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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  15. Remember When
    By: Hannah Rand
    By: The Many

    Can we be honest? Sometimes we wonder where God is and what God does. When horrible things happen in our personal lives and in our world we may not always say it out loud, but we think it...where were you God? Why don't you do something about this? We cry out like the Psalmists did in Psalm 10 "Lord, why are you so far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?" Or lament like the writer of Psalm 42: "My tears have been my food day and night, as people constantly question me, 'Where’s your God now?'" This song is about that - remembering some of the recent events that have left us in tears, left us heartbroken and undone. Where was God when children are put in cages on the U.S. border? Where was God when Laquan McDonald was killed or Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor or George Floyd? Where was God when the child is sent to conversion therapy or when we lose thousands and thousands of people in a pandemic? The answers don't come easy in this song...but as we cry out and ask God, "Why didn't you send help?" we sometimes hear God's still, small voice saying, "I did. I sent you." This song is on The Many's 2019 album "Love Greater Than Fear" which is available on iTunes and Spotify. You can learn more about The Many at: https://www.themanyarehere.com CCLI#: 7140930 Learn More

  16. Surrounded By Love
    By: Mark Miller

    This brand new song by gifted composer and musicologist Mark Miller was written just before Mark underwent surgery to remove a tumor on his brain.  He was told that the surgery could wind up leaving him deaf, especially in one ear--no small matter for anyone--but especially huge for one who is called to teach and create and perform music.  Thankfully, the surgery went well, the tumor was benign, and Mark hears perfectly.  And we all received the gift of this beautiful song in and through the process!  This one will minister deeply to anyone facing uncertainty and risk and who needs to be reminded that God and the community of faith will always "surround us with love."

    If and when Mark does a more produced version of this song in the studio we will make that available, but for now this simple demo is the only recording of this brand new song that exists.  Thanks so much for sharing it with us Mark, and we have a feeling this song is going to be widely used!

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  17. There Are Gardens Waiting
    By: Bret Hesla

    A vision of longing, hope and healing. Learn More

  18. Time To Speak
    By: Bryan Sirchio

    This song was written specifically to match the "Day 5" Scripture and Theme of the 2018 "Beyond Belief" Outdoor Ministries Camp curriculum published by Chalice Press. The Scripture is the amazing encounter of Jesus and the Syrophoenician Woman in Mark 7:24-30, and the theme for the day is "What If We Speak Up?" Sometimes speaking up is hard and requires courage and strength to "find our voices." This song is a prayer for that courage and grace and the ability to know when it's time to speak up. Learn More

  19. To the One Making Way
    By: Richard Bruxvoort Colligan

    This brand new contemporary hymn by Richard Bruxvoort Colligan was commissioned by First Congregational Church of Webster Groves, MO.  The focus on God's presence and guidance for immigrants makes this a particularly timely piece in light of the current political climate in the U.S. and we hope and pray this hymn will be used widely to help congregations pray and sing their way into a more faithful, just, and clear reponse to the plight of all immigrants.

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