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History of Hymns: Hymn celebrates role of music in worship

Even though it is a 21st-century hymn text, it is hard to separate “When Words Alone Cannot Express” from the familiar 17th-century hymn tune for which it was written—LASST UNS ERFREUEN, a tune often associated with the hymn “All Creatures of Our God and King.” The Rev. John Thornburg’s hymn uses this singable and triumphant melody to provide an explanation of the role of music in worship.

Event marks launch of Cameroon music ministry

By John Thornburg, Special Contributor… BUEA, Cameroon—“Music comes naturally to Cameroon. When we are happy, we sing. When we are sad, we sing. Music is speaking our language. When the music of the U.S. and Cameroon collides, there is an explosion!” So said the Rev. Ekoka Molindo, pastor of Hope United Methodist Church in Buea, […]