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Psalm 104: Lord, Send Out Your Spirit


Psalm 104:1, 24, 2930, 31, 34

Stephen Lay

INTRO Slow gospel style (q. = ca. 66)

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Refrain text 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation (ICEL). All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Verse text 1970, 1997, 1998, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc. (CCD). All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Music 2011, Stephen Lay. Published by OCP, 5536 NE Hassalo, Portland, OR 97213. All rights reserved.

Edition 30130412

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Note: Verses 13 may be sung as a duet in which a tenor sings the first four measures and an alto or soprano sings the next four.
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Composer Notes
Impassioned, fiery, full-of-wonder, and filled with the Holy Spirit. Blessing, praising, glorifying,
and rejoicing. These are descriptive words I used as a basis for this composition. They can help the
psalmist inherently understand the text of Psalm 104 and lovingly communicate it to the assembly.
The gospel style of accompaniment, harmonization, tempo, and dynamics can truly light a fire in
peoples hearts whether it is sung at confirmation, the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night, or Pentecost
Sunday.
After the psalmist intones the refrain and the choir joins with the assembly, I suggest they sing
the melody that first time. Then, after the verses, they should sing the parts written for them. The
piano accompaniment is written merely as a suggestion and it provides a nod to true gospel style.
This song is written for SATB choir, piano, and guitar, and will work well with drums and bass.
Improvisation is expected and encouraged.
Stephen Lay

Psalm 104: Lord, Send Out Your Spirit

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Psalm 104: Lord, Send Out Your Spirit


(Guitar/Vocal)
Psalm 104:1, 24, 2930, 31, 34

Stephen Lay
(E 7)
G 7

INTRO Slow gospel style (q. = ca. 66)

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8 .

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F/C

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Lord,

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send out your Spir - it,

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VERSE 2: Cantor

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are your works,

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Refrain text 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation (ICEL). All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Verse text 1970, 1997, 1998, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc. (CCD). All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Music 2011, Stephen Lay. Published by OCP, 5536 NE Hassalo, Portland, OR 97213. All rights reserved.

Note: Verses 13 may be sung as a duet in which a tenor sings the first four measures and an alto or soprano sings the next four.

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Psalm 104: Lord, Send Out Your Spirit

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Assembly Edition
PSALM 104: LORD, SEND OUT YOUR SPIRIT

Stephen Lay

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send out your Spir - it,

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1. Bless the LORD, O my soul!


O LORD, my God, you are great indeed!
How manifold are your works, O LORD!
The earth is full of your creatures.
2. May the glory of the LORD endure for ever;
may the LORD be glad in all his works!
Pleasing to him be my theme;
I will be glad, glad in the LORD.

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3. If you take away their breath,


if you take away their breath,
they perish and return to their dust;
when you send forth your spirit
they are created,
and you renew the face of the earth.

Text: Psalm 104:1, 24, 2930, 31, 34. Refrain text 1969, 1981, 1997,
International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation (ICEL). All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Verses text 1970, 1997, 1998, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc. (CCD). All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Music 2011, Stephen Lay. Published by OCP, 5536 NE Hassalo, Portland, OR 97213. All rights reserved.

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