A Prayer to the Holy Spirit – St. Augustine

Here are some prayers attributed to St. Augustine [LINK]

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Breathe in me O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.

Amen.

Holy Spirit, powerful Consoler, sacred Bond of the Father and the Son, Hope of the afflicted, descend into my heart and establish in it your loving dominion. Enkindle in my tepid soul the fire of your Love so that I may be wholly subject to you. We believe that when you dwell in us, you also prepare a dwelling for the Father and the Son. Deign, therefore, to come to me, Consoler of abandoned souls, and Protector of the needy. Help the afflicted, strengthen the weak, and support the wavering. Come and purify me. Let no evil desire take possession of me. You love the humble and resist the proud. Come to me, glory of the living, and hope of the dying. Lead me by your grace that I may always be pleasing to you. Amen.

Bits and Bobs – Winter 2015

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There has been some great music released already this year..and good for us as we crunch our way through Winter up here in western michigan!

Here are a few CD’s and projects to check out:

KICKSTARTER PROJECTCoastland Commons
a group of sacred songwriters writing from community up in Seattle, WA.  They contributed a track to our Incarnation Songs comp. Good stuff from Kyle Turver, Jess Alldredge, etc. Support before March 25.

The Crossing Music - Liturgy of the Seasons Project
Scott Johnson and co from The Crossing in Columbia, MO were awesome enough to send me LP’s of a current songwriting project using hymns to tell the story of the christian year. Produced by Dave Wilton & David A. Cover.

Sojourn MusicNew Again
New album from Sojourn Music featuring a great collection of original songs, retunes, and covers. Especially love Let Justice Roll and their cover of Bifrost Arts Psalm 126. Here is a great write up on “Let Justice Roll” by Bobby Gilles.


Early Christian Prayers (Hamman, Trans. Mitchell) – PDF
This is a fantastic and exhaustive collection of prayers from the early church.  A great introduction to writers, texts, themes, and approaches to prayer in the first couple hundred years of the church!

Carl Gladstonethe abolitionist hymnal
With the support of our friends, backers, and fellow abolitionists we were excited to launch this anti human trafficking hymn project!  Proceeds from sales of the cd and hymnal go to fight modern day human slavery.  The 27,000,000 people held as child soldiers, bonded laborers, and sex workers need the church to wake up, and these songs will hopefully help in that effort!

Zac Hicks – Come and Make Us Free (EP Feb 2015)

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New album from Zac Hicks and Coral Ridge Worship

Here is the title track! 

You can check out the rest on Bandcamp | iTunes | Amazon 

You can read Zac’s blog post HERE:

Here is Zac’s notes from bandcamp for the album:

“Come and Make Us Free is our latest five-track EP exploring our cage-making obsession, entertaining every theme that sits between its diagnosis and deliverance. To get right to the point, the album is about the slavery of sin and the freedom of the gospel. It plays like a mini worship service:

Invocation: “Come Witness this Gospel to Me”

Confession of Sin: “Come and Make Us Free

Confession of a Savior: “Christ Surrendered All”

Assurance of Salvation: “It is Finished”

Summary & Praise: “Gospel Doxology”

Sufjan Stevens – The Transfiguration

There aren’t a lot of songs that wonder on the transfiguration (Matt 17).  Sufjan Stevens has a wonderful one and I’ve heard that a few churches have used this in worship.  David Crowder covered the song and I just heard there is an EP coming out soon from City Church with a symphonic/choir version of it.

More related texts from the Hymnary. Some more worship resources on The Transfiguration from Luke Brodine.

Transfiguration – Leadsheet

When he took the three disciples
to the mountainside to pray,
his countenance was modified, his clothing was aflame.
Two men appeared: Moses and Elijah came;
they were at his side.
The prophecy, the legislation spoke of whenever he would die.

Then there came a word
of what he should accomplish on the day.
Then Peter spoke, to make of them a tabernacle place.
A cloud appeared in glory as an accolade.
They fell on the ground.
A voice arrived, the voice of God,
the face of God, covered in a cloud.

What he said to them,
the voice of God: the most beloved son.
Consider what he says to you, consider what’s to come.
The prophecy was put to death,
was put to death, and so will the Son.
And keep your word, disguise the vision till the time has come.

Lost in the cloud, a voice: Have no fear! We draw near!
Lost in the cloud, a sign: Son of man! Turn your ear!
Lost in the cloud, a voice: Lamb of God! We draw near!
Lost in the cloud, a sign: Son of man! Son of God!


by Sufjan Stevens
© 2004 New Jerusalem Music

Zac Hicks Greatest Hits Overview

I’ve been a fanboy of Zac Hicks since we first started swapping encouragements more than 10 years ago.  I love the work that Zac has done and continues to do to build bridges and wrestle with care, love, and theological acumen on the church and worship.

Below is a brief guided tour to some of my favorite Hicks musical productions with a few notes on the significance of the tunes for the uninitiated.  From Arena Rock to New Orleans Jazz, from simple folk to EDM Zac has covered more musical territory in worship music than ANYONE I know.  Not to mention some crazy contributions to our Cardiphonia compilations! You can see and sample his whole discography HERE. I’m especially enjoying the themed EP’s he is releasing right now over at Coral Ridge Worship.

[]Retuned Hymns that ROCK:
Zac is one of the few people that i know that can pack an equal punch both musically and theologically. These two are my own personal faves:

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Arise, My Soul, My Joyful Powers
(from 2008’s “Hark the Glad Sound”)

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Wake Up Sleeper
(from 2014 “His Be the Victor’s Name”)
117 rank Ruffati organ + huge swirling guitars. Yes please.

