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Go On Your Way in Joy

This song, composed by Kerri Meyer at The Bishop's Ranch in 2014, has quickly become a favorite in the MMC community. Its great for ending a service or meeting with lots of energy and good feeling. See below for a video of the song being taught, as well as a recording of Kerri teaching it and a pdf score.

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Christ is our Guiding Light

'Christ Is Our Guiding Light' was composed by Eric H. F. Law and works well as a round or canon. There's also a lovely descant line for a cantor to sing.

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Come All, Draw Near and Eat

This call and response song was composed by Mark Howe and has a haunting, challenging, and beautiful shape. Teach the response first, and let the community become comfortable with the intervals through repetition. Once learned, the community might even move to the table during the refrain, pausing on the verses.

The piece is most effective when accompanied by a drone instrument (shruti box or a soft stop on the organ).

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Lay Me Low

This song was composed by Daniel Schwandt at our Music that Makes Community Composers' Gathering in Brattleboro, VT in 2013. Sheet music can be found in Singing In Community, published by Augsburg Fortress. 

Note that the second line of the original Shaker text has been adapted from 'so God can own me' to 'so God can hold me.' To make the text more broadly inclusive, some leaders have also changed the phrase 'Lay me low, so the Lord...' to 'Lay me low, so God...' 

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The Gifts of God

This song was composed by Richard Bruxvoort Colligan. See Richard's public MMC profile here.

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Our Breath is Incense

This song was composed by Richard Bruxvoort Colligan. See Richard's public MMC profile here.

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We Are Coming, Lord, to the Table

I learned this song from Sierra Leone (transcribed by Greg Scheer) at a congregational song symposium at the Chandler School of Theology in Atlanta, GA. Because each section of the song repeats, it's easiest to have folks echo after you. In the second section the word changes from bread to wine on the repeat so you have to think about how to prompt that. A few beats before the repeat I'll often say the new text and make sure that folks notice the change in that moment.

 

Song Form: Simple melody with SATB harmony
Place of Origin: Sierra Leone  
Copyright Holder Name: Arr. © 2008 Greg Scheer
Terms of Use: You must contact Greg Scheer to use the piece, or purchase the publication in which it appears
Print Source: Published in Global Songs for Worship. Purchase this book from Amazon here.
Publisher Name: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and Faith Alive Christian Resources
Year of Publication: 2010

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There is Some Kiss We Want

This song comes to us from presenter Ana Hernandez, with text from Sufi poet Rumi.

Here is the Sheet music, and a video file is attached below. 

 

 

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