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Hymns, Songs, Prayers, Liturgy for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (May)

Here is a list to help you observe Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (May) in worship by singing, praying and worshiping with music and worship resources from all over Asia, contained in our own United Methodist resources.

Hymns, Songs, Prayers, Liturgy from Asia and the Pacific Region


  • UMH = The United Methodist Hymnal
  • TFWS = The Faith We Sing
  • WS = Worship & Song
  • URW = Upper Room Worshipbook
  • Discipleship Ministries = Discipleship Ministries Website (www.umcdiscipleship.org)

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 2232, WS 415, “Come Now, O Prince of Peace” (“O-So-So”): words by Geonyong Lee; English paraphrase by Marion Pope; music by Geonyong Lee

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

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

Hawaii: Discipleship Ministries, hymn: “E ka Makua e” (“Abide with Me”)

Hawaii: Discipleship Ministries, hymn: “Kulou I ke ‘Li’ " (“O Worship the King”)

Hawaii: Discipleship Ministries, hymn: “O Kou U Aloha No” (“The Queen’s Prayer”)

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

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: Discipleship Ministries, “Dona Nobis Pacem/Pyung Hwa Joo So Seo” in Latin and Korean, with music

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. Francisca Asuncion

Philippines: WS 183, “Lord, in these times,” prayer from Iona Community

Southern Asia: UMH 523, “Saranam, Saranam”: traditional Pakistani words, trans. by D. T. Niles, 1963; traditional Pakistani 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

Vietnam: Discipleship Ministries, “Nằm yên trong máng chiền kia,” “Away in a Manger” with music

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, 20th century

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

No. 516, Prayer for the Nation: Church of Pakistan, 20th century

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

No. 524, For Strength: Traditional Prayer, Pakistan

No. 556, Prayer of Thanksgiving: India, 20th century

No. 569-570, Prayer of Thanksgiving: Masao Takenaka, Japan, 20th century

No. 575, Prayer of Thanksgiving: 1985 Christian Conference

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