This collection of 37 hymns – or songs – for community worship singing is the result of nearly thirty years, on and off, of collaboration between Donald Bell (verse) and Maarten Ryder (music).
The hymns take worshippers through the church year, including the important seasons and events on the church calendar. There is a set of four short songs suitable for a people’s sung communion service. Also there are hymns for life’s special occasions: baptism, wedding, funeral, and furthermore, there are a number of “hymnlets”, very short songs which can be sung through once, twice, or repeated many times as a meditative response. The melodies and accompaniments span a broad variety of styles throughout; and these would suit a range of congregations and musicians; also seven of the hymns have been set to 4-part SATB harmony, for use by choirs.
Please see below for “demo versions” of 10 of the 40 tunes, two verses, for an idea of what is in the book and how to use the tunes: