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'Here I am, waiting (Come live in me)'

One of the Reuben Morgan songs I like to keep in repertoire. I like straight solo piano for this.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNiJZIs_tgk - Hillsong recording.


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'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.


'The Lord's my Shepherd, I'll not want'

Sung to Crimond, of course. 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.


'Give thanks to the Lord our God and King'

Well known Chirs Tomlin song, with a good driving rhythm, and a "Sing Praise" bridge that never fails to catch out at least one in the congregation.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BSjxpiD2DU - Robin Mark's version of it, recorded live.


'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.


'O Sing to the Lord, O Sing God a New Song'

A four-liner from Brazil, which we sing in English. Works well on guitar.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2kgCbhljOA - on piano and with a lot of extra verses.


'We're going to shine like the sun in the Kingdom of Heaven'

A lively upbeat song to end a service with. My inclination is to drive this one along on the guitar.

vimeo.com/436403592 - - solo piano and voice, courtesy of Stephen Bloxham.


'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.


'The King of Love my Shepherd is'

My preferred paraphrase of this Psalm. HW Baker gets it right were the KJV gets it wrong.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_C0NqAXasE - piano and solo voice. A recording that (unlike others I've found) doesn't suffer from the problem of being too slow.


'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


'Send me out from here, Lord'

A very direct song in John Pantry's distinctive style. A song to end a service with.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zd1BattWF9Y - John Pantry album recording


'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


'He is exalted'

There's a tricky rhythm for the congregation to deal with at one point, but it's worth keeping in repertoire.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCAL9sULAEA - nice arrangement.


'Amazing Grace'

There are many versions of this great John Newton hymn. I tend towards the view that if you make it too complicated for the bagpipes, you may be doing it wrong!

www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06wcjxq - a Songs of Praise recording, mixing the styles, and with the now customary added verse. From iPlayer.


'Jesus Christ I think upon'

Top-drawer Matt Redman song, which we tend to use pre-Communion. Nice with picked guitar, and/or electric piano.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwTB1DX5cK0 - tending towards the upbeat in terms of interpretation.


'Ascribe greatness'

An old song that everyone still remembers.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tcv2K8GcqoA - live recording which doesn't hold back - from a Dales Bible Week.


'As the deer pants for the water'

Golden oldies don't come much more golden than this.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=peZudXt9faU - languid, flowing arrangement.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgKv87rAEE0 - an unusual (wedding band) arrangement of this very familiar song (not least for having only two verses).


'In the Lord I'll be ever thankful'

Taize song of thanksgiving and praise - which we tend to use as an offertory song.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJUurFGkjyM - short but lovely.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjZsXCZX8f4 - a longer version - an album recording.


'As we bring our songs of love today (How Long?)'

Passionate song of commitment, witness, and longing for justice.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CwxN7EqWGA - Live recording by and from Graham Kendrick.


'Jesus calls us here to meet Him'

A gathering song from the Iona Community, set to an old Hebridean melody.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ModYoPReYYw - Songs of Praise - just 3 verses - omitting the "communion" verse.


'Glorious things of Thee are spoken'

Words by JH Newton, tune by FJ Haydn... unless you're one of those people who like to try and set Abbot's Leigh to everything it will fit. There are various versions of the words, with different edits and adjustments for archaisms.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wY93NvyqOm4 - a 4 verse version. I'd not heard v3 before.



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