Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Songs for National Holidays

People ask me about these every year, and I don't usually suggest anything, but there are a few songs worth mentioning that are particularly relevant and country-specific. This is just a beginning, and I will add to it as I think more about it.

Australia
Online Resource We're standing here on holy ground (Brown) Excellent words set to a simple Maluku tune. Lyrics here.
Online Resource If we can now say that we're sorry (Fletcher) Excellent words and a simple enough song to be sung by a congregation. Sheet music, sound samples etc. AoVK-130 Around this land we love so well (Bates) Very specific words; useful if you are talking about Aboriginal Reconciliation. The tune is quite straightforward, but if it is new it would work best sung by a soloist.
*Online Resource Creator God you made this land (Pearson) Words of reconciliation from the United Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress. "Great Spirit in this ancient land, speak in the stillness deep within. Remove all prejudice and fear, give life to all, new hope begin. Then help us gently walk as friends, while on this land your peace descends". Sung to the familiar hymn tune ST PETERSBURG (TiS375). Lyrics (downloads a pdf)
Recorded Music Special treatment (Paul Kelly) This song could work well during a prayer of confession; I think Archie Roach has recorded it too, and I like his version better. Youtube. Lyrics

Songs from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities
TiS 383 Joyful the morning when Jesus Christ is risen (Traditional Torres Strait Islander) It's beautiful and joyful and Torres Strait Islander! We should sing this!
*TiS 253 / AoV2-119 / AoVK-103 / GA419 O Lord Jesus Marrkapmirr This simple song from an Aboriginal community in Arnhem land is easy to sing and talks of the timelessness of God’s love. “O Lord Jesus Marrkapmirr, all the power belongs to you”. There is some king and power language in this which may not work for some. Lyrics  
ATFG574 /  NCYC'97 You are our Father you live in heaven / Aboriginal Lord's Prayer (Warmun and Tiwi communities) Aboriginal Australian version of the Lord's Prayer. 

New Zealand

USA
MV053 God who spread the boundless prairie (O'Driscoll) A good hymn for those in countries that have prairies! The words seek unity, and a better future. Lyrics (downloads a pdf).

Canada
MV053 God who spread the boundless prairie (O'Driscoll) A good hymn for those in countries that have prairies! The words seek unity, and a better future. Lyrics (downloads a pdf).


Songs, Hymns & Music for Proper 14A / Pentecost 19A / Pentecost +8 (August 10, 2014)

Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
Joseph, the favoured son of Jacob is sold off as a slave by his jealous brothers.
I will suggest some of these songs again next week, so if you are tempted to sing something new, you can repeat it next week and it will still fit.
*NCH429 God bless our homes (von Christierson) A song to the easy tune CHARTERHOUSE seeking harmoniuos relationships and forgiveness within our households. 3rd verse "Forgive the hurts our selfishness inflicted on those we love and those who love us best. Christ, heal the scars, and draw us all together in God whose will is peace and joy and rest."
SFFS 2169 / GtG445 God How Can We Forgive? (Duck) Good words of healing broken relationships that once were loving to the tune of LEONI. It references the story of the woman caught in adultery, but could also be useful for this passage. Lyrics (scroll down).
*TiS 683 / WoV735 / ELW603 / W&R416 God when human bonds are broken (Kaan) These words pick up an unusual theme, and fit really well with this reading. There are a couple of possible tunes, none of which are immediately familiar, but they are not difficult either. We have not sung this for quite some time. Lyrics and sheet music.
MV074 When painful mem'ries haunt each day / When painful memories haunt each day (Ruth Duck) I suggest singing it to the more familiar Celtic tune KINGSFOLD (TiS 262). "When painful mem'ries haunt each day and dreams disturb the night, when life is washed with shades of grey and phantoms fill our sight, Christ stay beside us and embrace the child who dwells within; come, Healer, touch or lives with grace; restore our lives again."
*TiS 689 / ATE 286 / GtB Lord hear my praying, listen to me / Sorrowing song (Mann) Powerful words of prayer to a simple tune. Words are straightforward about asking difficult questions of God. Lyrics (loads a pdf).
*TiS 674 / Iona (Common Ground, Heaven Shall Not Wait) / A&M562 / CH253 Inspired by love and anger (Bell) Powerful lyrics, simple English folk tune. Lyrics (search for "inspired")
MV127 I saw the rich ones (Mayberry) This song is not directly related to the passage, but the chorus of "But with God the world is turned upside down, the poor are embraced and the lost they are found. Let's work for a world where all people are free; where it's good to feel good about God loving you and me" would be a great song to use while telling a story. Good for kids

You may wish to sing a modern song against slavery.
*ELW710 / CP575 Let streams of living justice (Whitla) Awesome words of justice. Sung to the familiar tune THAXTED. Lyrics. It could probably work to a different (less pompous) tune too.
Online resource Help Us O God to create a new future (Pratt) This song reflects on the slavery of the past, and its continuance, with a call to work until all are "Fully alive". Free sheet music.
Here's a website with some other excellent anti-slavery song suggestions.

