Bono and Eugene Peterson on the Psalms


Bono & Eugene Peterson (c) 2016 Fuller Studios

My friend David Taylor along with a host of other folks from Fuller’s new studio project released a video this week that captures the relationship between U2’s Bono and Eugene Peterson over the past 20 years.  The video culminates in a short discussion at the Peterson’s home in Flathead Lake, Montana where Bono sings a bit of Psalm 23 as he recollects his youth in Ireland.   Taylor also produced a page of resources for exploring the psalms that covers a wide range of topics (art, study, devotion, worship, music). Cardiphonia contributed a list of recent attempts to set the psalms to music for congregational worship.


Resource Page

Here is a list of projects related to the psalms that Cardiphonia has sponsored over the past few years.

Songs for the Sojourns (Calvin Worship Grant exploring the Psalms of Ascents)

Hallel Psalms – modern folk arrangements of Psalms 113-118

Psalms 135-150Vol. 1 // Vol 2.  – 32 songs exploring these psalms from a variety of modern pop-folk styles.


Coastland Commons – Emmaus CD Project

Kyle Turver and a phenomenal group of musicians and artists have founded a new liturgical commons project in the seattle area called “Coastland Commons.”  They have just released their latest CD which is a meditation rooted in the story of Luke 24. The collection of songs are a wonderful mix of personal narrative, biblically rooted reflections, and pieces that would be appropriate for corporate worship.  You can check it out and read more at their website.

As we enter the Eastertide season this is a perfect album to meditate on.  The Emmaus Road story in Luke 24 is the story of the wonder of the resurrected Christ.  How do we see him? How does he walk in our midst? What does the walking, risen Lord ask of us? How does the eucharistic encounter open our eyes to see the Christ?!  Let this album be a commitment to engage in the 50 days of the eastertide season in a new way this year.

Here are a few songs that we think could be congregational favorites:

Stay with Us – chart

He was Known – chart

Come to the Tablechart | leadsheet


Hope College Worship services at Calvin Worship Symposium 2016

Earlier this semester Hope College Worship was busy over at Calvin’s (shhh) Worship Symposium.  We led morning and evening services on Thursday at the CFAC and also backed up Sandra McCracken during her afternoon vespers services.  Below I’ll provide some brief info on the music and liturgy we used.

All Creatures of Our God and King – Traditional, arrangement by Hope College Worship

For the Beauty of the Earth – Traditional arrangement by Aaron Niesquist and A New Liturgy

Confession of Sin (BCP) / Assurance – Psalm 103

Here is Love – traditional, arrangement by Ian Yates & Hope College Worship
By His Wounds – traditional, arrangement by Isaac Wardell & Hope College Worship

Apostles Creed – video for universal design

All Hail Christ – original by Hope College Worship

Vespers with Sandra McCracken
Title: My Soul Finds Rest In God Alone

Opening Prayer – O Gracious Light
O gracious Light, pure brightness of the ever-living Father in heaven,
O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!
Now as we come to the setting of the sun, and our eyes behold the vesper light,
we sing thy praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Thou art worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices, O Son of God, O Giver of life, and to be glorified through all the worlds.
Songs Of Invitation
Trinity Song (unpublished)
My Help, My God – Psalm 42
Prayer for Divine Guidance
Open my lips, O Lord,
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence
and take not your holy Spirit from me.
Give me the joy of your saving help again
and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.
World without end. Amen.
Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing (B)
Come Light Our Hearts – Rain for Roots
A Collect for Grace
Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as
you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength,
so you never forsake those who make their boast of your
mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Psalm Reading – 62-63 excerpts
Song – My Soul Finds Rest (Psalm 62)
Prayer (Read together as musicians continue quietly)
We have sought to find rest in places that only make us weary and empty.  Almighty God, give us your peace and quiet us from within.  We have looked for a place to hide from the storm, from the heat of the day, and from the fear that comes over us at night.  Be our eternal home, our rest, our shelter and our strength. We turn away from tthe shallow springs of self-reliance to drink from your living water that we may be satisfied.  We return again to you, our Father.  Satisfy us again with your abundance, Holy Spirit.  In every age, O LORD, you have been our refuge.
Psalm Reading – Ps 126
Rock of Ages Cleft For Me
(Augustus Montague Toplady/Trad)
Psalm Reading –  Ps 40
Closing Prayer –
Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the hours
of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and
chances of this life may rest in your eternal changelessness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow, praise him all people here below
Praise him above ye heavenly hosts, praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen
 Let us bless the Lord.
 Thanks be to God.



