NYC RUF Album Liner Notes – Tom Cannon

Here’s a great quote from Tom Cannon, RUF Pastor at NYU whose RUF group produced one of the earlier Retuned Hymn albums – this was released just after the first Indelible Grace album.

You can download a PDF of the liner notes HERE.

Tom Cannon, RUF Pastor NYC, (From “From Depths of Woe” CD, 2000)
“What is offered here are songs that convey the tradition and immediacy of the church and its music. Most of the songs are hymns and psalms that are part of a rich heritage – signposts that remind us that the Holy Spirit has been at work long before this generation; songs steeped in theological and poetic integrity. The music is newer, much of it composed in recent years by RUF students from around the country.
These are not submitted as the last, best or only word on music in the church, a functional arrogance that plagues much present-day Christian music culture. Rather, they are a way, ever feeble, to join the song that will go on forever.”
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High School Worship-Arts Camp at Hope College

I am involved with a team that through a generous Lilly grant is starting a new high school worship-arts camp at Hope College.  From Sunday Night through Friday June 12-17 we will gather to worship and explore the story of God and how to root our own stories within God’s story.  There will be a fantastic group of Hope faculty/staff and students leading this inaugural year.  At this point we still have a few spots left.  You can register here – http://www.hope.edu/offices/awakening

Most of the week we’ll be meeting in beautiful Dimnent chapel and in the brand new Jack Miller Center for the Musical Arts.

Highlights of the Week:

  • Worshipping in beautiful Dimnent Chapel
  • Lessons with world class faculty from Hope College and West Michigan. (Organ, Voice, Guitar, etc)
  • Opportunities to explore local churches
  • On-site visits to organizations pursuing peace and justice in the holland area
  • Beach worship
  • Hanging out with students involved with Hope College Worship

Faith and Vocation Songwriting Contest

Songwriting-ContestCardiphonia and Bifrost Arts Music invites congregational songwriters to submit a worship song about faith and vocation to our Faith and Vocation Songwriting Contest. The winner will receive a $750 award; the runner-up will receive a $250 award. There is no entry fee and the contest is open to all.

Submissions must be emailed or postmarked by September 1, 2016. The winning song will be featured on the 2017 Bifrost Arts Worship record, which will feature many prominent worship artists. While this contest is explicitly for inclusion in the next worship record from Bifrost Arts, submissions will also be sent to Cardiphonia for possible inclusion on a forthcoming Cardiphonia worship compilation with a similar theme.

More information and a helpful article on the theme of vocation and worship HERE.

Songs of Prayer EP – Hope College Worship

Throughout spring semester 2016 at Hope College Campus Ministries we’ve been focusing on prayer.  We preached through the Lord’s Prayer, and through the classic prayer acronym A.C.T.S. using Psalms 8, 51, 138, 27.  As well we wanted to explore songs that focused on the language of prayer – praying twice as Brian Wren describes it. Through two retreats – one with Andy Piercy at TSM and one at home with Nashville songwriter Christopher Williams, the students explored the language of prayer through the medium of song.  We ended up with five songs total – two totally original songs wrestling with personal prayer, and three retuned hymns with various degrees of deconstructions and additions.  We hope you enjoy!  A full PDF songbook is included with the album download.  Thanks to Joey Novak at Minimum Bible for the artwork.

 

Bono and Eugene Peterson on the Psalms

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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.

Video

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

https://bifrostartsmusic.bandcamp.com/track/by-his-wounds-featuring-dm-stith
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)
(Robinson/Trad.)
Come Light Our Hearts – Rain for Roots
(McCracken)
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.
Amen.
Silence
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.
Doxology
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.