HYMNS ETC. - Hymns for the Lecitonary
Hymns for the Lectionary April-August 2017
April 15 (First Sunday of Easter). “When It Seemed that Love Was Dying,” a hymn from our Come Away with Me collection (Abingdon, 1998) is based on John 10:1-18 and parallel accounts in other Gospels. It moves from the grief of the disciples to their joy in the resurrection and Alleluia faith. KRISTA’S TUNE is one of John’s best. “Behold the Lamb of God,” #110 in Lift Up Your Hearts (Faith Alive Christian Resources hymnal, 2013) has stanzas for Holy Week and Easter that can be sung between the “bookend” first and fourteenth stanzas. The tune is KENSINGTON.
May 7 (Fourth Sunday of Easter) “God’s New People,” a song from our Sing the Stories of God’s NEW People (Augsburg Fortress, 2016), offers young children a way to share the reading from Acts 2:42-47. “Good Shepherd, Our Leader, Provider, and Guide” from our The Song Lingers On (Zimbel, 2003) draws on Psalm 23. The tune is GOOD SHEPHERD.
May 14 (Fifth Sunday of Easter) A song, “Stephen,” from Sing the Stories of God’s NEW People helps young children deal with the story of the brave martyr who forgave those who hurt him.
June 4 (Pentecost Sunday) Our anthem, “Twelve Disciples in the Temple,” set to John’s arrangement of TOKYO, a Japanese gagaku melody, for unison/two part voices with piano, congregation, and optional flute, handbells (3-4 octaves), suspended cymbal, gong, triangle, and wind chimes is an effective way to tell the story of how the church began. If you have the hymn setting for TOKYO, the text could also be sung as a congregational hymn. (Choristers Guild #CGA1027)
June 11 (Trinity Sunday, First Sunday after Pentecost) “God of Every Generation” (WAUWATOSA) is a good opening hymn for this Sunday. It first appeared in our The Song Lingers On, but is also #361 in Community of Christ Sings (Herald Publishing House, 2013). Another hymn for this Sunday is “Creator God, How Grand the Earth” (GENESIS) connects Genesis 1:1-2:4a with our calling to be good stewards of all God has created. This hymn is in our new collection, Faith That Lets Us Sing (Wayne Leupold Editions, 2017). One of the short worship songs in that book, “In the Quiet of This Place,” would be an effective introit on Trinity Sunday. If you need a song for young children to sing, take a look at “It’s Good,” from our Sing the Stories of God’s People (Augsburg Fortress, 2010).
June 18 (Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Second Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 6) Young children will have fun with Genesis 18:1-15 singing “Sarah Laughed,” also from Sing the Stories of God’s People.
July 23 (Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 11) “Jacob and the Ladder of Angels,” a song for young children from Sing the Stories of God’s People, tells the story from Genesis 28:10-22. John built his tune on the F major scale, keeping in mind that “scale” comes from the Italian “la scala” or “ladder.” There are snippets of the African American spiritual, “Jacob’s Ladder,” in both the introduction and coda to the song.
August 20 (Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 15) “Jacob’s Sons” from Sing the Stories of God’s People is based on Genesis 45:1-15. It can be sung in unison or in four-part canon, and would be fun to do with an intergenerational group.