Lectionary Songs & Hymns Year A: Pt. 1

This entry for Good Friday concludes Year A, Part 1. Entries for Easter Day/Season and following will be posted on the Year A, Part 2 page. 

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

14 April 2017: Good Friday

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

Something recent to try:

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

Some core items you may want to consider include:

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

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

(Jesus walked this) lonesome valley CoCs #452

O sacred head, surrounded CoCs #463

Jesus, remember me (Taize) CoCs #459

Meekness and majesty (Kendrick) Suitable opening song

Come and see, come and see (Kendrick)

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

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

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

There is a redeemer (Melody Green)

I will sing the wondrous story HYFRYDOL

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

My song is love unknown LOVE UNKNOWN (selected verses)

When his time was over TiS  #357 Well worth learning for your Holy Week repertoire

Here hangs a man discarded PASSION CHORALE

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

Thanks to Chris Harris for providing most of the suggestions

 

13 April 2017: Maundy Thursday and as a reference list for Holy Communion

Late addition: Relentless lover, God in Christ [KINGSFOLD] Another outstanding text from Marnie Barrell. Also in FFS #55

Featured Eucharistic Hymn:

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

Featured Eucharistic Song:

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

Amazing grace

A (The) new commandment

An upper room did our Lord prepare O WALY WALY

Broken for me, broken for you

Gifts of bread and wine

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

Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us

Love is his word

Meekness and majesty (Kendrick)

Be still, for the presence of the Lord

Broken for me, broken for you

Eat this bread (Taize) CoCs  #528

Jesus stand among us

Let us break bread together on our knees CoCs #521

Stay with me (Taize)

Ubi caritas  (Taize)

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

God of our journeys

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

I love the Lord

O God you search me (Farrell)

On this night

Oh welcome all ye noble saints of old

NZ Repertoire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

9 April 2017: Passion Sunday / Palm Sunday

Featured video this week:

Lord you hear the cry (Lord have mercy)   This would set the scene for Palm Sunday perfectly if used to convey the sense of hope for a Messiah that the people had. This video has all the words.

Featured hymn of the week:

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

Featured song of the week:

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

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

Other suitable material for Palm Sunday:

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

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

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

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

 

My song is love unknown [LOVE UNKNOWN] I suggest selected verses. Modernised lyrics. Lovely arrangement in this video:

Ride on, ride on in majesty [ WINCHESTER NEW] HFTC #119, TiS #348. Lyrics

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

Lift up your heads (Kia hiwa ra) “Songs of the Kingdom” #13

 As sung by Shiloh Whanau

The King of Glory comes TiS #279 Lively Israeli-style song. Words on this page, and you can click the music link for a melody line and guitar chords. Rather fast and cheesy demo performance.

Come into the streets with me (Murray)[SEE SAW SACCARA DOWN] AA #022 Lively, for kids. Lyrics

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

Meekness and majesty (Kendrick) Lyrics & audio. “Praying in Song” #266. Graham Kendrick’s own singalong video – nice arrangement.

From heaven you came (The Servant King) [SERVANT KING] TiS #256. All the resources you could need, even if you don’t have a musician.

An upper room did our Lord prepare [O WALY WALY] TiS #536

O sacred head PASSION CHORALE CoCs #463 Here is a helpful version of the words, especially if you use verses 1, 2 & 4

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

Lift high the cross (Murray) AA #87 CRUCIFER Good processional hymn

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

Thanks to Natalie & Chris for their very significant input!

 

2 April 2017: Lent 5 “The raising of Lazarus”

“Eat this bread and never hunger” can be used again today.

Holy Spirit, heaven’s breath A straightforward new hymn from Christopher Idle, with several options for verses. To make it apt for today’s text, you could be cheeky and adapt v1 thus: “…safe and sound, or lost and lone, draw together flesh and bone.” (Yes, it does sound a bit like “the Scottish play”.) Or perhaps simply “…lone and lost, bring us a new Pentecost”. BUCKLAND (aka “Loving shepherd of your sheep”is a suitable 77.77 tune.

Spirit of God most high Vibrant text from David Mowbray, which would make a great opening hymn. The tune is LITTLE CORNARD aka “Hills of the north, rejoice”. A great use for this tune!

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”).

Spirit blowing through creation We have been featuring a number of songs by Marty Haugen recently, and this is another valuable one for the repertoire. Words on this page. Live performance video (quite fast!) Melody line, and page following. I have the music in “As One Voice” #2-51. But the sheet music is also online.

Great God, your Spirit like the wind [JERUSALEMA great use for this grand tune, suits the opening or closing of a service. You can also sing this to YE BANKS AND BRAES (Click also for page 141 or it’s in HFTC #220). Words in TiS #416, or available via CCLI, if you use that licensing scheme.

Come O God of all the earth (Sing out, earth and skies) Lively song from Marty Haugen, which can be sung responsively. Words, music and easy guitar chords on this page and the following one (click for page 692). TiS #181. Lyrics and video demo

O breath of life, come sweeping through us [SPIRITUS VITAE (98.98)] Simple tune for a short hymn that does what it says on the label. Some sources (TiS #409) have 4 verses, others just the first three (CoCs #486), which are all inclusive language. See this page for versions, Church Hymnary version has 4 verses

Breathe on me, breath of God The well known hymn published in many hymnals, and this linked version is in contemporary language. I think the best tune is TRENTHAM. CARLISLE is far too bouncy for Lent! 

Blow through the valleys Bill Bennett’s song is popular in NZ, especially in his home Diocese. FFS #6

When human voices cannot sing [ST COLUMBA aka “The king of love…”] Sensitive hymn about grief in a Christian context by Shirley Murray. AA #151

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

Singing Psalm 130: De Profundis

Out of the depths I cry ST. CECILIA [ (66.66) aka “Thy kingdom come O God”]Perfect, simple gradual by David Mowbray

Up from the depths I cry to God  Another good hymn from Christopher Idle, suited to the gradual, or perhaps a post-sermon reflection. KINGSFOLD is a suitable tune. 

Out of the depths O God we call to you This is lovely, and worth learning the published tune FENNVILLE. Words, music and chords in Dm. CoCs #228

Out of the depths I cry to thee Contemporary folk song in traditional language. Good scene-setting music, or could be played during communion:

Out of the depths (Psalm 130) If you are having a service with young people, this anthemic rock version from “Sovereign Grace” might be useful:

In these moments we remember This communion song (CoCs #515) by Ken Medema has a tune that sounds straight out of “The Sacred Harp”, so it would work well to BEACH SPRING (87.87D). The words (3 verses, unformatted) are in this document under ANTHEM.

In the singing, in the silence [BREAD OF PEACE] Lovely communion hymn from Shirley Murray and Carlton Young. Scroll down for the music. FFS #38, CoCs #519

Lord turn our grieving into grace [SOLOMON’S MEMORY] FFS #45 Shirley Murray’s words set to my tune. You would need a competent group of singers to lead this one. Words on this page, with a different tune.

