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Encouraging people around the world since 1991 !!






Born 1949.  Grew up on a dairy farm in southern Minnesota. 
Played tuba in school band from 4th-12th grade.  Had a few accordion
lessons at about age 10, then later self-taught the accordion, 
piano and organ.  Played tuba with several polka bands before joining the Navy in 1970.  

Family were not strong church-goers, but my sisters sang in the choir at the country
Methodist Church near us, and I got my first exposure to sacred music this way. 
My mother played piano, and even gave lessons,  but not in my recollection.  I used to
beg her to play a couple of my favorites whenever she was at the
keyboard, but arthritis took away her abilities when she was only in her 40s.  

After a short Navy career in electronics, I worked first in
electronic instrument calibration, and then as a computer programmer.  My interest in
music was always present, and I played keyboards well enough to perform for a
few weddings, funerals, and other functions.  When I discovered the MIDI world, my two 
great interests came together wonderfully.  After becoming disabled in 1999,
 I have more or less dedicated myself to this pursuit.  Active in my church from the
time I joined the Navy until ... about the same time I became disabled. 
I live alone (in a northern Minneapolis suburb) and have few responsibilities,
so I enjoy helping others via the internet.  I feel blessed to
have the God-given gift of music appreciation and a smattering of talent.

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Ralph Merrifield Songs

Note:  These files contain karaoke lyrics as well

A Good Measure

A New Command

After Jesus Was Born

All Authority

All People

Amazing Grace (Calypso)

Amazing Grace Round

As For Me And My House

As I Lay Down In Peace

Ask, Seek, Knock

Be My Disciple

Be Patient

Be Strong And Courageous

Be Strong In The Lord

Believe And Love

Believe In The Lord


Blessed Is The Man

But Seek First The Kingdom

But You, Bethlehem

By Your Abundant Love

Call To Me

Cast All Your Anxiety On Him

Christ Has Risen From The Grave

Come And Sing (123)

Come And Sing (ABC)

Create In Me

Christ Died For Us

Dad's Lullaby


Do Not Be Anxious

Doxology Round

Enter Through The Narrow Gate

Everything God Does

Exalt The Lord

Faith Is The Assurance

For God So Loved The World

For I Know


Glory To God

God Did Not Send

God Exalted Him

God Hath Not Given Us

God Is Able To Bless You

God Is Everywhere

God Made You

God So Loved

God's Will For You

Good News

Have Faith In God (C)

Have Faith In God (G)

Have The Same Mindset

Have You Ever Heard...?

He Cares

He Was In The World

He Was Pierced

He Will Be Raised

Heal Me

Hear, O Israel

Hear, O Israel: The Lord

Heaven And Earth

Heaven Is My Throne

Help Me To Appreciate

Help Us, God Our Savior

Holy, Holy, Holy Is The Lord

Holy Is The Lord

Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove (version 1)
Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove (version 2)

Hosanna!  Blessed Is He

Hosanna In The Highest Heaven !
Hosanna In The Highest Heaven ! (brass version)

How Blessed Is The Man

How Precious Is Your Love

How Sweet Are Your Words

I Am An Ax

I Am A Friend

I Am Convinced

I Am Satisfied (with Johan Komrij)

I Am The Way

I Brought You

I Call To You

I Consider My Life

I Have Loved You

I Know That The Lord Is Great

I Love You, Lord

I Meditate On Your Precepts

I Urge You

I Wait For The Lord

I Was Glad

I Will Help You

I Will Set Him On High

If You Declare

If You Love Me

I'm A Child Of The King

In Every Single Situation

In Him Was Life

In My Father's Hands

Into The Darkness

Jesus Answered

Jesus Told His Disciples

Jesus Was Born In Bethlehem

Jesus Wept

Jesus, You're The Way

John 3:16 (ESV)

John 3:16 Round

Joseph Son Of David

Keep This Book

Lead Me To The Rock

Learn To Do Right

Let Love And Faithfulness

Let Our Adventure Begin

Let The Little Children

Let The Peace Of Christ

Let Us Consider

Let Your Eyes

Let Your Light Shine

Let Your Light Shine Before Others - shorter

Let Your Light Shine Before Others - longer

Like A Circle

Like A Circle (God's Love)

