This is a song from South Africa, from a community of people living with HIV/AIDS. It is available in written form as an arrangement by John Bell in We Walk His Way from Wild Goose Publications.
Here's a video of Patrick Evans leading God Welcomes All at MMC in San Francisco in 2011:
Here's a video of Emily Scott teaching God Welcomes All at MMC in Houston in 2011:
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.
Here's a link to Hilary's suggested teaching plan for this song.
You can learn more from Hilary by watching the episode of Break into Song featuring Sithi Haleluya:
This blessing song by Ruth Cunningham sets a translation of a Celtic chant from the Céile Dé order. It's extraordinarily versatile and can be sung as a simple melody (Part I alone), a two-part canon, and as a layered song when Parts II and III are added.
The song has been used for blessing and sending, on Earth Day and for earth-honoring services, and on labyrinth walks and pilgrimages. It can help to have a drone instrument (a shruti box or a soft unison or open fifth on the organ) accompanying.
"God bless every step that I am taking,
and bless the earth beneath my feet."
Parts II and II:
"God bless every step,
God bless the earth."
Jennifer Baker-Trinity composed Come to the Table during her first MMC workshop at St. Luke's in Park Ridge, IL. The two-part layered song could be useful as a congregation is invited to come forward to receive the elements of bread and wine.
"Come to the table, come to the table
All is now ready, come one and all. Come, oh, come."
"Come one, come all."
Copyright for the piece is held by Augsburg Fortress so you'll need a OneLicense membership to print the text or music.
Arise, Shine is a two-part layered song composed by Ruth Cunningham. It's been shared at many MMC workshops and is a wonderful way to introduce your community to paperless singing.
While the text from Isaiah 60 makes it useful for the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6), it could also be used as a sung refrain for the Third Song of Isaiah in the Book of Common Prayer.
"Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the *glory of the Lord has dawned upon you."
*Some leaders in the MMC community substitute 'glory of God'
Here's a video of Emily Scott leading Arise, Shine at one of our first Music that Makes Community workshops at St. Gregory of Nyssa Church in January 2008.
Here's a video of Patrick Evans and Paul Vasile leading an improvised setting of Isaiah 60 from our Music That Makes Community workshop in Ottawa, Canada in August 2011.
We learned this rhythmic, layered Alleluia from Debbie Lou Ludolph at a Music that Makes Community workshop 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.
Here's a video of Debbie Lou leading the song at The Bishop's Ranch: