Lectionary Songs & Hymns Year C Pt. 2

20 November 2016: Reign of Christ / Aotearoa Sunday

Selections for Aotearoa Sunday:

Beneath the Southern Cross

You can buy Malcolm Gordon’s Songbook “Songs for the Saints” on this site. It includes copyable music (full accompaniment and guitar/piano chords) and a CD

Where mountains rise to open skies [DUNEDIN] AA #155

Touch the earth lightly [TENDERNESS] AA #143

E Ihowa Atua / God of nations AA #51 (1st verse in both languages)

God of our island home HioS #43 Suggest that you could use the refrain only as a meditation, or as a post-communion response

God of the northerlies HioS #45

These hills where the hawk flies lonely FFS #63 Very easy to learn! Link provides words and music

We are many, we are one FFS #67 Another of Colin Gibson’s lively and easy to learn songs. Link provides words and music

God of unexplored tomorrows FFS #27 which may be sung to MARCHING or other 8.7.8.7

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

You could sing a Maori hymn your congregation knows, or sing along with tracks from the “Shiloh Whanau” album, e.g.:

I love this family of God (E Aroha Ana Ahau)

Kia Hiwa Ra (Lift Up Your Heads) Also very suitable for “The Reign of Christ”

Shiloh Whanau Lyrics Sheet 2013

 

Selections for The Reign of Christ:

Featured: You Lord are both Lamb and Shepherd [PICARDY] Simply superb writing by Sylvia Dunstan. Perfect for today, perhaps as the Offertory Hymn. There is a stunning arrangement performed by this choir and orchestra on YouTube. This hymn is also known as “Christus Paradox” CoCs #22

O God of earth and space (Jane Parker Huber) A great opening hymn. The only tune is LEONI which may be known by your congregation, and is not hard to learn. Scroll down for the text.  Another suitable hymn to the same tune is Shirley Murray’s Community of Christ (TiS #473, CoCs #354)

Hallelujah for the Lord our God the almighty reigns SiS  #102 Blast from the past that would make a useful Gospel acclamation today. I would transpose down to D major if possible

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

Come sing praises to the Lord above [CALYPSO CAROL] Good if your congregation sings “See him lying on a bed of straw” as long as you don’t mind the “kingy” language. TiS #53. Here is a version with completely inclusive language though. 

Let us sing to the God of salvation [SING HOSANNA aka “Give me oil in my lamp”] Same caveat as the previous song! TiS #52

All hail the power of Jesus name CoCs #105, TiS #224) DIADEM is a good tune

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

All heaven declares SG #420

Jesus shall reign where’er the sun [TRURO] This version of the words is helpful

Alleluia, sing to Jesus [HYFRYDOL] One version of this hymn (which is not in many hymnbooks because of the Eucharistic theology) has “Yours the blood and yours the body in our Eucharistic feast”. This version should be acceptable to most, though. Note typo in v4.

O worship the King all glorious above [HANOVER] Updated words, but not inclusive God-language

King of kings and Lord of Lords (glory, hallelujah) Songs of the Kingdom #204

Majesty Songs of the Kingdom #1

The king of glory comes, the nation rejoices TiS  #279

Who is moving through the silence? AA #157 (Weir/Render) Link is to the Festival Singers of Wellington performing Guy Jansen’s arrangement. Could be played as a meditation after/during communion.

Thanks again to Chris and Natalie for their contributions during Year C

 

13 November 2016: 25th Sunday after Pentecost

For several more songs on the Isaiah/justice theme see 17 July

Isaiah the prophet has written of old TiS #663 Wonderful words which perhaps are best sung to the early American tune SAMANTHRA which is truly worth learning. I can provide chords in Fm and Em.

O day of peace that dimly shines [JERUSALEM]

God of creation, all-powerful [SLANE]

Shout for joy, the Lord has let us feast TiS #545

Siyahamba / We are marching in the light of God TiS #666

Be still my soul, the Lord is on your side [FINLANDIA] TiS #123

Bambelela (Never give up)

Be still and know that I am God

Stand up and bless the Lord [CARLISLE]

I will give thanks to you (thee) / Be exalted O God

You are the king of glory 

 

6 November 2016: 24th Sunday after Pentecost

Today’s emphasis is “Singing God’s praise” taken from Psalm 145

Featured: 

Three things I promise A beautiful, personal hymn of dedication by Brian Wren. Click the pdf link for a fantastic tune by Dan Damon [FROMM]. However, you could sing this to WAREHAM

Bring to the Lord a glad new song [JERUSALEM] An opening hymn which also has echoes of the OT reading

Ancient of days (Blessing and honour) Upbeat worship song in a gospel style SG #106. This sophisticated singalong video is in the contemporary style. Another Singalong video. Or this singalong video more in a rock style. Pretty inclusive language, too! (If you were doing this with live musicians you could, perhaps, sing “Your reign is established in all the earth”.

Other hymns and songs:

O God beyond all praising [THAXTED] Excellent opening hymn to a grand and well-known tune (From Holst’s “The Planets”)

 I lift you up in praise A metrical version of Psalm 145 in inclusive language based on “The Psalter Hymnal”. Works well sung to FULDA (88.88)

Bless the Lord O my soul (10000 reasons) words and guitar chords here

All my hope on God is founded [MICHAEL] We have provided an inclusive language version.

Now thank we all our God [NUN DANKET] The TiS version (#106) has quite inclusive language cf. CoCs #131 which suggests: “in whom this world rejoices”; “and keep us still in grace”; “… our Maker now be given, to Christ and Spirit too, our help…”. OR “… the Word and Spirit blest, who reign…”

All creatures of our God [LASST UNS ERFREUEN aka EASTER SONG] I found one inclusive language suggestion: “All creatures of our God now sing, lift up your voices, let them ring” and “Sing (your) praises, alleluia”. Six verses may be too many!

Joyful joyful we adore you [ODE TO JOY] Link provides inclusive, updated text.

Like a mighty river flowing [QUEM PASTORES LAUDAVERE] Beautiful, simple. Could be sung during communion. HFTC #32 SG #51

Eternal light shine in my heart [O WALY WALY] or other 88.88 tune. Could be sung during communion

This is a day of new beginnings TiS #653 (Wren/Young) Excellent communion hymn well suited to the theme: “Our God is making all things new”. Easy to learn

Sent forth by God’s blessing is another mission-focused post-Communion hymn which is sung to THE ASH GROVE TiS #531, CoCs #648 . This version of the words is reasonably inclusive but you could easily tweak the God-language. 

Thanks to Chris and Natalie for their blog posts for today’s hymns and songs

 

30 October 2016: All Saints Day (& Resources for All Souls)

As well as the Feast of All Saints, many churches are now providing an opportunity for the congregation to remember loved ones who have died. Their names can be read out, and candles lit according to local custom. This list is likewise in two parts. 

Music for All Saints:

Featured: For all the saints [SINE NOMINE] in a contemporary form of the words, without all that warfare imagery, by Jim Cotter, who gave us the “Alternative Lord’s Prayer” NZPB p.181. Scroll right down the page. CoCs also has a good form of the words #331

Song of faith that sings forever FFS 57

Rejoice in God’s saints also  TiS 470 [LAUDATE DOMINUM is suggested, or DARWALL]

Sing for God’s glory that colours the dawn of creation LOBE DEN HERRN

As stars adorn the night-veiled sky WAREHAM A useful hymn by Carl Daw, but note the misspelling of “hope” in the first verse!

O welcome all you noble saints of old (SotK 142) Robert Stamps’s atmospheric song from 1972 has rather dated language, but you could sing “Christ has spread the table for us all” instead of “God and man at table…”. “What angels long to see we now have found”. You could also use “Wayward ones” and “Jesus and the Church” depending on your sensibilities. Here is a link to a (safe) document with gazillions of hymn/song lyrics. You need to scroll to #148, copy then edit the text.

We sing for all the unsung saints (Daw) [ELLACOMBE, KINGSFOLD] Good for reflecting on the faithful lives of ordinary Christians

Who sweeps the stable when Christmas is over is not a Christmas Carol by Shirley Murray and Colin Gibson, but a sweet and easy song in the same category of “Unsung Saints”. HioS  #154, has guitar chords too.