Psalm 105: 1-6, 16-22, 45b

Praise God. A slave becomes a ruler.
Might be good to check the Inclusive Bible for this passage. 
TiS 66 Sing to God, sing praises. A good cantor and refrain. The refrain will also work well with the Psalm being read from the verses.
*NCH Psalter
Let the hearts of those who seek God rejoice! Good joyous refrain, which could be used with the sung or read Psalm.
*AoVK-24 / Iona (T1AU) / CH756 Bless the Lord (Kenyan). A good call and response chant – would make a good processional. Words are: Bless the Lord (my sisters), Bless the Lord (my brothers) Bless the Lord there is no other God. I think our congregation would really enjoy this. The tune is identical to Reamo Leboga. Sound sample of Reamo leboga (scroll to the 3rd album).
*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!
*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.
*ATN 51 / SFFS 2258 / SiS / CP492 Sing alleluia to the Lord A simple and familiar song to many. It has nice soaring Alleluias and is not too hard. Substitute “Our God” if you like, as some hymnals do.
*MV187 / ELW682 We give our thanks / Reamo leboga (Traditional Botswana) A great song to sing for the offering. Sound sample (scroll to the 3rd album). We usually sing it much more quickly than this sample.
*ATE 216 / Iona (SBL) / CH126 / StJ / ELW555 / PH472 / G(II)365 / GC527 / CP417 / W&R015 /  O sing to the Lord / Cantai ao Senhor / Cantad al Señor (Traditional Brazilian) A good, fun and simple song that is easy to learn in Portuguese or Spanish too. Some versions also have multiple verses (e.g. CH). Sound sample (click on the play button). Good for kids

*This may seem a strange suggestion, but the image of a slave becoming the ruler is picked up in the Magnificat. If it seems appropriate, you could sing a favourite setting of the Magnificat. The simplest approach would be to sing the Taize Magnificat either in unison or as a round as a reminder of the upside-down world of God. Sample sheet music here.

Alternate Hebrew Scripture: 1 Kings 19:9-18
Elijah finds God, not in the wind or the earthquake, or the fire, but in the silence

*ATW 435 / NCYC'99 Like the woman of old / Wellsprings A favourite song in our congregation about going to the "Wellsprings of life"and finding Jesus there. Picks up themes of tiredness, broken hearts and weariness, but makes the point that it's worth the effort. Lyrics (downloads pdf)
*MV084 In you there is a refuge (Wehlander / Good) A simple quiet song. "In you there is a silence, in you our minds are clear. When all we hear is discord may your quiet draw us near".
*VU278 / URW221 In the quiet curve of evening (Howards) Beautiful words. Simple tune. Particularly lovely for the Southern Hemisphere congregations who are at Winter Solstice. Lyrics.
*Taizé / GtG814 / CP563 / PfAS062D In God alone my soul can find rest and peace / Mon ame se repose (Berthier) A beautiful healing chant from Taize. Words and music and sound samples for learning the parts  Good for kids.
CH609 / A&M615 / CP(E) 403 Come living God when least expected (Gaunt) Good words to a nice tune (SUNSET) of God coming when we are uninspired or God seems hidden. "Come now, as once you came to Moses within the bush alive with flame, or to Elijah on the mountain, by silence pressing home your claim". Lyrics and sound sample.

*AoV2-006 / The tide has turned Deeper River / There's a river running deep within the silence of our souls (Digby Hannah). An excellent song of restoration for tired desert-like souls. Lyrics.
*ELW466 / FFS38 / SFFS 2255 / GtG533 In the singing in the silence (Murray) Lovely words, simple tune in FFS; there are quite a few tunes to this. Lyrics and single-use only downloadable PDF.
MV118 Me alone (Jamaican traditional) A very simple repetitive call-and-response song. Could work well as a reflective song. 

