Music © 1986, 2002 Arthur W. Collins
It was either C.S. Lewis (speaking of new poetic meters) or J.R.R. Tolkien (speaking of inventing new languages) who said that sooner or later the one who delineates the criteria for such a thing must risk offering an example for criticism.
I recently posted something on modern church music. Several others have, too. But I think in order to carry on my end of this conversation, I need to come clean. I've written a fair bit of hymnody and what-not over the years. Some of it has seen publication. No doubt most of it is not very good. But it is part of all that I offer on this subject.
So, I found some of my music files published in My Lord Knows the Way Through the Wilderness, a worshipbook I wrote a few years ago for Scouts and others conducting worship in the outdoors. With my godlike authorial hand, I chose to include several pieces of my own composition (words or music). Which means, I have those in TIF format, and could convert them to a format LJ could pick up.
So here's a piece I wrote many years ago -- one of my first efforts, as a matter of fact. It's one of the shortest Psalms in the Bible, so it doesn't make much of a congregational song; but it makes a great benediction response for vespers. I have a piano score somewhere, but it doesn't exist in a form I can upload, so melody + guitar chords is all I can do here.