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
Micah's Song (Seek justice) tune: Popoff* words and music: David Kai
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
This Indescribable Gift words and music: David Kai
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; also available in SATB anthem version. To see a video of this hymn, click here.
We Are One tune: We Are One words: Doreen Lankshear-Smith music: Jeeva Sam
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, SATB anthem 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. For words, lead sheet, accompaniment version, anthem 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.
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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 Sheet Music Plus at this link.
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