As we gather in your presence now Lively song from ResoundWorship for all ages, about all kinds of Christian ministry. All resources for this song available for a small fee.

Here in this place (Gather us in) Marty Haugen’s lively gathering song CoCs 72 TiS 474

Music for All Souls:

Nothing is lost on the breath of God A Colin Gibson hymn, easy to learn, that belongs in every repertoire. FFS 50. Provided free-to-use on this page. What are you waiting for, unless it’s a musician?

When we lift our pack and go Murray/Render A hymn about departures AA 153 Youtube example of this being sung by a congregation in Geneva begins at 2:50 CoCs 634

Fare well. We come to send you on the way FINLANDIA TiS 695 Strictly speaking this is a funeral hymn, but would be very evocative today.

Lord turn our grieving into grace SOLOMON’S MEMORY Murray/Render FFS 45. Good if you have a singing group to do the echo part. Words acknowledge the need for moving on from bereavement.

Give thanks for life SINE NOMINE This time it’s Shirley Murray’s revision. “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.

Many of today’ suggestions were originally made by Natalie Sims. Thanks to her for the huge resource she provides.

 

23 October 2016: 23rd Sunday after Pentecost

Featured:

Praise to the living God [DIADEMATA aka “Crown him with many crowns”] Thanks to Natalie Sims for pointing to this great piece of contemporary American writing (by Curtis Beach) which is one of the few hymns to celebrate evolution. Good opening hymn if you want something formal. Suggest (for our market) that you change “mart” to “shop” or “store”. CoCs #8 has 3 verses only. Today’s psalm is the reference. 

When at this table [AHIMILECH] HiOS #148 Brilliant, challenging text, so worth the while to learn. Can be sung to O PERFECT LOVE, but Colin Gibson’s tune is lovely. Good for the Offertory hymn today, or during communion. 

Other hymns and songs for today:

O Saviour in this quiet place Fred Pratt Green’s hymn is very apt for today, and also relates to healing  ministry. Could be sung during communion. 86.86 (CM) tune such as ST PETER or another familiar to your congregation.

Filled with the Spirit’s power, with one accord [WOODLANDS aka “Tell out my soul”]. 3 verses only make this a suitable gradual hymn to follow today’s Epistle. Rousing words and tune. TiS #411

E te Ariki, kia aroha mai (trad. Kyrie in Maori / Render) Also suitable for the Gradual today, or another Kyrie your congregation is familiar with. FFS #13

Look around you, can you see* (Kyrie Eleison) Another suitable Gradual song (or modern hymn), if you have access to it. I have this in “Praying in Song” #243 . Demo with lyrics. Guitar chords. I believe this song may also be found in “New Journeys”. *Led by Josh Jones and Sandy Robertson, Local Shared Ministry Conference 2014. Downloadable. 

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 has changed the world’s direction HiOS #15, can be sung to MICHAEL (aka “All my hope…”), you could sing just the first 4 verses. 

Just as I am without one plea The American tune WOODWORTH is more melodic than the better known MISERICORDIA. See the link for the tune, words and chords. 6 verses (omit #2?) is probably plenty. HFTC #440 and Jubilate have the more modern words. In an Anglican setting this would work well during Communion. 

Nothing is lost on the breath of God FFS #50

Give thanks for life [SINE NOMINE] AA #45 Rousing hymn to conclude (or open) a service. 

Thanks to Chris and Natalie for their blogs related to this Sunday’s material.

 

16 October 2016: 22nd Sunday after Pentecost

If you sang something new last week, it’s a good idea to reinforce it the Sunday after!

FeaturedSpeak O Lord Stunningly good modern hymn from Keith Getty & Stuart Townend. This video can be sung along to, but the congregation will need cues for the 2nd and 3rd verses. They will also need to learn the timing properly – there is some syncopation, but definitely worth learning, references the Epistle reading. CoCs #66. There is a concert version here. Guitar chords here. Music can be purchased online. 

God of the Bible A lively song by Shirley Murray and Colin Gibson. Very easy to learn, apart from the last bar of the refrain! FFS #25

Deep in the shadows of the past An excellent narrative text about the formation of Scripture, by Brian Wren. CoCs #64, or on this page. 86.86D (DCM), so a tune such as  KINGSFOLD would be apt.

Holy Spirit, go before us These words from Elizabeth Smith can 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. 

You are called to tell the story A hymn by Ruth Duck which would be suitable for an offertory hymn today. Can be sung to REGENT SQUARE

maker_eternal_and_sovereign-in-majesty This is an inclusive reworking of a hymn by Patrick “Lord Jesus Christ you have come to us” Appleford which can be sung to WAS LEBET

Break now (thou) the bread of life (BREAD OF LIFE) Devotional hymn, could be sung during communion. 

Christ has changed the world’s direction (MICHAEL) HioS #15

God has spoken to the (his) people (SONG OF GOOD NEWS) TiS #636 Some adaptation of the language to make it inclusive would probably be helpful.

How sure the Scriptures are (DARWALL) Unfortunately not very inclusive language.

Great is your (thy) faithfulness 

How firm a foundation  (ST DENIO aka “Immortal, invisible”) Inclusive language re-working of the traditional hymn.

Where the road runs out AA #156

Your words to me are life and health (WILTSHIRE or other 86.86 (CM)) TiS #430

Thanks be to God whose word was spoken (ST HELEN). Easy to change “his” to “the” in the last line. TiS #431

O Lord hear my prayer (Taize)

Spirit, spirit of gentleness Jim Manley’s folk hymn

As we walk along beside you FFS #3 Although a post-Easter (Emmaus) song, it references the risen Christ explaining the Scriptures. (Perry/Render)

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

Some suggestions blogged by Natalie Sims and Chris Harris

 

9 October 2016: 21st Sunday after Pentecost

Featured: A selection of newer material from Aotearoa as found in “Hope is our Song” published by the NZ Hymnbook Trust. Much of the material is linked below if you don’t yet have a copy of the book:

Who would walk cheerfully (Hymn for Quaker friends) #129 Text which is written to be sung to MONK’S GATE (aka “Who would true valour see”) “hands-on to teach and tend, to see all colours blend, to meet each soul as friend, to live as Christians.”

Here I stand among God’s people  #55 A hymn suited to the Offertory from Marnie Barrell. You can sing this to the new tune ABBEYFIELD (Gibson) or a familiar 87.87D tune. ABBOT’S LEIGH or BLAENWERN would work. Useful in relation to today’s Gospel reading. 

Here in the busy city  #56 Shirley Murray’s words are apt for the Jeremiah reading today, and can be sung to the published tune CATHEDRAL SQUARE or to a 76.76D tune such as THORNBURY or WOLVERCOTE

In what strange land #77 Lovely song of yearning from Shirley Murray & Colin Gibson (with guitar chords). If it’s time to learn something completely new this is quite easy and very effective. Colin’s tune MYSTERIUM is reminiscent of the movie “Exodus”. “you give me bread when I fear a stone, you do not leave me to walk alone, my heart will trust in your heart’s unknown, O God, my God!” Words and music. Lyrics only.

God of work and rest and play #46 Colin Gibson’s hymn for Workplace Support is apt for today’s Jeremiah reading. Lively tune, guitar chords. Something to learn well.

God who weeps when we are weeping #52 Marnie Barrell’s trinitarian-shaped hymn can be sung to the published tune LACRIMOSA or to a suitable 87.87D tune such as GAELIC AIR (TiS #477 or FFS #10(i)), or BEACH SPRING or EBENEZER

Other hymns and songs to fit today’s readings:

Joyful, joyful we adore you (thee) [HYMN TO JOY]  TiS #152 or this file.

Our cities cry to you O God Suggested tune: KINGSFOLD (86.86D) Maybe change “rod” to “Word”? “…Inspire your church with love and power to ease our cities’ pain!” Very apt words in times of terrorism. 

