MUSIC FOR WORSHIP

Welcome to this site! Here you can access the music of David Kai and his collaborators. For information about my new CD, click here. Church musicians, be sure to check out the anthems, most of which are available for your WHOLE CHOIR FOR ONLY $10! You can also see hymns, solos/songs, music for the younger crowd, skits/writings, popular songs and ordering information by clicking on the links. Please come back often to browse and order music.

David Kai grew up in Toronto attending the Centennial-Japanese United Church. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto, the Humber College music program where he specialized in arranging and composing, and The Centre for Christian Studies. Commissioned as a diaconal minister in 1987, David served in pastoral charges in Birtle, Manitoba, Orleans and Ajax, Ontario.

David has written hymn tunes and arrangements in collaboration with authors and composers such as Ruth Duck, Linnea Good, Neil Lemke, Pat Mayberry, Jeeva Sam, Doreen Lankshear-Smith and Brian Wren. He was a member of the committee that produced the Voices United hymn book, and also provided music for the Bible Quest curriculum. His hymns and arrangements have appeared in hymn books and collections in Canada, China and the USA. As a musician, David has performed with groups and musicians such as Linnea Good, Bruce Harding, the Union United Church Gospel Choir, and in bands playing styles from calypso and reggae to Christian rock and gospel. He has served as a musician at gatherings such as Berwick Camp, International Diakonia, Bay of Quinte Conference, the Ethnic Ministries Council and General Council Youth Forum. You can follow this link to see David's listing on www.hymnary.org.

David and spouse Marly Bown live near Grand Bend, Ontario and have three adult children.

For information about hymns, custom music arrangements or pulpit and music supply, contact David at davidwkai@gmail.com

For pictures and other posts, see David's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/davidwkaismusic


CHOIR ANTHEMS (SATB)


Auroras Sigh
   words: Neil Lemke   music: David Kai 
An evocative, hauntingly beautiful anthem for Advent and other times.
available from David Kai or Lorenz music.
For sample pages and ordering information, click here.
To see the sample video, click here.

In the Dragonfly O’er Clear Rivers  
 words: Neil Lemke   music: David Kai 
A anthem in praise of creation. Copying license available.
For sample pages and more information, click here.
To see the sample video, click here.

Mary, Did You Know Him?  
words: Flora Litt   music: Wayne Irwin   
arrangement: David Kai
A questioning anthem for Christmas, Easter, or any time. Copying license available.
For sample pages and more information, click here. 
To see the sample video, click here.

May the Words of My Mouth
 (Psalm 19)   words and music: David Kai 
The chorus might be used as an opening prayer for practices or before worship services.
Copying license available.
For sample pages and more information, click here. 
To see the sample video, click here.

Micah's Song (anthem)   word adaptation and music: David Kai 
An SATB anthem version of the hymn, Micah's Song (based on Micah 6: 3-8).
Copying license available.
For sample pages and more information, click here.
To watch a video of the hymn version, click here.

Psalm 51 (Have Mercy, Lord)   words: Flora Litt   music: David Kai
A modern setting of this psalm of repentance. Copying license available.
For more information and sample pages, click here.
To watch the sample video, click here.

Spirit of Our Jesus   words: Neil Lemke    music: David Kai 
available from David Kai or Lorenz music.
For sample pages, ordering information and a music sample, click here.
To watch the sample video, click here.

Sing to God a Joyful Song
 (Psalm 98)    words and music: David Kai 
available from David Kai or Lorenz music
For sample pages, ordering information and a music sample, click here.
To watch the sample video, click here.

We Are a Rainbow
words and music: David Kai
An anthem version of the hymn written for Affirming ministry celebrations. 
For sample pages and ordering information, click here.
To see a video of the hymn version, click here.

We Are One
words: Doreen Lankshear-Smith   music: Jeeva Sam   arrangement: David Kai
An anthem version of this well-loved hymn from Voices United. Copying license available.
For sample pages and ordering information, click here.
To watch a video of the hymn version, click here.

Wherever You May Go (Ruth 1:16) 
words and music: David Kai
An anthem version of this hymn from More Voices based on the story of Ruth. Copying license available.
For sample pages, click here.
To watch a video of the hymn version, click here.

With Respect in Creation (anthem)   words & music: David Kai 
A hymn based on the United Church creed and Romans 8 calling for the care of creation.
Copying license available.
For sample pages and ordering information, click here.
To watch a video of the hymn version, click here.

