Garland, F. Richard

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The Reverend F. Richard Garland

The Reverend F. Richard Garland is a retired United Methodist pastor. He and his wife, Catherine Sprigg, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, live in North Kingstown, RI.

Dick was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and is a lifelong Methodist. A graduate of Garrett Theological Seminary, he interned in Chicago and then served churches in Indiana, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. He remains involved in the Walk to Emmaus movement. He continues to preach on occasion, provide coverage in emergency pastoral situations, and write a monthly essay, "From Where I Sit" for the newsletter of the North Kingstown UMC. He has been a contributor to The Upper Room.

Dick is a lifelong hiker who still climbs in the mountains of New Hampshire. At home, he spends a great deal of time in his flower gardens. He has sung with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra and is a member of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts.

Dick wrote his first hymn, a children's song, in a seminary music class with Austin C. Lovelace, and he has written poetry for many years. He began writing hymns for use in his churches about twenty years ago, but did not submit them for publication until 2006, after being encouraged to do so by a classmate and friend.

Many of his texts are inspired by the seasons of the church year, particularly Christmas and Easter, and by Scriptures from the Lectionary. In April of 2007, an appeal from a clergy colleague for a memorial hymn in response to the shootings at Virginia Tech University resulted in the creation of his hymn, In Grief and Aching Sorrow, set to the tune, Passion Chorale by J.S. Bach. Once, his pastor, frustrated in trying to find enough hymns to go with the Good Samaritan story in Luke 10:25-37, asked him to write a new hymn for a service. The result was his hymn, "When We Would Neighbor Be." On a dare from a colleague, he revealed a whimsical side by writing a hymn for Groundhog Day, "Praise the Lord for Woodland Creatures." His hymn, "I Have a Dream," was written to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the address by The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is currently working on a series of texts based on the selections from the Letter to the Ephesians found in the New Revised Common Lectionary and on an occasional series of texts on the theme of "Health and Healing for Those Who Serve."

Contact Information:
The Rev. F. Richard Garland
80 Grant Drive
North Kingstown, RI 02852
Phone: 401-294-5215
Cell Phone: 603-560-7672
E-mail: [email protected]


Hymns by F. Richard Garland on the Discipleship Ministries Website:

  1. A Litany of Healing and Hope for September 11, 2011
  2. A New Advent of Joy
  3. A Stranger Joined Them As They Walked
  4. A Star Shone Bright (Advent/Christmas Eve Hymn)
  5. Before an Open Empty Tomb - Easter Hymn
  6. Build Up the Saints in Love
  7. Called by the Word
  8. Child Will Lead the Dawn Of Grace
  9. Christ Is Our Peace
  10. Christ Is Raised, a Living Witness
  11. Christ Modeled Faithfulness
  12. Come Humbly Seeking How to Live
  13. Come to the Light Of Hope
  14. Come to the Mountain Peak - Transfiguration Sunday Hymn
  15. Come to the Table - Communion Hymn
  16. Come With Rejoicing
  17. Come with Thanksgiving - Thanksgiving Hymn
  18. Dear Jesus, in Whose Life I See - New version
  19. From Creation's Timeless Word
  20. Fulfill the Joy of Faithfulness
  21. Gather Your People To Comfort And Love
  22. God Calls Us from Darkness
  23. God Envisions Full Redemption
  24. God, Who Is Rich in Mercy’s Grace
  25. Go Now Into the World
  26. Heart Of Love With Grace Abounds
  27. Heaven Waits with Eager Longing - Earth Day Hymn
  28. He Comes to Us as One Unknown
  29. He Knelt to Wash the Feet of Friends
  30. Help Us, Lord, When We're Scared - Based on I Kings 19:1-15a
  31. He Stands Outside the Doors We’ve Closed
  32. He Stood Before the City - Palm Sunday Hymn
  33. How Full Is God's Great Love - Advent Hymn
  34. Hush! Then Heed the Silences - Health and Healing for Those Who Serve
  35. Hymns on Twelve Ephesians Texts
  36. I Have a Dream
  37. If You Would Have New Life
  38. In Christ Is blessedness
  39. In Christ We Find New Life
  40. In Grief and Aching Sorrow - Written in Response to the Virginia Tech Tragedy
  41. In This Is Love- Based on 1 John 4:7-21
  42. In This Night We Hear Rejoicing - Christmas Eve Hymn
  43. In Righteousness Stand Firm --based on Ephesians 6:10-20
  44. Jesus Conquered Death and Darkness - Easter Hymn
  45. Let Us Kneel Before Our Maker
  46. Lord, Be To Us A Source Of Joy
  47. Majestic Mountains (Also see "Reflections on a Theme: Majestic Mountains.")
  48. May the God of Hope So Fill You
  49. O Lord, Our Lord - New Year Hymn
  50. On the Day of Pentecost
  51. Out Where the Stars Are Born - Health and Healing for Those Who Serve
  52. Praise the Lord for the Woodland Creatures
  53. Promise Of The Lord
  54. Push Out Into the Deep - Based on Luke 5:1-11
  55. Save Us, Lord, from War's Illusions (Beachspring)
  56. Save Us, Lord, from War's Illusions (Beecher)
  57. Shepherd, Source of Our Contentment
  58. Sound the Alarm, the Lord Is Near - Ash Wednesday Hymn
  59. Source of Faith - A Hymn on the Wesleyan Quadrilateral
  60. Source Of Hope
  61. Spirit Of The Lord
  62. Stand in the Spirit's Grace
  63. Take Care in How You Live
  64. The Lord is Near
  65. The Shepherds Heard the Angel's Voice
  66. They Found Purpose for Their Living
  67. Through the Universe, a Story
  68. The Way of Life in Christ
  69. Welcome Home, Precious Child
  70. We Live in Hope - World Aids Day Hymn, December 1
  71. We Stand Before the Cross - Good Friday Hymn
  72. What Would You Sell?
  73. When God Envisioned Love's Birth
  74. When Prophets Come
  75. When The Lord Comes
  76. When the Seeds Of Love Are Sown (Kolby)
  77. When the Seeds Of Love Are Sown (Ratisbon)
  78. When Thomas Heard the Easter News
  79. When Weary Times Confront the Soul
  80. When We Would Neighbor Be - Based on Luke 10:25-37, Micah 6:8
  81. Will You Fulfill the Vow
  82. With Humble Grace - Remembrance for All Who Quietly Serve
  83. Within the Shadow of the Cross
  84. World Did Dwell in Dark and Fear, The - Advent Hymn
  85. Would You Build A Home?

Articles and Essays by F. Richard Garland on the Discipleship Ministries website:

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