Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Songs, Hymns & Music for Proper 18A / Ordinary 23A / Pentecost +13 (September 7, 2014)

Exodus 12:1-14
The explanation of the Passover. Sacrifice of the Lamb. Might be good to deliberately use an Agnus Dei in the communion setting this week in particular.

*Worldmaking.net O Christ, Lamb of God (Bruxvoort-Colligan) A more modern Agnus Dei, with Christ sharing our weakness. Lyrics and sound sample. 
*ATAR648 Lamb of God you take away the sin of the world (Keil) A simple and quite lovely extended Agnus Dei, with extra verses of Morning Star, God with Us, Prince of Peace…  
*AoV1-196 / GC171 / GC(II)152 / RS 329 Jesus, Lamb of God (Agnus Dei) from Haugen’s Mass of Creation. My favourite “Jesus Lamb of God”, I think. Sound sample and lyrics.
*GC213 / GC(II)319 / RS 469 / URW414 Jesus Lamb of God from Joncas’ Psallite Mass. Okay, this one is my favourite too, but I think I like it twice the speed of the sample at Hymnprint.net.
TiS 705 / Iona (Common Ground, EoA) / W&R282 / SP320 Behold the Lamb of God he takes away the sin (Bell) A simple Agnus Dei. Best if you can manage to get all four parts involved.
*Sing Alleluia Jesus Lamb of God (Pulkingham) This is one of my absolute favourite Agnus Deis (what's the plural of Agnus Dei?). A little bit of the tune. Good for kids.
GC(II)174 Jesus Lamb of God (Agnus Dei) (Proulx) A simple chant. Cantor and response.
AHB 448 Holy most holy Lamb of God (Niles) Funky Philippino tune. Yeah, something groovy in the AHB!
*Music by Heart 06 Lamb of God (McClellan) A simple, and quite lovely call and response. This would be very easy to sing even if new, provided you have a good song leader. Good for kids.
CH778 Lamb of God you take away (Gustafsson) A very simple Agnus dei. Easy to sing. 
G(3)238 / Lau590 Lamb of God (Storrington) (Haugen)
*ATAR657 Jesus, lamb of God (Mann) A nice new Agnus Dei. Quite simple to sing.  
Lau1011 Lamb of God (Belmont) (Walker) A very simple and beautiful meditative Agnus Dei.  Sound sample
*GC(II)318 / G(3)392 O Lamb Of God (Batastini) Quite lovely and soothing call-and-response Agnus Dei. Sound sample. Lead sheet.
STB129 Lamb of God (Wu) An unusual Agnus Dei set to a Taiwanese tune. Will need to be taught Iona / SP228 / URW413 Lamb of God you take away the sin of the world (Bell) A simple overlapping cantor and response. It will need to be taught, but it will not take long for people to pick it up. ST BRIDE
WoV621 Lamb of God you take away the sin of the world (Haugen) A canon. In 3/4. Seems quite nice and simple.
Iona (T1AU) / CH790 O Lamb of God (Bell) Nice; will need to be taught before you use it.
The word became a song Jesus Lamb of God (Mann) Quite simple. Good for communion.
Recorded music Agnus Dei There are very very many classical versions of the Agnus Dei. It might be nice to play a recording while communion is distributed, or while people light candles for their prayers. Some favourites: Agnus Dei set to Samuel Barber's Adagio; I also like Palestrina. And Dunstable.

Psalm 149
Praise God. Stuff about vengeance.
*Tune In Now's the time and now's the day / We will sing a new song to the world (Brown) An energetic song about the gospel, about singing all the new tunes and rhythms that God provides and creating a new earth. A good sending-out song. Sound sample and lyrics 
TiS 95 We Praise you, O Lord / Sing a new song to the Lord (Willcock) A good cantor-led psalm, with a joyous response.
*MV 180 Sing, Sing Out! (Sing a new song) An excellent two-part round from Jim Hannah. It’s worth teaching it to your congregation so they can sing it with confidence and break into two parts. Alternately, you could have a small group sing it in canon with the rest of the congregation. Good for kids.
URW368 Give praise to the Lord and sing a new song (Haydn) A very simple Psalm refrain, set with a responsive reading.

