Every Thursday afternoon just beforestudents, faculty, staff, and community people start moving toward the chapel at Calvin Theological Seminary for a time of prayer together. As with most things that appear to be simple or uncomplicated, a fair bit of planning, practice, and ingenuity are required.
And since every community is different, simply transplanting one structure will not work. Here are some suggestions based on our experience. For more in-depth background information as well as daily services, consider purchasing Prayer for Each Day. Prayer for Each Day has service outlines that include both Scripture and prayers following the Church Year. To keep the service simple, consider using the same person to read Scripture and lead prayer, making sure that they have prepared and rehearsed both before the service.
Silence is an important aspect of contemplative prayer. It is in the silence that we hear God speak. But like any discipline it needs to be developed. Begin with shorter times of silence and allow them to grow in length and depth.
Consider which songs fit the context of the service. They need to know which instrument is going to do the introduction, how long the introduction is, how many times the refrain will be sung, which repetitions include the cantor, and who is playing what on each repetition. Rehearsal is necessary so that there will be no confusion or uncertainty.
It is also important to keep the tempo steady between repetitions, slowing down slightly only the final time as a cue that this is the final repetition. Though it is theoretically possible to play various instrumental parts simultaneously, the end result can be a musical muddle.
There is nothing wrong with having the cantor accom. This website provides a great many resources from an amazing list of languagesincluding the opportunity to see and hear line by line, if desired the music. You can also hear recordings of the community singing.
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Comments about the content or usability of this site? Contact Us.The following order of service was used at the national introductory event of The Faith We Sing in Nashville in February You are free to print, reproduce, or adapt this service to your own local church worship needs. This service was designed and led at the Nashville event by C. Michael Hawn of Perkins School of Theology in Dallas; and the instrumentation included two guitars, cello, violin, and flute.
Accompaniment, however, is flexible, and may consist of simply one keyboard or acoustic guitar if that is all that is available. Two good resources include Praying with Icons by Jim Forest Maryknoll: Orbis Books,which is helpful in understanding this tradition of prayer and meditation. Also see C. Silence For private meditation, print a prayer or brief writing here. With You, O Lord No. History of Hymns: 'Christ Has Risen'. One beautiful tradition for many churches on Easter morning is to begin outside with a Sunrise Service.
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Blog Calendar Content Library. April 22, 22 April Apr. April 09, 9 April Apr. November 21, 21 November Nov. November 07, 7 November Nov.Post a Comment. The person God calls to lead may not be the person we would expect. Lots of words and good images including "there's no blacklist or admission fee" Sound samples, lyrics and free downloadable songbook. We used to sing this a lot, but not so much lately. Can be rocky or smooth, however you like it.
Good for kids. Sheet music for paid download. Sound sample and lyrics. If you don't - it's great - simple, repetitive, and meaningful. Sheet music sample and lyrics. Youtube TiS Lord let me see see more and more Ross Langmead An excellent song - kind of long with 5 verses, but very simple lyrics on some quite tricky themes. Try to use different instrumentation for each verse to keep it from being "ploddy".
The tune is very natural to sing as well. Lyrics, sound sample and sheet music. New words to old tunes. Traditional lyrics and sound sample. Ruth Duck Good and joyous. Lots of images of God: shepherd, teacher, mother, father. We sung this once last year, and it would be good to do it again. A catchy chorus, but it does need to be taught.
Chalice also has a nice responsive reading Cha that fits with this version. Free downloadable songbook, sound samples and lyrics.
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Synthesized sound sample on Youtube. It sounds better than this with a congregation, I think. It's particularly good for Spanish-speaking or bilingual congregations; it's fine in English too.
Could also use the verses with a cantor. Sheet music. Lyrics and sound sample. Lyrics and sheet music sample. Sound sample and paid download options. Can be sung to many tunes. Sound sample, lyrics and sheet music sample here. A good alternative if you would like to use a cantored Psalm. Free sheet music downloads a whole book! Would be very straightforward to sing. Sound sample of a choral arrangement. From the album Medicine Man.COVID In accordance with the directives of government and health authorities, we have temporarily suspended operations.
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Detailed Site Map of Links. Products Similar Artists. Wait for the Lord CD. Save for Later. Wait for the Lord Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes. Venite Exultemus CD. Wyslawiajcie Pana, taize worship song Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes. Tracks of Disc 1 1. The Bells of Taiz, 2. Veni, Sancte Spiritus 3. Bless the Lord 5. Laudate Dominum 6. R,pons: Le Verbe s'est fait chair 7.
