Many churches regularly sing the ordinary of the Mass (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus and Agnus Dei). The following set of service responses are an attempt to fuse these enduring songs of the Church with the Blues, Gospel, Jazz and Afro-Caribbean music. Almost all of them use inclusive language for God or can be easily adapted so they are inclusive.
Lord Have Mercy – effective in a litany of confession or as a response, this bluesy, Duke Ellington-inspired piece can be used throughout the church year. If the piece will be sung congregationally, a license may be purchased here.
Glory to God, Whose Goodness Shines on Me – published in Glory to God, the new hymnal of the Presbyterian Church (USA), this uplifting, Gospel-style response can be used as an Assurance of Pardon, a song of praise, or even a Doxology. This SATB choral arrangement can be used in conjunction with the unison congregational setting (#582). Churches that do not own the hymnal may purchase a license here.
Holy, Holy, Holy – published in Glory to God, the new hymnal of the Presbyterian Church (USA), this rhythmic, inclusive language setting of the Sanctus is ideal for a joyful celebration of the Eucharist. Churches that do not own the hymnal can purchase a license to sing the piece here.
Lamb of God – an expressive, Jazz-inspired setting of the Agnus Dei published in Glory to God, the new hymnal of the Presbyterian Church (USA). This SATB choral arrangement can be used in conjunction with the unison congregational setting (#603). Churches that do not own the hymnal may purchase a license here.
Ostinato Kyrie (forthcoming) – a flexible setting that can be adapted to a congregation’s musical resources. The modal tune can be sung alone or combined with Ostinato I. Additional ostinatos can be sung by the choir, congregation and/or played by handbells.
We Are Forgiven, Loved, and Free – a joyful, Gospel-inspired tune that invites us to share the blessing of forgiveness and peace with others. It was written as a sung response to the Assurance of Pardon but can also be used for the Passing of the Peace, Baptism, a Benediction, or as a general song of praise. A recording of the piece can be found here.
We Cannot Live by Bread Alone (forthcoming) – a Gospel Acclamation for the Lenten season or a song that can be sung to prepare for the hearing of Scripture. An easy call and response piece that can be learned quickly.