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 an mp3 version is available as well as a lead sheet. For more information, click here. To watch the sample video, click here.

Mary, Did You Know Him? tune: Irwin words: Flora Litt music: Wayne Irwin arrangement: David Kai

A questioning hymn for Christmas, Easter, or any time. For downloads and more information, click here. To see 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 words. lead sheet, accompaniment 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 words. lead sheet, accompaniment 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.

Psalm 51 (Have Mercy, Lord) tune: Heart Mountain* words: Flora Litt music: David Kai

A modern setting of this psalm of repentance. Also suitable as a solo and available as a SAB anthem. For more information and sample pages, click here. To watch the sample 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. lead sheet and accompaniment version 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 words. lead sheet, accompaniment 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 words. lead sheet, accompaniment 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 or Americans of Japanese descent were interned during the Second World War; in this way I hope to ensure that these places and injustices will not be forgotten.


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" is available from David Kai

By Grace Reborn tune: Manzanar* words: Brian Wren music: David Kai 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 also 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 Copyright held by Hope Publishing. 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