Worship Resources

 
       

WATCH NIGHT

MUSIC & WORSHIP RESOURCES

Monday, December 31, 2012

Marcus D. Smith, Guest Lectionary Liturgist
Minister of Music, Ark Church in Baltimore, Maryland

Worship Planning Notes

The following ideas were provided by this yearís Cultural Resource writer, Ralph Wheeler.

  1. Consider holding a Watch Night Jobs Fair for the youth of the congregation and community to help reduce the high unemployment rate among youth ages 16Ė19.

  2. As a Watch Night and New Yearís pledge, consider adopting a two-year moratorium on all non-essential church expenditures. Use the savings for tutors and scholarships for the children and youth of the church and community.

  3. Consider conducting a Children and Youth Watch Night Crusade.

All of these are outstanding ideas. The point for the Worship and Arts Department is that they in concert with the Pastoral and lay leaders of their church must do something significant this year and every year during Watch Night Services. Do not allow your services to simply be about people coming together to sing and shout; couple them with actions that your congregation and community need. Then, and only then, will your Watch Night Service provide attendees worship that consist of more than ďsound and fury which signifies nothing.Ē

1. Litany, Responsive Reading, Invocation, or Call to Worship
Responsive Reading

Prayer for Wisdom and Courage

Worship Leader: Blessed be God, our Creator, who protects the children of God and never spurns their prayers. Let us humbly implore God:

Congregation: Enlighten us, Lord.

Worship Leader: We thank you, Lord for enlightening us through your Son. Fill us with his light throughout the year.

Congregation: Enlighten us, Lord.

Worship Leader: Let your wisdom lead us this year, Lord,
That we may walk in the newness of life.

Congregation: Enlighten us, Lord.

Worship Leader: May we bear hardships with courage for your nameís sake and be generous in serving you

Congregation: Enlighten us, Lord.

Worship Leader: Direct our thoughts, feelings, and actions this year.
Help us to follow your providential guidance.

Congregation: Enlighten us, Lord.

All: Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors,
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the Glory
forever. Amen.

2. Hymns and Congregational Songs
(a) Standing on the Promises. By R. Kelso Carter

(b) In the Service of the King. By A. H. Ackley and B. D. Ackley

(c) Pass Me Not. By Fanny Crosby and William H. Doane

(d) Lead Me, Guide Me. By Doris Akers

3. Spirituals or Traditional Songs
(a) Prayer Changes Things. By Jesse Frazier

(b) This May Be My Last Time. Author Unknown

(c) How I Got Over. By Clara Ward

(d) Use Me Lord. Author Unknown

4. Gospel Songs for Choirs, Ensembles, or Praise Teams
(a) Iíll Praise Your Name. By Myron Williams and Darrel Harris

(b) Happy. By Tasha Cobbs

(c) Praise Him Till Ya Satisfied. By Darius Brooks

(d) I Can Only Imagine. By Bart Millard

5. Liturgical Dance or Mime Ministry Music
(a) We Need the Lord. By Jonathan Butler

(b) Draw Me. By A. Lewis and James Fortune

(c) Faith. By Andrať Crouch

(d) Midnite. By Brent Jones

6. Anthems
(a) Prayer of the Children. By Brad Printz

(b) Cry Out. By Knut Nystedt

7. Modern Songs (Written between 2000Ė2011)
(a) Time and Time Again. By Ray J. Braswell and Tim Hawkins

(b) Itís Your Time. By Luther Barnes

(c) Chasing after You. By Devaughn Murphy

8. Offertory Song or Instrumental
(a) Itís about Time for a Miracle. By Samuel Butts

(b) You Must Be Born Again. By Patrick Lundy

(c) Letís Celebrate. By Stephen Hurd

(d) Make Me Better. By Marva Hines and Lenox Kelvin Maurice

(e) Iíve Got a Testimony. By Anthony Tidwell

9. Song or Instrumental for the Period of Prayer
(a) My Soul Is Thirsty. By Jason Nelson

(b) Flow to You. By Lunn Deshazo

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

10. Sermonic Selection
(a) It Ainít Over. By Maurette Brown Clark

(b) Angels. By Richard Smallwood

(c) Keep Your Loving Arms around Me. By Percy Bady

(d) What Would I Do Without You. By Myron Williams

(e) Perfect Peace. By Rudolph Stanford Jr.

