Thursday, December 9, 2010

Alleluia! Hallelujah! Heleluya! Heleluyan!

Here's a big list of favourite Alleluias...
  • TiS 701 Alleluia (Iona) A simple Alleluia
  • Taize / TiS 702 / SFFS 2014 / GC257 / GC(II)263 / RS 401 Alleluia 7 (Taize) Of course. Very straightforward and joyous. Sound and sheet music samples.
  • Taize Alleluia 8 (Berthier) This is my favourite Taize Alleluia. It will work well with a cantored Psalm reading. Sound and sheet music samples.
  • Taize Alleluia 18 (Berthier) A lovely simple Alleluia which will work well with a Psalm reading. Sound and sheet music samples.
  • Taize Alleluia 20 (Berthier) Another lovely Alleluia which will work well with a Psalm reading. Sound and sheet music samples.
  • *NCH766 / CH767 / PfAS148G Hallelujah hallelujah (Maraire) A simple and joyful Alleluia in 3/4 in 3 parts. This one is particularly good if you can get all three parts going. It's pretty straight forward, and catcy. PfAS uses it as a Psalm refrain for Psalm 148, or you can just continue the joy of the Easter season and sing some Alleluias. Good for kids    
  • WoV609 / W&R735 / SP&P055 Hallelujah / Heleluyan (Muscogee / Webb) Native American Hallelujah. I like it. It's simple and straightforward. Works as a round, and great with a strong drum beat on 1 and 3. Good for kids 
  • *TiS 720 / AHB 295 / aoVK-85 / AoV2-046 / ATOK 319 / NCH236 / Iona (Many & Great, There is one among us) / CH345 / VU958 / StJ / SFFS 2026 / HPP571 / RS 396 Halle halle hallelujah (Traditional Caribbean) Excellent – simple, great for kids, good rhythm. Good for kids  Sound sample.
  • *ATW 457 / Iona (T1AU) / CH751 / MV050 / StS017 / GC(II)260 / G(3)328 / URW402 Alleluia (Duncan) A simple Alleluia. Gather version has a descant cantor part. Here are some nice notes on how to teach it to your congregation. Sound sample.
  • *ATW 460 / Iona (M&G) / CH752 / VU717 / WoV610 Alleluia (South Africa) (Mxadana) Beautiful and peaceful, especially if you can work all the harmonies in.
  • TiS 257 / WoV613 / W&R736  / G(3)334 / SP233 Alleluia (O'Carroll / Walker) Also known as "Celtic Alleluia". Sources have different lyrics for the verses. Some more inclusive than others. The chorus is great just on its own. Good for kids
  • GC260 Alleluia (Gouin) Simple.
  • GC262 / GC(II)267 / RS 400 Alleluia (Hughes) Joyful Alleluia Fun call and response in 7/8.
  • GC198 / GC(II)211 / RS 343 Alleluia (Mass of Remembrance) (Haugen) Simple round
  • MV054 Alleluia (Monteiro) A Brazilian Alleluia; easy to harmonise. Can start slowly and simply, and build up and speed up! Good for kids
  • MV052 Alleluia (Afro-Uraguayan) Good new alleluia, which would work well with plenty of percussion and guitar. Good for kids
  • GC256 / RS 394 Alleluia (Wise) A joyful, simple alleluia
  • CH753 Alleluia alleluia (Honduras) Simple and fun.  Good for kids
  • MV032 Hallelujah (Pattison) Fun 5/4 hallelujah with a percussion part that would be good for kids (wood block, conga), or for working on at a church camp. Good for kids 
  • Online Resource Hallelujah (Creath) This is a sketch of a song which may give you some ideas of how you could have fun making up an Hallelujah, or you could just download the mp3 and join in.
  • STB104 Praise The Lord / Haleluya Puji Tuhan (Indonesia) (Seram Island melody) A simple Alleluia. 
  • STB105 Amin Haleluya! (Indonesia) (Javanese melody) Another simple Alleluia

      Monday, December 6, 2010

      Big List of Christmas Carols & Songs (updated for 2016)

      This is a very long post.... I've just listed a lot of carols in alphabetical order, but within categories, so you can find the ones you want fairly easily. I hate labelling things as "kid's songs" because I find that kids really like the traditional carols if they get a chance to, so I've called one category "Child-focussed".  These might be particularly helpful if you are planning a pageant! I've put the traditional carols at the end of the post, because you probably know which ones of those you want to sing.


