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All Who Are Thirsty

Composed by Brian Wentzel, available in a book called At Your Altars from Hope Publishing

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Come to the Table

Composed by James Clemens, this Invitation to the Table can be offered as a call and response song, with the leader singing the first two lines and the community responding with, 'We come together in Jesus' name...' and echoing the word offered by the leader (love, need, truth, etc). 

Call:
Come, come, come to the table in love. (need, truth, etc.)

Response:
We come together in Jesus' name.
We come to the table in love. (need, truth, etc.)

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Come O Lord and Set Us Free

Composed by John Bell, published in We Walk His Way from Wild Goose publications (available as a CD or songbook).

 

 

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Come Light of Lights

The song was composed by Ruth Cunningham and works very well as a round. 

Come, light of lights into my heart.
Come, wisdom of Spirit into my heart.

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Behold I Make All Things New

This is a short song by John Bell, and comes to us from the collection entitled "Come All You People" available below. A brief clip of the recording is available on the website here. 

Song Title : Behold, I make all things new
First Line : Behold, behold, I make all things new
Published in : Come All You People
Author : John L Bell
Composer : John L Bell
Copyright: Words : Paraphrase © 1995 WGRG, Iona Community, Glasgow G2 3DH, Scotland
Copyright: Music : Music © 1995 WGRG, Iona Community, Glasgow G2 3DH, Scotland
Theme : Recessional, Commitment
Biblical Ref : 2 Corinthians 5:17

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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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Sithi Haleluya

This Ndebele song is sung in churches all over Zimbabwe in Africa. I learned it from Hilary Seraph Donaldson in her series of instructional videos called Break into Song. Hilary learned it from Maria Minnaar-Bailey, and it is available in written form in Maria's Chaia Marima Songbook 3.

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All Peoples Clap Your Hands

This setting of Psalm 47 was written by Pascal Jordan, a Benedictine brother from Trinidad. It is available in written form in the With Many Voices Songbook. I learned it from Hilary Seraph-Donaldson in her wonderful series of instructional videos, Break into Song.

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God Bless Every Step

Composed by Ruth Cunningham, this is a popular song from Music By Heart (p. 58), the original collection of songs published as part of the Music that Makes Community project. It was composed by Ruth Cunningham and is both layered and works as a round.

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Come, Holy Spirit

Composed by John Bell of Wild Goose Publications.

Here's a listing on hymnary.org with sheet music for Come, Holy Spirit.

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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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Alleluia from Palestine

I learned this song from Debbie Lou Ludolph at Music that Makes Community in Minneapolis in 2014.

Sheet music can be found in Singing In Community, our latest songbook published by Augsburg Fortress. It is also published in Sing With the World, a collection edited by John Bell and Alison Adam of the Iona Community in Scotland and published by GIA Publications, Inc. It is available as a CD, download and book at the link above.

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If In Your Heart

This is a popular song from Music By Heart (# 30), the original collection of songs published as part of the Music that Makes Community project. It was composed by Ana Hernandez. 

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I Will Supply Your Need

'I Will Supply Your Need' was composed by Ben Allaway. Sheet music can be found in Singing In Community, our latest songbook published by Augsburg Fortress.

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In My End Is My Beginning

The lyrics of this song are from T. S. Eliot's The Four Quartets, Burnt Norton. It was composed by Rachel Kroh at Music that Makes Community in Minneapolis in 2012. 

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Listen to the Word of God

'Listen to the Word of God' is a Gospel acclamation composed by Marilyn Haskel. It was originally written for St. Paul's Chapel in downtown New York City. 

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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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Go With Us, Lord, and Set Us All Free (Hamba nathi Mkhululi wethu)

A traditional Xhosa hymn which, roughly translated, means “Go with us, our saviour” from Pamela Warrick Smith. Paul Vasile brings it to Music that Makes Community. When you lead it, make sure that you keep a steady beat so the group can feel the syncopated rhythm of the tune. I teach the tune first and once that's set teach the bass line. If folks don't intuitively add harmony (almost every group I've taught this to has) then line out parts.

There are several English translations of this text and sadly not all are attributed. 
1. You Are Holy, You Show Us the Way in Xhosa: Here is a link to a pdf of the sheet music for this version.
2. God With Us, Lord, and Set Us All Free... etc. 
3. Come Walk With Us, the Journey Is Long - text by Anders Nyberg 
I have improvised other verses, as well, and heard others do the same: i.e. Go with us, Lord, and give us your love/joy/peace, or Come walk with us and share in our bread. Lots of possibilities. 

Additional Information:
Song form: Simple melody with SATB harmony
Composer(s) Name(s): Traditional South African melody
Place of Origin: South African

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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 Enough

This song was composed by Kerri Meyer in San Francisco, CA. This video of 'There Is Enough' is taught by AnnaMarie Hoos, who learned it from Kerri Meyer. The melody was adapated from a Peter Mayer refrain, and Kerri Meyer composed the descant.

The lyrics are:

There is enough!
There is enough!
There is enough, oh,
Enough and some to share!

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