MUSIC FOR WORSHIP

Welcome to this site! Here you can access the music of David Kai and his collaborators. 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, ordering information and Music with Pat Mayberry by clicking on the links or by scrolling down this page. Please come back often to browse music videos, see samples and to order music. For information about David's new CD, Songs of Faith, Hope and Love, click on this link. For David Kai: Music's Facebook page, click on this link.

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, Terry Watada, and in bands playing styles from calypso and reggae to Christian rock, country 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 and this link to David's page in the Japanese Canadian Artists Directory.

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






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

An 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 SAB 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

Be Still and Know (Psalm 46) tune: Rohwer* words and music: David Kai

This song is a reflection on Psalm 46. Like many Psalms, it contains elements of questioning, challenge and finally, faith. It is written in a Contemporary Christian/Christian Rock style. Currently a demo mp3 version is available as well as a lead sheet. For more information, click here. To watch the sample video, click here.

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. This 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

Be Still and Know (Psalm 46) tune: Rohwer words and music: David Kai

This song is a reflection on Psalm 46. Like many Psalms, it contains elements of questioning, challenge and finally, faith. It is written in a Contemporary Christian/Christian Rock style. Currently a demo mp3 version is available as well as a lead sheet. For more information, click here. To watch the sample video, click here.

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.

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.

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, One License or Licensing 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 Copyright 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 PAT MAYBERRY www.patmayberry.com patmayberry@aol.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 and for more information, click here.

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

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

Faith, Hope and Love Abide words: John Wesley Oldham and Pat Mayberry music: Pat Mayberry arrangement: David Kai To download this music and for more information, , click here.

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

Gather Me words and a Music: Pat Mayberry arrangement: David Kai To download this music and for more information, , click here.

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

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

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

Lord Have Mercy words: Traditional and Pat Mayberry music: Pat Mayberry arrangement: David Kai To download this music and for more information, click here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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