Music - Friday, 25 June 2021 – The Commemoration of the Augsburg Confession

Introduction

 

 

Top 4 Public Domain

If you enjoy traditional hymn singing or your congregation does not have a copyright license, Mark Simpfendorfer from the Music and Song team recommends the following:

Backing tracks have been recorded for you to use.

A mighty fortress LHS 195 - Backing track
Be still and know - LH 855
Be still my soul: the Lord is on your side – LHS 854 - Backing track
How shall the young secure their hearts – LHS 261 - Backing track

Top 5 All Together/LHS Songs

There are many great songs and hymns to choose from each week. This list has been compiled by Mark Simpfendorfer from the Commission on Worship's Music and Song team. Please make sure you check the copyright on any songs you use.

Top 4 Contemporary Music Suggestions for this week

Please note, the hyperlinked Youtube clips are provided to give you a sense of how music can be performed or for personal use. You must always obtain permission from the creators of the music videos and the creators of the song before using clips in worship, unless permission is explicitly stated beneath the video.

Song/Hymn suggestions based on the Lectionary readings

Some LHS hymns have modernised lyrics. Click on underlined hymns to see the new lyrics.

Please click here to go to the Modernised Hymns page.

G3, G4 . . . = Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . .ro.; GS = Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH

Hymns and songs in the Lutheran Hymnal with Supplement under the topics of ‘The Word of God’, ‘The Church’, or ‘The Church Militant’ could be considered, and also those listed in the Together in Song index of subjects under ‘Church’, pp 1036-7 in the harmony edition.

First Reading: Isaiah 55:6-11

LHS

LHS 226 Winter reigns o’er many a region
LHS 236 Gracious God our heavenly Father

AT

AT 39 My Word (CCLI, One Licence)
AT 331 Turn to me with all your heart (One Licence)

TIS

TIS 464 Seek, O seek the Lord
TIS 663 Isaiah the prophet has written of old

Second Reading: 1 Timothy 6:11b-16

LHS

LHS 185 Son of righteousness divine
LHS 194 Thy hand, O God, has guided
LHS 213 For all the saints
LHS 352 Fight the good fight with all thy might

AT

TIS

TIS 456 Your hand, O God, has guided

Gospel Reading: Matthew 10:26-33

LHS

LHS 194 Thy hand, O God, has guided
LHS 874 The will of God is always best

AT

AT 205 What you hear in the dark (One Licence)
AT 496 Don’t be afraid (CCLI, One Licence)
AT 527 All that is hidden (One Licence)

TIS

TIS 103 A mighty fortress
TIS 169 Our God, we know your providence
TIS 197 God’s Son came to bless us
TIS 198 I greet you my Redeemer sure, who lives

Psalms

Psalm 46

TIS 28, God is our strength and refuge, is a paraphrase of the psalm.

The following songs and hymns have some basis in Psalm 46 – although none of them are actually paraphrases of the psalm itself.
LHS
195    A mighty fortress*
199  Christ, Thou strong guardian, e’er The Chucrh defending
690  God is our refuge and strength
854    Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side
AT
9    Be still and know that I am God   As the reader speaks the verses of Psalm 46, the congregation may respond after every few verses with the singing of the first verse of ‘Be still and know that I am God’ (LHS 885, ATN 9).
311    Be still and know that I am God  Most appropriate for an opening song.
339    In you, O Lord, I found refuge
458    God is our refuge and strength
526   God is our shelter and strength
TIS
103    A mighty fortress
120   God is the refuge of his saints

The following paraphrase of Psalm 46, by David Schütz, may be sung to the tune of ‘A mighty fortress’ (LH 195, TIS 103). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

God is our refuge and our strength
a present help in trouble.
And so we will not be afraid,
though all the earth may tremble.
Though mountains may fall,
though seas roar and foam,
though all the earth quakes,
still we are not afraid.
The Lord of hosts is with us!

A flowing river brings great joy
throughout God’s holy city,
for God himself is always there,
and it will not be shaken.
God’s help comes at dawn,
the nations will roar,
the kingdoms will fall,
his voice will melt the earth.
The Lord of hosts is with us!

