Servant Song (McGargill)

This song is used at RS’s parish and is by Donna Marie McGargill OSM.

The text is here and the sheet music can be purchased at OCP. Looking at the sheer number of YouTube clips this song is insanely popular in the US.

My backing is a little heavy handed.

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We Receive Power VAO 1/101

James V. Marchionda wrote this song invoking the actions of the Holy Spirit, so it’s useful at Easter and Pentecost in particular.

The text is in the sample at WLP where the sheet music can be purchased and you can listen to a snippet.

The song can pretty much go as long as you want substituting wisdom, courage, mercy, etc for “power”.

My backing gives out after two verses.

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A Christmas Gloria

Rex requested this song and I can only applaud his zeal for preparation – it’s not even August.

It is a neat idea, putting the Gloria familiar from carols in The Gloria.

The text is available in the sample at OCP, where the sheet music can be purchased for download in time to learn it for Christmas.

In the preview I note that Paul Gibson who arranged this asked that no guitar chords be provided but “the guitarist may improvise chords if desired.” That was a challenge beyond my musical skill but I found a technological work around and came up with two versions.

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Music for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B August 1st/2nd 2015

We are using Maggie Russell’s Mass of Freedom at present.

Entrance: Sing a New Song (Schutte) AOV 1/80

Psalm 78 (O’Brien)

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The Lord gave them bread from heaven.

Gifts: Hosea (Norbet) AOV 1/30

Communion: Seed Scattered and Sown (Feiten) GA 195

Eat This Bread (Berthier) AOV 1/125

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

Recessional: Bring Forth the Kingdom (Haugen) AOV 2/4

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We Gather As One VAO 1/100

I’m back from a week at beautiful Kingscliff in Northern NSW where the cycle paths are inviting, the cafes are full of wonderful food and you can watch whales from the balcony of your holiday unit.

 

This is another gathering song, this time by Carol Dinese and Cathryn Howard. The text allows its use as a communion song as well and you can find it in the sample at WLP where you can also buy the sheet music. It says cantor or all but this is fine for an assembly.

The tune for the last two lines of each verse sounds awfully familiar – any guesses as I can’t place it.

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Not Alone, But Two By Two

This song matched the gospel the other week and was used at Ryan’s parish.

The words are delightful and are by Carl P Daw. The text is at Hope Publishing, the home of some of the best hymn writers around. I couldn’t find the music suggested there, but I noted GIA set it to MADRID, which works a treat.

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You can also get backings for this tune at the amazing Small Church Music site, which even has BIAB files for non-copyright songs.  His BIAB for this one is a hoot in jazz style with his own flourishes and key changes.

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Go Tell Everyone (God’s Spirit Is In My Heart)

Ryan mentioned this song in a comment here and Mary’s parish recessed to it recently.

I’ve played it a couple of times years ago and had trouble because the sheet music didn’t match how the assembly had decided to sing it since time immemorial. They improved it a lot from memory and belted it out. It is, of course, THE recessional!

The text is here. It is by Alan Dale and Hubert Richards and Godsongs has all the background on the song.

Bob Sorem’s MIDI file reveals it’s full hurdy gurdiness. (Under “God’s Spirit…”)

My backing was made from sheet music that has evaporated but I think I adjusted it based on how it was sung locally.

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The Spirit Sends Us Forth

This hymn is by Delores Duffner OSB and is another from RS’s parish. It makes a fine recessional.

The text is here. You can purchase the sheet music and hear a snippet at OCP.

OCP sets it to AZMON by Carl Gotthilf Gläser but YouTube has other settings.

This is a simple backing to sing along to:

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Music for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B 25th/26th July 2015

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

Psalm 145 (O’Brien)

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The hand of the Lord feeds us, God answers all our needs.

Gifts: One Body (O’Brien- Watts) AOV 2/146

Communion: Table Song (Haas)

One Bread, One Body (Foley) AOV 1/129

Thanksgiving: Enemy of Apathy (Bell-Maule) AOV 2/75

Recessional: Shout to the Lord (Zschech) AOV NG 114

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We Gather Here VAO 1/99

Number 98 in Voices As One is an extraordinary song called “We Are One Body” which is also in Spirit and Song so I have already blogged it here.

That gets us to Ed Bolduc’s “We Gather Here” a gathering song for those who’ve sung “Gather Us In” once too often.

It has an odd structure with a long interlude in God’s voice by the cantor between the first and second verses, which are the same, followed by a third verse which isn’t! This might explain why we are still singing “Gather Us In.”

The text is in the sample at WLP where the sheet music can be purchased.

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