We held our second technical rehearsal of our video cafe this morning, for a small group that included a visiting ministerial colleague. Besides thinking that we have a viable service, (thanks, Kate!) she remarked that we had a better sense of picking good hymns for small group worship than most people, even ministerial colleagues, seem to.
Since I've just finished compiling a set of hymns for use in our Video Cafe and Branch locations, where we anticipate no piano, only possible guitar, and modest talent for group singing leadership, I offer it here for those organizing worship for retreats, small congregations, etc. My criteria are: the music has a limited range, a lot of repetition, short phrases, not too many words, simple melody.
From the Gray Book:
Come, Come, Whoever you Are
Circle Round for Freedom
May the Circle be Unbroken
Spirit of Life (harder than the others but so many of us know it!)
Come Sing a Song With Me
One More Step
Peace is Flowing Like a River
Kum ba yah
Alleluia (11 minute accompaniment CD here:)
From the Turquoise Book: Simple Accompaniments to many of these hymns are available on the UUA website.
Where Do We Come From? 1003
Return Again 1011 (lovely CD of this Here)
There is a Balm in Gilead 1045
Turn the World Around 1074
Only If you have a guitar:
Take up the Song (Etzler and Chambers, in Signature Songbook #3)
When Our Heart is in a Holy Place (Turquoise # 1008)
1031 Filled with Loving Kindness
Many of these songs would be enhanced by a simple shaker or drum accompaniment.
A group that learns this many songs is doing very well!