Once he came in blessing – Jan Robitscher

Catherine Winkworth (1827-78) From Johann Roh (1485?-1547) Public Domain Tune: GOTTES SOHN IST KOMMEN Michael Weisse (d. 1534) Jan Robitscher Once he came in blessing, All our ills redressing; came in likeness lowly, Son of God most holy; bore the cross to save us, hope and freedom gave us. Still he comes within us, still his voice would win us …

Joy to the world – Colin Ferguson

Isaac Watts (1674 -1748) Public Domain Based on Psalm 98. Tune: ANTIOCH (Mason) Lowell Mason (1792-1872), after George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) Colin Ferguson Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her king let every heart prepare him room; and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven, and heaven and nature sing. Joy …

It came upon the midnight clear – Sue Gilmurray

Edmund Hamilton Spears (1810-76) Public Domain Tune: NOEL (Sullivan) Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842-1900) Public Domain Tune: MIDNIGHT CLEAR: Sue Gilmurray (1950 – ) © Sue Gilmurray Sue Gilmurray It came upon the midnight clear, that glorious song of old, from angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold: ‘Peace on the earth, good will to men from …

Through the darkness – Christopher Idle

Hilary Jolly (1945 – ) © Author / Jubilate Hymns This is an unaltered JUBILATE text. Other JUBILATE texts can be found at www.jubilate.co.uk. Used By Permission. CCL Licence No. 1372640 Tunes: ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL Paul Bryan (1950 -) © Paul Bryan PRAISE! Linda Mawson (1947 – ) © Linda Mawson / Praise Trust) Christopher Idle Through the darkness of …

Hills of the North, rejoice – Chris Moorsom

as published in Ancient and Modern; Hymns and Songs for Refreshing Worship; 2013. No. 39 Editors of English Praise, 1975; based on Charles Ernest Oakley (1832–65) Public Domain Tune: LITTLE CORNARD: Martin Shaw (1875–1958) © J Curwen & Sons Ltd. Chris Moorsom Hills of the North, rejoice, river and mountain-spring, hark to the advent voice; valley and lowland, sing. Christ …

Come, thou Redeemer of the earth – John Crothers

St Ambrose (c.340-97), tr. John Mason Neale (1818-66) and others Public Domain Tune: PUER NOBIS NASCITUR, German Carol melody, adpt. Michael Praetorius (1571-1621), harm. G R Woodward (1848-1934) Public Domain John Crothers Come, thou Redeemer of the earth, and manifest thy virgin-birth; let every age adoring fall, such birth befits the God of all. Begotten of no human will, but …

Earth was waiting, spent and restless – David Lee

Walter Chalmers Smith (1824−1908) Public Domain Tunes: PICARDY (Chanson Populaires des Provinces de France, Anonymous French), MANNHEIM (Lowell Mason (1792-1872)), Public Domain TRAVAIL (David Lee (1956 – ) written for this text © David Lee David Lee Son of Mary, Son of David, Son of God and Son of Man Advent. A season when we focus on the return of …

Words, Images and Imagination

Words, Images and Imagination – Andrew Pratt

This unique collection of original poems, watercolour prints and photos, all by the author, explores life in all its fullness – relationships, conflict, hope, time, age, memory and mortality. Reflecting the author’s upbringing by the sea in Devon, his training as a Marine biologist and his ministry in the Methodist Church, images of the sea and faith are lightly woven …

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A hymn for Autumn

How hard it is to tell in wordsThe feeling Autumn bringsOf sweet with bitter, shade with sun,Inside the heart of things. Bright rockets for a moment breakThe darkness overhead:Bright poppies, as the days grow chill,Commemorate the dead. The gold and crimson in the leavesIs part of their decay,And then how shapely stand the treesWhen leaves are stripped away. A grain …

Man with anti-virus face mask

A Hymn for Lockdown

God our Father give your blessingTo your troubled earth;Locked-down people call out to youLonging for new mirth.Distanced from our most beloved,In forced solitude:Doorsteps only crossed in kindnessBy those bringing food. As old Noah locked his ark down,We must brave the waves,Mourning those who drown so lonely,Sinking to their graves.Guide us through the flood of dangershow us what to do,In our …

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Secretary’s Newsletter 86 Autumn 2020

The Secretary’s Newsletter: No.86: Autumn 2020 From the Secretary: Revd Robert A. Canham Windrush Braithwaite KESWICK CA12 5SZ Phone: 017687 78054 Email: Please see our Contact page The Hymn Society Website: www.hymnsocietygbi.org.uk The Hymn Society of Gt Britain and Ireland Hymn of the Day – Advent to Epiphany Information and Request for Participation Following the success of ‘Hymn for the …

Short Guide No 28: How Choirs Contribute to the Singing and Interpretation of Hymns

How Choirs Contribute to the Singing and Interpretation of Hymns Sing, choirs of angels’; ‘Sing, sing, ye heavenly choir’; ‘How shall I keep from singing?’ Choirs, harmonious and heavenly Hymns are eminently flexible and can be sung by individuals or by larger groups of people making up a congregation. What, then, is the role of a choir in the singing …

Lanre Delano

ChOPiN – Church Organ Products in Nigeria

Our member Lanre Delano and his colleagues in Nigeria have been producing recordings of well-loved hymns and posting these week by week on their YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo3Eo_qamsVfI-UPX9qSzfg/featured).  Visit this link to see a number of solo and duet recordings plus a couple of other hymn-related contributions from some of our own members.

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Secretary’s Newsletter 85 Summer 2020

The Secretary’s Newsletter: No.85: Summer 2020 From the Secretary: Revd Robert A. Canham Windrush Braithwaite KESWICK CA12 5SZ Phone: 017687 78054 Email: Please see our Contact page The Hymn Society Website: www.hymnsocietygbi.org.uk The Hymn Society of Gt Britain and Ireland New Subscription Rates to take effect from January 2021 There will be a modest increase in Subscription Rates effective 1st …