Academic journal article The Hymn

The Song Is Faith

Academic journal article The Hymn

The Song Is Faith

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The Song Is Faith by Sandra Gay. Colfax, NC: Wayne Leupold Editions, 2007. 79pp. ISBN 978-1-881162-22-3. $15.00

In this compact volume published by Wayne Leupold Editions, Sandra Gay has selected a variety of texts from 15 different authors for her unison and four-part settings.

She states that one of her goals is to offer hymns on subjects that often have been ignored in the past - and in that goal she succeeds admirably. The topics are broadly chosen and, in addition to "Music" and "Creation" offerings, for which this reviewer always seems to be looking, there is a very welcome hymn on "Justice." The setting of the brilliant text by John Thornburg is tender, gentle, and altogether engaging ("Who Is This Woman So Weak and Bent Over?").

Some of the other effective pairings of music and text are found in the strong hymn for which Gay wrote both the text and the tune, "Builders for Eternity." A worthy alternative to "The Church's One Foundation," this hymn celebrates some of the roles of the church, calling for wisdom, vision, grace, truth, and "the faith to build a room within our soul, where peace and understanding will prevail."

"O God, Who Brought to Earth the New Creation," listed under the same subject ("church"), subtly uses traditional harmonies juxtaposed with a clarion call for renewal of hearts, minds, the church, and the world. …

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