(f) Youíve Been So Faithful. By Eddie James

(g) Restore the Years. By Donald Lawrence

11. Invitational Song or Instrumental
(a) Itís Your Time. By Donald Lawrence

(b) Close to You. By J.J. Hairston

(c) Where Jesus Is. By Andrať Crouch

(d) Heís Been Just That Good. By Jerry Peters and Kirk Whalum

12. Benediction Song or Instrumental
(a) Weíre Blessed. By Fred Hammond and Tommie Walker

(b) Till We Meet Again. By Kirk Franklin

(c) Lord Make Us More Holy. Arr. by Roland Carter

Cites and Additional Information for Music and Material Listed

1. Litany, Responsive Reading, or Invocation
Responsive Reading
Location:
Adapted from ďA Year of Prayer Guide Book: Co-Laboring with the Living Lord, Ignatian Companions on Mission.Ē By the Maryland Province Society of Jesus, 2005.

2. Hymns and Congregational Songs
(a) Standing on the Promises. By R. Kelso Carter
Location:
African American Heritage Hymnal. Chicago, IL: GIA Publications, 2001. #373

The New National Baptist Hymnal. Nashville, TN: Triad Publications, 1977. #279

Total Praise. Chicago IL/Nashville, TN: GIA Publications, Inc./Sunday School Publishing Board, 2011. #386

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. #105

(b) In the Service of the King. A. H. Ackley and B. D. Ackley
Location:
The New National Baptist Hymnal. #271

(c) Pass Me Not. Fanny Crosby and William H. Doane
Location:
African American Heritage Hymnal. #435

Lead Me, Guide Me: The African American Catholic Hymnal. Chicago, IL: GIA Publications, 1987. #171

The New National Baptist Hymnal. #162

Total Praise. #454

(d) Lead Me, Guide Me. By Doris Akers
Location:
African American Heritage Hymnal. #474

Lead Me, Guide Me: The African American Catholic Hymnal. #168

The New National Baptist Hymnal. #355

Total Praise. #474

3. Spirituals or Traditional Songs
(a) Prayer Changes Things. By Jesse Frazier
Location:
St. Paul Baptist Church
3101 The Alameda
Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone: 410-366-0096

(b) This May Be My Last Time. Author Unknown
Location:
Jenkins, Jerry and Naomi Jenkins. This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African-American Gospel on 45 RPM 1957Ė1982. New York, NY: Tompskin Square, 2011.

(c) How I Got Over. By Clara Ward
Location:
Jackson, Mahalia. Greatest Hits. New York, NY: Columbia, 1963.

(d) Use Me Lord. Author Unknown
Location:
McKenzie, Doc and the Hi Lites. Hold On. Pittsburgh, PA: MCG Records, 2001.

4. Gospel Songs for Choirs, Ensembles, or Praise Teams
(a) Iíll Praise Your Name. By Myron Williams and Darrel Harris
Location:
Williams, Myron. Thankful. Portugal: Flow Records, 2010.

(b) Happy. By Tasha Cobbs
Location:
Smile. Atlanta, GA: Tasha Cobbs Music Group, 2010.

(c) Praise Him Till Ya Satisfied. By Darius Brooks
Location:
Brunson, Rev. Milton and The Thompson Community Singers. Heís Still Good. New York, NY: Sony Music Group, 1997.

(d) I Can Only Imagine. By Bart Millard
Location:
Griffin, LaShell. Free. New York, NY: Sony Music Group, 2004.

5. Liturgical Dance or Mime Ministry Music
(a) We Need the Lord. By Jonathan Butler
Location:
Bynum, Juanita. Gospel Goes Classical, Vol. 1. Portugal: Flow Records, 2006.

(b) Draw Me. By A. Lewis and James Fortune
Location:
Fortune, James and Fiya. Encore. Chicago, IL: Worldwide Music, 2010.

(c) Faith. By Andrať Crouch
Location:
Journey. Mano Hanes, Los Angeles, CA: Riverphlo Entertainment, 2011.

(d) Midnite. By Brent Jones
Location:
Beautiful. Brentwood, TN: EMI, 2002.

6. Anthems
(a) Prayer of the Children. By Brad Printz
Location:
J. W. Pepper and Sons Incorporated
2480 Industrial Boulevard
Paoli, PA 19301
Phone: 1-800-345-6296

Online location: www.jwpepper.com

(b) Cry Out. By Knut Nystedt
Location:
J. W. Pepper and Sons Incorporated
Phone: 1-800-345-6296
Online location: www.jwpepper.com

7. Modern Songs (Written between 2000Ė2011)
(a) Time and Time Again. By Ray J. Braswell and Tim Hawkins
Location:
Johnson, Keith Wonderboy. Unity. Chicago, IL: Worldwide Gospel, 2005.