Alternative Hebrew Scripture: Ezekiel 33:7-11
Turn back to God!
*AoV1-030 / GA213 / G(II)282 / GC386 / GC(II)405 / G(3)484 / Lau842 Come back to me / Hosea (Norbet) Quite beautiful song of return to God. Nice sung sound sample. Lead sheet.
ATOK 331 Turn to me with all your heart (Ylvisaker) I like this one, unfortunately I can't find lyrics or sound samples online.
GA304 / G(II)283 / GC389 / GC(II)410 / G(3)478 / Lau193 Return to God with all your heart (Haugen)  "Return to God with all your heart, the source of grace and mercy" Verses may need a cantor. Lead sheet. Sound sample.   
Traditional / Cha579 It's Me It's Me O Lord / Standing in the Need of Prayer Can be sung either as a personal song "Not my brother, not my sister but it's me O Lord", or could be a communal song "It's my brother AND my sister AND it's me O Lord".

Alternative Psalm Psalm 119:33-40
Give us life in God's way; teach us your ways; keep us on the path
*Iona (We walk his way) / G(3)517 We walk his way / Ewe Thina A joyful, simple African song. I'm guessing it's from South Africa. Sound sample. Good for kids.
*Iona (WWHW) / MV223 We will go with God / Sizohamba naye (Traditional Swaziland) A simple song from Swaziland. Good for the end of the service. Video with pronunciation and parts. Note that MV has a different translation. Good for kids.
NCH Psalter p702 (at the back of NCH) has a very good arrangement of Psalm 119 by Elaine Kirkland. The refrain is “Teach me, O God, the way of your statutes” and can be sung in 4 parts. Note that there are three sections. This week's reading is on p701.

Recorded Music Flourishing (Psalm 119) (Sandra McCracken) This is a lovely gentle reworking of this Psalm which might be good for listening to during a service.  I'm enjoying listening to it now, anyway... Sound sample and purchase options. Lyrics.
*MV45 / SP&P051 You are holy you show us the way / Hamba nathi (Zulu). There are a lot of translations of this song. I like "Come walk with us, the journey is long". Here's how it was sung for the soundtrack of Invictus; you wouldn't do all these variations with a congregation though! Good for kids
*Linnea Good / MV008 And on this path (Good) An energetic gospel style song. Here's a youtube video. We sing it much slower than this and as a gospel style song with big chords and a groovy bass part. I thought I'd never say that we sing something slower than anyone! Good for kids.
*URW143 The Grace of God is like a road (Hudson) Really beautiful words sung to a very familiar Celtic hymn tune (THE GIFT OF LOVE, which is very similar to O WALY WALY). Highly recommended. I would even print these words for the congregation to take home with them and meditate with during the week. A good song to sing after the sermon. We sang this once, three years ago when we read this passage. Would be good to sing it again. Lyrics.
*ATN 84 / NCH490 / CH539 / UMH521 / LBW660 / WoV660 / ELW325 / HPP433 / HPSS363 / CP512 / W&R506 / Cha627 / ZSS69 / URW110 I want Jesus to walk with me I don't usually suggest Jesus songs for the Hebrew Scriptures, but this is such a beautiful song, and so meditative, I couldn't not suggest it. I especially like Eric Bibb's version. You could just play this, if you like.
*NCYC07 Labyrinth (Chalson / Winton) A beautiful song about walking with God through all times. "To the heart of all that's sacred and to the margins we will walk the path with you". Excellent words. Not easy for a congregation, but if you have good musicians, they can sing it as a prayer for the congregation
*NCYC09 Understanding through you Lord (Price) A prayer for peace seeking understanding of suffering, and that our leaders gain understanding. Nicely written tune, very catchy once you've got it. I don't think it would be difficult for a younger congregation, but they may need to hear it first. Sound sample. 
GtG064 I long for your commandments (Janzen)  Good words that pick up many of the themes of Psalm 119. You may like to introduce it this week, and sing it again in the weeks to come as we keep reading the Psalm. The tune is very old and quite lovely.
TiS 430 / AHB 337 / Cha324 Your words to me are life and health (Martin) I really like this old hymn. It’s a bit old fashioned, but it still works, I think. Sound sample and lyrics   

