I have posted on Score Exchange, an arrangement of “On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry“. It is the Hymn of the Day for Second Sunday in Advent. In 2019, that will be December 8. This is an arrangement for three octaves of handbells and organ. Full score and parts for the bells and for the organ are available.
On my Handbell Hymn Arrangements page, I now also indicate which of the hymns will be Hymn of the Day within the upcoming six months. Look for the label ++H.o.t.D. 6++. I hope this helps in your planning music for your handbell choir.
For those of you that want more information on the Lectionary, visit http://yaag.org/.
WordPress recently provided a tool that tells the blog writer what files you readers have been downloading. Wow! That’s what I said when I saw how many of my handbell arrangements have been downloaded since this past June. I’m very honored that so many of you are using them in your ministry! That has inspired me to get back to the project I started two years ago – posting arrangements of the Hymn of Day.
So, I recently posted on Score Exchange, an arrangement of “I Know My Faith Is Founded“. It is the Hymn of the Day for Proper 22 in Year C of the Three Year Lectionary. In 2019, that will be October 6. May you and your congregation be blessed in your worship of our Lord and Savior.
The newest arrangement I have prepared is “God Loved the World So That He Gave”; it is number 571 in the Lutheran Service Book hymnal. The text of this hymn is a versification of John 3:16. The hymn tune is St. Crispin. Our handbell choir at Lutheran Church of Prayer will be playing this song in our worship service on March 16, the Second Sunday in Lent.
Earlier today I was reviewing the arrangement of Come, Thou Long-expected Jesus and realized I had not completely filled out the chords for the treble bells in verse 2. So I got to work on modifying that. In doing that change, I also thought the accompaniment chords would sound better on handchimes under the bells and flute playing the melody line. So I’ve posted a second arrangement that is for congregation, handbells, handchimes and flute! I hope you enjoy it and find it edifying in your worship of Jesus our Savior.
Whatever word of amazement or wonder or awesomeness you come up with, it definitely applies to the Kiriku Handbell Ensemble! This summer (2013), they are on tour of the West Coast and gave a concert here in Bakersfield. We went and were so very glad we did! Often billed as “the best handbell ensemble in the world”, the seven of them performed splendid music of all genres. So if they are ever nearby, GO see and hear them do amazing things with their six octaves of bells and chimes and other things too! I’ve added a link to their website on my Links to Other Sites page.
I got ambitious and planned out all the music for my handbell choir for this Fall! It feels great to be going into our first rehearsal in a few weeks with every thing lined out.
So I’ve prepared five new hymn arrangements for us to play during September through December. These have been posted for your use if you want them. They are:
- LSB 566 By Grace I’m Saved (It relates to the Epistle Reading of 1 Timothy 1:5-17 for September 15, 2013: Christ came to save sinners; Jesus is our Redeemer.)
- LSB 655 Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word (It echoes the message of the Epistle Reading of 2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:5 in which Paul exhorts Timothy to be steadfast in his ministry; defending the Church to keep her pure to the Word of God is a primary charge.)
- LSB 670 Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones (Ties to both the November 17, 2013 Old Testament Reading of Malachi 4:1-6 – judgment is coming; but the LORD renews His covenant with those who revere Him – and Psalm – sing a joyful song to the LORD for “He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity.”)
- LSB 349 Hark the Glad Sound (For Sunday December 15, the Old Testament Reading of Isaiah 35:1-10 tells us God will come to save us; the eyes of the blind will be opened; the ears of the deaf unstopped. The lame will leap like a dear; the mute tongue will shout for joy. In the Gospel Reading of Matthew 11:2-15, Jesus tells the crowd that John was sent to prepare the way for Him; John is the coming Elijah. Both point to Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah.)
- LSB 338 Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus (Again related to the Old Testament and Gospel readings appointed for December 15; Christ is the promised Messiah.)
You can download all of these from the Handbell Hymn Arrangements page. I hope you find them useful in your music ministry. They are offered to the edification of you and your congregation and to the glory of God!