Congregational Songs

Greg Scheer

Island of Misfit Songs

After amassing hundreds of songs at my website, I decided to do a bit of pruning. Here are some songs that don't fit into my main catalog. Many of them are perfectly good songs, but don't have wide appeal. Feel free to email me if something looks interesting.

A Humble Mass (full setting of the new Roman Catholic mass in English)

Abba, Father (with Thomas Troeger's "Let All Who Pray the Prayer Christ Taught")

All Earth Is Waiting (new refrain for the song "Todas la tierra")

Alleluia (Our God) - CCLI#4636214, LicenSing#31550

Many churches sing Rich Mullins' "Awesome God," but few sing the verses. It's a beautiful chorus, but once you've repeated it three or four times you're done. So I composed a little "Alleluia" to remedy this problem. Just sing "Awesome God" a few times, then segue right into this "Alleluia." I've included alternate lyrics that allow the song to be used in medley with "Humble Yourself in the Sight of the Lord" or just about any other song in E minor. (get the file)

Before the Cross - CCLI#pending

Blest Is the Man Whose Bowels Move (text by Isaac Watts)

Christ Shall Reign - CCLI#5408111, LicenSing#31471

Crossing the Jordan - CCLI#2777333, LicenSing#31546

Sometimes we get caught in a wilderness between Egypt and the Promised Land where we can't enjoy the pleasures of either. This bluegrass-tinged song uses the Jordan River as a metaphor for the final crossing we must make before entering into the fullness of life in Jesus. (get the files)

Doxskalogy - CCLI#4448952

Put Thomas Ken, a horn section, and a tireless backbeat into a blender and what comes out? Doxskalogy. It was originally written for the 2002 Ska chapel at Northwestern College. Any church that does praise and worship in a ska style (all 2 of you) is obliged to sing this one. (get the files)

Fear God, and Keep His Commandments - CCLI#2762025, LicenSing#31542

If I ever have a hit, this won't be it. It's not a bad song, it's just an impossible task to write a song based on Romans 2:1-16 and Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 that tugs at the heart's strings. But I had committed to composing a song each week for a sermon series on Romans, and this is what came out. (get the files)

Give Glory to God, All You Heavenly Creatures (Psalm 29, text by Calvin Seerveld)

God Be in My Head

The timeless words of benediction from the Sarum Primer (1558) are the starting point for this piece. Then some new text, a pop soloist, four part choir and rhythm section are mixed in for quadracentennial mash up that is like no other. The score is currently in rough form, but I could probably be convinced to whip it into shape with the right offer. (email for info)

Hine Ma Tov - CCLI#5143885

I Will Magnify My Maker - CCLI#4448976, LicenSing#31536

A bit chippier than my usual style, but a guy's got to write an unabashedly happy one every once in a while, right? (get the files)

In Monte Oliviti - SSA

A haunting women's trio creates an effect like an angel choir somberly narrating as Jesus prays on the Mount of Olives. The vocal style has much in common with Renaissance contrapuntal music, but the harmonic style is somewhat freer and more modern. This will be available once final editing is complete. (email for info)

Light and Salt - CCLI#2046590, LicenSing#31525

"Light and Salt" is an upbeat song inspired by Jesus' words in Matthew 5:13-16. The evangelistic theme of the lyrics make it an excellent song to encourage Christians to reach out to a lost world. (get the files)

More of You - CCLI#2762221, LicenSing#31521

Romans 3:9-20 is the inspiration for this musical prayer of confession, that ends with a plea to be filled with Christ's righteousness. (PDF)

Rejoice! (Philippians)

Tenebrae Factae Sunt

"There was darkness over the earth when the Jews crucified Jesus: and about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice: My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? And he bowed his head and gave up the ghost. Jesus cried with a loud voice and said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit. And he bowed his head and gave up the ghost." Could there be a more powerful text? Here it is supported by intense modern motet writing. (PDF, MP3)

There Is One Body - CCLI#pending

Who Can Compare to the Lord? - CCLI#2762393, LicenSing#31501

Isaiah 40:12-26 paints a picture of a God whose power extends beyond what we can even begin to imagine. The last verse brings home the point that this all-powerful God is also the One who fills us with His strength. (get the files)