Lectionary songs & hymns: Year A Pt. 2

See Year B Part 1 for Advent 2017 and following

26 November 2017: The Reign of Christ / Aotearoa Sunday / Christ in all creation

For Aotearoa Sunday:

Where mountains rise to open skies (AA #155) Great opening hymn

Blow through the valleys (FFS #6) Also fitting for the Reign of Christ

These hills where the hawk flies lonely (FFS #63)

God of our island home (HIOS #43) The congregation could easily learn just the refrain of this song, which could be sung as a post-communion reflection

E Te Ariki, whakarongo mai ki a matou (HIOS #23)

Beneath the Southern Cross Malcolm Gordon’s stirring song is published in his book “Songs for the Saints” with a CD included. 

For The Reign of Christ:

Ezekiel reading: Here in this place (Gather us in) Melody line and chords. Full keyboard accompaniment on this page and on page 704. TiS #474  and these other books

Psalm 95: Come sing with joy to God [DARWALL’S 148th] Lyrics are here

Ephesians: This is a day of new beginnings TiS #653

You Lord are both lamb and shepherd [PICARDY] Text is on this page

Matthew 25:  As we gather at your table by Carl P. Daw Jr – very apt communion hymn for this week. Beautiful match with the lovely American tune BEACH SPRING (87.87D) which is easy to learn. NETTLETON is another good tune.

Here to the house of God we come [KHAO I DANG] #AA 61 The tune is not difficult

When I needed a neighbour were you there? TiS #629 Words. Found In 16 hymnals

Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord TiS #390 and these other hymnals

Alleluia, sing to Jesus [HYFRYDOL] Resources and hymn book numbers on this page.

Majesty (or, Te Ariki) in 22 hymnals

Jesus Christ is waiting [NOEL NOUVELET] lyrics are here

Meekness and majesty [Kendrick]  Possible Offertory hymn “Sing Glory” #395. Guitar chords on this pdf. Smooth-style singalong video.  

The kingdom of God comes with justice and joy (an adaptation of Bryn Rees’s hymn so that it can be sung to the tune of To God be the Glory)

You shall go out with joy (an apt conclusion!) in 27 hymnals

 

19 November 2017: “Parable of the talents”

From you all skill and science flow [ST. PETER or other 86.86 tune] Modern words to a traditional tune; suited to the Gospel hymn

Take my life and let it be [NOTTINGHAM]

Come as you are, that’s how I want you [COME AS YOU ARE] An Australian song by Deirdre Browne. TiS #693. Easy to learn. Karaoke video.

Here we bring, small or great [ASHLEY] AA #61 A hymn about money and our stewardship 

The kingdom is within you Cecily Sheehy’s lively blues AA #137

Christ the Lord who calls us  An Offertory hymn. It can be sung to AU CLAIR DE LA LUNE for a meditative style, or CAMBERWELL aka “At the name of Jesus” for a more vigorous tune. If 5 verses seems too many, omit v.4

To Christ who once this supper made [WINCHESTER NEW (88.88)] A useful communion hymn from Christopher Idle. Words.

Let us talents and tongues employ [LINSTEAD] TiS #537

This day God gives me strength of high heaven [BUNESSAN aka “Morning has broken”] TiS  #642

All-creating heavenly giver  [RUSTINGTON or other rousing 87.87D tune] This would make a good Offertory or Processional hymn today, and I could imagine the lyrics being slightly adapted too. 

Take my gifts and let me love you [TALAVERA TERRACE] AA #127

Beauty for brokenness (Graham Kendrick) A strong song which could close the service. Lyrics here Very effective Youtube clip with words too here. Nice key change! Also in “Community of Christ sings #302” and many other books.

Sent out in Jesus name aka “Sent by the Lord am I” Lively Latin-American short song, very easy to learn. The accompaniment and words are on this page, and p300 . However, there’s an inclusive language version of the words here. Note that the first 4 lines are repeated.

The Spirit sends us forth to serve [ABRIDGE or other 86.86 tune] A recessional hymn from Delores Dufner

 

12 November 2017: “Judged unready”

Featured link this week:

Hope Publishing Company’s Searchable database of hymns

Note: you can use texts from Hope Publishing Company if you have a copyright licence from CCLI or LicenSing. This is a searchable database (e.g. by Scripture reference) of their many hymns. A lot of them have pdf’s of the music, too.

Featured hymn text this week: 

Whose is the voice which makes the winds to blow? (Timothy Dudley-Smith). A beautifully set interpretation of verses from Amos 4 & 5. The text, which can be sung to WOODLANDS (“Tell out my soul”)  if you want it lively, or  SURSUM CORDA if you’d like it to be more reflective. Suggested uses: Closing or possibly offertory hymn.

What have we failed to do? (Shirley Erena Murray). A searing challenge from Shirley Murray’s pen which reflects Amos’s challenge in contemporary words. Sung to DARWALL’S 148TH (a.k.a “You holy angels bright”).

Let justice roll down like a river (Colin A. Gibson). As found in Alleluia Aotearoa (#85). Also printable words and music here from Hope Publishing. Worth learning the tune for this one.

Christ the light who shines unfading (Christopher Idle) May be sung to REGENT SQUARE (A.k.a. “Angels from the realms of glory”) lyrics are here

God whose giving knows no ending (Robert L Edwards). A very suitable offertory hymn for today. Tunes: the lovely BEACH SPRING or  well-known HYFRYDOL or RUSTINGTON The lyrics are here

What praise emerged from waiting lips (Carl P. Daw Jr.) Sung to KINGSFOLD (A.k.a. “I heard the voice of Jesus say”) An attractive sending-forth hymn with lyrics here

Let justice roll like a river (Marty Haugen) A fab gospel-style song which the congregation could sing along on the refrain. There is a Youtube clip here and words here . Also printed music in “Community of Christ Sings #288”

Christ be our light (Bernadette Farrell) Singalong video. “Praying in Song #242, or you can buy the score. Guitar chords here. All the words are on this page

Every step of the way (Christopher Grundy) Lovely short song that could be used as a reflection after communion, for example. Attractive Youtube clip here includes words

Beauty for brokenness (Graham Kendrick) A strong song which could close the service. Lyrics here Very effective Youtube clip with words too here. Nice key change! Also in “Community of Christ sings #302” and many other books.

Bambelela (Never Give Up) (Marty Haugen) This African-style song might just give you goosebumps! Simple words, beautifully sung in this Youtube clip. Would make a lovely meditation on the Gospel, or post-Communion

From this holy time (Marnie Barrell) sung to LAUDATE DOMINUM  Words: HIOS #31 . Sending forth hymn

Appreciation to Natalie Sims for all her recommendations, which have contributed to this list

 

5 November 2017: “The greatest among you will be your servant” (OR All Saints Day)

Featured hymn today:

Who sweeps the stable (when Christmas is over) (Murray/Gibson) OK, this may seem like a strange suggestion because it sounds like it’s unseasonal, but it’s really a song about service to others. Good to learn now, and then could be sung during Epiphany as well. I like the Colin Gibson tune BATH STREET. (HIOS #154(i))

Words can be found here.

Featured Youtube clip:

From heaven you came (the Servant King) (Graham Kendrick). A beautiful recording with lyrics for congregational singing. Male solo sounds like Cliff Richard. There won’t be a dry eye in the house. Words and an accompaniment track are here.

Loving Spirit, loving Spirit (Shirley Murray) I prefer the tune by David Dell (AA #94(i) but you could use FELICITY or an 87.87 tune

Brother, sister, let me serve you / Will you let me be your servant (Richard Gillard) Found in many books. AA#8

Lord make me like you (Jimmy and Carol Owens) Songs of the Kingdom #76

Give thanks with a grateful heart A suitable Gradual TIS #717

Make me a channel of your peace  TIS #607

He came singing love [SINGING LOVE] AA #59

Tama ngakau marie (Son of a peaceful heart)  AA #128, with translation (not for singing). This could be sung during communion.

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

We are one in the Spirit / They’ll know we are Christians by our love  CoCs  #359 There is a contemporary video version here as a demo – I wouldn’t recommend the video for a church service, though. Snappy new refrain in this version. 

My Lord you wore no royal crown (Christopher Idle). This is a neglected hymn in “Hymns for Today’s Church” (#118) but is very attractive sung to O WALY WALY. (or ANGELUS or HEREFORD or MARYTON) The text is here

Also you can scroll down this page for the hymn selections for September 10 “Love is the fulfilling of the Law”

Off the wall dept: If you want a video clip which emphasizes the denunciation of the Pharisees you could show Alas for you from the 1973 (yes it is that long ago) film of “Godspell”. Youtube clip

Some ideas for All Saints Day:

Sing of the saints who were loved and made beautiful [WAS LEBET] Lovely words from Marnie Barrell AA #120

For all the saints who’ve shown your love [O WALY WALY or DUNEDIN]

Give thanks for life (Shirley Murray) A hymn inspired by the well-known “For all the saints” and using the same tune: SINE NOMINE. A good opening hymn and not as long and lugubrious as the original. The text is here and is also published in AA #45

All heaven declares Neat YouTube featuring the Aurora Borealis (and unnecessary exclusive language)! Words & chords. SG #420

All who would valiant be

Blest are the pure in heart

Bright the vision that delighted

Fill your hearts with joy and gladness

How sweet the name of Jesus sounds

In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful 

The Lord is my light

Through all the changing scenes of life TIS #112

Here is a large list of material for All Saints Day, compiled by Jeff Shrowder

 

29 October 2017 “The Greatest Commandment”

Today is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. You may like to include a hymn by Martin Luther. 

Featured hymnal/song book: HOPE IS OUR SONG from the NZ Hymnbook Trust

Featured hymn this week:

Love is your way (Murray/Harling) Per Harling has provided an easy but distinctive tune for Shirley Murray’s words (see HIOS #95) The hymn focuses on the ways in which we neglect love and grace and so distort the world of relationships and the natural order:

“Love is your way, love is your nature, blessing each creature, lighting each day; grace is your sign, gift of forgiveness, chalice that changes water to wine. God in your grace, God in your mercy, turn us to you to transform the world.” This could be sung as an offertory hymn. Another couple of texts from Shirley that would work today are:

God of freedom, God of justice sung to PICARDY (AA #50) – very suitable in these troubled times. (Could be sung to bracket each section of intercession)

Christ, let us come with you (AA #17) with an attractive tune by Colin Gibson (WROSLYN ROAD). [Offertory or Communion]

Another Colin Gibson hymn would work today: We are many, we are one. Hard work for the accompanist, but an easy, catchy tune. This can be sung at the beginning or the end of worship. Another of Colin’s is suitable for all ages:

How much am I worth? Really easy tune, great with guitar. (HIOS #63)

A blast from the past that could still work is the 50’s sounding Love the Lord your God with all your heart… which is a part-song where the three parts can be sung together. There’s a wobbly-sounding version here but also guitar chords and powerpoint. Note: You need to make the language inclusive by substituting “love all humankind” for the original “love all of mankind”. Obviously a song to sing early on in your service, or before the Gospel.

To close your service you could use Marnie Barrell’s excellent sending forth hymn From this holy time (HIOS #31, goes well to LAUDATE DOMINUM if you don’t want to learn the set tune)

The haunting Iona (John Bell) hymn Christ’s is the world in which we move [DREAM ANGUS] could be sung today – very suitable as a post-communion reflection. There is a musical performance you could sing to, with the lyrics here (TIS #677)

Other well-known choices could include:

Make me a channel of your peace (TIS #607)

When I needed a neighbour were you there? (TIS #629)

Kneels at the feet of his friends (TIS #640)

The new commandment that I give to you (TIS #699, but with updated lyrics is better…. “By this, all people will know you’re my disciples”)

Bind us together, Lord

Let there be love shared among us

I love this family of God (E aroha ana ahau) see September 10 for lyrics

Tell my people I love them AA #132

They’ll know we are Christians by our love (check that your version uses inclusive language) CoCs #359 There is a contemporary video version here as a demo – I wouldn’t recommend the video for a church service, though. Snappy new refrain in this version. 

Brother, sister let me serve you / Will you let me be your servant

Thanks to Natalie Sims and Chris Harris for major contributions to this list!

 

22 October 2017 “Give to God what is God’s”

Featured hymn text this week:

A spendthrift lover is the Lord This is a remarkable piece of poetry from the pen of Thomas Troeger, asking “How shall we love this heartstrong God who gives us everything?” This hymn (TIS 676) is effective sung to KINGSFOLD. The only non-inclusive language is in the first line, so “our God” could perhaps be used instead. You can view the text in this PDF document . Perhaps best as a post-sermon reflection, or offertory hymn.

For the psalm: Be exalted O God (I will give thanks to you).

Brent Chambers’ classic Scripture in Song piece, with updated language in TIS 726 (or just change “thee” to you in each case).

For the Isaiah reading:

I have called you by your name (Dan Damon) nicely references God’s message to Cyrus. Words and music here. This was one of the top favourites at our LSM conference last weekend. Suitable for the Gradual, or post-communion, or could be used for sending forth.

