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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.
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.
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.
Composed by Rachel Kroh at the Music that Makes Community Composers' Retreat in Brattleboro, VT in August of 2013.
Fear not the pain,
Let its waves fall back into the earth.
For heavy are the mountains, heavy are the seas.
- Lyrics by Rainer Maria Rilke from "Sonnets to Orpheus, Part One, IV"
This song was composed by Reverend Stephanie Spellers at a Music that Makes Community event in Boston in 2009.
Composed by Brian Wentzel, available in a book called At Your Altars from Hope Publishing
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).
Come, come, come to the table in love. (need, truth, etc.)
We come together in Jesus' name.
We come to the table in love. (need, truth, etc.)
Composed by John Bell, published in We Walk His Way from Wild Goose publications (available as a CD or songbook).
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.
Composed by John Bell of Wild Goose Publications.
Here's a listing on hymnary.org with sheet music for Come, Holy Spirit.
This paperless song was composed by Dale Zola, based on a poem of Rumi. This is a particularly beautiful song for Lent and times of spiritual pilgrimage, or a prayer for welcome and hospitality.
Come, come, whoever you are,
worshipper, wanderer, lover of leaving.
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Though you have broken your vows a thousand times,
Come, come again, come!
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
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).
'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.
'Arise, Shine' was composed by Ruth Cunningham and is a great example of a layered song.
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.