HYMNS


Micah's Song (Seek justice)   tune: Popoff*
words and music: David Kai
A musical setting of Micah 6: 3-8.
For a words and melody version and more information, click here.
To watch the video, click here.


Midnight Sharpness, Starfields, Fading   tune: Tashme*
words: Neil Lemke   music: David Kai
An Easter hymn with thought-provoking imagery provided by poet Neil Lemke.
Also found in Voices United #181
For a words and melody version and more information, click here.
To watch the video, click here.

O Smile That Flung the Stars to Waltz 
   tune: Greenwood*
words: Neil Lemke   music: David Kai 
An exciting hymn praising God for the wonders of the cosmos. The continually modulating harmonies accent 
the vivid poetry of Neil Lemke.
For a words and melody version
 and more information, click here.
To watch the video, click here.

Our God Goes With Us   tune: Lemon Creek*
words and music: David Kai
A hymn depicting the history of Japanese-Canadian Christians, in particular the Centennial-Japanese United Church.
For a words and melody version
 and more information, click here. 
 An adapted version for more general use is also available on this page.
To watch the video, click here. 

We Are a Rainbow    tune: Slocan*
words and music: David Kai
This new hymn is especially appropriate for celebrations of Affirming Ministries.
The words and music are available at this link and can be reproduced for your congregation without charge.
To see a video of this hymn, click here.

We Are One   tune: We Are One
words: Doreen Lankshear-Smith   music: Jeeva Sam   arrangement: David Kai
This popular opening hymn is also found in Voices United at #402.
For a words and melody version and more information, click here.
To watch the video, click here.

Wherever You May Go    tune: Renaud
words and music: David Kai
A hymn based on the story of Ruth, and Ruth 1:16.
For a words and melody version and more information, click here.
To watch the video, click here.
The hymn is also found in More Voices #216 www.morevoices.ca

With Respect in Creation  tune: New Denver*
words and music: David Kai
A hymn based on the United Church creed and Romans 8 calling for the care of creation. Received an honourable mention for the United Church’s Earth Day Sacred Song Contest and the Pax Christi Chorale hymn competition. A SATB anthem version is also available (see anthem section).
For a words and melody version and more information, click here.
To watch the video, click here.

*It is my custom to name my hymn tunes after camps and ghost towns where Canadians of Japanese descent were interned during the Second World War; in this way I hope to ensure that these names and places will not be forgotten.


SOLOS/SONGS


Christ is Born   words and music: David Kai
A contemporary Christmas song. 
To see the video, click here.
For sample pages and more information, click here.
Full song mp3 available for download from David Kai or iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, iHeartRadio, Spotify and more.

No Greater Love   words and music: David Kai
A song for Good Friday. 
To see the video, click here.
For sample pages and more information, click here.
Full song mp3 available for download from David Kai or iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, iHeartRadio, Spotify and more.
 
O Christ, You Rise Within Our Hearts   words: Neil Lemke    music: David Kai 
A Celtic-flavoured tune inspired by the stirring poetry of Neil Lemke.
To see the video, click here.
For sample pages and more information, click here.

What Would Jesus Drive?    words and music: David Kai 
A light-hearted look at a different form of WWJD.
For sample pages and more information, click here.

POPULAR SONGS

Just a Little Snowbird Song    words and music: David Kai
A fun song for and about snowbirds; some might be lovebirds as well!
To see a sample video of this song, click here.
For sample pages and more information, click here.
Full song mp3 available for download from David Kai or iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, iHeartRadio, Spotify and more.

They’ll Be On the Rock This Christmas    words and music: David Kai 
A Newfoundland Christmas song that will likely warm the hearts of Newfoundlanders!
To see the video, click here.
For sample pages and more information, click here.
Full song mp3 available for download from David Kai or iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, iHeartRadio, Spotify and more.

FOR THE YOUNGER CROWD...
(many of these songs were written for the Bible Quest church school curriculum)

A Father’s Day Song   words & music: David Kai
Usable in a public school as well as a church setting.
For more information, click here.
To see the sample video click here.

A Mother’s Day Song   words & music: David Kai

Usable in a public school as well as a church setting.
For more information, click here.
To see the sample video click here.

David's Song
 (Now David was a shepherd boy)  words: David Kai   music: traditional
A teaching song about the young King David.
(audio sample available)
For more information, click here.

In the Beginning (part 1)  words and music: David Kai
In the Beginning (part 2)  words and music: David Kai
The Genesis creation story set to music.
(audio sample available)
For more information, click here.