CH133 / UMH113 / GtG011 / GC(II)563 / G(3)667 / Cha012 Source and sovereign rock and cloud (Troeger / ABERYSTWYTH) Excellent words of many names for God / I AM. Can be sung to BIRINUS, but I would sing it to the more familiar ABERYSTWYTH. Sheet music and lyrics.
*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).
*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).
*Recorded music: Trisha Watts In the stillness This beautiful chant would fit well with the Psalm; from her album "Invokation". "In the stillness, there is a sweet gentle voice, calming the storm in the night". Available here (scroll down)
*Beneath the noise Beneath the noise (Sanders / Randall) A lovely simple song to open worship. I'm not sure if this book is still available.
TiS 26 / AoV2-097 / Iona (LFB) / GA450 Just as a lost and thirsty deer (Bell / Maule) A quite simple paraphrase, set to a hymnlike tune.
Online resource Winter Snow (Audrey Assad) This is a lovely song, more for a soloist than congregation. "But you came like a winter snow quiet and soft and slow Falling from the sky in the night to the earth below"; particularly good for Southern Hemisphere congregations. Sound sample, lyrics and sheet music.  

*Tune In Save us in the time of trial (Whelan) A song with a reflective almost-Taize-like chorus. We have sung this a cuople of different ways, it's quite flexible. Lyrics, sound sample and songbook available.
*Tune In: You in all our worries / All will finish well “In this world where injustice reigns, you are in the midst of pain”. Excellent words of reassurance in a difficult world. Sound sample, lyrics and songbook available here.
TiS 415 / CH588 / WoV682 / 82Hml-506 Praise the Spirit in creation (Hewlett) Amazing words of the Spirit moving, creating, inspiring. Tune is unfamiliar, but good. Note that TiS has masculine and militaristic language; seek out the newer lyrics in Church Hymnary. Lyrics (older version than in CH)
NCH286 / ATE 218 / VU375 / WoV684 / ELW396 / HPP239 / GtG291 / PH319 / W&R326 / Cha249 Spirit spirit of gentleness (Manley) Lovely, gentle song. Very easy to sing, but can get slow and ponderous if you're not careful. 

Alternate Psalm: Psalm 85:8-13

God will speak peace; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. God’s forgiveness and steadfastness.
AoV1-106 / UMH376 / WoV774 / ELW753 / GtG752 / G(II)528 / GC730 / GC(II)724 / G(3)822 / CP562 /  Cha297 / URW443 / 82Hml-712 / Lau904 Dona Nobis Pacem (American folk song) This is very well known, and would fit well with this reading. Good for kids.
Taizé / TiS 713 / Cha296 Dona nobis pacem domine / cordium (Berthier) There is a specific cantor line for Psalm 85 to go with this prayer of peace. Sound samples and sheet music for the refrain
*TiS 409 / AHB 322 / CH595 / UMH543 / VU202 / StJ / Cha250 O Breath of life come sweeping through us (Elizabeth Porter Head) This is a really wonderful older style hymn with inclusive lyrics. Lyrics and sound sample. Not all verses are in all hymnals
*AoVNG55 / Iona (WWHW) / G(II)74 / CP113 Come O Lord and Set Us Free (Ducote / Daigle/ Balhoff) Good simple, inclusive refrain with a pretty groovy cantor line; could work for the younger set. This song appears in a few different formats. There is a full-length short song (WWHW) and a short 7 bar refrain (Gather), either would work well as a response. The refrain is exactly the same melody as the short song, but only uses the words "Come O Lord and set us free, come and set us free". Sample sheet music. Sound sample.
G(II)254 / GC330 Let Me Taste Your Mercy Like Rain (Cooney) Good words of both personal and communal redemption. Simple contemporary tune. Lyrics & lead sheet. Clunky sound sample.  
*CH198 / MV001 / HPP550 / A&M365 / GtG301 / GC753 / GC(II)741 / G(3)850 / SP176 / URW058/ Lau458 Let Us Build a House / All are welcome (Haugen / TWO OAKS) This song has wonderful lyrics of hope for what a Christian community can be like, and a chorus that joyfully says “All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place”. Sheet music sample. Sound sample.
*TiS 217 / AHB 148 / NCH43 / CH519 / UMH384 / VU333 / A&M721 / LBW315 / ELW631 / A&M721 / GA463 / HPP48 / GtG366 / PH376 / GC622 / GC(II)613 / G(3)641 / CP485/6 / CP(E) 516 / W&R358 / Cha517 / Srce457 / URW100 / 82Hml-657 / Lau801 Love divine all loves excelling (Wesley) Can't possibly sing this song too often! A beautiful classic song and most hymnals use a very inclusive version of this hymn, even the AHB! "Joy of heaven" *sigh*, so lovely! Lyrics and sound sample. You may also like to give Rend Collective Experiment's version a listen (hard to sing, but nice for listening).
MV222 May the peace of God be your peace (McLaren) A lovely benediction. Will need to be taught first.
CH659 / MV173 / StJ / A&M566 / G(3)824 / W&R389 / SP251 Put peace into each other’s hands (Kaan) Good words for communion; tune is quite simple and flows nicely. Slow sound sample, sheet music with lyrics. Good for kids
*Emergent Psalter Show us your mercy O God (Everett) A simple refrain and read Psalm.
*CH720 / A&M409 / GtG470 / G(3)653 / SP204 / Lau941 There is a longing in our hearts O Lord (Quigley) Good words of longing for God's love, justice, wisdom, healing. A good song for before, during or after intercessions.
PfAS085C Righteousness and peace (Callahan) A nice simple refrain; a little bit majestic. "Righeousness and peace shall go before the Lord".

