HYMNS ETC. - Hymns for the Lecitonary
Hymns for the Lectionary June-September 2016
June 5 (Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time). Our hymn, “A Widow of Zarepath Town” begins with the story of Elijah and the widow in 1 Kings 17, but also mentions the poor widow Jesus saw give her last coin in the Temple. The hymn is found in our collection, Time Now to Gather (Abingdon, 1998). Abingdon also published an anthem setting under the title, “Song of Two Widows” for unision voices, keyboard, and optional recorder or flute.
June 26 (Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time). Our hymn, “A Fox Has A Den,” is based on Luke 9:58, and suggests that the risen Christ still walks with others who are homeless on the city streets and calls us to care for them (Matthews 15:40). The hymn is found our new collection, Faith That Lets Us Sing (Wayne Leupold, 2016).
July 3 (Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time). The first stanza of our hymn, “Before the Dawn Had Broken,” is based on the story of Samuel in 2 Kings 5:1-14. Succeeding stanzas refer to other children mentioned in the Bible: young David, Namaan’s maid, the boy who shared his lunch. The hymn is included in Faith That Lets Us Sing.)
July 17 (Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time). “When Jesus Was in Bethany,” a hymn from our collection, The Song Lingers On (Zimbel , 2003) is based on the Gospel reading from Luke (10:38-42).
August 7 (Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time). “Faith Is Believing,” an anthem published by Cokesbury for unison voices with optional descant, flute, and percussion, is based on Hebrews 11:1. Our hymn, “Faith Is Patience in the Night,” is also based on that text. It is found in the hymnal supplements, The Faith We Sing (Abingdon, 2000) and Sing the Faith (Geneva, 2003).
September 11 (Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time). “A Long-Lost Lamb is in the Fold” from Time Now to Gather (Abingdon, 1998) refers to the lost sheep, lost coin, and lost son in the first stanza, and to other “lost” characters in the Gospels in succeeding stanzas, before inviting all who have lost their way to return to God’s forgiving arms in the last stanza.