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John D. Horman & Mary Nelson Keithahn.

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"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 we discover that our hymns have been included in magazine articles, journals, and other publications.  Here are some of them:


Sing the Stories of Jesus
Karol Kinard Kimmell, a lifelong Lutheran who directs music for children and youth at an Episcopal church in downtown Atlanta, GA, wrote this review of the first of our three books of biblically-based songs for children:  

"One of my favorite collections of songs for children is the book Sing the Stories of Jesus by John Horman and Mary Nelson Keithahn. It is chock-full of songs based on various stories from the Gospels, some well-known stories and some that are often overlooked.  Several songs are simple enough to be used for Sunday School groups, but all are perfect for young singers in choirs.  They cover events of Jesus’ life from the angels’ Gloria at his birth to Breakfast by the Sea after the resurrection. Instructions for teaching are included for each song as well as an accompaniment CD if you need it. Over time, I have taught and directed many of these songs, but I’d like to share the way I have taught, embellished, and performed four of my favorites from this collection.” Read entire article. You can read her ideas on her blog!


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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