Music - Sunday, 19 November 2023 – Twenty Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Year A (Second Last Sunday of Church Year, Proper 28)

Introduction

There are many music choices available each week. You will find music suggestions for each reading drawn from the Lutheran Hymnal, the All Together song books and Together in Song. In addition, we have selected the Top 4 Public Domain hymns, the Top 4 All Together and LHS songs under copyright and the Top 4 Contemporary Music suggestions each week. You may like to mix and match from these lists to suit your context.

Top 4 Public Domain

If you enjoy traditional hymn singing or your congregation does not have a copyright license, here are our recommended Public Domain hymns for the week:

If a title is hyperlinked, that means that modernised lyrics are available. MP3 backing tracks have been recorded for you to use.

Lord keep us steadfast in your word – LHB 197 - Backing track
O bring to the Lord thy tribute of praise – LHB 367 - Backing track
Lord speak to me that I may speak – LHB 373 - Backing track
Stand up stand up for Jesus – LHB 206 - Backing track

Top 4 All Together and LHS songs under copyright

Copyright information for the following suggestions has been provided. Please ensure that you are reporting the use of any material under copyright.

Soon and very soon - AT 302 orange (CCLI)
Make me a channel of your peace - LHS 858 (One Licence)
For all your goodness Lord-AT 265 orange (CCLI)
Christ be our light (Longing for light) - AT 313 (One Licence)

Top 4 Contemporary Music Suggestions

The following songs have been carefully reviewed, and are recommended for use in congregational worship, primarily because they point people to Christ and proclaim the message of his word in music and song for this Sunday in the lectionary cycle. They also fit well with other selection guidelines as highlighted in Tips for song selection and Fact Sheet 6: Music in Worship. While the use of a particular song by a band or organisation is not necessarily an endorsement of that group or the entire body of their work, we recognise that any scriptural song is a Spiritual song that can be used to complement a rich diet of worship for God’s people.

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.

Come Thou Almighty King - Keith & Kristyn Getty, Tommy Bailey - CCLI by Felice de Giardini, Nathan Mickle, Sarah Gehri, Tom Yarbrough, Tommy Bailey
We Give You Thanks - Emu Music - CCLI by Alanna Glover and Niki Shepherd
We Belong To The Day - Emu Music - CCLI by Michael Morrow
We Declare - Emu Music - CCLI by Alanna Glover and Liv Chapman

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: a) Judges 4:1-7

LHS

197    Lord, keep us steadfast in Thy word* G5
198    Let us, O Father, never be confounded G6
199    Christ, Thou strong guardian* G9
202    Help us to conquer, Thou Prince everliving* G3
205   Soldiers of Christ, arise G5

AT

266    Victory song (Through our God we shall do valiantly) (CCLI)

TIS

436 Lord, keep us steadfast in your word
570 Soldiers of Christ, arise

First Reading: b) Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18

LHS

AT

302    Soon and very soon (CCLI)
309    When the Lord returns (CCLI)

TIS

Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

LHS

205    Soldiers of Christ, arise G5
206    Stand up, stand up for Jesus G6
338    Rise, my soul, to watch and pray G4
352    Fight the good fight with all thy might* G4
361    Let us ever walk with Jesus* G5
487    Wake, awake, for night is flying* G6
490    O Son of God, we wait for Thee* G3

AT

187    Help us, Lord, to wait for you (Public Domain)
300    Practise love (Everyone should be quick to listen) (CCLI)
313    Christ be our light (Longing for light) (One Licence)
473  Bread for the world (One Licence)
485    Praying (One Licence)

TIS

266 Wake, awake, for night is flying
442 All praise to our redeeming Lord
478 I bind unto myself
570 Soldiers of Christ, arise
592 Stand up, stand up for Jesus
594 Fight the good fight with all thy might
642 This day God gives me
643 I want to walk as a child of the light

Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:14-30

LHS

124    O Holy Spirit, enter Thou* G3
299    My God, accept my heart this day G5
367    O bring to the Lord thy tribute of praise* G6
373    Lord, speak to me that I may speak* G5
377    Take my life, and let it be* G6
792    They came, knew his name GS (CCLI, One Licence)
855    Brother, let me be your servant GS (CCLI)
858    Make me a channel of your peace (One Licence)

AT

95    Make me a channel of your peace (One Licence)
188    Reaching out with open arms (CCLI, One Licence)
191    Brother, let me be your servant (CCLI)
265    For all your goodness, Lord (CCLI)
297    Let us talents and tongues employ (CCLI, One Licence)
308    We are called to follow Jesus (CCLI, One Licence)
358    Gift to the world  (Offertory) (CCLI, One Licence)

TIS

400 O Holy Spirit, enter in
485 My God, accept my heart this day
537 Let us talents and tongues employ
599 Take my life, and let it be
607 Make me a channel of your peace
650 Brother, sister, let me serve you
652 Come to us, creative Spirit

Psalms

Psalm 123

The following paraphrase by David Schütz of Psalm 123 may be sung to the tune Veni, Immanuel (LH 2, TIS 265) or Melita (LH 578, TIS 138) or another 8.8.8.8.8.8 tune. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

To you, O Lord, I lift my eyes,
to you, enthroned in heaven above.
As servants look up to their lord,
we lift our eyes to God the Lord,
until he turns his eyes t’ward us,
and shows his mercy and his love.

Have mercy on us, Lord, we pray,
for we are treated with contempt.
We’ve had more than our fill of scorn
from those who live in ease and pride.
O turn, O Lord, be merciful
for we have put our trust in you.

Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings: Psalm 123 p212Psalm 123 p213

Psalm 90

The hymn ‘O God, our help in ages past’ (LH 556, TIS 47) is a paraphrase of Psalm 90:1-6. The following paraphrase of Psalm 90:1-12 may be sung to any well-known 8.7.8.7D tune, such as Hyfrydol (LH 349, TIS 233), Friend (LH 426), or Austria (LH 458, TIS 93). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Lord, throughout all generations
you have been our dwelling place,
long before the birth of mountains,
long before the world was made,
you were God then, now and ever,
everlasting still the same,
but one word returns us mortals
back to dust from whence we came.

For a thousand years of history
are as nothing in your sight,
they’re like yesterday now passing,
like an hour in the night;
they are swept away on waking
like a dream at break of day,
they’re like grass that grows in morning,
and in evening fades away.

Lord, your angry indignation
has consumed us all with fear,
for our sin and our transgression
by your light has been made clear.
Lord, your wrath has been our burden,
as our short lives pass away.
All our lives are filled with suff’ring,
and our years end with a sigh.

We may live for seven decades –
if we’re strong, then maybe eight –
but their span is grief and sorrow
when they’re gone, we fade away.
Yet before your mighty anger,
should we not all be afraid?
So that we might have true wisdom,
teach us how to count our days.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 90 p147

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.

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.

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.