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Baptism and confirmation services (0312)
Bible Sunday (0611)
Celebrating the Saints (0711)
Christmas carol service (0609)
Compline services (0915)
Dedication Festival (0310)
Easter Vigil (1113)
Funerals, Memorial Services, All Souls (0613)
Harvest thanksgiving including ‘A Time for God’s Creation’ (0113)
Justice, freedom and liberty marking Magna Carta 800 (0215)
Michael and All Angels (0613)
Mothering Sunday (0212)
Music for World War I commemoration and Remembrance Sunday (0714)
Music in honour of the Virgin Mary (0410)
Music on Eucharistic themes (1113)
Music Sunday (0210)
Praying for Peace – Dona Nobis Pacem (0611)
Order of service for Remembrance Sunday from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (0105)
Thy Kingdom Come Service (11/18)
Week of prayer for Christian Unity (1116)
Celebrating Holy Week (Ian Forrester – revised by Peter Moger, March 2017)
Harvest Festivals (Peter Moger – revised September 2012)
Organ music for manuals only (John Henderson – revised June 2011)
Services through Advent and Christmas (Gill Ambrose)
Worship during Lent (David Kennedy – February 2009)
The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – how to make it work at weddings
Malcolm Archer provided an organ lesson in Issue 76 on how an organist can successfully play Handel’s The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba as a wedding processional. Malcolm has recorded a short accompanying video showing how to adapt the piece for a wedding.
Linking songs – why and how
Sam and Sara Hargreaves wrote for us in Issue 75 about why and how to link songs together in a flow of worship. They have provided this helpful accompanying video which demonstrates the principles explained in their article.
In Issue 71 James Steven contributed an article on Tenebrae services. The following service outline may be downloaded and adapted for local use:
Download order of service
Download table of readings (synoptic Gospels)
Plainsong settings of the psalms in the service above are provided in the following booklet: Download psalm settings
Making the most of your choir
In Issue 56 we included an article by Jon Payne on ‘Making the most of your choir’, illustrated by some examples from the hymn ‘When Miriam’s daughters rise and sing’ by John Barnard and Janet Wootton. The extended examples may be downloaded below.
Download the treble/bass structure
Download the full harmonization
‘Purify my heart’ by Brian Doerksen
In Issue 54 Richard Hubbard discussed the well-known worship song ‘Purify my heart’. The full arrangement for choir, organ and instruments, supplementing the article, is no longer available for download from this website for copyright reasons, as the permitted time period has expired. However, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like information about how to obtain the arrangement. ‘Purify my heart’ has words and music by Brian Doerksen © 1990 Vineyard Songs & ION Publishing (admin. by Song Solutions CopyCare) and may not be photocopied.
Psalm 150 – A Psalm for Music Sunday
Issue 52 featured a new setting of Psalm 150 by David Ogden, suitable for use on Music Sunday. Instrumental parts and a full score are available to download below. Visit our Music Sunday page to find further resources for planning a Music Sunday service or event.
As featured in Sunday by Sunday Issue 50, you can view sample pages of ‘God of hope and Lord of healing’ below. The full music, including instrumental parts, is available for purchase from RSCM Music Direct.
Download sample pages of God of hope and Lord of healing by Margaret Rizza with words by Christopher Idle
Purchase God of hope and Lord of healing