Congregational Songs

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  • Seven Last Words: 4. Set Us Free

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    This fourth song of the “Seven Last Words” project has Jesus speaking perhaps the most desolate words of the Bible: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46, Mark 15:34) These words uttered from the cross are actually a direct quote from Psalm 22, where we read of a Psalmist surrounded by enemies but ultimately saved from the grasp of death.

    If Jesus could trust God even on the cross, certainly we can cry out for deliverance even in the middle of our pain, doubt, and despair.

    This leadsheet is a free download. If you sing this song in your church please report its use to CCLI or OneLicense.

  • Seven Last Words: 5. May We Thirst in You

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    From the cross, the One who described himself as Living Water asks for a drink. “I thirst.” This simple sentence says so much: Christ was not spared from his thirst and we shouldn’t expect to be, either. Instead, our journey will be one of both thirsting and quenching, peace and restlessness, fulfillment and yearning.

    This leadsheet is a free download. If you sing this song in your church please report its use to CCLI or OneLicense.

  • Seven Last Words: 6. I Trust My Soul to You

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    “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” In the drama of the crucifixion, these words meant, “I’m ready to die.” But there is another layer of meaning, for Jesus and for us: Jesus committed himself–trusted his whole being–to God’s care. That should be our posture, too, both in our living and our dying.

    This leadsheet is a free download. If you sing this song in your church please report its use to CCLI or OneLicense.
  • Seven Last Words: 7. It Is Finished!

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    “It is finished” were the final words Christ uttered as he died. It is important to note that the word he used is not one that means “That’s it–I’m done” but a word of completion. His work complete, he gave himself over to death.

    The crux of Christianity (pun intended) is Christ’s work on the cross. Let’s rest entirely on Christ for our salvation and life.

    This leadsheet is a free download. If you sing this song in your church please report its use to CCLI or OneLicense.

  • SINKING SHIPS

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/ps12-lying_lips.mp3

    I wrote this tune for a metrical setting of Psalm 12 by Adam Tice called “Lying Lips.” The Psalm is about the lies of the wicked as opposed to the trustworthy word of God. I mirrored this deceit with a tune that is shifty.

    This is an orphan tune, waiting to be adopted by a text to call its own. If you write lyrics for this melody or pair it with an existing text, please report its use to CCLI or OneLicense and let me know how you’ve used it.

  • Somos uno en Cristo/We’re One People

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    This Latin American corito is based on Ephesians 4:4-6, which speaks of the unity of the Body of Christ. With a brand new arrangement and fresh translation, this will quickly become a heart song.

  • Speak Sabbath O’er My Soul

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    With echoes of Sibelius’ “Be Still My Soul,” “Speak Sabbath O’er My Soul” positions Sabbath as something life-giving that God does for us rather than a teeth-gritting discipline we do for God.

    Piano accompaniment with SATB voice parts

  • STICK IT TO THE MAN

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/psalm_82-there_where_the_judges.mp3

    One doesn’t usually think of metered hymn tunes and Weezer-style punk anthems simultaneously, but for those times you do, there’s STICK IT TO THE MAN. It was originally written for Henry Zylstra’s 1953 metrical setting of Psalm 82 that appeared in the Psalter Hymnal.

    This is an orphan tune, waiting to be adopted by a text to call its own. If you write your own lyrics for this melody or pair it with an existing text, please let me know how you’ve used it.

  • STUFEN

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    Originally written for Christopher Webber’s 1 John 1:1-7 hymn, “This We Proclaim About the Word of Life,” this tune is built on a sweeping melodic line and a momentary shift into a different key. In non-technical terms, it’s really pretty!

    This is an orphan tune, waiting to be adopted by a text to call its own. If you write lyrics for this melody or pair it with an existing text, please report its use to CCLI or OneLicense and let me know how you’ve used it.

  • SYCOPHANT

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    Mary Louise Bringle’s “When Memory Fades” is a beautiful treatment of aging, losing memory and strength. It hits close to home, as my own dad died of Alzheimers. I understand why most people sing this to the well-known FINLANDIA, but I just don’t think that tune fits this poignant text well. And so I offer my own tune to accompany “When Memory Fades” (or a hymn that is still waiting to be written).

    This is an orphan tune, waiting to be adopted by a text to call its own. If you write lyrics for this melody or pair it with an existing text, please report its use to CCLI or OneLicense and let me know how you’ve used it.

  • Teach Us Your Peace

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    Shortly after the mass shootings in Uvalde and Buffalo, David Bjorlin sent an email with a new hymn text, “Teach Us Your Peace.” It addressed the fatigue I was feeling from the seemingly endless cycle of death and denial. I hope David’s text and my newly composed tune will be a life-giving balm amidst a culture so enamored with weapons and so willing to offer our children to the god of untethered freedom.

  • Thank You, Lord

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    Like many Black Gospel songs, the beauty of this is that it focuses on one thing (thanksgiving) while allowing for lots of flexibility. The lead singer can improvise new verses in the moment (“Been so good,” “Saved my soul,” etc); the Just Add People! piano arrangement is equally flexible, with an optional modulation and chord symbols for guitar, bass, and other instruments.

    Piano accompaniment for congregational singing.

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