “Carol Our Christmas”):

Carol our Christmas CoC 7 Daytime

All over creation CoC 3 Delightful words and music. Night-time

Awake before sunrise CoC 6 Bill Bennett’s NZ shepherds setting. Daytime

Te harinui (Not on a snowy night) CoC 31 Frankly this is a bit patronising but still popular

Christmas in the picture book CoC 11 A carol of contrasts!

You are born in us again CoC 52 Simply delightful song that can be sung now to Epiphany

I’d like to acknowledge the amazing contribution Shirley Murray (and those who write tunes for her) have made to our Upside-Down Christmas

 

Natalie Sims has compiled a great list of Advent Candle-Lighting material and also “Anytime in Advent” material hereThanks, Natalie!  (Scroll down the page for earlier dates back to Advent 1)

There’s a big list of Advent material on this page, and also at Oremus, mostly with lyrics linked.

Here’s a new song for Advent! click “show more” (on the YouTube page) for links to resources

*Note that The Jubilate Group free membership only requires the information in bold type. Their searchable database has many carol texts and often pdfs of the sheet music, which you can access by clicking on “piano score” above the words

The NZ Hymnbook Trust publication “Carol Our Christmas” is abbreviated CoC below, not to be confused with “CoCs”: “Community of Christ Sings”

20 December 2015: 4 in Advent – The Annunciation

Some of last week’s selections are quite appropriate today, e.g. “When our God shall come to reign”.

Featured: Malcolm “Beneath the Southern Cross” Gordon has written a winsome and delightful children’s song of the Annunciation with his son Sam. It was much enjoyed at the 2015 LSM Conference:

Featured: The angel Gabriel from heaven came There is an excellent modern version  (5 verses) of the lyrics of this old Basque carol at Jubilate (join up for free* for the full text). Sheet music with the old lyrics. YouTube video (with classical art) sung by “The Sixteen” (could be used as a meditation on the Gospel). Here is a free backing track I created; 5 verses in a more contemporary Enya-meets-Dr-Who style (right-click link above, “save link as”): 

Featured: Canticle of the turning This vibrant version of the Magnificat is perfect for today! The tune is the Irish folk STAR OF THE COUNTY DOWN CoCs 404. YouTube clip with lyrics OR this one.  Lyrics and an instrumental backing track.

Featured: My soul is filled with joy Another lovely magnificat, this time set to the Scottish tune WILD MOUNTAIN THYME (I only have this in the “Celtic Hymn Book”) . The lyrics and an audio sample are on this page. You can buy the individual mp3 track. There is a melody line and chords here, or you may prefer this printable pdf

For the First Testament reading: O God of every nation [THORNBURY or AURELIA], or O day of peace that dimly shines [JERUSALEM] CoCs 380

Other selections:

Tell out my soul, the greatness of the Lord [WOODLANDS]

O come, o come Emmanuel see 6 December below

No wind at the window COLUMCILLE TiS 287 A lovely Irish traditional tune and another clever, pointed lyric from John Bell. Sample (rather slow) performance here.

From heaven you came (The Servant King)

We wait for you AA 149

What kind of throne? The lyrics of this worship song seem appropriate to the Annunciation. All the resources needed to learn and sing this song are available to download for a small fee. Good if you want to include something more contemporary today (or at Christmas).

For Communion: In the singing, in the silence [BREAD OF PEACE] FFS 38, CoCs #519 or Now to your table spread [LOVE UNKNOWN] AA #100: two texts by Shirley Murray

As previously, Natalie and Chris have made major contributions to this list!

 

13 December 2015: 3 in Advent – Gaudete (Rejoicing) Sunday

The common theme of the first two readings is “Rejoice in God”. Two previous selections for Advent “The king of glory comes” and “Wild and lone the prophet’s voice” are suitable today.

Featured: When our God shall come to reign This is an inclusive-language adaptation of a hymn by Christopher Idle which is sung to TEMPUS ADEST FLORIDUM (aka “Good king Wenceslas”) and a great use for this lively tune!

Featured: Come with rejoicing, covenant people Very apt for today, and sung to the well known tune “Morning has broken” (properly BUNESSAN)

Rejoice in the Lord always SiS  81. A fun round, could be used as a Gospel acclamation

Come sing praises to the Lord above If your congregation knows the Calypso Carol (“See him lying on a bed of straw”) you can sing this Advent song to the same tune. However, the God-language may or may not be to your taste. CALYPSO CAROL TiS 53

Fill my whole life, O Lord my God (also “Fill now/thou my life… HFTC 541) RICHMOND TiS 596

I come with joy, a child of God UNIVERSITY Good for the offertory hymn today. CoCs 533

Jesus put this song into our hearts Hebrew-style song from Graham Kendrick, could suit the Gradual or closing slots. TiS 670

Joyful joyful we adore you ODE TO JOY TiS 152 Deserves to be better known in NZ! Suggest if you sing the 4th verse (it’s not in TiS) you could substitute “we walk onward”. A good choice to open worship with. CoCs 99

You shall go out with joy Songs of the Kingdom 192, TiS 755, CoCs 645 Linked page features the guitar chords. Closing song, obviously!

