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United Methodist Hymnal Resources for Black History Month (February)

February of each year is observed and celebrated as Black History Month. The United Methodist Hymnal (1989) contains many hymns, songs, spirituals, choruses, prayers, litanies, Psalm settings, and other worship resources by African Americans and many resources from Africa. The two tables below index these hymnal resources by numerical and alphabetical sequence, in the hope that churches will draw from them during this special month, as well as through the entire year.

Other material and resources are available on the Internet at the "Black History Hotlist: A Collection of Internet Sites."

Hymns, Songs, Spirituals, and Other Resources in The United Methodist Hymnal (1989)

Numerical Listing

Number Title Words Music Category
99 My Tribute (To God Be the Glory) Andra Crouch Chorus
106 God Is Able Martin Luther King, Jr. Litany
115 How Like a Gentle Spirit C. Eric Lincoln Hymn Text
134 O Mary, Dont You Weep Jn. 20:11-18; Ex. 15:21 Spiritual
146 At the Birth of a Child Masai (Africa) Prayer
251 Go, Tell It on the Mountain John W. Work, Jr;
Lk. 2:8-20
Spiritual
271 The Lords Prayer adapt. by J. Jefferson Cleveland
and Verolga Nix
Sung Prayer
288 Were You There Spiritual
291 He Never Said a Mumbalin Word Spiritual
304 Easter People, Raise Your Voices William M. James Henry T. Smart Hymn Text
316 He Rose Spiritual
333 Im Goin a Sing When the Spirit Says Sing Spiritual
345 'Tis the Old Ship of Zion Spiritual
352 Its Me, Its Me, O Lord Spiritual
373 Nothing Between Charles A. Tindley Charles A. Tindley Gospel Song
375 There Is a Balm in Gilead Jer. 8:22 Spiritual
401 For Holiness of Heart Howard Thurman Prayer
402 Lord, I Want to Be a Christian Spiritual
404 Every Time I Feel the Spirit Rom. 8:15-17 Spiritual
416 Come Out the Wilderness Spiritual
418 We Are Climbing Jacobs Ladder Gen. 28:10-17 Spiritual
432 Jesu, Jesu Tom Colvin Ghana (Africa) folk song Hymn
448 Go Down, Moses Ex. 3:7-12 Spiritual
464 I Will Trust in the Lord Ps. 37:3 Spiritual
474 Precious Lord, Take My Hand Thomas A. Dorsey Thomas A. Dorsey Gospel Hymn
489 For Gods Gifts Howard Thurman Prayer
491 Remember Me Lk. 23:42 Harmony by J. Jefferson Cleveland Chorus
494 Kum Ba Yah Sung Prayer Response
497 Send Me, Lord South Africa; Is. 6:8 South Africa Sung Prayer
507 Through It All Andra Crouch Andra Crouch Chorus
512 Stand By Me Charles A. Tindley
(Mt 8:23-27; Mk 4:35-41; Lk. 8:22-25)
Charles A. Tindley Gospel Song
519 Lift Every Voice and Sing James Weldon Johnson J. Rosamond Johnson Hymn
520 Nobody Knows the Trouble I See Spiritual
521 I Want Jesus to Walk with Me Spiritual
522 Leave It There Charles A. Tindley Charles A. Tindley;
arr. Charles A. Tindley, Jr.
Gospel Song
524 Beams of Heaven as I Go Charles A. Tindley Charles A. Tindley;
arr. J. Edward Hoy
Gospel Song
525 Well Understand It Better By and By Charles A. Tindley (I Cor 13:12) Charles A. Tindley;
arr. F. A. Clark
Gospel Song
527 Do, Lord, Remember Me Lk. 23:42 Spiritual
533 We Shall Overcome Liberation Song
548 BURLEIGH (music for "In Christ There Is No East or West") Adapt. and harm. by Harry T. Burleigh, 1939 Hymn Tune
585 This Little Light of Mine Mt. 5:14-16 Spiritual
597 For the Spirit of Truth Kenya Prayer
618 Let Us Break Bread Together Acts 2:42 Spiritual
655 Fix Me, Jesus Rev. 6:11; 7:9-14 Spiritual
677 Listen, Lord (A Prayer) James Weldon Johnson Prayer
693 For a Peaceful Night Bora (Africa) Prayer
703 Swing Low, Sweet Chario 2 Kings 2:11 Spiritual
704 Steal Away to Jesus I Cor. 15:51-52 Spiritual
706 Soon and Very Soon Andra Crouch; Rev 21:3-4 Andra Crouch Contemporary Gospel Song
719 My Lord, What a Morning I Cor. 15:51-52; Rev 6:12-17 Spiritual
722 I Want to Be Ready Rev 21:2, 16 Spiritual
728 Come Sunday Duke Ellington Duke Ellington Song
738 Psalm 1 Response 2: Like a Tree thats planted Psalm Response
741 Psalm 4 There is a balm Psalm Response
817 Psalm 97 J.W. & J.R. Johnson: Response 2,
Lift every voice and sing
Psalm Response
846 Psalm 124 Charles A. Tindley (When the Storms of Life are Raging) Charles A. Tindley Psalm Response

