Go Home by Another Way (Gather Australia 439)

This song has another of John Bell’s extraordinary texts. He writes lyrics that are blunt and brave and unlike anyone else, except maybe Shirley Erena Murray. He uses each of the five senses until he gets to knowing and the punch line “will you carry on as if he’s dead.”

It is not a well known song and deserves to be better known so here are the lyrics:

1 Once you’ve seen the baby in the manger,

Will you go to tell the jealous king?

Will you trade the safety of the Saviour,

Sell your soul and ruin everything?

Chorus

Go home (Go home) Go Home (Go Home)

Go home by another way!

Go home (Go home) Go Home (Go Home)

Go home by another way!

2 Once you’ve heard the teacher in the temple,

Will you take offence at what he says?

Will you call him saved and yet misguided

When he claims that profit seldom pays.

3 When you feel the handshake of the healer,

Will you let him take your deepest pain?

Will you dare release the hurt you’re feeling

Or ensure his interest is in vain?

4 When you taste the wine from heaven’s waiter,

Will you celebrate his presence here?

Will you shout with joy instead of anger

or suspect God’s presence in good cheer?

5 When you smell the death of the redeemer,

Will you realise he died for you?

Will you see the suffering and forgiving

Are the work of grace he came to do?

6 When you know that Jesus Christ is risen,

Will you carry on as if he’s dead?

Will you recognise that love has triumphed,

Hell has lost and Heaven is her instead?

© 1988 WGRG, The Iona Community, Glasgow.

I also have a copy in the collection Enemy of Apathy, which can be purchased at Wild Goose where you can hear a snippet of the song. It is also available at GIA.

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Thanks Be To God GAB 485

RS’s parish used this song of thanksgiving a couple of weeks ago.  It is a stirring modern traditional hymn by Stephen Dean and I have a copy in OCP’s Guitar Accompaniment Book at 485.

The sheet music can be purchased at OCP where the text is in their preview.

This is ropey backing I made with fake BIAB organ:

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Fortunately this sounds much better:

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Make Us New (Gather Australia 436)

This one is a surprise.  The lovely tune is by Jane Wood, the general editor of Gather Australia and the text is by a Mark Coleridge who I have to assume went on to become the current Archbishop of Brisbane. I can’t confirm this so if anyone knows different do let me know.

Assuming it is his text, I will risk putting up the words, as this song is really pretty obscure, and it also isn’t bad at all. It has a touch of the John Bell about it.

They say Archbishop Coleridge is destined for a red hat and is the pick of the Bishops in Australia (but only if you don’t count the Most Reverend Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv DD of Parramatta who is an absolute gem) but whenever I listen to him you get the idea that Coleridge wants to open out the discussion and widen perspectives on the Gospel until it impinges on matters of authority and then he slams shut all discussion in terror. That’s just my opinion of course.

Who knows perhaps he really will become a Cardinal and help “bring to birth the new world we await.”

In the mean time why not sing along with my backing using BIAB’s harp:

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  1. Shaping Spirit of God, lighting the dark with a word,

Turning mounds of silent death, to shining night of stars:

Move over us! Make us new! Move over us! Make us new!

2. Shaping Spirit of God, moulding the child of old age,

Turning Sarah’s buried cry to laughter’s song of joy:

Move over us! Make us new! Move over us! Make us new!

3. Shaping Spirit of God, guiding the slaves to a land,

Parting seas of failing hope to open freedom’s way:

Move over us! Make us new! Move over us! Make us new!

4. Shaping Spirit of God, leading the Lord from a tomb,

Turning wounds to living springs that water barren earth:

Move over us! Make us new! Move over us! Make us new!

5. Shaping Spirit of God, crying in hope from our heart:

Come, Lord Jesus! Bring to birth the new world we await!

Move over us! Make us new! Move over us! Make us new!

© Mark Coleridge 1987.

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Song Over the Waters (Gather Australia 435)

This is a Marty Haugen song I hadn’t come across before which is a gathering rite with a baptismal theme. It usefully comes with a sprinkling rite additional to the song itself.

