Overcoming Fear and Anxiety

  1. Belong To You
    By: Bryan Sirchio

    This is a brand new song written specifically to go with the Day 1 Scripture and Themes of the 2018 "Beyond Belief" Outdoor Ministries Camp Curriculum published by Chalice Press. Based on Psalm 139 and the theme, "What If I Belong?"--this is easy to learn and sing and will be useful in many contexts, including Sunday morning worship services. Learn More

  2. Blessing of St. Clare
    By: Lacey Brown
    By: Poor Clare

    A very interesting combination of a contemporary sound with a very old benediction/blessing attributed to St. Clare. The lyric reminds us that "there is no fear in love." Learn More

  3. Do It Afraid
    By: Bryan Sirchio

    This song was inspired by a story told by Rev. Traci Blackmon, a UCC clergyperson and National Church leader who was on the front lines of the clergy response to the KKK and white extremist violence in Charlottesville, VA. According to the story (which did not take place in Charlottesville), a 5 year old boy was going to say a few words in his church on Easter in front of the whole congregation. When the time came, he was too afraid to do it and refused. Eventually though he went ahead and spoke his piece. When the pastor then asked him to explain how he got rid of his fear, the little boy said, "I didn't. I just did it afraid." This brief chorus will work in many contexts, especially after the story that inspired it is told. Sometimes faith doesn't mean not being afraid--it means feeling the fear and yet doing what we're called to do anyway... Learn More

  4. For God Is Here
    By: Troy Hatfield

    This is a very singable and easy to learn chorus by Troy Hatfield, one of the musical leaders of Mars Hill Church in Grand Rapids, MI.  The lyric is a beautiful reminder of Psalm 46:12 which tell us that because God is with us--especially in the midst of trouble--we do not need to be afraid. 

    Fear--it's being thrown at us and sold to us and used to manipuate and control folks in so many ways.  We all have our own personal fears as well.  We hope and pray that little choruses like this will help us respond to fear with Spirit-centered love and strength and freedom.

    Note:  The audio for this song is a simple live demo at this point.  Troy is finishing up a more produced studio version and we will use that as soon as it is available.  If you purchase this simple demo and want the studio version when it comes out please just let us know.  Also, the song was initially called, "For He Is Here."  Troy was very open to the suggestion that other pronouns and images for God be used so that the song is not exclusively using a masculine image for the Divine.  You'll see our suggestions (God, He, She)  on the lyric pages and sheet music, but the audio here only uses the original male pronoun.  Please "hear" beyond that and imagine repeating the song using "God" for the first verse, "He" for the second, and "She" for the third.

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  5. Forgive Us
    By: The Many

    From Gary Rand of "The Many..." "Forgive Us is a song of lament and confession. It’s a song to sing when the words don’t come; when our efforts to help, or do right, or even pray seem to come up empty. The songs says, “we don’t know how to pray here, stay here. All we hope is that you’re here.” It’s a song that resonates with Romans 8:26-27, where Paul speaks of the Spirit interceding for us when we don’t have the words." Learn More

  6. God of the Movements and Martyrs (Wil Smith Version)
    By: Wil Smith

    "God of the Movements and Martyrs" was written in honor of the 85th anniversary of the North Carolina Council of Churches. the Council was formed in 1935 to address racial injustice, and continues to work for peace, justice, equity, and inclusion. The hymn honors Christians who have been working for a better world for generations, because of their faith, and invites all of us to join in that sacred work. Note: There are several different versions of this song on the CMP site. Each version has it's own product page and related downloads available. It is the same song done if several different styles by several different artists. This particular arrangement by liturgical musician Wil Smith brings this powerful new hymn into the style of traditional congregational hymn. Learn More

  7. God of the Movements and Martyrs (Zach Light Wells Version)
    By: Zach Light Wells

    "God of the Movements and Martyrs" was written in honor of the 85th anniversary of the North Carolina Council of Churches. The Council was formed in 1935 to address racial injustice, and continues to work for peace, justice, equity, and inclusion. The hymn honors those whose faith has called them to work for peace and justice, past, present, and future, and invites all of us to join in that sacred work. The hymn has been interpreted by several different musicians in different genres and styles. Please explore Convergence Music Project to hear other versions of the hymn. Learn More