When we are living we are in the Lord [SOMOS DEL SENOR, TiS #778]. LSM Conference recording.

This table is the Lord’s FFS #64 Colin Gibson’s hymn can also be sung to the well-known FRANCONIA or CARLISLE.  Good words for Communion today.

O day of peace that dimly shines JERUSALEM or YE BANKS AND BRAES Singalong video set to JERUSALEM or this version

It is God who holds the nations Fred Pratt Green’s hymn can be sung to BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC if you add the “Glory… hallelujah, … may the living God be praised.” Make this completely inclusive (if you will) by modifying the first line to “…with a firm but loving hand” or similar. A rousing closing hymn, perhaps. (SG #304)

Hallelujah, we sing your praises TiS #541, CoCS #656. Great South African song to sing unaccompanied or with percussion. Nice tight performance (could be sung along with). Version with mostly African words. I think it’s great to learn the refrain in the original language – easy if you follow this latter video. 

The king of glory comes, the nation rejoices Not exactly inclusive language, but the text is very fitting to the Gospel reading. TiS #279 and in “New Journeys” perhaps. Melody line and easy chords. Correct verses are on this page. Video strictly for example of tune only!

Lord Jesus Christ, lover of all Attractive chant/refrain from the Iona Community TiS #737. Unaccompanied demo with lyrics.

Give thanks with a grateful heart Well-worn but very fitting today! TiS #717, CoCs #134 and many other hymnals. Good in the Gradual slot, or post-Communion. Singalong video

Jubilate everybody If you can find it! I have this in Praying in Song #222 & “Our Songs” #165. It is also published in “Songs of Fellowship”. Dubious version with beer, but gives you the idea.

I will give thanks to you (Be exalted O God) Songs of the Kingdom #191, TiS #726. Attractive, big-sound version by John Michael Talbot (KJV language). This intergalactic video version has great singalong-sized lyrics.

Every day I will offer you AA #36 Murray/Gibson – lively song of self-offering. Sheet music. Lyrics (with extra verses). 

 

2 October 2016: 20th Sunday after Pentecost

Featured:

On the willows from “Godspell”. A portion of today’s Psalm which could be played to the congregation before the service begins, for example. This is the movie soundtrack version.

Lord hear my praying, listen to me (Sorrowing song)  A lovely song of lament from Robin Mann. You will need a copy of “Together in Song” (#689) to make use of it. The tune LARA is indeed reminiscent of “Dr Zhivago” and easy to learn. Sample recording.

Other material related to today’s readings:

By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered (TiS #617) can be sung to O PERFECT LOVE or FINLANDIA. A moving poem by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, martyr, translated by Fred Pratt Green. 

Like a mighty river flowing QUEM PASTORES LAUDAVERE Beautiful, simple. Could be sung during communion. HFTC #32 SG #51

The steadfast love An inclusive language version with two verses, based on Lamentations/Edith McNeill “Songs of the Kingdom” #209

Morning has broken BUNESSAN TiS #156,  CoCs #143, HFTC #265. Cat Stevens’ version, with lyrics, good quality audio.

By the waters of Babylon JEWISH MELODY TiS #708 A simple 3-part round. This version is by Don “American Pie” McLean

By the Babylonian waters (rivers) KAS DZIEDAJA (or other 87.87 tune) . This is a lovely, easy Latvian tune (don’t be put off by the tune name!) TiS #85, and a nice version with chords also in CoCs #198. Rather mechanical sample here.

Beauty for brokenness 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.

Stranger standing at my door A challenging hymn with a strong tune, but you could sing this to ABERYSTWYTH if you leave off the last line of the verses (which still works). FFS #60. The words and an easier tune by Jane Marshall are here. You would need a singing group or choir to lead this. 

I am standing waiting AU CLAIR DE LA LUNE Familiar tune for a hymn about child poverty: “If there is a God, a God who loves the poor, I’m still standing, waiting, waiting at your door.” FFS #34

The kingdom is within you AA #137. Cecily Sheehy’s lively blues could be sung as a Gradual today. Scroll down this order of service for the words.

Here in this place (GATHER US IN) Lively opening song. Example performance with words. Lyrics and chords. TiS #474, CoCs #72, SG #4

Through all the changing scenes of life WILTSHIRE, or IRISH. TiS #112, SG #654

For Communion/Offertory today:

Coming together for wine and for bread CoCs #516 Good tune by Adam Tice, but these words can be sung to the familiar SLANE (aka “Be thou my vision”). “Serving, receiving, and eating the feast humbles the haughty and honours the least”. There is also a pleasing tune by David Haas, which can be found on YouTube

Christ is the heavenly food New to me, but this early 20th Century hymn would be lovely sung to KINGSFOLD, or else its 4 stanzas could be sung to, say, RICHMOND (aka “Fill thou my life”) or ABRIDGE. Scroll down this page for the words. TiS #522

For everyone born, a place at the table Shirley Murray’s stirring text for inclusion can be sung to the tune (MENSA) published in FFS #17 but there is a beautiful American tune FOR EVERYONE BORN CoCs #285 which is well worth learning. Singalong video from one of the best, First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Kneels at the feet of his friends (Jesu, Jesu) TiS #640, CoCs #367

Go forth for God, go to the world in peace. A fine text to sing to WOODLANDS (aka “Tell out, my soul”) as the service ends. Note that the linked text has a repeated fifth line which you won’t need with this tune. 

Many of the selections for today are a “digest” of the diligent work of Natalie Sims on this page. You are a star!

 

25 September 2016: 19th Sunday after Pentecost

See 4 September for some “springtime” suggestions.

Featured: 

On eagle’s wings (You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord) Attractive song by Michael Joncas based on Psalm 91. This clip also has all the text, so your congregation could sing along with the refrain, perhaps. Another use would be to play this during communion. 

Canticle of the turning (My soul cries out) Rory Cooney’s lively setting of the Magnificat/Hannah’s Song fits well with the  Gospel reading today. The linked page has a singalong video and lyrics. The tune is Irish folksong STAR OF THE COUNTY DOWN it is published in CoCs #404. The arrangement can also be purchased on this page, which has a more formal audio performance, too.

Other settings of the Magnificat such as Tell out my soul are suitable today.

In the bulb there is a flower (Hymn of promise)  Natalie Sims suggests this hymn in relation to the Jeremiah reading. You can learn the original, easy tune, or sing this to an 87.87D tune such as SCARLET RIBBONS or CONVERSE. CoCs #561. Could be used as a Gradual or Closing hymn. 

Other hymns and songs for today:

All my hope on God is founded [MICHAEL] We have provided an inclusive language version.

Here we bring, small or great A lively song about riches! (Murray/Gibson) AA #62

Son of God, eternal saviour A very foursquare hymn for a formal setting! A good example of why texts often need to be modernized: “thou who prayedst, thou who willest,” ! I suggest you use the linked text and sing this to your choice of 87.87D tune, such as HYFRYDOL

O God beyond all praising Michael Perry’s fine text set to  THAXTED (aka “I vow to thee my country”) is ideal for an opening hymn. CoCs #90, HFTC  #36, SG #53

Brother, sister, let me serve you (The Servant Song) Words.

Jesus Christ is waiting [NOEL NOUVELET aka “Now the green blade rises] This tune can be found in most hymnals, e.g. SG #624

When the church of Jesus shuts its outer door is a challenging hymn from Fred Pratt Green which can also be sung to NOEL NOUVELET. SG #631. Both of these hymns would be suitable in the gradual slot. 

God who stretched the spangled heavens [ABBOT’S LEIGH] Sweeping in scope, inclusive language, would be a good opening hymn in formal worship. “Great Creator, give us guidance till our goals and yours are one.”

As we gather at your table A very fitting hymn for the Offertory today – great words by Carl P. Daw Jr. 87.87D of your choice, I like BEACH SPRING or NETTLETON – both from the American tradition. 

From this holy time Marnie Barrell’s words make a great closing hymn when sung to LAUDATE DOMINUM aka “Sing praise to the Lord / O praise ye the Lord” HioS #31

 

18 September 2016: 18th Sunday after Pentecost

Praying for God’s world and our stewardship of it.

