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Second Sunday of Advent - Year C

The Naming of JohnOne of our favourite texts for this time of year is the song Zechariah sings when he regains his voice after naming his son, John (the one who they will later call John the Baptist). This beautiful ancient song of the church, the Benedictus to use its Latin name, is found in the first chapter of Luke. Here's a simple setting with a rhythmic refrain, allowing you to sing the entire prose version:

  • "Benedictus (Song of Zechariah)" (pdf)

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 by clicking on the Pay Now button on our MelodicArts sales page

First Sunday in Advent - December 2

Happy New Year, everyone! We start the cycle of the Christian year over again this week as Advent begins. Prepare your hearts!

Here are two refrains for Psalm 25:

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 by clicking on the Pay Now button on our MelodicArts sales page

Reign of Christ - November 25

Christ Surrounded by Musician AngelsReign of Christ! The end of the Christian year, and a time to celebrate the majesty of the human member of the Trinity. Here are two songs to help with the celebration:

  • Psalm 132: "Rise Up, O God" (pdf and bulletin graphic) - a brand new refrain!
  • Revelation 1:8: "Alpha and Omega" (pdf and bulletin graphic) - bring the voices in one by one, starting with the low voices, to build this "chant in parts" to a climax

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 by clicking on the Pay Now button on our MelodicArts sales page

There is No Rock Like Our God - November 18

Two simple refrains for this week, one for the Song of Hannah and one for Psalm 16:

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 by clicking on the Pay Now button on our MelodicArts sales page

God Will Provide - November 11

On November 11 we read one of the shorter psalms, Psalm 127, a reminder that God is present in all aspects of our lives. Here's a simple refrain for the psalm, plus a chant for peace to mark Remembrance Day.

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 by clicking on the Pay Now button on our MelodicArts sales page

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