This volume draws upon multiple translations, representing a variety of Christian traditions:
The initial presentation of a psalm text is taken from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).
Lectionary-based responsorial psalms are taken from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (Augsburg Fortress Press), a text used in a wide variety of ecumenical settings.
Other translations or paraphrases include the New International Version (NIV), the New Living Translation (NLT), Eugene Peterson’s The Message, Calvin Seerveld’s Voicing God’s Psalms (Eerdman’s Publishing Company), the Book of Common Prayer (BCP), Common Worship: Daily Prayer, and the Psalter for the Christian People, each of which is identified.
Use of LORD and Lord:
Modern Bible translations indicate the use of the Tetragrammaton (the four-letter Hebrew name for God, “YHWH”) using all capital letters, as in LORD. When the sources of the musical settings indicated the use of the Tetragrammaton with LORD or GOD, this was maintained. When text writers did not intend to make such distinctions, no further editorial attempts were made to reconcile their versification to the use of the Tetragrammaton in the psalm. The use of the word “Jehovah” has been avoided.
Additional Editorial Notes
Please turn to pages viii-x of Psalms for All Seasons for information on the following topics:
Use of the Gloria Patri
Chords for Guitar and Keyboard
Performing Songs with Refrains
Use of Time Signatures and Barlines
This book provides a feast of resources. When we sit down to a festive meal we can approach the abundance with such enthusiasm and consume so much at one time that we lose our appetite for more. Or we can approach the feast with wisdom, taking only as much as we can enjoy, savoring each taste. You are encouraged to take the second approach. Begin where you and your community are most comfortable. Explore in small doses approaches outside your comfort zone. Savor the feast.
Please Note: We, the publisher, have tried our best to make this book as free of errors as possible. However, we are human and as humans, we are not perfect. We will be making the necessary corrections, as we have them, at the time of the subsequent printings. This list is not exhaustive. Thank you for your understanding!
43B: Send Out Your Light
○ Music correction: Change Fine to Fine Last Time ○ Music correction: at the end, change To Refrain to To Stanza 2
Endorsement from James Abbington James Abbington talked to the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship about his use of Psalms for All Seasons. Watch Video
James Abbington is associate professor of church music and worship at Candler School of Theology, Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He is also the executive editor of the African American Church Music Series published by GIA Publications, Inc. of Chicago, IL, and has served as co-director of the annual Hampton University Ministers’ and Musicians’ Conference since 2000.
Endorsement from Kimberly Bracken Long Five stars is not enough to rate this excellent resource, edited by some of the brightest musical and liturgical minds in today's church. The most comprehensive psalter ever published, Psalms for All Seasons includes musical settings of all 150 psalms, most with multiple offerings in a wide range of musical styles. Worship planners will discover both responsorial and metrical settings, from chant to a hip-hop-inspired work; composers come from around the globe and from every era of Christian music. Some psalms have ten or more settings to choose from. The psalms are also arranged for corporate reading. Performance notes and psalm prayers are included as well.
Don't delay in adding this exceptional collection to your library! If your congregation is already singing the psalms, you will be utterly delighted by the range of settings. If your congregation does not sing the psalms, you will be eager to introduce the practice. These psalms can be sung for a variety of purposes--as psalms, hymns, calls to prayer, prayers of confession, and so forth. They be sung whole congregations, or led by cantors, choirs, children, or youth. The accompaniments are fulsome yet approachable, so that musicians of all levels will be able to comfortably use the book.
The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and Faith Alive Resources have provided numerous invaluable publications--this one may be the best one yet.
Kimberly Bracken Long Assistant Professor of Worship Columbia Theological Seminary