Maker of mystery, a lovely piece of writing by Marnie Barrell is found in FFS 47 and can be sung to DOWN AMPNEY. It has a nice fit with the mystery of Cyrus being used by God, but extends beyond. Gradual or post-communion.

For the Thessalonians reading:

Jesus put this song into our hearts (Kendrick) could be sung as a lively gradual or closing song. TIS 670 Nice rendition on Youtube . You don’t have to speed up quite that much, though!

We are one in the Spirit still stands the test of time, as long as the lyrics are inclusive! (as here) Of the suggestions for this week, this might work as a gathering hymn

Through all the changing scenes of life is an appropriate traditional hymn. TIS 112

For the Gospel reading:

Take my gifts and let me love you (Murray/Gibson) AA 127. Lively offertory or closing hymn

Here we bring, small or great (Gibson) AA 62 A lively offertory hymn

Take my life and let it be

O God we bear the imprint of your face (Murray) AA 106, which can be sung to UNDE ET MEMORES (as in “And now o Father mindful of the love”). Check out this creative idea which echoes this hymn and the Gospel reading

Lord of creation, to you be all  praise (or “God of..”) is sung to SLANE (make sure you use the appropriate tune version!). The lyrics are here. Another possible offertory hymn

All my hope on God is founded

Blow through the valleys a lovely hymn by Bill Bennett of Napier which could open the service. FFS 6

When we are living (we belong to God) PUES SI VIVIMOS (Suitable if you are using the Jane Williams reflection material for this day)

Thanks to contributors to this list: Natalie Sims, Jeff Shrowder and Chris Harris

 

15 October 2017:  “Invite everyone you meet to the wedding banquet”

Work in progress on this week’s selections

Featured hymn text this week:

Come to the banquet (there’s a place for you) Don’t miss the chance to check out Australian writer Fay White’s delightful hymn. Your congregation could sing along to this Youtube clip (which is in D minor). Excellent performance, words are provided on the screen.

Come to the celebration all who are hungry A lively hymn that is bang on theme for this week, from the pen of Marnie Barrell, who also wrote the lively Scottish reel type tune CANA. This hymn is in “Alleluia Aotearoa” (#27) and is well worth learning as it makes a lively opening or offertory hymn for many occasions. The text can be found here

Now to your table spread (AA #100)  [LOVE UNKNOWN]  A lovely Offertory or communion hymn by Shirley Murray.

Another lively alternative opening song is Gather us in (Here in this place) by Marty Haugen, which draws on the Gospel imagery. An excellent addition to any repertoire. Melody line and chords. Full keyboard accompaniment on this page and on page 704. TiS #474  and these other books

Shout for joy! the Lord has let us feast (TIS #545, also Wild Goose Songs “Love from Below”). This is a strong hymn fitting today’s readings, with the last line: “heaven starts here! The kingdom beckons now!” One possibility would be to have a group of singers learn this hymn to sing post-communion. It would suit as a closing hymn as well. Words and music on p.12 of this bulletin.

John Bell has another powerful text in Among us and before us Lord you stand (TIS #259) “Confronting those unworthy of a crumb, you ask that to your table we should come.” His own tune GATEHOUSE is attractive but not easy to learn – you could substitute SURSUM CORDA.

In relation to the psalm you could use You Lord are both Lamb and Shepherd sung to PICARDY  or perhaps Shirley Murray’s Come and find the quiet centre (FFS #10), sung to the Gaelic tune suggested, or BEACH SPRING

For a blast from the past why not resurrect Rejoice in the Lord always for a gradual song, since it refers to the Epistle reading. It’s fun to sing as a round, and you can include ad. lib. verses such as “Give thanks to the Lord always” and “Be one in the Lord always”.

Give thanks with a grateful heart would also be a suitable gradual hymn, or for post-communion

Jubilate, everybody is in the same vein.

Some other NZ hymnody:

We are many, we are one (FFS #67)

Who is moving through the silence (AA #157)

Some more traditional selections:

I come with joy a child of God (aka I come with joy to meet my Lord)

Now thank we all our God (for the Epistle)

My God and is your table spread

Acknowledgements to Chris Harris and Natalie Sims for prior work on selections

 

8 October 2017: “People that produce the fruit of the kingdom” 

Isaiah 5: 1-7  I am the vine FFS #35 Hebrew-style melody

Psalm 80: 7-15  / The God of Abraham praise [LEONI]

Philippians 3: 4b -14Great God your love has called us here [MELITA aka “Eternal Father strong to save”]

Matthew 21: 33-46  / The kingdom of God is justice and joy [HANOVER]

Featured hymn text this week:

Sing for God’s glory that colours the dawn of creation  A hymn by Kathy Galloway (Iona Community) which echoes Psalm 19, written for the tune LOBE DEN HERRN which is familiarly known as “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”. This would make a good opening hymn if sung with vigour, rather than the ponderous mode so often employed. Scroll down to find the text on this page. A slight amendment to the lyrics is suggested: using ‘follows’ in place of ‘succeeds’ simply because the sound of “suck seeds” is somewhat infelicitous.

Let all creation dance (Brian Wren) also sung to a familiar tune: DARWALL (aka Ye Holy Angels Bright). TIS #111 or the lyrics are on this page. Good opening hymn. Again, the key performance indicator is the word “dance”! Click on the full text tab for the words.

God you spin the whirling planets (Jane Parker Huber) which can be sung to HYFRYDOL or AUSTRIA or other 8.7.8.7.D. Lyrics here A good closing hymn

I danced in the morning (Lord of the dance) is appropriate in relation to the Gospel reading. Everything you could possibly need is on this page.

If you want something more reflective, some verses from My song is love unknown would be apt (suggest 1, 2, 5, 7) but definitely not all of them!

This is my body, broken for you (Jimmy Owens, additional lyrics Damian Lundy). Very appropriate offertory or communion hymn. Music is in Scripture in Song book 2 (Songs of the kingdom). Definitely worth using the extra verses which are here

Now the green blade rises [NOEL NOUVELET] This song has the virtue of echoing the gospel reading and the Epistle. It would be a good communion or post-communion hymn. Lyrics here

What a friend we have in Jesus has its place among today’s readings, too

If you can play internet tracks through your sound system and you’d like some lively exit music you might enjoy the hoedown style of O Author of faith with its strong references to the Epistle reading. Lyrics and performance are here

 

1 October 2017 “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus”

Ezekiel 18: 1-4, 25-32  O the love of my Lord is the essence “Our Songs” #218,  “Praying in Song #297” and these hymnals

Psalm 25: 1-9 Hear me O Lord in my distress Long Meter tune (88.88) e.g. WAREHAM or HEREFORD

Philippians 2: 1-13 May the mind of Christ my Saviour [ST LEONARDS] Words, music and hymnal instances

Matthew 21: 23-32 Love divine, all loves excelling [HYFRYDOL, LOVE DIVINE or BLAENWERN] Really good, inclusive/contemporary version of the words

Featured hymn text this week:

 I cannot tell how he whom angels worship [LONDONDERRY AIR aka DANNY BOY]

It is strongly suggested that you omit verse 3 – otherwise this hymn is very long. Also, a low setting of the tune is recommended as the range goes very high otherwise

Worship Songs: 

Meekness and majesty (Kendrick) Possible Offertory hymn “Sing Glory” #395. Guitar chords on this pdf. Smooth-style singalong video.  

From heaven you came [The Servant King] (Kendrick) TiS #256, SG #632 Good closing song. Here is a singlong video (YouTube) which appears to be Cliff Richard and others. Words and a suite of free downloadable resources

Jesus is Lord! creation’s voice proclaims it Guitar chords capo 1 on this pdf.

There is a redeemer Melody Green’s evergreen worship song. “Sing Glory” #396. Singalong video (instrumental, no voices). Another singalong video (with voices and a very nice key change).

Spirit of the Living God (Iverson) Songs of the Kingdom #98

O God you search me (Bernadette Farrell) Words and chords. Keyboard and vocal arrangement. Slightly slow but attractive performance

Gospel Acclamations (normally sung both before and after the Gospel):

Jesus, name above all names Songs of the Kingdom #21. Words for two verses, link to chord chart, singalong recording. 

All heaven declares Neat YouTube featuring the Aurora Borealis (and unnecessary exclusive language)! Words & chords. SG #420

Hymns traditional and contemporary:

At the name of Jesus [CAMBERWELL] (suggested verses, as in Together In Song (#231) or 1,3,6,7 from the original. These may be considered sufficient and the congregation may be exhausted if you attempt all 7!)

Help us accept each other (7.6.7.6 D, e.g. AURELIA)

Christ’s is the world in which we move  (A Touching Place) [DREAM ANGUS] (Bell & Maule, from the Iona Community) Effective sung unaccompanied. Lyrics. Superb unaccompanied choir:

Lord Jesus Christ you have come to us [LIVING LORD] TiS #526, SG #670, Scroll to the bottom of this page for more hymnal instances. Youtube with lyrics.

And some songs for springtime in Aotearoa:

Our life has its seasons (Shirley Murray/Colin Gibson, Alleluia Aotearoa #113 )

Jesus comes to me as a springtime tree [JOY] (Shirley Murray/Ian Render, AA#77)

Want more choice? Try Singing The Faith Plus for lectionary selections.

 

24 September “Are you envious because I am generous?”

Sunday between September 18 & 24 inclusive (25th Sunday in Ordinary Time) Proper 20(A):

Exodus 16:2-15 Guide me, O my great redeemer [CWM RHONDDA] Processional or recessional, perhaps. This is the modern-language version as found in HFTC #528

or

Jonah 3:10 – 4:11 When you spoke Gentle contemporary song from ResoundWorship

Psalm 105: 1-6 & 37-45 Let us sing to the Lord our creator [SING HOSANNA] Another way to use the lively tune known as “Give me oil…”. I can imagine the first line being “We will sing to you God, our Creator” and subsequent amendments for inclusiveness. 

Philippians 1:21-30 Glory to God the source of all our mission  Another hymn from the prolific Christopher Idle. This would be very suitable for a “Decade of Mission” emphasis. The suggested tune LORD OF THE YEARS is excellent, you could use O PERFECT LOVE

Matthew 20:1-16 God of hosts, you chose a vine [BUCKLAND aka “Loving shepherd of your sheep”]. Suitable gospel hymn

Featured hymn text this week, for those who are praying for peace in troubled countries:

This is my song, O God of all the nations,
A song of peace for lands afar and mine.
This land is home, the country where my heart is;
A land of hopes, and dreams, and grand design
But other hearts in other lands are beating,
With hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean,
And sunlight beams on wheatfield and on vine.
But other lands have sunlight too and wheatfields,
And skies are everywhere as blue as mine.
O hear my song, O God of all the nations,
A song of peace for their land and for mine.

This is my prayer, O Sovereign of the nations:
Your kingdom come; on earth your will be done.
Let Christ be lifted up till all shall serve him,
And hearts united learn to live as one.
O hear my prayer, Creator of all peoples;
Myself I give you, let your will be done.

Text: vv. 1-2 Lloyd Stone (1912-1993) adapted, v.3 Georgia Harkness (1939) adapted
Tune: FINLANDIA, by Jean Sibelius

Last week’s featured hymn text As we gather at your table would also be suitable this week

For other Eucharistic and harvesting hymns see 2016 entries for August 3, July 20, July 13 below

A simple and attractive Communion hymn from John Bell / Iona Community: 

Bread is blessed and broken (TIS #707)

Other selections:

Great is your (thy) faithfulness [FAITHFULNESS] “Great is your faithfulness, God our Creator…” HFTC #260 , or “Sing Glory”#39 is a modern-language version.

Morning has broken [BUNESSAN] Link to words with guitar chords in C

Here in this place [GATHER US IN] Melody line and chords. Full keyboard accompaniment on this page and on page 704. TiS #474  and these other books.  Good opening hymn.

Put peace into each other’s hands  [ST COLUMBA] by Fred Pratt Green. At the Peace, or perhaps as an Offertory hymn

For the fruits of all creation [AR HYD Y NOS] by Fred Pratt Green. “…and for gifts to every nation…”

Eat this bread and never hunger by Dan Damon link has words and music from Hope Publishing

 Sent forth by God’s blessing  [THE ASH GROVE] by Omer Westendorf. The book “Community of Christ Sings” has an inclusive language version of the hymn. There is a downloadable accompaniment here

You shall go out with joy TiS #755, Songs of the Kingdom #192 Lively song for the close of worship

Thanks to Chris Harris for additional suggestions

 

17 September 2017: “How often should I forgive?”

Sunday between September 11 & 17 inclusive (24th Sunday in Ordinary Time) Proper 19(A):

Exodus 14:19-31 Oh Mary, don’t you weep (As performed  – electrifyingly – by Take 6):

or

Genesis 50:15-21  Silent the earth when God arose [GERONTIUS aka “Praise to the holiest in the height”]

Psalm 114 When Israel broke their cruel chains [ABRIDGE, or other suitable 86.86 (CM) tune]

Romans 14: 1-12 Come praise the name of Jesus [MORNING LIGHT aka “Stand up, stand up for Jesus] Good words for this passage, but not at all inclusive, however I can imagine beginning “We come to praise you Jesus” and then the rest falls into place. 

