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June 23, 2017

O Wake Us from Sleeping

Inspired by Charles Wesley's well-known sermon, "Awake, Thou That Sleepest," Nickolas Campbell has written an invitational hymn that embodies […]

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Forgiveness
June 23, 2017

Blessed, Blessed

Nickolas Campbell has created a hymn based upon Matthew 25:31-46 that focuses upon loving neighbors as a part of the […]

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Matthew
June 22, 2017

History of Hymns: “O What Their Joy and Their Glory Must Be”

By Darrell St. Romain

Peter Abelard was born in Pallet, France, in 1079 and died in Priory of St. Martel, France, in 1142. At a young […]

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June 8, 2017

History of Hymns: “God, That Madest Earth and Heaven”

By Darrell St. Romain

Reginald Heber (1783–1826), a bishop of Calcutta for the Anglican Church (1823-1826), is the author of the first stanza of  […]

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June 8, 2017

History of Hymns: “For the Bread Which You Have Broken”

By Darrell St. Romain

Louis F. Benson, who wrote the lyrics of “For the Bread Which You Have Broken,” was born on […]

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June 1, 2017

History of Hymns: “Father, We Thank You”

By Darrell St. Romain

The ancient second century text The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, or Didache, is the inspiration for this […]

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May 25, 2017

History of Hymns: “Spirit of Faith, Come Down”

By Simon Hill

Exploring the hymns of Charles Wesley (1707-1788) is like examining a trove of treasures excavated from the pages of his […]

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May 18, 2017

History of Hymns: “How Great Thou Art”

By C. Michael Hawn

As Carlton Young was preparing The United Methodist Hymnal, a United Methodist Reporter poll revealed that &ldquo […]

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May 11, 2017

History of Hymns: “He Lives”

By C. Michael Hawn

“Why should I worship a dead Jew?” asked a young Jewish student of Alfred Ackley at a […]

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May 4, 2017

History of Hymns: “The Day of Resurrection”

By C. Michael Hawn

The Day of Resurrection explodes with Easter triumph! The original language is Greek. This is one of the few […]

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April 20, 2017

History of Hymns: “What Feast of Love”

By Brad Kisner

Sister Delores Dufner is a member of St. Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph, Minnesota, where she is an […]

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April 13, 2017

History of Hymns: “Draw the Circle Wide”

By the Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Kay Thompson

“Draw the circle wide, draw the circle wide. No one stands alone, we’ll stand side by side, […]

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April 6, 2017

History of Hymns: “Jesus Is a Rock in a Weary Land”

By the Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Kay Thompson

“Jesus Is a Rock in a Weary Land” is an African American spiritual also known as “No […]

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May 4, 2017

History of Hymns: “The Day of Resurrection”

By C. Michael Hawn

The Day of Resurrection explodes with Easter triumph! The original language is Greek. This is one of the few […]

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March 31, 2017

Hymns as Stations of the Cross

By Dr. Heather Josselyn-Cranson, OSL

This resource is provided as a way of singing through the final hours leading up to Jesus' crucifixion. The passion […]

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March 16, 2017

History of Hymns: “Lamb of God”

By C. Michael Hawn

While composed in the late twentieth century, this Twila Paris song’s theological and biblical roots run deep in […]

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March 23, 2017

History of Hymns: “Seek Ye First”

By C. Michael Hawn

The influence of Scripture on congregational song is unmistakable. Sometimes a song makes a brief allusion to Scripture; sometimes a […]

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March 9, 2017

History of Hymns: “O Jesus, My King, and My Sovereign”

By C. Michael Hawn

“Jesús es mi Rey Soberano” (“O Jesus, My King, and My Sovereign”) is one […]

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March 8, 2017

Salvation Story

This new song is intended for use in connecting the dots along the story of God's salvation and uses […]

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Lent/Holy Week
March 2, 2017

History of Hymns: “O Love, How Deep”

By C. Michael Hawn

We enter the season of Lent knowing how the story ends. This does not make the story any less important […]

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March 6, 2017

Wade in the Water/Go Down, Moses

These two songs are partnered together so the choruses of each may be sung together. Regardless of the fact that […]

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Lent/Holy Week
February 28, 2017

Loving One Who Tends Creation

Taylor Burton-Edwards has created a beautiful hymn that offers a Trinitarian prayer appropriate for meal blessings and sacred time in […]

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Easter
February 9, 2017

History of Hymns: “He Rose”

By Darnell St. Romain

Growing up in a black Catholic church in South Louisiana, I found Easter Sunday to be one of the most […]

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February 9, 2017

History of Hymns: “He Never Said a Mumbalin’ Word”

By Darnell St. Romain

The life of Jesus is one of the most prominent themes of spirituals. Spirituals are sometimes referred to as sorrow […]

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February 9, 2017

History of Hymns: “Fix Me, Jesus”

By Darnell St. Romain

While the texts are written using the first person pronoun, the “me” reference in “Fix Me Jesus […]

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February 2, 2017

History of Hymns: “Come Out the Wilderness”

By Darnell St. Romain

Spirituals were created in response to all life situations and as an answer to cope with the slaves’ existence […]

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January 26, 2017

History of Hymns: “Halle, Halle, Halleluja”

By C. Michael Hawn

What comes to mind when you think of the Caribbean? Perhaps you visualize sun and sea, palm trees and sand, […]

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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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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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General Music Articles
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