This song was composed by Doug von Koss, who can be reached through his website www.dougvonkoss.com. This song is published in a small book/CD called “How Sweet the Sound” and is part of his “Noah Project.”
Doug von Koss, wrote this when teaching in Italy as Italians were marching to protest the United States invasion of Iraq. He wanted a strong musical statement that would “lift the desire for peace to a more assertive and active place.” He borrowed a melody he had heard in Canada and used this Latin phrase as the text.
Here's a video of Marilyn Haskel leading Cantemus Pacem Mundi at Holy Cross Monastery in September 2015:
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
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
Here's a video of a group sight reading We Are Coming Lord to the Table with drumming and shakers.
Ruth Cunningham wrote this. The text is a Celtic blessing.
It is a simple melody (sung twice through in each sequence of the words). It works well to make it a call and echo to begin it and then shift to singing it in unison (as noted below). It's in the Dorian mode which means it sounds approximately minor, but in fact the tune has a slightly different home, resting tone.
When I'm leading, I sing to myself a minor scale 1,2,3,4,5, and drop down one note (7 below 1) to find the starting note. I learned the song from Ana Hernandez. I begin with people standing and ask them to "do what I do and sing what I sing" and I encourage large gestures - big arm motions, stepping forward, moving whole body and from center. The gestures help people learn the song including the sequence of directions. I usually begin with singing the whole "Christ be with you" and having people echo phrase by phrase. Usually I'll do a second iteration (choosing to substitute "me" or "us" for "you") still singing call and echo, phrase by phrase. Just ahead of beginning the third iteration (shifting pronoun again), I say, "sing with me" and the shift from call and echo to simple melody in unison.
There is a lovely recording of it on Ana and Ruth's CD "Blessed by Light" which you can purchase here (CD or individual song, listed as "Christ be with me"). The song works very well as an opening or closing blessing for a liturgy or other gathering.
Sheet music can be found in Singing In Community, our latest songbook published by Augsburg Fortress.
Here is a video of Donald leading the song:
This song is originally from Ghana, and the version we've sung at many MMC events is from a setting by Marty Haugen and Marc Anderson. You can find the sheet music and a recording of the song at GIA Music.
This is a gorgeous setting of an Orthodox funeral liturgy, written by Daniel Schwandt at our MMC Composers' Gathering in Brattleboro, VT in 2013.
This song is from Indonesia.
Here's a video of Scott teaching Pujilah Tuhanmu at MMC in Atlanta in 2009:
Here's a second video of Scott leading the song, made in Boston in 2009:
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.
Sheet music can be found in Singing In Community, our latest songbook published by Augsburg Fortress. There is a setting of the melody alone, as well as a harmonized version arranged by Andrew Donaldson. The first eight measures of this arrangement are the original song by Kerri, and the the rest is an optional modulation just for fun.
Here's a video of Hilary Donaldson leading this song in her congregation, Eastminster United Church in Toronto, ON.
Here's the recording from the first time Kerri taught this song at MMC after she wrote it.