This collection of songs is for use in collective worship. Some have audio, lead sheets, chord charts and scores. Some are finished and others are works in progress. I would be rapt if anyone wanted to use these in churches or groups – but please let me know. I would love to hear how they go.
I have only attempted to write for group singing in the last few years, and I am still experimenting. I love the hymns, music from the global church, as well as more contemporary music. However, in my experience, I feel there is room for more diverse styles and theological themes. So I have set out to explore different musical approaches, such as roots, folk, gospel, coupled with missional, ‘kingdom’, and justice themes. I have also done some ‘old school’ attempts at putting Biblical texts to music.
Here are some of these songs, including works in progress. Click on each title to see each song.
Citizens of Heaven is a bluesy rock song that reminds each of us that we are part of God’s church and are meant to be making earth more like heaven.
All are Welcome is a gathering song designed to include first-time visitors and newcomers in an invitation to be part of a purpose-driven community.
Light a Candle (Emmanuel) reminds me that Christmas is more than a festival of consumption, or even a nice time with family and friends. Christmas marks the time when God sent Jesus to start a movement to challenge the powers and principalities. This song has been used in a Pop Up Choir in the community during Advent alongside more traditional carols and has been well received.
Psalm 121 is a famous and beautiful psalm I have always loved. I tried to put it to music while staying as faithful to the text as I could.
There are movements within Christianity that emphasise Jesus, the Almighty God and the Holy Spirit. Trinity of Love tries to hold these aspects of the Trinitarian God together.
Inspired by a Prophets of Rage song (unlikely to be played in many churches), Unbreak your World focuses on how communion prepares the disciple community for mission. This includes ‘un-breaking’ broken people and broken churches in order to participate in God’s mission of ‘un-breaking’ the world.
The Way by Grace is a reflection on Ephesians 2:8-9 and Ephesians 2:10 which is, too often, overlooked. Verse 10 reminds us that we are saved by grace into a God-given life of good works.
Light Shines in the Darkness is a reflection on the first chapter of John. In the beginning was the Word.