Romans 10:5-15
A call to evangelism
TiS 420 Holy Spirit go before us every mind and heart prepare (Elizabeth Smith) Great words of evangelism and justice to a simple lilting melody. If you think your congregation can't cope with a new tune this week, it can be sung to AUSTRIA (TiS 93).
*TiS 411 / AHB 328 / NCH266 / UMH537 / VU194 / A&M633 / CP658 / CP(E) 425 / W&R331 Filled with the Spirit's power Excellent inclusive words to a very well known hymn tune. I prefer it sung to WOODLANDS. Lyrics and hymn tune samples.
*ATOK 348 / Iona (HSNW) / G(II)496 / GC692 / GC(II)697 Come with me / Sing hey for the carpenter (Iona) Excellent. I love this one. Very joyous, and a big favourite in our congregation. Lyrics. Good for kids. 
*TiS 749 / AoV1-154 / AoVK-131 / ATE 305 / NCH360 / Iona (SBL, Freedom is coming) / CH800 / UMH497 / VU572 / WoV773 / ELW809 / GA493 / A&M481 / HPP340 / GtG746 / G(II)484 / GC677 / GC(II)674 / G(3)776 / W&R713 / Cha447 / SP234 Send me Jesus / Thuma mina You all know this one, right? Good for kids.
*ATOK 412 / Iona (SBL, Common Ground) / CH250 / MV212 / A&M482 / GtG747 / SFFS 2184 / Lau855 Sent by the Lord am I / Sent out in Jesus name / Enviado soy de Dios (Traditional Cuban) Great rhythm, good words and not too hard to sing (provided you sing it a little slowly the first time!) I prefer the MV translation "Sent out in Jesus' name". Good for kids. Lyrics.
*ATOK 413 / Iona (HSNW) / CH533 / VU567 / StS039 / A&M510 / ELW798 / GA502 / SFFS 2130 / HPP317 / GtG726 / G(II)510 / GC700 / GC(II)687 / G(3)790 / CP430 / CP(E) 622 / W&R350 / URW060 / Lau877 Will you come and follow me / The Summons (Iona / KELVINGROVE) A classic. Don't sing it too slowly or it really drags and takes forever!
*UMH670 / VU418 / A&M478 / CP(E) 438 / W&R708 Go forth for God go to the world in peace (Peacey) Good solid words to a good solid hymn tune.
NCH357 / CH680 / G(II)487 / GC680 / GC(II)675 / G(3)774 / Lau425 You are called to tell the story (Duck) Excellent words. The simplest tune would be REGENT SQUARE. A range of tunes are used in the sources available.

Matthew 14:22-33
Jesus walks on the water - Peter tries....