The text and melody line is at Hymnary. The sheet music can be purchased at GIA and the preview there gives more details on the sprinkling rite’s text. The tune must be inspiring as there are several excellent instrumental versions on You Tube.

My backing is just the song itself and allows BIAB’s strings to have some fun.

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The original:

These are marvellous instrumental versions:

A lovely solo:

A guitar tutorial:

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Music for the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A 25/26th February 2017

At St Peter’s, Rochedale, we farewelled Father Jacob Chacko today and next week we welcome Father Baiyi Gong.

 

Entrance:  Table of Plenty (Schutte) AOV 2/20

Psalm 62 (O’Brien)

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Rest in God alone. my soul, rest in God.

Gifts: Isaiah 49 (Landry) AOV 1/89

Communion: Come to the Table (Burland) AOV NG 33

A Place at the Table (Shirley Erena Murray – Lori True) AOV NG 1

Thanksgiving: You Are Mine  (Haas)  AOV 2/2

Recessional: Though the Mountains May Fall (Schutte)  AOV 1/182

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Miracle of Grace (Bread of Life)

Ryan’s parish use this Eucharist song by Curtis Stephan that is new to me, but seems in high rotation in the States if YouTube is any indication.

The verses are fiddly and might need a cantor or at least well trained assembly. The refrain just needs the syncopation police to leave the building and all should be well.

The text is here and the sheet music can be purchased at OCP.

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This is Curtis Stephan’s lovely original recording.

Stephan + choir:

A solo by Lindsay Miller:

The Jabez Project:

A choir and assembly having a red hot go:

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Come to Us, Creative Spirit (Gather Australia 434)

David Mowbray wrote this text, here set to Richard Proulx’s tune CASTLEWOOD.

GIA appear to have replaced “in this holy house” with “in your Father’s house” in the second line. The text is at Hymnary courtesy of Hope Publishing, where they note its alternative setting ANGEL VOICES.

It can be purchased at GIA where they have a snippet for listening purposes.

My copy in GA has no chords but fortunately there are chords in Together In Song.

My backing struggles with the irregular metre. There is, of course, no irony in a hymn to artists rendered by a computer program.

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God, Whose Purpose Is to Kindle (Gather Comprehensive 704)

Ryan’s parish used this song with a text by David E. Trueblood last Sunday and it has such a cracking set of lyrics I thought I should mention it.

The text and melody line are at Hymnary, where it is noted as “Thou, whose…” and “Christ, whose…” as well as “God, whose…”

It is set to Beethoven’s “Hymn to Joy” and has such lines as “overcome our sinful calmness” and “our tranquillity forgive” so it would be a rabble rousing recessional or a song for Pentecost.

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How Long, O Lord (Gather Australia 433)

This is a John Bell song based on Psalm 13 set to his tune NEW THIRTEENTH.

The music in GA does not have chords , which is the same as the copy I have in Heaven Can Wait.  Now as far as I can tell the whole song is Dm except for one bar of G, but why not tell poor musical ignoramuses such as myself that instead of making me think.

The text is in the preview at GIA where you can also buy the sheet music (still no chords). It is meant to be slow and bluesy with a cello backing as exemplified by the sample music at GIA.

I couldn’t manage that so my backing has a sinister slide guitar instead.

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Bell comments:

Sometimes we have to call on God’s care, because we have been made redundant, victimised, lost out in love or have been hurt by people close to nus. At such times the words of Psalm 13 can be very helpful.

I’d recommend it as we digest the findings of the Royal Commission.

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Music for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A 18th/19th February 2017

Entrance: Christ be Our Light (Farrell) AOV 2/3

Psalm 103 (O’Brien)

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The Lord is kind and merciful, kind and merciful.

Gifts: O Sacred Flame (Marshall)

Communion: As Gentle As Silence (White) GA 470

Seed Scattered and Sown (Feiten) GA 195

Thanksgiving: In Love We Chose to Live (Cotter) AOV 2/63

Recessional: They’ll Know We Are Christians (Scholtes) AOV 1/130

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