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'Though I feel afraid (of territory unknown)'

Easy to pigeon-hole this song for overseas mission, but it deserves wider usage that that. Also, the brilliant and powerful chorus can be used on its own, or with other material.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=f32uz50sOD4 - live recording.


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Your will be done on earth, O Lord.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ6Gkdb4_Bk - a very choral performance.


'Open the eyes of my heart, Lord'

Great worship song by Paul Baloche, and fun to play too - plenty of ways to do it.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwqpKD-qBt4 - Live recording from Maranatha Music.


'Sing Praises all you peoples'

Or, Laudate omnes gentes. A Taizé chant of praise.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NQsqK_hMkI - in English, with a good range of variation of expression. There are 15 seconds of silence at the start which might have you checking your audio.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2IBCcx77LQ - from Taize, and in Arabic.


'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.


'The splendour of the King (How great is our God) '

Very popular song of the early 21st century.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBD18rsVJHk - Chris Tomlin recording.


'The Trumpets Sound'

Great fun, and a great excuse to mix in the steel drum sounds prominently.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=izym6R3vlF4 - the original Kendrick recording from Make Way for the Cross


'I shall praise You O God from my soul'

A Psalm 138 paraphrase by John Bell. Makes a good opener.

www.facebook.com/Tayport-Parish-Church-Fife-493775640806987 (...) - a trio from Tayport Parish Church.


'Thy hand O God has guided'

The hymn Thornbury was written for, and if you're going to use it, you wouldn't want to use any other tune, really.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLQk7m7Edzg - a recording from Blackburn Cathedral, who do the sort of thing you'd expect them to do on the last verse.


'We have a Gospel to Proclaim'

Very trad., but makes a good credal hymn as well as a proclamation. And Fulda is a very well-crafted tune.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ozcqFS3qlo - A Covid-era recording from St Martin in the Fields.


'In Christ Alone'

Classic Townend - with Keith Getty.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjiiF83q7G0 - an a cappella version, beautifully sung.


'Strength will rise'

Upbeat song, with a strong rhythm and variety of melody.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=egPS5aZZHrg - album recording.


'Peace I Leave'

Short song, which I find useful post-communion. Rich harmonies make it good for improvising around.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7ODV4bkAHM - from the album of the book - 'The Truth that sets us free'


'The love of God comes close'

A communion song, or leave a verse out and use it at other times.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=7j66_juHbJs - solo voice and guitar.


'Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven'

Magnificent hymn - Henry Lyte was a great writer and Goss's tune is one of those for which you can't beat a good pipe organ.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx1eMwlDFb8 - from the choir of Westminster Abbey. Great last verse but only four altogether.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jbVNquFuZs - here's a five verse version, thanks to the Metropolitan Tabernacle, London.


'Halleluya! we sing Your praises'

Lively praise song, works well as a post-communion / sending out song.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQnrPcPqsKI - a choral take on it.


'Bless the Lord'

A Kenyan song collected by John Bell. Best sung with a cantor calling 'in the gaps' for engagement - good fun.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3opAaLk9kQ - An example of usage from 'the album of the book'.


'All Who are Thirsty (Come Lord Jesus, Come)'

Song with a gentle opening and a powerful chorus that you can build on.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaqwB1K0ggA - gets taken down to the right level after the introduction.


'Say the word '

Song of encounter and healing from Stuart Townend. In terms of accompaniment, less is more.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUZ2ccaRCkQ - studio recording.


'Christ's is the World'

A song of challenge and hope.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTIwZ3XNyEY - a Songs of Praise recording, shortened. (With the choir of Liverpool Met., rather than congregation.)


'As we are gathered'

A golden oldie, but still useful - either near the top of a service, or leading into communion.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCdD5Ouq-2Q - an interesting arrangement.



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