Butterfly and yellow rose

A song
4 today

This site began as a response to the restrictions on public worship caused by the coronavirus.

For the background to this site, please see About.

For Today...

'Thank You for the Cross, Lord (Worthy is the Lamb)'

Not the easiest of songs for congregations, but they can be confident with the powerful chorus.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=azYQqzoEjgU - A Hillsongs live recording.


Recent links

'Salvation belongs to our God'

A golden oldie which we still sing from time to time.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZcG8cSxDiU - nicely done, with a special mention for the drummer.


'May the mind of Christ my Saviour'

There was a time when this was a regular closing hymn for us.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ghgaqT57lk - from Sun Valley, California. Good use of big percussion with the organ. (We do not have the 6th verse.)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_ZBhSxWots - solo voice and guitar, nicely done. Not the obvious instrument to choose, but I've been there, in the days before portable/electronic keyboards. (We do not have the 6th verse.)


'Jesus is Lord! Creation's voice proclaims it'

A golden oldie that still comes up occasionally, either at funerals or services.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=prEq8NOx3vs - multi-track recording: Gareth Moore sings and accompanies himself on the piano.


'Standing at the cross'

A great song from Pete James, which became regularly used in our church. I prefer to base it around acoustic guitar, and keep it simple.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRReWsctUA4 - from "Worship Anthems 2012" - the only recording I can find online!


'You're the Word of God the Father '

A lot of ground covered in this Stuart Townend song - can be useful.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPXgfaQKZ0k - live recording.


'Father God I wonder'

An enduring all-age song, with plenty of potential for musical variation.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EFJHUWujag - nice piano-led arrangement.


'Lord Jesus Christ (Living Lord)'

A 1960s song-hymn from Patrick Appleford, and one of the best-known from that period in our repertoire.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA_g98O42Q4 - a Songs of Praise recording, which uses organ accompaniment.


'Jesus, stand among us at the meeting of our lives'

I started playing this after hearing it once in the late 1970s, and I seem to have developed a slightly different harmonisation to everyone else! I prefer mine, naturally...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWt5z4G7F1A - an extended version


'O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder'

A very popular song with many people. I find it comes up often at funerals. Alas, Mission Praise printed a version with a devil's tritone in the melody, and not everyone corrects it!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdE_NKyY_o0 - a Songs of Praise version from Winchester Cathedral.


'Lord, I come to You'

Well known and popular song from Geoff Bullock, with music which lends itself to worship in gloriously endless variations.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL1POv2eY04 - a Hillsongs arrangement.


'The Lord's my Shepherd, I'll not want'

Sung to Crimond. (Though the tune is much newer than the words: look in an older hymn book and you will probably find Wiltshire or St Fulbert set.) Some people love it, some people hate it. I suspect it has to do with the associations: I've not played it for some years, except at funerals.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=syJFsLZmO8o - from the choir of York Minster.


'From Heaven You Came (The Servant King)'

One of Mr Kendrick's best known. Essential repertoire.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCAdWs-ZyEk - album recording from Graham Kendrick


'Brother let me be your Servant'

Now more often known as 'Brother, sister, let me serve you'.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=QL3vStmoMDw - here's the man who wrote it (Richard Gillard), singing and accompanying himself on the guitar.


'Lord, the Light of your Love'

A great anthem of the late 1980s and 90s, still used occasionally. I've always played a slight variation on the original.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rce9UHYZwl4 - album recording, with orchestra and band. I found that there are also quite a few pipe organ recordings of it on Youtube, but none on the banjo, as far as I'm aware.


'Jesus Christ is waiting'

Song of discipleship from John Bell and Graham Maule, set to Noel Nouvelet.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ai-OydgMLSs - Adrian Snell version - extracted from a BBC TV programme.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=zblM-JG3nWg - a lively choral version with drum and fife.


'Such Love, pure as the whitest snow'

A Graham Kendrick song, well written as ever, and one which I prefer to take quietly and gently.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XODaTctCjvQ - album recording with the obligatory modulation up a tone for the final verse.


'To You O Lord our hearts we raise'

I have a soft spot for this Victorian harvest hymn. Dix is a good writer, and setting it to an Arthur Sullivan tune does it no harm at all!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=WW-TC7hWoQ4 - Marlborough College Chapel Choir.


'We walk His way (Ewe Thina)'

Lively and fun: even with a small congregation, you can get them singing the lower parts and then sing the melody over them.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LHCN6-UrL4 - the album recording.


'The Lord's my Shepherd (Townend)'

Stuart Townend's popular song based on Psalm 23.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN4tPkX0MG0 - Stuart Townend leading worship.


'Here is bread, here is wine'

Lovely Communion song by Graham Kendrick. I avoid using the written introduction though, preferring to give the congregation a more obvious cue.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgHxVHUO_PU - Graham Kendrick album recording, complete with obligatory modulation.



Full list of all daily songs


RSS There is an RSS feed for today's song