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A new hymn pairing

A new hymn pairing

As we move closer to publishing our print hymnal, Hymns to the Living God, I want to continue to highlight some of the new and unique selections that you will both find in the hymnal and can download for free even now. One of the unique hymns about which I am most pleased is not… Continue Reading

New Hymn by David Oestreich and Josh Bauder

New Hymn by David Oestreich and Josh Bauder

In January I mentioned the sudden passing of our friend, David Oestreich. David had been a supporter and occasional contributor here on the blog, and his tragic death due to complications from pneumonia was a shock to us all. David was quite an accomplished poet. He had several of his poems published in various collections,… Continue Reading

My Song is Love Unknown

My Song is Love Unknown

My song is love unknown, my Savior’s love to me; love to the loveless shown, that they might lovely be. O who am I, that for my sake my Lord should take frail flesh and die? He came from his blest throne salvation to bestow; but men made strange, and none the longed-for Christ would… Continue Reading

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Come, thou Fount of ev’ry blessing, Tune my heart to sing thy grace; Streams of mercy, never ceasing, Call for songs of loudest praise. Teach me some melodious sonnet, Sung by flaming tongues above; Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it, Mount of God’s unchanging love. Here I raise my Ebenezer; Hither by thy help… Continue Reading

Sun of My Soul

Sun of My Soul

Sun of my soul, Thou Savior dear, it is not night if Thou be near; Oh, may no earth-born cloud arise, to hide Thee from Thy servant’s eyes. When the soft dews of kindly sleep my weary eyelids gently steep, be my last thought—how sweet to rest forever on my Savior’s breast! Abide with me… Continue Reading

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Guide me, O my great Redeemer, pilgrim through this barren land; I am weak, but you are mighty; hold me with your powerful hand. Bread of heaven, bread of heaven, feed me now and evermore, feed me now and evermore. Open now the crystal fountain, where the healing waters flow. Let the fire and cloudy… Continue Reading

God Moves in a Mysterious Way

God Moves in a Mysterious Way

God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform; He plants his footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm. Deep in unfathomable mines of never-failing skill He treasures up his bright designs, and works His sovereign will. Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take; the clouds ye so much dread are big with… Continue Reading

O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright

O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright

O Splendor of God’s glory bright, from light eternal bringing light, O Light of light, light’s living Spring, true Day, all days illumining. Come, very Sun of heaven’s love, in lasting radiance from above, and pour the Holy Spirit’s ray on all we think or do today. And now to thee our pray’rs ascend, O… Continue Reading

An illustration of how a simple tune can communicate

An illustration of how a simple tune can communicate

James K. A. Smith provides a nice little example of how the rhythm of a simple hymn tune can communicate a message consistent with the message of the lyrics and the ocasion of its use. In discussing the hymn tune used for the Advent hymn, “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” (ALTE CATHOLISCHE KIRCHENGESANG), he… Continue Reading

100 free hymns now available for download!

100 free hymns now available for download!

We now have one hundred hymns available for free download on our online hymnal. These hymns are available in full page and half page formats. Each hymn PDF is embedded with keywords, so you can place all of your downloaded hymns into one folder on your computer easily search by keyword. We are offering these hymns… Continue Reading

More hymns added to our free online hymn resource

More hymns added to our free online hymn resource

I am pleased to announce that more hymns have been added to our online resource of free downloadable hymn sheets. These hymns are offered in two formats: 8.5×11 and half sheet. Please Donate We provide these hymns free of charge, but they were not free to produce! Would you consider donating to continue support of these… Continue Reading

A Psalm for Giving Thanks

A Psalm for Giving Thanks

This setting of Psalm 100 to “Old Hundredth” was composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The conductor is Sir David WIllcocks and the organist is Stephen Krahn. Also featured are the Abendmusik Chorus and Plymouth Brass. Continue Reading

What makes a hymn tune accessible?

What makes a hymn tune accessible?

One of the qualities of a good hymn that is often cited is that a congregational song must be accessible. I wholeheartedly agree with this point: for a hymn to be congregational, it has to be, well, congregational! The congregation has to be able to sing it. In other words, there are some songs that,… Continue Reading

The power of poetic meter

The power of poetic meter

Many factors contribute to how a hymn shapes its theological content. Here is one example of how the poetic meter of a text can shape its content in powerful ways. Consider this content: It is quiet in a house on Christmas Eve. Depending on poetic form, a poet can shape that content to feel either… Continue Reading

“Dear Refuge of My Weary Soul” by Anne Steel

“Dear Refuge of My Weary Soul” by Anne Steel

Dear refuge of my weary soul, On thee when sorrow rise; On thee, when waves of trouble roll, My fainting hope relies. While hope revives, though pressed with fears, And I can say, “My God,” Beneath thy feet I spread my cares, And pour my woes abroad. To thee I tell each rising grief, For… Continue Reading