Marilyn Haskell teaches "Peace, Perfect Peace" for a group singing a setting of Edward Henry Bickersteth's lyrics (1875).
Recorded at the All Saints Company conference, "Music that Makes Community" in St. Paul's Chapel of New York City, April 2008.
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.
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.
Song form: Simple melody with SATB harmony
Composer(s) Name(s): Traditional South African melody
Place of Origin: South African
This South African traditional song from the singing of the Mooiplaas congregation comes from from the Iona Community publication We Walk His Way. A great strength of music from southeastern Africa is that it usually emerges from communal life, and in singing such songs we unite our sung prayers with those of the people who created them.
To lead it, sing through it once or twice. It's easy enough that folks will start singing with you quickly. Encourage harmony and add leader part once the song is set.
Biblical Reference: Matthew 11:28
Copyright Holder Name: English trans. © 2008 WGRG, Iona Community (admin. GIA Publications, Inc.)
Print Source: We Walk His Way, Iona Community, WGRG
Publisher Name: GIA Publications, Inc.
Year of Publication: 2008
Here is a link to a pdf of sheet music for this song.
Here's a recording of the song being sung (disclaimer: this is not an official MMC video):
This song is an example of teaching music for group singing without the use of books or projectors, recorded at the All Saints Company conference "Music that Makes Community," Los Angeles, October, 2008.
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:
Sylvia Miller-Mutia created this song at a Music that Makes Community Gathering in January 2015. While created as a song for people to sing in procession to the table for communion, it is easily adapted to serve as an invitation or transition into any part of the liturgy.
Here's a video of Sylvia leading her song Come to the Feast at Music that Makes Community at The Bishop's Ranch in January 2015:
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 lyrics of this setting of Psalm 65 is just a single word: silence.
Dumiyah (Heb. silence)
Tibi silens laus (Lat. For you, silence is praise)
Words and music by Richard Bruxvoort Colligan
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Sheet music available in the "Our Roots are In You" collection at PsalmImmersion.com.