Monday, July 27, 2015

Songs, Hymns, Music for Proper 15B / Ordinary 20B / Pentecost +12 (August 16 2015)

1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14
David dies, and Solomon becomes king. Solomon asks God for an understanding mind and discernment.
  • *MV010 / GtG174 / URW099 / VF060 Come and seek the ways of wisdom (Duck) This song is more about the personification of Wisdom, but would work very well as a gathering song in the context of this reading. The tune in MV and GtG is a joyful 6/8 tune, but not familiar, so if it seems difficult, you could sing the same words to PICARDY (TiS 497). VF has a more challenging tune, which may be a bit tricky for a congregation. Lyrics.
  • *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.
  • NCH510 Grant us wisdom to perceive you (Whitney) A hymn with great words seeking wisdom in perception, faithfulness in prayer, diligence in action, courage in evangelism. Sung to an old German carol tune which is not too hard. Could also be sung to other tunes if you like.
  • *FFS32 / Online Resource God who sets us on a journey (Dine) Good words about discernment. I think it would be easy to sing this to HYFRYDOL. Lyrics. New words to old tunes
  • *Tune In Alive in me (Anderson / Brown). “Spirit of the Father, spirit of my brother, spirit of the living one alive in me. Spirit of the Mother, tenderhearted lover, wisdom to discover alive in me”… etc. A good upbeat song. Lyrics, sample and songbook available here.
  • *CH604 Holy wisdom lamp of learning (Duck) Great words seeking wisdom, judgement, and celebrating a searching faith. Sung to a good joyful and easy hymn tune (IN BABILONE). Could also be sung to BEACH SPRING. 
  • *GA183 Come Holy Spirit, the spirit of Wisdom (Willcock) Good song. It's in 7/8 so you can't go wrong. The words are also excellent about God-with-us and the coming of the Spirit. This is also in New Song in an Ancient Land Vol 1 (in the Liturgy Library at BUC).   
  • *TiS 611 / AHB 543 / NCH436 / UMH577 / VU686 / LBW415 / ELW705 / A&M648 / HPP456 / PH420 / GtG307 / CP577 / CP(E) 448 / W&R569 / Cha464 / 82Hml-594 / StF682 / MP192 God of Grace and God of Glory (Fosdick) A song about being courageous and wise. There are many possible tunes and many sets of words to this hymn. NCH has the most inclusive words, but TiS and AHB are okay too. They don’t hold back in verse 3. Chorus: “Grant us wisdom, Grant us courage, for the facing of this hour”. Don’t know about everyone else, but I know best the tune AHB 543 (ii). One version of the lyrics. 
  • Seeds of faith God, Give me wisdom (Bruxvoort-Colligan) Not a congregational song, but if you have someone who could pull this off, it might be fun to play and sing as part of a children's address. Sample and lyrics 
  • *Worldmaking.net God of my breathing (Bruxvoort-Colligan) Beautiful words about God within us sung to the familiar tune SLANE. "God of my breathing and God of my heart, Spirit embodied in all human parts, Would that this body, from head to the toes, Bring forth Your glory in all that I know". Lyrics, sound sample and songbook.

Psalm 111  
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; It would be worth looking for an inclusive translation of this Psalm.  
*You might also like to sing some Alleluias in your service, particularly good for kids. Here is a list of some favourites.
  • *Linnea Good For we remember well (Good) A simple refrain for this Psalm.
  • PfAS111C The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Wilkey) A simple Psalm refrain.  
  • *PH274 O God of Earth and Space Terrific words by Jane Parker Huber to a well known Jewish hymn tune (LEONI). "Wherever freedom reigns, where sin is overthrown, Where justice fused with mercy rules, there you are known. Give us the courage clear, to make the earth a home, For all to live in harmony, in Christ’s shalom. Highly recommended. Lyrics (scroll down).
  • Emergent Psalter With my whole heart (Brown) A really nice refrain for this Psalm; cool rhythm... Accompaniment sheet music.