 

26 March 2017: Lent 4 “Though I was blind, now I see”

Today’s Gospel reading lends itself to a dramatic reading by several voices

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.

Hymns and songs about light & healing:

Christ is the world’s light [CHRISTE SANCTORUM] The linked text here is from “Celebrating Grace Hymnal” and is the only one which is reasonably inclusive.

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

Christ is the world’s true light [NUN DANKET aka “Now thank we…”] The linked text is hopelessly exclusive language, which is a pity because otherwise this is a strong hymn. TiS #238 has (V1): “desire of every nation”, “for all who own his (s)way”; (V2): “all shall forsake…” (V3): “who own you…{etc}”. HFTC #323 is better, too: “where we accept his way” & “has laboured long in pain”. 

Wind upon the waters Beautiful song from Marty “Gather us in” Haugen. Video and words on this page. Musically accurate demo mp3. Sheet music & chords on this page, and on p490 (click). Keep this one for Pentecost, too! CoCs #49

God of dawn, each day’s renewal A great opening hymn by Marjorie Dobson. 87.87D tune, so many options including AUSTRIA (aka “Glorious things…”) or RUSTINGTON etc. CoCs #51 (new tune)

Healer of our every ill Another winner from Marty Haugen! Very easy to learn, and apt for today. Words here. Music with chords on this page. Marty’s own recording – you could sing along to this if the congregation has the words. CoCs #547

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

Wisdom far beyond our knowledge [CORONATION ROAD] Colin’s hymn (HiOS #157) can be sung to a suitably reflective 87.87D tune, such as GAELIC AIR [aka LEWIS FOLK MELODY] (TiS #477, FFS #10(i))

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. “Praying in Song” #175. This page has a list of sources.

Open our eyes, Lord This 70s worship song would make a suitable reflection after the sermon, or as a short gradual hymn. “Songs of the Kingdom” #185. Syrupy singalong video.

See also the “Amazing Grace” video & “Eat this bread and never hunger” & “Praise the One who breaks the darkness”  from Lent 3 below

 

19 March 2017: Lent 3 “Worship in Spirit and in truth”

Featured:

I have no bucket and the well is deep Chris Harris has just found this hymn from Brian Wren. It’s really profound writing. You can click the pdf link for a new tune, but you can also sing this to THE OLD 124th which may not be well known. However, if you’re willing to repeat the last line, you can sing this to a 10.10.10.10.10.10 tune, including UNDE ET MEMORES aka “And now O Father, mindful…” which is a good match to the mood.

Come and believe it! See what God is doing [CHRISTE SANCTORUM] If your congregation knows this tune, this would make an excellent opening hymn today.

Singing Psalm 95 (Venite)

Come sing praises to the Lord above  OR Come sing praises to the One above (inclusive language version) [CALYPSO CAROL] A good opportunity to use the lively “Calypso Carol” tune other than at Christmas! TiS #53 Tune: SG #361, HFTC #91

Let us sing to the God of salvation [SING HOSANNA aka “Give me oil…”]

Come with all joy to sing to God [FULDA aka “We have a gospel to proclaim”] You may wish to select from the 7 verses!

Come sing with joy to God [DARWALL aka “You holy angels bright”]

I (we) sing the mighty power of God [ELLACOMBE] TiS #119 I think Natalie Sims is right to suggest ELLACOMBE for the tune here. This version of the text is good, but verse two might be adapted to be more inclusive, e.g. 

We sing the goodness of the One
who filled the earth with food;
and formed the creatures through the Word
and then pronounced them good.
O, how your wonders are displayed,
where’er we turn our eyes,
if we survey the ground we tread
or gaze upon the skies.

This would make a good opening or gradual hymn

Other hymns and songs for today

God! when human bonds are broken [CROSS OF JESUS] TiS #683

Amazing grace Click the “full text” tab

Amazing grace / My chains are gone Stunningly good, upbeat a cappella version. You could play/show this as an Introit

Draw near and take the body of the Lord [SURSUM CORDA] Sombre communion hymn for Lent. Pairs of verses fit a 10.10.10.10 tune. You could (at a push) sing this to EVENTIDE aka “Abide with me”

To Christ who once this supper made [WAREHAM or other 88.88 tune] Another Lenten communion hymn from Christopher Idle

My Lord of light, who made the worlds [BARBARA ALLEN] A confessional hymn from Christopher Idle – suitable for the gradual, although not inclusive God-language

Eat this bread and never hunger Dan Damon’s hymn is so easy to learn and a gift to the repertoire. Click the pdf link for the music

Praise the One who breaks the darkness [NETTLETON]  A strong hymn from Rusty Edwards. 87.87D tune. 

O God beyond all praising [THAXTED aka “I vow to thee…”] A very grand hymn to open worship with

I heard the voice of Jesus say [KINGSFOLDClassic hymn in many books

As the deer pants for the water  [NYSTROM] CoCs #148, TiS #703, “Songs of the nations” #460. Uplifting singalong version (modern lyrics) – stop at end of song.

O God you search me Bernadette Farrell’s popular song. Words here. Sample sheet music, available for purchase from OCP.

 

12 March 2017: Lent 2 “Abraham’s faith, Nicodemus’ questions”

Consider material from last week and Ash Wednesday. “Love will be our Lenten calling”; “Jesus you have called us”, & “In what strange land?” are all appropriate

Singing Psalm 121 (Instead of reciting it)

I to the hills will lift my eyes [FRENCH or other 86.86D] TiS #76

Lifting my eyes up to the hills [FECUNDITY or HORSLEY or other 86.86D] TiS #77

O God our help in ages past  [ST. ANNE] Linked text is an inclusive version. Music.

He will not let you fall Another catchy modern psalm (121) from the Maranatha singers. The congregation could sing along with the very simple refrain.

The words and simple chords are on this page, click “SHOW MORE”.

God’s call to Abraham:

God it was who said to Abraham [LEWIS FOLK MELODY aka GAELIC AIR (TiS #477) aka GAELIC TRADITIONAL MELODY (FFS #10(i) Excellent hymn recounting stories of God’s call. An alternative hymn to this tune is Jesus calls us here to meet him (TiS #477) which is also very apt as an opening hymn today. (87.87D). Also on p3 of this publication. In FFS (10i) The text is  “Come and find the quiet centre” which could also be apt in Lent. 

The living God be praised (The God of Abraham praise) [LEONIThanks to Natalie Sims for pointing to this revised, inclusive text. If you are sensitive to using YHWH in song, you could substitute “Creator” for “Jehovah”. Click the “full text” tab for the words. This could be an opening or closing hymn. 

to-abraham-and-sarah [THORNBURY, or MORNING LIGHT aka “Stand up, stand up for Jesus” or other 76.76D tune] Good (gradual) hymn from Judith Fetter, who gives permission for her hymn to be reproduced for worship. Text also on this page, scroll right down.

God’s call to everyone:

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).

Christ has changed the world’s direction [MICHAEL aka “All my hope…”]  Stirring hymn from Shirley Murray to a stirring tune. The first 4 verses may be enough. CoCs #356, HiOS #15 (new tune)I must confess I balk at “internet” (v.5) and imagine singing “Christ who teaches us to care”.

