Welcome to Evensong – a website from the west coast of Canada dedicated to fresh, Spirit-filled music for the liberal Christian church, all of it free for downloading and sharing in your community. Our music is registered with www.ccli.com and www.onelicense.net, so if you have a copyright license, please record all use. Thank you!
We have over 300 songs currently in our catalogue, with many more yet to upload and new songs being written all the time. Overall, we have at least one song (and often multiple songs) available for every Sunday in the three-year cycle of the Revised Common Lectionary, and also for many of the festivals.
Our music is largely scriptural in language and theme, coming out of the readings for the day, and includes many psalm refrains and shorter chants, as well as hymns, songs and anthems, all of it keyed to the lectionary readings for the week. You can also search for music using the scripture index, or search for themes by entering a term such as “lament” or “joy” in the Keywords search box. If you’ve heard a song of ours and just want to find it, try searching for a word or phrase in the Lyrics search box. And if you still can’t find what you’re looking for, contact us!
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We just realized a psalm refrain which we’ve been using for years isn’t up on the site! So here it is, O God, Our God, How Glorious is Your Name, a refrain for Psalm 8, which appears again in the lectionary readings for Trinity Sunday. Enjoy!
We’re leading music these days for Living Interfaith Sanctuary, a contemplative community in Vancouver, BC, which meets every two weeks and lives the seasons by celebrating a faith festival close to the meeting date. This coming Saturday is a combined celebration of the Christian festival of Ascension along with an exploration of the Unity Consciousness tradition, presenting a challenge to us to provide songs which can support and feed both perspectives. Now is the Moment is an attempt to meet both needs, evoking the waiting for the presence of the Holy Spirit in the Ascension texts and the celebration of Now, the desire for true presence in the current moment which is one of the hallmarks of Unity Consciousness. Enjoy and share!
Psalm 47 is the lectionary psalm for the Day of Ascension, May 21, celebrated by many congregations on May 24 as Ascension Sunday. Here’s a revised score for our psalm refrain, God Has Gone Up With a Shout, with an instrumental interlude to accompany spoken reading of the psalm in between sung refrains. Enjoy!
Three contrasting settings for you of Acts 17:28, “In God we live and move and have our being.” Obviously I have felt grounded in this text! Also, a song inspired by John 14:16-17, “Spirit of Truth,” with a unison/keyboard accompaniment score plus a vocal harmony score. Hope you find them useful for your community worship!
Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year A
We’ve always loved the festival of Pentecost, the ending of the great 50 days of the Easter season. Here are a few ideas for songs to celebrate on May 31, including a new score for the anthem “Breathe, Spirit”, adding in a simple keyboard accompaniment. Enjoy!