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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
May 19, 2016

History of Hymns: “Holy Darkness” by Dan Schutte

By Colleen Toole

Dan Schutte, best known for the hymn, "Here I Am, Lord," is a major figure in Catholic liturgical music post-Vatican […]

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History of Hymns
May 12, 2016

History of Hymns: “God Moves in a Mysterious Way” by William Cowper

By Colleen Toole

The phrase, "God works in mysterious ways," has become a popular saying for moments when we seek answers that we […]

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History of Hymns
May 5, 2016

History of Hymns: “Out of the Depths,” by Ruth Duck

By Colleen Toole

Central to biblical models of prayer is the practice of lament: crying out to God in pain, anguish, and grief. […]

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April 28, 2016

History of Hymns: “Jesus, Thine All-Victorious Love,” by Charles Wesley

By Jonathan Hehn

Methodists need no introduction to Charles Wesley. For that matter, neither do most singing Christians! Perhaps no other hymn writer […]

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April 21, 2016

History of Hymns: “Alleluia,” by Fintan O’Carroll and Christopher Walker

By Jonathan Hehn

The “Celtic Alleluia” is nearly ubiquitous among today’s Roman Catholics, and indeed well known among many […]

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April 14, 2016

History of Hymns: “Man of Sorrows! What a Name”

By Jonathan Hehn

One might be tempted to pass over the hymn, “Man of Sorrows! What a Name,” when planning for […]

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April 7, 2016

History of Hymns: “Loving Spirit”

By Jonathan Hehn

“Loving Spirit” is a hymn celebrating the many ways the Holy Spirit acts in our lives. It is […]

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March 24, 2016

History of Hymns: “Day of Arising”

By David Bjorlin

If asked to think of a meal where Christ breaks bread with his disciples, many of our minds naturally go […]

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March 29, 2016

They Found Purpose for Their Living

This hymn was created by F. Richard Garland as a resource for the 2016 Older Adult Ministries programming, and in it […]

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New Hymns
March 24, 2016

History of Hymns: “O Christ, You Hang upon a Cross”

By David Bjorlin

As we approach Good Friday, many who commemorate the crucifixion of Christ in worship will sing the familiar hymns of […]

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March 17, 2016

History of Hymns: “Were You There”

By David Bjorlin

As we continue our journey through Lent and prepare for a Good Friday where many of our congregations will no […]

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March 3, 2016

History of Hymns: “You, Lord, Are Both Lamb and Shepherd”

By David Bjorlin

As we journey through the season of Lent, the Gospel lessons in the lectionary’s three-year cycle give us […]

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March 9, 2016

Christ Modeled Faithfulness

A continuing part of Garland's hymn series on Paul's letter to the Philippians, "Christ Modeled Faithfulness" can be […]

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Lent/Holy Week
March 4, 2016

In Christ We Find New Life

F. Richard Garland's series of hymns based upon Paul's letter to the Philippians continues with this hymn, which […]

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Lent/Holy Week
March 3, 2016

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling - Fusion

This is a new setting of Charles Wesley's "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling" that features a new tune written […]

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Lead Sheets
March 3, 2016

History of Hymns: “Children of the Heavenly Father”

By David Bjorlin

"Children of the heavenly Father / safely in his bosom gather; / nestling bird nor star in heaven / such […]

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February 25, 2016

History of Hymns: “Father, I Stretch My Hands to Thee”

By Rev. Marilyn E. Thornton

"Father, I Stretch My Hands to Thee," by Charles Wesley. The Africana Hymnal, No. 4092. When I was a […]

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February 18, 2016

History of Hymns: “Wait Right Here Until He Comes”

By Rev. Marilyn E. Thornton

The Africana Hymnal Study Committee found that there were songs and practices in black Methodist strongholds of the low country […]

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February 11, 2016

History of Hymns: “Bethlehem”

By Rev. Marilyn E. Thornton

Marilyn E. Thornton shares, "Never enjoying the slow and drawn out manner in which “O Little Town of Bethlehem […]

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February 8, 2016

Dew of the Morning

This hymn by Ray Capo takes us to the waters of baptism, making the connection between the baptismal font and […]

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New Hymns
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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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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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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