Let your heart be broken [AU CLAIR DE LA LUNEVery worthwhile call to live out the Gospel.  To make the text inclusive alter “mankind” to “the world” (as CoCS does, #353) and the last line to “God gives the gift of grace”. Music also in FFS #34. The linked music has guitar chords in G.

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 the Lord of sea and sky [HERE  I AM LORD] CoCs #640, TiS #658, SG #633. This singalong video is in the contemporary worship style. Watch out for the bridge which is not part of the original song. This video version is in a folk style (no lyrics)

Addition selections:

Give thanks with a grateful heart [GIVE THANKS] TiS #717, SG #108, CoCs #134

Guide me O my great redeemer [CWM RHONDDA]  Link has inclusive, contemporary text. In the music link the text is “Guide me ever, great Redeemer” which I rather like. 

Where the road runs out [COLUMBUS] AA #156. Words on this page

One more step along the world I go Words on this page. Click the pdf symbol for the music.

Now to your table spread [LOVE UNKNOWN] AA #100 A good choice for communion today

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.

Christ let us come with you [WROSLYN ROAD] AA #17 (Murray/Gibson) Words are on this page. Click the pdf link for Colin’s tune. Good Lenten communion/offertory hymn. 

 

5 March 2017: Lent 1 “Temptation in the wilderness”

If you want more choices, consider the material below from Ash Wednesday, e.g. “Jesus you have called us”

Featured hymns and songs for today:

In what strange land will I sing your song  [MYSTERIUM] Haunting song from Shirley Murray and Colin Gibson which could be learned/used throughout Lent. Tune reminiscent of the theme from “Exodus” and is easy to learn. “You test my faith in a different sphere, O God, my God”. HioS #77 Keyboard score with words.

When we are tested [SLANE aka “Be thou my vision”] This is a really good reflection on the text from Ruth Duck. Words here. Suitable for the Gradual. CoCs #453 (different tune). 

Jesus, tempted in the desert [EBENEZER, aka “O the deep deep love of Jesus”] or other 87.87D tune e.g. BEACH SPRING or RUSTINGTON. Scroll down on this page for the words. Thanks to Natalie Sims for pointing to this hymn, which is a paraphrase of the narrative. 

Other hymns and songs related to the readings:

Love will be our Lenten calling [PICARDY aka “Let all mortal flesh…”] TiS #684 Superb hymn from Elizabeth J. Smith. Scroll down on this page for the words. Use anytime in Lent. Could be a concluding hymn. 

God marked a line and told the sea An unusual didactic hymn from Thomas Troeger that references Genesis. 88.88 (LM) tune, such as WAREHAM or ANGELUS.

Touch the earth lightly [TENDERNESS] AA #143, TiS #668, CoCs #137 (different tune). This hymn about the stewardship of creation (Murray/Gibson) also works well sung to BUNESSAN aka “Morning has broken”. Offertory or gradual hymn.

First set your mind on the reign of our God Adaptation of “Seek ye first”, inclusive words. TiS #745, WoV #635, CoCs #599. The “refrain” of alleluias after each verse makes this song very tedious – better to use it as a descant to the third verse. 

Forty days and forty nights [HEINLEIN] Perhaps the quintessential hymn for today. This version of the words avoids archaisms (“thou wast”) and progressive types may wish to sing “If temptations on us press…” in verse 3.

Amazing grace [ENGLISH TUNE, as it is sometimes called] Click the “full text” tab for this most familiar (Judy Collins) version – verse 3 is often omitted. 

 

What a friend we have in Jesus [CONVERSE] I suggest following HFTC substituting “burdened” for “cumbered”, “will” for “wilt” and “Blessed” for “Precious”.

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

Christ be my leader [SLANE] A good gradual hymn from Timothy Dudley-Smith. 

God come now to explore my heart [MYLOR] Excellent reflective hymn from Marnie Barrell, which can also be sung to KINGSFOLD aka “I heard the voice of Jesus say”. HiOS #38

When at this table [AHIMILECH] Perfect communion hymn for Lent. HiOS #148. Link has a different tune to the NZ one. 

God within our deepest thought Another interesting text from Shirley Murray, which you could sing to DIX aka “As with gladness…”

 

1 March 2017: Ash Wednesday

Featured songs for Ash Wednesday:

Sign us with ashes (Merciful God) Lovely song for today by Mary Louise Bringle & Tony Alonso. You could just sing the refrain between sections of the intercessions, for example. Melody line and words.

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

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

Jesus, you have called us Simple and plaintive song of personal commitment from Joel Payne (ResoundWorship). Free lead sheet if you register (for free), and you can listen to the recording (paid resources also available)

Come back to me (Hosea) Simple and moving song by Gregory Norbet. Singalong video. Words and melody line. Chord chart for Capo 3rd fret (easy in D).

Create in us a clean heart O God Verses from Psalm 51 in a beautiful setting by Digby Hannah. TiS #712 or “As One Voice” Volume 2 #21. Thanks to Natalie Sims for suggesting this one. 

Forgive us when our deeds ignore A pointed hymn very apt for today. MELCOMBE or  MARYTON or other straightforward 88.88 tune will suit.

Other hymns and songs suitable for Ash Wednesday & Lent:

As the deer pants for the water [NYSTROM] CoCs #148, TiS #703, “Songs of the nations” #460

Be thou my vision [SLANE] In every hymnbook! Here’s a version with inclusive words.

Give thanks with a grateful heart [GIVE THANKS] TiS #717, SG #108, CoCs #134

God forgave my sin [FREELY, FREELY] CoCs #627, HFTC #s.12

Jesus Christ, son of God (TiS #729) Very simple cantored (echo) Kyrie from the Iona Community

Put peace into each other’s hands [ST COLUMBA] This revised version of the published text is superior to the original – possibly the author’s own revision

Have mercy on us, Living Lord (or “God”) TiS #31 86.86 metre – could be sung to HORSLEY aka “There is a green hill…” 

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

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

Christ is our peace (AA #16)

He came singing love (AA #59)

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

Tama ngakau marie (AA # 128)

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

Now unto him (AA #102) Suitable for closing

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

God of the galaxies (AA #54)

From Faith “Forever Singing”:

Come and find the quiet centre A good choice for opening Ash Wednesday worship. (FFS #10 (i)

E Te Ariki (Lord have mercy) (FFS #13) A cantored (echo) Kyrie.

 

26 February 2017: 8 in Ordinary Time: “I have stilled and quieted my soul”

Featured: Stilled and quieted my soul (Ps. 131) Surely one of the outstanding contemporary (1980s!) psalm interpretations from the Maranatha Singers. This beautiful recording could be played before the service as a scene-setter, or during Communion.

How deep the silence of the soul [TALLIS’ THIRD TUNE / THIRD MODE MELODY] Superb hymn by Sylvia Dunstan, ideal if you have a choir or soloist to sing it during Communion. CoCs #165. Music. Demo of the tune (different words).

