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'Let us build a house where love can dwell'

Brilliant, moving, anthemic masterpiece by Marty Haughen.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbyZQnPw-wk - with all the verses, including the 'communion' one.


Recent links

'The God of Abraham praise'

A good solid old hymn, with a great tune, which we haven't used in a while.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZZAp7FzwXg - a 4 verse version, with a florid introduction.


'One more step along the world I go'

A children's song from the incomparable wordsmith that was Sydney Carter.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jhAzbdKq6U - provided by Chet Valley Churches.


'Lord Jesus Christ, Lover of All'

Two different interpretations of this John Bell / Wild Goose song.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpTacRtQKQ8 - a capella.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2fNp9SaiGw - with guitar.


'We bow down and confess'

Different to our arrangement, but the harmony is very similar...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tblhqgHfVrI - opening verse is beautifully done.


'Lord, You have always given'

From the Northumbria Community's Evening Prayer.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvzSTOFd6i0 - a video presentation of the recording which originally introduced me to this.


'Welcomed into the courts of the King / Facedown'

We haven't used the whole song for a long time, but the chorus and the bridge (especially) work well on their own or with other songs/fragments altogether.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FTYmgnRyDA - Matt Redman album recording.


'One church, one voice'

A good but undervalued song, and a song with a rhythm to wake everyone up in the morning.

satelliteworship.bandcamp.com/track/one-church-one-voice - from some of Scotland's finest.


'Lamb of God, Holy One'

A Chris Bowater song, typically 'musical', and with a powerful second half.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHtmKXrReBg - "From the album The Passion, by Heart of Worship", it says in the description.


'May the fragrance of Jesus'

One of Graham Kendrick's call and response worship songs.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlUsGfXo8Ww - this recording waits until the second verse to include both parts.


'Jesus, take me as I am'

A golden oldie we don't use much now, but still good. Electric piano is good, so is guitar (in E) with plenty of open chords.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0zno7MB5_o - nicely paced.


'Nothing can trouble (Nada te terbe)'

A Taizé chant based on words of St Teresa of Avila. Both of the linked recordings are guitar-accompanied, but it works very well on the organ.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaqeUO6Rw-I - a short version, in English, with the words on-screen.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=go1-BoDD7CI - A longer version, in Spanish, from Taizé.


'Above all Powers'

A popular and powerful song, which the band needs to handle with particular care.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg9zjVUz9Kw - a slightly extended version.


'It is a thing most wonderful'

Herongate and Brookfield are both perfectly good tunes. There'd be nothing wrong with using Brookfield for a change... but I can't find a recording of it being sung.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=78DAvd2TXXs - A Songs of Praise recording of this Victorian children's hymn, sung to Herongate.


'Here is Love, vast as the Ocean'

A very popular Welsh hymn (and rightly so). It works well in a modern style... but it's also great to sing more traditionally (with an organ and - ideally - part singers).

www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8YOPj5TnUM - a Robin Mark version.


'Don't be afraid, my love is stronger'

Memorable, useful and beautiful 4-liner from John Bell.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXCMv5lF-TM - a recording where it's sung by children


'Cleanse me, O God'

A good song to use with prayers of confession. Musically, it works well with open chords on the guitar.



'My eyes are dim with weeping'

It has often been observed that unlike the book of Psalms, we have plenty of praise songs but next to nothing for lament. This two line cantor and response song by Alison Adam tackles that head-on.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbNK2IUsbDs - a recording which gives an example of using the song in conjunction with prayers of lament.


'Travelling the Road to Freedom'

Thought-provoking song. To date, only sung to rather than by our congregation.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUEZP0P95-M - a lockdown recording by members and friends of Ferryhill Parish Church.


'Praise to the Lord, the Almighty'

A fine German hymn with a good (Joachim Neander) tune. A standard traditional opener.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhQi4yWTUBY - sung by the choir of King's College Cambridge.


'Reign in me'

A little chorus that's been around a while, but is still useful to have in repertoire. Intense, flexible.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEcrJvC4gN0 - A Christ Bowater interpretation - recorded in worship.



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