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Christmas Blessings!

12th century Orthodox iconChristmas blessings, everyone! Here's a simple round from our album Returning Home, for your listening and singing pleasure through this holiday season:

  • Giver of New Life (pdf and mp3)

2011 has been a year of transition and change for us: Cheryl's mom Helen, died in March, my two-year contract at the Vancouver School of Theology came to an end in April, and a year of "mobile ministry" with our home church, Crossroads United, has just ended - our new sanctuary and other renovations are now complete. As we look back and reflect on all that has happened, we also look forward to what 2012 brings.

May the birth of the Christ remind us again and again that we are people of new life!

Third Sunday of Advent - December 11

Here are two songs for Psalm 126, the primary psalm reading for the Third Sunday of Advent. Enjoy!

We would appreciate it if you would ensure the full copyright credits are included on any copies you make, and if you have a license from www.licensingonline.org, please record any songs of ours which you use in worship to help support us in our music making. You can also make a donation anytime for the use of our music, as you see fit, by clicking on the Pay Now button on our MelodicArts sales page.

Songs for the Second Sunday of Advent - December 4

Advent is such an amazing season - an opportunity to resist the popular culture of Christmas, to instead prepare our hearts for the coming of the Christ, savouring the anticipation of waiting, so that by the time Christmas comes we are so ready! Here are a couple of songs to share with your communities for the Second Sunday of Advent this year:

We would appreciate it if you would ensure the full copyright credits are included on any copies you make, and if you have a license from www.licensingonline.org, please record any songs of ours which you use in worship to help support us in our music making. You can also make a donation anytime for the use of our music, as you see fit, by clicking on the Pay Now button on our MelodicArts sales page.

First Sunday of Advent - November 27

New Year's blessings, everyone (Christian new year, that is!). As we begin another cycle of the church year, here are a few songs to help you celebrate:

  • "Restore us, O God" (pdf and bulletin graphic) - a refrain for Psalm 80
  • "Keep awake, for you know not when" (pdf) - a lively, gospel-flavoured song based on Matthew 13:32-27
  • "Keep awake, keep watch through the night" (pdf and midi) - a gentle refrain, also on the Matthew passage

Hmm... Must need the reminder to not get sleepy, since I have two songs on the same subject!

We would appreciate it if you would ensure the full copyright credits are included on any copies you make, and if you have a license from www.licensingonline.org, please record any songs of ours which you use in worship to help support us in our music making. You can also make a donation anytime for the use of our music, as you see fit, by clicking on the Pay Now button on our MelodicArts sales page.

Our eyes look to you, O God - November 13

I've never written a refrain for Psalm 123, until now! Just when I'm positive I've completed the full lectionary cycle of psalms, I find another one for which I have no music.

So here it is, for your singing and sharing:

We would appreciate it if you would ensure the full copyright credits are included on any copies you make, and if you have a license from www.licensingonline.org, please record any songs of ours which you use in worship to help support us in our music making. You can also make a donation anytime for the use of our music, as you see fit, by clicking on the Pay Now button on our MelodicArts sales page.

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