You Are Blessed (The Beatitudes EP) – Hope College Worship

Here is a single that Naaman and I wrote for the Hope College Worship EP on the beatitudes.  This song was started at a “Writing for Words” retreat at the Collegeville Institute (check out their summer writing retreats). When we started worship planning for the Fall at Hope College I was really excited to discover songs that artists had written inspired by the beatitudes and was pretty shocked when I didn’t find much.

If you are poor and weak,

You are blessed;
God will give to you his kingdom.
If you lament and mourn,
You are blessed;
God will comfort all your grieving
If you are meek and mild,
You are blessed;
God will pour out all his riches.
If you are starved for right
You are blessed;
God will fill you with his goodness
C Am F C Am F
Rejoice, Rejoice, Rejoice in your God
If you are merciful,
You are blessed;
God will show you His great mercy.
If you are pure in heart,
You are blessed;
You will see the face of Yahweh.
If you are filled with peace,
You are blessed;
God will make you his own children.
If you are pierced for good,
You are blessed;
God will give to you his kingdom.
Bridge: F Em/G Am C
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia
to the King of Kings And Lord of Lords
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia
for the strangers here, the refugees
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia
To those ones who died for Jesus Christ!
Alt Chorus:
Rejoice you persecuted
Rejoice you martyrs in his Name

New Compilation – Hollow Square Hymnal (shape note tunes)

Today (Ash Wednesday) Cardiphonia released a new compilation of songs inspired by the shape note tradition.  These songs draw from a long history of sacred music in america captured in the Sacred Harp and Southern Harmony (and many other) hymnals that have flourished in the south since the early 1800’s.  Should be a perfect soundtrack for your Lenten season!

Here is a collection of links and resources for learning more (singing more) about the Shape Note tradition.
Lisa Grayson’s Beginners Guide to Shape-Note Singing (PDF)
Awake My Soul – a documentary with accompany soundtrack that explores the Sacred Harp tradition from the past into the present by Erica and Matt Hinton
Tons of information on the Sacred Harp hymnal with full indexes for searching. You can also search for

Singings in your area.

Information and a list of tunes for many of the shape note hymnals.

Information and indexes for the Southern Harmony hymnal.

A treasure trove of material on the shape note tradition from Warren Steel who taught at Old Miss.

A list of Advent and Christmas tunes and texts from the Shape Note tradition.


The Makers of the Sacred Harp, David Warren Steel with Richard Hulan. University of Illinois Press, 2010.

Jess Alldredge – Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs

Jess Alldredge is the worship arts director at Grace Pres in Seattle, Wa and a master collaborator. He plays more instruments than a presbyterian has catechism questions and rocks one of the finest sweater vest collections this side of the rockies.

He’s also finally gotten around to writing and producing his own album.

It’s a collection of retuned hymns, liturgical pieces, and original songs for corporate worship. The production is top button with Nashville’s Micah Tawlks at the helm.

You can preorder the album now at his bandcamp site below:

Psalm 126 – Bifrost Arts Music


Bifrost Art Music has produced a number of stellar projects of worship songs.  I’ve had a few people recently ask for charts for this song in particular which is one of their more popular for congregational use.  It is a superb example of working a psalm into a text and style that can be used in a wide variety of worship settings.  It’s also a fun one because a few different artists have covered it in their settings.

In the liner notes for the album it mentions that this song was inspired by O This Night is Dark by Tom Wuest.  See if you can find/hear the inspiration!!


Psalm 126 (Our Mouths They Were Filled)

mp3 | chart

Our mouths they were filled, filled with laughter
Our tongues they were loosed, loosed with joy
Restore us, O Lord
Restore us, O Lord
Although we are weeping
Lord, help us keep sowing
The seeds of Your Kingdom
For the day You will reap them
Your sheaves we will carry
Lord, please do not tarry
All those who sow weeping
Will go out with songs of joy
The nations will say, “He has done great things!”
The nations will sing songs of joy
Restore us, O Lord
Restore us, O Lord