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Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month

Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month #1

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The United Methodist Church offers a generous number of worship and music resources for observing Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, including an official Korean-English bilingual hymnal.

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

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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:

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Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month #2

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"Lonely the Boat" (United Methodist Hymnal, 476) is based on Jesus' calming the storm in Matthew 8:23-27 and moves to a personal prayer for anyone feeling tossed upon life’s angry seas -- God is with us, providing help, calm, peace in adversity.

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Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month #3

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"Chinese Lantern Carol," no. 3054 in Worship & Song, is a children’s song for Christmas set to the tune LANTERN STAR, a pentatonic Chinese folk melody.

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Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month #4

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The words and music of "Here, O Lord, Your Servants Gather," United Methodist Hymnal #552, were composed for the Fourteenth World Council of Christian Education Convention in Japan in 1958.

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Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month #5

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The Hmong United Methodist Hymnal was introduced at the Hmong Christian Community United Methodist Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 2003. The hymnal was the result of seventeen years of preparation by a committee composed of members of the church, with Chou Yang as editor. It contains more than 300 hymns, including many from southeast Asian sources, as well as translations of traditional and contemporary hymns that would be familiar to most English-speaking United Methodists. The hymnal is organized in the same manner as the 1989 United Methodist Hymnal, making use of the same headings and subheadings. It also includes eighteen Wesley hymns.

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Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month #6

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The original text of "The Bread of Life for All Is Broken" (United Methodist Hymnal, 633) is in semi-classical Chinese and includes Buddhist imagery familiar to the Chinese. The text was written during the war between China and Japan and reflects the suffering of the Chinese people during that time.

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Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month #7

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Based on the Prodigal Son parable in Luke 15:11-32, "Come Back Quickly to the Lord" was written during World War II by Young Taik Chun, Korean Methodist Church pastor and editor of the Korean Christian Literature Society.

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Hymns From The Four Winds: A Collection of Asian American Hymns

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Features 125 selections from Asian and Asian-American sources. Presented in affirmation of Asian traditions in the ecumenical church.

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Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month #8

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The Rev. CherLue Vang, translator of "Come All of You" (UMH 350), is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries, directing the United Methodist Church's work in Thailand since 2010. He was born in Laos and is a member of the Hmong hill tribe. After living several years as a war refugee from Laos, he studied in seminaries in Thailand and Korea. He came to the United States in the mid-1980s.

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Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month #9

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"O God in Heaven": Words and music by Elena G. Maquiso, 1961.
This hymn from the Philippines appears as no. 119 in The United Methodist Hymnal (1989).

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Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month #10

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"Noho Pu" ("Stay with Me"), number 2198 in The Faith We Sing, is a short, six-measure prayer response from the Taizé Community. It is based on biblical passages Matthew 26:41 and Mark 14:38.  

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Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month #11

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"A Statement of Faith of the Korean Methodist Church" (United Methodist Hymnal, no. 884) was written and adopted by the Korean Methodist Church upon its organization in 1930; English translations appeared in the 1935 and 1966 Methodist Hymnals. The present version (1989) reflects changes in translation of the original Korean by Dal Joon Wan and Sang E. Chun to more accurately reflect the original Korean in English.  

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Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month #12

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"Dear Lord, Lead Me Day by Day," United Methodist Hymnal, 411, by Francisca Asuncion was adapted from a Filipino folk song, "Planting Rice Is Never Fun" and set to a Filipino folk song in 1976. It was included in the children's section of the 1983 songbook, Hymns from the Four Winds.  

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Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month #13

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"Sound a Mystic Bamboo Song" (BAMBOO SONG), words by Bill Wallace, music by I-to-Loh, Upper Room Worshipbook, no. 171.  As is the case with much indigenous music, including that of the Orient, this song uses the pentatonic scale and harmonies.  

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Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month #14

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"Jaya Ho" ("Victory Hymn"), no. 478 in The United Methodist Hymnal, is an anonymous Hindi verse from India. The 1958 English transcription by Katherine R. Rohrbough, speaks of bowing low at God's feet in holy reverence.  

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Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month #15

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"God Created Heaven and Earth" (United Methodist Hymnal, 151) is a popular traditional Taiwanese hymn celebrating God's greatness and power, mercy and grace in creation, with Scripture references to Genesis 1:1-5, Psalm 148, and Acts 4:24.  

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Partner in Mission Fund for Korean, Asian & Pacific Islander Ministries

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The Partner in Mission Fund for Korean, Asian & Pacific Islander Ministries provides scholarships to train leaders, develops Korean/Asian Pacific language resources, equips Asian Pacific American leaders, and partners with ministries in Asia Pacific region.
 

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