      Newer Christmas Songs
      • *CoC03 All over creation (Shirley Murray) These words will wake up your congregation. Particularly good for Christmas Eve or a Christmas night service. Challenging words. Nice lilting tune. Lyrics.
      • StS025 / LBW074 / GtG160 / G(II)269 / GC356 / CP(E) 42 / W&R206 / Cha141 / 82Hml-104 A Stable Lamp Is Lighted (Richard Wilbur) Starting From the stable, ending on the cross. This has a nice celticish tune, which is simple to sing, and a refrain of "and every stone shall cry". I like it. Lyrics and links to youtube videos of two possible tunes.  Sound sample and sheet music from Ana Hern├índez; this version is probably better for a soloist. It's lovely.
      • *CoC04 All who would see God's greatness (Marnie Barrell) I prefer tune (ii) by Colin Gibson. These words are lovely and gentle, but still challenging. I like the call to "draw near". Lyrics 
      • SP&P110 With one voice the angels sing / Love has come (Matt Maher) This is a very joyful new Christmas eve, or Christmas day song. I really think a choral arrangement of this would work. SP&P has more inclusive lyrics than the original, so seek that out. It also skips the bridge part, that doesn't work so well in my opinion. Nice choral version.
      • *AA012 / CoC08 / STB141 Child of Christmas story (Shirley Murray) A lovely Christmas song; very focussed on the Christ child. Simple tune. Lyrics and sheet music.   
      • StF211 Night of peace: hail the holy child (Daniel Damon) A simple and quite beautiful new carol. This would not be too hard to sing. It's pretty lovely.
      • *AA014 / CoC09 / STB144 / StF194 Child of joy and peace (Shirley Murray) Excellent words for Christmas and Epiphany; recognises the poverty of Christ and constrasts it with the greed of Christmas - without being too heavy handed. I like the Ian Render tune (JENNIFER'S GIFT) best, even though it's a little tricky. Lyrics and sheet music.
      • VU40 / WoV636 / GtG125 Before the marvel of this night (Jaroslav Vajda) Excellent, otherworldly words, and a beautiful tune. "Sing bliss, sing bliss, sing endless bliss!"
      • *CoC15 Come now where we least expect you (Marnie Barrell) Challenging words and a tune that could be pretty groovy. "Christ is found far beyond our sacred ground". Indeed! Lyrics.
      • Online resource / MV047 Born in human likeness (Bruce Harding) A simple Christmas round. Good for kids. Sheet music.
      • *MV158 / FFS12 Dream a dream (Shirley Murray) Broad words of hope for the future of creation and the world's people. I think the first tune in Faith Forever Singing (by Nigel Eastgate) is the most intuitive and interesting. GIA music also have a tune by Lori True which fits together with Dona Nobis Pacem which could be really lovely if you have a choir, especially a children's choir (sound sample). Lyrics and the Nigel Eastgate tune  Lori True version can be purchased online from GIA.
      • TiS 329 / Iona (Inn Keepers and Light Sleepers) Funny kind of night (John Bell) This is not simple to sing, but once you know it, it's delightfully light and joyful. Has s lovely gloria for the chorus.  
      • *Iona (M&G) / CH359 / MV033 / GtG137 / ZSS54 / StJ / ELW253 / GA293 / SFFS 2085 / G(II)276 / GC370 / GC(II)364 / G(3)429 / CP368 / W&R402 He came down that we may have love/ Jesus came bringing us hope (Traditional Cameroon) A lovely simple song - you can make up words and have a lot of fun with this if you also use some drums. Good for kids.
      • *Cha158 Her baby newly breathing (Brian Wren) Realistic words of Mary's motherhood of a real life type of infant, to the familiar tune MERLE'S TUNE. The final verse sings of creating Wisdom "constricted into maleness, and of a woman born". Lyrics (scroll through). New words to old tunes.  
      • *CoC28 I didn't hear the angels sing (Iris McCoy) Lovely statement of faith despite not having witnessed the Christmas events. Simple tune.
      • *StS028 / WoV638 / G(II)275 / GC369 / GC(II)354 / G(3)443 / W&R199 Holy Child within the Manger (Marty Haugen) Lovely words and a simple gentle tune. lyrics
      • *CH329 / AA108 / CoC33 O little Love who comes again (Shirley Murray) A lovely gentle and thoughtful Christmas song, which would also work for Epiphany. Lyrics and sheet music.  
      • Online Resource Like a Child (Daniel Damon) A simple song about all that we can learn from children, and the Christ child. Lyrics and sheet music.
      • *MV149 / CoC35 Peace for our children (Doreen Lankshear-Smith) A simple and quite repetitive (in a nice way) song that prays for peace for children, women, men, families, nations… and the soul.  
      • ELW292 / GtG110 Love Has Come (Ken Bible) Christmas A lovely song of love being born. A good song for kids to a simple French carol tune. Lyrics Good for kids. New words to old tunes.
      • AoV2-043 / ATFG520 / CoC40 / NCH538 / SFFS 2095 / GC(II)355 / G(3)449 / SP&P174 / W&R223 / ZSS63 Star-Child (Shirley Murray) A lovely lovely carol. Very easy to sing. A big favourite! Lyrics and sample sheet music.
      • *TiS 287 / CH287 / StS011 / GC(II)768 / G(3)876 No wind at the window (John Bell) Wonderful words to the familiar Celtic tune COLUMCILLE that focus on Mary's decision to say "Yes" to God. Very easy to sing. Works well for Advent and Christmas. Lyrics. Sound sample. New words to old tunes.
      • VU97 / GC(II)376 / G(3)450 When a star is shining (Where the Promise Shines) (Sylvia Dunstan) would also be good for Epiphany. Sheet music.
      • *TiS 288 / Iona Not the powerful not the privileged (John Bell) Lyrics (scroll down)
      • *AA154 / CoC48 Where is the room? (Shirley Murray) More beautiful words of hope and peace and hospitality. Simple tune to sing. Lyrics
      • Songs from the Still Strange Land The stillness of anticipation / Turning point of time (Neil Quintrell / Doug Simper) I really love this Australian carol. It's not easy for a congregation, so will need to be taught. 
      • *AA159 / CoC50 Who is the child that is to be born? (Shirley Murray) Lovely lilting melody and beautiful words. Maybe more Adventy?
      • *G(II)268 / GC355 The Tiny Child to Bethlehem Came (Marty Haugen) Good words of hope for peace sung to a sort of Celtic tune, which is not too hard. Lyrics and sheet music sample. Sound sample
      • *AA141 / CoC44 The wind blew keen (Colin Gibson) A beautiful carol, with simple straightforward Celtic type tune. I hope this becomes popular, because it's really lovely. Lyrics (downloads a document)
      • Unusual source When our God came to earth (Kevin Mayhew) These words are to the same tune as “Long ago, prophets new” (THEODORIC). "Let the poor rejoice! Let the mute give voice! Love is shown, God is known, Christ is born of Mary". New words to old tunes.
      • *GtG120 Where shepherds lately knelt (Jaroslav Vajda) Excellent and quite personal reflective words recognising faith in the midst of doubt. The tune is lovely, but will need to be taught, or sung by your musicians.  Lyrics and a youtube video.
      • *Iona / NCH153 / GtG138 / CH295 / G(II)267 / GC350 / SP022 / StF222 Who would think that what was needed (God's surprise) (John Bell) I love the challenge to our priorities in this song. The lyrics are to the traditional tune SCARLET RIBBONS. Lyrics and sample sheet music. Keyboard sound sample. New words to old tunes.
      • *Iona / TiS 325 / G(II)277 / GC(II)381 Who is the baby an hour or two old / AYE CAROL (John Bell) Very simple flowing tune and good challenging words “Will you come with me, e’vn though I feel shy?” seems perfect for those who rarely step into a church. Lyrics and sheet music sample. Slow sound sample. Your congregation will expire if you try to sing it this slowly, even though it sounds very pretty with a soloist....
      • *Online Resource I have a song to sing (Rob Ferguson) New words to the folk tune "10 guitars". This is so joyful and encourages some dancing, perhaps in a circle, or in lines, depending on your congregation. Lyrics. Tune sample and chords (and original lyrics) 
      • *Online Resource Within a stall a baby lies cradled (David Wood) Inspiring words for Christmas Eve full of hope for a better world. Free sheet music.

