May 8, 2016

The Blessings of Being a Musician

This week has been an example of why I love being a musician.  One night I was directing young musicians in an all city orchestra festival.  Then on a Saturday afternoon I spent a few hours with friends playing jazz for a few thousand audience members.  Finally, my church music group lead music as many of our young people publicly confirmed their thoughtful acceptance of Christ at their confirmation mass.  In all three cases I shared time with great friends playing and singing music and in all three cases, I believe God was present and pleased.  I have recently accepted the position of Principal Elect at the Catholic school in my town and as a result many people have said something to the affect of, "It's a shame you'll be giving up music."  What they don't seem to understand is that giving up music is impossible.  There is no such thing.  My role in music in my community may change a little but the thought of "giving up music" will never cross my mind because music is a part of my life the same way breathing is.  I thank God for the blessings that being a musician have brought to me.  Making a living doing what you love to do is a privilege.  For many years I've written psalms and people have been able to used them for their masses and other worship services.  I will continue to write psalms as needed for my own music ministry and post them to Score Exchange.  I hope that you continue your ministry in music and pray for your success in sharing God's glory through the music you play.

Have a great day,
Perry


You can find all of Perry Kelly's psalms, songs and worship music at Perry Kelly's Score Exchange site .

Perry Kelly's You Tube site has many recorded examples of the psalms available at Score Exchange.

Mar 26, 2016

April 2016 (Scroll down for beginning of month)

April 24, 2016


Fifth Sunday of Easter

Responsorial Psalm Ps 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-13

I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.


The LORD is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and of great kindness.
The LORD is good to all
and compassionate toward all his works.


Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might.


Let them make known your might to the children of Adam,
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is a kingdom for all ages,
and your dominion endures through all generations.





Click here for sheet music to Psalm 145 I Will Praise Your Name Forever.
The lead sheet includes an added verse at the beginning due to it's use on other Sundays.  For this one simply begin on verse two.











April 17, 2016


Fourth Sunday of Easter

Responsorial Psalm Ps 100:1-2, 3, 5

We are his people, the sheep of his flock.


Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
serve the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful song.


Know that the LORD is God;
he made us, his we are;
his people, the flock he tends.


The LORD is good:
his kindness endures forever,
and his faithfulness, to all generations.

Click here for sheet music to Psalm 100 We Are His People.







April 10, 2016


Third Sunday of Easter

Responsorial Psalm Ps 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13

I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.

I will extol you, O LORD, for you drew me clear
and did not let my enemies rejoice over me.
O LORD, you brought me up from the netherworld;
you preserved me from among those going down into the pit.

Sing praise to the LORD, you his faithful ones,
and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger lasts but a moment;
a lifetime, his good will.
At nightfall, weeping enters in,
but with the dawn, rejoicing.

Hear, O LORD, and have pity on me;
O LORD, be my helper.
You changed my mourning into dancing;
O LORD, my God, forever will I give you thanks.

Click here for sheet music to Psalm 30 I Will Praise You, Lord.








April 3, 2016


Second Sunday of Easter (or Sunday of Divine Mercy)

Responsorial Psalm Ps 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting.


Let the house of Israel say,
“His mercy endures forever.”
Let the house of Aaron say,
“His mercy endures forever.”
Let those who fear the LORD say,
“His mercy endures forever.”


I was hard pressed and was falling,
but the LORD helped me.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior.
The joyful shout of victory
in the tents of the just:


The stone which the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
By the LORD has this been done;
it is wonderful in our eyes.
This is the day the LORD has made;
let us be glad and rejoice in it.


Click here for sheet music to Psalm 118 Give Thanks to the Lord



Feb 28, 2016

March 2016

March 27, 2016

The Resurrection of the Lord
The Mass of Easter Day

Ps 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.


Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever.
Let the house of Israel say,
“His mercy endures forever.”


“The right hand of the LORD has struck with power;
the right hand of the LORD is exalted.
I shall not die, but live,
and declare the works of the LORD.”

