The Hymn

Articles from Vol. 69, No. 2, Spring

A Fellow's Perspective
I thoroughly enjoyed the Center launch in Dallas last October. Since I was on the search team that asked Brian Hehn to become the first director of this new venture for The Hymn Society, and I was also on the Center's advisory committee to help him plan...
A Functional Art: Reflections of a Hymn Writer
A Functional Art: Reflections of a Hymn Writer TIMOTHY DUDLEY SMITH. OXFORD: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2017. ISBN 978-0-19-340871-5. 174 PAGES. $39.95.Timothy Dudley-Smith, OBE, FHS, retired bishop of the Church of England, and author of over 450 hymns,...
Anglican Chant in American Presbyterian Hymnals
Musical practices in the Presbyterian Church changed extensively over the course of about a hundred years beginning in the 1830s. Presbyterians went from a denomination which (ostensibly) practiced nothing but unaccompanied congregational psalmody to...
Au Preah Vo Bey: A Khmer "Lord's Prayer"
When I first traveled to Cambodia in 1994, I heard a moving setting of the Lord's Prayer I had never heard before. Everyone in the worship service of the Christian Missionary and Alliance congregation appeared to know it by heart. I was so touched by...
Come, O Holy House, and Worship
Come, O Holy House, and Worship BENJAMIN BRODY. CHICAGO: GIA, 2017. G-9298. 115 PAGES. $24.95.Ben Brody is currently a member-at-large of the Executive Committee of The Hymn Society and Chair of the Music Department at Whitworth University. Also the...
Contextualizing Global Christianity through Musical Practice
The current demographics of Christianity are clear: once a religion of the West, Christianity is now a religion of the world writ large, with the majority of practitioners living in the global South. Indeed, the composition of the body of Christ continues...
Double Authenticity: Celebrity, Consumption, and the Christian Worship Music Industry
IntroductionIn the years since the turn of the twenty-first century, a new form of music ministry has developed. Often characterized by rock and pop musics and especially by concert style production utilizing recent technological innovations, the new...
Editor's Notes
I hope our readers will allow me more than two issues before assuming prevalent themes in my tenure. I have learned quickly that the content of the journal is not necessarily dictated by the interests of the editor. (Although I do, along with the Editorial...
Faith, Hymns and Poetry, Number 8 in the Third Series of Occasional Papers
Faith, Hymns and Poetry, Number 8 in the Third Series of Occasional Papers TIMOTHY DUDLEY-SMITH. THE HYMN SOCIETY OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-907018-09-1. 38 PAGES. $5.65.As a hymnwriter myself, when the great Carl Daw refers to someone...
First Impressions: Spacious and Adaptable
Last October I traveled to Dallas to attend Harmony, the launch event for The Center for Congregational Song. That Sunday afternoon I entered The Room on Main, picked up my name tag and a program book, and waited for the meeting to start. I was not sure...
From the Center Director
Did you know?Did you know The Hymn Society has more than 800 active individual members, and many more libraries, churches, and other institutional members?Did you know that with the average THS member's network of congregation members, friends, and professional...
Making Space for Others
I must begin with an apology: I want to invite you to imagine some unpleasant experiences of musical worship, and I hope you will not think the less of me for it. I assure you, this is not a doom and gloom piece about hymn performance.Call to mind, if...
Music That Weaves Culture, Community, and Congregation
IF I DO NOT SPEAK IN A LANGUAGE THAT CAN BE UNDERSTOOD, THERE IS LITTLE CHANCE FOR DIALOGUE. (BELL HOOKS)1In the historical context of Africana2 worship, the song of the gathered community functions as the perpetual soundtrack that speaks to the joys,...
Ritual Song, Second Edition
Ritual Song, Second Edition (PEW WITHOUT READINGS EDITION). EDITORS: DAVID ANDERSON, MICHAEL SILHAVY, ET. AL. CHICAGO, IL: GIA. 2016. ISBN: 978-162277-215-5. 1,470 ITEMS. $16.00.The editors of the second edition of Ritual Song have produced a Catholic...
Singing the Sacred Volume 1/singing the Sacred Volume 2
Singing the Sacred Volume 1 WILLIAM L. WALLACE, FRANKLIN PARK, IL: WORLD LIBRARY, 2011. ISBN 978-1-58459-561-8. 88 PAGES/36 TEXTS PLUS MUSIC. $17.00.Singing the Sacred Volume 2 WILLIAM L. WALLACE, FRANKLIN PARK, IL: WORLD LIBRARY, 2014. ISBN 978-1-58459-765-0....
Spread the Good News: Hymn Tunes and Songs of Sally Ann Morris
Spread the Good News: Hymn Tunes and Songs of Sally Ann Morris SALLY ANN MORRIS. CHICAGO: GIA, 2016. G-9192. 118 PAGES. $24.95.When musicians collaborate with others, the result is often richer for the exchange of ideas. Spread the Good News is an example...
Storms of Grace: Hymns for Worship
Storms of Grace: Hymns for Worship JAMES E. CLEMENS AND RICHARD LEACH. PITTSBURGH, PA: SELAH, 2015. CATALOG #125-044. 24 SONGS. $12.50.Storms of Grace is a collection of 24 hymns of high integrity. All texts are written by Richard Leach, are based on...
The Song of the Singing Assembly: A Theology of Christian Hymnody
The Song of the Singing Assembly: A Theology of Christian Hymnody JUDITH M. KUBICKI. CHICAGO, IL: GIA, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-62277-234-6. 234 PAGES. $27.95.Judith M. Kubicki proposes a strategy for understanding how the performative act of hymn singing can...
"Where Is Our Song Going" Vis a Vis " Where Should Our Song Be Going?": The Trajectory of "Global Song" in North America
This article is also available online, complete with embedded links and videos. Please visit www.thehymnsociety.org/thehymn.Congregational songs are sonic artifacts susceptible to the winds of socio-cultural change. They are indicators of change. Yet...
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