Matthew 18:21-35 What if my brothers wrong me Lord (or sisters cause me pain?) [HORSLEY aka “There is a green hill…] or other 86.86 (CM) tune.

Featured hymn text this week:

As we gather at your table by Carl P. Daw Jr – very apt communion hymn for this week. Beautiful match with the lovely American tune BEACH SPRING (87.87D) which is easy to learn.

Last week’s selections from “Alleluia Aotearoa” and other NZHT books are also appropriate this week, as well as a number of the other selections

The Spiritual When Israel was in Egypt’s land (Go Down Moses) would be suitable today:

Other possibilities:

It’s a good day to sing Amazing Grace [NEW BRITAIN is the name of the trad. tune]

Other traditional items might include:

I heard the voice of Jesus say [KINGSFOLD] Classic hymn to a lovely folk tune (music). A good (less sentimental) revision of the second line is in CoCs #31: “I bring good tidings of release to you who are oppressed”.  TiS #585 has modernized words, which you can also find on the useful “Guitar chords for hymns” site.

and an inclusive language version of Whittier’s hymn:

Dear God embracing humankind [REPTON aka “Dear Lord and Father…”]

Songs and contemporary hymns:

God forgave my sin (Freely, freely) The evergreen song from Carol Owens. HFTC #s.12, CoCs #627 Lyrics, with a list of source books. Lyrics in this document, with an anonymous additional verse. Rather wooden instrumental video with singalong words. Slightly syrupy singalong, but good quality. Guitar chords (& that third verse), although I think the refrain is missing a Bm on the second “freely”. If you have a CCLI licence the song is available here.

Jesus stand among us at the meeting of our lives (with a third verse Adrienne Bruce found somewhere) Songs of the Kingdom #222 :

Jesus stand among us at the breaking of the bread:/ Join us as one body as we worship you, our Head./ O Jesus we love you so we gather here… 

This is a day of new beginnings [BEGINNINGSAnother fine hymn by Brian Wren with a lovely, easy-to-learn tune (but watch the last verse ending) by Carlton R. “Star-Child” Young. 

I come with joy, a child of God  [UNIVERSITYThis hymn by Brian Wren was formerly known as “I come with joy to meet my Lord”. A good communion hymn today

In the singing, in the silence [BREAD OF PEACE]  Click the “full text” tab for the words. Also in FFS #38. Lovely communion hymn by Shirley Murray & Carlton R. Young 

O God beyond all praising sung to THAXTED aka “I vow to thee my country” is a grand opening hymn. Click the “full text” tab for the words.

 

10 September 2017 :  “Love is the fulfilling of the Law”

Sunday between Sept 4 & 10 (23rd Sun in Ordinary Time) = Proper 18 Yr. A

Exodus 12:1-14 Sing an Agnus Dei that you know, or during communion you could play a recording of Blake’s “The Lamb” (John Tavener) which should surely stir the hardest heart:

or

Ezekiel 33: 7-11 Restless souls, why do you scatter [CROSS OF JESUS]. This modernized version is useful. Sometimes this hymn begins at v2: “There’s a wideness in God’s mercy” but v.1 is pertinent here

Psalm 149  Bring to the Lord a glad new song [JERUSALEM] A grand opening hymn

Romans 13: 8-14 Kneels at the feet of his friends (Yesu, Yesu, fill us with your love)

Matthew 18:15-20  Gentle God, when we are driven (past the limits of our love) AA #44

Featured hymn texts this week:

God when human bonds are broken & Help us accept each other (both by Fred Kaan)

The first can be sung to LOVE DIVINE or CROSS OF JESUS and the second to WOLVERCOTE, PASSION CHORALE or other 8.7.8.7. D

the text of ” God when human bonds” may be found here

and Help us accept each other by clicking the link

Another superb text is “O Day of Peace” which was written by Carl P Daw Jr to be sung to JERUSALEM and to stand in contrast to the imagery of Blake.

Some well-known possibilities:

Make me a channel of your peace  Lyrics of the last verse are usually modified to read “In giving of ourselves that we receive.” TiS #607 and in these books (scroll right down)

The new commandment that I give to you (A New Commandment) “The new commandment that I give to you is to love one another as I have loved you… by this all people will know you’re my disciples, if you have love…” . Music, lyrics, and chords.

Ubi Caritas Music, lyrics and chords

We are one in the bond of love Scripture in Song #134

We are one in the Spirit (They’ll know we are Christians) CoCs #359 There is a contemporary video version here as a demo – I wouldn’t recommend the video for a church service, though. Snappy new refrain in this version. 

For the beauty of the earth [DIX] All the resources are on this page, scroll right down for clickable music.

O God beyond all praising sung to THAXTED aka “I vow to thee my country” is a grand opening hymn

Bring forth the kingdom (You are salt for the earth, o people). A lively song by Marty Haugen. Text and chords but don’t copy this rendition! The correct feel (although a bit fast!) is here on YouTube

Christ’s is the world in which we move (which is sung to DREAM ANGUS) A reflective song from the Iona Community. A performance starting at 3:30 is here

A lively gradual from Aotearoa:

I love this family of God / E aroha ana ahau   (Sir Kingi Ihaka)

I love this family of God, so closely knitted into one.

They’ve taken me into their hearts, and I’m so glad to be a part

of this great family. (Translation, also to be sung:)

E aroha ana ahau, ki tenei whanau a te Atua.

He whanau kotahi tenei, Taku koa ko au tetahi,

o tenei whanau.

(Repeat)

From “Alleluia Aotearoa”:

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

Give thanks for life [SINE NOMINE] AA #45

Loving Spirit (David Dell’s tune) AA #94(i)

He Came Singing Love [SINGING LOVE] AA #59

From “Hope is our Song”:

From this holy time an excellent recessional text from Marnie Barrell, very effective sung to LAUDATE DOMINUM HiOS #31

 

3 September 2017: “Take up your cross”

Sunday between Aug 28 & Sept 3 (22nd Sun in Ordinary Time) = Proper 17 Yr. A

Exodus 3:1-15  Be still for the presence of the Lord  Every resource you could possibly need is on this page

OR

Jeremiah 15:15-21 Hosea (Come back to me).  Sample accompanimentSingalong video of this lovely song:

Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45Sing praise to God who has shaped and sustains all creation [LOBE DEN HERRN aka “Praise to the Lord, the almighty”.]  This is an inclusive-language paraphrase, ready to use straight out of the box. On this Youtube page click “More” for the lyrics. 

Romans 12:9-21  As sons of the day and daughters of light [LAUDATE DOMINUM aka “O praise ye the Lord / Sing praise to the Lord”] Perhaps a Gospel hymn.

Matthew 16:21-28  O Christ who by a cross made peace your sign [SURSUM CORDA] AA #105

Christ is all the world’s good news This evangelistic hymn has quite striking words in relation to the Gospel, however, I can’t find a 7775 tune that works. So if you like this text, you could modify the last line of each verse  by addition: “Turn (and turning) come to him”. Thus this hymn can be sung to HEINLEIN aka “Forty days.,..”This works for all the verses except “all may come” which could be “everyone may come”, and the very last line, which could be the same as the end of verse 1. You could also shorten this 7-verse hymn.

Christ has called us to new visions: A hymn suited to the Romans reading in particular, by Jane Parker Huber can be sung to the very attractive (and easy) American tune NETTLETON or other 8.7.8.7D tune. CoCs #566 or if you have CCLI find the words here.

Christ the Lord who calls us  This would make an excellent Offertory hymn today. It can be sung to AU CLAIR DE LA LUNE for a meditative style, or CAMBERWELL aka “At the name of Jesus” for a more vigorous tune. If 5 verses seems too many, omit v.4

When I survey the wondrous cross ( TiS #342)

Lift high the cross If you wish to avoid militaristic imagery, Shirley Murray’s version in “Alleluia Aotearoa” is commended

If we have died to ourselves in Jesus (Marty Haugen) (TiS #475) The refrain would make a perfect Gospel acclamation today

More contemporary songs:

When we are living, we are in the Lord . The attractive and simple Mexican melody is found in TiS #778

I have decided to follow Jesus to be effective, this song needs to be slow and reflective in style, not bouncy

Unless a grain of wheat (Bernadette Farrell)

This is my body, broken for you (Jimmy Owens, additional verses by Damian Lundy) recommended here

Jesus Christ is waiting, waiting in the streets (Bell, Maule) [NOEL NOUVELET]

Brother, sister, let me serve you (Gillard) [THE SERVANT SONG]

Lord make me like you (Jimmy and Carol Owens) Songs of the Kingdom #76

 

27 August 2017: “Who do you say that I am?”

Sunday between Aug 21 & 27 (21st Sun in Ordinary Time) = Proper 16 Yr. A

Exodus 1:8 – 2:10  A mother lined a basket [ELLACOMBE or WOLVERCOTE 76.76D] Hymn that affirms mothers in the story of God’s people

OR

Isaiah 51: 1-6  From you all skill and science flow [WILTSHIRE aka “Through all the changing scenes”]  A short hymn about the renewal of creation, suitable for the Gradual (Sequence)

Psalm 124 see below

Romans 12:1-8 Take my life and let it be [NOTTINGHAM] Modernized words

Matthew 16:13-20 O Lord who by your lakeside word [MELITA aka “Eternal Father, strong to save…” A really good narrative hymn! I’d prefer “headstrong” to “passionate” simply because it scans better!

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

For the psalm:

Had not the LORD let Israel say [DUNEDIN aka “Where mountains rise” or FULDA  aka “We have a Gospel to proclaim”: 88.88]  A paraphrase hymn that needs a strong tune. I imagine singing “mortals” for “men who”.

Now Israel may say [OLD 124th] TiS #79 is a slightly modernized (more inclusive) version, otherwise this hymn’s language is probably too obscure for today’s  congregations

Some hymns from “Together in Song” to well-known tunes:

Here, Lord, we take the broken bread [DOMINUS REGIT ME] TiS #523, also HFTC #404. Short hymn which could be sung as Communion concludes

This is the truth we hold [LITTLE CORNARD] (Useful as a credal hymn instead of a said Affirmation of Faith) TiS #469. Lyrics available if you have CCLI

God is our song and every singer blest [SURSUM CORDA] TiS #646. The lyrics are on this page, use the right arrow button on your keyboard to advance. Note this version has a tune that repeats the last line of each verse, not needed if you use SURSUM CORDA

Sing of the Lord’s goodness [THE LORD’S GOODNESS] Lively 5/4 time for confident congregations! TiS #183. Exclusive God-language unfortunately, but some might attempt seamless mending by beginning with changing “his” to “your” – but lots of other mods would be required, so that it would end up being something quite other than the original!

At the name of Jesus [CAMBERWELL] Strongly advise that you sing only the 4 verses listed in TIS (with vigour!) TiS #231. These are verses 1,3,5 & 6 of the original, as suggested in the graphic. Any more becomes tedious, IMHO.

Christ is the world’s true light [NUN DANKET] TiS #238, or available here if you have CCLI.

Worship songs:

He is Lord/You are Lord: Maori lyrics can also be used: Te Ariki, Te Ariki, kua ara mai nei koe i te mate. Koropikoria, whakaaktungia, ko Ihu Te Ariki.

Jesus is Lord, creation’s voice proclaims it. Lyrics (not set out correctly). HFTC s.#17, “Songs of the Kingdom” #155

We are one in the bond of love (for the Romans reading)SiS “Songs of Praise” #134

Some New Zealand hymns and songs:

We are many, we are one [HAMILTON] (Gibson) FFS #67 (Suggested 2 weeks ago)

Maker of mystery [DOWN AMPNEY] FFS #47 Marnie Barrell’s fine hymn

Jesus comes to me as a springtime tree AA #77 Lovely lyrics by Joy Cowley, music by yours truly

Take my gifts and let me love you Suits the Romans reading AA #127 Murray/Gibson

Where the road runs out AA #156 Gibson. A hymn about the journey of discipleship

 

20 August 2017: “Jesus and the Canaanite woman”

Sunday between Aug 14 & 20 (20th Sun in Ordinary Time) = Proper 15 Yr. A

Genesis 45:1-15 or Isaiah 56:1,6-8

Psalm 133

Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32

Matthew 15:[10-20] 21-28

Featured:

Let us build a house (Marty Haugen) You can singalong to this Youtube clip. If the song is unfamiliar, listen to the first solo verse before joining in. The sheet music (with words) is here – click for p.293 for the balance. CoCs #276 “All are welcome in this place.” Easy, lively.

For the Isaiah 56 reading:

God of freedom, God of justice  [PICARDY] (AA #50 or #TIS 657Shirley Murray’s powerful text seeking healing for a violent world. Words.

Beauty for brokenness (Kendrick) TiS #690,  Sing Glory #263, CoCs #302. Formal-style version with lyrics. The writer’s own recording. And the same again with lyrics and video. Separate lyrics.