      Newer songs: Winter Christmas
      • Online resource A babe was born a little one / Winter's child (Daniel Damon) A gentle storytelling song with the repeated line "in the dark'ning time of the year. Very simple to sing. Sheet music and lyrics. Jazz arrangement.
      • VU049 / CP129 No crowded eastern street (Frieda Major) This song is a good Christmas hymn for those who live in the plains or prairies in the Northern Hemisphere. Lovely words, and a simple tune.
      • *A&M185 / GC(II)362 / G(3)434 / SP69 Dark is the night / Sing Alleluia (Patrick O'Brien) Excellent and simple Christmas song which reflects the magnificat and the happiness of Jesus’ parents. I especially like the last verse “Hope for the poor, release for the captive, Love for the outcast, light for weary eyes; Word that brings life, embracing humanity, Jesus, companion be born into our lives”. It would be particularly good for a Christmas eve service. The chorus would also work very nicely on its own. Lyrics and sheet music sample. Mushy sound sample. Available for purchase online.
      • VU078 Sing till sundown hum your joy (Eileen Spinelli) A song for snowy places. This is a quite delightful song of hope "Now we're dancing through the snow"! 
      • G(II)274 / GC365 / GC(II)360 / G(3)432 Silent in the Chill of Midnight (Francis Patrick O'Brien) Quite nice Christmas lullaby. Northern Hemisphere specific. 
      Newer songs: Summer Christmas
      • AA028 / CoC16 / STB145 Come to this Christmas singing (Shirley Murray) Joyous sheep-farming, beach-loving Christmas song. New Zealand specific because of the word "aroha", unless it fits your congregation. Lyrics and sheet music.
      • TiS 322 / AHB 246 The north wind is tossing the leaves (John Wheeler) Dusty Australian carol. Lyrics.
      • Online Resource Christmas in Australia (Heather Price) Good fun song about Australian Christmas traditions, including beaches, picnics and caring for the poor. Sheet music and recording
      • CoC52 You are born in us again (Mark Wilson) A lovely gentle song. Simple to sing. I would swing it just a little. "Like the warmth of the summer wind you come"…
      • Unknown Source The Silver Stars are in the Sky (John Wheeler) This is a lovely gentle nativity song with Australian birds and dust and animals. Youtube. Lyrics.  
      Glorias 
      • *ATOK 318 / Iona (SBL) / CH762 / MV036 / WoV788 / SFFS 2033 / SP&P078 / URW403 Glory to God / Gloria di dios (Peru) Good fun. Great for kids - call and response. SFFS has a good Trinitarian formula for it. Good for kids.
      • *TiS 773 /  ATW 431 / NCH756 / CH760 / UMH072 / VU37 / WoV640 / GA291 / G(II)199 / GC(II)253 / G(3)426 / W&R240 / Cha034 / URW380 Glory to God / Gloria Gloria (Taize) The refrain is excellent - joyous, simple, a round. Everything. The verses are not great. Good for kids.
      • Iona (TI1AU) / MV038 Glory to God / Nzamuranza (Mozambique / Matsikenyiri) Simple African call and response song. Great harmonies.
      • CoC20 Gloria (Jillian Bray) A pretty majestic gloria in 4 part harmony.  
      • CoC23 Gloria in excelsis (Colin Gibson) This is a pretty groovy gloria, with some modernised words "Peace be to all on this earth that we share. Peace the be vision and peace be our care".  
      • CoC21 Gloria (Colin Gibson) This Latin gloria could be sung as a simple chant, a 3- part canon or a four part chorale!
      • GC(II)190 Glory to God in the highest (Beneath the Tree of Life) (Marty Haugen) Communion response A good joyful Gloria. Just needs a word substituion for "his people" to "God's people". The sound sample actually does that and it still works well.
      • *TiS 731 /  SFFS 2017 / GtG155 / G(II)377 / GC557 / GC(II)535 / G(3)618 / W&R212 / PfAS100G / URW383 / Lau691 Raise a song of gladness / Jubilate Servite (Taize) Glorious, fun round. If your congregation balks at singing in Latin, it can be sung in English as "Raise a song of gladness, all the earth, Christ has come, bringing peace, joy to every heart, Alleluia Alleluia, Joy to every heart (x2)". This is not a Gloria, but it has the feel of one!
      Folk / World Songs
      • NCH154 / UMH251 / VU43 / LBW070 / ELW290 / HPP110 / PH029 / GtG136 / GC359 / GC(II)363 / G(3)428 / W&R218 / Cha167 / ZSS59 / 82Hml-099 / Lau164 / MP179 Go tell it on the mountain (John Work) Very simple and lots of fun. There are lots of versions of the lyrics. Good for kids.
      • NCH136 / StS019 / GtG126 / ELW297 W&R219 Jesus Jesus O what a wonderful child (African-American)
      • CH310 / CP(E) 68 / W&R227 / StF216 See him lying on a bed of straw (Perry) This song (Calypso Carol) is cool, especially if you get some crazy bass singing action happening. I have a 3 part a capella arrangement that I did of this a very long time ago which uses that approach. Good for kids. 
      • STB134 Sun has gone night has arrived / Bheri goth chharda ni chharda (Manaen) A pretty Christmas song from the Shepherds' point of view from Nepal. This would be best sung by a soloist at first. 
      • STB136 Tonight We See The Light Of The World / Ai domma tubuh saborngin on (Saragih) Christmas A humble carol from Indonesia in English and Bahasa. "Behold! Born in straw-covered manger, the whole world's baby Lord".  
      • STB137 In The Fields Of Efrata / Di ladang Efrata para gembala (Simamora) Christmas A good carol from the perspective of the Shepherds. In English and Bahasa. The tune will need to be taught, but it's really pretty.  
      • STB140 Holy night blessed night (Zhu / Wu / Shi) Christmas I like the words of this. The melody is not easy for a Western congregation. Perhaps a soloist could sing it. Verses in Mandarin or English.
      • NCH137 / VU52 / PH052 Sheep fast asleep / Hitsuji Wa Nemure Ri (Miwa) Japanese carol. Very peaceful.
      • ATAR631 / NCH161 / SFFS 2072 / PH299 / W&R249 / ZSS207-d Amen Amen / See the little baby (African-American) This is not so well known in Australia, where it may be better sung by a choir, or as a call and response; the response will need to be taught.  Good for kids. 
      • *TiS 307 / AHB 232 / CH300 / VU73 / SFFS 2098 / G(II)264 / GC345 / GC(II)378 / G(3)454 / CP128 / ZSS60 The Virgin Mary had a baby boy (West Indian Traditional) Love it. Make sure you note the timing of the music - it's not quite what most people anticipate. Good for kids.
      • *VU70 / WoV645 / SFFS 2096 / HPP105 / PH050 / GtG135 / G(II)271 / GC360 / GC(II)375 / G(3)453 / W&R209 There's a star in the east on Christmas morn (African American traditional) I like this one. Calling people while celebrating Christmas
      • NCH151 / Iona (SBL) / UMH244 / VU071 / LBW072 / ELW284 / HPP119 / PH061 / GtG142 / G(II)272 / GC361 / CP146 / W&R213 / Cha166 / 82Hml-114 Twas in the moon of wintertime (de Brebeuf) I love this one, and it does a good job of making the Christmas story Native American.

