Congregational Songs

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  • How Can I Keep from Singing?

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    The title phrase gives the impression of a wide-eyed universalist anthem of feel-good hope. But a deeper look shows a hymn that recognizes both the struggles of life and the hope of faith in Christ. This Just Add People arrangement brings out the lament of the verses with a minor harmonization, switching to a major key when the refrain proclaims confidently: No storm can shake my inmost calm.”

  • I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (KINGSFOLD)

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    KINGSFOLD is a fitting tune for this hymn’s calm confidence in Jesus’s comfort, and this Just Add People arrangement includes a fresh piano accompaniment with a sparkling intro and outro. This arrangement is also available with the texts “O Sing a Song of Bethlehem” and “We Sing the Mighty Power of God.” The string quartet arrangement available below can also be used with congregational singing and adds lyrical interludes between each verse.

  • I Surrender All to You

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    If you’d like to expand your repertoire of dedication songs beyond the classics “I Surrender All” and “Take My Life and Let It Be” you should give this a try. It’s a short Matt Redman-ish song which reminds us that our lives are a 24/7 sacrifice in response to God’s love.

    Watch Greg’s guitar tutorial for this song here:

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

  • I Will Wait Upon the Lord

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    This was written for Cornerstone University Ministry at the request of Henry Knapp. I chose Psalm 40 because I felt that the image of the feet being placed on solid rock could be appropriately updated to refer to the Solid Rock, Jesus Christ, the Cornerstone of our faith.

  • I’ll Be a Witness to the Light

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    Perfect for both Advent and Epiphany, this simple song of dedication has verses based on John 1:6-8; 19-28, 35-42, and 43-51. It also appears in From a Distant Home, as arranged by Michael Burkhardt.

    PowerPoint slides for congregational singing are available from Digital Songs & Hymns.

  • ICC

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    In 2007 I fulfilled the lifelong dream of having a college adopt one of my tunes as their school fight song. While my rousing “We Are the Cougars” won Illinois Central College’s fight song contest, my entry for their alma mater tune contest didn’t fare as well. But their loss is your gain. You can replace their “pride of Peoria” text with lyrics of your own!

    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.

  • Immortal, Invisible (ST. DENIO)

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    Counterpoint in a hymn accompaniment? You betcha! Click below to hear this one played live at Fuller Avenue CRC.

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

    Piano accompaniment for congregational singing.

  • In a Still, Small Voice

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    This quiet ballad uses I Kings 19:11-13 and events from Jesus’ ministry to reflect on hearing the still, small voice of the Lord in our world today. The song can be effectively led by a praise team or sung as an anthem by choir.

  • INDY

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    This tune first appeared as #37 in a collection of Isaac Watts Psalms, In Melody and Songs (2014). What is interesting about this tune is that though the harmonies shift through a few different keys (D, Bm, C), the melody always remains in D. Hence the tune name, INDY.

    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.

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    Jesus Lives, and So Shall I

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    There are many songs that are perfect for Easter day (“Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,” for example.), but few that remain appropriate during Eastertide. “Jesus Lives, and So Shall I” will take you through the whole season of Easter with its focus on our new life in the risen Christ.

    PowerPoint slides for congregational singing are available from Digital Songs & Hymns.

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

  • Jesus, Be Enough

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    Most Christmas songs are all joy and confidence: Shepherds overwhelmed by angelic songs; Wisemen led by navigational stars. But if your life is at all like mine, those moments are rare. Instead, life is often accompanied by a soundtrack of doubt, missteps, and loss. “Jesus, Be Enough” asks the question: Is Jesus a sufficient gift even when Christmas miracles don’t occur? Will we trust God even when our prayers seem to go unanswered? It is a Christmas carol for the rest of us. [Above is a demo of the choral anthem and below is a version with guitar and cello.]

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  • Jesus, Greatest at the Table

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    The hymn tune TABLE GREATS (a play on “greatest” and “table grace”) is a setting for Steven Starke’s 8.7.8.7.8.7 Maundy Thursday text. This simple, singable tune gives voice to Starke’s reflection on the story of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet in the upper room.

    Piano accompaniment for congregational singing.

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