The love of God is broad like beach and mountain [FINLANDIA] “With One Voice #667”. This hymn by Anders Frostensen, translated from the Swedish, is set to an original tune in the above hymnbook, but is ideal to FINLANDIA. You can find an inclusive-language version of the text here (“Your love, O God, is broad…”).

For the Psalm:

How good a thing it is [FRANCONIA, aka “Blest are the pure in heart”] A useful paraphrase by James Seddon enabling you to sing this short psalm.

For the Gospel:

Healer of our every ill Marty Haugen’s folk-style song CoCs #547. Link is to a congregation singing. I have guitar chords in D.

Who is my mother? (Murray/Render) AA #158 “All those who gather round Jesus Christ”

Now to your table spread [LOVE UNKNOWN] AA #100 . Communion hymn by Shirley Murray.

This is a day of new beginnings [BEGINNINGS] TIS #653 . Words and music. Note there is an alternative 4th verse for Holy Communion. Definitely worth learning.

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy [CROSS OF JESUS (half-verses) or ABBOT’S LEIGH 87.87D] Colin Gibson’s revision is helpful. HIOS #135

We cannot measure how you heal [YE BANKS AND BRAES] (Iona Community). Words and music, click for p.141 for the balance.

She came to Jesus [SLANE aka “Be thou my vision”] (Carolyn Winfrey GilletteThis would make a suitable Gospel (Sequence, Gradual) hymn. Words here. Carolyn is generous with her hymns: you should seek her permission to reprint.

Here is bread, here is wine (Kendrick) I prefer “… Jesus’ feast is here”.  Linked video is a rather “purple” version of quite a straightforward communion song. 

and why not a rousing song that includes the words “Jesus taught us how to be  family” to close your service:

Jesus put this song into our hearts (Kendrick) TiS #670, “Songs of the Nations” #569 or perhaps…

We are many, we are one [HAMILTON] (Gibson) FFS #67

 

13 August 2017: “Truly you are God’s son”

Sunday between Aug 7 & 13 (19th Sun in Ordinary Time) = Proper 14 Yr. A

Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28

Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b

Romans 10:5-15

Matthew 14:22-33

Featured song:

Wind upon the waters Another excellent song from Marty “Gather us in” Haugen, performed by a choir here. The lyrics are here, with a solo performance: words could be read as a poem. CoCs #49. Sheet music on this page, and click for p.490. Well worth learning the easy tune.

Featured hymn:

You walk along our shoreline [AURELIA aka “The Church’s One Foundation”, or other 76.76D)] Another of Sylvia Dunstan’s excellent hymn texts. This one could work as a closing hymn. Tangential to today’s Gospel reading, but says in part: “And if you still will follow through storm and wave and shoal, then I will make you fishers, but of the human soul.” Words (and music, in this case SALLEY GARDENS)

God when human bonds are broken [LOVE DIVINE or other 87.87 tune] A hymn from Fred Kaan about broken relationships (cf. first reading)

Christ be my leader by night as by day [SLANE], suitable as a Gradual, or post-sermon, and the text is found here

Sent by the Lord am I (Sent out in Jesus’ name) Lively Latin-American short song, very easy to learn. The accompaniment and words are on this page, and p300 . However, there’s an inclusive language version of the words here. Note that the first 4 lines are repeated.

Come and find the quiet centre [LEWIS FOLK MELODY (with chords) aka GAELIC AIR (TiS #477) aka GAELIC TRADITIONAL MELODY (FFS #10(i) or BEACH SPRINGShirley Murray’s hymn about centering prayer. FFS #10

He came singing love [SINGING LOVE] Colin Gibson’s widely known song. AA #59. Words are on this page

I have called you by your name CoCs #636 Words are on this page, click the pdf symbol which is a link to the music. Lovely song from Dan Damon, easy to learn, and popular

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

How lovely on the mountains (Barlotti) Words and chords

Who is this Jesus whose voice we have heard? [SLANE aka “Be thou my vision…”] Excellent writing from Dolores Dufner, but only found in “Community of Christ Sings” #38 unfortunately.

Wind upon the waters Another excellent song from Marty “Gather us in” Haugen, performed by a choir here. The lyrics are here, with a solo performance: words could be read as a poem. CoCs #49. Sheet music on this page, and click for p.490. Well worth learning the easy tune.

As we gather at your table Can be sung to NETTLETON, BEACH SPRING or other 87.87D A good choice for an Offertory hymn today

Will you come and follow me?  (The Summons)  [KELVINGROVE] Good to conclude with. CoCs #586. Melody line and chords (including Capo 3) on this page. Accompaniment on this page.  Scroll down on this page for the 32 instances in hymnals.

I The Lord of sea and sky (Here I am Lord) fits well with the Epistle reading todayScroll down on this page for all the hymnal incidences. CoCs #640, TiS #658, SG #633. This singalong video is in the contemporary worship style. Watch out for the bridge which is not part of the original song. This video version is in a folk style (no lyrics)

Christ be our light (Longing for light) (Farrell)  Singalong video. “Praying in Song #242, or you can buy the score. Guitar chords here. All the words are on this page

Go forth and tell, O Church of God awake! [WOODLANDS aka “Tell out my soul…”] A powerful but not inclusive text. You would certainly want “humankind” instead of “all mankind” and I imagine several other “invisible mends”! Excellent recessional, though.

Some of the suggestions are from Natalie Sims’ lectionarysong which is a comprehensive weekly list

 

6 August 2017:  Transfiguration OR Feeding the Five Thousand (men!)

See below for the selections related to the Feeding of the Five Thousand (Men)

Hymns and songs related to Transfiguration (if not transferred to Monday 7 July)

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

Jesus Son of God and Mary [PICARDY or MANNHEIM (aka “Lead us heavenly Father…”) Narrative hymn framed around mountain/hill experiences of Jesus

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  [MELITA aka “Eternal Father strong to save”]  HFTC #116

When Jesus led his chosen three another hymn you can sing to MELITA Useful words but a bit exclusive. I imagine singing (V.1) “to humankind a glimpse…” and (V.2) “life restored”. Note the misprint in V.3 also

My Lord you wore no royal crown [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 [SHINE JESUS SHINE] if your congregation uses this song

Thanks to Natalie Sims for her “Transfiguration” collection.

Feeding of the 5000 (men)

Sunday between July 31 & Aug 6 (18th Sun in Ordinary Time) = Proper 13 Yr. A

Genesis 32:22-31

Psalm 17:1-7, 15

Romans 9:1-5

Matthew 14:13-21

Feed us now, bread of life This is a charming, reflective communion hymn from Australia’s Robin Mann. Text and recorded accompanient are here. If you have an internet connection at church (or someone with mobile data), just plug your device into the sound system and play the audio on the webpage for people to learn. Always learn new music before the service begins!  Music is in “Together in Song” #538

All my hope on God is founded [MICHAEL] A suitable gradual/sequence hymn relating to the Epistle. 

Let us break bread together [BREAD TOGETHER] This should be sung slowly and meditatively, before or during Communion

Break now (Thou) the bread of life [BREAD OF LIFE] Suitable if you want a traditional  choice. I like this more modern version of the words. 

Here is bread, here is wine (Kendrick) I find “feast on Jesus” kinda weird and imagine instead “feast with Jesus”, but otherwise an excellent communion song

Christ be our light (Farrell) Don’t know this yet? Suggest you learn and use it ASAP. Everyone seems to love this song. Listen to it here, along with the words. The version at the bottom of the page sounds better. 

I come with joy (to meet my Lord) a child of God (Wren) [UNIVERSITY] for a traditional tune with modern words. The link takes you to Brian Wren’s own inclusive-language revision of the words he wrote a couple of decades back. Suitable offertory hymn. HFTC #408

For the bread and wine and blessing  [BREAD AND WINE] A NZ hymn as found in Alleluia Aotearoa – attractive tune by Guy Jansen, words, Shirley Murray. AA #39

In the singing, in the silence Another of Shirley’s communion hymns, this time in “Faith Forever Singing” FFS #38

Put peace into each other’s hands (Kaan) [ST. COLUMBA] Attractive offertory hymn, or sung at the Peace. The text is here (.pdf file)

 

30 July 2017: “Parables of the kingdom’s growth”

Sunday between July 24 & 30 (17th Sun in Ordinary Time) = Proper 12 Yr. A

Genesis 29:15-28

Psalm 105:1-11, 45b

Romans 8:26-39

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Some of last week’s choices might be suitable, too. The gospel lection concludes with the reference to treasures old and new – so it’s a good day to sing the old and the new!

Holy Spirit, come confirm us [CROSS OF JESUS,  or other 8.7.8.7 tuneA trinitarian hymn relating to the Epistle reading (could suit as a gradual/sequence hymn). The text is on this page.

What riches on this earth can buy one human breath? [FRANCONIA aka “Blest are the pure in heart”] Short psalm-based hymn suitable as a Gradual (Sequence) hymn. Paul Wigmore’s text is not fully inclusive, but words such as “yours”, “whose” and “this” may appeal to creative types. 

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy [ABBOT’S LEIGH aka “Glorious things…] Colin Gibson’s There’s a wideness in God’s mercy, is an adaptation of the original. HiOS #135. Could be an opening hymn.

The kingdom of God is justice and joy [HANOVER, aka “O worship the King all glorious above”] HFTC #333  and on this page.

Born by the Holy Spirit’s breath [FULDA] Paraphrase from Romans 8 by Timothy Dudley-Smith, in HFTC #225, using the suggested alternative tune, which is often sung with the words “We have a gospel to proclaim” Text also here 

Bless the Lord, O my soul (10,000 reasons) This contemporary song by Matt Redman would make an excellent response to the Epistle reading. This video is an easy-to-follow karaoke version:

God has spoken to the (his) people, alleluia (spoken words of holy wisdom, alleluia)

Seek ye first the kingdom of God An updated-language version of  this text could be:

“First set your mind on the reign of our God, and on righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you…

“You shall not live by bread alone…”

I am the vine Shirley Murray’s text to my Israeli-style tune, ESKDALE. FFS #35

When our Lord walked the earth [PERSONENT HODIE note: different, Christmas wordsPowerful writing from the Iona Community. Text is here . If your congregation doesn’t know PERSONENT HODIE (Hynns for Today’s Church #311) it is well worth learning for these words, which could be used often. Gustav Holst’s striking arrangement isn’t easy, but the tune is!  A cracker.

Amazing grace [NEW BRITAIN] or Amazing grace /my chains are gone (see video below)

E te Atua kua ruia nei [NEW BRITAIN the traditional tune for “Amazing Grace”] or FOR ALL THY MERCIES. This text  is only published  in “With One Voice NZ Supplement” #650, (with an English version not for singing), but the words with translation are in this downloadable pdf.

As trees from tiny seeds can grow Attractive contemporary lyrics from Jane Parker Huber: here  (Click on the indexed hymn).The English folk tune O WALY WALY would suit, or other LM (88.88) tune. 

God speed you on your way [STAFFORD] A farewell song from Shirley Murray and Shona Murray FFS #29

Blow through the valleys [RUAHINE] Bill Bennett’s lively and easy-to-learn song speaks of how the world “thinks it can buy all the treasures we need”, so this would be a good one to use before the Gospel reading FFS #6

 

23 July 2017:  Weeds among wheat

Sunday between July 17 & 23 (16th Sun in Ordinary Time) = Proper 11 Yr. A

Genesis 28:10-19a

Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24

Romans 8:12-25

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Featured hymn:

The sun went down on Jacob’s grief A narrative hymn about the first Testament reading, by Christopher Idle. Lively folk tunes include STAR OF THE COUNTY DOWN* (aka “My soul cries out”) or THE FLIGHT OF THE EARLS, or you could use something well-known like KINGSFOLD *Click the link to page 79 for the rest of the score

The reign of God like  farmer’s field The text is here but you need to click “Show more”  An appropriate tune is BROTHER JAMES’ AIR, repeating the last two lines of each verse, or ST. ANNE aka “O God our help in ages past”. This would make an excellent Gradual (Sequence) hymn. This version of ST ANNE has guitar chords.

God the sculptor of the mountains [MANNHEIM aka “Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us”]. These contemporary-style hymn lyrics will suit progressives! Thanks to Natalie for suggesting this hymn (and the featured hymn today).

The Lord is my light, my light and salvation Music for this round (Taize)

Touch the earth lightly [TENDERNESS (tune continues on the next page)] A hymn about stewardship of creation, found in AA #143 and the words are here.

Maker of mystery [DOWN AMPNEY aka “Come down O Love divine”] Marnie Barrell’s words explore metaphors of growth in Christ. Scroll down on this page for the words. FFS #47

Beauty for brokenness (God of the poor) TiS #690, CoCs #302 Choral version with words Solo version with words and video, good for reflection A Graham Kendrick song, about the fragility of people and creation

God of the Bible  FFS #25 . Easy to learn song about the work of the Gospel (Murray/Gibson)

Loving Spirit As found in AA #94, relevant to the Romans reading. I like the David Dell tune. Words are here

O God, you search me and you know me Sing Glory #514, Words here. Sample sheet music, available for purchase from OCPA popular hymn by Bernadette Farrell – relates to the Psalm and Romans reading. Singalong video:

Lord (or God ) of creation, to you be all praise The text is here. May be sung to SLANE (aka “Be Thou My Vision”). (Make sure you pick the right version of the tune to fit the words!)