Other hymns and songs for today:

Come and find the quiet centre [GAELIC TRADITIONAL MELODY] Shirley Murray’s hymn about making space for silence. FFS 10(i). Can also be sung to BEACH SPRING (87.87.D)

In the singing, in the silence [BREAD OF PEACE] Lovely communion hymn from Shirley Murray and Carlton Young. Scroll down for the music. FFS #38, CoCs #519

To you, O God all creatures sing (“All creatures of our God and king”) [LASST UNS ERFRUEN] Sr. Miriam Therese Winter provided the adaptation to the words to make them more inclusive. You can sing (as in some other versions) “Sing your praises, alleluia”. “To you O God all creatures sing, and all creation, everything…”.  OR…

All creatures, worship God most high This is a creative and attractive alternative version to the above. At the end you could sing “Praise to the Trinity be done, by all creation, everyone… (or, “by every daughter, every son”) if you want completely inclusive language. Here is the text.

Joyful, joyful we adore you [HYMN (ODE) TO JOY aka Beethoven’s 9th] Great hymn of praise. Words & music on this page (Click the “full text” tab) TiS #152 Omits verse 4. CoCs #99 (Traditional text)

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.

Let all creation dance [DARWALL] Brian Wren’s jubilant hymn. TiS #187 or you can find the words here.

O God of earth and space [LEONI] A useful hymn by Jane Parker Huber. Words – you need to scroll down.

When pain and terror strike by chance [KINGSFOLD aka “I heard the voice of Jesus…”] A challenging text by Brian Wren, also useful anytime in Lent. TiS #262. Words on this page.

My soul is at rest in you O God Beautiful, simple meditation by Australian writer Trisha Watts. Only available in “As One Voice volume 2(#49). Sample audio.

Morning has broken [BUNESSAN] Words and music, found in most hymnals

Our life has its seasons Shirley Murray and Colin Gibson’s lively song. Words. Music (scroll down). AA #113

How much am I worth? Colin Gibson’s song is great with kids. Easy guitar chords. HioS #63

Be still and know that I am God The well-known simple song. Text is available in the NZ Prayerbook /HKMOA p. 177 (scroll down several pages) 

Ma te marie [OLD 100TH] Also on the above page, lovely closing benediction. WoV #679 also has a translation (not for singing): “The peace of God keep us all, who will confirm our hearts in goodness./ May the Son of God and the Holy Spirit too, one God bless us all.”

Be still for the presence of the Lord Sing Glory #7 Words on this page. Guitar chords & words. Singalong video with lyrics:

Several of these suggestions come originally from Natalie Sims’ comprehensive list.

 

19 February 2017: 7 in Ordinary Time: “Love your neighbour”

You could sing “Speak O Lord” or “When at this table” from last week if you didn’t utilise them (or even if you did)!

Lord you hear the cry (Lord have mercy) Contemporary gospel song, singalong video:

Gentle God when we are driven AA 44 Shirley Murray/Jillian Bray – a hymn about the strength to forgive

Christ is made the sure foundation [WESTMINSTER ABBEY or REGENT SQUARE]

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

The (A) new commandment …”by this all people will know you’re my disciples, if you have love one for another” . SiS #12 (non-inclusive words)

Brother, sister, let me serve you [THE SERVANT SONG] AA #8, CoCs #550

Come down, O love divine [DOWN AMPNEY]

O Christ (thou) who came from realms above [HEREFORDThe linked words are a more contemporary version of the Charles Wesley text.

Kneels at the feet of his friends (Yesu, Yesu)  [CHEREPONI]Link is to the sheet music. For the words, select full text.

God of freedom, God of justice [PICARDY aka Let all mortal flesh…] AA #50 Words

Spirit of Jesus, if I love my neighbour [O PERFECT LOVE] Words by Brian Wren

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

O Christ the great foundation [AURELIA aka “The Church’s one foundation”] You could perhaps omit v4 if it seems rather long. 

We are many, we are one Words and music, which can be reproduced with acknowledgment. Lively hymn of unity from Colin Gibson FFS #67

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

God of the Bible, God in the gospel Words by Shirley Murray. Music is in Faith Forever Singing

Your words to me are life and health [ABRIDGE] There are dozens of 86.86 tunes you could use – I like ABRIDGE aka “Be Thou my guardian and my guide”. Good Gradual.

When I needed a neighbour were you there? I think no justice is done to this song if it is played too fast. Meditative works much better! Music.

Who is my mother, who is my brother? [BRONWEN] AA #158 Shirley Murray’s hymn about inclusion, with my tune. 

Thanks to Chris and Natalie for many of these suggestions.

 

12 February 2017: 6 in Ordinary Time: “Choose life!”

Note: John Greenleaf Whittier wrote one of the most well-known hymns, “Dear Lord and Father of mankind” which has become problematic for its exclusive and antiquated language. On this site when that hymn has been suggested (see 22 January 2017 below) the version “Dear God embracing humankind” has been offered for consideration. The writer truly points up the problem of exclusive language with his otherwise helpful text “O brother man fold to thy heart thy brother”. The version chosen (and provided) here is “Children of God, reach out to one another” and is commended for your evaluation if you want a fairly traditional selection.

Featured:

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

Praise to the living God Inclusive language version of an ancient Jewish hymn sung to a synagogue melody LEONI which is easy to learn if your congregation doesn’t know it. TiS #102 (but this version has masculine God language). CoCs (#8) has a different hymn by a similar name but sung to DIADEMATA (“aka Crown him with many crowns”)

Let us build a house (All are welcome) YouTube with words and performance of Marty Haugen’s hymn of inclusion. He also wrote “Gather Us In”. You could play this for a meditation. CoCs #276. Accompaniment can be purchased here. Full words on this pdf and also on this page, with performance examples. Melody line. Music can be purchased from GIA Publications: sample score

Other hymns and songs for today’s readings:

Children of God reach out to one another [O PERFECT LOVEsee note above

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. Note that this was suggested for Candlemas also. 

This is a day of new beginnings [BEGINNINGS] A fine hymn by Brian Wren and Carlton R. Young, easy to learn. Good communion hymn when you use the alternate last verse: “In faith we’ll gather round the table to taste and share what love can do…” CoCs #495, TiS #653, words on this page, click the pdf link for the music. This hymn was also suggested for 29 January.

For the fruits of all creation [AR HYD Y NOS aka “All through the night”] Good offertory hymn for today. Sheet music. CoCs #132, TiS #168 (SG #99, but exclusive language)

Healing river of the Spirit Words by Ruth Duck which can be sung to BEACH SPRING or other meditative 87.87D tune such as SCARLET RIBBONS. Could be a Gradual hymn or perhaps during communion. 

