The Hymn

Articles from Vol. 68, No. 3, Summer

2018 Hymnic Anniversaries: "Bind in One the Hearts of All"
A half century ago deep divisions were revealed within many western societies, as widespread protests and demonstrations erupted. The Prague Spring ended with an invasion. A student movement in Poland was quickly quashed, while one in Mexico ended in...
A New Hymnal for the Netherlands: An Introduction to the 2013 Liedboek
The Netherlands is home to seventeen million inhabitants living on 42,000 square kilometres (roughly the size of the state of Maryland). Nearly half of the Dutch population may be considered to be "ecclesiastical," i.e., they are connected to a local...
Breath
Communal SongGeorge Black, a past President of The Hymn Society, once said that a community of love will sing together, that to tamper with the people's prayer is a tricky business, and that the leader of the people's song needs to take some risks, like...
Echoes of the Reformation
Our conference this year commemorates the quincentennial of the beginning of the Reformation(s). These reform movements transformed the Christian church, and in so doing, created new paradigms of congregational song. The articles featured in this issue...
Editor's Notes
Several articles in this issue follow the theme of this summer's conference for The Hymn Society, "Celebrating Congregational Song Since the Reformation." Wim Ruessink, who played the opening organ recital at our conference in New Orleans in 2015, describes...
From the Executive Director
The only constant is change, they say. I've been thinking a lot about intersections, transitions, and new adventures as I take on the role of Executive Director of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada.There was a time when I was a very active...
Glory to God: A Companion
Glory to God: A Companion. CARL P. DAW JR. LOUISVILLE: WESTMINSTER JOHN KNOX PRESS, 2016. ISBN 978-0-664-50312-3. 854 PAGES. CD OF 435 PAGES. $75.00.Carl Daw, FHS, well-known as the executive director of The Hymn Society in the United Sates and Canada...
"Harmony in the Heart": 38 Original Tunes by Samuel Wesley Set to Hymns by Writers from Four Centuries
"Harmony in the Heart": 38 Original Tunes by Samuel Wesley set to Hymns by Writers from Four Centuries PUBLISHED BY PHILIP CARTER (DIRECTOR OF MUSIC AT THE NEW ROOM IN BRISTOL) AND ADVISORY GROUP: ANDREW PRATT, MIKE CULSHAW, RACHEL BURKE, AND GORDON...
In Their Own Words: Slave Life and the Power of Spirituals
In Their Own Words: Slave Life and the Power of Spirituals EILEEN GUNTHER. ST. LOUIS: MORNINGSTAR MUSIC PUB., 2016. ISBN 978-0-944529-71-3. 492 PAGES. $28.00.Though there have been numerous books and periodicals written on the history and significance...
Letter to the Editor
May 15, 2017I read with great interest the feature on favorite hymns by Fellows of The Hymn Society in the Winter, 2017 issue.Sometime in the late 1970s (I still have the clipping but it is undated), the Virginia Methodist Advocate, as it was then called,...
Lutheran Sunday School Hymnals in English in the United States, 1819-1901
Assembling in SchoolNow we are met to read and pray,And hear what our kind teachers say;Let every child attentive beTo him who every child can see.He dwells in heaven; but he is here:He lives on high; but he is near:He knows our thoughts and wishes too,And...
News
The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada is pleased to announce the release of Singing Welcome: Hymns and Songs of Hospitality to Refugees and Immigrants, a collection of 46 hymns and songs available for free download from The Hymn Society's...
Prayer Rising into Song: Fifty New and Revised Hymns
Prayer Rising into Song: Fifty New and Revised Hymns CARL P. DAW JR. CAROL STREAM, IL: HOPE PUB., 2016. ISBN 1-933710-15-2. 97 PAGES. $9.95.Though the subtitle might suggest a balance of new and revised material, in fact this collection is comprised...
Psalms for Singing, Sighing, Ranting, Raving
I awoke on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, to weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth. When I paused, I heard the same sounds coming from outside my door. That very day, I realized I needed a time-tested lifeboat or I wasn't going to make it through this...
Recent Psalters and Hymnals from U.S. and Canadian Churches with Dutch Reformed Roots: Different Approaches to Psalmody in Four Recent Publications
On pages 8-12 of this issue, Wim Ruessink provides an introduction to the 2013 Liedboek: Zingen en Bidden in Huís en Kerk, a new hymnal for the Netherlands and Dutch-speaking Belgium published by eight denominations, the most ecumenical effort to date...
Research Director's Report
For the 2017 Emerging Scholars Forum, we received a total of seven abstracts in response to our call for papers. These were crafted by scholars from both the United States and Canada and were high caliber and thoughtful. The panel of reviewers consisting...
Songs for the Waiting: Devotions Inspired by the Hymns of Advent
Songs for the Waiting: Devotions Inspired by the Hymns of Advent MAGREY R. DEVEGA. LOUISVILLE: WESTMINSTER JOHN KNOX, 2016. ISBN 978-0-664-26252-5. 102 PAGES. $15.00.As pastors and church musicians throughout much of Western Christendom can attest, celebrating...
Story and Song: A Postcolonial Interplay between Christian Education and Worship
Story and Song: A Postcolonial Interplay between Christian Education and Worship HYERAN KIM-CRAGG. AMERICAN UNIVERSITY STUDIES. SERIES VII, VOL. 323. NEW YORK: PETER LANG, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-4331-1897-5. 180 PAGES. $79.95.Story and Song examines the dynamic...
The Music Architect: Blueprints for Engaging Worshipers in Song
The Music Architect: Blueprints for Engaging Worshipers in Song CONSTANCE M. CHERRY. GRAND RAPIDS, MI: BAKER ACADEMIC, 2016. ISBN 978-0-8010-9968-7. 288 PAGES. $22.99.Constance Cherry stands in the most difficult of places, the false dichotomies of congregational...
Theses and Dissertations
This bibliography supplements those in previous issues of The Hymn. The last such listing appeared in Summer 2016 (67:3). The present roster includes papers old and new that have not been listed before. It was compiled from bibliographic databases such...
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