*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). Note that Jesus finally made it away from the crowd for some time in solitude. If you’d like to focus on that aspect of the story, you could use this song as a call to worship.
*Tune In: Hail the fisherfolk (Brown) A bluesy litany of the saints, including the fishermen of yesterday and the fisherfolk of today. This song celebrates the many people who have followed God’s call through the ages. Lyrics, sound sample and songbook.
*Worldmaking.net Brother Jesus right beside me (Bruxvoort-Colligan) This is a great rock song, good for little kids and a favourite of much older kids too. Lyrics and a very silly sound sample that IMHO does no justice to the song at all. We really rock it. Great for kids!
*NCYC ’93 / ATFG586 We will love / We will walk with you at the edges (Gardener) This is a good little rock number “We will walk with you at the edges, we will die with you at the cross roads, we will risk with you taking chances, we will love”. Or something like that. Good for kids. 
*SP&P003 Come Jesus is calling to you (Strachan) Good song for kids. Very simple to sing.
*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.
*TIS 624 / W&R453 Christ be my leader by night as by day. Excellent words of following Christ in times of struggle to a traditional Scottish melody. Lyrics
*TiS 589 / AHB 505 / NCH171 / CH509 / UMH398 / VU562 / A&M324 / LBW494 / ELW696 / HPP314 / CP432 / CP(E) 233 / W&R345 / Cha337 / 82Hml-550 Jesus calls us; o'er the tumult (Alexander) Great words. TiS sets it to ST CATHERINE, but it could be sung to other tunes (like STUTTGART) if this is not familiar to your congregation (it’s not hard though).   
CH577 / SFFS 2166  / GtG702 / W&R425 / Lau910  Christ be beside me (Quinn) Excellent lyrics similar to St. Patrick’s breastplate prayer to the tune BUNESSAN (Morning has broken), so very simple to sing. Sound and sheet music samples available here (search for Christ be beside me).
Recorded Music Christ Before Me (Malcolm Gordon) A song based on St. Patrick's Breastplate. Might be good to get your own musicians to sing this, if they can. Sound sample and purchase options.  
*AoV2-070 / ATW 496 / MV090 / StJ Don't be afraid (Bell) Excellent. I love this song of reassurance. "Don't be afraid, my love is stronger. My love is stronger than your fear". This song can be used as a response to intercessions. Good for kids. Sound sample.
*CH570 / UMH512 / W&R495 / ZSS164 When the storms of life are raging (stand by me) (Tindley) A good gospel song. Hymnals have a range of translations. Great for kids. Sound sample and lyrics. 
MV 138 My love colours outside the lines (Gordon Light) Excellent chorus and very singable “We’ll never walk on water if we’re not prepared to drown, body and soul need a soaking from time to time”. Youtube.

Recorded music:
Jesus is walking on the lake – Justin Roberts from his album Why Not Sea Monsters? (New Testament). Okay, I don’t know if this would fit in a worship service, but it would be good to use for a Sunday School class. “Jesus is walking on the lake, lake lake, I think he made a mistake, stake, stake, he really should have used a boat, boat boat, ‘cos people don’t float, float, float”. Actually, Justin’s lyrics have very good theology, and if you feel like it, his CDs have lyrics and chords so you can play and sing it yourself. Music sample here.

Written on a cold night in Fitzroy, where I can see the newly purple spire of St. Mark's Anglican church. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Songs, Hymns & Music for Proper 13A / Pentecost 18A / Pentecost +7 (August 3, 2014)

Genesis 32:22-31
Jacob seeks forgiveness from Esau, sending his family onwards, he remains alone and wrestles all night, obtaining a blessing from a man/God; seeing God face to face.
*Traditional Freedom is a constant struggle I love this song and I think it might work with this reading. Could be good used during prayers of confession or a time of lament. Lyrics.
*TiS 691 Faith will not grow from words alone (Smith) This is an excellent hymn about doubting and struggling in faith. The tune is familiar and I find the words very helpful for thinking and doubting Christians. Lyrics.
TiS 506 / AHB 430 / A&M424 / CP064 / CP(E) 281 Author of life divine (Wesley) Good inclusive words and a simple traditional tune; mystery of communion and seeing God's face. There is also a more modern tune from Carlton Young available from GIA music. Lyrics and sound sample.  
TiS 516 / AHB 438 / NCH336 / CH664 / UMH623 / VU459 / LBW211 / A&M447 / HPP521 / GtG517 / PH520 / GtG029 / CP(E) 304 / Cha416 / 82Hml-318 Here O my Lord I see thee face to face / Here gracious Lord, we see you face to face (Bonar) I prefer the more chant-like setting of this (Adoro to Devote), but I know the hymn-like tune (ST AGNES) is probably more familiar. Some translations are more inclusive than others. Best if you are serving communion during your service.
*ATOK 342 Jacob struggled for a blessing (Robin Mann). Excellent words. “When we struggle in the darkness, take away our fear and doubt. In the dirt beneath the surface quiet seeds begin to sprout”. Lyrics
*MV027 Creator God you gave us life (Judith Snowdon) “through the mist of time and space, we search for that which makes us whole…. our spirits soar beyond the veil to touch the very face of God”. A soaring tune that hits the “weepy” button for me, though I don’t know why. Easy to sing after a brief introduction, I think.
UMH386 / A&M616 / CP539 / CP(E) 407 / URW148 / 82Hml-638 Come O thou Traveler unknown (Wesley) This is an older hymn, and will not suit all congregations. I think it's quite mysterious and good. Maddy Prior recorded a good folky version of it, here
*Tune In / NCYC '07: Forgive us now (Brown) This is one of the best songs seeking forgiveness that I know. Lyrics, sound sample, and songbook. "Forgive us now, O mother love for all the idols we have built, For all the time we’ve worshipped there in company of dark despair. Forgive us mother of all hope”.
FFS19 For the hurt I create (Murray) Beautiful tunes (there are two) and words. Tune (ii) is most simple, so use that if you will sing it as a congregation, but tune (i) is also worth using if you have some good musicians who can sing it for your congregation. If using tune (ii) you may like to suggest to your congregation that they simply join in on the "forgive me, Lord, forgive" line, but make sure you teach it to them first, because the third one is different to the other three. "For the hurt that I create.... for the evil I condone... for works of peace I do not do... for hope and help that I refuse... forgive me Lord, forgive"  
FFS20 Forgive forgive us Holy God (Murray / Gibson) Very easy tune for a congregation to sing (and there are 5 verses to learn it in!). The words focus on our desensitisation to violence and our greed, so a nice fit for this week's reading. The final verse has a focus on communion, but still makes sense if you are not celebrating the eucharist this week. Lyrics and sheet music.

