Music - Sunday, 26 December 2021 – First Sunday after Christmas, Year C


The hyperlinked titles below indicate that modernized lyrics are available.

Music Suggestions for Festival of St Stephen, Martyr:
Hark The sound of holy voices LHS 214  Backing Track
In God my faithful God LHS 405      Backing Track
God is love let heaven adore Him – LHS 394  Backing Track
All hail the power of Jesus name LHS 166  Backing Track

Music Suggestions for the Festival of St John, Apostle and Evangelist:
God is love let heaven adore him LHS 394  Backing Track
The king of love my shepherd is LHS 391   Backing Track
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds LHS 161  Backing Track
Love divine all loves excelling LHS 164    Backing Track

Music suggestions for the Festival of the Innocents, Martyrs:
Comfort comfort ye My people LHS 12    Backing Track
O for a faith that will not shrink LHS 395  Backing Track
In Thee, Lord have I put my trust LHS 399  Backing Track
When children young and tender – LHS 481  Backing Track


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:

O Happy home where thou art loved LHS 587 - Backing track
Come down O Love divine LHS 119 - Backing track
O blest the house whate’er befall LHS 588 - Backing track
O blessed home where man and wife LHS 589 - 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.

O Happy home where thou art loved LHS 587
Come down O Love divine LHS 119 - Backing track
Father in heaven LHS 777 (One Licence)
O blest the house whate’er befall LHS 588 - Backing track
O blessed home where man and wife LHS 589 - Backing track

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.

Love Of The Father – City Alight - CCLI by James Ferguson, Rich Thompson
Love Divine - Emu Music - CCLI by Alanna Glover, Charles Wesley, William P. Rowlands
Sons and Daughters - Brett Stanfill - CCLI by Brett Stanfill
Matt Maher - Glory (Let There Be Peace) - CCLI by Chris Stevens, Matt Maher, Rachel Taylor Popadic

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

First Reading: 1 Samuel 2:18-20,26


587 O happy home, where Thou art loved the dearest G7



581 Happy the home that welcomes you, Lord Jesus

Second Reading: Colossians 3:12-17


29 Come, your hearts and voices raising* G4 (also TIS 297)
119 Come down, O Love divine G9 (also TIS 398)
434 Let all the world in every corner sing G7 (also TIS 105)
777 Father in heaven GS (also TIS 465) (One Licence)
797 Blest be the tie that binds GS (CCLI, One Licence)
803 Peace with the Father G7 (also TIS 466) (One Licence)


67 Let your word fill my days (CCLI, One Licence)
115 Father in heaven (One Licence)
174 Bind us together (CCLI)
258 Jesus put this song into our hearts (CCLI)
390 Put on love (Contact Gentlewind Music)
400 Deep peace (CCLI, One Licence)
439 Forgiven (One Licence)
505 Whatever you do (One Licence)


105 Let all the world in every corner sing
152 Joyful, joyful we adore you
162 Thank you for giving me the morning
297 Come, your hearts and voices raising
398 Come down, O Love divine
428 Help us, O Lord, to learn
434 Where there is charity and love
442 All praise to our redeeming Lord
465 Father in heaven
466 Peace with the Father
471 In praise of God meet duty and delight
477 Jesus calls us here to meet him
521 Lord Christ, at your first eucharist you prayed (holy communion)
533 I come with joy to meet my Lord (holy communion)
609 May the mind of Christ my Saviour
635 Forgive our sins as we forgive
646 God is our song, and every singer blest
670 Jesus put this song into our hearts

Gospel Reading: Luke 2:41-52


26 Praise God the Lord ye sons of men (modernised version in TIS 298)
39 O Christ, Thou Lord eternal* G7
588 O blest the house, whate’er befall* G6
750 When Jesus came among us (v 1) G7 (CCLI)
788 Lord, who left the highest heaven (vv 1,2,3) G7 (CCLI, One Licence)
893 Our Father, by whose name G6 (One Licence)


208 In the presence of your people (CCLI, One Licence)


298 Let all together praise our God
428 Help us, O Lord, to learn
727 In the presence of your people

Other Suitable Hymns and Songs: FAMILY HYMNS AND SONGS


As today is sometimes celebrated as a day of special emphasis on families, the following hymns and songs are also appropriate.

82 (Pt III)    Jesus, loving to the end
467     For the beauty of the earth (esp. v 3)
587     O happy home, where thou art loved the dearest
588     O blest the house, whate’er befall*
589     O blessed home where man and wife
802     One family (One Licence)
805     We are heirs of the Father (CCLI)
893     Our Father, by whose name (One Licence)


12 We are heirs of the Father (CCLI)
62 One family (One Licence)
242 Son of the Father (offering song) (CCLI, One Licence)
284 Come in, come in and sit down (opening song) (CCLI, One Licence)


137 For the beauty of the earth
288 Not the powerful
530 Now let us from this table rise
581 Happy the home that welcomes you, Lord Jesus



A paraphrased version of Psalm 148 from the Iona Community may be found in John L Bell, Psalms of patience, protest and praise on page 57 (also available in TIS 94). Another song version is ‘Great in power’, ATW 426.

There are also two hymns based partly on this psalm: ‘O praise ye the Lord’, LH 468 / ‘Sing praise to the Lord’, TIS 96; and ‘Praise the Lord, ye/you heavens adore him’, sung to Austria (LH 458, TIS 93). However, the second verse of the latter is not a paraphrase of the psalm. The Psalter (1912) gives two extra verses that are true paraphrases of the psalm, which are provided here in a modernised form. The first verse below is the modernised text from TIS.

Praise the Lord, you heavens adore him;
praise him, angels in the height;
sun and moon, rejoice before him,
praise him, all you stars and light.
Praise the Lord, for he has spoken,
worlds his mighty voice obeyed:
laws, that never shall be broken,
for their guidance he has made.

On the earth let all things praise him:
seas and all that they contain,
stormy winds that do his bidding,
hail and lightning, snow and rain.
Hills and mountains, praise your Maker;
praise him, all you flocks and herds.
Fields and orchards, sing his glory;
praise him, creeping things and birds.

All you nations, come before him:
earthly rulers and all kings,
men and women, parents, children,
join with all created things.
Praise the God of our salvation,
who restores from sin and shame.
Heaven and earth and all creation,
praise and glorify his name.

Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 148 p247 , Psalm 148 p248

Advice for Musicians

Advice for Congregations Without Musicians

Other Music Resources

LCA Music 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.


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.