When at this table Very apt communion hymn from Colin Gibson & Shirley Murray with a haunting melody [AHIMILECH] HIOS #148. Definitely worth adding to your Communion repertoire

With gifts that differ by your grace Another apt Ruth Duck hymn. Words on this page, scroll right down. KINGSFOLD would be an excellent tune, or perhaps ELLACOMBE

Every day Shirley Murray & Colin Gibson’s hymn of self-offering. A lively conclusion! AA #36, or you can find it on this page. Click the pdf symbol for two tunes, the first is Colin’s [LYNNEFRITH]

Help us accept each other WOLVERCOTE is a good rousing tune for this hymn by Fred Kaan. TiS #648 (different tune). Or you could plod your way through AURELIA.

Lord we hear your word with gladness A fairly traditional style hymn but good words which can be sung to BLAENWERN or NETTLETON

God of the Bible, God in the gospel Another lively song, easy to learn, from Shirley Murray and Colin Gibson. FFS #25. Words on this page. There is a different tune to Colin’s linked, but I respectfully suggest that Colin’s [HYDE PARK] is better. 

We lay our broken world [FRANCONIAEach verse of this hymn could be used to frame the Intercessions today

Love the Lord your God with all your heart If you know this children’s round it can be done with a nice 50s swing, not too fast. There are examples on YouTube. Of course you’ll want to sing “humankind” instead of “of mankind” (..”and humankind” in v2). Words and chords here. Origin unknown. Chris Harris suggests this Aussie version (but it’s pitched too low) – there’s a big range in this melody so chords in G major work. (G / Em / C / D repeating). That’s all, folks.

 

5 February 2017: 5 in Ordinary Time, Waitangi Day (February 6)

Some ideas for celebrating Te Tiriti o Waitangi:

God of nations, at thy feet First verse sung in Maori and English as in AA #51, or up to 4 verses in With One Voice #677

Tama ngakau marie AA #128, With One Voice #633 With translation

These hills where the hawk flies lonely FFS #63 Or words and music on this page, with permission to use with acknowledgment. Could be an opening hymn.

Ma te marie a te Atua Simple blessing in Te Reo. Words on this page, scroll down to p.177 #7, or p.177 in A New Zealand Prayer Book / He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa. Tune: OLD HUNDREDTH (aka “Praise God from whom all blessings flow”) Also in “With One Voice” #679, including translation

E te Ariki, whakarongo mai Lovely song of invocation from Wi-Patena Te Pairi, very easy to learn, simple guitar chords. HiOS #23

Blow through the valleys Lively song of justice and partnership from Bill Bennett, FFS #6

E te Ariki (Lord, have mercy) Simple setting of the Kyries in Te Reo, call and response style. FFS #13

We are many, we are one Colin Gibson’s lively song of unity and inclusion FFS #67, or on this page with permission to use with acknowledgment. Good closing song.

The bread is blessed Something which may be new to your congregation, which could be used for the Offertory today. Lovely words and jazz chords from Colin Gibson, with a chant-style refrain. Easy. HiOS #131

This is my song, O God of all the nations [FINLANDIA] A grand tune for a hymn acknowledging everyone’s love of their own homeland. The text on this page can easily be modernized to suit, and you could choose to sing “vine” instead of “pine”, for example. Good closing hymn.

There are also a number of short “Alleluias” for Aotearoa. Mine is AA #131, the others are listed in the Index

Songs and hymns for the theme of “Salt and Light”:

Gather us in (Here in this place) Example performance with words. Lyrics and chords. TiS #474, CoCs #72, SG #4

Christ be our light (Longing for light) Guitar chords. Lyrics on this video page. Singalong video.

Look around you (Kyrie Eleison) I can only find the music in “Praying in Song” but I think it is in “Servant Songs (a NZ resource)” too. Words on this page, with demo. Guitar chords. Conference recording led by Josh Jones.

You are salt for the earth O people (Bring forth the Kingdom) I only have this one in “As One Voice” Volume 2 #4. This video could be sung along with if you have the words.

The kingdom of God is justice and joy [HANOVER] Words with the tune LAUDATE DOMINUM on this page.

As a fire is meant for burning Pertinent hymn from Ruth Duck. The suggested tune is BEACH SPRING but SCARLET RIBBONS or other reflective 87.87D tune would work.

Let me turn your light on Fun kids song from Colin Gibson, super easy. HiOS #86

I want to walk as a child of the light Words are on this pageTiS #643

We are marching (walking) in the light of God [SIYAHAMBA] TiS #666, CoCs #95. Music and words on this page. Click the next page number for the rest. Additional verses can be: “We are living in the love of God”, “We are moving in the power of God”

I the Lord of sea and sky (Here I am Lord) CoCs #640, TiS #658, SG #633. This singalong video is in the contemporary worship style. Watch out for the bridge which is not part of the original song. This video version is in a folk style (no lyrics)

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

From this holy time, from this sacred space Marnie Barrell’s excellent words are perfectly suited to the closing (recessional) hymn, and easily sung to LAUDATE DOMINUM. HiOS #31

 

29 January 2017: Candlemas (The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple)

Featured:

Welcome Jesus, you are welcome [SWEETWATER] A beautiful, reflective hymn by Daniel Charles Damon. The tune is very easy to pick up; the accompaniment has gorgeous jazz chords. Scroll down this page for the words. You could use a known 87.87 tune, but the effect won’t be the same.

Like a child [LIKE A CHILD] Another of Dan’s lovely hymns, suitable as a Gradual, or during Communion, perhaps. keyboard score and chords on this page, click the full-text link for the words.  

Other hymns and songs for Candlemas:

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

Lord bid your servant go in peace A slightly longer Nunc Dimittis. TiS #324. You could use many 86.86 tunes such as ST ANNE (aka “O God our help”). Words are on this YouTube page, click on SHOW MORE.

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

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

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

Born in the night, Mary’s child TiS #323 Poignant 60s carol suitable for the Gospel reading. Keyboard score on this page, click the Full Text tab for the words.

Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us [LIVING LORD] HFTC #417, TiS #526 Words and suitable guitar chords on this page. Slide presentation of the words.

Star-child, earth child CoC #40(ii)  also found on the CD. Keyboard score on this page, click the Full Text link for the words.

Praise to God, whose Holy Spirit CoC #36, suggest you sing this Marnie Barrell (NZ) hymn to ABBOT’S LEIGH. This would make a suitable offertory hymn. Words on this page.

All who would see God’s greatness [OBEISANCE or ASHBURTON] Another of Marnie’s fine texts. Words and other details on this page. (Thanks to Jillian Bray for the lovely alternative arrangement for my tune). CoC #4, two tunes.

Peace Child CoC #35  also on the CD. Words on this page. Click the pdf link for two different tunes. Dan Damon has written an attractive jazz-waltz style tune.

Where the road runs out AA #156. Words also on this page.

Jesus, name above all names Songs of the Kingdom #21. Two verses of the lyrics on this page.

Faith has set us on a journey FFS #14. A hymn by Shirley Murray which can also be sung to an 87.87D tune. Words on this page.

