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Michigan pastors share their songs

Songs for church use

Praise the Lord! Two songs by Michigan pastors are being offered free for use in congregational worship.

The Rev. Caleb Williams, a deacon who is soon to be pastor of Milwood United Methodist Church, says this about his latest song, “I Hear You Calling.” “This song was written for this year’s Service of Recognition, Commissioning, and Ordination for the United Methodist Church in Michigan.” Caleb adds, “I have a few friends being commissioned and ordained, and I was grateful to be asked to be the sole musician for our outdoor, limited attendance event.” 

​The pastor explains that the song is “a reflection on calling, from Jesus’ words to his disciples to the personal call we hear. The refrain helps us respond to this call, singing out, ‘I’ll go! Lead me, Lord, and I will go.'” Click here for lyrics and sheet music.

The composer states, “If you find it meaningful, please consider subscribing as a friend or congregational subscriber.” Find the Caleb B. Williams website here.

The Rev. Paul Donelson is now retired and living in De Tour Village in the eastern Upper Peninsula. Paul has been composing hymns for the past 45 years. His collection of 133 hymns is based on the Revised Common Lectionary.

In response to the 2021 Michigan Annual Conference theme, “Singing the Lord’s Song,” Paul offers a hymn written in 2009, “Sing a New Song.” Find the sheet music here. Paul explains, “You are welcome to print this hymn and use it.”

Paul calls his music, “a work in progress” and invites dialogue. Contact Paul Donelson: Rev. Paul G. Donelson, 37273 Woodsman Trail, De Tour Village, MI 49275 or email donelson@umcs.org

Thank you, Music Men, for sharing your creations with local churches of The Michigan Conference.