Autumn is my favorite time of year. I love the changing leaf colors, the crisp smell in the air, and the season’s wonderful foods. It also offers the opportunity to play some really great hymns so, in the spirit of the season, I’m sharing a few favorites that I’ve arranged over the years. You can find all of these scores at Sheet Music Plus. Hope you find these useful in an upcoming worship service!
Harvest, Thanksgiving, and Stewardship
Sure, everyone knows the Dutch hymn We Gather Together and most people have heard (at least the melody at camp) Let All Things Now Living (Sent Forth by God’s Blessing) – both perfect for Thanksgiving. But here a few other hymn choices to give thanks for the harvest and encourage stewardship: As Those of Old Their First-Fruits Brought, We Plow the Fields and Scatter, Sing to the Lord of Harvest, and Come, Ye Thankful People, Come. For something truly unconventional, try the Taiwanese hymn God Created Heaven and Earth. (Arrangements for the last four hymns are in my book All Good Gifts Around Us which can be found at Sheet Music Plus.)
Homecomings, Renewal, and Church Unity
For worship services focusing on church unity, renewal, or discipleship, The Church’s One Foundation works well during meditative moments while a breezy rendition of Revive Us Again or a zany one of Kumbaya, My Lord can generate excitement. Looking for some homecoming nostalgia? The Church in the Wildwood with Jesus Loves Me can be a good choice.
Christ the King Sunday
The last Sunday of the liturgical year (in 2017, November 26th) celebrates the kingship of Christ. It’s a great time to pull out the regal hymns like O For a Thousand Tongues, Crown Him with Many Crowns, Jesus Shall Reign, and All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name – all found in Christ the King Medley – or a newer, majestic favorite, O God Beyond All Praising (I Vow to Thee, My Country). For more relaxed gatherings, try a rhythmic version of O Worship the King with Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise or a sparkling but classical one of I Sing the Mighty Power of God with Praise to the Lord.
Enjoy the season!