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  • 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.”

  • 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, 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.

  • Hosanna in the Highest (The King of Glory)

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    You can almost imagine Jesus coming closer as this song progresses: The verses begin with prophecies of the Messiah with which the crowd would have been familiar (Ps 24, Is 40) and the people answer with the Palm Sunday refrain of “Hosanna in the highest!” It uses the familiar Jewish folk tune (“The King of Glory Comes”), which your congregation likely already knows.

  • 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.

  • Jesus, Lord of Life and Glory

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

    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.

  • Jesus, You Are Here

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    In Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “shelter in place” order took effect at midnight; an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus, everyone is to stay home except for the necessities. When I woke this morning, I considered how quickly the world changes. People all over Michigan–all over the world–are finding themselves confined to their homes. Maybe they’re dreading the silence. Maybe they can’t imagine getting through a whole day with all their children at home. Maybe they’ll lie awake at night worrying about their loved ones catching the virus.

    This simple song, dubbed “a hymn for sheltering in place” reminds us that Jesus walks with us during these times.

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

  • Labor On!

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    A work song for church? This song is unique in that it focuses on Jesus’ work on this earth and encourages us to follow him in our own labors and in fighting for the rights of laborers–especially the working poor who face so much injustice and inequity.

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

  • O God, Our Help, We Bless Your Name

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    Based on a hymn text by Philip Doddridge, this tune sounds like it comes from the pages of Southern Harmony while the lyrics remind us that the seemingly insurmountable obstacles we see ahead of us will become occasions for praising God in the future.

  • One Generation Will Call to the Next

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    Looking for a song to celebrate and encourage intergenerational worship? This setting of Psalm 145:1-7 was one of the winning songs of the CRC sesquicentennial hymn contest. Since then it has been included in three hymnals, recorded on a CD, sung at weddings, and used as a theme song for church dedications and education programs. One young person said this: I love this song. It has given me greater understanding of what a healthy church and Godly community looks like and has inspired me to be open to learning from the “last” generation.

    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/one_generation-gen2gen.mp3"][/audio]

    A leadsheet is available here. For piano accompaniment or a festive choral anthem, visit GIA: https://www.giamusic.com/store/resource/one-generation-will-call-to-the-next-print-g9804. The choral anthem is extremely flexible, with options for solo, children’s choir, worship band, and full orchestra. (See instrumentation chart below).

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

  • Psalm 122: Let Us Go!

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    Psalm 122 is full of exuberance at the mere thought of going to worship. For the Israelites, the song would have accompanied them on the long journey to Jerusalem. I can imagine this song would be one of their favorites along the way: it called them to join the journey, it boosted flagging spirits along the way, and it would be a grand anthem upon arriving at their destination.

    Like all my Pilgrim Psalms, “Let Us Go!” is very simple and easily learned without music. It is an eight-measure chorus repeated ad-lib with three verses that can be sung by a leader on top of the chorus. Think of it as Hillbilly Taizé.

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

  • Psalm 123: Have Mercy

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    Psalm 123 is a prayer for mercy. The first half of the Psalm describes our eyes looking up to heaven–an acknowledgment of the true God–and the second half is asking God to look down and intervene against lesser authorities–those gods of this earth who abuse their power. It is a simple, but powerful Pilgrim Psalm.

    This song is mentioned in Greg’s podcast, “Psalm 123 and Mercy.

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

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