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History of Hymns: English hymn rejoices in ‘Fruit of This Creation’

“For the Fruit of This Creation” Fred Pratt Green UM Hymnal, No. 97  For the fruit of this creation, Thanks be to God; For good gifts to every nation, Thanks be to God; For the plowing, sowing, reaping, Silent growth while we are sleeping, Future needs in earth’s safe-keeping, Thanks be to God. * Many […]

History of Hymns: ‘This Is My Song’ serves as prayer for global peace

“This Is My Song” Lloyd Stone and Georgia Harkness UM Hymnal, No. 437 This is my song, O God of all the nations, a song of peace for lands afar and mine. This is my home, the country where my heart is; here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine; but other hearts in […]

History of Hymns: John’s sermon, Charles’ hymn celebrate justification by faith

“Let Us Plead for Faith Alone” Charles Wesley UM Hymnal, No. 385 Let us plead for faith alone, faith by which our works is shown; God it is who justifies, only faith the grace applies. “To him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” Romans […]

Aging Well: Seniors need more than our quick-and-easy gifts

Not long ago I sat in a restaurant and watched a young-adult grandson cradle the elbow of his grandmother while she pushed her walker across the uneven brick floor. It seemed obvious that they were having a special grandmother-grandson date. As they neared their table, he moved ahead to pull out the chair then helped […]

History of Hymns: ‘Come Sunday’ reflects Duke Ellington’s faith & sacred jazz tradition

“Come Sunday” Duke Ellington UM Hymnal, No. 728 Come Sunday, oh, come Sunday, that’s the day. Duke Ellington (1899-1974) once said, “By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn’t want your daughter to associate with.” Yet, this master of jazz has a hymn in the United Methodist Hymnal! […]

Veteran’s Day resources from UM agencies

Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, is on a Sunday this year, and many churches will be conducting special services to honor veterans. But any day can be a good day to remember those who sacrifice so much. The United Methodist Church offers many spiritual resources for veterans and their families that can be used year-round. In […]

History of Hymns: Gospel hymn celebrates Christ’s gift of salvation

“Victory in Jesus” M. Bartlett UM Hymnal, No. 370 I heard an old, old story how a Savior came in glory, how he gave his life on Calvary to save a wretch like me; I hear about his groaning, of his precious blood’s atoning, then I repented of my sins and won the victory. * […]

History of Hymns: Saint’s ‘Canticle of the Sun’ inspires 20th-century hymn

“All Creatures of Our God and King,” St. Francis of Assisi UM Hymnal, No. 62  All creatures of our God and King, Lift up your voice and with us sing, O praise ye! Alleluia! O brother sun with golden beam, O silver moon with softer gleam, O praise ye! Alleluia! Francis of Assisi (ca. 1182-1226) […]

Webinars offer help in working with older adults

NASHVILLE, Tenn.– Clergy, laity and professionals seeking a spiritual framework for their work with older adults will benefit from Faith and Aging, a new webinar series from The Upper Room that began this month. Scheduled on four successive Tuesdays beginning Oct. 9, the series is hosted by the Rev. Jerry Haas, spiritual director for The […]

Aging Well: Listening can help bridge generational divide

An 84-year-old grandmother and lifelong Methodist shared a family situation that was troubling her. Her 22-year-old granddaughter had just moved in with her boyfriend. The grandmother was heartbroken, especially when she learned that her granddaughter did not view her decision as a moral or biblical issue. The older woman wanted me to know that her […]