Songs for church music groups

Most of these songs may be arranged for whatever singers and instruments are available and are often suitable for a solo singer. The quieter ones may be used for reflection during a Communion service. See also the congregational songs, many of which are also suitable for such solo and group use.

Name Score Audio Comments
Bread is broken (Agnus Dei) lyrics: download
score: PDF
Tune: George Gershwin "Summertime".
Mourning into dancing (I will extol your name, O Lord) PDF MP3
Based on Psalm 30.
O God, thou art my God Not yet prepared   Based on Psalm 63
Other setting: responsorial
May my cry come before you, O Lord PDF MP3
Based on Psalm 119:169–176. Celtic feel. Possibilities: guitar in open-D tuning (with capo), with fiddle, flute or whistle; piano.
O Lord thou hast searched me PDF MP3 Based on Psalm 139:1–10. For soloist and piano. Not suitable for other arrangement.
Other setting: chant
Magnificat (My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord) PDF MP3 Words: based closely on BCP and ASB texts.
Style: lively song in verse/chorus structure for soloist or group and any instrumentation.
Other setting: responsorial
Nunc Dimittis (Lord, now lettest thou thy servant) Not yet prepared   Based closely on BCP text. Reflective, for soloist (typically baritone) and piano.
Other setting: responsorial

Songs with words by Timothy Dudley-Smith:

Title Occasions Score Audio Comments
Be present, Spirit of the Lord Pentecost PDF MP3 Style: jazz May be suitable for a confident congregation. A separate hymn tune is also available.
O Christ who taught on earth of old Dedication, scripture meditation. PDF MP3 Style: principally intended for solo voice and piano. Written for dedication of a window at St. Mary's, Shincliffe, Durham, UK, 1993.
Approach with awe this holiest place Passiontide, Good Friday, Easter. PDF MP3 Style: slow jazz meditative. Its final verse transforms it into an Easter celebration.

Songs with words by other authors:

Title Author Comment
Fill thou my life Jean Lund (Durham)  

[1] Recording courtesy of Sam and Paula Denyer, St. Cuthbert's, Wells, Somerset