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Solo Thoughts – Sample

Subject: Man

Example from a past week of
Sheet Music Recommendations

Sheet Music Recommendations
matched to the Christian Science Weekly Bible Lessons


Solos: Overall Theme

  • Title: Child Of God
  • Composer: Deborah Offenhauser
  • Lyricist: Deborah Offenhauser
  • Duration:
    04:16
  • Description: The music of “Child of God” is a gentle reminder that our Divine Parent takes care of our every need. God is right here with you, and your Shepherd is showing you the way to go on this journey called life.
  • Lyrics:

    CHILD OF GOD

    Music and Lyrics by Deborah A. Offenhauser

    Child of God, where are you going?
    Child of God, your Shepherd is showing
    You the way to go, and how to know,
    That you’re the Child of God.

    Child of God, what are you seeing?
    Child of God, you’ll see that you’re being
    Only one with God.
    You can’t be flawed – You are the Child of God.

    And now, right here,
    Your God is near,
    Your ever Father-Mother
    Loves you so !

    And now, don’t fear
    Your perfectness appears
    Right now, right here
    No need for any fear.

    Child of God, what are you hearing?
    Child of God, have you been fearing
    That it’s all too real, and do you feel
    That you’re not the Child of God?

    But now, right here,
    Your God is near,
    Your ever Father-Mother
    Loves you so !

    So now, don’t fear
    Your perfectness appears
    Right now, right here
    No need for any tear.

    Child of God, what are you knowing?
    Child of God, know that you’re growing
    More and more in Love,
    And that’s because ….
    You are the Child of God!

    Beloved Child of God!

    Copyright 2015 Deborah A. Offenhauser

    Metatags: Child of God shepherd love comfort atonement perfect
    Father Mother God Genesis 1 Creation
    Mark 10:15 Luke 18:17 children of God children

  • Title: Child of God
  • Composer: Ruth E. Lambert
  • Lyricist: Hatty May Nash
  • Duration:
    02:39
  • Description:

    Contemporary, moderate difficulty. Deeply meaningful lyrics set to lovely melodies. A comforting affirmation that we are all the children of God. Study and Accompaniment Tracks are available at website link.

  • Lyrics:

    Hark, child of God!
    This babbling mortal is not thy true self,
    The image pure of Love,
    The image pure of Love.

    Rise, child of God!
    The fear that would ensnare thee is unreal,
    It has nor place nor power.

    Know, child of God,
    The Father's presence here thy strength supplies,
    And meets each daily need,
    And meets each daily need.

    Sing, child of God,
    Sweet songs of gratitude forevermore,
    Thou image pure of Love,
    Thou image pure of Love.

    Words: Used by permission
    Music: ©2012 Estate of Ruth E. Lambert

  • Title: May I be a Hero
  • Composer: Ruth Elaine Schram
  • Lyricist: Ruth Elaine Schram
  • Source: Gal 6
  • Description:

    This contemporary, moderately difficult solo is quiet with a gently flowing accompaniment and an interesting interpretation of the Golden Rule and based upon Galatians 6.

  • Lyrics:

    May I be a person who is known for always caring, treating other people the way I want to be treated; recognized for honesty and integrity, generosity and sharing; may I be a hero where a hero is needed. In

    the course of my life, when I'm given opportunity, I'll reach out to others who feel lonely and defeated. Giving back a portion of myself to friends and family and community; may I be a hero where a hero is

    needed. May I stand when those around me fall, may I hear a higher call. May I lead by my example, standing tall! May I be remembered as someone who made a difference; loving and forgiving, filled with

    kindness and compassion, champion of courtesy and propriety; all the values we hold dear; oh, may I be remembered, may I be remembered as a hero. May we all be heroes.

  • Title: The Morning Stars Sang Together
  • Composer: Carolyn Kardinal
  • Lyricist: Carolyn Kardinal
  • Source: Job
  • Duration:
    05:10
  • Description:

    This easy solo has wonderful, fresh lyrics on creation and man’s pre-existence based on Job 38. The accompaniment has most of the movement in left hand, and the

    song has an unusual but pleasing chord progression.

  • Lyrics:

    THE MORNING STARS SANG TOGETHER lyrics
    By Carolyn Kardinal
    Copyright 2012

    Where were you in the beginning when the stars in heaven were made?
    When God balanced the galaxies and the universe was laid?
    Where were you? Where were you when the stars began to shine
    And the morning stars sang together to glorify God’s great design?

    At the dawn of creation God formed his wonderful plan
    To include His vast universe and His image man.
    When light shined in darkness before unending day,
    Life, Truth, and Love shown like stars to light the Way.
    And the sons of God shouted for joy as they saw and heard
    The morning stars sing together God’s eternal Word.

