Academic journal article The Hymn

Assembled for Song: An Anthology of New Hymns Volume 2

Academic journal article The Hymn

Assembled for Song: An Anthology of New Hymns Volume 2

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Assembled for Song: An Anthology of New Hymns Volume 2 Chicago: GIA, 2018 ISBN 978-1-62777-343-5, 125 pages, $24.95

Assembled for Song is a collection of approximately fifty hymns. These texts and several of the tunes are recent creations of the last few years. The contributors in this anthology include: John L. Bell, FHS; David Bjorlin; Mary Louise Bringle; Benjamin Brody; Rory Cooney; Ruth Duck, FHS; Delores Dufner, OSB, FHS; David Gambrell; Michael Joncas; Jacque B. Jones; Sally Ann Morris; Randall Sensmeier; Adam M. L. Tice; Jane Best; and Joanne Reynolds.

Although many of the texts are paired with familiar hymn tunes, several are combined with newer ones. The hymns cover a wide range of topics such as creation care, gender equality, and care for refugees. Therefore, the intent of this collection is to address the current concerns and issues our society faces while being grounded in scripture and tradition.

Mary Louise Bringle's text, "Can you feel the seasons turning" is paired with Randall Sensmeier's arrangement of Jefferson. Commissioned by Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont, it addresses climate change. Stanza two lifts up the cries of earth's creatures and the Spirit's sighing. This particular stanza calls these creatures "nature's poor, the first to suffer"-those who ultimately pay the price for our selfish acts.

"God's love is boundless," by Adam M. L. Tice, is combined with Sally Ann Morris's tune, New Vision, and was written to celebrate an ordination. …

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