The Hymn

Articles from Vol. 59, No. 2, Spring

A Worship Ensemble and "Cuando El pobre/When the Poor Ones"
The conference brochure read something like this: "Do you play flute? Guitar? Percussion? Bring your instrument and play in the worship band!" I was leading the music for that particular stewardship conference; I had worked with weird and wonderful instrumental...
Church Hymnary, 4th Edition
Church Hymnary, 4th edition edited by John L. Bell. Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2005. 825 items+cxvi pp. Full music ed. ISBN 13: 978-1-85311-613-1. U.K. £27.00.Although Church Hymnnry, 4th ed. (hereafter, CH4) was published over two years ago, it was...
Church Music History-New Directions
NEWSMembers of the American Church Music History Consultation (ACMHC) explored new directions in church music history together with church history experts from the North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL). The two groups met during the NAAL's conference...
Editor's Notes
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)... . . . translates as "Holy Spirit is like the wind." These Chinese characters, appearing on the cover of this issue, form the title of a hymn by Wei-fan Wang. The hymnwriter continues the Spirit's comparison...
Fear Not, Little Flock
Fear Not, Little Flock Hymns of Rae E. Whitney. Pittsburgh, PA: Selah Publishing Company, 2006-7. Two volumes: Vol. 1, 76 pp.; Vol. 2, 86 pp. No ISBN. U. S. $15.00 each.Admirers of Rae Whitney's poetry will be delighted to see this new collection of...
From the Executive Director
The current advertising campaign of a prominent Boston clothing store proclaims, "Spring hopes eternal," obviously a play on Alexander Pope's famous couplet in his Essay on Man (understood then as a generic term, of course): "Hope springs eternal in...
Glimpses of Recent Chinese Hymnody: Including a Review of the 2006 Edition of Hymns of Universal Praise
The Spring 2007 issue of The Hymn (Vol. 58, No. 2) included an article by S. Andrew Granade and Anping Wu entitled "Unity in Song: The Creation of an Indigenous Chinese Hymnody through Hymns of Universal Praise" (pp. 13-26). The article dealt mainly...
Hymn Interpretation
This column is the second in a series of four on hymn texts employing a theopoetic idiom that holds together biblical imagery and scientific understandings of the natural world.I have in my office a photograph of the earth rising above the moon. I am...
Hymns in Periodical Literature
Songs in the BiblePatterson, Richard D. "Singing the New Song: An Examination of Psalms 33, 96, 98, and 149." Bibliotheca Sacra 164/656 (October-December 2007), 416-434.This is a study of the four psalms named in the title to determine if there is enough...
Letters to the Editor
Hymn ExplosionAlan Luff's informative and valuable survey of "The Twentieth-Century Hymn Explosion" (THE HYMN, Autumn 2007) contains two or three inadvertent slips, which are proving hard to correct.I am credited there with contributing three times as...
Nominations
Executive Committee NomineesFor President:Deborah Carlton Loftis, a native of Richmond, Virginia, graduated from Furman University (B. A.), The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.C.M.), The University of Alabama (M.L.S.) and received the Ph.D....
Priming the Research Pump
The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada has a regular annual budget that handles the ongoing, everyday work of the society. We pay for things like our staff, our conferences, and this journal out of the money that comes from memberships, conference...
The Hymns of Samuel Francis Smith
The year 2008 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Samuel Francis Smith (1808-1895), one of the most important hymnwriters in the United States during the nineteenth century. Smith's significance stems from many factors: he wrote the words of...
The Journey Was Chosen: The Life and Work of Paul Manz
The Journey Was Chosen: The Life and Work of Paul Manz by Scott M. Hyslop. Forewords by Martin E. Marty and John Ferguson. St. Louis, Missouri: MorningStar Music Publications, 2007. 246 pp. ISBN 13: 978-0-944529-43-0. U.S $24.00.This biography is a tribute...
The Singing Thing Too: Enabling Congregations to Sing
The Singing Thing too: Enabling congregations to sing by John L. Bell. Chicago, IL: GIA Publications, Inc., 2007. 143 pp. ISBN 13: 978-1-57999-690-1. U.S. $15.00.Finally it's here! Ever since the publication of The Singing Thing: A Case for Congregational...
Thou Ever Blessed Morn: Christmas at St. Philip's
Reviews of Hymn-based RecordingsThou Ever Blessed Morn: Christmas at St. Philip's.The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305. No order number or price listed.It is unfortunate for such a fine recording that there are so many...
Tuned for Your Sake: Hymns 1987-2007
Tuned for Your Sake: Hymns 1987-2007 by Richard Leach. Pittsburgh, PA: Selah Publishing Company, 2007. 286 pp. ISBN: 0-9677408-9-4. U.S. $ 24.50.The advantage of a compilation of twenty years of hymn texts is that the retrospective organization assists...
What Would Jesus Sing?: Experimentation and Tradition in Church Music
What Would Jesus Sing?: Experimentation and Tradition in Church Music edited by Marilyn L. Haskel. Introduction by John Bell. New York: Church Publishing Incorporated, 2007. 186 pp. ISBN 13: 978-0-89869-563-2. U.S. $15.00.The phrase "What Would Jesus...
When Breaks the Dawn: Hymns from Brazil
When Breaks the Dawn: Hymns from Brazil by Joâo Wilson Faustini. Colfax, NC: Wayne Teupold Editions, Inc., 2006. 214 pp. ISBN 10:1-881162-13-3. U.S. $14.95.Joâo Wilson Faustini, a life member of The Hymn Society, was born in Brazil, the grandson of Italian...