    Where were you when earth’s foundation was laid? When God formed
    lakes and seas?
    Where were you when God gave each creature its own special melody?
    Where were you? Where were you when God made mountains and trees
    And the morning stars sang together creation’s harmonies?
    Where were you?

    You were in the Mind of God, the image of His Love,
    You are His purpose, perfection from above.
    It is God who has made us as He has made everything
    So give to God the glory when you hear the morning stars sing.

    Where were you? Where were you when the stars began to shine
    And the morning stars sang together, Yes, the morning stars sang together.
    O, the morning stars sang together to glorify God’s great design?
    You were there!

  • Title: You Are God's Perfect Child
  • Composer: Carolyn Kardinal
  • Lyricist: Carolyn Kardinal
  • Duration:
    06:11
  • Description:

    This fairly easy solo has Inspired words complimented by an accompaniment that suggests hymns 402 and 382 from the Christian Science Hymnal.

  • Lyrics:

    YOU ARE GOD’S PERFECT CHILD
    Lyrics by Carolyn Kardinal
    Music by Carolyn Kardinal

    When you learn to see yourself as God’s reflection, the image of His love,
    Angels whisper God’s glory with inspired thought from above.
    Then the light shines from within you like the rays of the sun
    To light the darkness of this world, when you know you and God are one.

    You are God’s perfect child,
    Undisturbed, undimmed, undefiled.
    Unique to God’s unfolding plan,
    Beloved of the great I AM.
    You are God’s perfect child,
    Undiminished, undimmed, undefiled.
    Mortal mind cannot claim or control
    That which has always existed in Soul.

    When you see you’re not a mortal defined by age or sin
    Your prison walls will crumble and let the sunshine in.
    When mortal mind is silenced with its contentious point of view
    No claim of the senses can have dominion over you.

    When you learn to walk in the sunlight of Spirit,
    You’re healed because Truth makes you free
    You put on the “new man” you’ve been seeking, whose being is infinity.
    *Then bear witness to God’s kingdom, revelation that makes man whole:
    Man is seen as idea of Mind, the perfect expression of Soul.

    *(alt. words)Then bear witness to God’s glory. Where the kingdom of
    heaven shines through
    Man is seen as reflection of Soul; God’s perfect child is revealed in you.

    You are God’s perfect child,
    Undisturbed, undimmed, undefiled.
    Unique to God’s unfolding plan,
    Beloved of the great I AM.
    You are God’s perfect child,
    Undiminished, undimmed, undefiled.
    Mortal mind cannot claim or control
    That which has always existed in Soul.

    Copyright 2013

Solos by Bible Lesson Section

Overall

Resp Reading and Overall

  • Title: Fear Not, O Land
  • Composer: Simon Clark
  • Source: Joel 2: 21, 23, 25, 26, 27
  • Duration:
    03:00
  • Description:

    Attractive with a very singable melody, this moderately difficult contemporary solo has a lovely, flowing accompaniment.

  • Lyrics:

    FEAR NOT O LAND

    Words: Joel 2:21, 23, 25, 26, 27
    Music: Simon Clark

    Joel 2:21
    Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the Lord will do great things.

    Joel 2:23 (to 🙂
    Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God:

    Joel 2:25 (to 3rd ,)
    And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm,
    and the caterpiller,

    Joel 2:26 (to 🙂
    And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God,
    that hath dealt wondrously with you:

    Joel 2:27
    And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord your God,
    and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.

  • Title: Psalm 1 - Blessed Is the Man
  • Composer: Daniel Burton
  • Source: Psalm 1: 1-3
  • Duration:
    03:11
  • Lyrics:

    Psalm 1 - Blessed Is the Man

    Music by Daniel Burton

    Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
    Nor stands in the way of sinners,
    Nor sits in the seat of the scornful.
    But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    And in his law does he meditate day and night.
    He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
    That brings forth his fruit in his season;
    His leaf shall not wither, and all that he does shall prosper.

    ©2020 Daniel Burton

Resp Reading: Isa 40

  • Title: They Shall Run and Not be Weary [Out of Print][Solo Treasure]
  • Composer: James G. MacDermid
  • Source: Isa 40: 6, 8, 28, 30-31
  • Description:

    This traditional solo is somewhat difficult and has some quasi recitative. It’s a strong solo with words that fit well with the music. POP.

  • Lyrics:

    Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not neither is weary? Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly,

    utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not

    faint. The voice said, Cry, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof as the flow'r of the field: but the word of our God shall stand forever. He giveth power to the faint; And to them that have

    no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly, utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as

    eagles, they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. They shall walk and not faint.

