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. - Hymns for the Lecitonary

Hymns for the Lectionary

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, congregational hymn-singing has been discontinued in favor of hymns sung by “virtual” choirs or soloists in pre-recorded or live-streamed worship services.  Members of the congregation are encouraged to sing along from wherever they are watching.  This might be a good time to introduce some new texts and tunes as members can replay them as needed to learn the texts and tunes.  Here are some suggestions from a list of our hymns.’’

September 5, Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost.  "Faith Is Believing," our anthem recently published by Choristers Guild (CGA1641) for unison voices with piano and optional descant, flute and percussion, supports the lectionary reading from the book of James. It is simple and easy to learn, and would be suitable for children, youth, and adults early in the fall season.

September 12, Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost. "Lord, May We See by Faith and Grace" (GLENMONT HILLS), from our collection, Faith that Lets Us Sing (Leupold Editions, 2017) is a prayer him that would fit with the Gospel reading (Mark 8: 27-38) for this day. If you are observing the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the US this Sunday, consider singing "When Life Becomes A Nightmare" to AURELIA as one of your hymns. This text from the Choristers Guild Anthem, "We Know Our God Is Faithful" (CGA937) is also available from the Hymn Society in Song of Remembrance, its 2002 collection of twelve hymns to sing in commemoration of the 9/11 attack.

September 19, Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost. Consider using "When People Learned of Jesus Christ" (DEDICATION), a hymn from our collection, Come Away with Me (Abingdon, 1998) to support the Gospel reading (Mark 9:30-37).

September 26, Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost. In the United Church of Christ this is observed as American Indian Ministry Sunday. Our hymn, "Like Ancient People on a Quest," (MITAKUYE OYASIN( from our collection, The Song Lingers On (Zimbel, 2003), is a prayer hymn using the symbols of the Lakota Vision Quest, would be appropriate.

October 3, Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Since this is World Communion Sunday, consider using "Circle the Table" (WORLD WIDE COMMUNION) that was included in Worship Boldly:2005-2008 Triennium (Women of the ELCA), in FAITHSONGS (Abingdon, 2003), and in reproducible from in Church Music Worship, May/August, 2000 (Abingdon).

October 24, Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost. The third stanza of "As Abraham and Sarah" (CUMMING ROAD), our prayer hymn thanking God for the gifts of faith, hope, and love, is relevant to the Gospel reading.  The hymn is included in our collection Faith that Lets Us Sing.

October 31, Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost. The first unison chorus of our musical drama, Song of Ruth (Abingdon, 1996) is based on Ruth 1:1-18 and would be a lively introduction to this reading.  The musical also includes a setting of Psalm 146 for chorus, soloists, and piano with handbells that could involve the congregation on the antiphon. The musical is now out of print, but available from Hymns Etc. in reproducible format.

November 7, Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost. Another song from The Song of Ruth will fit the readings today:  "It's Time You Had A Husband," for Naomi, Ruth, Chorus, and Handbells (Ruth 3:1-5).  If you like to include dance in worship, take a look at the lively "Wedding Dance" that celebrates the wedding of Ruth and Boaz in chapter 4.
November 14, Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost. The second stanza of our hymn, "A Mother Lined A Basket (WEST MAIN), is based on the portion of 1 Samuel in today's lectionary readings. The hymn can be found in our collection, Time Now to Gather (Abingdon, 1998) and also in an anthem setting, "Love Enough to Give" (CGA808) published by Choristers Guild for Unison and SATB choirs with piano, and optional congregation and flute.

November 21, Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost. This Sunday also celebrates the Reign of Christ. which was quite different from what people expected.  Our hymn, "The Kingdom We Inherited" (PLACERVILLE), adapted from one of our MAD camp musicals, They Sang a New Song, is based on John 18:36a and also Matthew 25:34-40.  It is included in our collection, Come Away with Me. If you celebrate this day as Thanksgiving Sunday, or participate in an ecumenical or interfaith Thanksgiving service during the week, consider using "Now Thank We All Our God" (NUN DANKET) as it appears in our collection, Faith that Lets Us Sing. We have replaced the third stanza of Martin Rinkart's text that make it possible for people of all faiths to sing it.

December 5, Second Sunday of Advent. "Come, Dayspring from on High" (DAYSPRING) draws on Luke 1:78, 79 and is a simple prayer hymn asking God's long-awaited Promised One to enter our hearts and rule our lives. A refrain repeats the Greek word "Marantha," which means "Our Lord, come." The hymn is in our collection, Faith that Lets Us Sing.

December 24, Christmas Eve, and/or December 25, Christmas Day.  Faith the Lets Us Sing has several hymns and short songs suitable for this day.  "A Blessing for Christmas Eve" (CHRIST'S EXAMPLE) is a two-stanza unison benediction that connects the birth narrative with the ministry of the adult Jesus. It could also be sung by carolers or in the home. "Angel Voices Still Are Singing" (ECHO OF ANGELS) with its message of "Be not afraid" speaks to our current times. "Bethlehem, the House of Bread" (THE HOUSE OF BREAD) was adapted from one of our MAD Camp musicals, Love Ever with Us, and recalls the birth narrative. It could be accompanied by live pantomime or projected visuals. There are several other hymns for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day in this collection.

December 26, First Sunday after Christmas. "Behold the Lamb of God" (KENSINGTON) is a versatile hymn with fourteen stanzas that can be sung in various combinations with the first and last stanzas as "book-ends."  Stanzas 2-4 take the story of Jesus from birth through baptism and will be a nice transition to Luke 2:41-52 on this day after Christmas. The hymn can be found in Singing Our Savior's Story, comp. and edited by James Abbington (GIA, 2014) and in the CRC/RCA hymnal, Lift Up Your Hearts (Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2013).  An octavo arrangement for unison voices and piano with C instrument and cello was published by GIA (#7715) in 2005. (This does not include the "book-end" stanzas.)

January 6, Epiphany. Our collection, Faith that Lets Us Sing, has some alternatives to "We Three Kings" for hymns supporting the Gospel reading (Matthew 2:1-12). "How Foolish They Were" (ROCKVILLE) suggests that the wise men who came from the East were perhaps the first "fools for Christ" that Paul mentions in his letter to the church at Corinth.  "Though Shepherds Heard the Angels" (BAINTON), in the spirit of Martin Luther's Christmas sermons, comments on the inappropriate, yet prophetic, gifts of the magi to the child Jesus and Mary's response of faith.

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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