Beati voi poveri 8. Jubilate, coeli 9. Psaume 63 Bleibet hier In manus tuas, Pater Surrexit Christus Gospodi pomiluj C Cantique de Sim,on J,sus le Christ De noche iremos Below are some worship resources which you are welcome to use at no charge. Please just use a copyright acknowledgment "Copyright Lisa Frenz. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission. Notes: The Taize refrains are often used in this service as an "ostinato" or repeated chorus under a spoken or sung verse.
For this to be effective let the congregation become comfortable with the "ostinato" by singing it several times before starting the verse s. The music for the Taize songs can be found in GIA's two volumes of Taize music, as well as many hymnals. I would recommend that Community Announcements be done prior to the service or after the Message.
There is no blessing at the end of the service. If you wish to add one I would recommend the traditional "The Lord Bless you and keep you The Lord is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread? A: One thing I ask of the Lord, only that do I seek: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord, to frequent His temple. P: Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; have mercy on me, answer me. Do not hide Your face from me; do not thrust aside Your servant in anger; You have ever been my help.
Do not forsake me, do not abandon me, O God, my deliverer. Though my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will take me in. Psalm 51 Spoken over the ostinato : P: Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity And cleanse me from my sin.
A: For I know my transgressions, And my sin is ever before me. P: Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin I was conceived. A: Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom. P: Make me to hear joy and gladness, Let the bones which You have broken rejoice.
A: Hide Your face from my sins And blot out all my iniquities. P: Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation; Then my tongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness. P: O Lord, open my lips, That my mouth may declare Your praise. For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise. P: In the dark of night God calls to us; beckoning us on, seeking us out, calling us to peace, to quietness, to wholeness.
C: The world is dark around us, filled with coldness, terror and restlessness. P: It is a darkness of our creation: Greed, hatred, envy: brokenness. C: Take us and heal us of every evil. Bring us back into the comfort and closeness of your embrace, O God.Organ Accompaniment sheet music. Composed by Jacques Berthier. Taize Community. With guitar chord names. GIA Publications English, French, Latin. Text Source: Psalm12, Text by Taize Community. Scripture: Psalm 12, PsalmPsalm This octavo contains the elements needed for each song - melody, harmony, obbligato parts, etc.
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He spent his days in prayer, living alone until he began to hide political refugees, especially Jews, between and In Novemberthe Nazi Gestapo came to the house.
Brother Roger was in Switzerland at the time. Inthe first group of brothers made lifetime monastic commitments to celibacy, community life, and great simplicity of lifestyle. As the years passed, the brothers increased in number. While the first brothers were Protestant, Catholic brothers eventually joined the community as well. Each week in the summer, the intercontinental meetings bring together 3, to 5, visitors, and between and 1, each week in the spring and autumn.
Three times each day, everyone gathers in the Church of Reconciliation for prayer. During other parts of the day, visitors may attend a rehearsal to learn the songs that will be sung later that day, participate in a Bible study or discussion with other members of their language group, sit in the always-open chapel to pray and meditate, or simply go for a walk.
They come to search at the wellsprings of faith for meaning for their lives, and then to set off home again with a renewed impetus. With pilgrims gathered from various parts of the world, finding a common language for prayer presented an early challenge to the community.
And while it is easy to proclaim the Scriptures and other spoken texts in multiple languages, common song became the greatest difficulty. At first, the brothers attempted to teach visitors certain hymns and psalms in French. This proved to be unsatisfactory. Brother Robert chose a six-measure canon by Praetorius, which could be sung in up to six parts and had only two Latin words and one Hebrew word: Jubilate Deo, Alleluia.
The simplicity of form, textually and musically, lent itself to repetition and development—unison, two-voice, three-voice, and so on, and the eventual overlayering of instruments.
The result was music that was accessible and textually uncomplicated, thus uniting the entire gathered assembly in a single communal song while at the same time freeing the individual to lift his or her heart in prayer.
A number of new canons were written, and the ostinato form brief pieces that are repeated numerous times was heavily adopted. Later, some of these ostinati became refrains for intervening solo verses. At first, most of the texts remained in Latin—a language with which everyone was equally uncomfortable!
Later on, many of the refrains, canons, and ostinati were composed for texts in living languages. A separate choir accompaniment or two might be added to the simple chant sung by the entire assembly. Various solo verses for cantor have been composed for most of the pieces.
Instrumental accompaniments—solos, duos, and ensembles for keyboard, guitar, and orchestral instruments—also lend complexity and beauty to an otherwise simple form. Praise, blessing, song—related, but distinct. This simple song calls all nations and peoples to raise all three to the Lord. The Latin text, with rounder vowels and crisp consonants, is better for singing than the thicker English translation.