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'Come and pray in us, Holy Spirit'

A Taize canon.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdIHZZGt6r0 - from a service of prayer and meditation (Baltimore, Maryland).


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'Wa Wa Wa Emimimo (English version: Come, O Holy Spirit, Come)'

Come, O Holy Spirit - this Nigerian song makes a great start to a service.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yn98ri6OBU - it's in a Nigerian language at first, then changes to English.


'Santo Santo Santo (Holy, Holy, Holy)'

A beautiful short song from Argentina. We found it through the John Bell/ Wild Goose collections of World Songs.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LU6bWsxC3A - very nice, but all in Spanish.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMJIsCg2N9Q - bi-lingual version (rendered in compound time).


'Holy, holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty'

Classic hymn for Trinity Sunday, and also one of the three hymns by Bishop Heber that we have in repertoire.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARhoT6SvUk8 - a live, raw recording from a Sunday service from a parish church in Sheffield.


'God is in His temple'

A fine hymn, very Trinitarian. Also makes a good opener for a traditional evening service, I've always thought.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvqLuxjikoU - a recording from the Metropolitan Tabernacle, London.


'Thou whose Almighty Word'

A solidly Trinitarian hymn, whose message of spreading the gospel has been mixed with national sentiment on occasion.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=lb8Jmo1DbhI - from a Trinity Sunday service at St John's, Detroit... and with a memorably wild introduction!


'Come Down O Love Divine'

19th century English, from the Italian that's 500 years older. No arguments about the tune for this one:- Down Ampney, by Ralph Vaughan-Williams.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gi78bnzMyws - sung by the choir of Guildford Cathedral.


'Teach me to dance'

It goes a bit mad with the key changes at the end, but it's the first one I found that wasn't too slow!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=vE_fz0xc774 - sung by the Salvation Army's International songsters.


'Holy Spirit, living breath of God'

A Stuart Townend / Keith Getty song, modern and musically accessible.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=aH0p8tXMXlc - a recording which doesn't actually feature the Gettys. Bracketed by 'Gabriel's Oboe' from the film 'The Mission' and ending with a prayer of St Patrick. Works quite well.


'O Holy Spirit Breathe On Me'

Norman Warren's hymn about the Holy Spirit has a different theme for each of its four verses.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=oM2bWjMMOFg - sung by a Chinese church choir. The page provides the lyrics in both English and Chinese!


'Holy Spirit, from before the dawn of time'

It rambles a bit (musically):- possibly one where it's better to be in the band than the congregation. But I like it.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzPKOK0_Rh4 - it's by Michael Sandeman and Nathan Fellingham, and this is Phatfish doing their thing.


'Let your Spirit come (with the tongues of fire)'

A Mal Pope song - not really congregational in my view, but too good to ignore. You could get them in for the chorus.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=M40mkS5IMqA - while Aled Jones was recording this in Worcester Cathedral, I was working on a photo-shoot of architectural features. He came close to tripping over me at one point.


'Holy Spirit, we welcome You'

A Chris Bowater song. From 1991, when the rhythm seemed to be a little tricky for the average congregation.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUIXBmT-JNk - album recording by Mr Bowater himself.



A golden oldie, well used in its time but worth hanging on to. For church musicians, it's an opportunity to bring out all those old riffs and tweak them anew.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaRwD2Y7C0s - a 'big' arrangement, fairly restrained but works well. Nice coda.


'Halle Halle Halle'

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjf6bYQRbtU - exuberant, simple, and for the youngest to the oldest.


'Alleluia, Sing to Jesus'

The words of W C Dix's great hymn get sung in various different orders. Hyfrydol isn't the only tune used for it, but it's increasingly common - and why not!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rmz-W733sz4 - a regular recording of a church closing hymn.


'Jesus be the Centre'

Top-drawer song, in the 'para-celtic' vein. Stands a bit of repetition, and benefits from a mix of gentle/driving styles.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=EG-l1kK-BpU - a Praise album recording


'At the name of Jesus'

A hymn with many possible tunes: Camberwell is one of the few tunes from the 20th Century Church Light Music Group which has stayed in mainstream use - and it's our choice.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFI5l8v_0UY - a Songs of Praise version, heavily truncated, as is usual for them with longer hymns.


'Jesus, Jesus, Holy and anointed one'

Beautiful and useful worship song, standing the test of time.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=olBnC2nxCNw - nicely done.


'10,000 reasons'

Popular song (has won a couple of 'best' awards), with a near-anthemic chorus.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXDGE_lRI0E - very widely played live recording with Matt Redman
www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3K3roEF36k - a shorter alternative, a studio recording, again sung by Matt Redman.


'Jesus, we enthrone you'

Slow, versatile golden oldie.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jkyiT1_J6I - a light rendering, and an interesting variation.



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