O come and see the fearsome things
the Lord has made to happen.
He makes wars cease; he shatters shields;
he breaks the spears and arrows.
‘Now be still, and know
that I am your God.
Throughout all the earth,
I am exalted high!’
The Lord of hosts is with us!

OR, the following paraphrase by David Schütz may be sung to the tune of ‘Be still and know that I am God’ (LHS 885, ATN 9). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

A mighty fortress is our God,
A mighty fortress is our God,
A mighty fortress is our God,

And so we will not be afraid;
and so we will not be afraid;
and so we will not be afraid.

The Lord of hosts is with us now,
The Lord of hosts is with us now,
The Lord of hosts is with us now.

He makes wars cease throughout the earth;
He makes wars cease throughout the earth;
He makes wars cease throughout the earth;’

‘Be still, and know that I am God!’
‘Be still, and know that I am God!’
‘Be still, and know that I am God!’

Psalm 138

TIS 86, With my whole heart I will praise you, is a version of this psalm.

Either of the following metrical versions of Psalm 138 by David Schütz may be used. If reproducing these versions, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

This version is sung to the tune ‘The Greatest Commandment’ (ATA 175).

I give you thanks, Lord, with all my heart,
before the angels I will sing your praise.
I worship you in your holy place
and always praise and thank your holy name.
For by your love and your faithfulness
you set up your name above ev’rything.
And when I called on your holy name,
you gave me your answer and made me strong.

All kings and rulers shall praise you, Lord,
when they have heard your words of truth and love;
and they shall sing of the ways of God:
‘Tremendous is the glory of the Lord’.
Yet, though exalted, he keeps his watch
with love and compassion upon the poor.
The rich and proud he will still observe,
but like one that watches from far away.

And you preserve me throughout my life,
though trouble meets me everywhere I go.
You stretch your mighty right hand to save,
and fight the anger of my enemies.
The Lord fulfils his promise to me;
forever and ever your love endures.
Do not forsake what your hands have made,
remember you made me and I am yours.

This version is to the traditional tune Dir, dir, Jehovah, LH 218:

With all my heart, I give you thanks, Lord.
Before the angels I will sing your praise.
I worship in your holy temple
and always thank and praise your holy name.
For you have shown your love and faithfulness,
your holy name and word are glorified.

And on the day I called upon you,
you gave me answer and you made me strong.
The kings of all the earth shall praise you,
when they have heard your words of truth and love.
They all shall sing about your ways, O Lord,
‘Tremendous is the glory of the Lord’.

Yet, though the Lord is high in heaven,
he still regards the lowly of the earth.
He does not overlook the haughty,
but watches them like one who’s far away.
Though trouble meets me everywhere I go,
your right hand saves me from my enemies.

The Lord will keep his promise to me;
your steadfast love, O Lord, will always last.
Stretch out your hand and come to save me!
Do not forsake the work your hands have made.
With all my heart, I give you thanks, O Lord.
Before the angels I will sing your praise.

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Other Music Resources

LCA Music Resources

OTHER HELPFUL WEBSITES FOR CHURCH MUSIC

While the LCA does not necessarily endorse the content of these websites, you may find them helpful in your worship planning.

LCA Resources

Downloadable Hymnal Resources (including downloadable backing tracks and lyric PPTs)
Modernised Hymn Lyrics
Hymnal Index (by tune and scriptural link) 
All Together Index (by tune, scriptural link and theme)
Five Songs of Faith

For further Music Resources click here.

Other Helpful Websites

While the LCA does not necessarily endorse the content of these websites, you may find them helpful in your worship planning.
Small Church Music: You can download mp3 and midi files of popular hymn tunes from this site.
Together to Celebrate: lectionary based song and hymn suggestions from a variety of sources.
Singing from the Lectionary: has song and hymn suggestions based on the RCL from other hymnals.
Song Select: catalogues CCLI licensed music. You can search for more contemporary songs by theme. If your congregation has a paid subscription you can also download sheet music and other resources.
Hymns Without Words: mp3 downloads of hymn tunes.
Metrical Psalms by Dale Schoening : Psalms set to well known hymn tunes.