Monthly Archives: July 2011

Jesus, You Are Bread For Us (AOV 1/42)

This Christopher Walker songs risks a lot in its simplicity.  Sheer repetition and unsympathetic voices can harm a song that lacks flash like this one, but try to imagine it sung by Johnny Cash in the last years of his … Continue reading

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Before the Throne of God Above (SNS 1/5)

This is an odd one for the Source: New Songs – a text from the 19th century by Charitie Bancroft with a newish tune by Vikki Cook from the late twentieth century.  This version does it as a P&W slow … Continue reading

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How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place (AOV 1/41)

I don’t recall ever using this setting of Ps 84 by Michael Joncas.  Joncas has written many beautiful pieces of church music that we do use and I’m sure I’ll have more backings for him as I work through the … Continue reading

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Will You Love Me (AOV 1/40)

Another song by Brian Boniwell of Corinda or Toowoomba, but in Queensland at least.  Biographical information is thin on the net so anyone who knows the details please pass them on. This song is very frequently sung at our church and … Continue reading

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Come to Set Us Free (AOV 1/39)

Bernadette Farrell was certainly popular when this collection put together.  This song is very suitable for Advent but could be a more general gathering song.  We’ve never used it, so if anyone does and finds it useful, by all means … Continue reading

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Break Open the Word and Renew the Face of the Earth (AOV 1/38)

Ray Paxton I can only guess is an Australian who has written songs for children.  I’d love to know more, because this is another hope filled song that is not just a kid’s song, but I can find nothing about … Continue reading

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Beautiful Lord, Wonderful Saviour (The Potter’s Hand) SNS 1/4

This is a Darlene Zschech song from the Source: New Songs 1 that actually has a liturgical use.  When I used it some years ago to match the readings, I wondered why everyone had so much trouble with the timings and … Continue reading

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Come to Me (AOV 1/37)

Gregory Norbet’s song “Come to Me” uses Matt 11:28-30 as a refrain for the Twenty-third Psalm, which was a fine idea. The version in AOV has only the first verse of the psalm and an instrumental interlude, but is is clear from … Continue reading

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You Know Me, Lord (AOV 1/36)

This song by James Walsh uses Ps 139 to make a meditation that alternates minor and major verses.  I couldn’t find any biographies of the songwriter, which is a rarity in these internet days but you can hear a snippet at OCP.  … Continue reading

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Unless a Grain of Wheat (AOV 1/35)

Another Bernadette Farrell tune that can be used when these readings come up and more generally. The refrain is quite lyrical and flowing while the verses are essentially in a different key and the jolt matches the hard medicine in John’s … Continue reading

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