Come join in Mary’s prophet song [FLIGHT OF THE EARLS or other 86.86D] Only available in “Community of Christ Sings” (COCs) #308

Go now in peace (A simple round) TiS #782

God speed you on your way [STAFFORD] An attractive and  easy song to conclude the service, Words by Shirley Murray and music by Shona Murray. FFS #29

 

22 January 2017: Third Sunday in Epiphany “Follow me”

Consider other Epiphany seasonal hymns and songs such as “Will you come and follow me” from last week. If you want more traditional selections, try Jeff Shrowder‘s site – scroll down. 

Featured:

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.

You walk along our shoreline Very apt hymn by the late Sylvia Dunstan, can be sung to  WOLVERCOTE or MORNING LIGHT (aka Stand up, stand up for Jesus). Words here.

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. Another good hymn for today which uses the same tune or other 87.87D is Praise the one who breaks the darkness by Rusty Edwards.

Other hymns and songs for today:

Safe in your hands O God [ST CLEMENT aka “The day thou gavest”] Inclusive language version of a hymn “Safe in the hands of God [SG #653]” by Michael Perry

Dear God embracing humankind [REPTON] The well-known “Dear Lord and father of mankind” in an inclusive version. Choose the “full text” tab for the words.

Help us accept each other [AURELIA or WOLVERCOTE] Hymn by Fred Kaan, relevant to the Epistle.

Gather us in (Here in this place) Marty Haugen’s lively gathering song. Performance with lyrics. TiS #474, CoCs #72, SG #4

We are many, we are one [HAMILTON] FFS #67. Colin Gibson’s lively song of unity. A good choice for the Recessional. Link provides words and music (without the intro) and permission is granted for use (with acknowledgement) in worship.

Christ let us come with you Suitable for Communion today. Link is to the keyboard score, click the “full text” tab for lyrics. Also in AA #17

I have decided to follow Jesus This Indian song works best not as a bouncy ditty, but as a slow-rock meditation, which would be suitable as a response to Communion, or in the Gradual slot. Here is my lead sheet  (words and chords) for a jazz-type arrangement.

Holy presence, holy teacher [BEACH SPRING or other 87.87D tune] Hymn about learning and growing in faith by Shirley Murray

We are one in the bond of love Scripture in Song “Songs of Praise” #134 Schmaltzy demo.

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.

I the Lord of sea and sky (Here I am Lord) CoCs #640, TiS #658, SG #633. Lyrics in full.

Attractive folk version just with guitar – images, no lyrics, but you could certainly sing along with it:

Contemporary worship-style singalong video at YouTube (not all verses):

Some material on this list was suggested by Natalie & Chris. Thanks to them.

15 January 2017: Second Sunday in Epiphany “The Lamb of God”

Some of the material from last week is also appropriate general Epiphany hymnody

Featured:

The Word of God fleshed out. Groovy little song for Epiphany, would be easy to pick up from this singalong video from Worldmaking.net

Let me be your light This lovely little song by Christopher Grundy would make an attractive Introit to listen to. Worth the process of getting the free sheet music, too. 

Many other possibilities, thanks to Chris and Natalie, mostly:

O God you search me and you know me Bernadette Farrell’s popular song. Words here. Sample sheet music, available for purchase from OCP.

Solo version:

Singalong version:

I waited patiently for God [86.86 metre, such as WILTSHIRE or ST. COLUMBA] Iona Community. Would make a good Gradual choice.

All my hope on God is founded [MICHAEL] Inclusive language version of the text

God whose giving knows no ending [BLAENWERN] You could change “kindred” to “neighbour” or similar.

Lord of the dance (I danced in the morning) The Sydney Carter classic. Full resources on the linked page if you register.

Will you come and follow me (The Summons) Linked page is to a 4-verse version with accompaniment, you need to click p380 for the rest of it. 

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

There is a redeemer and on the following page. Melody Green’s worship song.

Who sweeps the stable? (Murray/Gibson) is a delightful song about discipleship, with a very singable tune. Would suit a soloist or small group to lead a couple of verses, with the congregation joining in later. HioS [Hope Is Our Song] #154(i). Colin’s tune has easy guitar chords.

All heaven declares Worship song, very suitable to conclude Communion. Words here. Singalong video,  but unlike “Sing Glory” #420, not inclusive language (“man” to “us”):

From heaven you came [SERVANT KING] Graham Kendrick’s song. TiS #256, SG#632. Accompaniment track with intro (very good quality) and words.

Christ let us come with you [WROSLYN ROAD] AA #17. Good for the Offertory today. Sheet music. Words on this page.

You servants of God, your Saviour proclaim [HANOVER or LAUDATE DOMINUM] At this link you can tick “Classifications” to remove archaic language and non-inclusive language, but note that the first word should be “You”, not “Your”.

Kneels at the feet of his friends (Yesu, Yesu)  [CHEREPONI] . Link is to the sheet music. For the words, select full text.

The Lord is my light (Taize) TiS #747

God of grace and God of glory [CWM RHONDDA]  Good words fortunately available in a more modern version. Although I would also change Lo! (Who says “Lo!”? for heaven’s sake?) to “See”.

Christ is the world’s true light [NUN DANKET] Hard to find modern text is in a pdf here. But I would certainly change “Where’er we own his sway” to “By all who choose the Way”, “thee’ to “you” and “travailed” to “laboured”. HTFC #323 is a good version, too.

It’s also a good day to choose an Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) that your congregation knows. Otherwise you could play one such as the beautiful Barber “Adagio”, which could be background music for the administration of communion:

Or, if you’d like something short and modern from the “New Zealand Prayer Book” to listen to here are my contributions to the kit which introduced that book in 1989.

Jesus, Lamb of God (Render)

Agnus Dei [English] (Render)

Music available from me. 

 

8 January 2017: Epiphany

See below for selections relating to “The Baptism of the Lord”

3 recent hymn texts to traditional tunes:

Wise men of old came seeking, searching [BERGERS] Lovely French carol tune, contemporary words.

The wise may bring their learning [NOEL aka “It came upon the midnight clear”] Author unknown, so copyright-free.

Sing of God made manifest  [ST. GEORGE’S WINDSOR, or ABERYSTWYTH] A hymn by Carl P. Daw, Jr, which can be used on any Sunday in Epiphany

The Little Drummer Boy: [Pentatonix version]

Come all poor and humble  (O deued pob cristion) [POVERTY CAROL] (link is to a word document for the lyrics)

Angels from the realms of glory [IRIS (aka GLORIA) or REGENT SQUARE]

As with gladness men of old [DIX] Good version of the words

Let all mortal flesh keep silence [PICARDY]

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

Shepherds came, their praises bringing (HFTC #74) [QUEM PASTORES LAUDAVERE] Suitable for a Gradual or Gospel Acclamation OR to the same tune:

Light of gladness, Lord of glory [QUEM PASTORES LAUDAVERE] (but for morning worship you will need to change v2 to “Let us sing at sun’s ascending as we see the light of morning”

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

What child is this?  [GREENSLEEVES] A useful version by Michael Perry.

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

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

From Aotearoa:

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

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

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

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

The Baptism of Jesus

Hymn lyric of the week:

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

Songs and hymns for the OT reading:

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

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

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

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

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

Songs and hymns for the Acts reading:

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

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

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

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

Wairua Tapu, Wairua Tapu, tomo mai.

