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'We are waiting to welcome Jesus'
Works well as an all-age song. (Quality writing from Bernadette Farrell as ever.) Plenty of verses - it can be used long or edited down.www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVkFLHP0ucA - a choir of 4-7 year olds singing their first mass. (Had to smile at the conductor holding up cue cards to remind them which verse comes next - I have been known to do that with adult choirs!)
'O Lord Hear my prayer'
A Taize chant, good for responses in any prayers of intercession/petition.www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKyU5BIlxc0 - used here in a way that's true to its original purpose, as an extended meditation.
'God is Love, let Heaven adore Him'
A fine hymn, full of meaning... which has to be sung to Abbot's Leigh! (So many great 87.87.D tunes, and some people use Hyfrydol for this as well...)www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyYWW_P9MH4 - a Songs of Praise recording.
'To be in Your presence'
Quality song by Noel Richards - works for me with a keyboard (electric piano) or guitar lead.www.youtube.com/watch?v=typ7cueKdT4 - album recording.
'Turn your eyes upon Jesus'
Useful and pretty timeless worship/prayer 4-liner. (Actually, the chorus from a hymn which fell out of use long before my time.)www.youtube.com/watch?v=jR7r0Br_HNs - Hillsong version.
'Purify my Heart'
Powerful top-drawer song by Brian Doerksen.www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IvXA0yRDwY - making good use of the electric piano, which is my choice of instrument for this one too.
'Jesus shall take the highest honour'
Top-drawer song from Chris Bowater. A gift to church musicians and congregations alike.www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GaiRYYOB0Y - done well, but the recording isn't perfect.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGYVN5RyL1c - an alternative rendering with no recording glitches.
'Enemy of Apathy (She sits like a bird)'
A characteristically thoughtful song from John Bell and Graham Maule. A joy to play and a joy to sing.www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwsiXzcYFis - single guitar is certainly not the ideal accompaniment for this, but I'm glad to have found a recording!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gULDAPG2248 - this one has a piano accompaniment but the language is Japanese.
'Like a gentle breeze'
This Maggi Dawn song is a Whitsuntide essential, in my reckoning.www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFd00w7YdXU - the only recording I've found- 2 voices and acoustic guitar. This song seriously needs an electric guitar and a Hammond... and a beat.
'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.
'How lovely is your dwelling place'
The Matt Redman version has become my preferred one. From a lead musician's point of view, it works well with a bit of gentle distortion in the bridge passage, either from the Hammond or the electric guitar. Elsewhere, a good sustained electric piano should be in the mix, and it's a good excuse to hang out the tubular bells too.www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PdXmvMTyx0 - a version from the author.
'A Sovereign Protector I Have'
A fine hymn from 18th century writer Augustus M Toplady (he of 'Rock of Ages'), modernised (slightly) and sung to the gut-stirringly wonderful and beautifully harmonised Welsh tune 'Trewen'.www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ONBRS1683I - Metropolitan Tabernacle, London - 3 verse version (we have just the first and last).
'On the Cross'
Standard communion repertoire - one of Geoff Baker's more well-known songs. It's very hard to find recordings of Geoff Baker songs on Youtube, or I'd feature more.www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdHGc4ncZAg - we have several songs from this album in repertoire.
'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).
'All that I am'
Slow song of worship and commitment by James Wright, good for improvising around. Our congregation finds the triplets a bit challenging, but we get by.www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bl2nLKMXNVw - from James Wright's album of the same title.
'Come Holy Ghost, our hearts inspire'
A Charles Wesley classic, set to the tune 'St. Stephen'. (I found several Youtube recordings setting it to 'Winchester Old' - a perverse and thoroughly misguided practice in my view.)www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YSvEeezbR0 - a recording with a single soprano.
'O Thou who camest from above'
Wesley and Wesley - Charles for the words and grandson Samuel Sebastian for the music. Both are top-drawer. Methodist hymn books tend to set the hymn to 'Wilton' instead of (Anglican) SS Wesley's 'Hereford'. Which is a point of view, I suppose... but certainly not one I share. The emotional intensity of the tune and words are well suited to each other. Wilton's a good tune, but not for this. And yes, the same can be said for 'Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts'.www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3UYybc7Xa0 - an arrangement sung by Rochester Cathedral choir.
'Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me'
The Iverson song of this name is an early 20th century golden oldie. We use it simply as a 4 line chorus, although it originally had a verse too.www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrwRS1h-rmY - nice A Capella version from Voices of Praise.
'Breathe on me Breath of God'
A fine Victorian hymn, inexplicably set to Trentham in many books. My preference is Carlisle.www.youtube.com/watch?v=TssHTATafi0 - a Songs of Praise recording of this hymn, sung to Carlisle.
'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.
'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!
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