"Music is the art of the prophets, the only art that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificant and delightful presents God has given us."

Martin Luther

HYMNS ETC. - Hymns for the Lectionary

May 10 (Sixth Sunday of Easter).  Mother’s Day is observed in many churches on this day, and our hymn, “A Mother Lined A Basket,” is often sung then.  An anthem setting, “Love Enough to Give,” for Unison and SATB choirs with piano, opt. congregation, and opt. flute, is available from Choristers Guild (CGA808).   For an anthem supporting Peter’s sermon in the reading from Acts, consider “Come, Believers in the Gospel,” for SATB and piano with opt. treble voices, trumpet, and handbells. (MorningStar #MSM-50-6037.)  This anthem was commissioned for the 2003 Montreat Music and Worship Conference sponsored by the Presbyterian Association of Musicians.

May 24 (Pentecost Sunday).  The text of our anthem, “Twelve Disciples in the Temple,” tells the story of Pentecost to John’s arrangement of the Japanese hymn tune TOKYO for unison/two part voices with piano, congregation, and optional flute, handbells (3-4 octaves), suspended cymbal, gong, triangle, and wind chimes. It is available from Choristers Guild (CGA1027). 

May 31 (Trinity Sunday, First Sunday after Pentecost). A number of our hymns address a Trinitarian God or end with a Trinitarian doxology, and would be appropriate for this Sunday.  Consider using “God of Every Generation” (WAUWATOSA) from our collection, The Song Lingers On (Zimbel Press), and Community of Christ Sings, a new hymnal published by Herald Publishing House in 2013. We also suggest “Come, Praise God for Faithful People” (WINCHESTER NEW), also found in The Song Lingers On.

June 28 (Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time) Our hymn, “A Father Came to Jesus” (LOVING FATHER) tells the story of Jesus’ healing of the daughter of Jairus in the reading from Mark.  It is included in Time Now to Gather: New Hymns for the Church Family, and also with an alternate tune in Voices Found, a supplementary hymnal published by Church Publishing Inc. in 2003.  The same story is told in “Jesus Heals A Little Girl,” in Sing the Stories of Jesus: Twenty-Five Songs for the Youngest Singers (Augsburg Fortress).

July 12 (Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time).  Our hymn, “Like Miriam, Who Danced to Praise” (FAITH DANCE) uses the metaphor of dance as a medium to praise God, and would be appropriate for this Sunday. It is included in The Song Lingers On, and the Presbyterian hymn supplement, Sing the Faith (Geneva Press)

July 19 (Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time). Two of our hymns are based on Psalm 23:  “Good Shepherd, Our Leader, Provider, and Guide (GOOD SHEPHERD), from The Song Lingers On (Zimbel Press), and “When We Are Called to Sing Your Praise,” set to KINGSFOLD in the supplements, The Faith We Sing (Abingdon Press) and Sing the Faith (Geneva Press), and to VOX DILECTI in Community of Christ Sings (Herald Publishing House).

July 26 (Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time). One of the stanzas in our lively “The Wedding Guests Were Waiting” (SIGNS TODAY) tells about the boy who shared his lunch (John 6:1-21). It can be found in Time Now to Gather: New Hymns for the Church Family (Abingdon) and in Community of Christ Sings (Herald Publishing House).  “The Big Picnic,” a song based on this story, is included in Sing the Stories of Jesus: Twenty-Five Songs for the Youngest Singers (Augsburg Fortress). A small group of children could sing this as special music in worship this day.

September 6 (Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time).  “The Holy One of Israel” (ISAIAH’S DREAM), a hymn based on Isaiah 35, is included in Come Away with Me: A Collection of Original Hymns (Abingdon Press). “Faith Is Believing,” our lively anthem for unison voices with piano and opt. descant, flute, and percussion, is based on James 2:17. (Abingdon #0687051851)




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