      Child-focussed
      • *Online Resource Are you ready? (Price / Davies) This is a fun song for kids, which could be sung with actions, I reckon. With a chorus of "Are you ready? Christmas is here! Shake your hands and feet, dancing to the beat. Wiggle your toes and reach for the stars, open wide your heart 'cos now it's time to start. This is the Christmas story, we can sing and shout, [...a bit I can't work out...] There's animals and angels, a baby and a star, a message of peace that has travelled far". Would be a great start to a Christmas pageant, as it mentions each of the characters and their role in the story. Good for kids. Sheet music and recording
      • Online Resource Gifts from the Stable (Price / Davies) This would be a lot of fun for smaller kids, or for a Christmas Pageant if you want to focus on the animals that may have been present at the birth of Christ. Good for kids. Sheet music and recording. 
      • CH302 / StF206 It was on a starry night when the hills were bright (Webb) This could work well in a Christmas Pageant.
      • Online Resource Christmas Letter (Price / Davies) A quiet song, not a congregational song, but a nice solo bringing us reminders of the reason behind all the Christmas hustle and bustle. This could be sung by an adult, for the children, or taught to a children's choir. Based on the letters of C-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s; ah, so you could use cut-outs of each letter if you want to do something fun! Sheet music and recording.  
      •  StF203 I had a dream that I was standing on a hillside (Piercy) This might be fun for shepherds to sing, with the congregation joining the chorus, in a Christmas Pageant.
      • *AoVK-60 / AA004 / CoC05 And did you see him little star? (Clyde / Gibson) Good words. Simple to sing and great for children. I like the idea of the star being the observer and the guide. Good for kids.
      • *?AoV2-168 / ATA 134 / GGives2 At Christmas time the birds all sing / Christmas in the scrub (Newton) Silly and fun Christmas song for Australian kids. Good for kids.
      • NCH141 / AA009/ CoC07 Carol our Christmas (Murray) A fun Southern Hemisphere Christmas song. Good for kids.  
      • *ATAR683 Sleep, little baby (Mann) Christmas A good song about the Christ-child. Great for a Christmas Pageant. I like the final phrase "You are the end of fear". Good for kids.  
      • Online resource  Celebrate Emmanuel (MacGregor) This is a simple song, which you could use with the verses, or just sing the chorus. Sheet music. Good for kids.
      • *Online resource Christmas time - we celebrate! (MacGregor) A good song for kids. I don't think the sound sample shows how cool this song could be... use some imagination and have fun with it!  Good for kids.
      • CoC12 Clippety-clop clippety clop (Wise) A fun kids' song about the donkey ride and the lack of room in the inn. Good for a pageant!   Good for kids.
      • ATAR594 Donkey donkey (Newton) A fun song - we have used this for our Christmas Pageant. It's catchy! Good for kids.
      • CoC17 Don't tell anyone (SHHH! Not anyone) (Gibson) This song would be just perfect for a leader + kids to sing at the start of a Christmas Pageant. Good for kids.   
      • *CoC19 Get up get up no time to yawn (Gibson) A very fun song for Christmas morning. I think it would be pretty straightforward to sing, but given the number of visitors on Christmas day, it might be good to get a group to sing it. "Come friend, come stranger, here's no danger, follow shepherds and kings to the manger where Christ, the Christ is born". Good for kids.
      • ATOK 338 In a dusty old place called Bethlehem / God in human shoes (Thiele) Good for kids.
      • NCH138 / UMH227 / VU056 / HPP98 Jesus our brother strong and good / kind and good (French carol) Good for kids especially. Good for kids.
      • *AoV2-043 / ATFG520 / CoC40 / NCH538 / SFFS 2095 / GC(II)355 / G(3)449 / SP&P174 / W&R223 / ZSS63 Star-Child (Murray) A lovely lovely carol. Very easy to sing. A big favourite! Lyrics and sample sheet music.
