Hope College Worship – Psalms EP 2017

Last Fall we invited singer-songwriter and anglican artist-in-residence Wendell Kimbrough to perform a concert of his most recent Psalms album as well as lead a songwriting retreat with my worship teams with Hope College.  After a few hard months of edits, arrangements, and pre-production work my students booked one day in Hope’s fancy new recording studio and knocked out all 7 songs in a few takes!!

For most of my students this was the first time they had ever been commissioned to write something explicitly from the psalms – and for some of them the first time they had actually sung the words of the psalms in worship! The album is a mix of congregational, devotional, and small group worship expressions from the Psalms. We hope you find something that blesses you and your worshipping communities.

Album downloads include a songbook with chord charts and leadsheets. Any questions or comments can be directed to worship (at) hope (dot) edu.

Songs for Lent 2017

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There have been some great resource posts on the Liturgy Fellowship facebookgroup for lent. Here are some of the highlights so far.  Personally, I’ve been reading through accounts of music innovations from the Reformation as I prep resources for a few 500th celebrations and many of those are apropos for lenten/catechetical formation.

  • Johann Zwick, one of the leading german reformers focused his early writing on hymns for the creed, the Lord’s prayer, the beatitudes, as well as hymns that built off of his well known catechism. Lent is a great time to work on having at least one song that builds off each of those topics.
  • Hymn-writer CF Alexander (best known for her hymn Once in Royal David’s City) has a wonderful collection of hymns for little children with selections for the creed, the ten commandments, and the Lord’s Prayer for those of you interested in a “re-tune” challenge.

Creed – I Believe in God the Father (chart)

Lord’s Prayer – Our Heavenly Father (chart)

Lord’s Prayer – Our Father (Jared Anderson)

Beatitudes Blog post with a list of songs

Catechism – Check out these recent songs on the Heidelberg catechism
– J. Zeyl – I Am Not My Own (chart)
– Dustin Kensrue – My One Comfort (chart)
– The Welcome Wagon – What is Your Only Comfort (chart)

Other:

Liturgical Folk – Check out Ryan Flanagans new record of liturgical settings.

Emerald Hymns – curated list of Lenten songs from Jess Alldredge

Lament – New album of originals and retuned hymns from The Gentle Wolves

 

February 2017 Bits and Bobs

Here’s a round up of new music and worship links we’ve come across recently.


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Lenny SmithYou Are My Hiding Place
I’ll be posting more on this album coming up but for now check out Lenny’s own words on this retrospective that highlights songs he’s written in the past 30 years!!


Alex Mejias – Kingdom Land [video for single]
New record from High Street Hymns maven Alex Mejias – produced by Matthew E White @ Spacebomb Records.  Definite orchestral 60-70’s vibe!


The Harp Family HymnbookVolume 2
Josh Compton has put together a collection of music makers around his hometown of Canton, OH. This is the 2nd volume of traditional hymns with super-tasty arrangements.

PreachingandWorship.org Site
A new resource site primarily for preachers sponsored by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

Festival of Faith and Music
The biennual festival is coming up this March.  Chris Bohle and I will be leading a breakout session talking about how we book our concert series at Hope College and engage visiting artist with our post-show talkbacks.

Current *Kickstarters* to Support:

Wes Crawford – Simple Words: The Music of Nathan Partain

Caroline Cobb – Songs that Tell the Story

Rachel Wilhelm – Songs of Lament (coming soon!)

Nathan Partain – A Lovely Wait

LENTEN RESOURCES  2017

Lenten Devotional 2017  – Joel Littlepage (Redeemer Pres, Winston Salem, NC)

Lenten Readings 2017 – West End Presbyterian (Richmond, Va)

Bits and Bobs – Fall 2016

Here are a number of new albums, articles, events, and liturgical ephemera you gotta check out soon!

Before we get to the onslaught of ridiculously good new albums:

[] COS yearly psalm contest has its deadline this week.  Get writing people!

[] Doxology and Theology Worship Conference – Nov 3-5, Louisville, KY (Sign up soon!)

[] Reformed Worship – September 2016 issue – has a ton of great articles and features a number of friends from the Liturgy Fellowship (Zac Hicks, Phil and Sarah Majorins)

[] The Worship Pastor – Zac Hicks
Zac’s long awaited opus for worship leaders comes out next month.  Pre-order your copy NOW at Amazon.

[] The Welcome Wagon – support their kickstarter for their new album.

[] Calvin Worship Symposium – Hope college worship will be leading again this year along with a host of great speakers – NT Wright, Mako Fujimura, etc.


This is a rich album of original worship songs based in the gospel of Luke – you’ve got a wonderful range of approaches to both text and tune and the whole album is situated within a local church body.  I’m also pretty biased – this album was produced by a lot of good friends and recorded at Hope College. You can read more about the album HERE.


Wendell is one of the finest lyric writers I know and has been working steadily at his church writing refrains for the psalms.  This album is a collection of the best expanded into full songs and has tons of great options for congregational singing. The album was produced by Isaac Wardell (Bifrost Arts) and uses the same team that supported Sandra’s Psalms album..so gold! You can find out more HERE.

Peter La Grand leads off this new effort from Mixed Multitude Music. The first album is a nice mix of new songs for worship largely rooted in the psalms.  Peter is a long time contributed to Ordinary Time Music and often blesses Cardiphonia compilations.


This is Sandra’s followup album to her critically acclaimed Psalms album that came out last year.  I haven’t had a chance to listen real deep but the sounds are good.

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.

 

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.

 

 

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
CHORUS:
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.
CHORUS:
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

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