Academic journal article The Hymn

Macalester Plymouth Hymn Competition

Academic journal article The Hymn

Macalester Plymouth Hymn Competition

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Macalester Plymouth United Church of St. Paul, Minnesota, has announced the 2010 winners of its annual hymn contest. Its fifteenth such contest was a search for hymns giving thanks for the nation's many blessings and calling on the church to work for social reform. The hymn writers were asked to celebrate our country's beauty and goodness while asking God's help to "mend our every flaw," a reference to Katherine Lee Bates's 1904 hymn America the beautiful.

The $500 prize went to the Paul Bailie, pastor of Iglesia Luterana San Lucas in Eagle Pass, Texas, a Spanish -speaking ELCA congregation near the USMexico border. An Iowa native, he attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. His new hymn "God, we know that on this planet" was inspired by his earlier service at a church in San Antonio with a lively presence of retired military personnel, where he strove to balance his congregation's strong sense of patriotism with a theology of the cross and Jesus's example of peace. …

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