      • CoC42 The jersey cow came mooing (Gibson) Fun song for little kids with lots of animal sounds at the stable. Good for a pageant, too. Good for kids.
      • *CoC46 Two tired people asked for rest (Tayler / Sheehy) Good song for a Christmas Eve pageant. I suggest getting the congregation to just join in on the chorus "No room, no room, you can't stay here, we can't take any more, but in the stable you can make a bed upon the straw." Good for kids.
      • *CoC47 When Joseph and Mary (Gibson) Another good song for kids and adults too. The words are strong enough to shake adults up a bit, but fun enough for kids to enjoy as well. Good for kids.
      • *TiS 325 / G(II)277 / GC371 / GC(II)381 / G(3)456 / Lau153 Who is the baby an hour or two old? Good for kids.
      Choral works
      • Online resource Bethlehem Night (Taylor) A lovely song for a children's choir; would be great at the end of a pageant. Sound sample and sheet music. Good for kids.
      • *MV158 / FFS12 Dream a dream (Shirley Murray) Broad words of hope for the future of creation and the world's people. I think the first tune in Faith Forever Singing (by Nigel Eastgate) is the most intuitive and interesting. GIA music also have a tune by Lori True which fits together with Dona Nobis Pacem which could be really lovely if you have a choir, especially a children's choir (sound sample). Lyrics and the Nigel Eastgate tune  Lori True version can be purchased online from GIA
      Traditional Anglo-European Carols
      • VU068 / CP151 All poor ones and humble (Roberts) Lyrics.
      • *TiS 309 / AHB 235 / NCH126 / CH324 / UMH220 / VU036 / LBW050 / ELW275 / GtG143 / CP143 / G(3)438 / CP(E) 44 / W&R189 / Cha149 / Srce2-29 / 82Hml-093 / Lau131 / StF190 / MP035 Angels From the realms of glory (Montgomery) Lyrics and one possible tune. Oldy-but-a-goody.
      • AoVK-64 / HPP121 / PH023 / GC347 / GC(II)361 Angels sing their praises ring (Newton)  
      • AoV2-140 / NCH125 / UMH238 / VU038 / LBW071 / ELW289 / GA286 / HPP125 / PH022 / GtG113 / GC358 / GC(II)369 / G(3)430 / W&R188 / Cha155 / 82Hml-096 / Lau130 Angels we have heard on high (French traditional) Oldy-but-a-goody.
      • *TiS 318 / AHB 242 / NCH124 / CH312 / UMH217 / VU069 / WoV644 / LBW067 / ELW278 / GA289 / HPP132 / PH025 / GtG114 / GC353 / GC(II)365 / G(3)448 / CP126 / CP(E) 45 / W&R203 / W&R205 / Cha147 / Srce51 / 82Hml-101 / Lau137 / StF191 / MP047 Away in a Manger (Mueller) I'm not wild about this carol. A non-crying baby. Doesn't sound fully human to me. Oldy-but-a-goody.
      • *TiS 323 / AoV2-101 /ATA 141 / NCH152 / VU095 / PH030 / GtG158 / CP130 / W&R194 / StF193 / MP062 Born in the night Mary's child (Ainger) Oldy-but-a-goody.
      • *TiS 319 / AHB 241 / CH314 / Lau141 / MP071 Child in the manger infant of Mary (Macdonald) Words of the outcast, infant Christ who becomes the victorious Redeemer. Sung to the well known tune BUNESSAN. CH has the original Gaelic text. Oldy-but-a-goody.
      • TiS 306 / AHB 231 / CP(E)48 / Srce2-73 / 82Hml-106 / StF195 / MP080 Christians awake salute the happy morn Oldy-but-a-goody.
      • *TiS 321 / AHB 245 Coldly the night winds winging I think this is one of the most beautiful carols in existence. 
      • AHB 233 / HPP140 / GC366 / GC(II)366 / 82Hml-105 God rest you merry gentlemen / people all Oldy-but-a-goody.
      • *TiS 313 / AHB 238 / NCH129 / CH322 / UMH224 / VU035 / LBW055 / ELW288 / HPP97 / PH028 / GtG132 / GC(II)367 / G(3)435 / CP153 / W&R198 / Cha164 / 82Hml-107 / Lau139 / MP196 Good Christian friends / Good Christians all rejoice (Latin) Some versions have that odd bar "News! News!" in the middle. I wonder where that came from? Oldy-but-a-goody.
      • *TiS 303 / AHB 227 / AoV1-171 / NCH144 / CH301 / UMH240 / VU048 / LBW060 / ELW270 / GA294 / HPP123 / PH031 / GtG119 / GC348 / GC(II)356 / G(3)424  / CP138 / CP(E) 53 / W&R185 / Cha150 / ZSS62 / Srce202 / 82Hml-087 / Lau155 / StF202 / MP211 Hark the herald angels sing (Wesley)  One of those carols that we sing pretty much every year at Brunswick. Oldy-but-a-goody.
      • PH034 / CP580 In Bethlehem a Babe Was Born Joyful, and good words.