Suggestions for Communion/Offertory today:

Peace be with you all we sing A lovely song which is worth buying the music for. There is a demo performance from Jubilate too. Hymnbook source: Sing Glory #480. At a pinch you could sing this to NOTTINGHAM (aka Take My Life…), since the words are freely available here.

An upper room did our Lord prepare (O WALY WALY aka “The water is wide“)

Now to your table spread we come (LOVE UNKNOWN) AA #100 Scroll down for the words.

When at this table [AHIMILECH] HiOS #148 Brilliant, challenging text, so worth the while to learn. Can be sung to O PERFECT LOVE, but Colin Gibson’s tune is lovely. 

Other hymns and songs related to the readings:

Where mountains rise to open skies (DUNEDIN) AA #155

God of freedom, God of justice (PICARDY) AA #50

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

Let justice roll down like a river AA #85

Praise and thanksgiving, Father we offer [BUNESSAN aka “Morning has broken”]. It would not be difficult to make the words more inclusive, e.g. “Praise and thanksgiving we come to offer…”, “Now bless the labour”, “Always providing”.

All who love and serve your city [MARCHING]

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy Colin Gibson’s adaptation of the words is excellent. HiOS #135. Sing to your own choice of 87.87D tunes, e.g. CONVERSE or ABBOT’S LEIGH

Come and find the quiet centre [GAELIC TRADITONAL MELODY] FFS #10(i)

Put peace into each other’s hands [ST COLUMBA aka “The king of love”Lovely!

Take my gifts and let me love you [TALAVERA TERRACE] AA #127 (87.87D)

I have included some of Natalie’s suggestions for today – see her extensive list hereThanks to Chris for his input, too. 

 

11 September 2016: 17th Sunday after Pentecost

You may wish to have some spring celebration hymns from last week’s selection. See 21 August for “God of Jeremiah, grieving” if you are using the readings from that Book.

Featured:

How much am I worth? HiOS #63 Colin Gibson’s song is very easy to learn and has a country/folk feel. Easy guitar chords are provided in the book. Words here. Music: select the pdf link on the page.

God’s great love is so amazing Carolyn Winfrey Gillette’s hymn can be sung to CONVERSE (aka “What a friend…”). This would be good for all-age worship or with children. See the copyright information. 

Traditional hymns:

Amazing grace

The king of love my shepherd is

All people that on earth do dwell

I will sing the wondrous story

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy

Fools say within their hearts  A metrical setting of Psalm 14 which can be sung to FRANCONIA

Modern hymns and songs:

Touch the earth lightly This Shirley Murray hymn has a lovely tune, TENDERNESS, but you can sing it to BUNESSAN (aka “Morning has broken”)

Blow through the valleys

Tell my people I love them

Come as you are, that’s how I want you TiS #693

Praise with joy the world’s creator  sung to PRAISE MY SOUL / LAUDA ANIMA TiS #179

God forgave my sin (Freely, freely)

Thanks to Chris and Natalie for their resources.

 

4 September 2016: 16th Sunday after Pentecost & Celebration of Spring

Hymns and songs for a Celebration of Spring:

Featured:Yes-God-is-good An old (but updated) public domain hymn celebrating God’s goodness seen in creation. Long Metre (88.88). Suggested tunes are DUNEDIN or WAREHAM. Thanks to Chris Harris for this one.

Now the green blade rises [NOEL NOUVELET] More modern version of the words by John Crum

Pass it on (It only takes a spark) [PASS IT ON] Link is to the original recording. Lyrics and guitar chords are here.

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

Morning has broken [BUNESSAN]

For the beauty of the earth [DIX]

We plough the fields and scatter [WIR PFLUGEN]

You shall go out with joy [TREES OF THE FIELD] TiS #755, CoCs #645

In the bulb there is a flower [SCARLET RIBBONS or HYFRYDOL or other 87.87D] Link for SCARLET RIBBONS is a downloadable, free backing track (by me).

Joyful-joyful-we-adore-you [ODE TO JOY] Link provides inclusive, updated text.

New Zealand written selections:

Our life has its seasons [AA #133]

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

Maker of mystery [FFS #47] Can be sung to DOWN AMPNEY

Jesus comes to me as a springtime tree [AA #77]

Whispering gently the breeze from the mountain [FFS #77]

The spring has come [AA #140]

Where shall be found (Tree of Peace) HiOS #151

Hymn and song selections for the day’s readings:

Featured: Sisters and brothers Lovely contemporary folk from Malcolm “Beneath the Southern Cross” Gordon. Something you could play during Communion. 

O God you search me and you know me Words and chords on this page.

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

As a fire is meant for burning The link is to a strictly-demo only recording which has the lyrics. Sung in the video to BEACH SPRING, but another 87.87D tune can be used. Suitable also for the Spring theme.

Jesus put this song into our hearts

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. 

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

Lord Jesus, if I love and serve my neighbour aka “Spirit of Jesus, if I serve…” Can be sung to O PERFECT LOVE

Thanks to Natalie and Chris for their work on suitable selections

28 August 2016: 15th Sunday after Pentecost

Featured:

Canticle of the turning (My soul cries out) Rory Cooney’s lively setting of the Magnificat/Hannah’s Song fits well with the Gospel & Hebrews reading today. The linked page has a singalong video and lyrics. The tune is Irish folksong STAR OF THE COUNTY DOWN it is published in CoCs #404. The arrangement can also be purchased on this page, which has a more formal audio performance, too.

Hymns:

For the beauty of the earth [DIX] The first five verses are usually used.

O God beyond all praising [THAXTED aka “I vow to thee my country”]

Tell out my soul [WOODLANDS]

We love to sound your praises [PASSION CHORALE] A challenging hymn from Caroline Winfrey Gillette

God whose giving knows no ending [BLAENWERN] 87.87D “Born with talents, make us servants fit to answer at your throne”.

God of Jeremiah, grieving [KELVINGROVE]

By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered  [O PERFECT LOVE] Beautiful words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Click on the “full text” tab for the words

As we gather at your table  (Daw) CoCs #523 sung to BEACH SPRING or other 87.87D, such as CONVERSE (aka “What a friend…”).

Songs:

Come to the celebration all who are hungry [CANA] AA #27 Words

The servant song (Brother, sister, let me serve you] AA #8 and many hymnals (CoCs #550)

Here in this place (Gather us in) CoCs #72, TiS #474 and many other hymnals

When I needed a neighbour TiS #629 High speed Irish rock singalong version!

Kneels at the feet of his friends (Jesu, Jesu) [CHEREPONI] TiS #640. Words. Organ accompaniment video.

For everyone born a place at the table FFS #17

 

21 August 2016: 14th Sunday after Pentecost

Featured:

God of Jeremiah grieving (TiS #679) Natalie Sims suggests this hymn during the weeks we have readings from Jeremiah. On the linked page click the pdf logo for a simple arrangement of KELVINGROVE (aka “Will you come and follow me?”) This is a hymn about acting prophetically. Quite wordy – you may choose to omit a verse.

On healing (re today’s Gospel reading):

We give God thanks for those who knew MELCOMBE HFTC #318. This link to the text requires you to sign in or sign up for free with Jubilate.

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

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.

Traditional hymns:

Guide me, O my (thou) great Redeemer [CWM RHONDDA] TiS #569 and every hymnal

Glorious things of you (thee) are spoken [ABBOT’S LEIGH or AUSTRIA] TiS #446 and most hymnals. Updated lyrics as linked make this hymn more accessible today. 

O Lord who came from realms above  / O Thou who camest from above / Jesus who came from realms above [HEREFORD] TiS #572 An exquisite hymn tune. 

Songs old and new:

Be still and know that I am God SiS #27 Words and music.

This is my body, broken for you (In love for me) SoK #79 Original cast recording

Be still for the presence of the Lord Lyrics and singalong video

How much am I worth? (HioS #63) Great song to sing with kids, really easy to learn. Words are linked, click the pdf logo for the music, too. 

