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Author: Richard Schletty

Above video: Practicing "The Cross of Jesus" for Mass this weekend. Song composed by Francis Patrick O'Brien. (c) 1996 GIA Publications.

MP3 audio file below: Our real time presentation of "Cross of Jesus" on April 1, 2017 at St. Matthew's Church. Jill Kilzer on keyboard.

Come, O God, renew your people, we who long to see your face.
Strengthen hearts that have grown feeble; fill our lives with truth and grace.
Only you can win our freedom; only you can bring us peace.
Only in the cross of Jesus will the captives find release. 

Deep within create a new heart; melt away the winter chill.
Help us...

Author: Richard Schletty

With the Lord There Is Mercy. Practicing a popular setting of Psalm 130 by Marty Haugen. (c) 1983, GIA Publications.

REFRAIN: With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

1. From out of the depths, I cry unto you, Lord, hear my voice, come hear my prayer; O let your ear be open to my pleading.

2. If you, O Lord, should mark our guilt, then who could stand within your sight? But in you is found forgiveness for our failings.

3. Just as those who wait for the morning light, even more I long for the Lord, my God, whose word to me shall ever be my comfort.

Author: Richard Schletty

Details here: St. James Music Press $10 Anthem Program

Here are two $10 anthems for the week. You may download these without becoming a subscriber. If you choose to use one or both, the cost is $10 (per-anthem please...) Just send them a check. Then make whatever copies you need and put it in your library.

Pentecost, the birthday of the church! Yes, a bit ahead of time, but we know you like to plan ahead.

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Without Seeing You. Text: Inspired by 1 Peter 1:8; David Haas, b.1957. Tune: David Haas, b.1957. (c) 1993, GIA Publications, Inc. Practicing here for 10 a.m. Mass at St. Matthew's Church on St. Paul's West Side (Minnesota). Not sure if I should use my electric or my nylon acoustic guitar. Probably moving too fast with the tempo here. 

Refrain:
Without seeing you, we love you. 
Without touching you, we embrace. 
Without knowing you, we follow. 
Without seeing you, we believe. 

1. We return to you deep within, 
leave the past to the dust. 
Turn to...

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He Healed the Darkness of My Mind. Words by Fred Pratt Green. Music by David Haas: his tune is called ARLINGTON. (c) 1982 Hope Publishing Company. I am practicing this hymn to be sung at the 10:00 AM mass at the Church of Saint Matthew on the fourth Sunday of Lent, 2017. It's the first time I ever sang and played it. How am I doing? Come, sing along. 

1. He healed the darkness of my mind
the day he gave my sight to me:
It was not sin that made me blind; 
It was no sinner made me see.

2. Let others call my faith a lie,
or try to stir up doubt in me:
Look at me now! None can deny...

Author: Richard Schletty

Psalm 23: Shepherd Me, O God (by Marty Haugen). Sung at the Church of St. Matthew on 1/16/2016. 

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Details here: St. James Music Press $10 Anthem Program

Here are two $10 anthems for the week. You may download these without becoming a subscriber. If you choose to use one or both, the cost is $10 (per-anthem please...) Just send them a check. Then make whatever copies you need and put it in your library.

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A Canon of Praise - W.A. Mozart

Canon - 4 in 2 (SATB or 4-part choir). Simple and effective, with...

Author: Richard Schletty

Katy BlytheI received notice of this new psalm setting from SundayPsalm.com. – TCS admin R. Schletty

"Katy Blythe is an absolute rock star when it comes to leading worship. Please give her some love for this great psalm arrangement for the 4th Sunday of Lent."

Get the free chord sheet for Psalm 23 for 4th Sunday of Lent,...

Author: Richard Schletty

I've Just Come from the Fountain, sung at St. Mary's Church  3/19/2017 by Richard, his daughter Anne, and Mary Joy. Song for Christian Initiation; Holy Name; Holy Spirit; Spirituals and Gospel Songs; Water Rites and Devotion. 

Refrain:
I've just come from the fountain,
I've just come from the fountain,
Lord, I've just come from the fountain,
His name's so sweet. 

1. O brothers, I love Jesus.
O brothers, I love Jesus.
O brothers, I love Jesus.
His name's so sweet. (...

Author: Richard Schletty

I'm practicing here for 11:30 Mass on Sunday at St. Mary's Church in downtown St. Paul. This weekend is the 3rd Sunday of Lent, Cycle A. Mary Joy will be at the keyboard. Our responsorial after the first reading will be Psalm 95: If Today You Hear God's Voice. It is found in GIA's RitualSong hymnal and GIA's Gather hymnal. Music by David Haas.

