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John D. Horman & Mary Nelson Keithahn.

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Martin Luther

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HYMNS ETC. - Hymns for the Lecitonary

Hymns for the Lectionary June-September 2016

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. The fifteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attack on the United States falls on Sunday again this year.  If you are including a remembrance in worship on that day, consider our anthem, “We Know Our God Is Faithful” (CGA937) that was commissioned by Choristers Guild immediately after that tragic event.  John has suggested that the text can also be sung as a congregational hymn to the tune AURELIA or PASSION CHORALE. 

September l8 (Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time).  Psalm 113, an alternate psalm for this Sunday, is referenced in our hymn, “Great God of All, We Sing Your Praise,” found in our collection, The Song Lingers On (Zimbel Press, 2003).  Mary wrote the text in memory of Mohandas K. Gandhi and her father-in-law, Ralph Richard Keithahn, two friends who often prayed together in India.  John named his simple tune, FRIENDS.

October 23 (Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time).  The parable of the Pharisee and the Publican at prayer in Luke 18:9-14, the Gospel reading for this day, is told in our hymn, “Up to the Temple One Fine Day, “ found in our collection, Come Away with Me (Abingdon, 1998).  John’s tune is WHEATON, but the text can also be sung to TALLIS’ CANON or OLD HUNDREDTH.

October 30 (Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time).  “When Jesus Came to Jericho,” a hymn from our new collection, Faith That Lets Us Sing (Wayne Leupold Editions, 2016), tells the story of Jesus’ impact on Zacchaeus as recorded in Luke 19:1-10.   Our collection of songs for young children, Sing the Stories of Jesus (Augsburg Fortress, 2008) includes short song on Zacchaeus that celebrates his becoming a good neighbor and doesn’t mention a tree!

November 24 (Thanksgiving Day).  Thanksgiving is a national holiday in the U.S. If you are planning an interfaith service, consider using the alternate stanzas to the third doxological stanza that appear in the text Mary wrote at John’s request for such a service his congregation was hosting. The text to the familiar NUN DANKET is included in our new collection, Faith That Lets Us Sing (Wayne Leupold Editions, 2016.)

November 27 (First Sunday of Advent, Year A).  A hymn we adapted from our musical drama, Isaiah’s Dream, would be appropriate on this Sunday. It is “The Holy One of Israel,” and is included in our collection, Come Away with Me (Abingdon, 1998.) The stanzas are based on several passage from Isaiah (2:2-4, 35, 9:2, 6,7) and the refrain on Psalm 122.  This hymn could also be used on December 4 and/or December 11.  Young children could sing Isaiah’s vision of peace in the simple song, “Isaiah Had a Dream from God,” from our collection, Sing the Stories of God’s People (Augsburg Fortress, 2010).  John set Mary’s text to his arrangement of CONDITOR ALME SIDERUM.

December 18  (Fourth Sunday of Advent). “When Mary Heard the Angel Say,” a hymn from our new collection, Faith That Lets Us Sing (Wayne Leupold Editions, 2016), tells about the visit of angels to Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds and would support the Gospel lesson, Matthew 1:18-25.

December 24 (Christmas Eve). “One Holy Night in Bethlehem, “ a hymn that first appeared in our collection, Time Now to Gather (Abingdon, 1998), and has been included in several collections and hymnals, is a favorite for Christmas Eve.  Take a look also at “Song of the Creche” The Song Lingers On (Zimbel, 2003) and several from our new collection, Faith That Lets Us Sing (Wayne Leupold Editions, 2016):  “ “How Far It Was to Bethlehem,” “Bethlehem, the House of Bread,” and “A Blessing for Christmas Eve.”  “Gloria,” a song that a primary choir could offer as a simple anthem, is found in our collection, Sing the Stories of Jesus (Augsburg Fortress, 2008.)

December 25 (Christmas Day).  In addition to the hymns suggested for Christmas Eve, here are some others from Faith That Lets Us Sing:  “Angel Voices Still Are Singing,” and “Who Was There.”  

January 1 (New Year’s Day).  “Spirit Child Jesus,” a hymn first found in our collection, Come Away with Me (Abingdon, 1998), and later included in the supplement, Worship and Song (Abingdon 2011), is appropriate when people are wondering what to do now that the celebration of Christmas is ending.  The text anticipates the liturgical seasons that follow.

January 6 (Epiphany).  Faith That Lets Us Sing (Wayne Leupold Editions, 2016) has two hymns for this Day of the Kings:  “Though Shepherds Heard the Angels” and “How Foolish They Were.”   Young children could sing the simple “Finding Jesus,” from Sing the Stories of Jesus (Augsburg Fortress, 2008).

Let us come into God's presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to God with songs of praise!

Psalm 95:2

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