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Song Ideas for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 20, 2020

Entrance Antiphon: “I am the salvation of the people, says the Lord. Should they cry to me in any distress, I will hear them, and I will be their Lord for ever.”

**We Fall Down by Chris Tomlin (Capitol CMG/CCLI) found in the collection Voices as One vol. 2“We fall down, we lay our crowns at the feet of Jesus, the greatness of mercy and love at the feet of Jesus.”  (Gathering / Preparation / Communion Meditation)


Responsorial Psalm: (Psalm 145:2–3. 8–9. 17–18) “The Lord is near to all who call upon him.”

The Lord Is Near by Tom Booth (OCP)


Gospel Acclamation: (Acts 16:14b) “Open our hearts, O Lord, to listen to the words of your Son.”


Communion Antiphon: (Psalm 119 [118]:4–5) “You have laid down your precepts to be carefully kept; may my ways be firm in keeping your statutes.”

**Lord, You Have the Words by Ed Bolduc (WLP) from the CD The Face of God and found in the collection Voices as One vol. 1  “The law of the Lord is perfect…the precepts of the Lord are right…the rule of the Lord is to be trusted…”  (Communion)




(John 10:14) “I am the Good Shepherd, says the Lord; I know my sheep, and mine know me.”

**I Am the Bread of Life by Tom Kaczmarek (WLP) found in the collection Voices as One vol. 2 and on the CD Celebrate the Feast  (Consider a slightly slower, less aggressive arrangement in the beginning.)  (Communion)


Spiritual Communion Prayer/Song for Those Watching Online:

**Soul of Christ (Anime Christi) by Lorraine Hess –  this song works well for a Spiritual Communion prayer for those watching online.  A fresh setting of this beautiful text. It is available as an octavo or lead sheet  youtube


More Songs:

** indicates songs found in the new VOICES hymnal (available soon!)

**A Life Transformed by Gratitude by Trevor Thomson (WLP/GIA) “You give me more than I need. Your abundance is generous.” (Preparation / Communion)

**Be God’s by Danielle Rose (WLP) from the collection Voices as One vol. 2 and the CD Mysteries  Where the world is merciless, be God’s mercy. Where the world is hopeless, be God’s hope. Where there is injustice, be God’s justice…” (Preparation / Closing)

Come to the Water by Foley, arr. Maher (OCP) from the CD Overflow  listen from YouTube “And let all who seek, let them come to the water.”  (Gathering / Preparation / Communion)

Find Us Ready by Tom Booth (spiritandsong) from the CD Find Us Ready  “Find us working and loving and doing your will…building the kingdom of mercy and love.” (Use anywhere except Psalm)

**How Great is Our God by Tomlin/Reeves/Cash (Capitol CMG/Music Services/CCLI)“The splendor of the king robed in majesty, let all the earth rejoice…he wraps himself in light and darkness tries to hide…” (use anywhere except Psalm)

How Great Thou Art (Traditional)

**I Will Follow by Tomlin/Ingram/Morgan (Capitol CMG/Essential/Spirit Music/CCLI)  “All your ways are good, all your ways are sure…you’re the one I seek…” (Preparation)

I Will Choose Christ by Tom Booth (spiritandsong) from the CD Find Us Ready  “I will choose Christ. I will choose love. I choose to serve.” (Preparation / Communion Meditation)

Lay Me Down by Tomlin/Ingram/Myrin/Redman (Capitol CMG/CCLI)“It will be my joy to say: your will, your way.” (Closing)

**Many and One by Steve Angrisano (spiritandsong.com)  listen on YouTube  “all of us seeking...and together we are all his hands and his feet, bringing mercy and peace to this world.” (Gathering / Preparation / Communion)

**O God of Love by Ed Bolduc (WLP) from the CD Hymns and found in the collection More Voices as One vol. 3  “Give peace, o God, give peace again…God of love, bring us to your love…in this world ever-changing your way is clear, holy Lord, you are God of love.”  (Preparation/ Closing)

On Earth As in Heaven by Fowler/Franklin/Mille/Kuiper (Essential Music/CCLI) “Come have your way in this place, break our walls down…”  (Preparation / Closing)

**Open My Eyes by Jesse Manibusan (spiritandsong) found in the collection Voices as One vol. 2  and on the CD We Will be the Light  “Open my heart, Lord, help me to love like you”  (Gathering / Preparation / Communion)

**Open the Eyes of My Heart by Paul Baloche (Capitol CMG/CCLI) found in the collection Voices as One vol. 2  and on the CD Father ,We Thank Thee   “I want to see you high and lifted up, shining in the light of your glory.”

