The Hymn

Articles from Vol. 62, No. 3, Autumn

2011 Conference Report
Breathtaking is a word easily applied to the setting of The Hymn Society's 2011 conference, Colorado Springs. From the beautiful urban campus of Colorado College, the majestic Pike's Peak and Cheyenne Mountain tower over the city. This environmentally...
2012 Hymnic Anniversaries
It is interesting to see how patterns emerge from accumulated data. The hymnic anniversaries for 2012 are most remarkable for the number of significant publications connecting with this year at various quarter-century marks. In fact there are so many...
A Blue Cloud Abbey Organ Book for Lent
KEYBOARDA Blue Cloud Abbey organ book for Lent compiled and arranged for organ by Christopher Uehlein. Augsburg Fortress (ED015053)This collection of thirty-nine entries is organized in alphabetical order. It contains thoughtful arrangements and settings...
A Heart to Praise Our God: Celebrating Lesbian & Gay Poets & Composers
A HYMN FESTIVALADDITIONAL RESEARCH BY NANCY HALLPRESENTED BY JIM MITULSKI, ASSISTED BY GERALD ASHEIM, ORGANIST, AND ROBERT CROCKER, CHOIR DIRECTORThe following hymn festival was presented on July 18, 2011, at First Congregational Church in Colorado Springs,...
A Treasury of Faith: Lectionary Hymns Series C
A treasury of faith Lectionary hymns series C by Gracia Grindal. Colfax, NC: Wayne Leupold Editions, 2009. 91 pp. ISBN 978-1-881162-30-8. US $16.25.This is the third and final book in Grindal' s series of Lectionary Hymns. She has compiled sixty-nine...
Brille Tu Luz: En Medio De Las tinieblas/Canciones De Un Pueblo Caminante: Lo Mejor De Espinosa, Vol. 1
Brille tu luz En medio de las tinieblas. Estela García- López and Rodofo López. Pordand, OR: spiritandsong.com/OCP [Oregon Catholic Press], 2010. 44 pp. (30102801) US $10.00. Collection on compact disc, US $14.99 (30100467).Canciones de un pueblo caminante...
Dance, Then, Wherever You May Be . .
IntroductionI want to go boldly where too few of us have gone before: hymns that the congregation not only sings, but dances.Precedent for this in Judeo-Christian worship is ancient. David danced before the Ark of the Covenant; Miriam danced and sang...
Editor's Notes
This issue's feature articles speak to the riches we experience as members of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. The conference report and photos from the July event in Colorado Springs will evoke memories for those who had the good fortune...
From the Executive Director
Let me share some exciting information about a new project related to congregational song. In September, a group of scholars, composers, and poets gathered at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta to begin working on a project called "The Singing Church."...
Hope of the World
Hope of the world by Taylor Davis [SAB and piano]. Augsburg Fortress (ED015040) TOPICS: general; commitment; encouragement; prayer; Lord's kingship biblical references: Romans 15:13, John 6: 35, John 8:12This original composition brings a distinctive...
Hymns in Periodical Literature
Philip Jenkins, "Notes from the global church: 'Tukutendereza Yesu,'" Christian century 128, no. 2 (January 25, 2011)Philip Jenkins is professor of humanities at Pennsylvania State University and the writer of Notes from the global church, a regular...
Research Director's Report
I don't know about you, but until a few years ago, I had never once won a drawing for a prize, or a bid for a car wash from the church youth group, or anything like that. I considered my string of bad luck, and my dusty car, warnings against gambling...
Rhythms of Praises
Rhythms of praises by James Hart Brumm. Colfax, North Carolina: Wayne Leopold Editions, 2009. 98 pp. ISBN: 978-1-881162-32-2, US $16.25.At the heart of the pastor/preacher's call to ministry is finding die right words for the right situation. In Rhythms...
Seasons of Grace Volume 4
Seasons of grace Volume 4 compiled and arranged for solo piano by Paul A. Tate. GIA Publications (G-7956; companion compact disc CD-877)The fourth volume in this series of piano settings continues to expand the range of resources used by the arranger:...
Singing as Spiritual Formation: A River Brethren Hymn of Exhortation
This column will close the year out with yet another representative hymn of the River Brethren: "The pearl that worldlings covet."1 The hymn is strong in its visual imagery, in its structure, and in its portrayal of two-kingdom theology. This column...
The Essential Collection for the Church Soloist
SOLO VOCALThe essential collection for the church soloist compiled and arranged by Lloyd Larson. Hope Publishing Company (8508)An exquisite collection of fifty-one creative and accessible arrangements is furnished here to provide vocal soloists and their...
THE HYMN, SOCIETY Announces a Search for a New Hymn or Song on the Theme UNITY IN DIVERSITY
As part of The Hymn Society's ongoing commitment to the enrichment of congregational song and in anticipation of the 2012 conference "The Meeting Place - Sharing Our Song," the executive committee has announced a search for a theologically rich hymn...
The Makers of the Sacred Harp
The makers of the Sacred Harp by David Warren Steel with Richard H. Hulan. Urbana, Chicago, and Springfield: University of Illinois Press, 2010. 321 pp. ISBN 978-0-252-03567-8 (cloth), US $70.00; 978-0-252-07760-9 (paper), US $25.00.The hymnal companion,...
The Making of a Chapter: THE SOUTHERN ONTARIO CHAPTER OF THE HYMN SOCIETY
IntroductionOn a sunny Sunday afternoon in October, 2008, Humbercrest United Church in Toronto's West End buzzed with anticipation. In die lofty chancel die Salvation Army Toronto Brass band took turns with guest organist Fred Graham in playing a boisterous...
There's a Wideness in God's Mercy
There's a wideness in God's mercy ST. Helena, arr. Rick McNeely [SATB, piano]. GIA Publications (G-7378) topics: God's love, mercy, and grace season: General biblical references: Psalms 36:5; 86:5-7, 15; and 103:8-13; Lamentations 3:21-26; John 3:16;...
Through Joy and Sorrow
Through joy and sorrow Hymn texts by Edith Sinclair Downing. Colfax, North Carolina: Wayne Leupold Editions, 2009. 60 pp. ISBN 978-1-881162-31-5. US $12.50This collection of fifty-one hymn texts is the latest from Edith Sinclair Downing. What is astounding...
Traveling Home: Sacred Harp Singing and American Pluralism
Traveling home: Sacred Harp singing and American pluralism by Kiri Miller. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2008. 245 pp. ISBN: 978-0-252-03214-1. US$25.00.Hymn Society conference attendees who would like to situate the 2010 Sacred Harp sing...
We Turn to God
We turn to God Hymn texts by John A. Dalles. Colfax, North Carolina: Wayne Leupold Editions, 2010. 71 pp. ISBN 978-1-881162-36-0. US $15.00.We turn to God is the third hymn collection by John A. Dalles, a Presbyterian minister and hymnwriter. It offers...
Within the Maddening Maze
Within the maddening maze by John Core. Colfax, North Carolina: Wayne Leupold Editions, 2010. 69 pp. ISBN 978-1-881162-39-1. US $15.00.In the preface to this collection, Core invokes the words of Quaker poet John Greenleaf Whittier, who in "The eternal...