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Songs for Lent 2018

Lent is the time when we wander in the wilderness together, and find still quiet spaces to listen for the voice of God. Everything gets a little more spare, our music included.

 

1) Gathering Song

A Kyrie Eleison, which means, “Lord, Have Mercy.” This Kyrie is from the Iona Community in Scotland.

John Bell Kyrie

 

2) Candle Lighting Song

This juicy tune, “Here is Bread for the Hungry Soul,” which reminds us we are forgiven, and also that we’re going to eat soon! The harmonies are recorded for you, but folks will mostly improvise off the melody.

Note: we usually flip the words to, “here is bread for the hungry heart, here is wine for the thirsty soul, because I think the alliteration sounds better and makes the song easier to remember!

Here is Bread for the Hungry Soul,” words: Mary Kay Beall; music: John Carter

Sheet Music

 

3) Table Acclamation

We’ll use the very simple Lent Table Acclamation

 

4) Prayer Song

What We Need Is Here, written by the students of the Episcopal Student Group at MIT. A lovely setting of the first line of the poem by Wendall Berry.

 

5) Offering Song

Love and Faithfulness Shall Lead

 

6) Closing Hymn

What Wondrous Love is This

*Please note, the harmonies on this recording are not the harmonies from our current sheet music.

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Songs for Epiphany 2018

Happy New Year! Here’s the music we’ll be singing this Epiphany season.

1) Gathering Song
Arise, Shine
-or-
Jyothi Dho Prabhu (Give Us Light)

2) Candle Lighting Song
The Light of Christ Has Come Into the World

3) Table Acclamation
Ordinary Table Acclamation (Scott)

4) Prayer Song
Song Leader’s Choice

5) Offering Song
Mxadana Alleluia

6) Final Hymn
Songs of Thankfulness and Praise

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Holding Silence

Here’s a song that came to me this Advent. Lyrics below, recording and sheet music linked. Enjoy. -Angela

Holding fear like a baby
Holding darkness like light
Holding space for a question
Holding silence

Christ come near us, Christ come in
We are waiting

Christ come near us, Christ come in
We are waiting

Holding Silence by Angela Morris – recording

Sheet Music

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Songs for Advent 2017

Hello song leaders and hello everyone! Here’s the music we’ll be singing this Advent season. We observe a 7-week Advent at St. Lydia’s, which includes our services from Nov 12 to Dec 24. We’ll make a couple changes to the music when the month changes. Click the linked song titles to hear the recordings to learn the songs.

1) Gathering Song
November:
Come O Lord and Set Us Free

December:
O Come O Come Emmanuel

Dec 3, 4: Verse 1
Dec 10, 11: Verse 2
Dec 17, 18: Verse 7
Dec 24: your choice

2) Candle Lighting Song
Evening Lamps Are Lit

3) Table Acclamation
Advent Table Acclamation

4) Prayer Song
During Advent, we’ll use the peaceful Iona Kyrie as a prayer song

5) Offering Song
 God Came Down

6) Final Hymn
November:
O Come Divine Messiah

December:
People Look East

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O Come Divine Messiah

This advent carol is the English version of an old French hymn.

Listen to a version here, and see the sheet music here !

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God Came Down

Here’s a song we’ll use as a re-gathering song as we pass the offering plate.

We’ll make a couple tweaks to the words of the song. These are the words we’ll use:
God came down that we may know love
God came down that we may know love
God came down that we may know love
Hallelujah forevermore

As you go along, feel free to add different words in place of “love,” like “hope,” “peace,” “joy…”

Listen to a version here, but remember that we’re using slightly different words!

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Songs for All Saints 2017

Hello dear songleaders,

This Sunday and Monday we celebrate All Saints’ Day by remembering loved ones who have died. We’ll use the table acclamation usually used during Lent.

1) Gathering & Candle Lighting Song
Receive, O Earth

2) Song for Hanging Photos
Receive, O Earth

3) Table Acclamation
Lent Table Acclamation

4) Prayer Song
I Will Guide Thee

5) Offering Song
Zimbabwe Alleluia

6) Final Hymn
Sing With All the Saints in Glory

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Receive, O Earth

“Receive O Earth” by Daniel Schwandt is a piece intended for a funeral which we may use at St Lydia’s as a piece during Lent or on All Saints Day.

Click here to listen to the teaching recording (bonus points for those whose ears pick up Emily’s cat meowing in the background) and here for the sheet music.  Pay special attention to the meter on this tune — it can be tricky!

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Shukuru Yesu / Thanking You, Jesus

Shukuru Yesu (shoo-koo-roo yay-soo) means “Thanks, Jesus” in Yoruba Arabic, which is spoken in Sudan. We’ll also use the English translation “thanking you Jesus,” to fit the melody.

Listen to a snippet by Worship Chorus, Sudan here

Listen to a full teaching recording here!

Our congregant Alan noticed it also works in Mandarin: phonetically, shay shay nee Yesu. Feel free to translate it into any language you feel called to lead in! Once the song gets going, use the song leader’s “call” part to invite a new language for the next repetition.

As you lead this piece, the first three phrases will be picked up naturally by the congregation. Then a large, encouraging gesture into the longer fourth phrase will help everyone sing that part with confidence.

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Songs For Fall 2017

Hello songleaders and hello everyone! Here is the music we’ll be singing this fall season (Sept 10 – Oct 23). Click the linked song titles to hear the recording!

1) Gathering Song
Freedom Come
-or-
Lament for Zion

2) Candle Lighting Song
Lead Me, Guide Me

3) Table Acclamation
Fall Table Acclamation, by Meave Shelton

4) Prayer Song
Song Leader’s Choice

5) Gathering Song
Shukuru Yesu

6) Final Hymn
September
I Come With Joy

October
God Whose Giving Knows No Ending

 

 

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