      • VU077 / PH035 / 82Hml-246 In Bethlehem a Newborn Boy (Herklots) Great words acknowledging the danger Christ was born into, the danger that still exists today, and Christ's redemptive power over it.
      • NCH128 / CH305 / UMH221 / VU055 / ELW294 / HPP115 / PH036 / GtG144 / CP122 / CP(E) 55 / W&R196 / Srce2-275 / 82Hml-112 / Lau144 / StF204 / MP337 In the bleak midwinter (Rossetti) Beautiful. Very Northern-hemispherific though. Lyrics and warbly sound sample.
      • TiS 327 In the fields near Bethlehem
      • *TiS 292 / AHB 225 / UMH229 / VU58 / LBW044 / ELW276 / HPP130 / PH037 / GtG128 / GC354 / GC(II)377 / G(3)445 / CP125 / W&R221 / Cha163 / Lau138 / MP342 Infant holy Infant lowly (Polish carol) One of my favourites; I'm profoundly shocked that we have not sung this recently at Brunswick. Lyrics and sound sample.
      • NCH131 / CH303 / UMH218 / VU44 / LBW054 / ELW282 / HPP128 / PH038 / GtG123 / GC367 / GC(II)379 / G(3)433 / CP140/1 CP(E) 56 / W&R191 / Cha153 / Srce2-289 / 82Hml-089 / Lau135 / StF205 / MP345 It came upon the midnight clear (Sears)
      • *TiS 268 / AHB 224 / AoV1-170 / NCH132 / CH320 / UMH246 / VU59 / LBW039 / ELW267 / GA295 / HPP107 / PH040 / GtG134 / GC343 / GC(II)353 / G(3)437 / CP154 / CP(E) 57 / W&R179 / Cha143 / Srce399 / 82Hml-100 / Lau156 / MP393 Joy to the world The Lord is come (Watts) Oldy-but-a-goody.
      • *TiS 317 / AHB 243 / NCH165 / CH316 / UMH242 / HPP95 / CP131 / CP(E) 59 / W&R210 / 82Hml-084 / StF210 Love came down at Christmas (Rossetti) Needs one small change in AHB to make it gender inclusive for people. NCH does this by replacing "all men" with "neighbour" in the last verse. I prefer the tune in TiS / AHB. Lyrics and odd-looking angels. Oldy-but-a-goody.
      • *TiS 304 / AHB 228 / AoV1-167 / NCH135 / CH306 / UMH234 / VU060 / LBW045 / ELW722 / GA287 / HPP100 / PH041 / GtG133 / GC341 / GC(II)357 / G(3)439 / CP118 / / CP(E) 61/62 / W&R182 / Cha148 / Srce502 / 82Hml-083 / Lau159 / StF212 / MP490 O come all ye faithful (Oakeley) Oldy-but-a-goody.
      • *TiS 316 / AHB 240 / NCH133 / CH304 / UMH230 / VU064 / LBW041 / ELW563 / GA296 / HPP112 / PH043 / GtG121 / GC363 / GC(II)359 / G(3)446 / CP120 / CP(E) 63 / W&R180 / Cha144 / Srce518 82Hml-078 / Lau127 / StF213 / MP503 O little town of Bethlehem (Brooks / Redner) Oldy-but-a-goody.
      • *TiS 300 / NCH143 / CH294 / R112 / ELW274 / GtG112 / HPP118 / W&R222 / Lau134 / MP537 On Christmas night all Christians sing (Traditional English) Oldy-but-a-goody.
      • *TiS 312 / AHB 237 / NCH145 / CH315 / UMH250 / VU062 / WoV643 / LBW261 / ELW550 GA297 / HPP137 / PH049 / GtG140 / GC372 / GC(II)380 / G(3)455 / CP123 / CP(E) 66 / W&R183 / Cha165 / Srce530 / 82Hml-102 / Lau148 / StF214 / MP539 Once in royal David's city (Alexander) Oldy-but-a-goody.
      • *TiS 311 / AHB 236 / AoV1-168 / NCH134 / CH309 / UMH239 / VU067 / LBW065 / ELW821 GA290 / HPP135/ 136 / PH060 / GtG122 / G(II)262 / GC352 / GC(II)371 / G(3)441 / CP119 / CP(E) 69 / W&R186 / Cha145 / Srce610 / 82Hml-111 / Lau136 / StF217 / MP597 Silent night Holy night! (Gruber) Oldy-but-a-goody.
      • VU047 / HPP124 / PH047 / GtG124 / W&R214 Still Still Still (Austrian) Lovely mushy baby Jesus song.
      • *TiS 301 / AHB 221 / AoV1-169 / NCH139 / CH323 / UMH245 / VU90 / 91 LBW056 / ELW300 GA298 HPP108 / PH056 / GtG147 / GC377 / GC(II)388 / G(3)460 / CP139 / W&R229 / Cha151 / Srce2-550 / 82Hml-109 / Lau150 / MP644  The first Nowell the angel did say (English carol) Oldy-but-a-goody.
      • *TiS 293 / AHB 218 / CH331 / VU054 / CP(E) 73 / 82Hml-098 / StF218 Unto us a boy is born (German carol) Oldy-but-a-goody.
      • AoV1-165 / NCH148 / UMH219 / VU074 / LBW040 / ELW296 / HPP138 / PH053 / GtG145 / GC380 / GC(II)387 / G(3)466 / CP137 / CP(E) 74 / W&R184 / Cha162 / 82Hml-115 / Lau145 / MP749 What child is this? (Dix) Oldy-but-a-goody.
      • *TiS 299 / AHB 223 / AoV1-172 / CH296 / UMH236 / VU075 / GA288 / HPP114 / PH058 / GtG117 / CP136 / CP(E) 76 / W&R228 / Cha154 / Srce2-662 / 82Hml-094 / Lau133 / StF221 / MP764 While shepherds watched their flocks by night (Tate) I really like the CH translation.  Oldy-but-a-goody.

