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January 18, 2018

History of Hymns: “Womb of Life, and Source of Being”

By Simon Hill

Ruth Duck (b. 1947) is a noted hymn writer, best known for her skilled use of inclusive language in both hymnody […]

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History of Hymns
January 12, 2018

Forty Days and Forty Nights

Throughout Scripture, "forty days and forty nights" is a frequent theme in events that are significant for the people of […]

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January 11, 2018

History of Hymns: “O Freedom” and “Freedom Is Coming”

By C. Michael Hawn

Songs are about many things, but ultimately their meaning may be found both in the originator of the song and […]

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History of Hymns
January 4, 2018

History of Hymns: “My Master, See, the Time Has Come”

By C. Michael Hawn

The paraphrase of Scripture in "My Master, See, the Time Has Come" is the final of the four famous canticles […]

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History of Hymns
December 27, 2017

History of Hymns: “The Cherry Tree Carol”

By Jim Garvey

In the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, Jesus is born, reappears briefly in the temple at about twelve years old, […]

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History of Hymns
December 21, 2017

History of Hymns: “Some Children See Him”

By Victoria Schwarz and Wilson Pruitt

“Some Children See Him” is not a hymn of history and should not be read or sung as […]

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History of Hymns
December 14, 2017

History of Hymns: “The Snow Lay on the Ground”

By Victoria Schwarz and Wilson Pruitt

It is important to remember that a hymn is not a form of historical argument. To sing “the snow […]

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History of Hymns
December 11, 2017

A Christmas Greeting

This new choral work is written for choirs to sing in worship on Christmas. Included are links to two different […]

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December 7, 2017

History of Hymns: “View the Present through the Promise”

By Victoria Schwarz and Wilson Pruitt

The thoughtful text of this hymn grounds present concern in eschatological hope, or hope in the last things. The promise […]

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History of Hymns
December 6, 2017

For God Alone I Wait

Created with the words of Psalm 62, Darren Cushman Wood has penned a hymn for those struggling with grief. Especially appropriate […]

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Christmas/Epiphany
October 26, 2017

Songs of Solidarity: Protest Songs for a Loving Church

During times of conflict and unrest, people stand together in love, knowing that goodness is stronger than evil. Sing these […]

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Topical Music
October 26, 2017

2018 Worship and Music Planning Calendar

Calendar with lectionary readings for each Sunday in 2018, as well as special days and times throughout the year. For pastors, […]

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October 2, 2017

Young Joseph the Dreamer

In response to the work to support DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), hymn writer Carolyn Winfrey Gillette adds commentary […]

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September 29, 2017

Fulfill the Joy of Faithfulness

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette composed this hymn in response to Hurricane Harvey, which devastated portions of Texas and Louisiana along the […]

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August 18, 2015

Copyright and Licensing for the Church Musician

These documents can be used either for personal learning or to lead a class in presenting important parts of the […]

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Copyright & Licensing