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

Revealing the power of mercy and grace,

you are welcome in this place.

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

Come down, O Love divine [DOWN AMPNEY]

Join hands in the Spirit AA #82

Songs and hymns for the Gospel reading:

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

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

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

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

 

1 January 2017: 2nd Sunday of Christmas OR The naming of Jesus

It’s still Christmas! So why not sing a carol or two that you haven’t used yet. Carols about the shepherds’ visit are apt. The Gospel reading for Christmas 2 is the more sombre “Flight into Egypt” & “Slaughter of the Innocents”. See below (Christmas) for a selection of carols during the  day and also Carols for a NZ Christmas.

Featured:

A voice was heard in Ramah [PASSION CHORALE aka “O Sacred head now wounded”] A most appropriate hymn from Carolyn Winfrey Gillette.

In Bethlehem a baby boy [PUER NOBIS NASCITUR or O WALY WALY or (at a push) ROCKINGHAM Very apt hymn by Rosamund Herklots about the slaughter of the innocents. Words. (You could use a different LM (88.88) tune, but it needs to be a good match to the tone of the words.)

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

If you haven’t much time to do selecting for today, here is a sample order:

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

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

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

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

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

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

And here are a few more suggestions:

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

Emmanuel (Songs of the Kingdom #33)

Come Christmas child (A carol for Advent) Striking words from Shirley Murray. If you don’t have time to learn the new tune you could sing this to “Great is thy faithfulness”.

Jesus entered Egypt [AU CLAIR DE LA LUNE] Short, challenging hymn by Adam Tice, suitable for the Gradual. Scroll down to 28 November on this Facebook page for the words.

Fairest Lord Jesus [ST ELISABETH] (TiS #203) And in this inclusive language version.

Thanks to Natalie for 2 of the featured hymns.

 

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

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

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

At night (traditional selections first):

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

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

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

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

Infant holy, infant lowly [INFANT HOLY]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Magnificat now (Christmas comes close) Perhaps one of Shirley Murray’s finest recent texts, unflinching in style as always. Attractive and simple tune by Jim Strathdee. Words on this page. (Could be used in the daytime as well).

Like a candle flame (The Candle Song) Lovely song from Graham Kendrick. There is a full-length YouTube clip (just the music and choir) on Graham’s site. Click the sheet music link for a pdf.  You could listen to this during communion, but it’s not hard to learn. Here’s a lovely singalong videoSG #370

On Christmas Day:

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

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

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

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

Lord you were rich beyond all splendour [BERGERS aka “Whence is that goodly fragrance”] HFTC #63 or from Jubilate and you can get a pdf of the sheet music by clicking on “piano score“. French traditional carol: unfortunately neglected Advent/Christmas hymn HTFC #63. Sing Glory #356. Words. (You could begin “Riches were yours beyond all splendour, yet for love’s sake you came so poor”)

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

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

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

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

Especially with children and young people:

The stars danced CoC #43

Away in a manger [CRADLE SONG]

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scroll down the list for all the different resource options available

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

Carol our Christmas CoC #7 Daytime

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Advent 4A Emmanuel prophesied

Material from last week’s selection below is apt for today and is not repeated here.

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

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

No wind at the window COLUMCILLE TiS  #287 A lovely Irish traditional tune and another clever, pointed lyric from John Bell. Nice folky performance in this YouTube clip. Here’s the sheet music and an audio demo.  If you want to use this text but don’t have time to learn the tune you could (maybe) sing this to CRADLE SONG aka “Away in a manger”, or STOWEY aka “How far is it to Bethlehem” but the American tune MUELLER for “Away in a manger” would be very easy to sing. Note: The last lines of v1 don’t really scan when sung to an alternative tune. It would be easier to sing, e.g. “An angel, a woman, a voice in her ear.”

From heaven you came (The Servant King) SG #632

Angels from the realms of glory. Check out this mind-boggling 1000-voice rendition!

Emmanuel, Emmanuel This 70s worship song would make a very appropriate Gospel acclamation, sung, say, before (or after) the sermon. “Songs of the Kingdom” #33

Joseph, son  of an ancient king Lovely atmospheric song, very easy to learn, can be used after Christmas day too. Words here. Click on the page’s pdf logo for the sheet music. CoCs #443

Like a child (Jesus comes) Another lovely, simple carol from Dan Damon. CoCs #403 Click on the page’s pdf logo for the sheet music.

Peace Child CoC #35 Words for peace from Shirley Murray, lovely tune from Colin Gibson.

For Communion: In the singing, in the silence [BREAD OF PEACE] FFS #38, CoCs #519.  Click on the page’s pdf logo for the sheet music.

AND/OR

Now to your table spread [LOVE UNKNOWN] AA #100: two texts by Shirley Murray

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

Thanks to Chris for the edits.

 

Advent 3A “Gaudete /Rejoicing Sunday”

Some congregations use a pink candle (and sometimes vestments) in their Advent wreath on this day as a change in mood from the penitential. Some of last week’s selections are apt for today’s readings (especially from Isaiah) as well. Featured items this week focus on Mary & The Magnificat.

Featured:

Last year we included the stunning version of “Mary did you know?” by Pentatonix. This year there is a new version by Voctave which might well have the congregation weeping into their bulletins:

The lyrics are here.

Holy is your name (My soul is filled with joy) Lovely paraphrase of the Magnificat by David Haas, set to the tune WILD MOUNTAIN THYME. I’ve tracked down the words and music on this page and the next one (click for p. 1021 at top right)

Canticle of the turning (My soul cries out) Very popular Magnificat set to the lively Irish folk tune STAR OF THE COUNTY DOWN (CoCs #404). Natalie Sims says it’s her favourite Magnificat and I’m inclined to agree! The congregation could sing along to this quality performance. I’ve tracked down this words and music on this page and the next one (click for p. 79 at top right). There are melody line versions available there too. Super easy chords in Em. 

Magnificat now (Christmas comes close) Perhaps one of Shirley Murray’s finest recent texts, unflinching in style as always. Attractive and simple tune by Jim Strathdee. Words on this page.

Other hymns and songs for today:

For ages women hoped and prayed [NOEL (the English tune used with “It came upon the midnight clear”) also known as GERARD or EARDISLEY] . Words by Jane Parker Huber

The angel Gabriel from heaven came [GABRIEL’S MESSAGE] . Modernized words from Jubilate Hymns.  Download this accompaniment track

We wait for you, we long to see you come [EXPECTATION] AA #149 A good offertory hymn for today. 

All who would see God’s greatness [OBEISANCE or ASHBURTON] CoC #4 Also on the CD of “Carol our Christmas” as is:

You are born in us again [DUNSTAN] A lovely song for a summer Advent. CoC #52

Child of joy and peace A challenging carol from Shirley Murray, with my tune JENNIFER’S GIFT or the late Douglas Mews’ UTRECHT. CoC #9

Star-child, earth-Child [Tune by Carlton R. Young] CoC # 40(ii) and CoCs #420 Popular text from Shirley Murray.