You are before me Lord, you are behind  A setting of Psalm 139 (also applies to the next song) which can be sung to SURSUM CORDA or EVENTIDE (works well with the words, but you may think it connected too strongly with “Abide with me” to use it. 

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

Sent by the Lord am I (or, Sent out in Jesus’ name) if you didn’t use this lively song last week, or maybe if you’ve just learned it, have it again for reinforcement! A gentle pace is recommended in order to get the words out!

Loving Spirit AA #94 2 tunes, I like David Dell’s. If you want to sing a traditional tune you could use CROSS OF JESUS or LAUS DEO

For the bread and wine and blessing AA #39 Guy Jansen’s tune looks complex but is easy for confident congregations. Excellent post-Communion song. Linked text is to a different tune.

Give thanks with a grateful heart TiS #717 and many other hymnals (if you didn’t use this one last week). Good in the Gradual slot, or post-Communion. Singalong video

When the storm winds blow AA #152 Could be done by a soloist with the congregation singing the refrain

Tell my people I love them AA #132 Excellent for a closing song today

Thanks to Chris and Natalie once again for many of the suggestions

 

14 August 2016: 13th Sunday after Pentecost

Featured: 

When at this table A moving hymn by Shirley Murray about seeking to be honest before God at Communion time. It is set to AHIMELECH by Colin Gibson, a tune well worth learning properly. It could also be sung to O PERFECT LOVE but that’s not nearly as effective. HiOS #148 Words here to a different tune.

Other hymns and songs for today:

Give thanks with a grateful heart TiS #717 and many other hymnals

Give thanks for life, the measure of our days [SINE NOMINE] AA #45

Jesus shall reign, where’er the sun [TRURO]

How is Jesus present? A children’s song AA #64

There is a redeemer

Jesus remember me (The Taize chant)

I want to walk as a child of the light pdf of words and music in Db, which you can play as if in D if that is useful. (Chords in C)

Go to the world, go into all the earth [SINE NOMINE]

Sent by the Lord am I Lively Latin American concluding song. Free resources on the linked page, you need a free membership to download the music. Backing track is at a frenetic speed, suggest you do this at a more measured pace with a congregation. Very easy to learn.

Rejoice in God’s saints  can be sung to LAUDATE DOMINUM or other 10.10.11.11 tune

Christ is alive, let Christians sing [TRURO]

Who is my mother, who is my brother AA #158

Forgive, forgive us holy God FFS #20. Can be sung to Colin’s tune, or other 88.88 such as ANGELUS, but there are many others

When we are living, we are in the Lord [SOMOS DEL SENOR] Music TiS #778  . Download accompaniment track.

Kyrie eleison (Look around you) A good song for today if you can find it somewhere! One source is “Praying in Song” published by Kevin Mayhew Ltd (#243). Thanks Chris Harris for the reference. 

 

7 August 2016: 12th Sunday after Pentecost

For songs and hymns on Isaiah’s justice theme see 17 July below. Some additional possibilities:

Isaiah the prophet has written of old TiS #663 Wonderful words which perhaps are best sung to the early American tune SAMANTHRA which is truly worth learning. I can provide chords in Fm and Em.

From this holy time A rousing concluding hymn by Marnie Barrell which is effective sung to LAUDATE DOMINUM or you may like to learn Barry Brinson’s tune. HiOS #31

Sent forth by God’s blessing is another mission-focused post-Communion hymn which is sung to THE ASH GROVE TiS #531, CoCs #648 . This version of the words is reasonably inclusive but you could easily tweak the God-language. 

Other hymns and songs for today:

Beauty for brokenness

Now let us from this table rise TiS #530, which is sung effectively to NIAGARA, but you could use another 88.88 tune. 

One more step along the world I go

All my hope on God is founded [MICHAEL]

Community of Christ TiS #473

Guide me o my great Redeemer [CYM RHONDDA]

Longing for light / Christ be our light

Here is bread, here is wine Graeme Kendrick’s communion song

Come risen Lord, as guest among your own aka Come risen Lord and deign to be our guest [SURSUM CORDA] HFTC #399, TiS 524

 

31 July 2016: 11th Sunday after Pentecost

Featured:

Bigger barns A pertinent and challenging hymn from Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. Note the permission for use conditions on the linked page. Can be sung to ABERYSTWYTH or ST. GEORGE’S WINDSOR

Hosea (Come back to me) Lovely reflective melody and poetic words. Worth the price of the download from OCP if you are looking to learn something new. Thanks to Natalie for suggesting this one. 

Lord Jesus, if I love and serve my neighbour aka “Spirit of Jesus, if I serve…” Can be sung to O PERFECT LOVE

Other hymns and songs for today:

(O) worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness [WAS LEBET]

Take my life and let it be [NOTTINGHAM]

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

Christ has changed the world’s direction HiOS #15, can be sung to MICHAEL, you could sing just the first 4 verses. 

Peace Child “Carol our Christmas” #35

Put on the garment of praise A 70s blast from the past, from Scripture in Song #300 or Songs of the Kingdom #95

Where shall be found (Tree of Peace) HiOS #151 Easy to learn, reflective song

Who sweeps the stable HiOS #154(i) The first tune has easy guitar chords. Not just a song for after Christmas!

Bind us together, Lord Another 70s number that’s still popular

Loving Spirit  I like David Dell’s tune in Alleluia Aotearoa (#94)

Come as you are (That’s how I want you) TiS #693

Come to the banquet (there’s a place for you) We haven’t used this one for a while, so this lively and super-popular song could be learned today by singing along with the YouTube clip.

Christ is alive, let Christians sing [TRURO aka “Jesus shall reign…”]

Praise with joy the world’s Creator [PRAISE MY SOUL/ LAUDA ANIMA]

You Lord are both Lamb and Shepherd  (Christus Paradox) [PICARDY]. A superb addition to your repertoire. 

Chris Harris and Natalie Sims provided the suggestions for this week. Thanks to them.

 

26 July 2016: 10th Sunday after Pentecost (& Social Services Sunday)

The first 10 hymns and songs from last Sunday (below) are suitable for Social Services Sunday. The  selections immediately below are for the set RCL readings. 

First set your mind on the kingdom of God (Seek ye first…)

When I needed a neighbour were you there?

Great is your (thy) faithfulness

Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us

The kingdom is within you

E te Ariki, kia aroha mai (or another Kyrie that you know) FFS #13

For the hurt that I create (FFS #19) There are two tunes, mine is the second. Natalie Sims suggests that the congregation could sing the “Forgive me Lord, forgive” sections in this tune, FIVE SCRUPLES

Love divine all loves excelling

Put peace into each other’s hands [ST COLUMBA]

There is a longing in our hearts O God

As we gather at your table  (Daw) CoCs #523 sung to BEACH SPRING or other 87.87D, such as CONVERSE (aka “What a friend…”). Good for Communion today if you haven’t used it recently.

Our Father in heaven (AA #112) The Lord’s Prayer

Forgive our sins as we forgive TiS #635,  SG #145 Very apt for today, sung to a Short Meter tune 86.86. Good choice for the Gradual hymn

Thanks to Natalie and Chris as always. 

 

17 July 2016: 9th Sunday after Pentecost

Featured:

Bring us justiceGreat bouncy song which would make excellent pre-service music, or exit music. 

Come away from rush and hurry Ideal song/hymn for the Gospel today. Sung on the linked page to NETTLETON. Maybe BEACH SPRING would be better. 87.87D structure gives you lots of options for tunes, but I suggest something on the reflective side. 

There are several selections from last Sunday (with reference to The Good Samaritan) that fit with the justice theme from Amos today. There are hymns and songs that relate to each of the readings in the following list.

Let justice roll down like a river (Gibson) AA #85

Let justice roll down (Damon) A short, reflective refrain that could be used between sections of Intercession. Printable score

Inspired by love and anger (Iona Community) Although set to the tune SALLEY GARDENS in TiS #674, this can also be sung to a 76.76D tune: MORNING LIGHT (aka “Stand up, stand up…”) for a bold version, or ELLACOMBE, or THORNBURY. A long hymn, so would work in the Offertory slot. One verse could be omitted. 