Here is the presentation of the psalm on March 19:

Lyrics:

Psalm 95: If Today You Hear God's Voice for 3rd Sunday of Lent, cycle A....

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Paul F. Page

Come, O Spirit, Come was composed by Paul F. Page (pictured at left). Visit Paul's awesome music site: www.paulpage.org.

Paul sent these comments to me with the piece:

"For our Easter Vigil this year we’re singing the attached Taize-like ostinato meditation during the confirmations (solo, choir/assembly). It’s easy, short, and prayerful."

Download the sheet music and an MP3...

Author: Richard Schletty

Celebrating the legacy of David Haas, Marty Haugen, and Michael Joncas

David, Marty, and Michael have been writing, singing, and performing together for over 30 years. This compilation of some of their best music—and one new one from each of them—will be sure to brighten your day.

They have donated their royalties on the sale of this CD to Music Ministry Alive, The Southside Family Nurturing Center and the University of St. Thomas with gratitude for God’s rich blessings...

Author: Richard Schletty

Psalm 95: If Today You Hear His Voice for 3rd Sunday of Lent, cycle A. Music by Michel Guimont. 

Chord progression:
Refrain: E  B/E  A/E  E  A  F#m7 F#m/B A/E  E 
Verse: E  Bm7/D  A/C#  B7add2  Amaj7  E/G#  F#m/B  B

Refrain: If today you hear God's voice, 
harden not your hearts. (repeat)

1. Come, let us ring out our joy to the Lord. 
Hail the rock who saves us.
Let us come into his presence, giving thanks; 
let us hail him with a song of praise.

2. O come; let us bow and bend...

Author: Richard Schletty

Paul F. Page

My Light. My Salvation. (based on Psalm 34) was composed by Paul F. Page (pictured at left). Visit Paul's awesome music site: www.paulpage.org.

Although written for SAB choir, it can be presented entirely with solo voice. Another possibility is to have the assembly sing the refrain with a soloist doing the verses. It’s decidedly not a guitar-accompaniment number. 

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Author: Richard Schletty

TCS admin Richard Schletty received this emailing from Keith at InspireSong:

Hi!

Keith Mohr here to let you know now is the time to register for INSPIRESONG 2017, being held May 18-21, 2017 in beautiful Aspen, CO! Flights into Denver are at their lowest 1-2 months out.

If you are a Christian songwriter who loves to "create with the creator," this event is for you! INSPIRESONG is the premier Christian songwriting event in 2017!

Come meet and learn from ...

Author: Richard Schletty

I received notice of this new psalm setting from SundayPsalm.com. – TCS admin R. Schletty

This is Abraham's first time writing a psalm setting for Sunday Psalm. Please give him some love for this great psalm arrangement for the 3rd Sunday of Lent. Thanks again, Abe! Check him out at www.abrahamgross.com

Psalm 95 for 3rd Sunday of Lent, cycle A, by Abraham Gross
Psalm verses:...

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Who Am I to You? by Abraham Gross, featuring Connor Flanagan and Dan Minogue​

Words from Abraham:

"Hi! I love praising Jesus. I grew up playing guitar, writing music and singing. I met Jesus in 2008. In 2009 I lived with songwriter Ed Conlin, who pushed me to learn to lead worship. Since then I have served and led worship with Saint Paul's Outreach. I currently serve as their National Worship Coordinator. I would love to lead worship at your next event!"

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Author: Richard Schletty

Here is a story showing my progress in learning "Taste and See" – from my initial slow, choppy guitar exploration (first YouTube video), to my basement studio recording and mixdown using Paul's excellent, flowing piano track (second YouTube video), to our presentation at Mass on 2nd Sunday of Lent (audio file attachment at end of story). You can also download a piano soundtrack MP3 file and sing along or make your own recording (which I encourage you to share with us). 

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Author: Richard Schletty

Psalm 33: Lord, Let Your Mercy Be on Us for 2nd Sunday of Lent, by Gabby Banzon

Based on Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22

Gabby is featured this week at SundayPsalm.com. Here is her psalm arrangement for the 2nd Sunday of Lent. Check her out at https://www.gabbybanzon.com/

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Author: Richard Schletty

Psalm 33: Lord, Let Your Mercy Be on Us. Music by Michel Guimont, 2010 revision. For Second Sunday of Lent, March 12, 2017.

R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you. 

The word of the LORD is faithful, 
     and all his works to be trusted. 
The LORD loves justice and right, 
     and his merciful love fills the earth. 

Yes, the LORD’S eyes are on those who fear him, 
     who hope in his merciful love, 
to rescue their souls from death, 
     to keep...