Lectionary songs & hymns: Year A Pt. 2

 

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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