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Our Mother In Heaven

At the Music that Makes Community Holy Week Retreat in February 2016, Liesl Spitz leads this energetic and inclusive version of the Lord's Prayer.

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Our Father In Heaven

At the Music that Makes Community Holy Week Retreat in February 2016, Liesl Spitz leads this energetic interpretation of the Lord's Prayer.

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God Bless the Revolution

Here's a short meal blessing written by Lindsey Nye, in collaboration with Zachary and Rebecca Stevens-Walter. It's based on a popular (but unattributed) meal blessing.

"Some have food,
Some have none,
God bless the revolution!"

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Lord Bless the Hands

At the Music that Makes Community Holy Week Retreat in February 2016, Elizabeth Nelson taught us this powerful melody. The lyrics are: Lord Bless the hands that Share with Us And Bless the Hands that Care for Us Now Hear this Simple Prayer from Us Amen Amen Now bless the Dawning of this Day And Bless the Friends that Come our Way Now Hear your People as we Pray Amen Amen

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Hosana in the Highest

At the Music that Makes Community Holy Week Retreat in February 2016

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Da pacem cordium

This beautiful canon was composed by Jacques Berthier of the Taizé Community, an ecumenical monastic community in France that prays for reconciliation and peace in the world. The distinctive chants and songs used at Taizé often set simple phrases (usually lines from Psalms or other pieces of Scripture) repeated until they work their way into the rhythms of the heart, a form of “praying without ceasing.”

This tune can be shared without printed music two ways:

1. Sing the canon from beginning to end, then line out each section of the canon using call and echo until the group is confident. Combine the phrases, then divide the group and cue one at a time. 
2. Divide the group into three sections and teach one phrase of the canon to each. While the melody won't migrate around the group as it does with a canon, this strategy can be helpful when time is limited.

"Da pacem cordium"

Translation:
Give peace to every heart.

Copyright for the piece is held by GIA Publications, Inc. so you'll need a OneLicense membership to print the text or music.

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Shalom Chaverim

Shalom chaverim is a beautiful Israeli folk song, a greeting that means "peace."

 

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Peace In My Heart

This song was written in 2003 by Miriam Klamkin, and can be found on the collection MotherTongue: Weaving the Web of Life. The Lyrics are as follows:

Peace in my heart

Peace between our hearts

Peace at the heart of the world

©2003 Miriam Klamkin

 

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Salamu alaykum

This "peace" was written by Benjamin and Tamika Jancewitz who teach it in the video at an MMC event in Baltimore 2015.

 

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Christ, Mighty Savior, Light of All Creation

Paul Vasile led this tune at the Music that Makes Community event in Baltimore in November, 2015. An audio file of this tune, listing of printings and hymnals, and complete lyrics can be found here:

http://www.hymnary.org/text/christ_mighty_savior_light_of_all_creat

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Arise My Love, And Come Away

This is a new composition by Paul Vasile, a freelance church musician, consultant, and composer based in New York City. A frequent facilitator at Music that Makes Community events around the country, Paul is passionate about modeling and sharing leadership practices that sustain the musical and spiritual life of faith communities.

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Love, Joy, Peace, Goodness

Paul Vasile is an interim/transitional church musician, consultant and composer based in NYC.

 

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God Is Love, Love Is God

Paul Vasile wrote this song in December of 2015 at St. Lydia's Lutheran Church, and it's sweeping melody often elicits lush harmony when invited.

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Joy Shall Come in the Morning

This hopeful song by Mary Alice Amidon was introduced to us by Rachel Kroh, MtMC’s first Executive Director. After the 2007 shooting rampage at Virginia Tech, Mary Alice heard the pastor of a church near the college quote from Psalm 30, "Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning." Those words inspired the creation of this song, which was shared at the Guilford (VT) Community Church, UCC the following Sunday.

 The song could be used in a variety of contexts, including the season of Advent.

"Joy shall come in the morning.
Joy shall come in the morning soon
Joy shall come in the morning Joy shall come to you.
Out of darkness we have light, comes the day from the night.
Joy shall come in the morning Joy shall come to you.

Peace shall come in the morning.
Peace shall come in the morning soon.
Peace shall come in the morning  Peace shall come to you.
Brothers all in charity. Sisters all in unity
Peace shall come in the morning Peace shall come to you.

Love shall come in the morning.
Love shall come in the morning soon
Love shall come in the morning Love shall come to you.
Comfort us that we might live knowing love that we might give.
Love shall come in the morning. Love shall come to you.

Hope shall come in the morning
Hope shall come in the morning soon
Hope shall come in the morn ing Hope shall come to you.
Take this pain from the night.
Open your heart with wings take flight.
Hope shall come in the morning. Hope shall come to you." 

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Antiphon for Whirling

This buoyant, rhythmic setting of verses from Psalm 134 was written by Ana Hernández in 2007.

The 7/8 meter is best felt in the body, first through tapping or clapping the larger rhythmic groups (2+2+3). Ana often invites the group to sing the tune on "la" until they've gained familiarity with the melody and rhythm. Then text can be added.

"Yours the day also the night, you made the moon and the sun.
La la la la...
God has bless'd us. God has bless'd us. God has bless'd us."

A shruti box or another drone instrument can help the group stay on pitch; percussion instruments can add rhythmic support.

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Love and Faithfulness Shall Lead (Psalm 85)

This canonic setting of Psalm 85:10 was written by Albuquerque-based composer David Poole. Many of his pieces have been created in collaboration with John Philip Newell, the well-known author and teacher on Celtic spirituality.

This setting could be used in various contexts: as a psalm refrain, as a sung Passing of the Peace, or in liturgies focused on peace and justice.

"Love and faithfulness shall meet;
righteousness and peace will kiss."

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Agnus Dei (St. Bride setting)

Written by John Bell as part of the St. Bride setting, this paperless response incorporates call and echo learning to encourage community participation. The melody rises and falls gently, inviting a quiet, focused energy. When learned well, the piece can be sung as a canon in as many as four parts (with groups entering each measure).

It could sung a cappella or accompanied by a drone instrument (a shruti box or a soft unison or open fifth on the organ) to support the community's voice. 

"Lamb of God you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us. 

Lamb of God you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us. 

Lamb of God you take away the sin of the world, 
grant us your peace."

Teaching note from Paul Vasile: Practice the response before worship and encourage the community to trust your gestures, even if they seem to be too soon. The overlapping parts generate energy and the confidence of the community will grow in time.

Copyright for the piece is held by GIA Publications, Inc. so you'll need a OneLicense membership to print the text or music.

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Holy, Holy, Holy Lord (Iona setting)

This call and echo Sanctus was composed for the Iona Community in Scotland. It can be sung unaccompanied or with a drone instrument (like a shruti box).

"Holy, holy,
Holy Lord of pow'r and might.
Heaven, earth,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
All glory to your name.

Blessed, blessed,
Is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Blessed, blessed,
Is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest!"

Teaching note from Paul Vasile: The echo comes quite quickly and there is slightly overlap between the leader and the assembly, so be ready to cue them with a clear, inviting gesture.

Copyright for the piece is held by GIA Publications, Inc. so you'll need a OneLicense membership to print the text or music.

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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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