Hidden Christ alive for ever RUSTINGTON is the suggested tune, or other strong 87.87D

Lord hear my praying, listen to me (Mann) TiS #689. Link is to words only

We are a world divided Suggested tune is AURELIA

For the healing of the nations (Kaan) The linked text can be sung to ST HELEN or other 87.87.87 tune

God of freedom, God of Justice (Murray) to PICARDY. TiS #657, AA #50

The  kingdom of God is justice and joy (Rees) to HANOVER or LAUDATE DOMINUM. HFTC #333, SG 184. Link is to the text

Every day I will offer you (Murray/Gibson) AA #36

Faith will not grow from words alone (Smith)  TiS #691. Link is to an order of service with this hymn in it, including the tune DUNEDIN. However, you could sing another LM (88.88) tune such as MORNING HYMN or MARYTON

Come as you are (Brown) TiS #693. Words and music example. Reflective song

The king of love my shepherd is  (DOMINUS REGIT ME) TiS #145 and most other hymnals

Jesus stand among us at the meeting of our lives (KendrickSongs of the Kingdom #222

As the deer pants for the water (Nystrom) Songs of the Nations #460

All heaven declares (Richards) SG #420

Come and find the quiet centre FFS #10(i)

To be in your presence SG #523

70’s Christian music pioneer Nancy Honeytree wrote a folk-rock song called “Mary and Martha” on her album “Evergreen”. And it is!

Thanks to Chris Harris and Natalie Sims for their prior work on music for today. Want more options? Try “Singing the Faith Plus”

 

10 July 2016: 8th Sunday after Pentecost (& Sea Sunday)

If you are focusing on the Good Samaritan story today, a number of last week’s  hymns and songs are directly relevant and not repeated here. Other suitable material:

Meekness and majesty (Kendrick) “Sing Glory” #395

As we gather at your table (Daw) CoCs #523 sung to BEACH SPRING or other 87.87D, such as CONVERSE (aka “What a friend…”). Good for Communion today.

Who is my mother, who is my brother? AA #158

For Sea Sunday:

Some of the hymns in this list will be familiar. If you are secretly wanting to sing the tune to “Onward Christian soldiers” (ST GERTRUDE) the hymn Waterfall and ocean was written to give you the excuse you need. For me, this is at best questionable. Over to you, dear reader. Also found in “Sing Glory” #630

Other hymns and songs for today: 

Let justice flow like streams This hymn by Jane Parker Huber is in Short Metre (66.86) and can be sung to FRANCONIA (aka “Blest are the pure in heart”) Suitable Gradual

Lord hear my praying, listen to me An attractive lament-style tune, easy to learn. Robin Mann’s Australian hymn is found in TiS #689

God of freedom, God of justice Shirley Murray’s hymn may be best sung to PICARDY. AA #50, TiS #657

For all the saints who’ve shown your love John Bell’s words can be sung to O WALY WALY (reflective) or TRURO (lively) or other 88.88 tune.

When the poor ones A beautiful liberation theology hymn (as Natalie Sims notes) from Latin America. My only sourcebook for this is CoCs #290, but most of the music and chords are on these sample pages – you could probably figure out the rest, if you’re a musician. Mechanical-sounding demo here. Spanish rendition here.

Shadow and substance Dan Damon’s fresh imagery and easy to learn. Suitable Gradual or during communion perhaps.

The kingdom is within you A good day to sing Cecily Sheehy’s bluesy song. AA #137

Who sweeps the stable? Shirley Murray’s hymn is not just for Christmas! Well worth the time to learn. HioS #154(i)

Today’s list is a condensation of that offered by Natalie Sims with additional suggestions from Chris Harris (and me!)

 

3 July 2016: 7th Sunday after Pentecost (& Refugee Sunday)

For Refugee Sunday:

Here to the house of God we come AA #61

Beauty for brokenness (TiS #690)

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

Christ’s is the world in which we move  [DREAM ANGUS] TiS #677 Verses could be sung by a soloist or small group with the congregation joining in the refrain as in this version

Let justice roll down AA #85

Tell my people I love them AA #132

For the day’s readings:

Help us accept each other TiS #648 [AURELIA or other 76.76D] Also suitable for Refugee Sunday

The Servant Song (Brother, sister…) TiS #650, AA #8, CoCs #550

Kneels at the feet of his friends (Jesu, Jesu) TiS #640

Like a mighty river flowing [QUEM PASTORES LAUDAVERE] Click the pdf link for the music, too. 

Tell out my soul [WOODLANDS] TiS #161, HFTC #42 Link has lyrics and a free downloadable accompaniment track

We have a gospel to proclaim [FULDA] TiS #245, HFTC #519

How lovely on the mountains (Our God reigns) SiS #201 Link has the rest of the verses

Tama Ngakau Marie AA 3128 includes a translation not for singing

When we lift our pack and go [LEONARD] AA #153, CoCs #634

God is working out this purpose [ODE TO JOY, HYFRYDOL etc.] Original source unknown. Recommended as a useful hymn when “mission” is a theme.

The Lord bless you and keep you AA #138 Blessing song to conclude a service

Eat this bread and never hunger CoCs #530 Dan Damon’s lovely hymn is suitable for communion today. Easy to learn. Note link has score and also a text tab.

Thanks to Chris Harris for his contributions to this list

 

 

26 June 2016: 6th Sunday after Pentecost

Natalie Sims has created a page especially for remembering victims in the Orlando shooting here. See “Give us a well of tears” as a useful example which can be reproduced with acknowledgment.

Featured:

Wind who makes all winds that blow Great imagery from Thomas Troeger. Best sung to ABERYSTWYTH but you could use ST GEORGE’S WINDSOR at a push. (Words are found on a rather unfortunately named page.)

Jesus you have called us Meditative contemporary song, easy to pick up

Other songs & hymns with a Holy Spirit/discipleship theme:

Will you come and follow me? (KELVINGROVE)

From heaven you came (The Servant King) Graham Kendrick’s contemporary hymn

I the Lord of sea and sky (Here I am, Lord) The perennial favourite

I have decided to follow Jesus Try singing this in a slow, meditative way during or after Communion – could even be done a cappella

Take my gifts and let me love you AA #127

O Jesus I have promised

I heard the voice of Jesus say KINGSFOLD Good for the Offertory hymn today

O Lord who came from realms above/ O thou who camest from above Sung to the lovely tune HEREFORD

Christ is our peace AA #16 SUANTRAI  is a lovely and easy Irish tune

Who would true valour see MONK’S GATE You will need this inclusive version of the words.

Come down O love divine DOWN AMPNEY

O breath of life come sweeping through us The set tune SPIRITUS VITAE is worth learning if you are unfamiliar with it, but you could also use ST. CLEMENT (aka “The day thou gavest”) CoCs #486, HFTC #237, TiS #409

Wind of God, dynamic Spirit ABBOT’S LEIGH

Lord of all hopefulness SLANE

Thanks to Chris Harris and Natalie Sims

 

19 June 2016: 5th Sunday after Pentecost

Natalie Sims has created a page especially for remembering victims in the Orlando shooting here. See “Give us a well of tears” as a useful example which can be reproduced with acknowledgment.

Featured:

Come living God when least expected This hymn by Alan Gaunt is especially suitable for the story of Elijah in the cave. However, there are no easy tunes. But you could divide into half-verses and sing this to ST CLEMENT (aka “The day thou gavest”) which doesn’t get much use these days. However, this will make a long 6 verses! Suggest you omit one or two four-line stanzas, e.g. part 2 of verse 2. 

