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Songs For Lent, 2017

It is Lent! 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.   Gathering Song A Kyrie Eleison, which means, “Lord, Have Mercy.” This Kyrie is from the Iona Community in Scotland.   John [...]

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Songs for Epiphany, 2016

Learn the music we’ll be singing in the season of Epiphany, which takes us from just after Christmas to the beginning of Lent on March 1 and is a season about God’s light found in all the ordinary places.    Gathering Song Arise, Shine -or- Jyothi Dho Prabhu Candle Lighting Song The Light of Christ [...]

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Jyothi Dho Prabhu (Give Us Light)

This beautiful tune from India may be sung in both Hindi and English.   Here is an orchestrated version by Charles Vas. There is a short introduction with lower voices, then the higher voices come in in the melody. You can listen to a simple recording by John Bell and Alison Adam. This version is quite slow, [...]

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Music for Advent 2016

Dear Song Leaders, Saint Lydia’s celebrates a lengthened Advent season that begins on Sunday, November 6.  Here is the music we’ll be singing during that time. Gathering hymn: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” Lamp Lighting hymn: “Creator of the Stars of Night” Table Acclamation: “Vasile Advent Table Acclamation” Prayer Songs: (The usual choices) Post-Cleanup Gathering [...]

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Songs We Sing — ”In the Bleak Midwinter”

Most excellent Song Leaders, Here’s a gentle final hymn for Advent, “In the Bleak Midwinter.” The sheet music is here:  In-the-bleak-midwinter. And here’s a lovely online recording that gives you the sense of tempo and mood. If it’s within your power to make it snow outside as we sing, by all means, do.  :-)  

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Songs We Sing — “For the Beauty of the Earth”

Hello, Song Leaders! Here’s a lovely hymn of thanks and praise, “For the Beauty of the Earth.” Here’s the sheet music.  For the Beauty of the Earth And here’s a video of it performed by organ and choir. Remember that it helps those who are less familiar with the hymn to sing the first verse [...]

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Songs We Sing — ”Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”

Hello, Song Leaders! Here’s a final hymn for Advent, “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus.” We’ve set the words to a to a tune you might have sung with the text “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling . . . ” Here’s the sheet music.  Come Thou Long Expected Jesus. And here’s a practice recording — Come, Thou [...]

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Songs We Sing — “Amen Siakudumisa” / “Amen, We Praise Your Name, O God”

Hello, Song Leaders! “Amen Siakudumisa” is a hymn by Stephen Cuthbert Molefe, a South African composer and choir master.  The original words are in Xhosa, and we sing it in both Xhosa and English. Xhosa lyrics: Amen siyakudumisa (masithi) Amen siyakudumisa (masithi) Amen, Bawo; Amen Bawo; Amen siyakudumisa. (masithi) English lyrics: Amen, we praise your [...]

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Songs We Sing — “Creator of the Stars of Night”

Hello, Song Leaders! “Creator of the Stars of Night” is a centuries old hymn we’ll be singing as a lamp lighting song during Advent. We’ll be singing it in unison using call and echo. You have two options. Method #1: This is the simplest approach.  You, the song leader, sing a line and invite the [...]

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Music for All Saints’ Day Observances 2016

Hello Song Leaders, Here’s the music will be using for All Saints’ Day, 2016, which we will observe on Sunday, October 30 and Monday, October 31.  All Saints’ Day is a time when we remember those who have died, and the service music reflects this theme of remembrance and the strange mixture of wonder, sadness, [...]

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