**Our God by Tomlin/Reeves/Myrin/Redman (Capitol CMG) “Our God is greater…awesome in wonder”  —You don’t have to play this song at this tempo. It can be slowed down a little and be arranged a little lighter.  It’s a great Song of Gathering that way. (Gathering / Preparation)

Revive Us, O God by Jesse Manibusan (OCP) “breathe into us the ways of your wisdom…when we choose your way, choose your truth, when we choose life…” (Preparation / Communion)

*Sometimes by Step by Strasser/Mullins (Brentwood-Benson/CCLI) found in the collection Voices as One vol. 1“…and I will seek you in the morning and I learn to walk in your ways…” (Gathering / Preparation / Communion Meditation / Closing)

Soul on Fire by various (Capitol CMG/Essential Music Pub./CCLI)  “Lord, I’m longing for your ways…” (Closing)

The Feast Meant for Everyone by Booth/Hart (OCP) O how great is the love of God.” (Preparation / Communion)

**There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy by Ed Bolduc (WLP) found in the collection More Voices as One vol. 3  listen on iTunes  “For the love of God is broader than the measures of the mind.”  (Song of Preparation / Closing Song)

**To You, O Lord by Lorraine Hess (WLP) from the CD As I Pray Your ways, O Lord, make known to me..” (Preparation / Communion Meditation)

**We Gather As the Body of Christ by John Angotti (WLP) from the CD We Gather In Love  click here to preview full score and listen “We gather as the Body of Christ to receive the Body of Christ. We go forth as the Body of Christ…” (Gathering / Preparation)

**We Gather In Love by John Angotti (WLP) from the CD We Gather In Love and found in the collection More Voices as One vol. 2 “We come to reconnect as seekers…what we seek is holiness…”  (Gathering / Preparation / Communion)

**Where Charity and Love Abide by Trevor Thomson (WLP) from the CD In Shadow and In Light   “Where charity and love…there God is found.” (Song of Preparation / Communion)

Wonder by Houston/Crocker (Capitol CMG/CCLI)  “I see the world in grace, I see the world in gospel, I see the world Your way, And I’m walking in the light.”  (Song of Preparation / Closing Song)

**You’re Worthy of My Praise by David Ruis (Brentwood–Benson/CCLI) found in the collection   Voices as One vol. 2 and on the CD Strong In Faith “I will seek you…I will follow all of your ways…” (Preparation / Closing)

More Songs on Unity / Hope / Love for One Another

Awakening by Tomlin/Morgan (Capitol CMG/CCLI)  “In our hearts Lord in this nation: awakening. Holy Spirit we desire awakening.”  (Preparation / Communion)

**Blessed are We by Trevor Thomson (GIA) “We have the calling to love beyond borders or fears, colors or status; love for the loveless, hope for the hopeless”  (Preparation / Communion)

**Build a Family by Ed Bolduc (WLP) found in the collection Voices as One vol. 1and the Wedding Collection: Love One Another  “and may be build a family of love…” (Preparation / Communion)

By Our Love by Christy Nockels (Capitol CMG/CCLI) “The time is now…and they will know us by our love.”  (Preparation / Communion)

**Can We Love by Tom Booth (spiritandsong) from the CD Captured  listen from YouTube  “Loving our neighbor as ourselves the kingdom of love we will know.” (Song of Gathering / Preparation)

From the Inside Out by Joel Houston (Capitol CMG/CCLI)  “In my heart in my soul, Lord, I give You control. Consume me from the inside out Lord. Let justice and praise Beco­­me my embrace To love You from the inside out.”  (Song of Preparation / Communion)

Go Into the World by Tom Booth (spiritandsong) found on the CD You Welcomed Me  “Go into the world loving the people that you meet. Seek out the poor, the sick and the lonely. Let mercy lead, as you have received, for they are my sheep.” (Preparation / Communion / Closing)

Hold Us Together by Maher/Wilson (Capitol CMG/CCLI) “…ain’t the law of the land or the government…but it’s all you need.  And love will hold us together…”  (Closing)

**Holy Spirit, We’re Calling You by Ed Bolduc (WLP/GIA) “For the healing of the world, for the healing of the nations, Lord we pray with one voice, one song for all the earth.”  Listen (Use anywhere except Psalm)

**Love One Another by Feargal King (WLP) found in the collection Voices as One vol. 2  and the CD We Will be the Light (Preparation / Communion)

**Make Me a Channel of Your Peace by John Angotti (WLP) found in the collection More Voices As One vol. 1  (Preparation / Communion)

**Shine the Light by WAL (WLP) from the CD Always and Everywhere and found in the collection More Voices as One vol. 3 “Shine the light, shine his light, to all the nations, be the love, be his love that won us salvation.”  (Closing Song)

Take My Life by Tomlin et al (Capitol CMG/CCLI)  “Take my life and let it be consecrated all to thee.” (Song of Preparation / Communion)

The Blessing by Brown/Carnes/Jobe/Furtick (Captiol CMG/Essential/CCLI) “The Lord bless you and keep you…May his blessing be upon you…”  (Communion Meditation)

We Believe by Hooper/Fike/Ryan (Capitol CMG/CCLI)  “In this time of desperation when all we know is doubt and fear…we believe in God the Father, we believe in Jesus Christ…and he’s coming back again.’ (Preparation / Communion)

**Whatever You Do by John Angotti (WLP) from the CD Joy Beyond Our Dreams and found in the collection More Voices as One vol. 1  “Whatever you do to the least of your sisters and brothers you have done to me.” (Preparation / Closing)

**You are the Light of the World by Paul Tate (WLP) found in the collection Voices as One vol. 2  and on the CD  Gathered As One Share your bread with the hungry; shelter the lost and the homeless.” (Gathering / Preparation / Closing)