Other suitable suggestions for the readings (noting that some are repeats from last week, hopefully enough alternative choices in this list!):

As the deer pants for the water (Nystrom) Songs of the Nations (SiS) #460

Just as a lost and thirsty deer (TiS #26, easy-to-learn tune)

Be still and know that I am God

Be still for the presence of the Lord

Who is moving through the silence? AA #157

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

God forgave my sin (freely, freely)

O love that will not let me go TiS #602 (ST MARGARET)

Christ be our light (longing for light)

Give thanks with a grateful heart

Make me a channel of your peace

Tell my people I love them AA #132

Come and find the quiet centre FFS #10(i)

The peace of the earth be with you (CoCs #647)

In the singing, in the silence FFS #38 Excellent and simple communion hymn

Spirit, spirit of gentleness

For everyone born, a place at the table FFS #17

We are many, we are one FFS #67

We are one in the Spirit

Praise the one who breaks the darkness (NETTLETON or other 87.87D) Excellent opening hymn if you choose a lively tune like NETTLETON

O Christ the healer we have come (ANGELUS aka “At evening when the sun had set”)

Natalie Sims & Chris Harris provided many of the suggestions above. 

 

12 June 2016: 4th Sunday after Pentecost

Featured:

A prophet-woman broke a jar A perfect Gradual hymn today, but unfortunately there are no well-known tunes that fit the 8-line verses. However, you could sing the first and last verses (or include verse 3 as well) to a 4-line tune such as DOMINUS REGIT ME or ST COLUMBA both of which are used for “The King of love my shepherd is”. Highly recommended for its affirmation of the ministry of all. 

Creator God you made this land Natalie Sims suggests this hymn in relation to the story of Naboth’s vineyard and as it relates to all who have had their land stolen. Scroll right down to page 15 for the words. You might substitute “blessed” or similar for “ancient” (v.4) which is more appropriate for Australia. Sing this to MELITA (“Eternal Father, strong to save…”)

Give ear to my words O Lord  A blast from the 70s past (Songs of the Kingdom #172) taken from today’s Psalm 5. It would be easy to modernise the language. Video linked has awfully mawkish graphics!

Other suitable hymns and songs:

Mighty God who called creation  A perfect opening hymn for today when sung to a strong 87.87D tune such as RUSTINGTON or ABBOT’S LEIGH. Fresh imagery from Carl P. Daw Jr.

Freely, freely (God forgave my sin)

Come celebrate the women  A hymn by Shirley Murray sung to ELLACOMBE

As the deer pants for the water (Nystrom)

Great is your (thy) faithfulness

Amazing grace

Teach us O loving heart of Christ Jillian Bray’s plainsong-like  tune is worth learning; at a pinch you could use another 86.86 tune AA #130

Gentle God when we are driven Another excellent tune by Jillian Bray AA #44. These two NZ hymns have words by Shirley Murray

Dear God embracing humankind Updated, inclusive lyrics for “Dear Lord and Father of mankind”. Click on the “Full text” tab for the words. The usual tune is REPTON some books e.g. CoCs have REST

O the deep, deep love of Jesus EBENEZER TiS #232

Come as you are, that’s how I want you TiS #693 Lyrics and accompaniment example linked

Here is bread, here is wine (Kendrick)

 

5 June 2016: 3rd Sunday after Pentecost (& Matariki)

Featured:

When the poor ones Natalie Sims suggests this Spanish hymn for today. Fits well with the first reading and brings some Liberation Theology into the mix. Easy to learn, there are various video versions on YouTube. CoCs #290

Lord you hear the cry (Lord have mercy) Excellent contemporary gospel-style song with a social justice theme. Full resources can be purchased, free demo.

Other hymns and songs for the readings:

For the fruits of all creation AR HYD Y NOS (“All through the night”) Nice inclusive version of the lyrics

Come O God of all the earth (Sing out, earth and skies) Lively song from Marty Haugen. TiS #181

In The Singing, in the silence A good communion/offertory  hymn for today CoCs #519, FFS #38. Click the pdf link for the music.

Christ be my leader sung to SLANE

In the presence of your people Brent Chambers’ 70s song, Hebrew-style

Jesus Christ is waiting NOEL NOUVELET

My song is love unknown LOVE UNKNOWN

Beauty for brokenness 

Kneels at the feet of his friends CHEREPONI

Great is your (thy) faithfulness GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy Colin Gibson’s version of the words (HiOS #135) is excellent, and can be sung to the traditional tune CROSS OF JESUS

We have a gospel to proclaim FULDA

If you are observing Matariki (Maori New Year) you could sing some of the NZ material from last week, Te Pouhere Sunday, and also 

God of our island home (HiOS #43) The first verse alone makes a lovely prayer or meditation refrain, very easy to learn

 

29 May 2016: “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.

On healing:

We give God thanks for those who knew MELCOMBE HFTC #318. This link to the text requires you to sign in or sign up for free with Jubilate.

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

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

 

22 May 2016: The Most Holy Trinity

If you didn’t use our featured song from last Sunday, “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 (“Come Down O Love Divine”)

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

 

15 May 2016: The Day of Pentecost

Featured:

Spirit of God A brilliant new song from ResoundWorship. Atmospheric, inclusive, canon form ending with a big harmony conclusion. You could play this recording to set the scene for your Pentecost service, or post-Communion reflection would also work. If you have a choir or singing group you could learn this to use for the Sundays after Pentecost, too.

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  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 but don’t have the opportunity to find or learn the music, 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. You’ll need a free Jubilate Hymns membership to access this one. Words are here. Click on “piano score” for the music. Suited as a gradual or offertory. Also in “Sing Glory” #480(ii)

Songs:

Spirit, spirit of gentleness It’s in the songbook “New Journeys”

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

Breath of the Living God CoCs #43

Rain down CoCs #260

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

Blow through the valleys FFS #6

Spirit of the Living God HFTC # s.23 & 24

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

Be still for the presence of the Lord

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

God comes to us as one unheard HiOS #42 Jocelyn Marshall’s hymn is effective sung to IRISH but you could use a number of 8.6.8.6 tunes

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) TiS #418

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. Membership is free. 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

 

8 May 2016: Sunday after Ascension / 7th Sunday of Easter

We suggest that you use the readings for Ascension Day rather than Easter 7. We have provided selections for both.

Featured:

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).

You will need a free membership to Jubilate for the above two hymns. Note that you do not (at the time of writing) require a CCLI number to join. 

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 readers of http://www.localsharedministry.com 

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!) TiS #185. Could be an offertory hymn, or post-communion

And:

He came singing love AA #59

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 Perhaps a post-communion hymn

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

He is exalted / You are exalted SiS #143

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

Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour 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 

Meekness and majesty Possible Offertory hymn Sing Glory #395

All over the world (the Spirit is moving) SiS #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

When we are living, we are in the Lord Suited to the gradual hymn

Will you come and follow me? (The Summons) Suited to closing worship

We are one in the Spirit Suited to post-communion

Alleluia, sing to Jesus HYFRYDOL Offertory

Join hands in the Spirit AA #32

Holy Spirit, go before us (see last week’s entry for details) AUSTRIA, etc.

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

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

Bind us together, Lord

Christ let us come with you AA #17

Consider other music for the season of Easter as below, especially last week and the week before.

Natalie Sims and Chris Harris made major contributions to the lists for today. Kia ora!

 

1 May 2016: 6th Sunday of Easter

Once again, hymns and songs listed for the preceding three weeks have appropriate selections related to the Revelation reading. May is “NZ Music month” so you may like to incorporate indigenous material!

Featured:

When all is ended  A wonderful Easter hymn that also fits the Revelation reading and can be sung to the familiar SINE NOMINE (aka “For all the saints”) Lyrics.

God give us peace that lasts A striking hymn by John Bell (Iona Community) which can be sung to LOVE UNKNOWN (aka My song is love unknown). You will need to scroll down the page to review the lyrics

Other hymns and songs for today:

For the healing of the nations Contemporary hymn lyrics by Fred Kaan that can be sung to WESTMINSTER ABBEY or other 87.87.87 tune

Praise the One who breaks the darkness  A rousing text from Rusty Edwards which works well to NETTLETON or your pick of  87.87D tune. Excellent closing hymn

Filled with the Spirit’s power  Can be sung to WOODLANDS and would make a good gradual.

Help us accept each other  Another of Fred Kaan’s hymns, which can be sung to THORNBURY, ELLACOMBE or AURELIA

When I needed a neighbour were you there? TiS #629 Lyrics and easy guitar chords

Jesus put this song into our hearts TiS #670

O Lord, hear my prayer (Taize) Many sources, e.g. CoCs #192. Good to sing a number of times during intercessions today. Video linked could be used as a meditation during communion.

