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  • Psalm 6: Lord, My God, Do Not Contend

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    Adam Carlill’s Psalm versifications in Psalms for the Common Era strike a fine balance between faithfulness to the Hebrew texts and singability for modern congregations. For Psalm 6,  I wrote a Celtic-style ballad, which feels to me like it’s sturdy enough to contain the harsher elements of the Psalm (“do not castigate and chide,” “Turn away from me my foes” ), but soft enough for phrases like “soothing touch and balm inside.”

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

  • Psalm 62: Only God Can Save Me Now

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/psalm_062-only_god.mp3

    Psalm 62 famously begins with the words, “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him.” The Psalmist goes on to describe the many difficulties experienced in life–those who are attacking or extorting money–always coming back to the refrain, “My soul finds rest in God alone.” Scottish lyricist, Doug Gay, has given these words an introspective feel in his setting of the Psalm. They could almost be sung by a victim of abuse, crying to God for help. That’s the thing about the Psalms: they give words to things we may have not experienced, which may make us feel like we don’t need them–until we do.

  • Psalm 78: People Of The Lord

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/people_of_the_lord-cantor_and_choir.mp3"][/audio]

    Who would have thought that a Genevan Psalter-style setting of Psalm 78 in 7/8 time would become my biggest hit? After it won the Calvin09 hymn contest, the song was translated into a half dozen languages and sung from Switzerland to Brazil. It is included in a number hymnals, including the Presbyterian Glory to God and CRC/RCA Lift Up Your Hearts. Your church can get in on the fun, too, by downloading the music here at www.gregscheer.com.

    Read the whole story of the song here: People of the Lord

  • Psalm 80: Restore Us, O God!

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

    Eugene Peterson argues that we sanitize the Psalms. His Bible translation, The Message, attempted to restore some of the grittiness of the original Hebrew. If this is true in Bible translation, it’s even more true in the way we sing the Psalms–we edit out the difficult verses and sing the rest very piously. “Restore Us, O God!” has a folk music (almost Klezmer) feel that brings out the urgency of Psalm 80’s lament.

     

  • Ready My Heart

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    I first heard “Ready My Heart” on Steve Bell’s CD Each Rare Moment a number of years ago and immediately fell in love with it. Lois Shuford has composed a unique Advent song, a devotional text in which we pray that our hearts would be prepared to cradle the coming Savior. Below is a video of Larry Figueroa and me introducing the song.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3aMobSfosM

  • The King of Glory Comes (KING OF GLORY)

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/scheer-hosanna_in_the_highest.mp3

    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 Meadow Sings

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    “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 Song of Moses and the Lamb

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    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]
  • Why Should the Children of a King

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/why_should_the_children.mp3

    This hymn by Isaac Watts about the work of the Holy Spirit bearing witness to salvation is a fitting text for the Pentecost season.

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

  • Will Rise in Spring

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

    Another collaboration with Tammy Moody. Like many of her songs, this one features vivid images of nature. In this, she takes us through the seasons, ultimately connecting spring’s budding new life to our hope of resurrection in Christ.

    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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