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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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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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Choral Work
June 29, 2017

History of Hymns: “Wonderful Words of Life”

By Rev. Jackson Henry

I would wager that many people who have sung this hymn can recall most of the hymn text in its […]

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June 29, 2017

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory

This hymn is intended for use in worship with the scripture for the First Sunday after Christmas Day, which features […]

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Christmas/Epiphany
June 29, 2017

All Flesh, as Grass from Seasons Past

Hymn writer Ray Capo skillfully uses biblical allusions (1 Peter 1:24-25, Habakkuk 2:20) in this hymn, which speaks to the moments when […]

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Death
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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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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