Psalm 17:1-7, 15
Asking for God to listen; God testing and trying and visiting by night, but the Psalmist has been faithful. I shall behold your face and be satisfied when I wake and see it. 
*NCH Psalter has a good translation of the Psalm and a simple lovely refrain from Jane Marshall.
*GtG211 Hear O Lord my plea for justice (Morgan) Excellent words set to a simple flowing tune; words are a little formal.
*PfAS017A / PfAS017B Lord bend your ear (Honoré) A very simple refrain which can be used with a read or chanted version of the Psalm. Good for kids
TiS006 Lord when your glory appears my joy will be full / O Lord hear a cause that is just This cantored Psalm is very beautiful. There is something about it that is quite formal and reverential without being pompous.
*MV214 May God's sheltering wings (Snowdon) A nice simple blessing and benediction, which may be sung about a feminine or a masculine God. Lyrics (downloads a pdf).
*Taizé / TiS 741 / AoV1-017 / ATE 282 / LBW368 / ELW407 / GA431 / SFFS 2200 / GtG471 / G(II)410 / GC586 / GC(II)566 / G(3)666 / W&R484 / Srce519 / URW390 / Lau929 O Lord hear my prayer (Berthier) A simple and very well known Taize chant. Works well during intercessions. You could read the Psalm between repeats of this chant, or just use as a chant as is. Good for kids. 
*GtG211 Hear O Lord my plea for justice (Morgan) A very nice lilting tune, and good words that gently paraphrase this Psalm.  
VU739 Guard me as the apple of your eye (Hopson) A nice refrain for this Psalm.
*URW238 Keep me keep me as the apple of your eye (Marshall) Very simple refrain for this Psalm, read responsively.
*ATFG575 / VU400 / WoV775 / ELW752 / SFFS 2193 / GtG469 / HPP403 / W&R489 / Cha305 / ZSS156 Lord Listen to Your Children Praying (Medema) A simple, repetitive song which would be fun to play around with - you could do it fast or slow. Lyrics and sheet music. 
*TiS 613 / AHB 546 / ATOK 405 / CH166 / LBW469 / ELW765 / A&M713 / SFFS2197 / HPP265 / GtG683 / GC578 / GC(II)560 / G(3)663 / CP506 / CP(E) 507 / W&R469 / URW179 / 82Hml-482 / Lau969 Lord of all hopefulness Lord of all joy (Struther) Excellent straightforward Irish tune (Slane), and beautiful words. Would be a good choice for the final song.
G(II)24 / GC25 Lord When Your Glory Appears (Stewart) A simple and good refrain. Lyrics and melody line. Sound sample.
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 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.  
Come to the waters, God's abundance is free for all, listen and live, seek God while near
*Taize Let all who are thirsty come (Taize) A lovely simple Taize chant. Sheet music, sound samples for learning.
*Online Resource Dry (Somerville) An excellent song seeking refreshment from the living water and grace of Christ. It will need a little time for teaching, or ask your musicians to sing it. We used this at Brunswick on Ash Wednesday. Sound sample and sheet music 
*G(3)815 The Thirsty Cry for Water Lord (Stuempfle / Haugen) Excellent words. The tune is pretty straightforward. Lead sheet. Sound sample.
*AoV1-074 Come To The Water (Andersen) A beautiful paraphrase of this reading. Familiar to many, but easy to sing if not. It is not entirely inclusive. Lyrics.
*Tune In / NCYC 2009 / ATAR598 God has laid a feasting table / Invitation (Whelan). Feminine imagery of God gathering her guests to a feasting table. Sample and songbook.
*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) Lyrics.
*StS060 / G(II)538 / GC743 / GC(II)740 / G(3)842 / URW055 / Online Resource Come to me come to us you who are burdened (Cooney) Very lovely, simple, welcoming song. Sound sample, and music for purchase.
AoV1-151 / GtG479 / GA400 / G(II)350 / GC504 / GC(II)499 / RS 642 Oh Everyone Who Thirsts (To Everyone That Thirsts) / Come to the feast (Haugen) Dramatic call and congregational response. This could be a lot of fun - don't try to do all the verses though... lyrics and sheet music sample. Sound sample (I'd probably do it more energetically than this sample).
TiS 34 O Lord you are my God for you I long (Dunn) Quite a nice paraphrase. Tune is not easy, but good once known.
*AoVNG30 / SP&P016 / Srce2-24 All who are thirsty for justice / Come to the Water (Makeever) Nice song, and I really like the lyrics. A good song to be sung by the musicians to welcome the congregation, or before communion. Could be schmaltzy if you're not careful. Lyrics and sound sample.
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.
CH083 / A&M292 / PfAS122B / URW321 / Lau922 I Rejoiced when I heard them say (Farrell) Highly recommended. A really lovely and simple to sing arrangement of this Psalm. For this week I would use only the chorus: "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 - seems complicated. The refrain on its own would be good for kids. 
*ATW 435 Like the woman of old / Wellsprings A favourite song in our congregation about going to the "Wellsprings of life"and finding Jesus there. Picks up themes of tiredness, broken hearts and weariness, but makes the point that it's worth the effort.
*ATW 475 Come to the banquet there’s a place for you. An excellent song by Melbourne singer and songwriter Faye White. "Though you maybe have no money, though you maybe feel unworthy, in your strength and in your weakness you are welcome, come." Good for kids.
 