For the fruits of all creation Ideal offertory hymn, relates to the Gospel. Suggested tune: AR HYD Y NOS (All Through The Night). This video has inclusive lyrics, too:

The kingdom is within you AA #137 Cecily Sheehy’s lively blues-style song in E maj (Easy chords for guitar)Could be used as a Gradual. This was suggested for last week, so if you learned it then you could sing it again for reinforcement

Holy Spirit ever dwelling The text is here. An attractive 8.7.8.7D tune is NETTLETON

Praise the Spirit in creation This is a much more inclusive-language hymn than “Praise my soul” but is sung to that tune. The text is here

Loving Creator, grant to your children [HALAD] (originally: Father in heaven, grant… ) Lively Filipino tune with guitar chords on this page. Words are on this page.

Some of last week’s suggestions may also be suitable

 

16 July 2017: “The parable of the sower”

For material suited to the Romans reading, consider the selections for the Day of Pentecost, 4 June, below.

Sunday between July 10 & 16 (15th Sun in Ordinary Time) = Proper 10 Yr. A

Genesis 25:19-34

Psalm 119:105-112

Romans 8:1-11

Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

God has spoken to his people [SONG OF GOOD NEWS] (W. Jabusch) TiS #636

Try a more inclusive version: Change “He who has ears… to They who have ears (and so on) and this refrain: God has spoken to the people, alleluia, spoken words of holy wisdom, alleluia.

Sent forth by God’s blessing [THE ASH GROVE] TiS #531 is an inclusive language version. There is also an almost entirely inclusive version on this page. Great concluding hymn. Scroll down for all hymnbooks which feature this hymn.

Lord of creation, to you be all praise  [SLANE aka “Be Thou My Vision”]  TiS #626

Lord your word shall guide us (Lord thy word abideth) [RAVENSHAW] Helpfully modernized lyrics here and HFTC #251. Alternative modernized words in TiS #427

The kingdom is within you AA #137 Cecily Sheehy’s lively blues-style song is easy and fun

Here in this place [GATHER US IN] Melody line and chords. Full keyboard accompaniment on this page and on page 704. TiS #474  and these other books

Let us talents and tongues employ [LINSTEAD] The lively tune is Jamaican TiS #537, CoCs #522, HFTC #414. Full music and chords in Cmaj. Found in these hymnbooks

This is a day of new beginnings [BEGINNINGS] A fine hymn by Brian Wren and Carlton R. Young, easy to learn. Good communion hymn when you use the alternate last verse: “In faith we’ll gather round the table to taste and share what love can do…” CoCs #495, TiS #653, words on this page, click the pdf link for the music. 

Speak O Lord Soaring contemporary worship song about hearing God’s word, well worth adding to your repertoire. Lots of sample resources on this page if you click about. Singalong video. CoCs #66

Praise and thanksgiving, Father we offer [BUNESSAN aka “Morning has broken”. TiS #627 and these hymnals. I imagine singing “Praise and thanksgiving we come to offer”, and in v2 “So bless the labour…” and v3 “Ever providing…” ,”Sister and brother…”

Our life has its seasons [KOTUKU] AA #113. Lively song from Shirley Murray and Colin Gibson. Musicians should watch out for the 3/4 bar. 

Where shall be found? [PEACETREE] HiOS #151 Lovely anthemic hymn about planting peace  from Colin Gibson, very easy to learn, with guitar chords for the first fret.

Unless a grain of wheat (Bernadette Farrell) Words and resources on this page. “As One Voice” #1-35

Very suitable for a small group or soloist to sing the verses, and the people singing the refrain.

 

9 July 2017: “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light”

Suggestions for Sea Sunday may be found on this page.

Sunday between July 3 & 9 (14th Sun in Ordinary Time) = Proper 9 Yr. A

Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 (The Continuous set of readings)

Psalm 45:10-17

Romans 7:15-25a

Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

One more step along the world I go (for all age services) Sheet music with guitar chords.

Lyrics.

Will you come and follow me? (The Summons)[KELVINGROVE] The undotted (straight quaver) version of this tune is better, I think (as in the video). Lyrics. CoCs #586, Sing Glory #634 and these other collections. Music and lyrics on this page. Also with chords here.

Make me a channel of your peace found in these hymn collections. 

Lyrics on this page.

Three things I promise A beautiful new tune (with lyrics) is here but you could sing it to [WAREHAM]

Come as you are, that’s how I want you The lyrics are on this page. 

Unfortunately this is only available in “Together in Song” #693

Comfort, comfort all my people You can learn the tune here. TiS #647 Australian song really worth learning for this context, and for Advent

Jesus Christ is waiting [NOEL NOUVELET aka Now the green blade rises] words and music here (along with many other hymns). Sheet music, click “page 122” for the rest.

What a friend we have in Jesus [CONVERSE] Music, lyrics and chords.

Great is thy (your) faithfulness Hymns for Today’s Church (#260) has a modernized version of the lyrics, and “Voices United” suggests “…God our Creator”. Otherwise the traditional version is on this page, (with easy chords). Click “Page 302” for the rest.

I heard the voice of Jesus say [KINGSFOLD] Classic hymn to a lovely folk tune (music). A good (less sentimental) revision of the second line is in CoCs #31: “I bring good tidings of release to you who are oppressed”.  TiS #585 has modernized words, which you can also find on the useful “Guitar chords for hymns” site.  Singalong to this organ video: 

Who is moving through the silence? AA #157, also recorded by the Festival Singers on their album “Tell my people

Jesus comes to me as a springtime tree (Sacrament of the Seasons) Joy Cowley’s poem set to my tune, “JOY”. AA #77. Words are on this page. Also found on the “Alleluia Aotearoa” CD. “Gentle the cross and gentle the snow, gentle the path where he and I go”.

Come and find the quiet centre FFS #10(i) LEWIS FOLK MELODY aka GAELIC AIR (TiS #477) aka GAELIC TRADITIONAL MELODY. Can also be sung to BEACH SPRING

O my Saviour, lifted from the earth for me [NORTH COATES] It is a simple matter to change all the “thy”s to “your”

Beauty for brokenness (God of the poor) TiS #690, CoCs #302 Choral version with words Solo version with words and video, good for reflection

Koutou katoa ra mea iti nei  “With One Voice” #659

Tama ngakau marie AA #128, with translation (not for singing). This could be sung during communion.

The Kingdom is within you AA #137 Cecily Sheehy’s lively blues-style song makes a good Gospel hymn.

Come to the banquet would be a lively song for the Offertory today:

 

2 July 2017: “Eternal life in Christ Jesus”

Today is also Refugee Sunday, and some selections for that are included below:

Refugee Sunday:

Five hymns with words by Shirley Murray

Here to the house of God we come [KHAO I DANG] AA #61 Easy tune by Colin Gibson, watch out for the long note!

God of freedom, God of justice [PICARDY] AA #50 The familiar French tune works well. Another excellent hymn for today with PICARDY (the second tune in this document) is When our world is rent by violence by David Bjorlin

I am standing waiting [AU CLAIR DE LA LUNE] FFS #34

Just as the rainbow [COLORS OF HOPE] An attractive easy tune by Dan Damon. Words.

In what strange land [MYSTERIUM] HiOS #77 Colin Gibson’s tune has resonances of the theme from “Exodus” – moving and easy to learn

Hymns and songs for today’s readings:

By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered This striking hymn by Dietrich Bonhoeffer can be sung to O PERFECT LOVE but it would also be effective to FINLANDIA if you repeat the latter two lines of each verse. Suggested for last Sunday also.

The God of Abraham praise [LEONI] TiS #125, HFTC #9 You may wish to select verses, and in the linked version I would consider “We” instead of “I”

How long O Lord will you forget [HOW LONG] This hymn can be found in CoCS #201 and Sing Glory #651. Lovely jazz chords in the tune by Christopher Norton, but easy to sing.  Based on Psalm 13.

Come now O Prince of Peace [OSOSO] A wonderful, simple Korean hymn which springs from the desire for unity (reunification). CoCs #225, Sing Glory #586.  Works well sung between intercessions, but would also suit as a gradual hymn. Sing Glory #586,  CoCs #225. Music and words here. (Choose “Save image as…”)

Take my life and let it be [NOTTINGHAM]

Every day (I will offer you) [LYNNEFRITH] AA #36

Amazing grace [NEW BRITAIN] That’s the name for the familiar tune!

And now O Father, mindful of the love [UNDE ET MEMORES]

God forgave my sin (Freely, freely) The evergreen song from Carol Owens. HFTC #s.12, CoCs #627 Lyrics, with a list of source books. Lyrics in this document, with an anonymous additional verse. Rather wooden instrumental video with singalong words. Slightly syrupy singalong, but good quality. Guitar chords (& that third verse), although I think the refrain is missing a Bm on the second “freely”. If you have a CCLI licence the song is available here.

Brother sister, let me serve you [SERVANT SONG] AA #8 and 34 other books

Kneels at the feet of his friends [CHEREPONI] TiS #640,  Music here, with easy guitar chords (Capo 1). Click “full text” for the words.

Here in this place [GATHER US IN] Melody line and chords. Full keyboard accompaniment on this page and on page 704. TiS #474  and these other books

O welcome all you noble saints of old Robert Stamps’ song would be an evergreen from 1972 apart from the exclusive language. There are various solutions to this (last line of the refrain): “In Christ there is a table set for all” or “Jesus sets a table for us all” or “God has set…” Like me, you may not be that keen on the “harlots” usage. I can imagine singing “All the once excluded gather here, all who seek forgiveness now draw near, wayward sons and daughters need not fear…” . The verse that begins “Worship in the presence of the Lord…” is probably enough making a total of 5 verses. Songs of the Kingdom #142

Some of the above suggestions are from the prior work of Chris and Natalie. Thanks!

 

25 June 2017: “Do not be afraid, you are of more value than many sparrows”

There are also some suggestions for the celebration of Matariki, the Maori New Year, when the Pleiades constellation rises.

How much am I worth? Great all-age song from Colin Gibson, really easy to learn and excellent for guitar accompaniment HiOS #63, this link to the text and you can click on the pdf link for the music, but it’s rather high in A maj.

I heard the voice of Jesus say [KINGSFOLD] Best in an updated version of the text, or this one (with guitar chords),

Great is your (thy) faithfulness [FAITHFULNESS] TiS #184 and HFTC #260 have contemporary words, but it is not hard to change the “thys” to “yours”

It is God (you) who hold(s) the nations [BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC] An excellent text by Fred Pratt Green which would make a rousing opening hymn. The first two verses could be modified to “You” for inclusiveness. Also, to use this tune you would need to add a refrain such as “Praise and glory to our Maker, Praise and glory to our Saviour, Praise and glory to the Spirit, may the living God be praised.” Also in SG #304

Praise with joy the world’s Creator [LAUDA ANIMA aka PRAISE MY SOUL] The Iona community’s  inclusive take on the traditional hymn

I have decided to follow Jesus [ASSAM] This Indian song works well when sung slowly as a reflection, for example during Communion. Words and music on this pageSome versions include a v3 which is “My cross I’ll take up and follow Jesus…”

To be in your presence A reflective worship song. SG #523, Complete Anglican Hymns Old & New #694, Complete Mission Praise #951

Who is my mother? Shirley Murray’s hymn about belonging to Christ. AA #158 This could be the Offertory hymn today.

Who would true valour see [MONK’S GATE] It’s hard to find an inclusive-language version of this hymn by John Bunyan, but “Together in Song” manages it (#561), as does  this version (more first-person)

When we are living, we are in the Lord [SOMOS DEL SENOR TiS #778]. LSM Conference recordingSuited to the gradual hymn. There is another version at CoCs #242

When trouble strikes and fear takes root An honest hymn from the Iona Community TiS #184. The text is in Long Meter (88.88) so a tune such as ANGELUS or O WALY WALY would suit. There is a downloadable PowerPoint presentation of the lyrics here. (If you don’t have PowerPoint, LibreOffice is a free alternative.) 

God! When human bonds are broken [87.87 tune]This hymn by Fred Kaan can be sung to CROSS OF JESUS. The words are also found in TiS #683

By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered This striking hymn by Dietrich Bonhoeffer can be sung to O PERFECT LOVE but it would also be effective to FINLANDIA if you repeat the latter two lines of each verse.

Longing for light (Christ be our light)  (Farrell)  Singalong video. “Praying in Song #242, or you can buy the score. Guitar chords here. All the words are on this page. This was a suggestion for 6th of Easter, so you may not wish to use it again so soon!

What a friend we have in Jesus [CONVERSE] Published in 1448 hymnbooks! Music on this page, with chords in F maj.