  • *MV010 / GtG174 / URW099 Come and seek the ways of wisdom (Duck) This song is about the personification of Wisdom, and would work very well as a gathering song in the context of this reading. Tune is joyful, but not familiar, so if it seems difficult, you could sing the same words to PICARDY (TiS 497). Lyrics.
  • NCH510 Grant us wisdom to perceive you (Whitney) A hymn with great words seeking wisdom in perception, faithfulness in prayer, diligence in action, courage in evangelism. Sung to an old German carol tune which is not too hard. Could also be sung to other tunes if you like.  
  • *FFS32 God who sets us on a journey (Dine) Good words about discernment. I think it would be easy to sing this to HYFRYDOL, and would be a good song for our congregation at the moment.
  • *CH604 Holy wisdom lamp of learning (Duck) Great words seeking wisdom, judgement, and celebrating a searching faith. Sung to a good joyful and easy hymn tune (IN BABILONE). Could also be sung to BEACH SPRING.  Sample music and lyrics.
  • *TiS 611 / AHB 543 / NCH436 / UMH577 / VU686 / LBW415 / ELW705 / A&M648 / HPP456 / PH420 / GtG307 / CP577 / CP(E) 448 / W&R569 / Cha464 / 82Hml-594 / StF682 / MP192 God of Grace and God of Glory (Fosdick) A song about being courageous and wise. There are many possible tunes and many sets of words to this hymn. NCH has the most inclusive words, but TiS and AHB are okay too. They don’t hold back in verse 3. Chorus: “Grant us wisdom, Grant us courage, for the facing of this hour”. Don’t know about everyone else, but I know best the tune AHB 543 (ii). One version of the lyrics.  
  • NCH Psalter (Psalm 111) Great, great, great are the works of God (Haugen) An excellent refrain with an inclusive Psalm for reading / cantoring. 
  • TiS 68 God established an eternal covenant (Marshall) A good inclusive and simple refrain with non-inclusive cantor part / reading. Reading can easily be adapted to make it inclusive.
Alternative Hebrew Scripture: Proverbs 9:1-6
Wisdom has prepared the table
  • *Tune In / NCYC'09 / ATAR598 God has laid a feasting table / Invitation (Whelan). Feminine imagery of God gathering her guests to a feasting table. Fun Cuban rhythm. Sample and songbook.   
  • ATOK 393 Real food real drink (Mann) A good song for the musicians to sing for the congregation, and have them join in the chorus. Lyrics. 
  • MV198 When we gather at the table (Farquharson) Lovely words of welcome to the table. Suitable if you are celebrating communion. The congregation will pick up the tune by the time you reach the 5th verse, but make sure you play it through first. Sound sample, lyrics and sheet music
  • VU892 / CP392 / Cha258 Who comes from God as word and breath, Holy Wisdom (Michaels) Solid words about the place of wisdom in the Godhead. "Who lifts her voice for all to hear? Joyful Wisdom.Who shapes a thought and makes it clear? Truthful Wisdom: Teacher, drawing out our best, magnifies what we invest, names our truth, directs our quest. Wisest one, radiant one, welcome, holy Wisdom!". Lyrics and tune sample. 
  • *MV010 / GtG174 / URW099 Come and seek the ways of wisdom (Duck) This song is about the personification of Wisdom, and would work very well as a gathering song in the context of this reading. Tune is joyful, but not familiar, so if it seems difficult, you could sing the same words to PICARDY (TiS 497). Lyrics.
Psalm for the Proverbs reading Psalm 34:9-14
The taste and see part of this Psalm!
  • VU460 / R181 / ELW461 / *SFFS 2126 / GtG509 / G(II)589 / GC820 / GC(II)817 / RS 845 / Cha419 / Lau477 All who hunger gather gladly (Dunstan) The words are great; I would sing it to the tune HOLY MANNA. There is a contemporary tune (by Bob Moore) is also very nice, but may need to be introduced to your congregation. “All who hunger gather gladly, holy manna is our bread. Come from wilderness and wand’ring, here, in truth, we will be fed. You that yearn for days of fullness, all around us is our food. Taste and see the grace eternal, Taste and see that God is good”. Lyrics (scroll down). New words to old tunes
  • *AoVK-24 / Iona (T1AU) / CH756 Bless the Lord (Kenyan) Simple and fun Kenyan call and response. "Bless the Lord there is no other God" Kids would really enjoy this, and with some African drumming, it would really be excellent. The tune is identical to Reamo Leboga. Sound sample of Reamo leboga (scroll to the 3rd album). Good for kids.