      Monday, November 22, 2010

      Songs and Hymns for Advent 4A (December 19th 2010)

      This page has been updated for 2013

      Songs for New Year's Day

      • *Online Resource At the door of the year (Murray) Great words of hope for the new year, and a lovely, very singable tune, and memorable chorus: "Make a vow that somehow we will all create peace". Lyrics and sheet music.
      • *CoC13 / Online Resource Come in come in New Year (Murray) A joyous New Year song, which can be sung for the Southern Hemisphere ("shining Summer day") or the Northern ("sparkling Winter day"). I particularly like Colin Gibson's tune in CoC (i); It also works for Darwall's 148th and many other standard hymn tunes. Lyrics and sheet music. 
      • FFS26 God of the past (Mills) A good song to a simple tune; thanksgiving. Great for New Year as it gives thanks for the past, and hope for the future. It would also work well for congregations facing change.
      • *Online Resource God bless the day (Murray) More excellent lyrics from Shirley Murray! These focus on the theme of leaving the past behind and looking to the future with clear eyes. This might be good sung after the absolution. The tune is also quite simple. Lyrics and sheet music
      • TiS 653 / NCH417 / CH526 / UMH383 / GC(II)453 / G(3)522 / W&R355 / Cha518 This is a day of new beginnings (Wren) "This is a day of new beginnings, time to remember and move on, time to believe what love is bringing, laying to rest the pain that's gone." Excellent words of reconciliation. A good New Year's Day hymn. There are two possible tunes. I prefer the more simple hymn-like tune by Carlton Young which is in most resources (including TiS). There is an optional final verse that can be used for Communion. Lyrics.
      • TiS 47 / AHB 46 / AoV1-175 / NCH25 / CH161 / UMH117 / VU806 / LBW504 / ELW806 / GA459 / A&M746 / HPP1 / GtG687 / PH210 / GC614 / GC(II)588 / G(3)688 / CP528 / CP(E) 537 / W&R84 / Cha067 /  Srce2-441 / URW200 / 82Hml-680 / PfAS090B / Lau955 / StF132 / MP498 O God our help in ages past (Watts) A good solid very well known hymn! The surprising thing about this one is that the language is inclusive for God in most sources. Not all sources are inclusive for humanity, so check. Lyrics and sound sample. Oldy-but-a-goody.
      • LBW222 / WoV778 / ELW480 / W&R433 O Christ the Same (Dudley-Smith) A bit more formal than I would usually suggest, but it's worth letting you know that this song is out there. Could be sung to RED or LONDONDERRY AIR. New words to old tunes Lyrics
      • CP(E) 82 / 82Hml-251 O God whom neither time nor space (Smith) An older style hymn casting away the old year, and committing to the new. I'm sure the lyrics could be modernised and it would still sound good (and be easier for those not inclined to thees and thous). Lyrics. 
      • *Iona (Love From Below) / GA555 / G(II)648 / GC894 / GC(II)877 / G(3)989 / Lau712 The God of all eternity unbound by space yet always near (Bell) Sung to the familiar tune O WALY WALY. Some non-inclusive language in the Gather hymnals. Lyrics.
      • *Online Resource At the turning of the year (Hudson) Excellent words from the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship set to a simple hymn tune (RATISBON). New words to old tunes Sheet music.
      • *Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians Celebrate a new day dawning (Aldredge-Clanton) Great new hymn words, sung to ODE TO JOY. New words to old tunes Lyrics
      • Online Resource A new year confronts us (Pratt Green) Good, thoughtful words, sung to a range of possible standard hymn tunes. Lyrics
      • Online Resource On this day of celebration (Winfrey Gillette) Good solid words to ODE TO JOY. LyricsNew words to old tunes
      • Online Resource As the old year passes (MacGregor) Good practical honest words to the familiar hymn tune NOEL NOUVELET. Lyrics (or check the comments below). New words to old tunes.
      These songs are not specific for new year, but would work well:
      • Tune In: Making things new (Sheree Anderson). A groovy one. Great for kids, and lots of fun. Sound sample, lyrics and songbook. Good for kids.
      • AoV2-007 / AoVNG110 See I Make All Things New (O'Brien, Watts) I really love this song. “New, as night turns to morning, the spirit is calling I’m with you, I make all things new”. Sound sample.
      • AoV2-085 / Iona (T1AU) / MV115 / A&M328 / SP129 Behold behold I Make All Things New (Bell) A nice hopeful upbeat short song. Highly recommended. Sound sample (scroll down) Good for kids.
      What will you be singing? Let me know your ideas by posting a comment... 

      Wednesday, November 3, 2010

      Songs and Hymns for Advent 1A (November 28th 2010)

      See also general Advent songs.

      Isaiah 2:1-5

      Come let us go to the mountain of God. "Making space for the holy" is the theme for Brunswick UCA.
      SFFS 2202 / URW059 Come Away with Me to a quiet place (Keithahn) A lovely simple song of sanctuary and quietness.
      W&R655 / URW202 Come Away from Rush and Hurry (Dawn) Excellent words of resting in a sacred space to the familiar tune BEACH SPRING (TiS 493)
      FFS04 Be still my heart (John Murray) A good opening to worship. With two possible simple tunes. "Be still my heart, my mind, my busy world that I may hear God's word".
      CH716 / VU374 / FFS10 / SFFS 2128 / W&R477 / Cha575 Come and find the quiet centre (Murray) A good song for the beginning of worship. I would prefer to sing this to one of the more traditional melodies offered (Tune 1 in FFS) or BEACH SPRING (TiS 493).
      CH195 / StS053 / AA061 Here to the house of God we come (Murray / Gibson) Good honest words and a simple, but unusual tune. Sound sample.
      TiS 666 / AoV2-113 / AoVK-126 / ATOK 409 / NCH526 / Iona (Common Ground, Freedom is Coming) / CH516 / VU646/647 / WoV650 / ELW866 / SFFS 2235 / HPP153 / G(II)357 / GC513 / GC(II)516 We are marching in the light of God / Siyahamba / Caminando Fits perfectly with the last verse.
      NCH107 / LBW633 / ELW242 / GC346 / GC(II)351 / RS494 / W&R160 / Cha138 Awake Awake and greet the new morn (Haugen) Joyful song. Maybe best suited to the Northern Hemisphere? Lyrics, sound sample.
      Iona (SBL) / CH275 / VU34 / R101 / ELW247 / SFFS 2232 / CP588 / W&R157 / SP10 / URW415 Come now O Prince of peace / O-So-So (Lee) A lovely simple Korean song, praying for the coming of the one who will bring all peace. Inclusive language for God and people. One of very few songs from Asia in Western hymnals. Lyrics (scroll down)
      TiS 473 / NCH314 / W&R615 / Cha655 Community of Christ (Murray) Beautiful words to a traditional Hebrew synagogue melody (LEONI). Easy to sing. Lyrics (downloads a pdf of an excellent service of lamentation - scroll to the end).
      NCH112 Keep awake be always ready (Clyde) Excellent words about Christ's coming to bring peace. It's sung to the tune for "Wake awake for night is flying", but is not simply a "rewrite". I particularly like the second verse of this one. "Rise and shine for One is coming whose love will quench all nature's thirsting to be made whole for evermore"
      UMH729 / VU682 / WoV762 / LBW161 / ELW627 / PH450 / CP573 / W&R539 / Cha711 / URW140 O day of peace that dimly shines (Daw) A song of hoped-for peace. The tune in Chalice hymnal is really nice (CANDLER). Other sources use JERUSALEM, which is a bit too militaristic for me. Lyrics and sound sample (JERUSALEM). Sound sample of CANDLER.
      AoV1-071 / GA530 / GC(II)742 Gather Your People (Hurd) Excellent eucharistic theology. Sound sample. Lyric and sheet music sample.
      TiS 132 / AHB 65 / NCH277 / CH111 / UMH64 / VU315 / LBW165 / ELW413 / HPP243 / HPSS138 / G(II)332 / GC474 / GC(II)483 / CP001 / CP(E) 202 Holy Holy Holy Lord God Almighty (Heber / NICAEA) Many sources have good inclusive language for people and God (e.g. CH4 and TiS, but others don't so check your source!)
      GA521 / G(II)525 / GC727 / SP244 / URW335 How Good it is what pleasure comes (Duck) Good words celebrating the joy of a faithful community. Sung to a familiar American folk tune. Lyrics and sample sheet music. Midi file of tune.
      ATFG510 Sing a song of praise and glory / Advent News (Schmidt) A fun and simple advent song - would be good any week of Advent, but fits particularly well this week.

