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History of Hymns: Argentine song reflects chamarrita dance form

“¡Miren Qué Bueno!” (“Look, How Good It Is!”) Pablo Sosa The Faith We Sing, No. 2231  ¡Miren Qué Bueno, qué bueno es! O look and wonder, how good it is! Look at how good it is for us to be here all together, it is like precious oil that runs from Aaron’s head and beard. […]

History of Hymns: Apocalyptic vision leads to famous 19th-century hymn

“Shall We Gather at the River” Robert Lowry UM Hymnal, No. 723 Shall we gather at the river, Where bright angel feet have trod, With its crystal tide forever Flowing by the throne of God? Yes, we’ll gather at the river, The beautiful, the beautiful river; Gather with the saints at the river That flows […]

History of Hymns: Watts’ ‘Power of God’ composed for children

“I Sing the Almighty Power of God” Isaac Watts UM Hymnal, No. 152 I sing the almighty power of God, That made the mountains rise, That spread the flowing seas abroad, And built the lofty skies.  I sing the wisdom that ordained The sun to rule by day; The moon shines full at God’s command, […]

History of Hymns: New Zealand composer bases best-known song on call to servanthood

“The Servant Song” Richard Gillard The Faith We Sing, No. 2222 Brother, sister, let me serve you, let me be as Christ to you; pray that I may have the grace to let you be my servant , too.*   Richard Gillard (b. 1953) was born in England and brought at age 3 to New […]

History of Hymns: Famed hymn expresses writer’s longing for heaven

“Nearer, My God, to Thee” Sarah F. Adams UM Hymnal, No. 528  Nearer, my God to thee, Nearer to thee! E’en though it be a cross That raiseth me, Still all my song shall be, Nearer my God, to thee; Nearer, my God to thee, Nearer to thee. The English poet Sarah Adams (1805-1848) was […]

History of Hymns: Spirit of Reformation marks ‘Lift Our Song’

“In Unity We Lift Our Song” Ken Medema The Faith We Sing, No. 2221 In unity we lift our song of grateful adoration, for brothers brave and sisters strong. What cause for celebration! * Ken Medema (b. 1943), one of the most versatile, creative and enduring Christian artists today, is now in his 40th year […]

“Mrs. Gospel Music” bridged racial barriers

“Lead Me, Guide Me” Doris Akers The Faith We Sing, No. 2214  I am weak and I need thy strength and power To help me over my weakest hour Lead me through the darkness thy face to see Lead me, O Lord, lead me. Lead me, guide me along the way, For if you lead […]

Evening hymn declares that ‘Christ is our light’

“Now It Is Evening” Fred Pratt Green The Faith We Sing, No. 2187  Now it is evening: Lights of the city bid us remember Christ is our light. Many are lonely, who will be neighbor? Where there is caring Christ is our light. *  The tradition of singing evening hymns in Christianity dates back at […]

‘Battle Hymn’ inspired by visit to troops in Civil War

“Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory” Julia Ward Howe UM Hymnal, No. 717  Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord; He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored; He hath loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword; His truth is marching on. Julia […]

‘Living for Jesus’ pledges full commitment to Christ

“Living for Jesus” Thomas O. Chisholm The Faith We Sing, No. 2149 Living for Jesus a life that is true, striving to please him in all that I do, yielding allegiance, glad-hearted and free, this is the pathway of blessing for me.  O Jesus, Lord and Savior, I give myself to thee, for thou, in […]