Now let us from this table rise [NIAGARA] The words are on this page, and if you scroll right down there is a good-quality image file of the music, too. This is an 88.88 tune, so if your congregation doesn’t know NIAGARA you could try WAREHAM

Celebrating Matariki with New Zealand music:

There are a number of “Alleluia Aotearoa” acclamations in AA which could be used in conjunction with the Gospel reading

E te Atua aroha mai [KUMBAYA] Very simple invocation in Te Reo AA #31

E te Ariki, he ataahua koe A Maori interpretation of the worship song “Jesus how lovely you are” which includes the line “Tiaho mai, te whetu marama (Shine forth, bright star)”. Apt! AA #30

Where mountains rise to open skies [DUNEDIN] “In water’s light, in lake and star”. AA #155

God of our island home [ISLAND HOME] Chris Skinner’s lovely meditative song could be sung during Communion. You could just sing the first verse without the refrain. HiOS #43

These hills where the hawk flies lonely [KAIKOURA] FFS #63

Beneath the Southern Cross Malcolm Gordon’s stirring song is published in his book “Songs for the Saints” with a CD included. 

 

 

 

18 June 2017: “Te Pouhere Sunday” Celebrating our life as a three-Tikanga Church

See below for some RCL selections for the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost

Resources are available on the General Synod website http://www.anglican,org.nz, choose ‘Lectionary’, then ‘Te Pouhere Sunday’ to download a .pdf file

Aotearoa – New Zealand Resources for today:

From Alleluia Aotearoa:

 # 155  Where mountains rise to open skies [DUNEDIN] Shirley Murray’s hymn is probably the pre-eminent one for today! Excellent opening hymn.

# 82  Join hands in the Spirit  An inter-faith song. Could be sung as a Gradual

# 36  Every day I will offer you A very lively hymn from Shirley Murray and Colin Gibson, well worth learning.

 #85 Let justice roll down like a river

#8 Brother, sister, let me serve you

#59 He came singing love

#51 God of nations (In English and Te Reo)

#132 Tell my people I love them Excellent closing or recessional song

From Faith For Ever Singing:

#6 Blow through the valleys Bill Bennett’s song is ideal for today. Nice harmonization by David Dell

# 63  These hills where the hawk flies lonely Popular and very easy to learn, about a just society

# 67  We are many, we are one Another lively hymn from Colin Gibson, requires a nimble pianist

# 57  Song of faith that sings forever

#13 E Te Ariki (Lord have mercy) The kyries in Te Reo, responsive

From Hope is Our Song:

#43 God of our Island Home The refrain alone makes a lovely meditative response to prayer

#31 From this holy time A lovely hymn of sending forth which can be sung to LAUDATE DOMINUM

#23 E Te Ariki, whakarongo mai Contemporary Maori song

Some of the above songs and hymns feature on the CDs of the same name. Thanks to Chris Harris for supplying most of these suggestions

 

 

 

2nd Sunday after Pentecost

For the psalm or as an opening song:

Come sing praises to the Lord above  TiS #53 sung to CALYPSO CAROL (aka “See him lying…”) Lively song for all ages, if you don’t mind all that “kingy” language. You will need a free membership at Jubilate to access the lyrics.

God forgave my sin (Freely, freely) The evergreen song from Carol Owens. HFTC #s.12, CoCs #627 Lyrics, with a list of source books. Lyrics in this document, with an anonymous additional verse. Rather wooden instrumental video with singalong words. Slightly syrupy singalong, but good quality. Guitar chords (& that third verse), although I think the refrain is missing a Bm on the second “freely”. If you have a CCLI licence the song is available here.

On healing:

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

Jesus hands were kind hands AU CLAIR DE LA LUNE TiS #236 A short and suitable gospel/gradual hymn

We cannot measure how you heal YE BANKS AND BRAES or O WALY WALY (half verses)

Healer of our every ill Marty Haugen’s folk-style song CoCs #547. Link is to a congregation singing. I have guitar chords in D.

O Christ the healer we have come  ANGELUS CoCs #544 Excellent words from Fred Pratt Green

Praise the One who breaks the darkness Excellent hymn about the ministry of Jesus which could be used anywhere in the service, maybe as a closing. It is worth learning NETTLETON to sing this hymn ( easy!) but you could resort to another 87.87D tune.

For communion:

In the singing, in the silence A lovely hymn by Shirley Murray and Carlton R Young. Lyrics page. Also found in FFS #38, CoCs #519

 

 

11 June 2017: The Most Holy Trinity

If you haven’t yet used the ResoundWorship song “Spirit of God”, the threefold form of the song is evocative of the Trinity! 

Featured:

Come you thankful people: A lively gathering song from ResoundWorship, which is ideal for today and for all-age worship

God is one, unique and holy  Some fresh imagery from Brian Wren, which can be sung to LAUDA ANIMA (“Praise, my soul”) or PICARDY  (“Let all mortal flesh”) if you want a more reflective tune. Good processional.

Trinitarian hymns:

I believe in God the Father (Michael Perry) Simple Trinitarian hymn, could be suited to the Gradual slot. 87.87 tune

Father in heaven, grant to your children TiS #465 /WOV #399 to HALAD. It’s worth learning this lively, simple hymn

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty NICAEA CoCs #52 and most hymnals.

God who created light MOSCOW (“Thou/God whose almighty word”) Strong Trinitarian imagery here. Could be sung instead of a spoken Affirmation of Faith.

Sing of a God in majestic divinity  WAS LEBET (“Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness”) Very striking lyrics from Herbert O’Driscoll, concluding with:

Sing of this God who in glory and mystery /  chooses to lie in humanity’s womb, / enters the prison and pain of our history,/      rises triumphant and opens the tomb.

Holy Wisdom, lamp of learning Trinitarian hymn with inclusive language to the lovely BEACH SPRING CoCs #55  TiS  #493 Slightly dodgy video demo with words

Praise with joy the world’s Creator LAUDA ANIMA/PRAISE MY SOUL CoCs #57 TiS #179 A Iona Community’s inclusive language reworking. Lyrics can also be found here.

Creator God, creating still This hymn by Jane Parker Huber uses language reminiscent  of the alternative blessing formula “Creator, Redeemer and Giver of life” (ANZPB/HKMOA p545). The only online source for the lyrics treats them very sniffily. However, if you’re after alternative language for the Trinity these lyrics work well to ST. ANNE (a.k.a. O God our help…) 

Maker of mystery FFS #47 Marnie Barrell’s lyrical writing can be sung to DOWN AMPNEY (aka “Come Down O Love Divine”). The words are on this page.

O Threefold God of tender unity AA #110 Bill Wallace’s hymn can be sung to ELLERS or SURSUM CORDA (Jillian Bray’s tune is attractive but challenging for congregations)

Jesus, come to our hearts AA #78 William Worley’s piece is  lyrical and easy to learn, almost a cross between a worship song and a hymn.

Trinitarian songs:

Glorify your name (Father we love you) Songs of the Nations #246 I suggest you update the language

Father, we adore you, lay our lives before you SiS #174, HFTC Song #5

Holy holy, Holy holy HFTC Song #14 Jimmy Owens’ evergreen worship song

We are one in the Spirit (They’ll know we are Christians) CoCs #359 There is a contemporary video version here as a demo – I wouldn’t recommend the video for a church service, though. Snappy new refrain in this version. 

any of these songs would be suitable during communion

Hymns for the Offertory/Communion today:

Shout for joy, the Lord has let us feast [LANSDOWNE] John Bell’s rousing hymn may need to be learned, but the tune is not difficult. One of the few Communion hymns with a Trinitarian reference. TiS #545. Words and music on p12 of this order of service.

Let us talents and tongues employ [LINSTEAD] Tongues are employed at Pentecost, and the lively tune is Jamaican! TiS #537, CoCs #522, HFTC #414

 

4 June 2017: The Day of Pentecost

One aspect of your celebration of Pentecost could be the use of some material that is non-English-language: consider your repertoire – your congregation may be familiar with some Maori hymns and songs; there are Latin chants from Taize, and lively songs from Africa, like Bambelela, Siyahamba and Haleluya pelo tsa rona (Hallelujah we sing your praises) for example. 

Consider also the mix of old and new texts and tunes (some of the languages mentioned in Acts 2 were ancient, indeed extinct at the time), and a variety of musical styles including formal hymns, worship songs, gospel, jazz, and folk. “Listen to the words (Peace be with you)” featured last week (below) is an easy contemporary song – you could even play it as people are sharing the Peace.

Featured:

Give thanks for Whitsun wind and fire A fine hymn to open or close worship today. It is sung to LASST UNS ERFREUEN aka “All creatures of our God and king”. Almost entirely inclusive language, and if your congregation has no idea what “Whitsun” is, “holy” will work just as well. 

Wind who makes all winds that blow Thomas Troeger’s vivid lyrics for Pentecost can be sung to ABERYSTWYTH aka “Jesus lover of my soul” or ST. GEORGE’S WINDSOR aka “Come you thankful people, come”.

Spirit of Christ remember me A simple and beautiful reflective song from Dan Damon. Could be learned before the service, or sung by a small group during communion, the congregation joining in as able. Sheet music with chords  CoCs #221

The bright wind is blowing  [THE BRIGHT WIND OF HEAVEN] A lovely, flowing folk-style tune, easy to learn with inclusive, evocative lyrics by Cecily Taylor TiS #263. If you want to use the words only, you could (at a pinch) sing this to THE ASH GROVE, using verse 2 as the refrain for verses 1 & 3.

Peace be with you all we sing Lovely, easy to learn song with a memorable tune. Words are here. Piano score can be purchased, and you can listen to a church performance. Suited as a gradual or offertory. Also in “Sing Glory” #480(ii). If you want to use the words only you could sing this to BUCKLAND aka “Loving shepherd of thy sheep”.

Songs:

Spirit of God (Luce/Latty) Outstanding contemporary song in a 3-part canon. This song makes a very atmospheric scene-setter even if people just listen, or join in as they are able. You can purchase the resources on the page, but the lead sheet, chord chart and lyrics are freely downloadable. 

Spirit, spirit of gentleness Jim Manley’s song is, sadly, not printed in many collections. However there is a guitar chord chart on this pdf page. If you have a CCLI licence you can find everything here.

We are one in the Spirit  (They’ll know we are Christians) CoCs #359 There is a contemporary video version here as a demo – I wouldn’t recommend the video for a church service, though. Snappy new refrain in this version. Suited to post-communion.

Breath of the Living God CoCs #43 Argentinian hymn to an attractive Norwegian tune. Video demo on piano, with the words.

Rain down Easy, uplifting gospel song by Jaime Cortez. Sheet music. Scroll down on this page for a lead sheet with easy guitar chords. Lyrics in this document. Recording on YouTube.  CoCs #260. CoCs changes “The just and the right” to “The just and unjust” which is much better!

Set us free for freedom Natalie Sims suggests this  recent hymn by Shirley Murray. Click the pdf link for two tunes – Colin Gibson’s is a challenging but lively blues. 

Holy Spirit, come “Songs of the Kingdom” #241 Could be used as a gradual, or post-communion. Available on CCLI too.

Blow through the valleys FFS #6 Bill Bennett’s popular kiwi hymn

Spirit of the Living God HFTC # s.23 & 24 The Daniel Iverson classic chorus, with an additional verse by Michael Baughen.

Loving Spirit AA #94 David Dell’s tune is effective. Words.

Be still for the presence of the Lord Every resource you could possibly need is on this page

Bless the Lord, O my soul (10,000 reasons)

Hymns:

Spirit of God most high HFTC #242 LITTLE CORNARD A stirring hymn/tune with an excellent match to today’s readings. Excellent recessional or possibly gradual. You may need a free membership to Jubilate to access the lyrics

Come down O Love divine Works well as an offertory hymn. Link has lyrics and a contemporary recording/tune

The Spirit came as promised HFTC #244 ELLACOMBE

Wind of God, dynamic Spirit (also HFTC #234) ABBOT’S LEIGH

From the waiting comes the sign An excellent Invocation Hymn by Colin Gibson & Shirley Murray AA#43

Breath on me, breath of God TRENTHAM is a good tune 6.6.8.6 or the familiar CARLISLE

She sits like a bird brooding on the waters (Enemy of Apathy) [THAINAKY] TiS #418. Feminine imagery for God, attractive words and tune (with accompaniment)

Spirit of holiness, wisdom and faithfulness HFTC #246 BLOW THE WIND SOUTHERLY see also below

God of tempest, God of whirlwind Set to the stirring  CWM RHONDDA this is a hymn with very strong imagery. Scroll right down for the words & music. You could, however use a different tune (as it’s quite hard to get the words out with the printed tune). You could sing this to AUSTRIA by repeating – e.g. in verse 1 – “Sweep us into costly service, there with Christ to bear the cross”.

Additional resources (including liturgy):

Jubilate Hymns have a Pentecost/Trinity resource page.  Consider these:

Come down Holy Spirit NOEL NOUVELET

Holy Spirit, heaven’s breath I thought MONKLAND would work well

May we, O holy Spirit could be sung to SURSUM CORDA

Thanks to Natalie Sims and Chris Harris for their suggestions

 

28 May 2017: Sunday after Ascension (or Easter 7) “You will be my witnesses”

It is suggested that you use the Ascension readings today, but suggestions for Easter 7 are provided also.

