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FATHERíS DAY

MUSIC & WORSHIP RESOURCES

Sunday, June 17, 2012

W. Patrick Alston, Guest Lectionary Liturgist
Minister of Music, Douglas Memorial Community Church, Baltimore, MD

Worship Planning Notes

Fatherís Day is a day on which we celebrate the men in our lives. I suggest the following to make your Fatherís Day worship experience effective.

  • Have all of the elder males in the church bring the younger males in their lives to church to worship with them on that day. It is important that the younger men see the older men worship so that they will know that real men worship God.

  • Your church should arrange to have all of the men sit together in the front of the church to show strength in the fellowship of true brotherhood.

  • If time permits and it is logistically feasible, have the men process into the worship service. There is something special about processing into the holy place as a true symbol of being invited into the very presence of God; this can be very powerful.

  • Have the music ministry form a special womenís chorus for this service. Be sure to include both elder and younger women to show various generations. I have included a special section of songs that adapt well for womenís choruses, even though they were not originally written for womenís choruses. This should free up the men of your church from their usual kingdom duties in order that they may concentrate on giving God a special sacrifice of praise.

1. Litany

O Lord, today we celebrate you and the model you have provided us through the men of your kingdom.

Thank you, O Lord, for our grandfathers, fathers, uncles, brothers, and elders who teach us, guide us, and protect us.

Thank you for the women in our lives who sometimes have to fill these roles in the absence of our elder men.

Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night.

They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.

O Lord, may we always be mindful to love on another, even as you love us.

O Lord, may we always be mindful to teach our children to love as you love.

Teach us your ways, O Lord, and we shall commit to them with sincere hearts.

Let the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, our strength and our redeemer.

2. Hymns and Congregational Songs
(a) O God of Generations. By Ruth Duck. Tune, (AURELIA), by Samuel Wesley

(b) I Will Trust in the Lord. Traditional. Arr. by J. Jefferson Cleveland

(c) I Have So Much to Thank God For. By Jimmy Dowell. Arr. by Brandon Waddles

3. Spirituals or Traditional Songs
(a) All Night. By Alvin Darling

(b) Lord Do It for Me. By James Cleveland

(c) Long as I Got King Jesus. By James Cleveland

4. Gospel Songs for Choirs, Ensembles, or Praise Teams
(a) No Higher Calling. By Lenny Leblanc and Greg Gulley

(b) This Is Your House. By Randy Phillips

(c) I Give Myself Away. By William McDowell

5. Liturgical Dance or Mime Ministry Music
(a) Jesus Is Love. By Lionel Ritchie

(b) Cover Me. By J Moss

6. Anthems
(a) The Lordís Prayer. By Harry T. Burleigh

(b) God of Our Fathers. Arr. by Gordon Young

(c) A Mighty Fortress. Arr. by Gordon Young

7. Special Selections for Womenís Chorus
(a) Our Father You Are Holy. By John Harris

(b) He Cares for You. By Percy Bady

(c) Keep On Making Away. By Percy Gray

(d) God Favored Me. By Jules Bartholomew

(e) Hero. By Kirk Franklin

(f) Beams of Heaven. By Charles A. Tindley. Arr. by Robert Wooten

8. Offertory Song or Instrumental
(a) O Give Thanks. By Charles Nicks, Jr.

(b) One More Chance. By Eric McDaniel

(c) All in His Hands. By V Michael McKay

9. Song or Instrumental for the Period of Prayer
(a) Faith of Our Fathers. By Frederick William Faber. Tune, (ST. CATHERINE), by Henri F. Hemy

(b) Thank You, Lord. Arr. by J. Jefferson Cleveland and Verolga Nix

(c) My Heavenly Father Watches Over Me. By W. C. Martin. Tune, (HEAVENLY FATHER), by Charles H. Gabriel

10. Sermonic Selection
(a) Trust Me. By Richard Smallwood

(b) The Corinthian Song. By V. Michael McKay

(c) Let Go Let God. By Paul Morton, Jr.

11. Invitational Song or Instrumental
(a) Where He Leads Me. By E.W. Blandy. Tune, (NORRIS), by John S. Norris

(b) Another Chance. By Kirk Franklin

(c) Somebody Here Needs a Blessing. By Eddie Robinson

12. Benediction Song or Instrumental
(a) Follow Jesus. By Margaret Pleasant Douroux

(b) Completely Yes. By Sandra Crouch. Arr. by Stephen Key

(c) Be With Us All, Lord. By Uzee Brown, Jr.

