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)

Calvin Worship Symposium 2017

Hope College Worship was invited to lead a service again at this years Worship Symposium. The theme for services this year was the book of Revelation. We planned a service that was inspired by Revelation 4-5.

You can watch the whole service HERE.

You can download this years Worship Symposium program catalog HERE.


GATHERING

Prelude: O Lord, You Are My Light  (Jess Alldredge)

God’s Greeting and Call to Worship
inspired by Revelation 1:4–8

Before the Throne of God Above (Charitie Lees DeCheney Bancroft, Vikki Cook)

Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty (traditional)

CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE

Confession (Rev.Lauren Taylor)

Sanctus (Bethany Brooks)

Assurance (Rev.Lauren Taylor)

All Things New (Green Carpet Players)

Litany Prayer: “Thou Who Wast Center
(Christina Rossetti, based on Revelation 5)

Jesus at the Center (Israel Houghton)
recording forthcoming…

WORD

Prayer for Illumination Revelation 4 and 5
Message: “The Mountains Are Out” (Trygve Johnson)

Revelation Song/Digno y santo (Jennie Lee Riddle)

Prayers of the People (Rev. James Ellis III)

The Lamb Has Overcome (Luke Morton)

SENDING OUT

Valediction (from Revelation 22)
Behold, Jesus is coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of this book.
Behold! Jesus is coming soon to judge the earth with righteousness and truth.
He is the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.”
And let the one who hears say, “Come,” and let the one who is thirsty come;
let the one who desires take the water of life without price.
Jesus is coming soon. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

Benediction

New Projects to support from Ordinary Time Music and Mike Crawford

Two of my favorite indie worship projects have new albums in the works that need your support!

Ordinary Time Music:

Ben Keyes, Jill McFadden and Peter La Grand have produced some stunning sacred music for the church over the past 10 years..from originals to retuned hymns they have worked their way across the church year and are currently prepping a project for the season of advent.  They currently need your support on a Kickstarter to release the album. So yeah…a must get! Also check out Peter’s new project Mixed Multitude Music.

Mike Crawford and the Secret Siblings:

I’ll try not to fanboy too much here but *gush* we’ve been waiting for this new record for a long time and now you can head over to Kickstarter and help make it a reality.  You can listen to a bunch of their stuff at their bandcamp page.

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.

Retuned Hymnal

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Western Seminary, which lives a few hundred feet from my office at Hope College was nice enough to interview me recently about a new project we’ve been working on for the past year – the Retuned Hymnal.  You can watch the interview HERE as a part of their new video blog project LuxCast. 

The Retuned Hymnal will be a database driven site like CCLI’s songselect that will provide open-source access to the best grassroots worship music that we’ve run across in the past 15 years or so.  The site will be about 40% retuned hymns, 20% new liturgical/service music, 20% traditional hymns with new arr’s, and the rest original stuff.

We’ll be beta testing all this year and will release the site officially and commercially in summer 2017.  So far we’ve indexed over 800 songs with lyrics, chords, and leadsheets.

The site will provide some fun stuff like:

  • One stop shop for searching songs from the wider retuned hymn movement.
  • Author data, key and meter data, Scripture tags, theological tags, and liturgical tags for every song.
  • Links back to bandcamp and hymnary where available
  • The ability to stream every song directly from bandcamp (when applicable)
  • Ability to see every retune of a particular text on one page.
  • Streaming by category or theological theme (stream every ‘ascension’ song for example).
  • Analytics for subscribers like theological data on setlists.
  • Up to date whole site analytics on the most popular songs by week, month, etc.
  • and of course a whole lot more!!

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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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.

 

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.

 

 

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:

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