Planning for Upcoming Weeks

January 1 – The Genealogy of Jesus

The genealogy of Jesus, son of David, son of Abraham.

December 25 – The Shepherds and the Angels

The angels announce Good News to the shepherds. They make haste to visit the Child.

December 24 – The Birth of Jesus

Mary and Joseph journey to Bethlehem. The Child is born.

The Narrative Lectionary is a four-year cycle of readings. On the Sundays from September through May each year the texts follow the sweep of the biblical story, from Creation through the early Christian church.

The texts show the breadth and variety of voices within Scripture. They invite people to hear the stories of Abraham and Sarah, Moses and the prophets, Jesus, and Paul. Listening to the many different voices within Scripture enriches preaching and the life of faith. To learn more, visit narrativelectionary.org.

The Narrative Lectionary was initiated by Profs. Rolf Jacobson and Craig Koester of Luther Seminary, in partnership with congregations across North America.

The experiment began in 2010 and continues to grow.

Hymnals Cited

The Congregational Song Suggestions in each of the blog postings are centered around three primary hymnals:

(That these hymnals take center stage in these suggestions is a reflection of A) the Lutheran origins of the Narrative Lectionary, B) the fact that the compiler is a Pastor of a PCUSA congregation, and C) that Voices Together is one of the most recent (and most inclusive) major Protestant hymnals to have been published.)

ELW

Evangelical Lutheran Worship

© 2006, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Published by Augsburg Fortress

GTG

Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal

Presbyterian Church (USA)

© 2013, Westminster John Knox Press

VT

Voices Together

Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada

© 2020 MennoMedia

Other Hymnals noted include:

CP

Common Praise

Anglican Church of Canada

© 1998 Anglican Book Centre, Toronto

OLOFOB

One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism

© 2018 GIA Publications, Inc.

MV

More Voices

© 2007 The United Church of Canada

SFL

Songs For Life

Christian Reformed Church

© 1995, CRC Publications

SSS

Santo, Santo, Santo – Holy, Holy, Holy

Cantos para el pueblo de Dios – Songs for the People of God

© 2019 GIA Publications, Inc

STF

Sing The Faith

PCUSA/UMC Hymn Supplement

© Westminster John Knox Press

SZ

Songs of Zion

© Abingdon Press, 1981

UMH

United Methodist Hymnal

United Methodist Church

© The United Methodist Publishing House, 1989

TBH

The Baptist Hymnal

Southern Baptist Convention

© 1991 Convention Press

TFBF

This Far By Faith

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

© Augsburg Fortress, 1999

WR

Worship and Rejoice

© 2003 Hope Publishing Company

Other Sources

Many of the hymns are drawn from recent collections of individual authors and composers. As a writer in the GIA Publications family, I have primarily pointed to GIA materials, simply because I know these best. These can be found in collected form (either as downloadable PDFs or as printed material) at giamusic.com.

Most of the GIA hymns are also available for individual download through giamusic.com/unbound. The Unbound section of the GIA website includes a wide array of recently published hymns. Worship leaders can search Unbound by title, author, composer, tune, meter, or Bible reference. Bundles of thematic or seasonal hymns are also made available from time to time.

Licensing

Most (but not all) of the hymns above are available for use in worship through OneLicense.net. OneLicense makes it easy to obtain copyright permission to reprint, podcast, livestream, and record hymns and songs for your congregation.

As often as we sing about justice, let us remember to be people of justice by faithfully acquiring the appropriate license for your ministry, and reporting your usage.

Materials not covered through OneLicense may be covered through other services, such as CCLI, CCS, etc. On occasion, you may need to contact the artists directly. Please make sure you have the licensing you need before programming any selection.