Psalm for the Isaiah reading:  Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21  
God is excellent 
*TiS 100 / AHB 3 / NCH17 / CH147 / UMH62 / VU217 / LBW527 / ELW835 / A&M532 / GA395 / HPP261 / GtG020 / PH455 / GtG015 / GC534 / GC(II)523 / G(3)611 / CP(E) / 250 / W&R23 / Cha022 / 82Hml-400 / Lau694 All creatures of our God and King (Francis of Assisi) A good classic sing! Hymnals vary a LOT in their translations and verses included. Using only Alleluia Alleluia or "Sing your praises" as some hymnals do, eliminates the "Oh praise him" which makes it annoyingly male exclusive. NCH has "To you, O God, all creatures sing" and eliminates all kingly language. ELW has "All creatures worship God most high". Lyrics and sound sample.
*TiS 152 / NCH4 / UMH89 / VU232 / LBW551 / ELW836 / HPP22 / GtG611 / PH464 / GC529 / GC(II)520 / G(3)614 / CP425 / W&R59 / Cha002 / URW065 / 82Hml-376 Joyful joyful we adore thee Note that this hymn is not always very inclusive. I prefer more modern translations (e.g. TiS, VU, NCH, GC(II) ). Older version lyrics and tune sample.
VU267 / W&R20 / A&M711 / SP288 / Lau897 Like a mighty river flowing (Perry) Lovely words of the presence of God in nature. Lyrics and sheet music.
*MV176 Three things I promise (Wren / Damon) Beautiful words of seeking to live faithfully from Brian Wren. The set tune is unfamiliar, but very beautiful, and if not familiar to your congregation would make a good reflective piece (for the congregation to sing in later weeks). You could also sing it to one of the suggested alternate tunes PROSPECT and WAREHAM if you like.
StJ / G(II)346 / GC506 / GC(II)508 / G(3)586 You Are All We Have (O'Brien) A nice refrain and good cantor parts. Somewhat formal. Sound sample, sheet music sample and a different sound sample.
MV048 I can feel you near me God / Jump for joy (Mayberry) Good song for smaller kids about God being with us. I reckon you could get the kids to Jump in the chorus. Maybe it's a bit too happy clappy for some? Good for kids.  Sound sample
SFFS 2040 / GtG616 / W&R658 / ZSS7 / Srce547 Our God is an awesome God (Mullins) Anthemic, gutsy; makes me want to do air punches, but maybe that's just me. If you change "He reigns" to "who reigns", as GtG does, it's inclusive. Good for kids.