(b) Itís Your Time. By Luther Barnes
Location:
Itís Your Time. Marietta, GA: Atlanta International, 2003.

(c) Chasing after You. By Devaughn Murphy
Location:
Morton, Paul. Cry Your Last Tear. Nashville, TN: Compendia Music Group, 2008.

8. Offertory Song or Instrumental
(a) Itís about Time for a Miracle. By Samuel Butts
Location:
Crawford, Beverly. Live from Los Angeles, Vol. 2. Los Angeles, CA: JDI Records, 2010.

(b) You Must Be Born Again. By Patrick Lundy
Location:
Lundy, Patrick and the Ministers of Music. Determined. Washington, DC: Patrick Lundy and The Ministers of Music, 2010.

(c) Letís Celebrate. By Stephen Hurd
Location:
O That Men Would Worship. Hurd the Word Music Group, 2012.

(d) Make Me Better. By Marva Hines and Lenox Kelvin Maurice
Location:
Charles Hayes & The Cosmopolitan Warriors. The Rise & Sing Forever. Chicago, IL: Meek Records, 2002.

(e) Iíve Got a Testimony. By Anthony Tidwell
Location:
Evans, Clay. Iíve Got a Testimony. Chicago, IL: Meek Records, 1995.

9. Song or Instrumental for the Period of Prayer
(a) My Soul Is Thirsty. By Jason Nelson
Location:
Sapp, Marvin. Thirsty. New York, NY: Verity, 2007.

(b) Flow to You. By Lunn Deshazo
Location:
Morton, Bishop Paul S. Embracing the Next Dimension. Nashville, TN: Light Records, 2007.

(c) Let Go, Let God. By Paul Morton
Location:
Woods, DeWayne. When Singers Meet. New York, NY: Verity, 2006.

10. Sermonic Selection
(a) It Ainít Over. By Maurette Brown Clark
Location:
Dream. Nashville, TN: Atlanta Records International, 2007.

(b) Angels. By Richard Smallwood
Location:
Adoration: Live in Atlanta. New York, NY: Jive Records, 1996.

(c) Keep Your Loving Arms around Me. By Percy Bady
Location:
Brunson, Rev. Milton and The Thompson Community Singers. Shout. New York, NY: Sony Music Distribution, 1995.

(d) What Would I Do Without You. By Myron Williams
Location:
Thankful. Portugal: Flow Records, 2010.

(e) Perfect Peace. By Rudolph Stanfield Jr.
Location:
Pringle, Keith, Nothing Too Hard for God. Los Angeles, CA: Platform Music Group, 2010.

(f) Youíve Been So Faithful. By Eddie James
Location:
James, Eddie and the Phoenix Mass Choir. Higher Nashville, TN: Intersound, 1995.

(g) Restore the Years. By Donald Lawrence
Location:
The Best of Donald Lawrence & The Tri City Singers: Restoring the Years. Brentwood, TN: Chordant, 2003.

11. Invitational Song or Instrumental
(a) Itís Your Time. By Donald Lawrence
Location:
Grand Finale. Brentwood, TN: EMI, 2007.

(b) Close to You. By J. J. Hairston
Location:
Hairston, J.J. and Youthful Praise. Resting on His Promise. Nashville, TN: Light Records, 2009.

(c) Where Jesus Is. By Andrať Crouch
Location:
Journey. Mano Hanes, Los Angeles, CA: Riverphlo Entertainment, 2011.

(d) Heís Been Just That Good. By Jerry Peters and Kirk Whalum
Location:
Whalum, Kirk. The Gospel According to JazzóChapter III. Grosse Pointe Farms, MI: Rendezvous Music, 2010.

12. Benediction Song or Instrumental
(a) Weíre Blessed. By Fred Hammond and Tommie Walker
Location:
Hammond, Fred. The Inner Court. New York, NY: Zomba, 1995.

(b) Till We Meet Again. By Kirk Franklin
Location:
Franklin, Kirk and the Family. Kirk Franklin & The Family. Inglewood, CA: Gospocentric Records, 1993.

(c) Lord Make Us More Holy. Arr. by Roland Carter
Location:
African American Heritage Hymnal. #632
     

 

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