  8. God Will See Us Through
    By: Emma Ceurvels

    A brand new song from Emma Ceurvels and Bryan Sirchio. We're really excited about this one! A simple song of hope and encouragement that reminds us that God is with us and that God will always see us through times of heartache and challenge. This song will work in many different liturgical moments and will be a great source of comfort and hope and healing both to individuals and to groups of people. Learn More

  9. Hold My Hand
    By: Ken Medema

    On this journey we cannot walk alone. We must share our trials and joys, our stormy paths and our celebrations. Using a memorable melody with a delightful upbeat accompaniment, Ken Medema encourages us to hold hands with a grasp that does not let go as we work for greater understanding and compassion in this world. This song is suitable for congregational singing, especially in informal settings. Learn More

  10. Holy One, Who
    By: Richard Bruxvoort Colligan

    Another beautiful, accessible song based on one of the Psalms (Psalm 35) from Richard Bruxvoort Colligan.  We can envision this one being used a several different ways in worship--as preparation for the Word, as a response, as an anthem, as a song for reflection and meditation, and more.  

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  11. Hope Out Loud
    By: Ben Johnson

    Ben Johnson leads a lot of the music at Solomon's Porch Church in the Twin Cities.  Ben says that often he will sing a song that the gathered community will listen to, and then sing along either with a refrain or just as they learn the song after repeated hearings over time. 

    This beautiful composition of Ben's is a great example of a song that is both singer/songwriter in the verses and then community song in the refrain and ending.  We look forward to making more of Ben's music available as well as to interviewing him (for our blog and Facebook posts) in order to learn how Solomon's Porch uses music in the context of worship.

    Note:  There is no sheet music available yet for this piece, but the guitar chords are listed with the lyrics in the Lead Sheet product slot for this song.

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  12. I Am For Peace
    By: Richard Bruxvoort Colligan

    • The lead sheet product includes lead sheet plus songleader's guide and congregational melody line.
    • "I Am For Peace" is from Richard Bruxvoort Colligan's album, "Love Stands With."

    Psalm 120 is the voice of the psalmist desperate. At one point in the psalm, the psalmist throws their head back and wails, "I am for peace but whenever I open my mouth, they are for violence!" This is a song for sidewalk, street and capital steps. The rerfain may stand alone at a protest rally or the entire song can be sung to name moments of our lives ready for serious change. Particularly adventurous communities may invent verses that hit home at the time of singing.

    This song is licensed via OneLicense.net, CCLI and Worldmaking.net.

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  13. Love>Fear
    By: The Many

    This is a brand new song from the worship band, "The Many." It reminds us of a simple but powerfully transforming and urgently needed truth--Love is greater than fear. In this pandemic world of so much uncertainty, division, and obvious reasons to be fearful, this is a truth we need to embrace more deeply than ever. Learn More

  14. Only Love Can Heal What's Broken
    By: Brian McLaren

    From Brian McLaren:  "In The Great Spiritual Migration, I propose that we imagine the local congregation as a school of love.  It's quite surprising how few songs we have that deepen our understanding of and commitment to the primacy of love;  I hope this song can help in this regard.  I also felt (aided by the strange and horrible 2016 election cycle) that we need to name greed, hate, and fear as deadly diseases of which love is the cure.  People constantly sell products and win elections using the currency of greed, hated and fear;  we need to expose that as a counterfeit currency and celebrate the power of love instead."

    From CMP: Brian McLaren was on a road Sabbatical for the first 8 months of 2016.  During this time away from the grind of constant travel and preparation for live events Brian wrote, rewrote, compiled, and recorded demos (not finished studio recordings) of 21 songs.  9 of these demos are currently available here on the CMP site, and we are in the process of creating lead sheets and piano arrangements for them.  If you would like to purchase this entire collection of Brian's demo's, lyrics, and some notes he wrote about each song (21 songs for $18) please email Bryan Sirchio, CMP Lead Designer, and he will send you a link you can use to purchase Brian's entire collection.

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