[]Songs with a Creedal heart for Contemporary Worship:


Sola
– a song meditating on the Five Sola’s of the reformation.  A great example of creedal songwriting. Use for any sunday, a reformation Sunday celebration, or for general praise.

[]Songs for the SACRAMENTS:


Bread of the World
– a classic anglican communion hymn.  Featured on The Glad Sound album and borrowed for Cardiphonia’s Songs for the Lord’s Supper.  I’ve heard this song led in churches from California to London, England.


Lord, I Believe


Open Our Eyes
 –
An exploration of Luke 24 and the allusions in this biblical text to the Lord’s Supper.

[]Songs with a historical, LITURGICAL underpinning:


The Lord’s Prayer
– contributed to Cardiphonia’s “Songs for Liturgy” compilation.


Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing
– A new orleans jazzy jam for your postlude fun.


Father, Only in Your Power
– an attempt at a trinitarian song of confession that borrows traditional confessional language from the anglican tradition.

[]Songs that engage the CHURH CALENDAR:
Zac has written and recorded songs for every season of the church calendar. Here is just a brief survey!


Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending
(Advent)
A traditional Wesley text for Advent.


Come See a Child of Low Estate
(Christmas)
18th century text meets 21st production.  The first edm retuned hymn EVER produced I am sure!


Most Merciful God  (Lent)


Christ the Lord is Risen
(Easter)
A provocative retune of this traditional easter sunday text.


Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
(Ascension)


Away with Our Fears (Pentecost)

[]Modern adaptations of PSALMODY:
Zac cares greatly about THE songbook of the church and has contributed a few retunes of classic psalter texts.


Psalm 100 All People that on Earth Do Dwell
– Zac won the first annual new Psalmody contest at Church of the Servant (Grand Rapids, MI) with His retune of the classic text.


Psalm 125 (Firm and Unmoved are They)
– originally commissioned for Christ the King’s Psalms of Ascents Worship Grant.

Uptown Church – Songs from Earth, Our Island Home

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Songs from Earth, Our Island Home | VIDEO
Church of the Incarnation, Uptown Community
produced by Justin Brooks

This is their third Uptown Worship Band release (Thirst, 2008, Hymns And Psalms, 2012).

Uptown is a modern liturgical community (Rite 2 liturgical service, with music that explores other avenues not covered by the choir and organ in the traditional services) within Church Of The Incarnation in Dallas, Texas.

This project was inspired by the canticles used in the hymnal of 1982 and they can also be found in the form of prayers in The Daily Office in the Book of Common Prayer. The music arrangements reflected our various backgrounds and influences as musicians, so you will hear a touch of classical, Nawlins jazz, Delta blues.

Tracklist:

1. Arise, Shine
Surge, illuminare, Canticle 11, The Third Song Of Isaiah

2. A Song Of Creation
Benedicite, omnia opera Domini (Bless The Lord, All You Works Of The Lord), Canticle 12 

3. Surely, It Is God Who Saves
Ecce, Deus (Behold, God), Canticle 9, The First Song Of Isaiah

4. Doxology
Canticle 12 

There has been a ton of great original music coming from contemporary anglican communities in the past few years. You can check out a bunch of them at a post HERE.

Coram Deo Church – Swallowed Up Death (2015)

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Coram Deo Church (Omaha, Nebraska) – Swallowed Up Death
produced by David Potter and Luke Pettipoole

As we round the future into 2015 this album is a beacon of concepts to come…reflecting on Zac Hicks recent post about giving up the ghost on the retuned hymn movement I’m glad to see the logical evolution.  Church’s still experimenting with retuning hymns but also exploring songwriting and production to greater heights.  This is a great example of the best of both.  Excellent, contextually rich retunes alongside brand new songs and hymns…and I love that the flow and feel of the record is seamless.  You really have to do some digging to tell the difference (e.g. “Sing, Sing, Redeemed.”). I love that they even snuck in a text by well known british hymnodist Timothy Dudley-Smith!! The sounds are fabulous as well…arrangements and production that will feel familiar but also coached in melodies and vocals that make it easy for the worship planner to draw out an appropriation for their own place.  To my ear I hear bits of Wilco, Arcade Fire, Justin Townes Earle, Fleet Foxes, Sojourn church. This is good listening, good theology, songs you just really want to sing along with.

*Awesome to hear their version of our friend Nathan Partain’s song “I am one of those.”

TRACKLIST:

1. Joining In The Joy
original

2. I Will Sing Of My Redeemer 
Original hymn text by Phillip P. Bliss
Music and additional words by Jared Strock

3. Swallowed Up Death
Love the scriptural allusions (Isaiah 25 & 35; Romans 8:18-25) and connections in this song. Great writing.

4. How Heavy Is The Night 
Original hymn text by Isaac Watts, Public Domain
Music and additional words by Jared Strock

5. Come My Way
Original poem, The Call, by George Herbet
Adapted by Kyle Christensen

6. I Am One Of Those 
original words and tune by Nathan Partain (Redeemer Pres – Indy)

7. Sing, Sing Redeemed 
Words by Megan Pettipoole
Music by Luke and Megan Pettipoole

8. When He Comes
Words by Timothy Dudley-Smith, 1969
Music by Andrew Penke

9. Jesus Shall Reign
Original hymn text by Isaac Watts
Adapted by Jared Strock
Music by Jared Strock

10. The King Shall Come
Original author unknown
Translated to English by John Brownlie
Music and additional words by David Potter