The Hymn

Articles from Vol. 68, No. 4, Autumn

Annual Conference Report 2017: July 16-20, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Sunday, July 16EMILY R. BRINKSunday afternoon people started arriving at Conrad Grebel University College, a Mennonite liberal arts college affiliated with and on the main campus of the University of Waterloo. After registering, the first timers (105!)...
Editor's Notes
It is hard to believe that this is the 24th "Editor's Notes" I have written for The Hymn and my final one. Thank you to everyone who has been so helpful in providing articles, columns, and proofreading, and for answering my many questions over the last...
From the President
The What, the Why, and the How of ItThe comedian Michael, Jr.™ has a segment entitled "Know Your Why" on YouTube in which he discusses one of his "Break Time" events that took place in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.1 During these "Break Time" events,...
Hermeneutics of Hymnody: A Comprehensive and Integrated Approach to Understanding Hymns
Hermeneutics of Hymnody: A Comprehensive and Integrated Approach to Understanding Hymns SCOTTY GRAY. MACON, GA: SMYTH & HELWYS, 2015. ISBN: 978-157312-767-7. 409 PAGES. $28.00.As many professional and amateur hymnologists have come to realize, not...
Hymn Tune Introits: Singing the Sundays of the Liturgical Year
Hymn Tune Introits: Singing the Sundays of the Liturgical Year KATHLEEN PLUTH. FRANKLIN PARK, IL: WLP, 2015. ISBN 978-158459-809-1. 39 PAGES. $4.95.In this small volume, Kathleen Pluth addresses the need for singing the entrance chant of the Latin Rite...
Introducing SING!: THE CENTER FOR CONGREGATIONAL SONG
DreamingIn the Fall of 2011, The Hymn Society's Executive Committee walked out of their meeting room with stunned looks and tentative spirits. Had they really just discerned the need for an endowment campaign that involved the word million? What would...
João Wilson Faustini Honored as Fellow by the Hymn Society
Joao Wilson Faustini has been honored by The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada at its Annual Conference in Waterloo, Ontario, on July 18, 2017, by being named a Fellow of The Hymn Society. This award, the highest honor given by the organization,...
John Ambrose Honored as Fellow by the Hymn Society
John Ambrose has been honored by The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada at its Annual Conference in Waterloo, Ontario, on July 18, 2017, by being named a Fellow of The Hymn Society. This award, the highest honor given by the organization, was...
John Richard Watson Honored as Fellow by the Hymn Society
JR. Watson has been honored by The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada at its Annual Conference in Waterloo, Ontario, July 19, 2017, by being named a Fellow of The Hymn Society. This award, the highest honor given by the organization, was conferred...
Melva Costen Honored as Fellow by the Hymn Society
Melva Costen has been honored by The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada at its Annual Conference in Waterloo, Ontario, July 19, 2017, by being named a Fellow of The Hymn Society. This award, the highest honor given by the organization, was...
Music and the Reformation: An Ecumenical Achievement 1
Martin LutherAs is well known, Martin Luther (1483-1546) had a great deal of respect for the music of Josquin des Prez (14501521), a Franco-Flemish Roman Catholic composer. The best-known quotation about Josquin from Luther is probably this one which...
"No Better Songs": John Calvin and the Genevan Psalter in the Sixteenth Century and Today
IntroductionIn December 1551, in a move calculated to send chills down the spine of all church musicians here today, the Genevan government put their chief Psalms composer, Louis Bourgeois, in prison. What had he done to deserve being thrown into jail?...
Onward! Hymns & Psalms 2013-2015
Onward! Hymns & Psalms 2013-2015 BRIAN WREN. CAROL STREAM, IL: HOPE, 2016. ISBN 978-0-85249949-8. 126 PAGES. $9.95Most of the hymns in this collection were written between 2012 and 2015. There are also five previously published hymns set to newly...
Praise Y Adoración Bilingual Hymnal / Himnario Bilingüe
Praise y Adoración Bilingual Hymnal / Himnario Bilingüe ED. BENJAMÍN ALICEA-LUGO AND IRMA CUEVAS ALICEA. OLD BRIDGE, NJ: MULTILINGUAL CHURCH MEDIA, 2016. ISBN 978-0-9971495-0-0. 986 + V PAGES. $35.00 PEW EDITION; $350.00 PROJECTION EDITION (FLASH DRIVE);...
'Sorrow and Love, Love and Sorrow': The Poetics of Hymnody since the Reformation (with Particular Reference to American and Canadian Hymnody)
When Martin Luther sent his 95 Theses to Albert of Brandenburg, the Archbishop of Mainz, in 1517, he started something that he could never have foreseen, and that is still going on to this day: he validated the recording of individual experience. All...
Texts and Music: Hymns, Tunes, and Settings
Words and MelodiesA hymn is a text made up ofwords. Words are very important. In the Christian view, as the Prologue to John's gospel says, in the beginning was the Word which became flesh. So it is not without reason that composers of hymn tunes seek...
The City in Our Hymns
Once, when I was asked to give the children's sermon, I began with a question: "Where do you see the beauty of God's creation?" Little hands shot up. "In the mountains!" "In the woods!" "When I look up at the stars!"We were in Brooklyn, far from mountains...
The Psalms: Bread of Heaven in the Wilderness of Our Exodus
A spiritual understanding of the psalter will . . . not introduce us to some esoteric technique of prayer, nor will it tempt us to induce within our minds some peculiar psychological state. It will, above all, tell us not merely what we ought to be but...
The Reason Why We Sing
The Reason Why We Sing HEATHER JOSSELYN-CRANSON. ASHLAND CITY, TN: OSL PUBLICATIONS, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-878009-73-9. 210 PAGES. $20.00.It is no small task to write a book that explores the myriad of styles and diverse traditions of music in the church...
What Should We Sing Today?
One of the thorniest challenges for any worship leader is selecting music for a particular congregation. Like choosing music for a hymnal, this task requires balancing any number of categories: the season and occasion, biblical and theological considerations,...
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