 

Featured:

Listen to the words (Peace be with you)Now this is a lovely contemporary worship song from Joel Payne, with free resources, and arrangements you can purchase. Totally inclusive language, too. 

When all is ended [SINE NOMINE aka “For all the saints”]. I can’t think of a more splendid hymn with its Alleluias to conclude the Sundays of Easter. From Brian Wren.

Christ is ascending Very singable to MACCABEUS (aka “Thine be the glory”).

Christ is going to the Father  I think ODE TO JOY has the right mood as a tune for this one (or other 87.87D).

Christ in majesty ascending David Mowbray’s excellent text can (like the following hymn be sung to LAUDA ANIMA aka “Praise, my soul”, or perhaps TRIUMPH

A Hymn for Ascension Wonderful, fresh words from NZ writer Marnie Barrell. Can be sung very appropriately to LAUDA ANIMA aka “Praise, my soul”. HiOS #14 Marnie has kindly agreed to let us share the text of her hymn with users of this site.

We praise you God, creator Lord A real gift to those with a group or choir. Alleluias sung to PACHELBEL’S CANON with a simple tune for the congregation (or vice-versa!) Only published in TiS #185 however. Could be an offertory hymn, or post-communion

Christ who for our salvation came A lively, fresh text from Derek Baldwin. This can be sung to NOEL (aka “It came upon the midnight clear”)  or possibly ELLACOMBE. This would make an excellent Offertory hymn.

And:

He came singing love AA #59 This version of Colin Gibson’s well-known song has guitar chords in D major (in NZ it’s published in Eb).

God is here as we your people [ABBOT’S LEIGH]. Good opening hymn. Link provides words and music (note the tab that takes you to copyable text)

Christ is alive, let Christians sing TRURO (aka “Jesus shall reign”) CoCs #473 Could serve as a closing hymn

Come down O love divine  [DOWN AMPNEY] Contemporary, inclusive words along with music and easy chords in D on this page. For text only I like this version, but would change, as many do, “its dwelling” to “a dwelling” (this instead of “his dwelling”). This hymn was also suggested for last week. 

You shall go out with joy TiS #755, Songs of the Kingdom #192 Lively song for the close of worship

God forgave my sin (Freely, freely) CoCs #627 (also in Spanish and French, note for Pentecost!) Could serve as an offertory hymn. Also #s.12 in HFTC.

He is exalted / You are exalted “Scripture in Song” #143. Possible devotional song during communion.

He is Lord / All heaven declares (the glory of the risen Lord) If you have the music for these two songs you could bracket them together using a key change (the intervening chord is E7)  creating a very effective worship bracket. Neat YouTube featuring the Aurora Borealis (and unnecessary exclusive language)! Words & chords. SG #420. He is Lord: “Scripture in Song” #49. This downloadable .pdf has 8 -count ’em – verses from which you can select!

Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour [ST HELEN] TiS #520, Sing Glory #52 Suggest you abbreviate by omitting 3 & 4 OR at least “Though the lowliest form now veils you” if included in your book.

All hail the power of Jesus name TiS #224, CoCs #105, “Sing Glory” #24

Majesty, worship his majesty Suited as a Gradual “Songs of the Kingdom” #1

Meekness and majesty Possible Offertory hymn “Sing Glory” #395. Smooth-style singalong video

All over the world (the Spirit is moving) “Scripture in Song” #51 Gradual, or post-communion

Father we love you “Songs of the Kingdom” #246 Suggest you modernise the words!

Pass it on (It only takes a spark) There is a straightforward Youtube clip here. Link has lyrics and guitar chords

 

7th SUNDAY OF EASTER (The alternative set of readings to those for Ascension Day)

We are many, we are one FFS #67 Suited to the opening or closing of worship. Words and music. FFS #67 has the introduction and the easy chords.

When we are living, we are in the Lord  [SOMOS DEL SENOR, TiS #778]. LSM Conference recordingSuited to the gradual hymn

We are one in the Spirit  (They’ll know we are Christians) CoCs #359 There is a contemporary video version here as a demo – I wouldn’t recommend the video for a church service, though. Snappy new refrain in this version. Suited to post-communion.

Holy Spirit, go before us  [AUSTRIA] These words from Elizabeth Smith can also be sung to a suitable 87.87D tune such as BEACH SPRING. TiS #420. You can find the text on this page, but note that the last line of verse two is actually the first line of verse three. 

Where mountains rise [DUNEDIN] AA#154 Very suitable as an opening/processional hymn. Tune can be found at TiS #691

Blow through the valleys FFS #6 Bill Bennett’s lively hymn

Give thanks for life [SINE NOMINE] AA #45 Suitable offertory or processional

Bind us together, Lord Scripture in Song #185

Christ let us come with you AA #17 An offertory hymn

There is a Redeemer Melody Green’s evergreen worship song. “Sing Glory” #396. Singalong video (instrumental, no voices). Another singalong video (with voices and a very nice key change).

 

21 May 2017: 6th Sunday of Easter “Promise of the Holy Spirit”

Featured:

Rain down Easy, uplifting gospel song by Jaime Cortez. Sheet music. Scroll down on this page for a lead sheet with easy guitar chords. Lyrics in this document. Recording on YouTube.  CoCs #260. CoCs changes “The just and the right” to “The just and unjust” which is much better!

Shadow and substance Simple, tuneful modern hymn by Dan Damon that is a perfect fit with the Acts reading. Sheet music. Click “full text” tab for words.

Wind upon the waters Lovely, easy-to-learn song from Marty “Gather us in” Haugen. Words and an interpretive solo performance video. Sheet music, click on “page 490” for the second page. Includes chords in Gm. “Send your winds upon the waters of my soul”

Spirit of God (Luce/Latty) Outstanding contemporary song in a 3-part canon. This song makes a very atmospheric scene-setter even if people just listen, or join in as they are able. You can purchase the resources on the page, but the lead sheet, chord chart and lyrics are freely downloadable. 

More hymns for today:

Sing a new song of glory and salvation [LORD OF THE YEARS or O PERFECT LOVE] The words would make a useful Gospel (Gradual) hymn, and the tune Lord of the Years is very strong and well worth learning.

Spirit of God, you know my inmost being  [O PERFECT LOVE] A personal hymn acknowledging our individual faults. “You know the person Christ would have me be”. Words. Would make an excellent communion hymn

To Christ who once this supper made [WINCHESTER NEW (88.88)] A useful communion hymn from Christopher Idle. Words.

Our chief inspiration, our primary purpose [THE ASH GROVE] A hymn worth considering although it will be too prosaic for some, but it is a good fit with the Epistle reading. I have made the tune suggestion above, but this requires omitting v4. If you want to use the suggested tune WAS LEBET (aka “O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness”) please note that the third line of the tune requires you to anticipate the first syllable of the fourth line (i.e. tack the first word of line 4 on to the end of line 3.)

Come down O Love divine [DOWN AMPNEY] Contemporary, inclusive words along with music and easy chords in D on this page. For text only I like this version, but would change, as many do, “its dwelling” to “a dwelling” (this instead of “his dwelling”).

Through all the changing scenes of life [WILTSHIRE] Jublilate version is a helpful revision, but not inclusive language, alas. 

Alleluia, sing to Jesus [HYFRYDOL] Jubilate Hymns has a useful modern version of the text.

We have a gospel to proclaim [FULDA] Words and downloadable accompaniments on this page. Following HFTC & TiS, the second line needs to read “Good news for all throughout the earth”

Wisdom far beyond our knowledge [CORONATION ROAD] A grand modern hymn from kiwi writer Colin Gibson which could do with being led by a choir. For those without such a resource another 87.87D tune may suffice: I suggest ABBOT’S LEIGH. HiOS #157

From this holy time [LAUDATE DOMINUM] HiOS  #31 Excellent concluding hymn by Marnie Barrell

More songs for today:

As we gather Lively all-age gathering song from Joel Payne/ResoundWorship. Free resources on this page.

The new commandment “The new commandment that I give to you is to love one another as I have loved you… by this all people will know you’re my disciples: if you have love one for another” HFTC #S.26

All heaven declares (the glory of the risen Lord) Ideal Gospel (Gradual) worship song. Neat YouTube featuring the Aurora Borealis (and unnecessary exclusive language)! Words & chords. SG #420

Holy Spirit, come This old chorus would make a good, inclusive-language post-communion hymn. “Songs of the nations” #241. Available on CCLI too.

Join hands in the Spirit A kiwi song by Radha Wardrop that reflects the statement in the Acts reading about us all being “God’s offspring”. AA #82

Longing for light (Christ be our light)  (Farrell)  Singalong video. “Praying in Song #242, or you can buy the score. Guitar chords here. All the words are on this page

Come all you people Simple gathering song from Zimbabwe, you can try the Shona lyrics or sing three verses “…Come and praise your Maker …Come and praise the Saviour …Come and praise the Spirit”. Sheet music with easy chords in Emaj. YouTube recording CoCs #84, SG #8

Thanks to Chris and Natalie for their prior work on this Sunday’s selections. 

 

14 May 2017: 5th Sunday of Easter “The way, the truth, and the life”

It’s NZ Music Month, so you may like to include something Kiwi today. There are also a few suggestions should you wish to recognise “Mothers’ Day”

Featured:

St. Stephen was faithful [LOURDES HYMNThis text from Paul Wigmore (Jubilate Hymns) is new to me. It is sung to a very simple French folk tune which the congregation may have heard before as it is commonly used in Roman Catholic settings with the refrain “Ave, ave, ave Maria”. Highly recommended for your Gospel hymn, or possibly as a concluding hymn. Good for all-age worship. 

Christ has prepared for us a place [DUNEDIN aka “Where mountains rise” or FULDA aka “We have a Gospel to proclaim” 88.88 LM] Another modern hymn text from Jubilate, by Christopher Idle. It could be a Recessional hymn. Easy to make the language more inclusive.

For you are a chosen people / O accept these words that we bring Two excellent “blast from the past” melodies from kiwi Brent Chambers. Singing these two as a medley provides something of substance for the Offertory, or you could use either one as a Gospel hymn. “Songs of the Kingdom #143 & 128

Ancient of Days Vibrant, inclusive language praise song that works well in the early part of the service. Singalong video from the Oslo Gospel Choir. “Sing Glory” #106

Other hymns and songs for today:

Gather us in (Here in this place) Marty Haugen’s lively gathering song.  Example performance with words. Lyrics and chords. TiS #474, CoCs #72, SG #4

Christ be my leader by night as by day [SLANE aka “Be thou my vision”] Simple hymn by Timothy Dudley-Smith about Jesus as way, truth & life, suited as a Gospel (Gradual) hymn

God is our strength and refuge [DAM BUSTERS MARCH] Richard Bewes’ setting of Psalm 46

For I’m building a people of power “Songs of the Kingdom” #57. Still a blast from the 70s past, despite the dubious use of “For” at the beginning of the lyrics! Too “Lord”-y for some, I’m thinking. Singalong video and lyrics on this page in a contemporary-ish style.

God builds a house [DUKE STREET] Permission is given to reproduce this hymn with acknowledgement. So you wanted to find a use for the tune to “Fight the good fight”? This could be it. 

Christ is our cornerstone [DARWALL aka “Ye holy angels bright”] TiS #433, HFTC #564. The linked modernised text makes all 4 verses usable. Suitable for a Processional hymn.

I’m a living stone [LANGSTON] Bluesy call and response song from Colin Gibson. HiOS #70

This is the truth we hold [LITTLE CORNARD aka “Hills of the north…”] Excellent concluding or Credal hymn for today, but you will need a CCLI licence to obtain the words, unless you have “Together in Song” (#469)

Summoned by the God who made us [NETTLETON or other 87.87D tune] Nettleton is a lively, easy tune to learn and very useful in the repertoire. This instance is a hymn by Dolores Dufner. 1 hymnal omits the verse about “male and female”, but you could sing “Human beings in God’s image, all creation God’s delight.” CoCs #330. Good Offertory hymn

Hidden Christ, alive for ever [HYFRYDOL or RUSTINGTON: 87.87D] Superb, poetic text from Brian Wren, suitable as a Processional hymn. You could omit v2 if five verses make the hymn too long.

Now to your table spread [LOVE UNKNOWN] Shirley Murray’s excellent communion text. Scroll down for the linked text. AA #100

Jesus the Lord said “I am the bread” [URDU TUNE aka YISU NE KAHA] Lovely simple communion (or post-communion) hymn, very easy to learn. TiS #239. Melody line. Organ demo of the tune. Full words. This was also suggested for last week.

Jesus touch us [SACRA] Simple, classic song as a Communion meditation from kiwis Audrey Dickinson & Trevor Cox. Verses could be selected, or you could alternate between choir/group and congregation, for example. HiOS #80

Christ is alive, let Christians sing [DUNEDIN or TRURO aka “Jesus shall reign…” TiS #387 Suitable opening hymn during the Easter Season

Give thanks for life [SINE NOMINE]  Shirley Murray’s revision of “For all the saints”. “And for our own, our living and our dead, thanks for the love by which our life is fed…” Click “I agree” to see the lyrics. AA #45

For Mothers’ Day:

For the beauty of the earth [DIX] “For the joy of human love…” Linked text is modernised.