  • *TiS 706 / Taizé / AoV2-142 / A&M600 / SFFS 2013 / GtG544 / PH224 / GC(II)576 / G(3)620 / CP360 / PfAS103C / SP194 / Src79 / URW377 / Lau813  Bless the Lord my soul (Batastini / Taizé) A beautiful and very well known Taizé chant. Sound samples, sheet music. Good for kids. 
  • *Iona / CH788 / MV104 / GtG659 Know that God is Good / Mungu ni mwema (Traditional Congo) This traditional African refrain is just lots of fun and very simple to sing. Good for kids and adults! Sound sample (a bit "white", but it gives you an idea). It's a while since we've sung this, but it's great! 
  • *TiS 73 / Taizé / CH77 / GA418 / GtG635 / G(II)364 / GC526 / GC(II)528 / G(3)623 / CP313 / Srce614 /  URW384 / Lau698 Laudate Dominum / Sing Praise And Bless The Lord (Berthier) One of the more jolly Taizé chants. I prefer it in Latin, but for kids, this one is quite good fun in English. Good for kids. Sound sample and parts for learning.
  • G(II)44 / GC46 I Will Bless the Lord (Gouin) A nice contemporary cantored Psalm with inclusive lyrics. Sound sample. Sheet music.
  • *G(II)602 / GC835 / G(3)917 O Taste and See (Haugen) Inclusive cantor line. Groovy and simple gospel style refrain. Sound sample
  • *AoV2-064 / Lau046 Taste And See (Barr) I like this. A simple chant (3 parts if you want) with a cantor that fits over the chant. Good for kids
  • *AoV1-067 Taste And See (Hurd) Great tune for this passage. Cantor plus refrain.
  • GA203 Taste and see God's love for us (Browne / Lenehan) This could be really good. It's unusual, and has particular verses for various times in the church year. It has an ostinato refrain (very very simple) and cantored choruses. The words are particularly lovely for the verses. "come to me, come to me and drink deeply, freely, taste and see my love". Inclusive too.
  • VU761 / SFFS 2267 / GC(II)827 Taste and See (Moore) Simple chant. Some versions have verses. Sheet music, and tacky sound sample (search for Taste).   
  • ELW493 / G(II)45 / GC47 / GC(II)34 / G(3)034 Taste and See the goodness of the Lord (Haugen) Quite nice cantor and refrain. Sheet music, lyrics and tacky sound sample (search for Taste).  
  • TiS 22 / AHB 597 Taste and see the goodness of the Lord (Willcock) A nice simple response for this Psalm. Could be used with a cantor, or more simply, someone speaking the Psalm with the congregation joining with the response between each stanza. 
  • AoV1-083 / GA036 / GtG763 / G(II)46 / GC48 / GC(II)33 / G(3)047 / PfAS082B / URW257 / Lau892 The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor (Foley) The chorus for this makes a very good refrain for this Psalm, as set in PfAS. Sound sample and lyrics (including verses). 
  • GC(II)621 / G(3)730 The Lord Will Heal the Broken Heart (Lawton) Maybe too tricky for a congregation, but it is quite beautiful for a soloist. Lyrics, sheet music and sound sample (search for Broken Heart)
Ephesians 5:15-20
Live as wise, not unwise people… sing psalms and hymns… give thanks at all times. 
See suggestions above and...
  • UMH438 / VU416 / A&M476 / CP467 / CP(E) 430 / W&R718 / StF550 / Lau861 / MP159 Forth in thy name O Lord I go (Wesley) Timeless words about committing all our works to God. I like this hymn best played lightly and joyfully with a simple drum beat as a kind of minstrel tune, rather than a hymn. The old fashioned words seem to make a lot more sense to me that way. Some hymnals (including TiS) have sensitively modernised the words. Here's an older version with the slow organ. Yeah, the slow organ is nice too, I suppose, but I really like it about twice that speed...
