Academic journal article The Hymn

Macalester Plymouth Hymnwriting Contests

Academic journal article The Hymn

Macalester Plymouth Hymnwriting Contests

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Macalester Plymouth United Church of St. Paul, MN, is pleased to announce the winners of its fourteenth annual hymn contest, a search for new hymn texts to be sung on Labor Day. The contest specifically asked for "words that especially address the plight of the unemployed."

The winning hymn, "God, bless the work your people do," was written by the Rev. Dr. John A. Dalles, the pastor of Wekiva Presbyterian Church in Longwood, Florida. He is a graduate of both Lancaster Theological Seminary (UCC) and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (PCUSA). A life member of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, his hymn texts have been published in a number of denominational hymnals.

An honorable mention was awarded to the Rev. Dr. Pamela Payne of Huntsville, Alabama for her hymn "When work of heart and hand align." She is a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and completed her Ph.D. in theology at Vanderbilt University in 2003. Both texts may be found at the Web site listed below.

Macalester Plymouth also announces a fifteenth international contest for English-language hymnwriters; it carries a prize of $500 for the winning entry. …

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