Tell out my soul, the greatness of the Lord [WOODLANDS] Words and music, if you scroll down.

Lord you were rich beyond all splendour [BERGERS aka “Whence is that goodly fragrance”: unfortunately neglected Advent/Christmas hymn HTFC #63. Sing Glory #356. Words. (You could begin “Riches were yours beyond all splendour, yet for love’s sake you came so poor”)

Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us [LIVING LORD] Could be suitable for Holy Communion today. HFTC #417, Sing Glory #670 TiS #526. Words.

You shall go out with joy Scripture in Song #197 or #397 depending on which edition you have. 

 I’m indebted to the exhaustive work of Natalie Sims and to Chris Harris for his highly organized resources.

 

Advent 2A “The preaching of John the Baptist”

The Gloria is not usually used in Advent. Some of the selections for Advent 1 are also appropriate for today, especially the Advent Candle lighting. An eleventh-hour song for the candle-lighting by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette has been added. You could certainly sing this  on Advent 4 (omitting the last verse unless at night) or in its entirety on Christmas Day :

The candle of hope [HANOVER, aka “O worship the king, all glorious above…”]

Featured:

A child will lead the dawn of grace [MARYTON] Free to use with acknowledgment (see linked page). Useful addition to the Advent repertoire.

Hear the message we are now proclaiming Lively latin-American song, liberation theology. Linked page has words and melody line with chords

Come Christmas child (A carol for Advent) Striking words from Shirley Murray. If you don’t have time to learn the new tune you could sing this to “Great is thy faithfulness”.

Hymns and songs:

God is working his purpose out (or, possibly, God has a mission for the earth…) This hymn is otherwise inclusive in the Jubilate Hymns version but I’d do some work on v3.

How lovely on the mountains (Barlotti) Words and chords

When Jesus came to Jordan [WOLVERCOTE or THORNBURY or (if you’re desperate) AURELIA aka “The Church’s one foundation”] A traditional-style hymn from Fred Pratt Green

Look towards Christmas, Advent is here [CAMPANE] CoC #30(i) Lively, lovely carol from Shirley Murray and Jillian Bray. Words linked, for the music you will need a copy of “Carol our Christmas” from the NZ Hymnbook Trust, which is a most useful book all round. If you could transpose it down a tone it would be rather easier on lower voices!

Come now, Lord Jesus (Carol for Advent) [LALA MNTWANA] CoC #14(ii) and AA #23(ii). A charming traditional Zulu tune, easy.

Star-child, earth child Shirley Murray’s popular carol text with a lovely tune by Carlton R. Young. Music pdf link is on the lyrics page. Also CoC #40 (ii) and CoCs #420

Blessed be the God of Israel [KINGSFOLD] Paraphrase of the Song of Zechariah by Carl Daw.

Isaiah the prophet has written of old [SAMANTHRANot easy to find, this is a superb hymn about the Peaceable Reign. SAMANTHRA is a very beautiful early American tune, not hard to learn. Chords are easy in Em, contact me if you want them (ianrendz&ihugdotcodotnz – you’ll need to interpret that email address, it’s to avoid address harvesting by bots). This example version of the melody is a setting of the words “His voice as the sound of the dulcimer sweet”. Here’s a lovely take by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

O Day of Peace [JERUSALEM or YE BANKS AND BRAES] see Advent 1 below

Who would think that what was needed [SCARLET RIBBONS] Lovely simple carol  from Iona which can be used anytime in Advent or Christmas

The bright wind is blowing TiS #263 A modern hymn, easy to learn, which references the preaching of John. Linked music and text (scroll down) provide a passable printout.

Comfort, comfort all my people [DOROTHY] TiS #647 Lovely song of consolation from Robin Mann, you’ll need “Together in Song” (HarperCollins), or it is also found in “Let’s Sing It Again” for purchase on Robin’s site.

Down by the Jordan [LOBE DEN HERRN aka “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty…”] Carolyn graciously gives permission to use her hymns if you contact her by email.

An ancient story told [LEONI] Inclusive words, and music for another useful addition to the Advent repertoire “at this birth death lost its grip, a holy hour”.

When our God shall come to reign [TEMPUS ADEST FLORIDUM aka “Good King Wenceslas”

The peace of the earth be with you Lovely, simple blessing from Guatemala, published in “There is one among us” (Iona/Wild Goose). Linked page: click the small music icon – there are printable (.jpg) pages of the score.  

I am indebted to Natalie Sims for many of these suggestions as found on her blog LectionarySong. 

 

Advent 1A “Keep awake”

Music ideas for lighting the Advent Candles:

An eleventh-hour song for the candle-lighting by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette has been added. You could certainly sing this  on Advent 4 (omitting the last verse unless at night) or in its entirety on Christmas Day :

The candle of hope [HANOVER, aka “O worship the king, all glorious above…”

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

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

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

Featured:

Awake, awake and greet the new morn Lovely Advent (6/8) carol by Marty Haugen. Printable sheet music on this page and this additional page. Easy to learn. Could be sung as an Advent theme on more than one Sunday.

Come now O Prince of Peace Beautiful, simple and plaintive song from South Korea, really easy to learn. 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…”)

Hymns and songs:

Come O (thou) long expected Jesus [CROSS OF JESUS]

O day of peace that dimly shines [JERUSALEM] Carl Daw’s brilliant text fits the Isaiah reading today and subtly critiques the original poem (“And did those feet…”).

O Come, O come Emmanuel [VENI EMMANUEL]  A great and ancient hymn for this or another Advent Sunday. You may wish to select verses as 7 is a lot unless you are having a grand procession! I suggest you use a “regularized” version of the tune (e.g. HFTC #66, or this downloadable score) as this is easier for congregations to sing confidently. 

Come now where we least expect you [MICHAEL] Attractive Advent hymn by Marnie Barrell which can be sung to the tune familiar as “All my hope on God is founded”. “Carol our Christmas” #15

Great God your Spirit like the wind [YE BANKS AND BRAES or JERUSALEM] TiS #416, “Ye banks…” can be found in HFTC #220 or online. 

In suffering love the thread of life [LAND OF REST or WILTSHIRE (aka “Through all the changing scenes of life”)] TiS #177. Interesting imagery in this mostly inclusive hymn

Here to the house of God we come [KHAO I DANG] AA #61 Don’t be put off by the tune name! It’s really easy to learn. Apt after the recent quakes in NZ. ST. CATHERINE  is an appropriate traditional tune. N.B. There are two tunes named St. Catherine, this one is by H.F. Hemy (see HFTC #462(i))

We wait for you, we long to see you come AA #149 Great words and music from Shirley and Colin. Click the pdf icon for the music. 

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 and find the quiet centre FFS #10(i)

Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord Scripture in Song set a portion of today’s psalm to a lively tune. Text not inclusive, though. #157

Thanks to Chris and Natalie for their blogged suggestions for today.