      Psalm 122
      Glad to go to God's house - pray for peace - suggestions for the Hebrew Scripture Lesson would also fit well.
      NCH741 I was glad when they said unto me (Wooten) Very simple and straightforward chorus for this Psalm.  
      CH83 / URW321 I Rejoiced when I heard them say (Farrell) Highly recommended. A really lovely and simple to sing arrangement of this Psalm, with a chorus of "Shalom, shalom, the peace of God be here. Shalom, shalom, God's justice be ever near". URW suggests passing the peace during the refrain if desired. You can also use the refrain on its own.
      Emergent Psalter Because of the house of the Lord your God (Everett) A good and simple Psalm refrain. Refrain only for download. Book seems to be most affordable through The Book Depository (US) at the moment for Australians.
      AoV1-190 / UMH431 / HPP308 / G(II)529 / GC731 / GC(II)723 / W&R614 / Cha677 Let There Be Peace on Earth and let it begin with me (Miller/Jackson) Well known, and great for older kids. AoV changes "Brothers all are we, let me walk with my brother" to "We are family. Let us walk with each other". Lyrics.
      G(II)108 / GC121 I Was Glad when they said to me (Haas) A pretty decent arrangement of this Psalm. I'm not terribly inspired by it, but it's fine really. Sheet music and lyrics. Midi.
      Cha761 God has made me glad (von Brethorst) This is a psalm response using that old chorus probably best known as "He has made me glad". I think this could work fairly well as it would be very familiar, particularly for slightly older congregations.


      Romans 13:11-14
      The day is near. Live honourably
      NCH112 Keep awake be always ready (Clyde) Yes, it works for this reading too. Excellent words about Christ's coming to bring peace. It's sung to the tune for "Wake awake for night is flying", but is not simply a "rewrite". I particularly like the second verse of this one. "Rise and shine for One is coming whose love will quench all nature's thirsting to be made whole for evermore".
      ATOK 390 Put on love every day, never hide your love away (Walker) A groovy song for kids!
      CH276 / VU22 / ELW262 / GA283 / G(II)256 / GC332 / GC(II)340 / CP094 / W&R166 / URW396 Wait for the Lord (Berthier) Very well known Taize chant. I prefer to sing "Wait for the Lord, WHOSE day is near", which is in many publications, but not all.
      TiS 630 / AHB 554 The law of Christ alone can make us free (McAuley) …and love is the fulfilling of the law. A good song with excellent words from an Australian poet.
      NCH590 / CH621 Spirit of Jesus, if I love my neighbour. Challenging words of offering help from a position of privilege and seeking to be set free from the entrapment of possessions “If I am hugging safety or possessions, uncurl my spirit as your love prevails, to join my neighbours, work for liberation, and find my freedom at the mark of nails”. Could also be sung to the tune PERFECT LOVE if your congregation woudl have trouble with the newer tune.
      ATW 498 / Iona (T1AU) / MV 196 We will take what you offer. An excellent simple short song that works well either as an upbeat chorus or as a reflective chant. "We will take what you offer. We will live by your word. We will love one another. And be fed by you Lord". Sound sample here.
      TiS 416 Great God your Spirit like the wind (Gaunt) Excellent words asking for God to shake us out of our complacency and give us compassion. I really wish it was set to a different tune - it is set to JERUSALEM and this seems to suck all the power out of the lyrics for me. It works with MAGNIFICAT (TiS173) which is fairly straightforward so I would try that if it's not too confusing for the congregation.

      Matthew 24:36-44No-one knows the day or the hour. Keep awake! Be ready!

      See the General Advent suggestions.
       
      NCH112 Keep awake be always ready (Clyde) And it works for this reading too! Excellent words about Christ's coming to bring peace. It's sung to the tune for "Wake awake for night is flying", but is not simply a "rewrite". I particularly like the second verse of this one. "Rise and shine for One is coming whose love will quench all nature's thirsting to be made whole for evermore".
      MV19 Maranatha (Skibsted) This simple chant, simply “Maranatha, Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus, come” makes a lovely meditation or prayer song.
      Recorded music I want to be ready when Jesus comes (Dottie Peoples) This could be fun if you have a little gospel choir and it fits the reading really well. Youtube. Lyrics.
      Recorded Music I want to be ready (Ben Harper) I love Ben Harper, and this will work for some congregations, but I don't know if I want to put on a long white robe... Sound sample on youtube.
      TiS 272 / AHB 200 / NCH122 / CH472 / UMH196 / VU002 / LBW030 / ELW254 / HPP89 / PH001/PH002 / GC323 / GC(II)345 / RS 496 / CP088 / CP(E) 24 / W&R153 / Cha125 / URW101 Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus (Wesley) Most versions of this old hymn are quite inclusive, although still quite old fashioned.