Congregational Songs

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  • By Blessed Wounds

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    Tammy Moody wrote a lovely text about trusting God to be a good father. I like how Tammy approaches the image of God as Father, which is quite out of fashion in some circles. She acknowledges the fear and doubt many of us have in believing we’re children, accepted and loved by a good Heavenly Father.

  • CHARMING FOURTH

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    This tune is called CHARMING FOURTH, because I wrote and rejected three other tune drafts before settling on this one; they say the third time’s the charm, but I was hoping for an exception to that rule. I’m also hoping a talented text writer will stumble upon this tune and give it beautiful words that let it soar.

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

  • Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies

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    Charles Wesley originally titled this text simply “Morning Hymn.” Indeed, the text is filled with images of morning, light, and day. This new tune complements Wesley’s wide-eyed, joyful text, conveying the refreshing hope of a new sunrise. Though the song itself is simple and singable, I’ve added a challenging and exciting instrumental verse that either keyboard or two solo instruments can play.

  • Come Praise, Be Cradled

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    The chorus of this song is about joy welling up in the soul in praise of the Creator. It is paired with a Renaissance-style hymn with a persistent pulse underneath.

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

  • Come, All You Weary

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    One of the wonderful things about the Christian faith is that Jesus doesn’t require us to “have it all together” before we come to him. Before we even knew we needed him, he was calling us. This short, meditative song, reminds those of us who are tired and weighed down are especially welcome. Jesus is calling us to himself. Both versions include four-part voice/accompaniment.

  • Come, Sinners, Come, to the Gospel Feast

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    In 1747, Charles Wesley wrote a beautiful hymn that turns the parable of the great banquet in Luke 14:15-24 into a sung altar call. This lively folk melody captures the urgency of that call to salvation, giving new life to this historical text.

    This song is mentioned in Greg’s podcast, “2021 Musical Year in Review.

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

  • Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus (BEACH SPRING)

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    The Advent text “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” is sung to several tunes. Full of longing and melancholy, BEACH SPRING emphasizes the now- and not-yet-ness of Advent. This arrangement could also be used with other texts set to BEACH SPRING, including “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and “Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy.”

  • Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus (HYFRYDOL)

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    The Advent text “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” is sung to several tunes. HYFRYDOL, written by 19th-century Welsh composer Rowland Prichard, is a bright tune that prepares the joy of Christmas well and makes for a great closing hymn. You could also use this arrangement for other texts set to HYFRYDOL, including “Alleluia! Sing to Jesus” and “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling.”

    Piano accompaniment for congregational singing.

  • Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus (STUTTGART)

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    The Advent text “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” is sung to several tunes. STUTTGART, first published in Christian F. Witt’s 1715 Psalmodia Sacra, makes a great opening hymn for an Advent service.

    Piano accompaniment for congregational singing, with a C instrument descant thrown in for free!

  • Comfort, Come Again

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    Amid all the “sleeping baby Jesus” songs of the season, we often forget that Jesus had a bumpy start to his life on earth: born away from home, his family was soon on the run again, this time to a foreign country. Though the “slaughter of the innocents” and the “flight into Egypt” rarely make it into our Christmas imagination, I’ve been thinking that they may serve an important role for our congregations. Let’s face it: lots of us approach Christmas with dread and depression. We’re far from home, missing loved ones, mourning babies that were never born, or are just so sickened by the reality of the world around us that we have a hard time putting our hearts into a Norman Rockwell Christmas.

    With this in mind, I penned “Comfort, Come Again.” It’s a prayer that draws on the themes of Matthew 2 and recasts them in a way that they could be prayed and sung for either the characters of the biblical narrative or those of us today who are going through similar griefs and trials.

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

  • Deeper than the Sea

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    This rendition of Psalm 36:5-9 is an expansive folk-rock song of praise to the Creator whose love surpasses the grandeur of all creation. There are two versions of the song. First, it is available as a free leadsheet for congregation singing. Next, it is arranged for choir, piano, and congregation, with chord symbols so it can be accompanied by guitar and bass to get that “folk choir” kind of sound. It is a simple arrangement that will only take one rehearsal to learn, but it is by no means simplistic. The choral arrangement is published by GIA. (You can purchase the song at GIA or view a sample online.) If your church follows the lectionary, this scripture passage comes up on the second week of Epiphany in year C, and in Holy Week every year.

  • DETROIT

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    This Just Add People piano arrangement gives this early American tune a robust, earthy harmonic setting that can also be played effectively with guitar or folk band. The 8.6.8.6 tune can be used with any hymn text set to DETROIT, including:
    Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive
    In Labor All Creation Groans
    Behold the Goodness of Our Lord (Psalm 133)
    What Adam’s Disobedience Cost
    Do Not I Love Thee, O My Lord?

    Piano accompaniment for congregational singing.

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