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'You are the King of Glory'

A golden oldie - still reappears sometimes on Palm Sunday, less so at other times now.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKvyZg0Qfqw - from Keswick - live


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'Hosanna, hosanna'

The writer's own take on it, it says. I'm sure it would be even better with some wild piano playing...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1X-VDCMyAc - Carl Tuttle


'You are the Mighty King'

A song that often gets revived at Advent, but can also find use at other times.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWoSSB-FvDA - arrangement / recording from Maranatha! Music - the chorus is a little different to how I play it.


'Lift up Your Heads'

Different harmonies to our version, but pretty good.



'My song is love unknown'

St Martin's church choir, recorded for Songs of Praise. Samuel Crossman's words and John Ireland's tune, though written much later, seem inseparable to me.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iv7OZSoA22w - St Martin's (in the Fields)


'One Day You'll Make Everything New'

A Matt Redman song which incorporates the chorus of a late 19th century American hymn.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGAdaGbmfFs - love this version, with just the piano.


'Ride on, Ride on in Majesty'

There are two perfectly good tunes for this hymn - Winchester New and St Dronstane. Alas, St Dronstane is rarely used now and I couldn't find a recording of it being sung. There is also an alternative set of words by John Bell and Graham Maule, which can be used with the traditional tunes.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAh1lzSQ3P4 - sung to Winchester New - a Songs of Praise recording
www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_CtIWSeVyY - St Dronstane (music only)
www.facebook.com/IonaCommunity/photos (...) - The words for 'Ride on, ride on, the time is right'


'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.


'Holy Holy / Lift up His name'

One we haven't used for a while, but which I still think of as 'in repertoire'. The second half can usefully take a fair bit of Hammond!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBnNHiyEo5Q - a Phatfish live recording.


'Before the Throne of God Above'

19th century hymn rescued from obscurity in the 1990s by pairing with a new tune from Vikki Cook.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-50pFs0hRpg - slightly different (more archaic) words from the ones we use, and a different musical treatment too, but it's clearly delivered and well done.


'King of Kings, Majesty'

A powerful worship song.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnuRIdNwiwg - - bends it in different ways to us - nice to have a change.


'Take O Take me as I am'

(And not, "...as I yam" - unless you're Popeye.) Beautiful 4-liner from John Bell and Graham Maule. To be used in the Taizé tradition. My best experience of this song is waiting in line to receive communion at Iona Abbey, singing this over and over, in full harmony.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7bXteoRnvQ - choir in harmony.


'My life flows on in endless song'

There are many variations on this old hymn:- we use the version published in "I will not Sing Alone", from Wild Goose. Robert Lowry was in a different league to most of the late 19th century evangelical hymn writers and composers, and this song illustrates the point.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BifkC92nT8 - a quite different version to the one we use - by a church choir from Oakland CA, nicely done.


'Night has fallen'

An old evening favourite: not much use at other times, alas.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qduinik0WM - the video includes a preamble in which the congregation are taught to sing it.


'O for a thousand tongues to sing'

I can't find an arrangement with same bass part as ours, but this is a fairly exciting one.



'From the squalor of a borrowed stable'

One of Stuart Townend's para-Celtic songs (needs a flute or two), which has been part of our Advent repertoire ever since it first appeared. And it's good to use at other times too. Repeating and stretching the last 4 lines works well for us.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=YksTeR61O1I - live worship recording led by Mr Townend himself.


'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.


'Have you heard God's voice'

Jacqueline Jones's powerful and challenging song deserves to be more widely known.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwZAxlHf91o - nice arrangement, presumably tailored for this choir.
travelswithwesley.blogspot.com/2017/07 (...) - a copy of the words.


'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.


'Name of all Majesty'

One of many useful hymns from Timothy Dudley-Smith.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=COLt5pFH8Kk - led by the All Souls' orchestra. Complete with percussion.


'Blessed be the Name of the Lord'

A lively golden oldie, by Clinton Utterbach.




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