Music for Online Worship
The following videos may be used in online and recorded worship services by Unitarian Universalist congregations. All music that follows appears on our list of approved hymns that do not require additional permission for online use.
Please note that these selections are intended to ease our collective transition into the sometimes confusing world of online worship. They're shared in the spirit of supplementing your existing resources and should not be interpreted or used to justify decreasing the wages or positions of professional music staff.
Singing the Living Tradition
- "For the Beauty of the Earth" (#21 in Singing the Living Tradition; music by Conrad Kocher, words by Folliott Sandford Pierpoint). Piano and singing by Jess Huetteman.
- "There Is More Love Somewhere" (#95 in Singing the Living Tradition; African American hymn). Singing by Jess Huetteman.
- "My Life Flows On in Endless Song" (#108 in Singing the Living Tradition; Quaker text paired with melody written by American Baptist minister Robert Wadsworth Lowry). Piano and melodica by Michael Frye-Hunt; vocals by Dorothy Frye-Hunt.
- "For All That Is Our Life" (#128 in Singing the Living Tradition; music by Patrick L. Rickey, words by Bruce Findlow). Piano and singing by Jess Huetteman.
- NEW lyrics for "Gather the Spirit" (#347 in Singing the Living Tradition; music and traditional words by Jim Scott; new lyrics by Pat Lamanna). note: If you use this video or any of Jim's music, please make a love offering on his website.
- "Dona Nobis Pacem" (#388 in Singing the Living Tradition; traditional Latin canon). Singing by Jess Huetteman, Chelsea Sardoni, and Morayo Akande.
- "I Know This Rose Will Open" (by Rev. Mary Grigolia; #396 in Singing the Living Tradition). Piano and singing by Jess Huetteman.
Singing the Journey
- "Morning Has Come" (words & music by Jason Shelton; #1000 in Singing the Journey). Created by Paul Thompson (Music Director at the UU Church of the Palouse, Moscow ID).
- "Return Again" (words & music by Shlomo Carlebach; #1011 in Singing the Journey). Created by Rev. Joanna Lubkin and Matt Meyer.
- "Woyaya" (Words & music by Loughty Amoa, Solomon Amarfio, Robert M. Bailey, Roy Bedeau, Francis T. Osei, Whendell K. Richardson, and Mac Tontoh; #1020 in Singing the Journey). Created by Paul Thompson (Music Director at the UU Church of the Palouse, Moscow ID).
- "Blue Boat Home" (words by Peter Mayer; #1064 in Singing the Journey). Created by Paul Thompson (Music Director at the UU Church of the Palouse, Moscow ID).
- ...and UU congregations have been invited to visit Jess Huetteman's YouTube channel for more videos that you can use!
These videos are great to use as preludes or musical meditations/interludes in your online worship services:
- Adam and Matt Podd's arrangement of "My Life Flows on in Endless Song" ("How Can I Keep From Singing"), featuring musicans and singers from Grace Chorale of Brooklyn, First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn, and First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn. (Quaker text; melody by American Baptist minister Robert Wadsworth Lowry; #108 in Singing the Living Tradition).
- "Circle 'Round for Freedom" (by Linda Hirschhorn; #155 in Singing the Living Tradition) by Dr. Glen Thomas and Allison Halerz. Editing by Mike Halerz.
"We Are" by Dr. Ysaÿe Barnwell, performed by Dr. Ysaÿe Barnwell and the UUA General Assembly 2020 virtual choir. Produced and Directed by Benjie Messer. Video Editing and Motion Graphics by Izzy Hyman. Audio Editing by Sam Plattner. Photos by Clint McKoy, Christopher L. Walton, Paul Becker, Janine Gelsinger, and contributed by members of the choir. All audio and videos was captured by musicians in their own homes. Dr. Barnwell notes that if you've purchased scores for each of your singers, there is nothing else required. However, if you wish to use this piece in worship, please send a one-time fee of $30 to Barnwells Notes, Inc., 2442 Tunlaw Rd North West, Washington, D.C. 20007.
These videos create an intimate, easy way to learn new songs.
- "Bright Morning Star," taught, led, and accompanied on guitar by Mark David Buckles. The melody is different than the version in our hymnal, with additional words by Matt Meyer.
- "Filled with Loving Kindness," a version of the Buddhist Metta (lovingkindness) prayer, as taught, sung, and accompanied by Mark David Buckles. "May I (*you, we, all) be filled with loving kindness; may I* be well. May I* be peaceful and at ease; and may I* be happy."
- "I've Got Peace Like a River" (by Marvin V. Frey; #100 in Singing the Living Tradition) led and accompanied on guitar by Mark David Buckles.
- Coming Soon! Come back in September for a song-teaching video by Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout.