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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 […]

‘Find the Quiet Center’ seeks calm amid chaos of life in 21st century

By Renée N. Boone, Special Contributor… “Come and Find the Quiet Center” Shirley Erena Murray The Faith We Sing, No. 2128   Come and find the quiet center in the crowded life we lead, find the room for hope to enter, find the frame where we are freed: clear the chaos and the clutter, clear […]

Wesley not author of ‘Come, Thou Almighty King’

“Come, Thou Almighty King” Anonymous author UM Hymnal, No. 61 Come, thou almighty King, Help us thy name to sing, Help us to praise! Father all glorious, O’er all victorious, Come and reign over us, Ancient of Days! This well-known hymn, now of uncertain authorship, was attributed to Charles Wesley in Methodist hymnals published in […]

‘Wind Who Makes All Winds’ honors presence of Holy Spirit

“Wind Who Makes All Winds that Blow” Thomas Troeger UM Hymnal, No. 538 Wind who makes all winds that blow, gusts that bend the sapling low, gales that heave the sea in waves, stirrings in the mind’s deep caves: Aim your breath with steady power on your church, this day, this hour. Raise, renew the […]

German hymn rejoices in God’s eternal reign

Frances Elizabeth Cox (1812-1897) devoted herself to the translation of hymns from the German language into English. In total, she published 56 hymns in Sacred Hymns from the German(1841, 2nd edition, 1864). Though little is known about Cox’s life, her translations remain a testament to her accomplishments. Of the approximately 80 texts she translated, most […]

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