Where to find music suggestions for church services

There are many resources that can be used to choose music to use in regular church services.

This is a list of the major resources providing English-language suggestions

It is broken down by denomination, and also notes the national focus of each list


Roman Catholic

  • St Louis Jesuits Sunday web-site
    The Music of Sunday's Mass page has some helpful links, including "Sunday's music in parishes" which lists the music being used in a number of American parishes each week.
  • Canadian Bishop's Conference:
Music for the Sunday Assembly - Year A
Music for the Sunday Assembly - Year B
Music for the Sunday Assembly - Year C
  • CanticaNOVA publications 
    Music and liturgical suggestions for Year A,  Year B   and Year C, from an American company specialising in quality / traditional music.  Strong emphasis on Latin and official texts.
  • Liturgy Music Planner
    A set of suggestions from the Archdiocese of Southwark, in England.   Includes traditional hymns, and also more popular folk-hymn genre suggestions.
    (Look for an up-do-date link in the lower-left side on their page)
    • As One VoiceLiturgical song suggestions from a major Australian publisher.
    • Voices As One
      Suggestions from a American publications company, focussing on the contemporary Christian music (CCM) genre.

    • Music Ministry  
      A comprehensive set of hymn suggestions from an Australian parish
    • Living LiturgyA regular seasonal newsletter from an Australian diocese:  includes various seasonal prayers and a detailed Sunday planner.
    • Music Repertoire Suggestions 
      Suggestions from the Diocese of Wollongong in Australia, from a Core Repertoire they have established. Based on the readings and the Propers / Antiphons for the day.


    Psalms and service music:

    • SundayPsalm
      Contemporary settings of the Sunday psalms written by an on-line community of American musicians.   Each psalm typically includes a video of the composer, and chord charts in several keys.
    • Music for Mass  
      Settings of the psalm and gospel acclamation produced by a musician in the United Kingdom.   Includes settings for both UK and US approved scripture translations. Focuses on simple, singable tunes.
    • Bear Music
      Settings of the Psalms and other antiphons from a liturgist-composer based in the UK. 

    • Modern Psalter
      Contemporary settings of the psalms, verbatim from the Catholic lectionary and designed for liturgical use.  They are written by a volunteer team with members in the UK, US, Indonesia and possibly elsewhere.  Each psalm-setting has a PDF songsheet and MP3 recording.
    • PraySingMinistry
      Settings of the Psalms from the Phillipines.  Some in Tagalog, some in English.


      Resources that don't offer hymn suggestions directly, but provide information about the day's readings and other prayers include:
      • The Directory on HomeliticsA listing of key themes from the readings, and links to Catechism sections related to them.   More about it, including links.


      Anglican / Episcopalian / Church of England-Ireland-Scotland

      • Oremus Hymnal
        A hymnal-based site that aims to be " the comprehensive source of information about the extensive tradition of Anglican and English-language hymnody" - has music suggestions based on the Revised Common Lectionary


      Methodist



      Lutheran

      • LCA Worship Planner  Produced by the Lutheran Church of Australia, this is described as "Everything lay-readers need to prepare worship" - including hymn suggestions.


      Non-denominational RCL-based resources

      • Singing from the LectionaryA blog with weekly song, hymn and recorded music suggestions and resources for worship - based on the Revised Common Lectionary.
        Based on  suggestions made to a Uniting Church, by a person with a background in Methodist hymn-singing, Scripture in Song, Praise and Worship bands, African American Gospel, Taize, Iona and African song, American hymnody and Sacred Harp singing, and the Catholic Mass and cantored Psalms, who aims for songs that are beautiful, intelligent, and inclusive.
      • The Text This Week Providing "a wide variety of resources for study and liturgy based on the 3-year Revised Common Lectionary" cycle.  It presents "a diverse variety of resources for scripture study, reflection and liturgy, and purposefully do not restrict the resources to any particular theological/ideological position".  Does not include music suggestions specifically - but does include an index to sources of artwork and also movies.
      • The Billabong
        Prepared by a retired Australian Uniting Church minister, this site has reflections and hymns suggestsions for each week, based on the Revised Common Lectionary.



      This is not a complete list:  if you know other websites that could be included, please leave a message in the Comments box near the bottom of the page.

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