HYMNS ETC. - Upcoming & Recent Events
John Horman retired from his position as organist and director of music at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, D.C. on July 1. With his daughter’s family on the West Coast, his son’s family on the East Coast, and his older brother in Colorado, he wanted to be free to visit them more often and do some other traveling. He will continue teaching piano and composing from his home in Silver Spring, MD. You can hear his last service at the church and tributes from many on YouTube
John also celebrated his 75th birthday on July 21. Happy Birthday, John, and many more.
Mary and John have written a new congregational hymn for the wedding of Mary's granddaughter, Lauren Keithahn, to Nick Brandt in Minnesota on September 4, 2021. It is entitled “Wherever Love Is Present, God” and the new tune is names WAYZATA (86.86.D). The text was based on 1John 4:12, 16b,19 and Galatians 5:22, 23a.
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
John has written “Arioso” for his granddaughter, Ava Pakiam, a talented young violinist who has already been performing it on YouTube. His moderate to difficult arrangement of the piece for violin, viola, and cello will be published by Sleepy Puppy Press in a collection for young instrumentalists, but if you would like a copy now, contact him directly (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Hymns on YouTube
The Community of Christ has posted a piano recording of John’s tune along with Mary’s printed text for our hymn, “God of Every Generation” on YouTube. (The hymn is #361 in the hymnal, Community of Christ Sings.)
Another YouTube posting is our Communion hymn, “Time Now to Gather” sung by a male soloist to an organ accompaniment with the text printed on the screen. This hymn is #2265 in The Faith We Sing (Abingdon Press).
John’s anthem arrangement of our hymn “Come Away with Me” by the King of Kings Sanctuary Choir on Ash Wednesday in 2013 is also on YouTube. It is #2202 in The Faith We Sing (Abingdon Press).
You can find these hymns on YouTube by googling the titles.