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Songs for Ordinary Time

Ordinary time, the time of the church calendar that stretches from Pentecost to Advent and Epiphany to Lent, is a good time to consider the life of Christ or other sermon and song series based on a series of Biblical passages.

The following songs and their associated scripture passages follow the life of Christ. They can be found in Lift Up Your Hearts (LUYH, published by Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2013) or a children’s songbook, Sing with Me (SWM, published by Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2006).

Christ’s Baptism

Mark How the Lamb of God’s Self-Offering – Carl P. Daw Jr.
O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High – Latin, 15th century; tr. Benjamin Webb
When You, O Lord, Were Baptized – Orthodox Liturgy of Epiphany from Russia

Temptation of Jesus
Jesus, Tempted in the Desert – Herman G. Stuempfle Jr.

Calling Disciples
Come, One and All – Martin Leckebusch, Psalm 49
Come to Me, O Weary Traveler – Sylvia Dunstan
Jesus Calls Us, O’er the Tumult – Mrs. Cecil F. Alexander
Peter and James and John – traditional, based on John 21:1-8
Tú has venido a la orilla/You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore – Cesáreo Gabarain

Teaching and Ministry of Jesus
A Sower’s Seed Fell on a Path – Herman G. Stempfle, from Mark 4:1-20
Blest Are They – David Haas, based on Matthew 5:3-12
Blind Man – traditionalFar from Home We Run, Rebellius – Herman G. Stuempfle
I Am the Light of the World – John 8:12
I Heard the Voice of Jesus Calling – paraphrase of Gospel texts
Jesus Heard with Deep Compassion – Joy F. Patterson
Jesus the Lord Said, “I Am the Bread” – anonymous Urdu, tr. C. Dermott Monahan; st. 6-7, Bert Polman
Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning – African American Spiritual
Let the Little Children Come – Frank Hernandez
Look and Learn – Nah Young-Soo, based on Matthew 6:23-24
Peter’s Chanty – Herman G. Stempfle Jr.
The Good Samaritan – Mary Lu Walker
The Kingdom of Our God Is Like – Christopher L. Webber
The Sower – Kathleen Hart Brumm
The Wise Man and the Foolish Man – adapt. from Matthew 7:24-27
This Is My Commandment – John 15:11-12
When Jesus the Healer – Peter D. Smith
Zacchaeus – traditional; st. 2, Herman Proper