  • Title: They That Wait Upon the Lord [Out of Print][Solo Treasure]
  • Composer: Don Humphreys
  • Source: Isa 40: 28-31
  • Description:

    This traditional, somewhat difficult solo alternates between major and minor. It’s a strong solo with words that fit well with the music. POP.

  • Lyrics:

    Hast thou not known, hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not; neither is weary? Fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his

    understanding. Hast thou not known, hast thou not heard, was it not told to you from the beginning? But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings of eagles. They shall

    run and not be weary. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and shall not faint. He giveth pow'r to the faint, and to them that hath no might, He increaseth their strength. Even the youths shall weary and

    faint, and the young men shall utterly fall. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings as eagles; They shall run and not be weary, They shall run and not be weary.

    They shall walk and shall not faint.

Section 1: Gen 1

  • Title: In the Beginning, God
  • Composer: Adrienne Tindall
  • Source: Gen 1: 1, 3, 9-10, 12, 21, 26-27, 31; Gen 2: 1
  • Description:

    This fresh, moderately difficult solo is written in a narrative style. Available in this collection: “Sacred Solos Old and New, vol. 1”

  • Lyrics:

    In the beginning God created heaven and earth. And God said, "Let there be light!" And there was light. And God said, "Let the waters under heaven be gathered into one

    place, and let the dry land appear." And it was so. And God called the dry land earth, and the waters seas. And God saw that it was good! And God created herb yielding

    seed, and trees yielding fruit, and great whales and fish of the sea, and fowl of the air after his kind, and every living creature after his kind. And God saw that it was good;

    God saw that it was good! And God said, "Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the fowl of the

    air, and over everything upon the earth. So God created man in His own image; in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them. And God saw

    everything that He had made, and behold it was very good! Thus, thus the heavens and earth were finished.

  • Title: Man [Out of Print][Solo Treasure]
  • Composer: Don Humphreys
  • Source: Gen 1: 26-27; Ps 8: 3-5
  • Description:

    One of the Don Humphrey favorites, this solo has a lovely main theme as its melody.

  • Lyrics:

    And God made man in His Own image, In the image of God created He him; Male and female, created He them. When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, The moon and the stars, the moon

    and stars which Thou hast ordained. When I consider Thy heavens, What is man, that Thou art mindful of him? What is man, that Thou art mindful of him? For Thou hast made him a little lower than the

    angels; Thou hast crowned him with glory, glory and honor; Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of Thy fingers, Thou hast put all things under his feet. When I consider Thy heavens, the

    works of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, the moon and stars, which Thou hast ordained. When I consider Thy heavens, What is man that Thou art mindful of him, that Thou art mindful, that Thou art

    mindful, Thou art mindful of him?

Section 1: Ps 8

  • Title: Majesty and Glory of Your Name
  • Composer: Tom Fettke
  • Source: Ps 8: 1-6, 8-9
  • Description:

    A fresh, new congregation favorite, this moderately difficult solo builds and builds to the final alleluias. Available in this collection: “Solos from the Word”

  • Lyrics:

    When I gaze into the night skies and see the work of Your fingers, The moon and stars suspended in space; O what is man that You are mindful of him? You have given man a crown of glory and honor, And

    have made him a little lower than the angels. You have put him in charge of all creation: The beasts of the field, the birds of the air, the fish of the sea. But what is man, O what is man that You are mindful of

    him? O Lord, our God, the majesty and glory of Your name Transcends the earth and fills the heavens. O Lord, our God, little children praise You perfectly; And so would we, and so would we. Alleluia,

    Alleluia, The majesty and glory of Your name. Alleluia, Alleluia, The majesty and glory of Your name. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

  • Title: Psalm 8 [Out of Print][Solo Treasure]
  • Composer: David Owens
  • Source: Ps 8: 1, 3-6, 9
  • Description:

    This fresh, modern, uplifting solo is somewhat difficult, with many accidentals and timings, and is more suited to sophisticated musicians and congregations. It opens and

    closes with a quasi recitative, and then the harmonies and contours of the melody follow the meaning of the words.

  • Lyrics:

    O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Who hast set thy glory above the heavens. When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and

    the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the

    angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: O Lord, our

    Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! In all the earth!

Section 6: I Cor & S&H

  • Title: Faith Is
  • Composer: Austin C. Lovelace
  • Lyricist: Austin Lovelace
  • Source: Heb 11
  • Description:

    This moderately difficult contemporary solo has a chant section and is more narrative than melodic in style.

    Based on Hebrews 11 (kjv), Faith-filled strength is declaimed in a confident text and setting. An interesting Sprech-Stimme passage in the middle. The text is familiar enough to give immediate and soaring inspiration.