Let's Be Friends Again
 (I'm sorry)   words and music: David Kai
A song about saying “I’m sorry”.
(audio sample available)
For more information, click here.

Rappin' With the Bible Fax 
   words and music: David Kai
A rap to help memorize the books of the bible.
To see the sample video click here.
For more information and a sheet music sample, click here.

Stories of the Early Days
 (Creating, creating)    words and music: David Kai
A musical summary of stories from Genesis.
(audio sample available)
For more information, click here.

Ten, Ten Commandments  
 words and music: David Kai
A teaching song to remember the Ten Commandments.
To see the sample video click here. 
For more information, click here.

For licensing fee of $5, you can copy any of these songs for your choir, church school or congregation. Lyric sheet, lead sheet and piano accompaniment version will be provided.


ORDERING INFORMATION

All hymns and songs come with a melody line version as well as a piano/melody version. The standard method of delivery is by email with pdf, Word, xps or mp3 files attached. Cost: $5 per hymn/song. Permission is included to use the hymn/song in your congregation. Please report any usage through CCLI or One License copyright programs. Instrumental mp3s of most hymns/songs are also available for $1.

Choir anthems that are published through Lorenz are available in octavo form only; see individual anthems for details. The other anthems are $10 each and include a copying license; these anthems may be copied for the use of the choir of your congregation only.

Skits are available for $10 each and may be copied for your congregation as needed.

Prices are in Canadian dollars for Canadian customers and US dollars for US and international customers. Payment can be arranged by Interac Online, Paypal or by cheque.

Please contact us by email at davidwkai@gmail.com to order or for more information. 


AVAILABLE IN VOICES UNITED* AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS:

Voices United is available from www.ucrdstore.ca

All Who Hunger*  (VU #460) words: Sylvia Dunstan   music (tune:Holy Manna): James Langran
arrangement: David Kai
arrangement of the tune, "Holy Manna" available from David Kai

By Grace Reborn   tune: Manzanar
words: Brian Wren   music: David Kai   
Copyright held by Hope Publishing
available in Supplement 99 and Christ Our Hope by Hope Publishing
www.hopepublishing.com

God Remembers Pain*  (VU #610) words: Brian Wren   music: Jeeva Sam
arrangement: David Kai    C
opyright held by Hope Publishing
also available in Visions and Revisions and Supplement 99 by Hope Publishing
www.hopepublishing.com

Long Before the Night (This ancient love)*  (VU #282)   words and music: Carolyn McDade
arrangement: David Kai

Make a Joyful Noise
(Psalm 100)* (VU #820)   words and music: Linnea Good
arrangement: David Kai
also available from Borealis Music: www.linneagood.com

Midnight Sharpness, Starfields, Fading*  (VU #181)   tune: Tashme
words: Neil Lemke   music: David Kai
hymn is available from David Kai (see above)

Out of the Depths*  (VU #611)    words: Ruth Duck   music: Jeeva Sam
arrangement: David Kai

Praise to God*  (VU #243)    words: Nobuaki Hanaoka   music: traditional   tune: Sakura
arrangement: David Kai
arrangement of the tune, "Sakura" available from David Kai

Shadows Gather, Deep and Cold*
 (VU #134 ) tune: Kaslo
words: Sylvia Dunstan   music: David Kai
Also published in “Hymns of Universal Praise”: Chinese Christian Literature Council Hong Kong 2005.

Sheep Fast Asleep*  (VU #52)    words: Genzo Miwa (trans. John Moss)    music: Churgoro Torii
arrangement: David Kai

We Are One*  (VU #402 )    words: Doreen Lankshear-Smith   music: Jeeva Sam
arrangement: David Kai
hymn and anthem are available from David Kai (see above).

  

OTHER COLLABORATIONS:

With Doreen Lankshear-Smith and Jeeva Sam
available from DLS Music www.web.net/~doreenls

From This Time On    
words: Doreen Lankshear-Smith    music: Jeeva Sam
arrangement: David Kai

Greening Hope (Each rising sun)   words: Doreen Lankshear-Smith   music: Jeeva Sam 
 arrangement: David Kai

Jubilee Call (With the trumpet call)   words: Doreen Lankshear-Smith   music: Jeeva Sam 
arrangement: David Kai

The Least Expected Ones
(Sometimes it’s hard to understand)
words: Doreen Lankshear-Smith    music: Jeeva Sam    arrangement: David Kai


With Neil Lemke

Hovering Over Snow-swept Fields
   words: Neil Lemke   music: David Kai

My Heart is Stirring
   words: Neil Lemke   music: David Kai



With Pat Mayberry

www.patmayberry.com
These songs may be downloaded free of charge. Please report usage in church to CCLI, One License or Licensing.

