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November 16, 2017

History of Hymns: “We Believe in One True God”

By Richard Walsh

The original hymn text “Wir glauben all’ an einen Gott,” from which Winkworth translated her &ldquo […]

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November 2, 2017

History of Hymns: “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us”

By J. Braxton Kubasko

The picture we get from this hymn, and the reason it has been such a defining song of the church, […]

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November 2, 2017

History of Hymns: “For All The Saints”

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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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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October 19, 2017

History of Hymns: “In the Singing”

By Joshua Zentner-Barrett

Shirley Erena Murray’s texts are known for “the directness with which they confront contemporary issues” (Canterbury […]

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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 19, 2017

History of Hymns: “Here is Bread, Here is Wine”

By Joshua Zentner-Barrett

Two thousand years of ritual practice around Communion have shrouded the moment in mystery. If we strip the theology away […]

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October 5, 2017

History of Hymns: “Come to the Table”

By Joshua Zentner-Barrett

“Come to the Table” is simply constructed, with its components serving to highlight the practical theology of the […]

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October 5, 2017

History of Hymns: “Come, Let Us Eat”

By Joshua Zentner-Barrett

By affirming the communal gathering at the Eucharist, the congregation widens the invitation to include the very source of this […]

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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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September 28, 2017

O God, We’ve Prayed in Wind and Rain

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

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September 21, 2017

History of Hymns: “Onward, Christian Soldiers”

By Joshua Zentner-Barrett

Perhaps one of the most controversial hymns ever written, “Onward, Christian Soldiers” began its life as no more […]

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September 21, 2017

History of Hymns: “Depth of Mercy”

By Ronnie Wilson

“God Hath Spoken by the Prophets” by George Wallace Briggs (1875-1959) was published in 1953 by the Hymn Society […]

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September 14, 2017

History of Hymns: “God Hath Spoken by the Prophets”

By Dr. Elise Jeeyoon Choi

“God Hath Spoken by the Prophets” by George Wallace Briggs (1875-1959) was published in 1953 by the Hymn Society […]

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September 11, 2017

“What Does the Lord Require of You” (Anthem)

This work for choir can be timely as an expression of love, humility, and work toward justice in the local […]

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September 11, 2017

The Way of Life in Christ

Another hymn in F. Richard Garland's series of hymns based upon Paul's letter to the Philippians, this text […]

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September 11, 2017

Stand in the Spirit’s Grace

Grace, confidence, justice, and joy are the centerpieces of this hymn, which is part of a series of texts based […]

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September 7, 2017

History of Hymns: “Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty”

By Stanton Nelson

“Holy, Holy, Holy” by Reginald Heber (1783-1826) is unique in many regards. Indeed, it spans many Christian traditions […]

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August 31, 2017

History of Hymns: “As a Fire Is Meant for Burning”

By Victoria Schwarz

In Duck’s hymn text, the light is carried within us as learners, teachers, pilgrims, seekers, and givers who […]

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August 24, 2017

History of Hymns: “Fill My Cup, Lord”

By Jim Garvey

Blanchard’s own cup was not filled with sweetness. Nevertheless, during his forty-year ministry, Blanchard composed dozens of gospel […]

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August 17, 2017

History of Hymns: “Peace of Our Praying”

By Laura Jaquith Bartlett

It’s a fascinating and enlightening endeavor to learn about academic backgrounds, theological perspectives, and quirky tidbits of personal […]

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August 9, 2017

History of Hymns: “How Can We Name a Love”

By Heather Josselyn-Cranson

Brian Wren masterfully leads congregations in singing through theological challenges and new perspectives. In “How Can We Name a […]

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August 3, 2017

History of Hymns: “God of Many Names”

By Heather Josselyn-Cranson

Wren encourages those who are responsible for the language of worship to find new, vivid, and varied metaphors for God. […]

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July 26, 2017

History of Hymns: “Ye Servants of God”

By Scott Scheetz

Charles Wesley (1707-1788), one of the most prolific hymn writers of all time, crafted more than 8,900 hymns and poems. Although  […]

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July 18, 2017

History of Hymns: “The Church’s One Foundation”

By C. Michael Hawn

Samuel J. Stone (1839-1900) wrote this hymn as one of twelve published in Lyra Fidelium: Twelve Hymns on the […]

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July 12, 2017

History of Hymns: “The King of Love My Shepherd Is”

By Katie Jarrett

Sir Henry Williams Baker (1821-1877), the author of this hymn and also the vicar of Monkland Priory Church in Herefordshire, […]

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June 29, 2017

God is Our Refuge and Our Strength

Ivan Burnett, Jr., has created a bold setting for choir, organ, and oboe. This work is easily adapted for piano, […]

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July 6, 2017

History of Hymns: “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies”

By C. Michael Hawn

Katharine Lee Bates (1859-1929) offers iconic images in “America the Beautiful” that capture the variety of landscapes found […]

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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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