Liturgical Songs

Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. .                                                                          Psalm 95:1-2 (NIV)

 

   

Liturgical Songs

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Background

The historic liturgy provides a structure for leading the congregation in its encounter with God through the Word and in the Sacraments.  The songs of the liturgy include texts based on scripture that have been used by Christians in worship for centuries.   These texts have been set to music many many times in many diverse forms, and have provided new and diverse forms of liturgical music.  Hopefully this will keep happening, that no matter the predominant musical idiom of the age, these greats texts will continue to be sung by God's people.  This setting is offered to the church as a simple-to-learn and easy-to-sing contemporary liturgy.

The Manchester setting was originally composed and introduced at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Manchester, Iowa, where it is still used.  I recently revised some of the texts and have included it here.  Although written for Lutheran worship, these liturgical songs can be used in any setting that makes use of the historic liturgy.  Although written for a specific part of the liturgy, these hymns can find use in other parts of the service, or as part of a contemporary liturgy or service.  This service can be done in a more traditional manner as well.  You can find organ parts for some of the songs on their individual pages.

I have also written new setting for the two main hymns of the Matins service, the Venite and the Te Deum.

 

The Divine Service (Manchester Setting)

Matins

Other Liturgical Songs

This is a song for the Confession and Absolution in the Divine Service

A setting of the Gloria Patri with 3 additional stanzas, each one focusing on one person of the Trinity

A communion song based on the text from the Didache