Listening People (2021)

It's a big batch of 23 songs designed for community singing. There's a wide variety of styles here, from piano-based hymns to rock band arrangements to choir-congregation pieces. Thanks to my wonderful patrons who heard all these songs and supported this music first!

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GATHERING
1.  In This One Holy One (An Invocation)
2.  To Be Honest (A Confession and Absolution)
3.  Make a New Heart (A Create In Me)
4.  Imago Dei (Words of Assurance)
5.  O Great Lover Who Pursues Us (A Love Song)
6.  You Belong (Holy Baptism)

WORD
7.  Listening People (A Prayer of Illumination)
8.  Holy Company (A Beatitudes Proclamation)
9.  The Cathedral (An Earth Proclamation)
10. Even Death Now (An All Saints Proclamation)
11. Imani Moja (A Worldwide Unity Proclamation)

RESPONDING
12. We Say Yes to You (A Whole-Hearted Blessing)
13. Open Hand (Offering)
14. This is Our Path (An Affirmation of Faith)
15. God, Known and Unknown (A Proclamation of Wonder)
16. Teach Us What it Means to Pray (Prayer Prep)
17. Lament (A Prayer)

MEAL
18. Eucharist
19. Eat This Mystery
20. Meal of Creation

SENDING
21. Christ Within (a Lorica Sending)
22. Do Not Lose Heart (A Benediction)
23. This Creative Love (A Sending)

How Good: Paperless Communion Songs (2019)

Singable community songs for in or outdoors. This collection features abbreviated liturgical pieces perfect for shorter Communion settings. Built especially for guitar accompaniment. No F chords, friends. You're welcome.

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1.  How Good to Be Together (A Call to Worship)
2.  Have Mercy, O God (A Kyrie)
3.  Glory and Peace (A Gloria!)
4.  Hallelujah! Words of Life! (A Gospel Acclamation)
5.  You Are Slow (A Lenten Gospel Acclamation)
6.  We Pray, We Love (Prayers)
7.  From the Seeds of the Earth (An Offertory)
8.  We Lift Up Our Hearts (A Sursum Corda)
9.  Holy Hosanna (A Sanctus)
10. A Salaamu Lakum (Peace)
11. Lamb of God (An Agnus Dei)
12. We Work for Peace (A Declaration)
13. We Go (A Nunc Dimittis)
14. Friends Benediction (A Benediction)

Branching Out: Acoustic (2017)

 

Designed for kids and youth, these songs match Bible stories from the gospel of John 15-- themes of friendship, purpose, and love. Easy to teach, fun to sing at campfires or in any small group setting. They work great indoors, too!

 Refreshingly catchy, memorable, uplifting and singable tunes.

Larry Stacy

Director, Spirit Driven worship band

People of Hope (ELCA), Rochester, MN

Engaging, accessible songs perfect for children & youth of all ages.

Jacob Nault

College student/worship leader

Pilgrim Center Camp (UCC)

Ripon, WI

Good music with grace-centered theology.  The songs evoke playful and thoughtful participation through energetic melodies joined to lyrics that summon us to shared life in Christ. 

Rev. Mike Blair

Campus pastor, Luther College

Decorah, IA 

  

Worldmaking (2004)

Richard's seminary thesis in song form reinterprets ancient liturgical forms into post-modern terms. Styles include pop-folk, hymn forms, choruses, and cantor-congregational dialogues. These songs are easily accompanied by organ, piano, small ensemble, or band.

"Worldmaking bounds past most with regards to singability and musical appeal... Beatle-esque pop canticles."

-Worship Leader magazine

"Inspiring, transforming, life-giving, and full of the love of God. AND it can be sung by the whole congregation."

- Rev. Don Portwood

  Lyndale UCC, Minneapolis, MN

Anna of Asher, celebrating the prophetess from Luke 2

Brother Sister Creatures, an animal blessing around Psalm 104.

Even the Stork, a song for Jeremiah 8:7

The Flag is Too Close to the Cross, a lament for the collusion of patriotism with faith.

Forty Days, hoping, waiting, trusting in Lent.

God, Make Me a Channel, the Prayer of St. Francis.

Ground and Source of All That Is, a hymn of fresh images, metaphors and models for God.

Holy Bodyproclaiming loudly that we belong to one another.

Now I Am Revealing, singing Isaiah 48:6

Ode to Fruit, singing the fruit of the Spirit from Ephesians 5.

One Heart with a New Spirit, an upbeat prayer with Ezekiel for renewal and transformation.

Speak Up!, for those moments you know it's time to take a risk.

This Body is Holy, an affirmation of physical bodies and how we treat one another.

To the One Making Way, generous hospitality for immigrants.

We Light a Candle, an Advent candle-lighting song.

The Word of God Fleshed, an Advent justice song.

We Work For Peace, a protest song about love and heartbreak.

Your Light Has Come, a short Epiphany piece for Isaiah 60.