The stone which the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
By the LORD has this been done;
it is wonderful in our eyes.

Click here for sheet music to psalm 118.


 

 

March 20, 2016

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Ps 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
 
All who see me scoff at me;
they mock me with parted lips, they wag their heads:
“He relied on the LORD; let him deliver him,
let him rescue him, if he loves him.”

Indeed, many dogs surround me,
a pack of evildoers closes in upon me;
They have pierced my hands and my feet;
I can count all my bones.

They divide my garments among them,
and for my vesture they cast lots.
But you, O LORD, be not far from me;
O my help, hasten to aid me.

I will proclaim your name to my brethren;
in the midst of the assembly I will praise you:
“You who fear the LORD, praise him;
all you descendants of Jacob, give glory to him;
revere him, all you descendants of Israel!”

Click here for sheet music to Psalm 22.






March 13, 2016 - Fifth Sunday of Lent

Ps 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6

The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
 
When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion,
we were like men dreaming.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with rejoicing.

Then they said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us;
we are glad indeed.

Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
like the torrents in the southern desert.
Those that sow in tears
shall reap rejoicing.

Although they go forth weeping,
carrying the seed to be sown,
They shall come back rejoicing,
carrying their sheaves.
 


 
 
 

March 6, 2016 - Fourth Sunday of Lent

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7

Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
 
I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.

Glorify the LORD with me,
let us together extol his name.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.

Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress he saved him.

Click here for sheet music for Psalm 34.






 

 

Feb 2, 2016

February 2016

 

February 28, 2016 - Third Sunday of Lent


Third Sunday of Lent

Ps 103: 1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 11

The Lord is kind and merciful.

Bless the LORD, O my soul;
and all my being, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits.

He pardons all your iniquities,
heals all your ills,
He redeems your life from destruction,
crowns you with kindness and compassion.

The LORD secures justice
and the rights of all the oppressed.
He has made known his ways to Moses,
and his deeds to the children of Israel.

Merciful and gracious is the LORD,
slow to anger and abounding in kindness.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so surpassing is his kindness toward those who fear him.

Click here for the piano part and lead sheet to Psalm 103.



 

 

February 21, 2016


Second Sunday of Lent

Ps 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14

The Lord is my light and my salvation.

The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom should I fear?
The LORD is my life’s refuge;
of whom should I be afraid?

Hear, O LORD, the sound of my call;
have pity on me, and answer me.
Of you my heart speaks; you my glance seeks.

Your presence, O LORD, I seek.
Hide not your face from me;
do not in anger repel your servant.
You are my helper: cast me not off.

I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD with courage;
be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.


 

 

February 14, 2016



First Sunday of Lent

Ps 91:1-2, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15

Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble.

You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
say to the LORD, “My refuge and fortress,
my God in whom I trust.”

No evil shall befall you,
nor shall affliction come near your tent,
For to his angels he has given command about you,
that they guard you in all your ways.

Upon their hands they shall bear you up,
lest you dash your foot against a stone.
You shall tread upon the asp and the viper;
you shall trample down the lion and the dragon.

Because he clings to me, I will deliver him;
I will set him on high because he acknowledges my name.
He shall call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in distress;
I will deliver him and glorify him.






February 7, 2016


Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
 

Ps 138:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 7-8

In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.

I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart,
for you have heard the words of my mouth;
in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise;
I will worship at your holy temple
and give thanks to your name.

Because of your kindness and your truth;
for you have made great above all things
your name and your promise.
When I called, you answered me;
you built up strength within me.

All the kings of the earth shall give thanks to you, O LORD,
when they hear the words of your mouth;
and they shall sing of the ways of the LORD:
“Great is the glory of the LORD.”

Your right hand saves me.
The LORD will complete what he has done for me;
your kindness, O LORD, endures forever;
forsake not the work of your hands.

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 3, 2016

January 2016

January 31, 2016

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Responsorial Psalm Ps 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15-17

I will sing of your salvation.
 
