Songs for Sunday
This collaborative project between Trinity College Glasgow and professional musician Iain McLarty offers ideas for songs for every Sunday in the Church year (plus special services), inspired by the main readings from the Revised Common Lectionary and any seasonal themes.
It is written from a Scottish perspective but includes songs from around the world and in many different styles. There are a broad range of contemporary songs suggested to encourage worship planners to build new songs into their congregation’s repertoire.
You can find posts for the next few weeks by clicking the images to the left (or above on a phone). If you want to find other dates then these are listed on the Lectionary page by year (A, B and C). You can also find all posts containing a certain passage on the Scripture page.
There are notes in all of the posts about where to find songs and a list of acronyms used can be found below. The suggestions are generally suggested from books commonly available in the UK or songs available online, with an occasional exception made for outstanding songs which justify a bit more effort to get hold of.
About the writer
Iain McLarty is a professional musician and worship development worker based in Glasgow, Scotland. He has worked in different denominations and ecumenical settings around the world, leading worship in congregations and at conferences and delivering training. He is passionate about about helping people plan worship that is collaborative, participative and contextual, bringing their communities into encounter with God.
The following books are the core sources that I draw from most weeks, covering a wide range of different genres. If you don’t have any of these resources then I would highly recommend investing in them.
CCLI SongSelect by CCLI
I also have a wide range of books and online sources which I regularly use and will reference less regularly. If you find that you like songs suggested from these resources then they are worth investigating further.
Cantate Cantate (Decani Music)
Common Common Hymnal
CP Carol Praise
Fischy Fischy Music
Getty Getty Music
GIA GIA Publications
Gordon Malcolm Gordon (New Zealand songwriter)
GP Global Praise Books 1, 2 and 3 (United Methodist Church)
Grace Grace Music New Psalter
Hosanna Hosanna! (published by World Council of Churches)
Kimbrough Wendell Kimbrough (American songwriter)
LTACR Let the Asian Church Rejoice (published by Methodist School of Music and Trinity Theological College, Singapore)
MV More Voices (United Church of Canada)
NEH New English Hymnal
New Scottish New Scottish Hymns (Scottish songwriters)
OCP Oregon Catholic Press
PP The Psalm Project (Dutch songwriters)
Resound Resound Worship (UK songwriting collective)
Satellite Satellite Worship (Scottish songwriting collective)
STF Singing the Faith
Taizé Taizé Community
TM Thuma Mina