Lectionary Journey Songs (Volume 1)
This page is a landing spot for the current batch of songs that will make up Lectionary Journey Songs (Volume 1). The songs are part of a larger project called the Lectionary Journey. Flowing from the story of God’s Word and in the spirit of Bach, I am working on writing songs for each of the Sundays in the three-year Lectionary cycle. For many years in Leipzig, Bach wrote a cantata a week, seeking to create “a well-regulated church music to God’s honor.” This project is a modern approach to an ancient heritage… to write and sing songs that follow the rhythms of the Christian year and tell the story of God’s Word.
The audio tracks are demo versions, not professional recordings. We are preparing to record these songs professionally in the near future.
1. Come and See Him
Based on John 1:43-51
Second Sunday after Epiphany (Year B)
I wrote this song in California, but I first shared it at Covenant Church in Florida. It is based on Philip’s simple invitation to Nathanael in John’s Gospel, “Come and see.” The lyrics tell the story of redemption and invite us to come and see Christ and all that he has done for us.
2. We Crown You
Based on Philippians 2:9-11
Proper 21 (Year A)
The additional chorus to the hymn “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” was the first piece of music I wrote in Florida. I started at Covenant Church in January of 2015. We were singing this hymn with the additional chorus by March.
3. All That Is Within Me
Based on Psalm 103:1
Proper 16 (Year C)
I began writing this song in January of 2017. Our lead pastor was preaching a sermon entitled “Core Worship” and his text was Psalm 103. While taking notes during our Saturday night Beachside service I remember being captivated by the first verse, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me.” I remember circling all that is within me. I knew it would turn into a song at some point.
4. Your Word Still Speaks to Me
Based on John 16:12-15
Trinity Sunday (Year C)
This was the last song I wrote and shared with our church in California during 2013. Initially I wrote it as a modern hymn. Soon after we sang it in church for the first time, a musician friend emailed me asking if I might consider adding a chorus. I had already been thinking about this and asked him if he wanted to collaborate. He sent me a melody a few weeks later which evolved into the present chorus, “Wonderful God on high… “
5. You Keep Hope Alive
Based on Romans 15:13
Second Sunday of Advent (Year A)
I began writing this song in September of 2019. This song began with the phrase, “keep hope alive.” As I searched the Scriptures, I found inspiration from Romans 15:13 and Hebrews 6:19-20. Our God is the “God of hope,” and our hope in Christ is an “anchor for our souls.”
Based on Hebrews 4:14-16
Proper 23 (Year B)
This song began with a phrase I heard in California near the end of 2013. While sharing her story, a young woman began to cry. Another woman offered her some tissues. The woman sharing responded by saying, “I don’t want to stuff these tears. I’ve been stuffing these tears my whole life.” I jotted down that phrase and began to craft this song a few weeks or so later. I revised some of the lyrics in 2017.
7. Gain What I Can’t Lose
Based on Matthew 16:21-28
Proper 17 (Year A)
I wrote this song in July of 2016. I think I had recently finished a book by John Ortberg entitled Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You. I was definitely reflecting a lot on the soul and the idea of “soul care.” This song was inspired by Matthew 16:26 and a quote by Jim Elliot.
“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?” (Matthew 16:26)
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” (Jim Elliot)
I have included this song as a part of my Lectionary project since it is based on Matthew 16:21-28, the Gospel reading for Proper 17 (Year A).
8. Living In Right Now
Based on Matthew 6:24-34
Eighth Sunday after Epiphany (Year A)
I began writing this song in California in 2014. I have learned the value of trusting God for our “daily bread.” My soul has found rest in not harboring things from the past, nor being anxious about the future; but simply living in the present, one day at a time.
Based on Psalm 89:2
Proper 8 (Year A)
I began writing this song in California in 2013. Since being in Florida I have revised the verse lyrics slightly and have added a second chorus and a bridge. This will always be a special song for me. We actually sang it once in California with choreography by Ballet Rejoice. Click here to watch that video.
10. Author of Faith in Me
Based on Hebrews 12:1-2
Proper 15 (Year C)
I began writing this song in Florida in 2015, inspired by Hebrews 12. I returned to it recently and decided to include it as a part of my Lectionary project since Hebrews 11:29-12:2 is one of the Scripture readings for Proper 15 (Year C).
11. God Is Love
Based on 1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8
Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year B)
I began writing prayers and other liturgical elements based on the Revised Common Lectionary in the Spring of 2018. I began writing “God is Love” in September of 2018. It is the first song written specifically for this project and was inspired by 1 John 4:7-21 and John 15:1-8 - two of the Lectionary readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year B).
12. Blessed One, Blessed King
Based on Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-40; John 12:12-16
Palm Sunday (Year ABC)
I wrote this new chorus in 2015. In preparing songs for Palm Sunday that year, this chorus just came to me as I was singing the first verse of the classic hymn, “All Glory, Laud, and Honor.” We sing this version of that hymn each year at Covenant on Palm Sunday.
13. You Are Our Life
Based on Jeremiah 17:7-8; Psalm 1:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:12-20; Luke 6:20-21
Sixth Sunday after Epiphany (Year C)
This is the second song of my Lectionary project. I wrote this song in February of 2019. It is based on Jeremiah 17:7-8, Psalm 1:1-3, 1 Corinthians 15:12-20, and Luke 6:20-2 - the Lectionary readings for the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany (Year C).