Psalms for the Common Era

Hebrew Psalms in Modern Metrical English for Individuals, Choirs and Congregations
by Adam Carlill


Adam has been trying his psalms in his own churches and in various other contexts - small groups, home groups, educational settings, to name but a few. If you would like to find out more about how to encourage your congregation or choir to sing these psalms, why not pop along to one of the workshops below. Just send Adam an email to register your interest.

If you would like Adam to come and lead a workshop in your church click here .

Up coming events and workshops

RSCM Bucks Festival of Psalms
Introducing Psalms for the Common Era
Venue : Winslow, St. Laurence
Date : Saturday 16th June 2018
Time : 0945-1615

Psalms for the Common Era Workshop
Venue : St Luke's Maidenhead
Date : Saturday 10th November 2018
Time : 1000-1600

Psalm Texts

You can download psalm texts here as I make them available. These are free for you to copy and use. However, please email me to say which church or synagogue you represent. Please also add the following copyright notice at the bottom of each psalm or portion of psalm that you use print or display.
© Adam Carlill 2017
If you are a publisher, and wish to know more, please contact me by email .
The Third Draft is now complete and a sample of the complete psalter may be found here . If you wish to receive a pdf of the entire psalter please email  me.

Churches using Psalms for the Common Era

Churches and organisations are using Psalms for the Common Era, including:

St Benedict's Northampton
St George's Tilehurst
St Luke's Maidenhead
St Mary Magdalen's Tilehurst
St Mary's Alderworth
St Mary's Wheatley
St Nicholas' Baulking
St Stephen's Upper Basildon
The Open Bible Trust Fellowship Weekend

About Adam Carlill

I was brought up with one foot in the Methodist Church and the other in the Church of England. I joined the local choir when I was eight and hated singing psalms at Matins and Evensong. However, hatred gradually turned to love, as I sang them more often. I received my BA in theology at Keble College, Oxford in 1987, before spending a year as the Dean's volunteer at St George's Anglican Cathedral in Jerusalem. I trained for Anglican ministry at Lincoln Theological College and was made deacon in 1990, serving my title in St Edward's Romford and being ordained priest in 1991. After a second curacy in Uckfield (East Sussex), I  became Vicar of St George's Tilehurst (Berkshire) in 1998 where I have been serving ever since, becoming Vicar of the neighbouring parish of St Mary Magdalen's Tilehurst a few years later.
I received my DPhil in Old Testament Theology in 2013 at St Peter's Hall, Oxford, under the supervision of Prof. John Day, subsequently becoming a member of the Society for Old Testament Study. My thesis, Cherubim and Seraphim in the Old Testament, was summarised in an article in the Journal for the Study of the Christian Church.
Throughout my ministry I have felt frustrated at not being able to use the psalms in worship more widely, so, in 2015, I decided to do something about it, systematically working through the Hebrew psalter, translating each one into modern metrical English. Three drafts later, and with the help of numerous colleagues with Hebrew and mucial interest, the texts on this website are now offered to congregations, individuals and choirs to use as they see best. All I ask is that you add the copyright notice below and pop me an email to say that you are using them. Of course, feedback on how they may be improved would be gratefully received.

Contact Me

The Revd Dr Adam Carlill
Vicar of Tilehurst St George and St Mary Magdalen
98 Grovelands Road
RG30 2PD