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December 1, 2016

New Hymnal Survey: Favorite and Least Favorite Hymns

The United Methodist Church plans to present a new hymnal to General Conference for approval in 2020. We want this hymnal […]

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January 19, 2017

History of Hymns: “God Is Here Today” (“Dios Está Aquí”)

By C. Michael Hawn

I first heard this song at a conference on the western coast of Nicaragua in 1991. Those attending came from around […]

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January 12, 2017

History of Hymns: “Siyahamba”

By C. Michael Hawn

South African freedom songs have become more common in North American hymnals. For those of us in North America, &ldquo […]

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December 15, 2016

History of Hymns: “The First Noel”

By C. Michael Hawn

This Epiphany carol raises several questions. First, “What is a carol?” While the majority of carols are associated […]

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December 15, 2016

History of Hymns: “Jesus, the Light of the World”

By Jan McNair

“Jesus, the Light of the World” was first published in a collection edited by George D. Elderkin, titled […]

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December 15, 2016

History of Hymns: “Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow (There’s a Star in the East)”

By Jan McNair

While most Christmas hymns focus on the adoration of the Christ child, this spiritual (like “Go,Tell it on […]

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December 19, 2016

All People Shall See It

Fred Crider has provided a beautifully poetic proclamation based upon Isaiah 40:1-5 for Advent  and/or Christmas. This text […]

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Christmas/Epiphany
December 15, 2016

History of Hymns: “God Almighty, We Are Waiting”

By Jan McNair

There are not many Trinitarian hymns in the Advent hymn repertoire, which makes “God Almighty, We are Waiting” […]

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December 12, 2016

O Wondrous Sight! O Vision Fair

This new setting of an old hymn text and tune provides some energy and rhythm to the original WAREHAM tune […]

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Transfiguration
December 12, 2016

Perfect Us In Love

Perfect Us in Love combines stanzas from two Charles Wesley texts ("Jesus, United by Thy Grace," and "Try Us, O […]

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Salvation
December 12, 2016

Follow Me

Mark Miller created a brief work that incorporates Jesus' call to his disciples and to us within a song composed […]

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December 12, 2016

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Taylor Burton-Edwards, Director of Worship Resources at Discipleship Ministries, has created a festive setting for this well-beloved hymn. Sing it […]

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December 8, 2016

History of Hymns: “Welcome to Our World”

By Andrew Davis

A more contemporary selection for the Advent and Christmas seasons, Chris Rice’s “Welcome to Our World” […]

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September 16, 2016

2017 Worship & Music Planning Calendar

PDF document of lectionary readings for each Sunday in 2017, as well as special days and times throughout the year. For […]

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December 1, 2016

History of Hymns: “Toda la Tierra (All Earth is Waiting)”

By Andrew Davis

A song filled with joyful anticipation, Alberto Taulé’s “Toda la Tierra/All Earth is Waiting” […]

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November 24, 2016

History of Hymns: “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come”

By Victoria Schwarz & the Rev. Wilson Pruitt

In this hymn, Alford used traditional language and imagery of the rural community to lend words of thankfulness for God […]

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November 17, 2016

History of Hymns: “Gracias, Señor” (“My Gratitude, Now Accept, O God”)

By Victoria Schwarz & the Rev. Wilson Pruitt

The gentle hymn “Gracias, Señor” by Rafael Montalvo (b. 1957) is an example of a text and […]

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November 10, 2016

History of Hymns: “From All that Dwell Below the Skies”

By Victoria Schwarz & the Rev. Wilson Pruitt

As we draw closer to Thanksgiving celebrations, a compelling hymn of praise is “From All that Dwell Below the […]

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February 5, 2016

CCLI 2015 Top 100 Songs for United Methodist Congregations

One of the most significant indicators of the use of newer music in Christian congregations in The United States is […]

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Contemporary & Emerging Music
November 9, 2016

Once in Royal David’s City

This arrangement of a well beloved Christmas hymn is intended to be used when played by a folk ensemble (i […]

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October 27, 2016

History of Hymns: “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow

By Victoria Schwarz & the Rev. Wilson Pruitt

During the preparation and celebration of Thanksgiving this month, hymns of praise and thanksgiving are meaningful as we, through […]

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October 27, 2016

History of Hymns: “Wounded World that Cries for Healing”

By Rev. Don McAvoy, Jr.

My deacon’s heart is drawn to the social holiness hymns found in our hymnals and supplements. In 2000, I […]

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October 24, 2016

Advent Sanctus

This haunting setting of the Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy) within the Eucharistic prayer was written to be paired with Chris […]

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October 20, 2016

History of Hymns: “Together We Serve”

By Rev. Don McAvoy, Jr.

“Together We Serve” was commissioned for the 1997 centennial celebration of First Presbyterian Church in San Anselmo, California. Carl […]

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October 13, 2016

History of Hymns: “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry”

By Catherine Nance

“Borning Cry” has grown increasingly important in the hymn singing of the church, especially on special occasions, such […]

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October 6, 2016

History of Hymns: “God is Here”

By Catherine Nance

Born in England and ordained a Methodist minister, Rev. Pratt Green wrote numerous plays and hymns. His hymns reflect his […]

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September 29, 2016

History of Hymns: “Cuando el Pobre”

By Diana Sanchez-Bushong

Based on “the great judgment,” a parable found in Matt. 25: 31-46, “Cuando el pobre” speaks of […]

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September 22, 2016

History of Hymns: “Santo, Santo, Santo”

By Diana Sanchez-Bushong

Among the most beautiful and lyrical choruses coming from Latin America, “Santo, Santo, Santo” is unmatched. Little […]

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September 15, 2016

History of Hymns: “Cantai ao Senhor”

By Diana Sanchez-Bushong

Many versions exist of this strong, angular hymn that boldly encourages us to sing a new song to God. Originally […]

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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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