Alphabetical Listing

Number Title Words Music Category
146 At the Birth of a Child Masai (Africa) Prayer
524 Beams of Heaven as I Go Charles A. Tindley Charles A. Tindley;
arr. J. Edward Hoy
Gospel Song
548 BURLEIGH (music for "In Christ There Is No East or West") Adapt. and harm. By Harry T. Burleigh, 1939 Hymn Tune
416 Come Out the Wilderness Spiritual
728 Come Sunday Duke Ellington Duke Ellington Song
527 Do, Lord, Remember Me Lk. 23:42 Spiritual
304 Easter People, Raise Your Voices William M. James Henry T. Smart Hymn Text
404 Every Time I Feel the Spirit Rom. 8:15-17 Spiritual
655 Fix Me, Jesus Rev. 6:11; 7:9-14 Spiritual
693 For a Peaceful Night Bora (Africa) Prayer
489 For Gods Gifts Howard Thurman Prayer
401 For Holiness of Heart Howard Thurman Prayer
597 For the Spirit of Truth Kenya Prayer
448 Go Down, Moses Ex. 3:7-12 Spiritual
251 Go, Tell It on the Mountain John W. Work, Jr,;
Lk, 2:8-20
Spiritual
106 God Is Able Martin Luther King, Jr. Litany
291 He Never Said a Mumbalin Word Spiritual
316 He Rose Spiritual
115 How Like a Gentle Spirit C. Eric Lincoln Hymn Text
521 I Want Jesus to Walk with Me Spiritual
722 I Want to Be Ready Rev. 21:2,16 Spiritual
464 I Will Trust in the Lord Ps. 37:3 Spiritual
333 Im Goin a Sing When the Spirit Says Sing Spiritual
352 Its Me, Its Me, O Lord Spiritual
432 Jesu, Jesu Tom Colvin Ghana (Africa) folk song Hymn
494 Kum Ba Yah Sung Prayer Response
522 Leave It There Charles A. Tindley Charles A. Tindley;
arr. Charles A. Tindley, Jr.
Gospel Song
618 Let Us Break Bread Together Acts 2:42 Spiritual
519 Lift Every Voice and Sing James Weldon Johnson J. Rosamond Johnson Hymn
677 Listen, Lord (A Prayer) James Weldon Johnson Prayer
402 Lord, I Want to Be a Christian Spiritual
719 My Lord, What a Morning I Cor. 15:51-52; Rev 6:12-17 Spiritual
99 My Tribute (To God Be the Glory) Andra Crouch Chorus
520 Nobody Knows the Trouble I See Spiritual
373 Nothing Between Charles A. Tindley Charles A. Tindley Gospel Song
134 O Mary, Dont You Weep Jn. 20:11-18; Ex 15:21 Spiritual
474 Precious Lord, Take My Hand Thomas A. Dorsey Thomas A. Dorsey Gospel Hymn
738 Psalm 1 Response 2: Like a Tree thats planted Psalm Response
846 Psalm 124 Charles A. Tindley
(When the Storms of Life are Raging)
Charles A. Tindley Psalm Response
741 Psalm 4 There is a balm Psalm Response
817 Psalm 97 J.W. & J.R. Johnson:
Response 2, Lift every voice and sing
Psalm Response
491 Remember Me Lk. 23:42 harm. by J. Jefferson Cleveland Chorus
497 Send Me, Lord South Africa; Is. 6:8 South Africa Sung Prayer
706 Soon and Very Soon Andra Crouch; Rev 21:3-4 Andra Crouch Contemporary Gospel Song
512 Stand By Me Charles A. Tindley
(Mt. 8:23-27; Mk. 4:35-41; Lk. 8:22-25)
Charles A. Tindley Gospel Song
704 Steal Away to Jesus I Cor. 15:51-52 Spiritual
703 Swing Low, Sweet Chariot 2 Kings 2:11 Spiritual
271 The Lords Prayer adapt. by J. Jefferson Cleveland and Verolga Nix Sung Prayer
375 There Is a Balm in Gilead Jer. 8:22 Spiritual
585 This Little Light of Mine Mt. 5:14-16 Spiritual
507 Through It All Andra Crouch Andra Crouch Chorus
345 'Tis the Old Ship of Zion Spiritual
418 We Are Climbing Jacobs Ladder Gen. 28:10-17 Spiritual
533 We Shall Overcome Liberation Song
525 Well Understand It Better By and By Charles A. Tindley (I Cor. 13:12) Charles A. Tindley;
arr. F. A. Clark
Gospel Song
288 Were You There Spiritual

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