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A response to the restrictions on public worship caused by the coronavirus.

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'Jesus, All for Jesus'

Beautiful folk ('Celtic') style worship song.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1Wa2msOq9c - a Robin Mark interpretation.


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'Father, Lord of Earth and Heaven'

Yet another use for 'Stuttgart':- this one is a useful song when the theme is the Baptism of Jesus.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=4I2OemBmZq0 - a 4 line, 4 verse version.


'Travelling the Road to Freedom'

Thought-provoking song. To date, only sung to rather than by our congregation.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUEZP0P95-M - a lockdown recording by members and friends of Ferryhill Parish Church.


'Jesus is King'

A fine 20th Century hymn with a nicely syncopated rhythm. It's syncopated enough to defeat some congregational singers, alas, but they can hardly be blamed:- I've heard too many church musicians play it like a 19th century congregation would want to sing it, which is a sad thing, as it's great fun when done properly.



'Meekness and majesty'

Powerful and thoughtful song from Mr Kendrick. Useful for communion and in Lent / Holy Week.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gtt52JEW_Zo - Graham Kendrick recording.


'Praise Him on the trumpet'

A good noisy all-age song. It's been around a long time but it bears repeating. Fun to play and sing.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8yxHMmA65g - rocks along, incl R&R piano - let your hair down.


'Yet will I praise Him'

A useful song, which can be sung by a congregation (in full, or chorus only).

www.youtube.com/watch?v=An6OtWrHETA - Geraldine Latty singing a lovely arrangement of her own song.


'Above all Powers'

A popular and powerful song, which the band needs to handle with particular care.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg9zjVUz9Kw - a slightly extended version.


'Welcomed into the courts of the King / Facedown'

We haven't used the whole song for a long time, but the chorus and the bridge (especially) work well on their own or with other songs/fragments altogether.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FTYmgnRyDA - Matt Redman album recording.


'All the way my Saviour leads me'

Quality US Victoriana. There's a fair bit packed into the words, and Robert Lowry is perhaps the finest exponent of this musical genre.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnEZyfzkJgs - Grace Community Church, California.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekUELQCnQlM - short version, sung by the Mennonite Hour Singers.


'May the fragrance of Jesus'

One of Graham Kendrick's call and response worship songs.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlUsGfXo8Ww - this recording waits until the second verse to include both parts.


'Rejoice! Rejoice! Christ is in you'

I think this might have been the second Graham Kendrick song we learned as a congregation... just after it appeared in 1983. Still used occasionally. (My initial comment after sight-reading it was that no-one would have any of their own or anyone else's breath left in them by the end of the chorus!)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wtLsQ-HYJY - nicely paced.


'O worship the King'

A good solid opening hymn.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dv2BqFgm6_M - A Songs of Praise recording, shortened, as usual, but nicely done.


'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


'Behold, I Make All Things New'

A short song and a great opener for large/special gatherings- you can split the congregation into two (or two and a half) parts, and sing it a capella. It's fun to teach, fun to learn, and fun to sing.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5eKj8CXWaU - an a cappella recording.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=LycLo27SLyo - this version is organ accompanied and all in unison - originally, the only recording I could find.


'There's a place where the streets shine'

Upbeat Paul Oakely song, rocks along very nicely: a good ending song for any service looking forward to heaven. If you're leading this on your own, grab your electric guitar!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=6k_meEp3cjk - album recording.


'You chose the cross (Lost in wonder)'

It's been around a while, but we came to it relatively recently.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJiw2rwCKDk - album recording


'Cleanse me, O God'

A good song to use with prayers of confession. Musically, works well with open chords on the guitar.



'There's a wideness in God's Mercy'

The Geoff Baker song of this title.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_yJOWBLVGo - church service recording from Dromore, N Ireland, with piano and organ accompaniment.


'Love is the touch of intangible joy'

A useful lyric: we sing it to Slane, which works well although it does squeeze out an opportunity for another.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlBAX0cCKeI - a Naxos recording (Lori True)


'Here, O my Lord I see you face to face'

Versatile communion hymn: although it can be sung (often with verses omitted) as a piece, I prefer to use all six verses, with half pre-communion, and half(starting with "Too soon we rise...") post-communion. At its best when set to the lyrical David Heneker tune.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0_OYCze14g - a 4 verse version.



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