Joy to the world, the Lord is (has) come ANTIOCH Although thought of as a Christmas Carol this can quite properly be sung in Advent TiS 268, HFTC 197, CoCs 408: These versions use inclusive language

You are born in us again CoC 52 Lovely southern hemisphere carol of Christ’s coming. Words on this pdf

Where is the room? CoC 48 Shirley MurrayDavid Dell’s attractive carol of preparation

Come now where we least expect you CoC 15, which can be sung to MICHAEL. Great words by Marnie Barrell, as usual!

Shout for joy, the Lord has let us feast Great song/hymn from John Bell, and the tune LANSDOWNE is well worth the small effort to learn. Useful any Sunday when the Eucharist is celebrated. TiS 545 There is a choral version here, although more of a folk treatment would really suit the tune.

The compilations provided by Chris and Natalie have provided most of the selections for this week. Thanks!

 

6 December 2015: 2 in Advent – The forerunner

A number of the selections for last week, Advent 1, are also suitable, e.g. “The King of Glory Comes”

Featured: O bless the God of Israel This is a setting of the Benedictus by Michael Perry. You can sing it to MORNING LIGHT which gives you a use for a tune otherwise associated with the militaristic imagery of “Stand up, stand up for Jesus”. The linked text is an improvement on that published in HFTC (#599) language-wise, with an extra verse. You may need a free log-in to access the full text. 

Purify my heart /Refiner’s fire Perhaps a  rather individualistic interpretation of the text, but you could use this video as a singalong or meditation. The lyrics are here. I have the music in “Sing Glory” (#163) and “The Source” (#436)

Other hymns and songs:

Wild and lone the prophet’s voice Excellent lyrics for today are here. Tune options are limited: ABERYSTWYTH , ST GEORGE’S WINDSOR or you could make use of HUMILITY (“See amid the winter snow”) as it doesn’t get much of an outing in the Southern Hemisphere!

Breathe on me, breath of God I prefer TRENTHAM as the tune. CoCs 190 and many other hymnals!

O come, O come Emmanuel Enya has a very atmospheric version in this video, which could set the scene for your service. The video by BYU Vocal Point is simply outstanding, blending traditional with contemporary.

Love divine, all loves excelling LOVE DIVINE or BLAENWERN You could sing this for the Offertory hymn. HFTC 217, TiS 217, CoCs 565

Comfort, comfort all my people Lovely song by Robin Mann TiS 647. Demo video

Prepare ye the way of the Lord (Godspell) Operatic-style version recorded in a church. Lovely stuff!

Long ago, prophets knew PERSONENT HODIE /THEODORIC  Demo video TiS 283

In times past the prophets promised Suggested tune: AR HYD Y NOS

Spirit of the living God HFTC s. 23 &24 , CoCs 567

O God, you search me and you know me Bernadette Farrell’s much-loved song. Link is to a singalong video

Thanks to Natalie and Chris for much of the inspiration!

 

29 November 2015: 1 in Advent – Coming with the clouds

Featured: Light a candle bright and tall If you are looking for something fresh to sing for the Advent candle-lighting, David Wood from Indiana has written an appealing piece set to the well known tune DIX (aka “As with gladness”). It is free to use. Sing one verse (for “Hope”) the first week, 2 verses the second week and so on. I’m sure he’d appreciate hearing from you if you’ve used it.

Hope is a light Attractive and easy candle-lighting song from Dan Damon. Sheet music.

Come now, O prince of peace I can’t recommend this one highly enough! Very simple melody and text from Korea, check out this stunning version on YouTube, or this very professional recording. You could listen to it for a meditation. The music (with one verse only of the lyrics) is in CoCs 225, and also in a book called “Sing Glory” 586. The sheet music is published separately also.

Hymns and songs for today:

The king of glory comes, the nation rejoices TiS 279. A rather mechanical performance with lyrics in this YouTube clip

10 – Shiloh Whanau – Kia Hiwa Ra (Lift Up Your Heads)  Shiloh Whanau Lyrics Sheet 2013 has the words in both languages. You could sing along to the track. 

Come o God of all the earth / Sing out, earth and skies Marty (“Gather Us In”) Haugen’s  lively song would make a great processional.  Easy Guitar chords here. Melody line and words here. YouTube clip with lyrics. I suggest that you divide the congregation (say, by sides) for the verses, if you don’t have a cantor or singing group. It is really worth the little effort required to learn this song. 

Peace Child CoC 35, CoCs 402 (A different tune)

We wait for you AA 149 Don’t be put of this lovely and haunting song by the left hand accompaniment! It is really worth getting to grips with! 

Jesus comes with clouds descending (Lo, he comes…) TiS 273, HFTC 196

Let all mortal flesh keep silence PICARDY. This traditional hymn still has great power! Ideal for the Offertory today CoCs 405, TiS 497, HFTC 61

Wait for the Lord (Taize) CoCs 399

View the present through the promise Great eschatology and poetry from Thomas Troeger, which can be sung to the Welsh tune AR HYD Y NOS (aka ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT) CoCs 401 or find the lyrics on this page.

Come to be our hope O Jesus  [VEM JESUS] TiS 688 Lively Latin-American folk hymn

Come now where we least expect you Marnie Barrell’s Advent hymn can be sung to MICHAEL (aka “All my hope…”) CoC 15

You are born in us again CoCs 52 A delightful Southern-hemisphere song also featured on the “Carol Our Christmas” CD. Definitely one for your repertoire.