Academic journal article The Hymn

Winner of the Hymn Society of the U.S. and Canada Text Contest on "The Role of Song in the Life of Faith"

Academic journal article The Hymn

Winner of the Hymn Society of the U.S. and Canada Text Contest on "The Role of Song in the Life of Faith"

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John Core's text, "God, let your gathering note be sounded," was named the winner at The Hymn Society's Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio, on July 16,2014. A graduate of West Virginia University, Core is an active layman in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He is a Library Associate at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia, and a Life Member of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada.

GOD, LET YOUR GATHERING

NOTE BE SOUNDED

98 98 D

Suggested tune: Rendez A Dieu

John Core

© The Hymn Society of the U.S. and Canada, 2014

God, let your gathering note be sounded,

help us find voice and stir our hearts,

that here by this great cloud surrounded

our souls may test and tune their parts:

sounds of each gender, generation,

now blending in the holy air

may praise you in the congregation,

and to the earth you name declare.

With age-old words and tunes persistent

we link ourselves to history,

to songs remote in deserts distant,

Moses and Miriam by the sea;

to David's harp, the prophets' yearning,

to Christmas angels in the gloom,

glad tunes for prodigal's returning,

a hallel in the upper room. …

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