Loving Spirit [DELL] AA 94(i) “Like a mother you enfold me…”

God of Eve and God of Mary [LOVE DIVINE or STUTTGART]

Jesus put this song into our hearts Graham Kendrick’s Israeli style song –  (include new verses such a ‘Jesus showed us how we all should love and care’, ‘Jesus gave us mothers who have cared for us’, ‘Jesus sends us others who have nurtured us’) TiS #670

Thanks to Chris and Natalie for their prior work on this Sunday’s selections. 

 

7 May 2017: 4th Sunday of Easter “The Good Shepherd”

Good shepherd, you know us, you call us by name [ST DENIO aka “Immortal, invisible”] Essentially inclusive language hymn which could be apt at the Offertory.

Awake from your slumber (City of God) Lively song from Dan “Here I am Lord” Schutte. The bridge section may be omitted. Lyrics. Sample sheet music in E maj.

Here I stand among God’s people [ABBEYFIELD, or another 87.87D tune, e.g. BLAENWERN]  HiOS #55. This confirmation hymn from Marnie Barrell fits the Acts reading well.

Great God as we are gathering [86.86 (C.M.) tune, e.g. ABRIDGE or UNIVERSITY] Click the “full text” tab for the lyrics. 

Filled with the Spirit’s power, with one accord [WOODLANDS aka “Tell out my soul”] Excellent concluding (or possibly processional) hymn

This is the truth we hold [LITTLE CORNARD aka “Hills of the north, rejoice”] TiS #469 – if you hold a CCLI Licence the words are available there (song #1075150). Perfect concluding hymn for the Easter season.

We are one in the Spirit (They’ll know we are Christians)  Care should be taken to use inclusive lyrics as in this contemporary singalong version. Words and chords, non-inclusive version.

All things are yours [88.88 (LM)tune, e.g. WAREHAMHymn about self-giving and compassion, suited to the Gradual or Offertory slots. 

How much am I worth? [LANGLEY] HiOS #63. Perfect all-age song from Colin Gibson, super-easy to learn with chords in G in the book. Swings along nicely. Click the pdf logo on the linked page for the music (but no chords)

We are many, we are one Another easy, bouncy song of unity from Colin Gibson. Words and music. FFS #67 has the introduction and the easy chords. Good opener.

You Lord are both Lamb and Shepherd (“Christus Paradox”) [PICARDY] Linked text or CoCs #22 Stunning modern words by Sylvia Dunstan to the French traditional carol tune.

Lord whose love through humble service [BEACH SPRING or other reflective 87.87D, e.g. SCARLET RIBBONS] Very much a “sending forth” hymn which does what it says on the tin.

Jesus the Lord said “I am the bread” [URDU TUNE aka YISU NE KAHA] Lovely simple communion (or post-communion) hymn, very easy to learn. TiS #239. Melody line. Organ demo of the tune. Full words.

We meet as friends at table [MEAL OF LOVE or suitable 76.76D tune, e.g. AURELIA or WOLVERCOTE] A hymn by Brian Wren about a place of belonging at Christ’s table. Click the “full text” tab for the lyrics.  

Now to your table spread [LOVE UNKNOWN aka “My song is love unknown”] AA #100

I have called you by your name CoCs #636 Words are on this page, click the pdf symbol which is a link to the music. Lovely song from Dan Damon, easy to learn, and popular.

I will come to you in the silence (You are mine) A beautiful contemporary hymn by David Haas (similar in style to “Here I am Lord”). Words. Melody with chords. Keyboard accompaniment. (Click the next two page numbers for the rest). Singalong video, easy to follow, but the melody does need learning properly.

Who is moving through the silence? Weir/Render AA #157

Will you come and follow me? (The Summons) [KELVINGROVE] Popular hymn from the Iona Community. CoCs #586, SG #634. Melody line with words and chords (lead sheet).

Jesus calls us here to meet him [LEWIS FOLK MELODY aka GAELIC AIR (TiS #477) aka GAELIC TRADITIONAL MELODY (music: FFS #10(i)] which is very apt as an opening hymn today. (87.87D). Also on p3 of this publication. Maybe “Race and gender, class and language…”?

Loving shepherd of your (thy) sheep [BUCKLAND] Contemporary version of the text

Exalted God, our Shepherd [76.76D, e.g. THORNBURY or WOLVERCOTE] Narrative hymn about God as Shepherd

Thanks for prior work in many of these selections by Natalie and Chris.

Singing Psalm 23

The Lord’s my shepherd [CRIMOND] CoCS #259

The king of love my shepherd is [ST COLUMBA] CoCS #262

Because the Lord is my shepherd [WALKER] Attractive song from Christopher Walker.

You could listen to this as a meditation before the service, or during communion. It would need confident leadership for the congregation to learn it. “Sing Glory” #513, “As One Voice” #1-66

Come away from rush and hurry Marva J. Dawn’s hymn can be sung to BEACH SPRING, SCARLET RIBBONS or other reflective 87.87D tune. CoCS #83

Faithful shepherd, feed me [PASTOR PASTORUM]

The Lord my shepherd rules my life [BROTHER JAMES’ AIR]

Because the Lord is my shepherd [NEW 23rd] Another lovely meditation!

The Lord is my shepherd Keith Green’s immortal ’70s rock version:

If you want even more Psalm 23 hymns and songs, click here.

 

30 April 2017: 3rd Sunday of Easter

You may wish to consider the many Easter-themed hymns and songs from first weeks of the season (below)

Featured: 

The tomb is empty (Sylvia Dunstan/David Hass) Lively, joyful song reminiscent of Annie Herring’s Easter Song (Hear the bells ringing) – TiS #389. Various previews on GIA music. Note that the preview has two pages, which include guitar chords. Music can be purchased to download. I hope I get to use this one, and thanks to Natalie Sims for finding it.

Three hymns referencing the Journey to Emmaus:

Sing of one who walks beside us [BEACH SPRING or other suitable 87.87D tune]

As we walk along beside you [RECOGNITION] FFS #3 Perry/Render – note the variant “alleluias” and repetition of “for we see you in the breaking…” which make a 4th verse in “Faith Forever Singing”

A stranger met by chance [UNDE ET MEMORES aka “And now O Father mindful…”] Also in HiOS #2. Another excellent text from Marnie Barrell. Well known tune. 

If you would like to sing an Affirmation of Faith today:

We believe in God the Father [ODE TO JOY or other 87.87D tune] Timothy Dudley-Smith’s straightforward hymn works well, although I can imagine some adaptation here and there…

Other possibilities for Holy Communion:

When at this table [AHIMILECH] Lovely hymn, challenging words, by Shirley Murray & Colin Gibson, HiOS #148

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

Come risen Lord as guest among your own [SURSUM CORDA] HFTC #399(ii), older words at TiS #524

For the bread which you have broken [CROSS OF JESUS] also in HFTC #403

Hymns and songs suitable for today:

The risen Christ, who walks on wounded feet [WOODLANDS, aka “Tell out my soul”] Excellent words and uplifting music for sending forth! Inclusive language. Also found in CoCs #477

Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord [ALLELUIA #1] The verse “God has proclaimed the just reward” is usually omitted for theological reasons. 

Jesus stand among us (at the meeting of our lives)

Now the green blade rises [NOEL NOUVELET] CoCs #482

Love divine, all loves excelling [BLAENWERN]

We are one in the bond of love

This joyful Eastertide [VREUCHTEN]

To be in your presence “Sing Glory” #523

 

23 April 2017: 2nd Sunday of Easter

Many of the Easter Day hymns are suitable, especially ones you didn’t use last week! (Scroll down for these)

Featured: Blessed is the body and the soul (Dan Damon) CoCs #238. Sheet Music pdf here includes easy chords in G. Easy to learn, and so apt for communion today. “Touch me, Thomas, touch and doubt no more…”

My Lord, my God, the living One [FULDA, aka “We have a gospel to proclaim”]. Recent hymn to a well-known tune, ideal for today, perhaps as the Gradual hymn.

Morning of mornings, Jesus has risen [BUNESSAN aka “Morning has broken”] A simple three verse (Gradual) hymn apt for today: “…but, when they saw him in all his glory,
knew he had risen – gladness for tears! “

Also suitable for today: 

Jesus comes with clouds descending (“Lo he comes”…) HFTC #196 or here (click for full text) [HELMSLEY or BRYN CALFARIA]

Jesus came the heavens adoring HFTC #195(i) [PICARDY] Lyrics very suitable for today. You’ll need a free membership to Jubliate Hymns to get the full text

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases Songs of the Kingdom #209

Jesus stand among us in your risen power HFTC #364  [NORTH COATES aka “O my Saviour lifted”] Scroll down to near the bottom of the linked page for this short 3 verse hymn, which could be used as an Introit or Gradual. 

Jesus stand among us at the meeting of our lives Songs of the Kingdom #222 The Youtube version could be played during Communion, especially since it includes “Here is Bread”

Come to the celebration all who are hungry AA #27 CANA Marnie Barrell’s communion (or opening) hymn fits the rejoicing character of Eastertide. “Who is invited to the house of the bridegroom to live while the dead are left to bury the dead?” On the AA cd, too.

 

15 & 16 April 2017: The Feast of the Resurrection (Easter)

Suitable for use in all years (ABC)

Your Easter Day worship deserves a rich selection of familiar material and more recent hymns and songs which speak to us of “newness of life”. If everything is very familiar and well-worn, we might miss the sense of utter astonishment at the inbreaking of God’s unconquerable life.

Featured song:  Annie Herring’s classic 1970s “Easter Song” in a new version sung by her brother Matthew Ward. Great quality video, would make wonderful exit music during the Easter Season, or perhaps as a “scene setter” before your service begins. Also TiS  #389

Featured Easter hymn:

Christ is alive (and the universe must celebrate) Murray/Bray AA #15 Sometimes you just have to go for it and learn something new! This is a wonderful hymn to open (or close) your service with. “Praise the power that made the stone roll away”. Link has words and music.

Contemporary lyrics set to well-known tunes:

Praise the One who breaks the darkness Rusty Edwards. General praise hymn, but suited to Easter, especially at night or early morning, as are the two below

Christ has risen while earth slumbers John Bell (Iona Community)

At the dawning of salvation Jock Curle: See linked text or TiS #392

All these three sets of  excellent words (above) can be sung to various 87.87D tunes such as NETTLETON, HYFRYDOL or CONVERSE (aka “What a friend…”) Thanks to Natalie Sims for these suggestions.

Christ is alive, let Christians sing (Brian Wren) TRURO CoCs #473

Up from the earth Rory Cooney WOODLANDS (aka “Tell out my soul”) This deserves to be better known! It makes a wonderful processional hymn. See linked text document

You Lord are both Lamb and Shepherd (“Christus Paradox”) [PICARDY] Linked text or CoCs #22 Stunning modern words by Sylvia Dunstan to the French traditional carol tune.

O Risen Christ still wounded [PASSION CHORALE or AURELIA] Powerful words from Carl P Daw Linked text or CoCs #41 Note that the two different tunes have quite different moods. I’d choose AURELIA (sung briskly!) for a celebratory style

Good shepherd, you know us, you call us by name [ST DENIO aka “Immortal, invisible”] Essentially inclusive language hymn which could be apt at the Offertory.

Traditional selections:

The day of resurrection ELLACOMBE TiS #361

Jesus Christ is risen today EASTER HYMN TiS #362, CoCs #476

All creation join to say Charles Wesley WURTTEMBURG HFTC #150

Light’s glittering morning fills the sky EASTER SONG HFTC #157 Suggest selected verses

Thine be the glory MACCABEUS This hymn is often modernised to read “Yours be the glory” but this is somewhat infelicitous when sung. Perhaps better is the version beginning “Glory to Jesus, risen, conquering Son… over death you won.” Otherwise the words version in HFTC (#167) is good.

Songs

Now the green blade rises NOEL NOUVELET CoCs #482

Easter Song (Hear the bells ringing) Annie Herring TiS #389

Hallelujah! We sing your praises Lively South African hymn TiS #541, CoCs #656

Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord (Usually the verse including “the just reward” is omitted!)

All heaven declares the glory of the risen Lord “Sing Glory” #420

He is Lord, he is Lord (Te Ariki): A version in Te Reo Maori: Te Ariki, Te Ariki, kua ara mai e koe i te mate. Koropikoria, whakaatungia, ko Ihu te Ariki.”

He came singing love CoCs #226, AA #59

This is the day …when he rose again! HFTC Song #28

I will enter his gates (with thanksgiving in my heart) Scripture in Song (SoP) #139. A gospel version to make you glad! I’d love to use this as a prelude to worship. Lyrics.

Lord of the dance CoCs #23

Peruvian Gloria (Could be sung instead of reciting the Gloria, or as a Gospel acclamation)

Thanks to Chris Harris for his contributions

 

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