Cites and Additional Information for Music and Material Listed

1. Litany by W. Patrick Alston, Sr.

2. Hymns and Congregational Songs
(a) O God of Generations. By Ruth Duck. Tune, (AURELIA), by Samuel Wesley
Location:
Abbington, W. James, ed. New Wine in Old Wineskins A Contemporary Congregational Song Supplement. Chicago, IL: GIA Publications, 2007. #41

(b) I Will Trust in the Lord. Traditional. Arr. by Jefferson Cleveland
Location:
African American Heritage Hymnal. Chicago, IL: GIA Publications, 2001. #391

The New National Baptist Hymnal 21st Century Edition. Nashville, TN: Triad Publications, 2001. #285

Total Praise. Chicago, IL and Nashville, TN: GIA Publications and Sunday School Publishing Board, 2011. #405

Church of God in Christ. Yes, Lord! Church of God in Christ Hymnal. Memphis, TN: Church of God in Christ Pub. Board in association with the Benson Co., 1982. #333

(c) I Have So Much to Thank God For. By Jimmy Dowell. Arr. by Brandon Waddles
Location:
New Wine in Old Wineskins. #27

3. Spirituals or Traditional Songs
(a) All Night. By Alvin Darling
Location:
Darling, Alvin and Celebration. You Deserve Worship. Middleburg, FL: Emtro Gospel, 2005.

Various Artists. Shoutin Down the Aisles. New York, NY: Time/Life Sony, 2010.

(b) Lord Do It for Me. By James Cleveland
Location:
Platinum Gospel: Rev. James Cleveland. London, United Kingdom: Sonorous, 2011.

Walker, Hezekiah Walker and Love Fellowship Church Choir. Love Is Live!. New York, NY: Verity: 2001.

(c) Long as I Got King Jesus. By James Cleveland
Location:
Various Artists. Shoutin Down the Aisles. New York, NY: Time/Life Sony, 2010.

4. Gospel Songs for Choirs, Ensembles, or Praise Teams
(a) No Higher Calling. By Lenny Leblanc and Greg Gulley
Location:
National Coalition of Menís Ministries and Integrity Music. No Higher Calling. Mobile, AL: Integrity, 2001.

(b) This Is Your House. By Randy Phillips
Location:
The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. This Is Your House. New York, NY: Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, 2003.

(c) I Give Myself Away. By William McDowell
Location:
As We Worship Live. Nashville, TN: Koch Records, 2009.

5. Liturgical Dance or Mime Ministry Music
(a) Jesus Is Love. By Lionel Ritchie
Location:
Headley, Heather. Audience of One. Brentwood, TN: EMI Gospel, 2009.

(b) Cover Me. By J Moss
Location:
21:03. Total Attention. New York, NY: Verity, 2008.

6. Anthems
(a) The Lordís Prayer. By Harry T. Burleigh
Location:
New Wine in Old Wineskins. #57

GIA Publications, Inc.
7404 South Mason Avenue
Chicago, IL 60638
Phone: 1-800-GIA-1358

Online location: www.giamusic.com

(b) God of Our Fathers. Arr. by Gordon Young
Location:
Hope Publishing Company
380 S. Main Place
Carol Stream, IL 60188
Phone: 1-800-323-1049

Online location: www.hopepublishing.com

(c) A Mighty Fortress. Arr. by Gordon Young
Location:
Theodore Presser Company
Available from J. W. Pepper & Sons Incorporated
2480 Industrial Boulevard
Paoli, PA 19301
Phone: 1-800-345-6296

Online location: www.jwpepper.com

7. Special Selections for Womenís Chorus
(a) Our Father You Are Holy. By John Harris
Location:
Dillard, Ricky and New G. 7th Episode Live in Toronto. Brentwood, TN: NuSpring, 2007.

Sheet music available through:
NTIME MUSIC COMPANY
4913 Albemarle Road #103
Charlotte, NC 28205
Phone: 704-531-8961

Online location: www.ntimemusic.com

(b) He Cares for You. By Percy Bady
Location:
Bronson, Milton and The Thompson Community Singers. Greatest Hits Volume 1. Nashville, TN: Word, 2009.

