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'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.

(27/10/2021)

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'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.

(26/10/2021)

'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.)

(25/10/2021)

'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.

(24/10/2021)

'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!

(23/10/2021)

'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.

(22/10/2021)

'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.

(21/10/2021)

'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.

(20/10/2021)

'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

(19/10/2021)

'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.

(18/10/2021)

'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.

(17/10/2021)

'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.

(16/10/2021)

'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

(15/10/2021)

'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.

(14/10/2021)

'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.

(13/10/2021)

'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.

(12/10/2021)

'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.

(11/10/2021)

'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.

(10/10/2021)

'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.

(09/10/2021)

'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.

(08/10/2021)

'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.

(07/10/2021)

 

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