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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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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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General Music Articles
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 2015-2016 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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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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