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  • Behold the Love

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    Barton W. Stone (of Stone-Cambell movement fame) wrote only one hymn: “Behold the Love, the Grace of God.” What struck me about Stone’s text is how effusive it is: “My soul’s on fire, it pants to prove the fullness of redeeming love.” Though I decided to write new lyrics, I tried to retain the original text’s first-person awe and gratefulness for Jesus’ sacrifice. This would be a great song for communion or Good Friday. Think of it as a gospel sibling of “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.”

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

  • Behold, a Table Is Spread

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    This song draws its inspiration from John S.B. Monsell’s 1866 hymn “I Hunger and I Thirst.” I added a chorus and rewrote the original text. Drawing from the “I AM” titles for Jesus, the three verses of this uptempo communion hymn focus on bread, blood, and water.

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

  • Benediction (The Last Word)

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    The song’s genesis began with some phrases scratched on the back of a church bulletin. The phrase that stuck was “from the postlude to the prelude.” (That’s also the title of a book about church music administration by Randall Bradley.) From there I started to flesh out the kinds of things that could, indeed should, be understood as part of a worshipful life. Some of these seem clear: a playground feels like part of God’s world. But what about a prison?

  • Broken and Wasted

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    This song is based on a prayer of confession written by John Polhill from the Iona Community. It recognizes how we harm God’s creation, both through personal actions and global systems. The verses, which ask God to bless our lament and grief over how we have cared for his world, are punctuated by the prayer “Kyrie eleison”— “Lord, have mercy.”

  • 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.

  • Feed Us, Lord

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    This simple, reflective communion song focuses on the way Jesus feeds our hearts at the table. The congregational version of the song includes a piano part and has the option of three keys with modulations: C, D and F. Though your congregation will pick up the tune in no time, you may want to consider introducing it with the arrangement for SATB Choir and Piano.

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

  • Gathered, Scattered

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    During the COVID-19 quarantine, we all learned how much we cherished gathering for worship. We especially felt the absence of gathering around the communion table–the one thing that can’t be moved to an online forum.

    And yet, the Body of Christ has always been both gathered and scattered. We are scattered all over the globe and too often fractured by disagreements, but we also know a common bond in Christ that transcends all boundaries–the mystical “communion of saints.” This is a song of communion and unity that looks forward to the time when people from every tribe, language, people, and nation will gather as one at the throne of God.

    If you’re holding online services, feel free to play the video or sing along to the lyric video.

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

  • Hands Come Gleaning

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    In this song’s lyrics, Tammy Moody ties together images of harvesting the land, social justice, and the Lord’s Supper. The more connections we can make between what we do in worship and in the world, the better.

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

  • Jesus, Lord of Life and Glory

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    This beautiful hymn by James John Cummins had fallen into disuse until fairly recently. It covers all of life— depth of sin, temptation, ease and joy, sickness, and dying— and always brings us back to the prayer, “By your mercy, oh, deliver us, good Lord.”

    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/jesus_lord-gstra.mp3

    An SATB arrangement of this song is also available from GIA Music, G-8892.

    This song is mentioned in Greg’s podcast, “Devotion, Temptation, and Confession.

  • Lord God, Now Let Your Servants Depart in Peace

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    The Nunc Dimmittis, Simeon’s song of praise in Luke, is set to a flowing melody for congregation. What better benediction could there be at the end of a worship service than to join Simeon in saying “Let us depart in peace for our eyes have seen the Savior”?

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

  • Lord, We Set Apart This Time

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    This hymn makes the perfect bookends for a service: verse one is a call to worship and verse two is a call to service. It is written in four-parts and sounds beautiful sung by a cappella choir.

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

  • May the Peace of God

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    http://musicblog.gregscheer.com/may_the_peace_of_god.mp3

    This short, four-part benediction from Philippians 4:7 connects to Psalm 4. It could be used as a coda to my Psalm 4 song “I Rest in You” or sung as a choral benediction at the end of a worship service.

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

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