The Hymn

Articles from Vol. 59, No. 1, Winter

2008 Hymnic Anniversaries
What is striking about the list of 2008 anniversaries is the number of hymnwriters and hymn publications that mark turning points in the development of congregational song. Mechtild of Magedeburg wrote poetry in the mid-thirteenth century that Jean Weibe...
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Charles Wesley's Hymns: "Prints" and Practices of Love Divine
Charles Wesley's Hymns: "Prints" and Practices of Love Divine edited by Maxine E. Walker. San Diego, CA: Point Loma Nazarene University, 2007. 99+ix pp. ISBN-10: 0-9754729-7-6. U.S. $15.00.Surprisingly, there were no major studies of Charles Wesley and...
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Children of Creation: Hymns of Love and Justice for the 21st Century
Children of Creation: Hymns of Love and Justice for the 21st Century by Barbara Hamm. Nashville,TN: Abingdon Press, 2006. 65pp. ISBN 13: 978-0-687-64131-4. U.S. $8.00.These seventeen hymns with words and music by Barbara Hamm illustrate her gift in song,...
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Conference 2008: Berkeley or Bust!
There are many places named Berkeley. But Berkeley, California, is the one assumed when no other is specified. Many other cities are known as home to a great university, but when Berkeley is named, the universal recognition is of The University of California,...
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Editor's Notes
Although I have flown from California to Texas numerous times, I still enjoy watching the changing perspective of the earth during the flight. Details of buildings, cars, and landscapes eventually disappear, obscured by altitude or cloud cover. Through...
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From the Executive Director
For people who work and worship in churches, especially those that observe the liturgical calendar, the first quarter of 2008 promises to be a rather busy and confining experience. Because Easter comes so early this year (less than three months after...
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Hymns in Periodical Literature
Hymns, Hymnwriters, and Hymnals in HistoryBoonstra, Harry. "Singing Hymns? We've Never Done That Before! The CRC's First Psalter Hymnal." Calvin Theological Journal 42/1 (April 2007), 110-131.Despite the implication of its tide, Harry Boonstra's article...
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Joy and Wonder, Love and Longing/In Wind and Wonder
Joy and Wonder, Love and Longing by Mary Louise Bringle. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2002. 176pp. ISBN 10: 1-57999-192-0. U.S. $21.95. (I)In Wind and Wonder by Mary Louise Bringle. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007. 187 pp. ISBN 13: 978-1-57999-661-1. U....
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Luther's Liturgical Music: Principles and Implications
Luther's Liturgical Music: Principles and Implications by Robin A. Leaver. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm B. Eerdmans, 2007. 485+xiv pp. ISBN 13: 978-0-8028-3221-4. U.K. £17.99; U.S. $32.00.This book is the result of a lifetime of labors exploring the musical...
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Music and Mission: Toward a Theology and Practice of Global Song
Music and Mission: Toward a Theology and Practice of Global Song edited by S T Kimbrough, Jr. New York: General Board of Global Ministries, GBGMusik, 2006. 181 pp. ISBN 10: 1-933663-08-1. U.S. $14.95.If a person who is now experiencing songs from different...
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News
Replica Bell Tower Installed on "The Old Rugged Cross" Debut VenueSeptember 5, 2007, was a special day at The Old Rugged Cross Historic Site in Pokagon, Michigan. An area crane company lifted a replica bell tower to the roof of The Original Old Rugged...
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Reclaiming Praise: Hymns from a Spiritual Journey
Reclaiming Praise: Hymns from a Spiritual Journey by Andrew Pratt. London: Stainer and Bell, 2006. 185 pp. ISBN 13: 978-0-85249-891-0. U.K. £12.50.Andrew Pratt's newest text collection is a rare example within this genre which can be read straight through,...
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Research Director's Report
PETER W. REHWALDTSome friends of mine and I once visited the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden outside Chicago. Our guide described not only the plants and ornamental features of each area, but also the idea of "borrowed view," whereby the designer...
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Sing to the Lord a New Song
Sing to the Lord a New Song by Clark Kimberling. Colfax, NC: Wayne Leupold Editions, 2006. 98+ix pp. ISBN-13: 978-1-881162-15-5. U.S. $16.25.With 54 hymn settings on texts by five contemporary authors, this volume is full of musical variety. Flowing...
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Sing with All the Saints: Hymns and Liturgy Sung by the Children's Choirs of St. Paul's Lutheran Church Fort Wayne, Indiana
Sing with All the Saints: Hymns and Liturgy Sung by the Children's Choirs of St. Paul's Lutheran Church Fort Wayne, IndianaSt. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1126 South Barr Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802. 260-423-2496. No price listed.This is a collection of...
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The Faith We Sing
The Faith We SingWestwood Lutheran Church, 9001 Cedar Lake Road, St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55426, Tel. 952-545-5623. www.westwoodlutheran.org. No order number or price listed.This recording is an eclectic collection of organ solos, choral singing, congregational...
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"What a Friend" and "Holy, Holy, Holy" Redux
I freely admit it: we look like a motley crew as we tune our instruments in the sanctuary on Sunday morning. Besides the piano, there is a flute, a violin, a trombone, a guitar (with a banjo close at hand), a vibraphone and an electronic cello. Like...
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What Is a Hymn Heritage?
[Editor's note: The author delivered this plenary address at the 2007 Hymn Society Conference at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.]Making It UpOn the Sunday before Memorial Day, Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, where I teach, celebrated...
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With a Voice of Singing: Essays on Children, Choirs, and Music in the Church in Honor of Ronald A. Nelson
With a Voice of Ringing: Essays on Children, Choirs., and Music in the Church in honor of Ronald A. Nelson edited by Zebulon M. Highben and Kristina M. Langlois. Minneapolis, MN: Kirk House Publications, 2007. 184 pp. ISBN-13: 978-1933-794-03-7. U.S....
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