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'Songs for Sunday' Resource Launched

Thursday November 19 2020

A theological college and professional musician have launched a new project offering ideas for music each Sunday in the Church year.

Songs for Sunday, a collaboration between Iain McLarty and Trinity College at the University of Glasgow,  will suggest appropriate hymns and music for use in churches each Sunday (and special services), based on the seasonal themes and that week’s Lectionary readings.

The music is drawn from a wide range of sources, both traditional and contemporary, Scottish and from further afield.

The first entry, for the first Sunday in Advent, includes suggested versions of traditional hymns such as O Come, O Come Emmanuel (including some instrumental versions for congregations which are not currently singing) and Lo, He Comes With Clouds Descending; appropriate music for the lighting of advent candles and for singing before the reading of scripture; and settings of Psalm 80.

There is also a YouTube playlist with videos of many of the pieces of music suggested.

Iain McLarty is an experienced conductor of choirs and orchestras, currently the musical director of the Scottish Chamber Choir and a church musician who has both played and precented at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. He is regularly involved in planning and leading worship at various national and international events, including for the World Council of Churches. He is also a worship development officer with the Church of Scotland Priority Areas Team.

You can read the first Songs for Sunday entry here.


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