Information on Bundles:
All bundles except “Guitar Liturgy” include image files for bulletin (melody, lyrics) and lead sheet (melody, lyrics, chord symbols). “Collect for Purity” and “Communion Liturgy 1” bundles include realized piano accompaniment. “Guitar Liturgy” includes lyrics with chord symbols, plus MP3’s for learning the songs by ear.
“To You” has been used various ways as a stand-alone, and the two pieces together, with a space of silence between them, serve as a setting of the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer’s Collect for Purity. Used together these are very effective for a contemplative gathering, as “To You” can be sung repeatedly while people enter and join the song, silence deepens presence once they’re seated, and “Cleanse the Thoughts” finishes the piece and leads nicely to confession and/or prayer before reading scripture.
Bulletin files with and without Alleluias, Music leader files (realized accompaniment with chord symbols) with and without Alleluias, both in PDF and Word so you can edit a version of your own. Audio files (mp3) for all six songs in the Alleluia version, and a second set of audio files (wav) for the version without Alleluias (files marked Lent: file 1 is the first two songs, Invitatory and O Gracious Light; file 2 is the Psalm; file 3 is the Magnificat; file 4 is the last two songs, Song of Simeon and Prayer of St John Chrysostom). Audio files may be used live, screen shared as part of a Zoom call or similar approach to worship, and/or live-streamed. Bulletins may be printed for use in person or screen shared for use in rehearsal and worship.
This prayer, set to a shuffle rhythm, works well as part of Morning Prayer, as a Hymn of Praise, or as a psalm setting! Included are piano accompaniment with harmony parts, a file that shows overall layout for bulletin, and files of each musical section to allow greater formatting control.
“Mourning Into Dancing” was developed for a dance service at Yale Divinity School’s Marquand Chapel. It has since been used in large and intimate settings, by congregations and at least one campus ministry. It works beautifully as a Hymn of Praise, especially at times when we need to make that transition, from heaviness and sorrow to freedom and joy in Christ!