In you, O LORD, I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
In your justice rescue me, and deliver me;
incline your ear to me, and save me.

Be my rock of refuge,
a stronghold to give me safety,
for you are my rock and my fortress.
O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked.

For you are my hope, O Lord;
my trust, O God, from my youth.
On you I depend from birth;
from my mother’s womb you are my strength.

My mouth shall declare your justice,
day by day your salvation.
O God, you have taught me from my youth,
and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds.

Click here to get the lead sheet for Psalm 71: I Will Sing of Your Salvation.



 

January 24, 2016


Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Responsorial Psalm Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 15

Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul;
The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple.

The precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
The command of the LORD is clear,
enlightening the eye.

The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever;
The ordinances of the LORD are true,
all of them just.

Let the words of my mouth and the thought of my heart
find favor before you,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

 For sheet music to "psalm 19 Your Words Lord" click here. 






January 17, 2016


Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Responsorial Psalm Ps 96:1-2, 2-3, 7-8, 9-10

Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations.

Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all you lands.
Sing to the LORD; bless his name.

Announce his salvation, day after day.
Tell his glory among the nations;
among all peoples, his wondrous deeds.

Give to the LORD, you families of nations,
give to the LORD glory and praise;
give to the LORD the glory due his name!

Worship the LORD in holy attire.
Tremble before him, all the earth;
Say among the nations: The LORD is king.
He governs the peoples with equity.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 10, 2016


The Baptism of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm Ps 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10

The Lord will bless his people with peace.

Give to the LORD, you sons of God,
give to the LORD glory and praise,
Give to the LORD the glory due his name;
adore the LORD in holy attire.

The voice of the LORD is over the waters,
the LORD, over vast waters.
The voice of the LORD is mighty;
the voice of the LORD is majestic.

The God of glory thunders,
and in his temple all say, “Glory!”
The LORD is enthroned above the flood;
the LORD is enthroned as king forever.


 



O bless the Lord, my soul.

O LORD, my God, you are great indeed!
you are clothed with majesty and glory,
robed in light as with a cloak.
You have spread out the heavens like a tent-cloth;

You have constructed your palace upon the waters.
You make the clouds your chariot;
you travel on the wings of the wind.
You make the winds your messengers,
and flaming fire your ministers.

How manifold are your works, O LORD!
In wisdom you have wrought them all—
the earth is full of your creatures;
the sea also, great and wide,
in which are schools without number
of living things both small and great.

They look to you to give them food in due time.
When you give it to them, they gather it;
when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.

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

January 3, 2016


The Epiphany of the Lord

Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13

Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
O God, with your judgment endow the king,
and with your justice, the king’s son;
He shall govern your people with justice
and your afflicted ones with judgment.

Justice shall flower in his days,
and profound peace, till the moon be no more.
May he rule from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.

The kings of Tarshish and the Isles shall offer gifts;
the kings of Arabia and Seba shall bring tribute.
All kings shall pay him homage,
all nations shall serve him.

For he shall rescue the poor when he cries out,
and the afflicted when he has no one to help him.
He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor;
the lives of the poor he shall save.


For a lead sheet to psalm 72 click here. 













Nov 18, 2015

December 2015

December 27, 2015


The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph


Responsorial Psalm Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5

Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.
Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD,
who walks in his ways!
For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork;
blessed shall you be, and favored.

Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
in the recesses of your home;
your children like olive plants
around your table.

Behold, thus is the man blessed
who fears the LORD.
The LORD bless you from Zion:
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life.

Click here for a lead sheet to Psalm 128.







December 25, 2015 - The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) - Mass During the Day


The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
Mass During the Day

Responsorial Psalm Ps 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6

All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.

Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
his right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.

The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.

All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.

Sing praise to the LORD with the harp,
with the harp and melodious song.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
sing joyfully before the King, the LORD.

Click here for a lead sheet to Psalm 98.