  • *TiS 569 / AHB 478 / NCH18/19 / CH167 / UMH127 / VU651 / LBW343 / ELW618 / StF465 / A&M652 / HPP432 / GtG065 / PH281 / CP565 / CP(E) 455 / W&R501 / Cha622 / 82Hml690 / StF465 / Lau960 / MP201 Guide me O thou great Jehovah / Redeemer (Williams) A rousing hymn of God’s presence and strength and making it to the other side. "Bread of heaven, feed me now and evermore." Sound sample and lyrics
  •  TiS 471 / CP(E) 479 In praise of God meet duty and delight (Routley) I really like the sentiment behind the words but they may be too formal for my congregation. There are a number of possible tunes, SURSUM CORDA is probably the simplest. I especially love verse 3 "The desert is refreshed by songs of praise, relaxed the frown of pride, the stress of grief".
  • *TiS 670 / SiS569 / AoVK-138 / ATE 258 / CH692 / Srce385 / MP376 Jesus put this song into our hearts (Kendrick) A fun Yiddish tune that gets even more fun if you get faster and faster as you go. Try teaching your congregation a simple side to side “dance” step. If you teach them and make it clear that it’s okay, you’ll be surprised how many people will join in. Good for kids. Youtube. Lyrics
  •  NCH401 / GtG308 / W&R388 O god in whom all life begins (Daw) Excellent words of living as a community of faith. Sung to a simple English melody. Lyrics and sheet music.
  • A&M504 / GC(II)644 / W&R577 / G(3)743 / SP167 / StF689 / Lau836 Summoned by the God who made us / Sing a New Church (Dufner) Excellent words of Christian unity and justice to the well-known tune NETTLETON (TiS 392). Would be a good final hymn. Lyrics and sheet music here. New words to old tunes 
  • VU870 /  CP419 /  W&R25  / URW069 Let all creation bless the Lord (Daw) A very majestic hymn (the to tune MIT FREUDEN ZART). A good opening hymn.  New words to old tunes
John 6:51-58 
I am the LIVING bread. Bread becomes flesh.
Lots of overlaps with last weeks' suggestions here, so consolidate a new song from last week if you like.
  • *New Brunswick UC songs In Spirit we rise (Anderson) It would be great to sing this song about God's spirit working in and through us. "In Spirit we rise, rise, rise, to be bread for the world". Sorry, this isn't available yet online or in a songbook. I think it would be good to do this at BUC for the next couple of weeks.
  • Taizé / TiS 714 / AoV1-125 /ATE 270 / CH661 / UMH628 / VU466 / WoV709 / ELW472 / GtG527 / GA205 / A&M442 / G(II)588 / GC838 / GC(II)806 / G(3)941 / RS928 / CP063 / W&R697 / Cha414 / SP229 / URW379 / Lau633 / StF583 Eat this bread drink this cup (Batastini / Taize) Excellent, particularly if you have a capable cantor. Some resources say "Come to him and never be hungry", but others have "come to me / trust in me". 
  • *ATW 474 You're like the sun that warms me / Bread of angels (Mann) This is a nice ballad, a favourite of many in our congregation. It may not be easy for a congregation without some introduction because the structure is a little tricky. Lyrics.
  • *TiS474 / AoV1-012 / ATAR595 / CH623 / SFFS 2236 / HPP553 / A&M363 / GtG401 / G(II)539 / GC839 / GC(II)743 / G(3)848  / CP465 / W&R649 / Cha284 / SP175 / URW054 / Lau475 Here in this place new light is streaming / Gather us in (Haugen). Excellent words, very well known. “Nourish us well and teach us to fashion lives that are holy and hearts that are true”. Lyrics, sound samples, sheet music.
