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December 1, 2016

New Hymnal Survey: Favorite and Least Favorite Hymns

The United Methodist Church plans to present a new hymnal to General Conference for approval in 2020. We want this hymnal […]

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Music Research
September 16, 2016

2017 Worship & Music Planning Calendar

PDF document of lectionary readings for each Sunday in 2017, as well as special days and times throughout the year. For […]

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General Music Articles
December 1, 2016

History of Hymns: “Toda la Tierra (All Earth is Waiting)”

By Andrew Davis

A song filled with joyful anticipation, Alberto Taulé’s “Toda la Tierra/All Earth is Waiting” […]

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November 24, 2016

History of Hymns: “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come”

By Victoria Schwarz & the Rev. Wilson Pruitt

In this hymn, Alford used traditional language and imagery of the rural community to lend words of thankfulness for God […]

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November 17, 2016

History of Hymns: “Gracias, Señor” (“My Gratitude, Now Accept, O God”)

By Victoria Schwarz & the Rev. Wilson Pruitt

The gentle hymn “Gracias, Señor” by Rafael Montalvo (b. 1957) is an example of a text and […]

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November 10, 2016

History of Hymns: “From All that Dwell Below the Skies”

By Victoria Schwarz & the Rev. Wilson Pruitt

As we draw closer to Thanksgiving celebrations, a compelling hymn of praise is “From All that Dwell Below the […]

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February 5, 2016

CCLI 2015 Top 100 Songs for United Methodist Congregations

One of the most significant indicators of the use of newer music in Christian congregations in The United States is […]

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Contemporary & Emerging Music
November 9, 2016

Once in Royal David’s City

This arrangement of a well beloved Christmas hymn is intended to be used when played by a folk ensemble (i […]

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October 27, 2016

History of Hymns: “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow

By Victoria Schwarz & the Rev. Wilson Pruitt

During the preparation and celebration of Thanksgiving this month, hymns of praise and thanksgiving are meaningful as we, through […]

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October 27, 2016

History of Hymns: “Wounded World that Cries for Healing”

By Rev. Don McAvoy, Jr.

My deacon’s heart is drawn to the social holiness hymns found in our hymnals and supplements. In 2000, I […]

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October 24, 2016

Advent Sanctus

This haunting setting of the Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy) within the Eucharistic prayer was written to be paired with Chris […]

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October 20, 2016

History of Hymns: “Together We Serve”

By Rev. Don McAvoy, Jr.

“Together We Serve” was commissioned for the 1997 centennial celebration of First Presbyterian Church in San Anselmo, California. Carl […]

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October 13, 2016

History of Hymns: “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry”

By Catherine Nance

“Borning Cry” has grown increasingly important in the hymn singing of the church, especially on special occasions, such […]

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October 6, 2016

History of Hymns: “God is Here”

By Catherine Nance

Born in England and ordained a Methodist minister, Rev. Pratt Green wrote numerous plays and hymns. His hymns reflect his […]

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September 29, 2016

History of Hymns: “Cuando el Pobre”

By Diana Sanchez-Bushong

Based on “the great judgment,” a parable found in Matt. 25: 31-46, “Cuando el pobre” speaks of […]

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September 22, 2016

History of Hymns: “Santo, Santo, Santo”

By Diana Sanchez-Bushong

Among the most beautiful and lyrical choruses coming from Latin America, “Santo, Santo, Santo” is unmatched. Little […]

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September 15, 2016

History of Hymns: “Cantai ao Senhor”

By Diana Sanchez-Bushong

Many versions exist of this strong, angular hymn that boldly encourages us to sing a new song to God. Originally […]

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September 9, 2016

Come, Lord Jesus, Come

This simple song can meet many needs within the season of Advent, but use as a response with Advent wreath […]

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September 13, 2016

Carol of the Bells (Timerding)

Eric F. Timerding has created a wonderful arrangement of the Christmas holiday favorite, Carol of the Bells.  This setting […]

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Handbells
September 8, 2016

History of Hymns: “Canto de Esperanza (Song of Hope)”

By Diana Sanchez-Bushong

Written in 1984 by Alvin L. Schutmaat, a PC(USA) missionary to Latin America, this joyful hymn set to a traditional […]

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September 7, 2016

Lift Praise to the Father (A Doxology)

R. Frederick Crider, Jr. has created a wonderful, one-stanza doxology for congregations to use in worship.  Set to the […]

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September 1, 2016

History of Hymns: “Pues Si Vivimos”

By Diana Sanchez-Bushong

This gentle and assuring Mexican folk hymn has quickly become a favorite song in both Spanish and English speaking churches […]

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August 25, 2016

History of Hymns: “I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord,” by Timothy Dwight

By Beth Spaulding

Dwight gave classic expression to this evangelical ideal of the gathered church as the divine community in the hymn, &ldquo […]

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August 18, 2016

When Children Seem Unbothered

Inspired by the picture of Omran Daqneesh, a victim of civil war in Aleppo, Syria, this hymn gives voice to […]

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August 18, 2016

History of Hymns: “Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy,” by Joseph Hart

By Beth Spaulding & Jackson Henry

This hymn was written by Joseph Hart (1712-1768), a Congregational minister in England. In his early life, Hart was brought […]

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August 11, 2016

History of Hymns: “Stand Up and Bless the Lord,” by James Montgomery

By Beth Spaulding

The hymn “Stand Up and Bless the Lord,” having been written originally for children, uses simple and clear […]

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August 4, 2016

History of Hymns: “O Happy Day, That Fixed My Choice” by Philip Doddridge

By Beth Spaulding

The text of the hymn “O Happy Day” was written by Philip Doddridge (1702-1751), an English Non-Conformist minister  […]

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July 26, 2016

Tuesday Tea with Melanie - The Power of Music in Children’s Faith Formation

How does ministry collaboration impact how our children grow in faith? How can children’s ministry leaders and other […]

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July 28, 2016

History of Hymns: “Your Grace is Enough” by Matt Maher

By Nelson Cowan

In 2003, Maher wrote the hymn “Your Grace is Enough” during a time of spiritual hardship due to burnout […]

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September 2, 2015

2016 Worship & Music Planning Calendar

PDF document of lectionary readings for each Sunday in 2016, as well as special days and times throughout the year. For […]

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August 18, 2015

Copyright and Licensing for the Church Musician

These documents can be used either for personal learning or to lead a class in presenting important parts of the […]

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