There is so much good music out there that it drives me crazy to have to limit each Sunday to 7 songs. Not only are the songs great, but of course, we serve a Great God, a loving Father, a gentle Shepherd, a powerful King, a high priest who can sympathize with our trials, a true and living Word, a faithful Servant, a shelter in the storm…I could go on but maybe I’ll let the songs speak instead.
And We Are Glad – Joe Pace’s traditional 6/8 groove that makes for an excellent opener. Fun, simple, true. This will be our 2nd time singing this tune.
Bless the Lord (Son of Man) – from Tye Tribett. The gospel presented in a full-throat-ed boast. Also 6/8. Lot’s of guitar shredding which is not my forte, but I become all things to all people yadda yadda yadda.
Eh Yawhe – a GAEL tune that Athoms Mbuma wrote and shared with us last month. This song is an excellent cross-over between American and Congolese style worship. It is repetitive enough for the Americans to catch some of the Lingala. At the end, there’s a super easy vamp that everyone can participate in: “Kumama, kumama, eh, Yawhe! Kumama eh, Yawhe!” Which means: Be [glorified, exalted, praised] oh Yawhe!
Blessed Be Your Name – Matt & Beth Redman’s tune is a modern-worship classic. After a few complicated and cross-cultural jams, it’s nice to sing a 4 chord tune that’s familiar to the majority. However, it’s not a light-weight song. These words are a challenge to my faith to sing them. (Check out the link – it’s a video of Redman performing with the London Community Gospel Choir at Abbey Road Studios)
May The Mind of Christ My Savior – words by Kate Wilkinson/ music by James Ward. This is my dad’s new melody which has a very (dare I say it) smooth jazz sound. This is a re-tuned hymn but unlike most of the stuff that I hear these days with that label, it has an intentionally cross-cultural style. No mandolin or banjo on this cut. If you want to use it in your church you can get the leadsheet, lyrics, slides, and mp3 for FREE from ncfmusic.com.
Because of Who You Are – Martha Munizzi (as performed by Vicki Yohe). I haven’t been able to get this into a set for a while but it’s a shame because when we sing it, our people “get happy”.
Jesus My Great High Priest – by Isaac Watts and yours truly. Someone suggested to me a few weeks ago that we sing this song as a communion tune. An obvious selection, but the idea had never occurred to me. As well as being here on my blog, you can find resources for this song (for FREE) at ncfmusic.com.