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Hymns and Worship Resources from Asia and the Pacific Region

The month of May is designated in The United Methodist Church as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. It would be especially appropriate at this time to celebrate the contributions of Asian and Pacific Americans by using some of the resources noted below.

Hymns and Worship Resources From Asia and the Pacific Region
UMH = The United Methodist Hymnal
CLUW = Come, Let Us Worship
TFWS = The Faith We Sing
W&S = Worship & Song
URW = Upper Room Worshipbook

China: UMH 633, "The Bread of Life for All Is Broken": words by Timothy Tingfang Lew, 1936; trans. by Walter Reginald Oxenham Taylor, 1943; phonetic transcription of stanza one from the Chinese by I-to Loh, 1988; music by Su Yin-Lan; harmonized by Robert C. Bennett, 1988.

China: UMH 678, "Rise to Greet the Sun": words by Chao Tzu-ch'en; trans. by missionaries Mildred and Bliss Wiant; music by Hu Te-ai, arr. Bliss Wiant in a western harmonic style.

China: TFWS 2061, "Praise Our God Above" ("Harvest Song"): words by Tzu-chen Chao; trans. by Frank W. Price; music from a Confucian Dacheng chant; arr. by W. H. Wong.

China: W&S 3054, "Chinese Lantern Carol" (Lantern Star); music Chinese folk melody; words by Jacqueline Hanna McNair

China: URW 171, "Sound a Mystic Bamboo Song" (Bamboo Song): words by Bill Wallace; music by I-to-Loh

China: URW 445, "May the Lord, Mighty God"; words from the liturgy, music trad. Chinese, adapt. by I-to-Loh.

Hawaii: TFWS 2198, "Stay with Me" (Noho Pu): words by Jacques Berthier (Taizé), Hawaiian trans. by Malcolm Naea Chun; music by Jacques Berthier.

Hindi: UMH 478, "Jaya Ho" ("Victory Hymn"): anon. Hindi words, trans. by Katherine R. Rohrbough, 1958; phonetic transcription from the Hindi by I-to Loh, 1988; traditional Hindi melody arr. by Victor Sherring, 1955.

Indonesia, Toba: URW 365, "Sing the Lord a New Song" (Ps. 148); words by Tilly Lubis-Nainggolan, music trad. Batok melody (Toba, Indonesia).

Japan: TFWS 2110, "Why Has God Forsaken Me?": words by William L. Wallace (New Zealand); music by Taihei Sato (Japan).

Japan: UMH 552, "Here, O Lord, Your Servants Gather": words by Tokuo Yamaguchi, 1958; trans. by Everett M. Stowe, 1958; phonetic transcription from the Japanese by I-to Loh, 1988 (stanza one); music by Isao Koizumi, 1958.

Korea: UMH 343, "Come Back Quickly to the Lord": words by Young Taik Chun, 1943; trans. by Sang E. Chun and Ivy G. Chun, 1988; music by Jae Hoon Park.

Korea: TFWS 2232, URW 415, "Come Now, O Prince of Peace" ("O-So-So"): words by Geonyong Lee; English paraphrase by Marion Pope; music by Geonyong Lee

Laos: UMH 350, "Come, All of You": words of Laotian hymn, trans. by Cher Lue Vang; music from Thai folksong.

Philippines: UMH 411, "Dear Lord, Lead Me Day by Day": words by Francisca Asuncion, 1983; music, Philippine folk melody; arr. by Francisca Asuncion.

Philippines: W&S 183, "Lord, In These Times": prayer from the church in the Philippines

Philippines: URW 299, "O Many People of All Lands" (Ps. 100); words by Natty G. Barranda, music by Lois F. Bello.

Singapore: W&S 3129, "Touch the Earth Lightly": music composed by Swee-Hong Lim, 2005; words by Shirley Erena Murray, New Zealand, 1992

Southern Asia: UMH 523, "Saranam, Saranam": traditional Pakistani words, trans. by D. T. Niles, 1963; traditional Punjabi melody, arr. by Shanti Rasanayagam, 1962.

Taiwan: UMH 151, "God Created Heaven and Earth": traditional Taiwanese hymn, trans. by Boris and Clare Anderson, 1983; Taiwanese melody harmonized by I-to Loh, 1983.

Thailand: UMH 350, "Come, All of You": words of Laotian hymn, trans. by Cher Lue Vang; music from Thai folksong.

Vietnam: UMH 498, "My Prayer Rises to Heaven": words and music by Dao Kim.


Official United Methodist Hymnal: Come, Let Us Worship
Bilingual Korean-English hymnal of The United Methodist Church
Nashville: The United Methodist Publishing House, 2001


Other United Methodist Hymnal Resources from Asia and the Pacific Region

China: UMH 564, Prayer for the Unity of Christ's Body (Chinese).

China: UMH 792, Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35; musical response—A Chinese melody adapt. by Bliss Wiant.

Korea: UMH 884, A Statement of Faith of the Korean Methodist Church.

Musical Resources From The United Methodist Book of Worship

Asian: No. 178, "Amen, Praise the Father": words and music by Leng Loh, Asian American.

Asian: No. 180, "Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow": familiar Doxology words; music by Constance Biau-Oan Fang, Asian American.

Hindi: No. 186, "An Indian Blessing": words and music, traditional Hindi.

Other Resources From The Book of Worship

No. 412, Prayer for Trinity Sunday: Church of South India, twentieth century.

No. 471, Act of Congregational Centering: National Convocation of Asian American Churches.

No. 516, Prayer for the Nation: Church of Pakistan, twentieth century.

No. 522, For Purity: Traditional Child's Prayer, Pakistan.

No. 524, For Strength: Traditional Prayer, Pakistan.

No. 556, Prayer of Thanksgiving: India, twentieth century.

No. 569-570, Prayer of Thanksgiving: Masao Takenaka, Japan, twentieth century.

No. 575, Prayer of Thanksgiving: 1985 Christian Conference of Asia Youth.


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