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Where to find music suggestions for church services

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There are many resources that can be used to choose music to use in church services.   This is a list  some tools, and their national or church-specific focus.

Overall:

Denominational hymn-books often have indexes that include hymn suggestions, either by topic, season or specific feast.

There are also a number of  websites w lists of suggested music for Sunday church services, based on liturgical calendars. Many of these are listed below.

This is not a complete list:  if you know other sites that could be included, especially ones that take a thematic or subject based approach to liturgical music, please leave a comment below.


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.
  • The Newman Hymnal
    An on-line tool, organised by the church-calendar, and also by theme etc, produced by the University of Notre Dame (a Catholic university in Illinois, USA)
  • 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 a US company specialising in quality / traditional music.  Strong emphasis on Latin and official texts.
  • Music for Mass:  
    Settings of the psalm and gospel acclamation - so far it covers some of Year A and Year B, and includes settings for both UK and US approved scripture translations. 
  • Music Ministry    A comprehensive set of suggestions from an Australian parish
  • Living Liturgy
    A regular seasonal newsletter from an Australian diocese:  includes various seasonal prayers and a detailed Sunday planner.


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




Other RCL-based resources

  • Singing from the Lectionary :
    A 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.

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