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February 4, 2016

History of Hymns: “Living in the Imagination of God”

By Rev. Marilyn E. Thornton

“Living in the Imagination of God,” a song written by Cecilia Olusola Tribble1, is one decade old. She […]

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February 3, 2016

Come Humbly Seeking How to Live

Continuing his series of hymns on the letter to the Philippians, F. Richard Garland has created a hymn to accompany […]

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Lent/Holy Week
January 29, 2016

The Call of Jesus

The stories of Jesus calling his disciples by the Sea of Galilee are some of the most relatable to our […]

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New Hymns
January 28, 2016

History of Hymns: “Author of Life Divine”

By Rev. Jackson W. Henry

The church needs hymns that delve into the mystery of God’s presence, especially in the sacraments. Wesley […]

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January 21, 2016

History of Hymns: “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken”

By Rev. Jackson W. Henry

Not many hymns, by virtue of their composition alone, command such power and strength as “Glorious things of thee […]

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January 14, 2016

History of Hymns: “I Have a Dream”

By Rev. Jackson W. Henry

In a hymn that embodies the spirit of the “I Have a Dream” speech and the boldness of […]

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March 7, 2014

Come to the Wilderness

This new hymn, a collaboration between United Methodist pastor and hymn writer F. Richard Garland and United Methodist […]

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January 7, 2016

History of Hymns: “Come, Be Baptized”

By Rev. Jackson W. Henry

Gary Alan Smith (1947–  ) has long been an inspiration for church musicians, particularly within The United Methodist Church. Having […]

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December 22, 2015

History of Hymns: “Joy to the World”

By C. Michael Hawn

“Joy to the world” is perhaps an unlikely popular Christmas hymn. First of all, it is based on […]

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December 22, 2015

History of Hymns: “Go, Tell it On the Mountain”

By C. Michael Hawn

“Go, tell it on the mountain” provides the opportunity to tell the story of how singing African American […]

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December 17, 2015

History of Hymns: “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly”

By C. Michael Hawn

It is no accident that one of the few Polish hymns we have in English is a Christmas carol. Daniel […]

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December 10, 2015

History of Hymns: “Angels, We Have Heard on High”

By C. Michael Hawn and Jeanne Larson Williams

The French people love to sing at Christmas! Chants de Noël (Christmas Carols) from France may […]

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December 7, 2015

Light, Light

"Light, light" is a new hymn written to celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord or Epiphany Sunday.  It is […]

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Contemporary
December 7, 2015

We Would See Jesus

This hymn has an interesting place in The United Methodist Hymnal in that it straddles the lines between an Epiphany […]

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December 3, 2015

History of Hymns: “Watchman, Tell Us of the Night”

By C. Michael Hawn

Sir John Bowring (1792-1872), a staunch Unitarian, provides a poetic interpretation of this text that elaborates on the dialogue between […]

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November 25, 2015

History of Hymns: “How Lovely, Lord, How Lovely”

By C. Michael Hawn

Paraphrasing the psalms in a metrical form for singing is a tradition that extends back to John Calvin (1509-1564) and […]

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November 24, 2015

Receive This Servant

As an expression of praise to God, Glenn Ethridge wrote this hymn in May of 2015 following the death of his […]

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New Hymns
November 23, 2015

The Silence Now Rings

As you consider your list of Christmas hymns for worship this year, consider this new and vibrant hymn by Nickolas […]

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November 19, 2015

History of Hymns: “Come, Let Us Use the Grace Divine”

By C. Michael Hawn

The Wesleys used hymns to highlight specific occasions and theological concepts. Charles Wesley’s “Come, Let Us Use […]

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November 18, 2015

Christ’s Part: The Best of Rooms

This choral setting of the classic poem, "Christ's Part," takes a detour from the well known composition, "The Best […]

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November 12, 2015

History of Hymns: “Praise Our God Above”

By Huang Ching-Yu

The hymn “Praise Our God Above” was written by Chao in 1931. Frank W. Price (1895-1974) translated the lyric […]

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November 5, 2015

History of Hymns: “I Sing a Song of the Saints of God”

By C. Michael Hawn

“I sing a song of the saints of God” was composed by Lesbia Scott for All Saints’ […]

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October 29, 2015

History of Hymns: “When Memory Fades”

By Donté Ford and C. Michael Hawn

Life yields many circumstances we cannot avoid. As mortals, our bodies grow frail, and our mental capacities may diminish over […]

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October 22, 2015

History of Hymns: “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”

By C. Michael Hawn

No hymn is identified with the Protestant Reformation more than Martin Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress.” Luther (148 […]

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October 19, 2015

335,609 (I Cried to God)

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette has written this hymn, whose title is taken from the number of gun-related deaths between 2000 and 2010, as […]

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October 14, 2015

I Am

"I Am" was written by Jackson Henry as a complement to the worship and study series, "The God We […]

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October 15, 2015

History of Hymns: “Wade in the Water”

By C. Michael Hawn

According to African American hymnologist Melva Wilson Costen, scholars have catalogued more than six thousand spirituals. Like the later gospel […]

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October 8, 2015

History of Hymns: “We Bring the Sacrifice of Praise”

By C. Michael Hawn

“We Bring the Sacrifice of Praise” by Kirk Dearman. The Faith We Sing, No. 2031 Before examining a song […]

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October 6, 2015

Sometimes the Footfall Seems Incessant

Many writers have allowed their pens to give voice to the church in response to the migration crisis in the […]

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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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