  • *TiS 569 / AHB 478 / NCH18/19 / CH167 / UMH127 / VU651 / LBW343 / ELW618 / StF465 / A&M652 / HPP432 / GtG065 / PH281 / CP565 / CP(E) 455 / W&R501 / Cha622 / 82Hml690 / StF465 / Lau960 / MP201 Guide me O thou great Jehovah / Redeemer (Williams) A rousing hymn of God’s presence and strength and making it to the other side. "Bread of heaven, feed me now and evermore." Sound sample and lyrics
  • FFS03 As we walk along beside you (Perry) Excellent words or recognising Christ in the word, the bread, the resurrection. A simple tune. Lyrics.
  • *AoVNG15 Bread of Life (Poirier) A nice gentle song. Would be good for distribution of communion. This was sung by the musicians on Maundy Thursday, and it would be good to sing it again. 
  • *TiS 538 / AoV2-093 Feed us now Bread of life (Mann) One of my favourite communion songs. Simple to sing, and beautiful simple theology. “Piece of bread, cup of wine, Lord this food is good”. Lyrics (search for "feed us now"). Good for kids. I love how the liturgy in the link intersperses the words of institution with the singing of the song. I think it's so great that there are so many orders of worship on the Internet! 
  • MV194 Bread of life feed my soul (Spencer) A simple communion prayer for healing and guidance.
  • WoV701 / ELW487 / URW119 What Feast of Love (Dufner) Very poetic devotional language about Christ as the bread, light and wine. Sung to GREENSLEEVES. Maybe better as a solo initially so people can just listen to the beauty of the words. Perhaps sung during distribution of communion.
  • ATW 473 / Lau625 Bread for the world a world of hunger (Farrell) Very nice words. Tune a bit schmaltzy, but the words save it. A bit gutsy really. Good for a soloist during distribution of communion. 
  • AoV1-027 / AoVK-102 / GA200 / G(II)613 / GC847 / GC(II)807 / G(3)924 / Lau473 We come to share our story / Song of the Body of Christ (Haas) Simple tune and good words "We come to share our story, we come to break the bread, we come to know our rising From the dead". Sung to a traditional Hawai'ian tune. 
  • MV197 Bread of life broken and shared (Gagnon) Quite nice verses and catchy chorus, which refers to this, and other famous bread-like readings. For communion. 
  • *TiS 541 / CH674 / WoV722 / ELW535 / GtG538 / G(II)394 / GC562 / GC(II)529 / G(3)626 / CP082 / SP&P190 / W&R709 / ZSS198 / URW400 Hallelujah we sing your praises / Haleluyah! Pelo Tsa Rona. Joyous and simple song. "Christ the Lord to us said "I am wine, I am bread. I am wine, I am bread. Give to all who thirst and hunger". Sound sample. Sheet music sample. Good for kids. 
  • *TiS 239 / AHB 185 / ATE 236 / NCH48 / Lau746 Jesus the Christ said "I am the bread" / Jesus the Lord said "I am the bread" (Urdu) Good for kids and non-readers as it is very repetitive.
  • VU460 / R181 / ELW461 / *SFFS 2126 / GtG509 / G(II)589 / GC820 / GC(II)817 / RS 845 / Cha419 / Lau477 All who hunger gather gladly (Dunstan) The words are great; I would sing it to the tune HOLY MANNA. There is a contemporary tune (by Bob Moore) is also very nice, but may need to be introduced to your congregation. “All who hunger gather gladly, holy manna is our bread. Come from wilderness and wand’ring, here, in truth, we will be fed. You that yearn for days of fullness, all around us is our food. Taste and see the grace eternal, Taste and see that God is good”. Lyrics (scroll down). New words to old tunes
  • *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.
  • MV192 We come now to your table Lord you are the living bread (Traditional Caribbean) Very simple communion chorus from Jamaica. This would be best with harmonies and lots of percussion, or I think it would be just a bit dull. Could be very energetic and celebratory! 
What ideas do you have? If you have some suggestions for any of the above readings, please join the conversation and post them in the comments below. I'd love to know what you're singing (or would like to sing...) 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Bread of Life from Heaven, ELW 474
Five verses align perfectly with the 5 weeks of lectionary bread, this being week 3 and so verse 3.