Songs for church music groups

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Sidestream graphics Most of these songs may be arranged for whatever singers and instruments are available and are often suitable for a solo singer. The quieter ones may be used for reflection during a Communion service. See also the congregational songs, many of which are also suitable for such solo and group use.

Name Score Audio Comments
Bread is broken (Agnus Dei) lyrics: download
score: PDF
Tune: George Gershwin "Summertime".
Mourning into dancing (I will extol your name, O Lord) PDF MIDI Based on Psalm 30
O God, thou art my God Not yet prepared Not yet prepared Based on Psalm 63
Other setting: responsorial
May my cry come before you, O Lord PDF MIDI Based on Psalm 119:169-176. Celtic feel. Possibilities: guitar in open-D tuning (with capo), with fiddle, flute or whistle; piano.
O Lord thou hast searched me PDF MIDI Based on Psalm 139:1-10. For soloist and piano. Not suitable for other arrangement.
Other setting: chant
Magnificat (My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord) PDF MIDI Words: based closely on BCP and ASB texts.
Style: lively song in verse/chorus structure for soloist or group and any instrumentation.
Other setting: responsorial
Nunc Dimittis (Lord, now lettest thou thy servant) Not yet prepared Not yet prepared Based closely on BCP text. Reflective, for soloist (typically baritone) and piano.
Other setting: responsorial

Songs with words by Timothy Dudley-Smith:

Title Occasions Score Audio Comments
Be present, Spirit of the Lord Pentecost PDF MIDI Style: jazz May be suitable for a confident congregation. A separate hymn tune is also available.
O Christ who taught on earth of old Dedication, scripture meditation. PDF MIDI Style: principally intended for solo voice and piano. Written for dedication of a window at St. Mary's, Shincliffe, Durham, UK, 1993.
Approach with awe this holiest place Passiontide, Easter. PDF MIDI Style: slow jazz meditative. Its final verse transforms it into an Easter celebration.

Songs with words by other authors:

Title Author Comment
Fill thou my life Jean Lund (Durham)  
Some of us would rather have silver Peter Comaish (London) Subject: obedience and discipleship

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Last updated: 1st August 2013