(c) Keep On Making a Way. By Percy Gray
Location:
Reedís Temple Choir. Keep On Making a Way. Nashville, TN: New Haven Records, 2002.

(d) God Favored Me. By Jules Bartholomew
Location:
Walker, Hezekiah and LFC. Souled Out. New York, NY: Verity, 2008.

Album Music Book available through Norwood Publishing
NTIME MUSIC COMPANY
Phone: 704-531-8961
Online location: www.ntimemusic.com

(e) Hero. By Kirk Franklin
Location:
Hero. Inglewood, CA: Gospocentric, 2005.

(f) Beams of Heaven. By Charles A Tindley. Arr. by Robert Wooten
Location:
African American Choral Series. Beams of Heaven. Chicago, IL: GIA Publications, 2005.

GIA Publications, Inc.
Phone: 1-800-GIA-1358
Online location: www.giamusic.com

8. Offertory Song or Instrumental
(a) O Give Thanks. By Charles Nicks, Jr.
Location:
Nicks, Charles and The St. James Baptist Adult Choir. Hold Back the Night. Detroit, MI: Sound of Gospel, 1991.

New Wine in Old Wineskins. #44

(b) One More Chance. By Eric McDaniel
Location:
Dillard, Ricky and New G. 7th Episode Live in Toronto. Brentwood, TN: NuSpring, 2007.

(c) All in His Hands. By V. Michael McKay
Location:
Hayes, Charles G. and The Warriors. The Remix. Chicago, IL: Icee Records, 2005.

9. Song or Instrumental for the Period of Prayer
(a) Faith of Our Fathers. By Frederick William Faber. Tune (ST. CATHERINE), by Henri F. Hemy
Location:
African American Heritage Hymnal. #409

The New National Baptist Hymnal 21st Century Edition. #282

Total Praise. #412

Yes, Lord! Church of God in Christ Hymnal. #27

(b) Thank You, Lord. Arr. by J. Jefferson Cleveland and Verolga Nix
Location:
African American Heritage Hymnal. #531

Lead Me, Guide Me The African American Catholic Hymnal. #206

Boyer, Horace Clarence. Lift Every Voice and Sing II: An African American Hymnal. New York, NY: Church Pub., 1993. #232

The New National Baptist Hymnal 21st Century Edition. #324

(c) My Heavenly Father Watches Over Me. By W. C. Martin. Tune, (HEAVENLY FATHER), by Charles H. Gabriel
Location:
African American Heritage Hymnal. #144

The New National Baptist Hymnal 21st Century Edition. #53

Total Praise. #125

Yes, Lord! Church of God in Christ Hymnal. #139

10. Sermonic Selection
(a) Trust Me. By Richard Smallwood
Location:
Smallwood, Richard and Vision. Trust Me. New York, NY: Verity, 2011.

(b) The Corinthian Song. By V. Michael McKay
Location:
Taylor, Kathy. Live: The Worship Experience. Indianapolis, IN: Tyscot Records, 2008.

New Wine in Old Wineskins. #59

(c) Let Go Let God. By Paul Morton, Jr.
Location:
Woods, Dwayne. Introducing Dwayne Woods & When Singers Meet. New York, NY: Zomba, 2006.

11. Invitational Song or Instrumental
(a) Where He Leads Me. By E.W. Blandy. Tune, (NORRIS), by John S. Norris
Location:
African American Heritage Hymnal. #550

The New National Baptist Hymnal 21st Century Edition. #229

Total Praise. #546

Yes, Lord! Church of God in Christ Hymnal. #406

(b) Another Chance. By Kirk Franklin
Location:
DFW Mass Choir. Another Chance. Jackson, TN: Savoy, 1993.

(c) Somebody Here Needs a Blessing. By Eddie Robinson
Location:
New Wine in Old Wineskins. #55

12. Benediction Song or Instrumental
(a) Follow Jesus. By Margaret Pleasant Douroux
Location:
Atlanta Sings New Wine in Old Wineskins. Chicago, IL: GIA Publications, 2011.

New Wine in Old Wineskins. #14

(b) Completely Yes. By Sandra Crouch. Arr. by Stephen Key
Location:
African American Heritage Hymnal. #551

(c) Be with Us All, Lord. By Uzee Brown, Jr.
Location:
Total Praise. #630
     

 

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