Romans 9:1-5  
Paul's anguish for the Israelites
*TiS 129 / AHB 56 / AoV1-029 / ATA 131 / NCH547 / CH555 / UMH378 / VU266 / LBW448 / ELW779 / A&M587 / GA437 / HPP334 / GtG649 / PH280 / G(II)434 / GC612 / GC(II)586 / G(3)645 / CP352 / CP(E) 375 / W&R422 / Cha546 / ZSS202 / Srce25 / Lau846 Amazing grace how sweet the sound (Newton) I once was lost... I think you all know this one. Nice youtube of some Sacred Harp singing, and a story. 
TiS 578 / AHB 491 / UMH529 / VU660 / NCH407 / SLW075 / LBW507 / ELW796 / HPP248 / GtG463 / PH361 / GC606 / GC(II)587 / G(3)694 / CP527 / W&R411 / Cha618 / PfAS011B / Srce254 / 82Hml-636 How firm a foundation The lyrics of almost all these versions is quite masculine. NCH has good alternative lyrics that are inclusive, and GtG is inclusive but retains the "thees" and "thys". 
TiS 125 / AHB 53 / NCH024 / CH162 / UMH116 / FrS004 / LBW544 / ELW831 / A&M791 /  HPP24 / GtG049 / PH488 / GC544 / CP347 / CP(E) 586 / W&R016 / Cha024 / Srce2-551 / 82Hml-401 / Lau712 The God of Abraham praise (ben Judah) This hymn, based on the Jewish Yigdal prayer is not inclusive in most versions, apart from NCH and GtG.
Matthew 14:13-21
Christ's compassion; the loaves and fishes
*Tune In: Hail the fisherfolk (Brown) A bluesy litany of the saints, including the fishermen of yesterday and the fisherfolk of today. This song celebrates the many people who have followed God’s call through the ages. Lyrics, sound sample and songbook.  
*Tune In / NCYC09 / 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.

*TiS 537 / ATE 297 / NCH347 / CH673 / VU468 / StS123 / WoV754 / ELW674 / HPP536 / GtG526 / PH514 / W&R698 / Cha422 / ZSS206 / URW096 Let us talents and tongues employ Great for kids, excellent Jamaican rhythm which you can have a lot of fun with. It's also very adaptable and works well with any instruments. “Loaves abound!”. lyrics and slighty tacky midi sample here
Web resource “Where is bread?” the great crowd murmured. This hymn from Carolyn Winfrey Gillette to ABBOTS LEIGH (a good familiar tune) focusses on the issue of hunger then and now. Strong social jutice vision. "Where is bread?" the call is rising; Millions cry who must be fed. God, your answer seems surprising: "You, my Church, you give them bread."Words and music available here. * 
AHB 565 Feed us now O Son of God (Peter John Douglas Allan) I like this old 1970s folky song. I don’t know why it didn’t make it into TiS. One of my childhood favourites. I think kids still like it, too. Good for kids  
*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"). 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! Good for kids
UMH434 / VU702 / StJ / R249 / ELW725 / GtG762 / PH407 / W&R624 / Cha662 Cuando el Pobre / When a poor one / When the Poor Ones. The words to this are just wonderful liberation theology. Lyrics
*TiS 511 / AHB 433 / AoV2-098 / NCH330 / UMH618 / VU480 / LBW212 / ELW471 / HPP524 / GtG525 / PH513 / GC832 / GC(II)832 / W&R699 / Cha425 / 82Hml-325 Let us break bread together on our knees / with the Lord (Trad/US Folk) A good one for people to join in on without needing to look at lyric sheets or projections if you are celebrating communion this week.

Good for kids
TiS 544 / Iona Since the world was young / God's Table I love the simplicity of the words in this song, it's easy to sing and chorus is so joyous. It frustrates me that it has such a masculine God, particularly since the imagery of God having a table and preparing a feast is drawn from the few places in the Scriptures where we actually have feminine images of God....
Recorded music Five loaves and two fishes (Corinne May) I've listened to a few samples of this song, and it might work well played to your congregation, although it gets a bit schmaltzy for my taste. She has a beautiful voice! Lyrics are here, and you can listen to the whole song at YouTube and/or download the song from iTunes. 
*NCH173 / CH532 / UMH344 / VU563 / WoV784 / ELW817 / HPP324 / GtG721 / PH377 / G(II)500 / GC696 / GC(II)678 / G(3)781 / W&R347 / Cha342 / Lau871 Lord, you have come to the seashore / You have come down to the lakeshore / Pescador de Hombres There are many translations of this song. I like the NCH version best as it's most inclusive. The song can get a bit shmaltzy, but the tune is a nice lilting one and the words are great. “On the sand I have abandoned my small boat; now with you I will seek other seas”. Sound sample. Lyrics and sheet music
Written at home in Fitzroy on a cold Winter's day.