Romans 13:8-14
Love your neighbour. Live honourably
*ATFG561 / Tune In Community (Brown) A song about being welcomed and part of a community. Sound sample and lyrics. Good for kids. "Part of a family interconnected, this is community; Welcoming strangers, visiting neighbours, this gives us dignity".
*TiS 468 / NCH309 / PH436 We are your people Spirit of grace (Wren) I really like the lyrics to this one. The tune is a bit funny and the hymn is quite long - needs something to stop people plodding through it; maybe split the singing into male/female or different sides of the congregation. Sheet music.
*TiS 629 / AHB 558 / AoV2-136 / ATA 197 / CH544 / VU600 / A&M575 / Lau888 When I needed a neighbor were you there (Carter) I find it hard to frame this song for kids - it's a horrible story, and the idea of a baby being put into a basket is frightening. One story of hope that I think is great for kids is how Pharoah's daughter cared for Moses regardless of where he was from. I think this song would work well to tell that part of the story. Lyrics. Good for kids.   
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. Not entirely enclusive. The tune may be tricky if not familiar, so you may need to introduce the melody to your congregation.
*TiS 650 / ATA 191 / CH694 / A&M604 / NCH539 / VU595 / ELW659 / AA08 / SFFS 2222 / HPP442 / GtG727 / G(II)476 / GC683 / GC(II)661 / G(3)751 / CP500 / CP(E) 393 / W&R391 / Cha490 / SP263 / URW117 / Lau924 Brother, sister, let me serve you / Won't you let me be your servant? (Gillard) I think you all know this one. Lyrics. NCH has a nice turn on the lyrics with "Won't you let me be your servant?" as the first line. 
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.
NCH541 They asked “Who’s my neigbor and whom should I love?” Great words from Jan Wesson, and a simply folkish tune that’s a bit like Sydney Carter’s hymn tunes. Challenging words that pick up the good Samaritan reading, but also very appropriate for this week’s reading.
*ATW 498 / Iona (T1AU) / MV 196 / SP&P182 / URW438 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". Good for kids. Sound sample.
*ATOK 390 Put on love every day, never hide your love away (Walker) A groovy song that's good for kids!
*TiS 640 / AHB 561 / ATE 310 / NCH498 / UMH432 / VU593 / WoV765 / ELW708 / HPP446 / GtG203 / PH367 / G(II)296 / GC409 / GC(II)429 / G(3)505 / CP504 / W&R273 / Cha600 / URW116 / 82Hml-602 / Lau241 Jesu Jesu fill us with your love / Kneels at the feet of his friends (Colvin & people of Ghana) Lyrics. Good for kids 
*ATA 184 Spring follows winter (love is the law) (Mann) Lovely words to a familiar traditional English (?) melody. Perfect for Southern Hemispherites - it's the first Sunday of Spring! There is a Father in the last verse, but is inclusive other than that. Lyrics (downloads a pdf).
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.
*NCH089 / 82Hml-009 Awake awake to love and work (Studdert-Kennedy) Easy to sing and wonderful words of getting up and getting going in doing what's needed. I especially like the 3rd verse. Sung to the familiar tune MORNING SONG. Lyrics.

Matthew 18:15-20
Instructions for resolving conflict. God’s presence where there are few gathered together.
*TiS 477 / Iona (LFB, Common Ground) / CH510 / StJ / GA529 / A&M450 / CP059 / SP218 / URW056 Jesus calls us here to meet him. Good words and a rollicking or gentle Celtic tune (depending on how you play it!). Lyrics (downloads PowerPoint slides) 4th verse (not in TiS, but in Iona sources) leads to communion.
*NCH70 / UMH660 / VU389 / WoV719 / ELW526 / A&M445 / HPP486 / GtG409 / PH461 / GC741 / GC(II)737 / G(3)843 / CP(E) 301 / W&R1 / Cha280 / STB049 God is here as we your people (Pratt Green). Great lyrics, but not inclusive in all sources and set to a range of tunes. I like it sung to the familiar tune ABBOT'S LEIGH. Lyrics, sound sample and sheet music sample.
ELW341 / SFFS 2187 / G(II)549 / GC759 / GC(II)752 / G(3)857 / W&R627 / Cha471 / Lau675 Now it is evening / At evening (Pratt Green) A song of justice and caring for others who are lonely, hungry in the city. The set tune is really good and simple, but it can also be sung to BUNESSAN. Mostly makes sense for evening services only, but maybe it could work in the morning…? Lead sheet. Sound sample.
*Like a Healing Stream / MV014 / SP&P042 Where two or three are gathered (Harding) A simple round. I really like this, and it would be great for a smaller congregation to start worship. Good for kids “Where two are three are gathered in my name, I am there, I am there”. Sound sample and sheet music PDFs for purchase here. 
STB070 Jesus come dwell within our yearning hearts / Jishu esho amar antore (Das) This song from Bangladesh has lyrics in Bengali and English. I think it would work well to sing the chorus and the repeated sections in Bengali if you can, and the rest in English, or sing part in English and part in Bengali.

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