 

December 20, 2015


Fourth Sunday of Advent

Responsorial Psalm Ps 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19

Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
O shepherd of Israel, hearken,
from your throne upon the cherubim, shine forth.
Rouse your power,
and come to save us.

Once again, O LORD of hosts,
look down from heaven, and see;
take care of this vine,
and protect what your right hand has planted
the son of man whom you yourself made strong.

May your help be with the man of your right hand,
with the son of man whom you yourself made strong.
Then we will no more withdraw from you;
give us new life, and we will call upon your name.

Click here for a lead sheet to Psalm 80. 


December 13, 2015


Third Sunday of Advent


Responsorial Psalm Is 12:2-3, 4, 5-6

Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.

God indeed is my savior;
I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior.
With joy you will draw water
at the fountain of salvation.

Give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name;
among the nations make known his deeds,
proclaim how exalted is his name.

Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement;
let this be known throughout all the earth.
Shout with exultation, O city of Zion,
for great in your midst
is the Holy One of Israel!




 

December 6, 2015


Second Sunday of Advent

Responsorial Psalm Ps 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6

The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.

When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion,
we were like men dreaming.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with rejoicing.

Then they said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us;
we are glad indeed.

Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
like the torrents in the southern desert.
Those who sow in tears
shall reap rejoicing.

Although they go forth weeping,
carrying the seed to be sown,
They shall come back rejoicing,
carrying their sheaves.

Click here for sheet music to Psalm 126.








 

 

 

 

 


 




 



 

Oct 27, 2015

November 2015

November 29, 2015

First Sunday of Advent

Responsorial Psalm Ps 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14

To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.
 
Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my savior,
and for you I wait all the day.

Good and upright is the LORD;
thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice,
and teaches the humble his way.

All the paths of the LORD are kindness and constancy
toward those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
The friendship of the LORD is with those who fear him,
and his covenant, for their instruction.

Click here for sheet music for Psalm 25 To You, O Lord, I Lift My Soul.




 

 

November 22, 2015


The Solemnity Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Responsorial Psalm Ps 93:1, 1-2, 5
The LORD is king; he is robed in majesty.

The LORD is king, in splendor robed;
robed is the LORD and girt about with strength.

And he has made the world firm,
not to be moved.
Your throne stands firm from of old;
from everlasting you are, O LORD.

Your decrees are worthy of trust indeed;
holiness befits your house,
O LORD, for length of days.

 Psalm 93; The Lord Is King sheet music





November 15, 2015


Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Responsorial Psalm Ps 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11

You are my inheritance, O Lord!

O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
you it is who hold fast my lot.
I set the LORD ever before me;
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.

Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
my body, too, abides in confidence;
because you will not abandon my soul to the netherworld,
nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.

You will show me the path to life,
fullness of joys in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever.

Click here for sheet music to Psalm 16 version B




 

 

 

November 8, 2015

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Responsorial Psalm Ps 146:7, 8-9, 9-10 

Praise the Lord, my soul!


The LORD keeps faith forever,
secures justice for the oppressed,
gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets captives free. 

The LORD gives sight to the blind.
The LORD raises up those who were bowed down;
the LORD loves the just.
The LORD protects strangers.

The fatherless and the widow he sustains,
but the way of the wicked he thwarts.
The LORD shall reign forever;
your God, O Zion, through all generations. Alleluia.

Sheet music for piano and lead vocals will be available soon.

(note; Due to minor changes in ICEL lyrics the video may not exactly match current lyrics.)

 

 

November 1, 2015

Solemnity of All Saints

Responsorial Psalm PS 24:1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6

Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.

The LORD’s are the earth and its fullness;
the world and those who dwell in it.
For he founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the rivers.
 
Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD?
or who may stand in his holy place?
One whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean,
who desires not what is vain.

He shall receive a blessing from the LORD,
a reward from God his savior.
Such is the race that seeks him,
that seeks the face of the God of Jacob.

For Sheet Music to Psalm 24 click here.  

Example on it's way.