Academic journal article The Hymn

Songs Unchanged, Yet Ever-Changing: 50 Hymn Texts

Academic journal article The Hymn

Songs Unchanged, Yet Ever-Changing: 50 Hymn Texts

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Songs Unchanged, Yet EverChanging: 50 Hymn Texts. Jacque B. Jones. GIA #G-8775, 2014. $19.95.

Working closely with Jacque Jones over a period of several years on the Executive Committee of The Hymn Society, I had no idea how deeply this goodnatured and most capable individual had delved into to the field of hymn-writing. Songs Unchanged, Yet EverChanging is a collection of 50 of her texts, and what a wonderful collection it is. Here is scriptural storytelling at its best, recounting significant biblical moments and the contribution of great, yet humble, characters. The texts reveal a marvelous capacity to see both the frailty and the strength of those whom God calls into the circle of service to others.

A few highlights: a strong Advent text, "With longing, we pray"; a hymn on acceptance and forgiveness, "We look upon our enemies"; thanksgiving for risk-takers, "Today we sing with thankfulness"; a reflection on the gifts of water and wind and how these elements can become a destructive force (e.g.,"the paradox within your world: that good can also kill"), "You formed creation by your word"; two compassionate hymns on the plight of the homeless, "In the wastelands of cities" and "Hear this from a homeless stranger"; and in the realm of the delightfully different, "Cicada Song," a thoughtful reflection on creation and the contribution of these unusual creatures. …

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