  • Lyrics:

    Faith Is
    Text from Hebrews 11:1-2, 13, 16b; 12:1a: vers. Austin C. Lovelace, alt.
    Music: Austin C. Lovelace

    Faith, faith, faith is the substance of things hoped for,
    The evidence of things not seen.
    Faith, faith, faith.

    The faithful ones of old obtained a good report.
    These kept faith, awaiting still the promise;
    And, knowing it would be fulfilled,
    Were as strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
    Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God,
    And He has prepared for them a city, a city called heaven.

    Therefore, seeing we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
    Let us lay aside every weight and sin which so easily beset us,
    And run with patience, and run with patience the race that is set before us,
    Looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith,
    To Jesus, the author, the author, perfecter of our faith.

    Music © 1979, assigned 1997 DARCEY PRESS. All rights reserved.

Solos by Hymn Words

  • Title: Nearer My God To Thee
  • Composer: Tara Buzash
  • Lyricist: Sarah Flower Adams
  • Duration:
    04:04
  • Lyrics:

    Nearer, My God, To Thee
    Lyricist: Sarah Flower Adams
    Composer: Tara Buzash adapted from music by Lowell Mason

    Nearer, my God, to Thee,
    Nearer to Thee,
    E'en though it be a cross
    That raiseth me;
    Still all my song shall be,

    Refrain:
    Nearer, my God, to Thee,
    Nearer, my God, to Thee,
    Nearer to Thee.
    Nearer to Thee.

    Though like the wanderer,
    The sun gone down,
    Darkness be over me,
    My rest a stone;
    Yet in my dreams I'd be

    Refrain

    There let the way appear,
    Steps unto heaven;
    All that Thou sendest me,
    In mercy given;
    Angels to beckon me

    Refrain

    Then, with my waking thoughts
    Bright with Thy praise,
    Out of my stony griefs
    Bethel I'll raise;
    So by my woes to be

    Refrain

    Or if on joyful wing
    Cleaving the sky,
    Sun, moon, and stars forgot,
    Upward I fly,
    Still all my song shall be,

    Refrain

 Solo Settings of Mary Baker Eddy’s Poems and Texts

  • Title: Mother's Evening Prayer
  • Composer: Robert Collister
  • Lyricist: Mary Baker Eddy
  • Duration:
    04:16
  • Lyrics:

    The Mother's Evening Prayer
    Music by: Robert Collister
    Poem by: Mary Baker Eddy

    O Gentle presence, peace and joy and power;
    O Life divine, that owns each waiting hour,
    Thou Love that guards the nestling's faltering flight!
    Keep Thou my child on upward wing tonight.

    Love is our refuge; only with mine eye
    Can I behold the snare, the pit, the fall:
    His habitation high is here, and nigh,
    His arm encircles me, and mine, and all.

    O make me glad for every scalding tear,
    For hope deferred, ingratitude disdain!
    Wait and love more for every hate
    And fear no ill since God is good and loss is gain.

    Beneath the shadow of His mighty wing;
    In that sweet secret of the narrow way,
    Seeking and finding, with the angels sing:
    Lo, I am with you alway, watch and pray.

    No snare, no fowler, pestilence or pain;
    No night drops down upon the troubled breast,
    When heaven's after smile earth's teardrops gain,
    And mother finds her home and heav'ly rest.

    Words used courtesy of The Mary Baker Eddy Collection

  • Title: Mother's Evening Prayer (Londonderry Air)
  • Composer: Susan Lindquist
  • Lyricist: Mary Baker Eddy
  • Duration:
    02:39
  • Lyrics:

    Mother’s Evening Prayer
    Words by Mary Baker Eddy

    O gentle presence, peace and joy and power
    O Life divine, that owns each waiting hour
    Thou Love that guards the nestling’s faltering flight
    Keep thou my child on upward wing tonight

    Love is our refuge; only with mine eye
    Can I behold the snare, the pit, the fall
    His habitation high is here and nigh
    His arm encircles me and mine and all

    O make me glad for every scalding tear
    For hope deferred, ingratitude, disdain!
    Wait, and love more for every hate, and fear
    No ill, since God is good, and loss is gain

    Beneath the shadow of His mighty wing
    In that sweet secret of the narrow way
    Seeking and finding, with the angels sing
    “Lo, I am with you alway,” watch and pray

    No snare no flowler, pestilence or pain
    No night drops down upon the troubled breast
    When heaven’s aftersmile earth’s teardrops gain
    And mother finds her home and heav’nly rest.

    Words used courtesy of The Mary Baker Eddy Collection

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