Congregational Songs

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  • The First Nowell

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/scheer-the_first_nowell.mp3"][/audio]

    “The First Nowell” is the quintessential Christmas carol and a classic folk tune, but too many arrangements fetter the flowing melody with four-part harmony. My approach is simple: let the melody sing itself and support it with an accompaniment that keeps things moving forward. After a brief string intro, it starts small–just guitar and solo voice–and then builds momentum over the song’s 6 verses.

  • The God of Abraham Praise (LEONI) – chamber/full orchestra

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/calvin_orch-the_god_of_abraham.mp3"][/audio]

    This arrangement was first written for chamber orchestra for a Lessons & Carols service, then commissioned for full orchestra by the Calvin College Orchestra and their director, Robert Nordling. The recording above is from the Calvin Orchestra’s premiere of the full orchestra version on March 5, 2011.

  • The King of Glory Comes (KING OF GLORY)

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    This arrangement of THE KING OF GLORY COMES works with the familiar text by Willard F. Jabusch as well as Greg’s Palm Sunday text, “Hosanna in the Highest.” Optional flute descants add to the Klezmer feel of this rhythmic tune.

    Arrangements for strings and brass are also available with the alternate text.

  • The Kingdom of Heaven

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/the_kingdom_of_heaven.mp3"][/audio]

    “The Sermon on the Mount” contains some of Jesus’ most beloved words, but there are surprisingly few songs that take up these themes. As some settings of “The Beatitudes” have fallen into disuse it seemed the time was ripe for a new one. The verses are nearly verbatim scripture and the chorus is exceedingly easy to learn.

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

  • The Lord Be with You

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    String quartet parts to accompany Ron Rienstra’s “The Lord Be with You” liturgy (Lift Up Your Hearts 535, 811)

  • The Meadow Sings

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/moody-the_meadow_sings.mp3"][/audio]

    “The Meadow Sings” knits together nature, music, and the Creator so beautifully it makes all three seem part of the same chorus.

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

  • The Peaceable Kingdom

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/the_peacable_kingdom.mp3"][/audio]

    “The Peaceable Kingdom,” like the Edward Hicks painting from which I borrowed the song’s title, is a rendering of the famous Isaiah 11:1-9 passage that describes predator and prey playing together, led by a little child. At Christmas, we understand this Child to be Christ, the little child who came into the world to usher in an age of peace.

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

  • The Song of Moses and the Lamb

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/moses_and_the_lamb.mp3"][/audio]

    While planning a service based on the story of Moses’s birth and adoption by Pharaoh’s daughter, I came across a once-popular hymn by William Hammond called “Awake and Sing the Song.” (The original publication has no less than 14 verses!) Naturally, I wrote a new tune for it. I knew the text called for a tune as rough as a sea chanty, as epic as a murder ballad, and as joyously raucous as a shape-note hymn. What I came up with is a pentatonic melody that is equal parts “What Wondrous Love” and “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner.” You can hear the piano accompaniment in the video below:

    [video width="1280" height="720" mp4="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/moses_and_the_lamb-fuller.mp4"][/video]
  • The Strife Is O’er (VICTORY)

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/the_strife_is_oer.mp3"][/audio]

    This lovely Easter hymn is given a flowing accompaniment that moves the musical drama forward verse after verse. Chord symbols are provided so that guitar and bass can join in, creating a perfect opportunity to blend praise team, piano, and organ.

    Piano accompaniment for congregational singing.

  • The Weaver of Time (I Will Praise Your Name)

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Greg-Scheer-Canticles-14-The-Weaver-of-Time-Isaiah-38-10-20.mp3"][/audio]

    I chose the song of Hezekiah (Isaiah 38:10-20) for a Cardiphonia compilation on the theme of canticles. You’ll remember that Hezekiah was told he would die, but he prayed for reprieve reminding the Lord of his faithfulness. God sent Isaiah to tell Hezekiah that his prayer had been heard and that he would give him 15 more years of life. In response, Hezekiah sang this song of thanksgiving. The canticle boldly reminds God that “dead people don’t praise the Lord.” I liked how it connected with laments in the Psalms, and mirrored Christ’s descent into death and resurrection. Verse 1 is Hezekiah, verse 2 is Psalm 22, and the final verse is I Corinthians, spoken.

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

  • TWISTER

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/twister.mp3"][/audio]

    Though this tune twists and turns in surprising ways, it is still very easy to sing. It works beautifully with texts such as “Alleluia! Sing to Jesus” by W. Chatterton Dix and “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” by Charles Wesley. But it would work best with a new text written by you.

    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.

  • Wash Me in Your Water

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/wash_me.mp3"][/audio]

    Ideas from John 3 are used in this simple song of faith. The images of water and Spirit make it an excellent song to be used in conjunction with baptisms.

    An arrangement for solo voice (opt. 2 part), flute and piano is published by Augsburg Fortress in With All My Heart, vol. 2.

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