Like A Seed

Like Newborn Babies

Look To The Lord

Love Never Fails

Love One Another

Make Your Way Clearer

May God Be Gracious

May The Lord Make Your Love Increase

Mealtime Prayer (Grace)

More Of You Lord

My Flesh And My Heart

My Heart Is Not Lifted Up

My Soul Glorifies The Lord

My Son (Above All Else)

My Thoughts Are Not Your Thoughts

New Birth

Not By Might

O Lord, Thou Art My God (praise)

O Lord, Thou Art My God (worship)

O Lord, You Are My God (praise)

O Lord, You Are My God (worship)

Oh What A Sight

On This Your Birthday

Open My Eyes

Open The Door (KJV)

Open The Door (NASB)

Our Welcome Song

Paul Planted

Peace I Give To You

Pleasures Forevermore

Praise The Lord All Nations

Proclaim The Gospel

Remember Me

Romans 4: 19-22

Romans 6:23 Round

Seek The Lord

Seek The Lord While He May Be Found

Seek Ye First The Kingdom

Seven Days

Seven Days (To Give God Praise)

Sleep, Dear Loved One

Sleep, Sweet Sarah

So Be Holy

So Long Ago, In Bethlehem

Some Boast In Chariots

Sow With A View To Righteousness

Sun and Shield Round

Take Up The Shield

That Ye Might Walk

The Angel Said

The Crown Of Life

The Lord Is Compassionate

The Lord Is My Strength

The Mighty One

The Stone You Builders Rejected

The Word Of God Is Alive

The Word Of The Lord

These Are Written

This Is His Commandment

To The Quiet Town Of Bethlehem (with Johan Komrij)

Trust In The Lord

Turn My Eyes

Two Commandments

We Are Called - piano
We Are Called - organ

We Are Free

We Belong To The Lord

We Do Not Cease To Pray For You

We Love You, Lord

We Remember

We Serve A God

We're The King's Kids

What Does The Lord Require

What Does The Lord Require (ESV)

"When I Survey" Round

"When I Survey" Round (SATB)

Who May Ascend

Wonderful Couns'lor, Rod Of Jesse

Worthy Of Our Praise

You Are A Chosen People

You Are My Shepherd

You Are Of God

You Will Be My Witnesses

Yours Is The Day (SATB)

You can hear and download hundreds of additional
Bob Sorem MIDI arrangements (including our songs!)
at these wonderful sites

Bob's MIDI Hymn Site
(includes over 100 New Hope Music songs!)

Bob's MIDI Christmas Site

Bob's Web Site


Visit our Karaoke Video Page


"Chris Has Risen From The Grave" Copyright Ralph Merrifield and Daisy Augustine.

All other songs copyright Ralph Merrifield
New Hope Music, PO Box 1612, Westboro MA 01581

You have our encouragement and permission
to duplicate and share these song for all "not-for-profit" purposes
(web site background, recordings, corporate worship, give-away copies).
Please contact New Hope for other uses. Thanks !!!

If any of you have the time and resources to create MIDI files,
I'm looking for people to help arrange
50+ more New Hope songs!

Ralph Merrifield's E-mail

My general approach for background/accompaniment MIDIs is

1) Use a brief Intro
2) Keep the melody out front, but the accompaniment interesting enough to support it.  Descants, countermelodies and a variety of instruments are fun!
3) Have sufficient repeats to cover all verses.  OK to use an occasional, brief interlude between verses.
4) When appropriate, repeat the chorus at the end.
5) A simple ending after the last verse/chorus helps wrap things up...

Yes, it's a very basic approach, but these MIDIs serve well as backgrounds on our web sites, and as accompaniment in group singing around the world.  They are also popping up all around the Internet!

Other types of arrangements of our songs are encouraged (classical, jazz, SATB), and each finds its place in our web sites.


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