Beauty for brokenness (Kendrick) 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.

We cannot measure how you heal Sing Glory #490. A hymn from the Iona Community, sung to the traditional Scottish tune YE BANKS AND BRAES. Demo version. Full lyrics. You could also sing half-verses to an 88.88 (Long meter) tune, such as HEREFORD, ANGELUS or MARYTON

From Aotearoa – New Zealand:

Now as we go A simple closing song  AA #99

Arohanui Blessing AA #95 “May the mystery of God enfold us”

Great and deep the Spirit’s purpose AA #55 Marnie Barrell’s hymn can be sung to an 87.87D tune, or the original published tune, BRUNEL, by Colin Gibson

Most of today’s selection were suggested by Natalie Sims, to whom we are very grateful!

 

24 April 2016: 5th Sunday of Easter

As before, there are hymns and songs reflecting the heavenly worship on the 3rd and 4th Sundays of Easter (below) which you may like to consider

Featured:

This is a day of new beginnings TiS #653 (Wren/Young) Excellent communion hymn well suited to the theme: “Our God is making all things new”. Easy to learn

New heavens and a new earth:

O Day of peace that dimly shines Carl Daw’s majestic hymn sung to JERUSALEM. This would work on Anzac Day, too. Singalong video.

For the Psalm:

O God of earth and space (Jane Parker Huber) Excellent hymn text to the Jewish tune LEONI, reflecting the language of today’s psalm (Tune: TiS #473 or CoCs #94, HFTC #9)

Come O God of all the earth (Marty Haugen) Very lively song of creation’s response to God. TiS #181. Link has a sample performance and lyrics. Easy guitar chords

Praise the Lord, you heavens adore him Traditional hymn sung to AUSTRIA

You shall go out with joy Songs of the Kingdom #192

Joyful, joyful we adore you Rousing hymn sung to ODE TO JOY sadly neglected by Anglicans! “Together in Song” #152 has inclusive, up-to-date words. CoCs #99

For the Gospel and the Acts reading:

Love divine, all loves excelling

Come as you are, that’s how I want you (Deirdre Browne) TiS #693

The new commandment that I give to you A NEW COMMANDMENT “By this all people will know you’re my disciples” provides you with a more inclusive lyric.

I love this family of God / E aroha ana ahau

Be still for the presence of the Lord

Kneels at the feet of his friends (Jesu, Jesu) TiS #640, CoCs #367

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

Let there be love shared among us Songs of the Kingdom #117

Come down, O love divine DOWN AMPNEY  CoCs #47

In Christ there is no east or west TiS #459, CoCs #339 I would change “Christly” to “Christlike” as TiS does. 86.86 Tune, an easy one like ST ANNE  (“O God our help…”) or more complex one like IRISH but there are dozens of well-known options in your hymnal tune index!

We are one in the Spirit/They’ll know we are Christians Lyrics/singalong video CoCs #359

Jesus put this song into our hearts Israeli style melody, getting faster. “Songs of the Nations” #569, TiS #670

Holy Communion:

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

We are many, we are one Also makes a rousing concluding song FFS #67 (Colin Gibson)

Lord Jesus, joy of loving hearts (Jesus thou joy…) HEREFORD or WAREHAM TiS #499

Thanks to Chris Harris and Natalie Sims

 

17 April 2016: 4th Sunday of Easter

Hymns and songs from last week’s selection regarding the heavenly worship are also suitable

Featured:

23rd Psalm (McFerrin) Here is a choral version (Congressional Chorus, DC) of Bobby McFerrin’s exquisite – but theologically challenging – setting of the Psalm. It could be a scene-setter before worship begins, or played during/after communion. This version from male chorus Cantus is also superb.

If Christ had not been raised from death [KINGSFOLD] Apt words from Christopher Idle. Published in “Sing Glory” but lyrics also available with a free membership to Jubilate Hymns Ltd. Also relates to the Acts reading.

Christ is risen! Shout hosanna A rousing hymn from Brian Wren sung to your choice of many 87.87D tunes (e.g. CONVERSE aka “What a friend…”) TiS #394

For the Acts reading:

O Christ the healer we have come I like ANGELUS for the tune. Words also TiS #638, Sing Glory #489, CoCs #544

Comfort, comfort all my people A song from Australia’s Robin Mann TiS #647. This is well worth learning and the tune is easy. Possibly easier transposed down to D major. Demo accompaniment

Other selections:

All heaven declares An apt worship song for today  Sing Glory #420. Instrumental version. Lyrics. Chords. The last line really does need to be “to reconcile us all to God”.

Faithful shepherd lead me PASTOR PASTORUM HFTC #29 Traditional hymn

I want to walk as a child of the light TiS 643 Contemporary hymn

I heard the voice of Jesus say KINGSFOLD TiS #585 Updated lyrics; traditional version can easily be found online.

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. 

Now lives the Lamb of God A rousing hymn by David Mowbray based on the Easter Anthems. Tune suggestion: DARWALL This would make a useful Gradual hymn, especially if shortened by omitting the third verse. Sing Glory #413

Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord TiS #390 has the best version of the words. Also HFTC #S.3, “God has proclaimed (t)his gracious gift: new life for all, alleluia.”

Nothing is lost on the breath of God Colin Gibson’s beautiful modern hymn FFS #50. Easy to learn. Click the small pdf link for the sheet music. Bonus: includes a lovely closing benediction hymn, Now As We Go.

Now to your table spread Shirley Murray’s communion hymn would be suitable today. It is sung to the familiar tune LOVE UNKNOWN. AA #100 or here

You may also want to consider traditional 23rd Psalm hymns e.g. “The Lord’s my shepherd”, “The king of love my shepherd is”.

Chris Harris and Natalie Sims provided a number of items in this list. 

 

10 April 2016: 3rd Sunday of Easter

Featured: 

Go to the world, go into all the earth [SINE NOMINE] A fine closing hymn from Sylvia Dunstan

James and Andrew, Peter and John [SCARBOROUGH FAIR] If you like folksongs, this text from the Iona Community is very apt today. Natalie Sims points out that the word “girls” has since been updated. My suggestion would be “…women, too, who walked by his side”. This could be sung responsively.

When at this table HiOS #148 A potent hymn for communion (and about reconciliation) by Shirley Murray & Colin Gibson. Definitely worth the effort to learn the tune AHIMELECH as it has a lovely plaintive quality, but for the sake of flexibility you can sing this to O PERFECT LOVE

Songs and hymns reflecting the heavenly worship:

Holy holy, holy holy HFTC s.14 (all verses) Scripture in Song #94 (one verse). The linked page has a particularly noxious version of the tune, which should go like this, or a bit slower.

Worthy is the Lamb (Exultation) Songs of the Kingdom #123 Dale Garratt’s blast from the past certainly deserves to have the dust blown off it today

Bless the Lord O my soul (10000 reasons) words and guitar chords here

Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour [ST HELEN] HFTC #416, TiS #520

You are worthy (Thou art worthyScripture in Song #50

 

Other selections for today:

Majesty, worship his majesty Songs of the Kingdom #1

Glory to Jesus, risen conquering Son (“Thine be the glory”) [MACCABEUS] TiS #380, HFTC #167

Will you come and follow me? [KELVINGROVE] CoCs #586

We have a gospel to proclaim [FULDA] TiS #245, HFTC #519

Here is the place, now is the time AA #60

Come to the banquet, there’s a place for you Link is to the singalong video

I the Lord of sea and sky (Here I am Lord) CoCs #640, TiS #658

Thanks to Chris Harris and Natalie Sims for their selections for today

 

3 April 2016: 2nd Sunday of Easter

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…”

Many of the Easter Day hymns are suitable, especially ones you didn’t use last week!

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.

 

27 March 2016: The Feast of the Resurrection (Easter Day)

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.

LATE ADDITION:  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

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, aka “Jesus shall reign”] 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

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

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