As the Wind Blows   words and music: Pat Mayberry
arrangement: David Kai 
To download this music, click here.

Candle Burning    words and music: Pat Mayberry 
arrangement: David Kai 
To download this music, click here.

Caring Community   words and music: Pat Mayberry 
arrangement: David Kai 
To download this music, click here.

For You Alone   words and music: Pat Mayberry 
arrangement: David Kai 
To download this music, click here.

How Can This Be?    words and music: Pat Mayberry 
arrangement: David Kai 
To download this music, click here.

Joseph's Song  words and music: Pat Mayberry
arrangement: David Kai
To download this music, click here.

Look to the Light   words and music: Pat Mayberry
arrangement: David Kai
To download this music, click here.

May We Rise   words and music: Pat Mayberry
arrangement: David Kai 
To download this music, click here.

O Thou, the Breathing Life of All
   words and music: Pat Mayberry
arrangement: David Kai 
To download this music, click here.

Of Joy and Sorrow     words and music: Pat Mayberry 
arrangement: David Kai 
To download this music, click here.

Oh When My God Asks Me To Stand
   words and music: Pat Mayberry
arrangement: David Kai 
To download this music, click here.

The Lord is My Shepherd     words and music: Pat Mayberry 
arrangement: David Kai 
To download this music, click here.

The Lord is My Strength and Song   words and music: Pat Mayberry 
arrangement: David Kai 
To download this music, click here.

These Gifts We Bring   words and music: Pat Mayberry
arrangement: David Kai 
To download this music, click here.

We Are Dreamers    words and music: Pat Mayberry 
arrangement: David Kai 
To download this music, click here.

We Are Not Alone    words and music: Pat Mayberry 
arrangement: David Kai 
To download this music, click here.

We Are Waiting   words and music: Pat Mayberry 
arrangement: David Kai 
To download this music, click here.

We Call To You, O God   words and music: Pat Mayberry 
arrangement: David Kai 
To download this music, click here.

We Light This Candle  
words and music: Pat Mayberry
arrangement: David Kai 
To download this music, click here.

What Can We Bring?     words and music: Pat Mayberry 
arrangement: David Kai 
To download this music, click here.

When You Go From This Place  
words and music: Pat Mayberry
arrangement: David Kai
To download this music, click here.

You of Many Names   words and music: Pat Mayberry 
arrangement: David Kai 
To download this music, click here.

You’ve Searched Me, God, You Know Me  
words and music: Pat Mayberry
arrangement: David Kai
To download this music, click here.


SKITS/WRITINGS
Skits are available for $10 each and may be copied for your congregation as needed.

"A Holy Week Broadcast" 
In this drama the events of Holy Week are presented by reporters Adam and Eva, covering it as a news story.
For more information and a sample, click here.

"In Search of Jesus'
A drama for Holy Week following the last hours of Jesus' life.
For more information and a sample, click here.

"Silent Night, Hole-y Night"
A "Might-have-been" story about the writing of the famous Christmas carol, featuring original songs and a cast of church mice. For more information and a sample, click here.

"Stories From the Stable"
This skit is a retelling of the Christmas story by some of the characters involved: Mary, Joseph, a shepherd
- and a lamb!
For more information and a sample, click here.

"Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?"
This play for younger performers is set in the middle of the 21st century. It reminds us to keep the meaning of Christmas alive as we head into the future.
For more information and a sample, click here.

OTHER PUBLISHED WORKS

“A Holy Week Broadcast”
drama in Staging the Story
Sally Armour Wotton, editor; United Church Publishing House (UCPH) 

"Caring For Creation"
A Creation-centered service for Children's Sunday
Available for free at this link.

Five Reflections
in Birthing the Promise:Advent Reflections and Worship Resources from Many Cultural Realities
Greer Anne Wenh-In Ng and Kim Uyede-Kai, editors; UCPH

“Walking and Working Together in Hope”

worship service, Seeds and Sowers 2004; UCPH

“The Official Board”

drama in “That All May Be One”; UCPH

“With Voices United”

article in Fire and Grace: Stories of History and Vision
Jim Taylor, editor: UCPH
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