Hymn Based Resources

John D. Horman & Mary Nelson Keithahn.

Hymns Etc.

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

Martin Luther

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HYMNS ETC. - References to our hymns in other publications

Occasionally our hymns have been included in other magazines, journals, and other publications, some of which are listed below.

Choristers Guild is back in print again, and one of their newly-published anthems is our “Faith Is Believing” for unison voices with piano and option syncopated percussion, flute, and descant. It Is #CGA1641 and copies are available from J.W. Pepper.  Choristers Guild uploaded a performance of the anthem with the score on YouTube. Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eslklya9TfI

“Like Ancient People on a Quest,” one of our hymns and one that uses imagery from the Lakota Vision Quest, was recorded in worship at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Lincoln, NE, on July 18. Organist and Music Director, Paul John Robinson, with his background in musical theater as well as church music, understands worship as drama but not mere entertainment. The hymn was introduced by the pastor after her sermon and tied in beautifully with her message. Paul’s arrangement of the hymn is meaningful and exciting, and is posted on my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mary.keithahn. The hymn can be found in our collection, The Song Lingers On: New Hymns for Our Journey of Faith  (Zimbel). 

Our hymn, “Behold the Lamb of God,” which appears in all its 14 stanzas in the hymnal Life Up Your Hearts (Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2013) was reviewed by Swee Hong Lim in Vol. 117 (September 2015) of Reformed Worship (Advent/Christmas). You can find it at https://www.reformedworship.org/article/september-2015/worship-amid-pain.The hymn is also available in the GIA catalog in another version for unison voices, piano, cello, and a “C” instrument such as a flute (G-7715). The text narrates the life and ministry of Jesus, but selected stanzas may be sung with stanzas 1 and 14 as “bookends” to particular episodes. The congregation, including children, can easily learn the refrain with a unison choir or soloists singing the stanzas until the hymn is learned. 


Our latest hymn, “God, Whose Voice Is Never Silent,” appeared in Sacramental Life: A Journal Devoted to Emerging and Historical Trends in Christian Worship, Vol. XXX No. 3 (Ordinary Time 2018), published by the Order of St. Luke.  This ecumenical order, open to laypersons, seminarians, and clergy, was formed to bring about a recovery of the worship and sacramental practices of apostolic times and rediscover the spiritual disciplines of the Wesleys as a way of perceiving and fulfilling the mission of the church.  Here is the text for the refrain of the hymn:

God, whose Voice is never silent,
may we hear, and then obey
your unceasing call for justice,
love, and peace on earth today.


Wade in the Water: 52 Reflections on The Faith We Sing, by Martha Whitmore Hickman (Abingdon, 2003), includes meditations on two of our hymn texts, “A Mother Lined A Basket” and “When Cain Killed Abel.” 


Sing the Wondrous Love of Jesus: Women Hymn Writers and Their Songs, by Joyce D. Sohl. General Board of Global Ministries, GBGMusik, The United Methodist Church, 2006.  Our hymn, “When Quiet Peace Is Shattered,” is reprinted, discussed, and suggested for use in a retreat designed around the issue of peace. 



God’s Mission: God’s Song, by Joyce D. Sohl. Women’s Division, General Board of Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church, 2006.  Our hymn, “Your Spirit, God, Moves Us to Pray,” is reprinted and discussed in a section on hymns addressing the issue of justice for children. www.gbgm-umc.org/umw/


Reformed Worship, September 2007, No. 85.  Our hymn, “In Matthew’s Gospel There Are Five,” was reproduced and discussed by Emily R. Brink in her article, “Songs from the Gospels.” www.reformedworship.org/.


Women in the Pulpit, Spring 2008, published by the South Carolina Conference Connectional Ministries, United Methodist Church, included the text for our hymn, “When Cain Killed Abel.”


Prism: A Theological Forum for the United Church of Christ, Vol. 22, No. 1, Spring 2008.  In his article, “Music and the Arts in the UCC Since 1957,”Timothy L. Brown  included our hymn texts, “When Life Becomes A Nightmare” and “Sing of Peace,”  and also mentioned  “Great God of All, We Sing Your Praise.” www.thepilgrimpress.com


Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology published by Union Theological Seminary-Presbyterian School of Christian Education, Richmond, VA, October 2008.  John Witvliet included two of our hymn texts, “In Matthew’s Gospel There Are Five” and “We Walk Today in Darkness” in his article,  “Sing to the Lord No Threadbare Song: Theological Angularity in the Face of Advent Sentimentality.”www.interpretation.org/


Our hymns have also appeared online in blogs and other resources, such as:


Cantus Mundi, a blogspot showcasing Christian music from around the world, maintained by maintained by Jonathan Tan, a lecturer at Australian Catholic University School of Theology in Strathfield, NSW 2135, Australia.    “When We Are Called to Sing Your Praise” was featured on June 2, 2013, and a version sung by a choir was uploaded on YouTube.


Lakewood United Methodist Church, Jacksonville, Florida, included the text for “Faith Is Patience in the Night,” with scripture readings for the week of July 14-20, 2013 in “Beginnings: A Walk through the Book of Genesis,” a summer study guide for members of the congregation.  A pastor’s online devotional for July 8, 2013 for Nicholasville United Methodist Church in Nicholasville, Kentucky, also quoted this hymn.


Kensington United Church in Kensington, Prince Edward Island, Canada, quoted the first stanza of “When Quiet Peace Is Shattered” and used it as the format for a continuing prayer of illumination in morning worship for Remembrance Day.

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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