Where is this stupendous stranger?: Robert Canham

Christopher Smart (1722-1771) Public Domain Tune: OTTERY ST MARY, Henry George Ley (1887-1962) © SPCK Publishing, 36 Causton Street, LONDON SW1P 4ST Robert Canham 1   Where is this stupendous stranger?      Prophets, shepherds, kings advise:      lead me to my Master’s manger,      show me where my Saviour lies. 2   O most mighty, O most holy,      far beyond the …

There’s a light upon the mountains: Andrew Pratt

Henry Burton (1840 – 1930) Public Domain Tune THERE’S A LIGHT UPON THE MOUNTAINS Maurice Lawton Wostenholm (1887–1959) © The Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes Andrew Pratt There’s a light upon the mountains, and the day is at the spring, When our eyes shall see the beauty and the glory of the King; Weary was our heart with waiting, and …

O God of earth and altar: Martin Leckebusch

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) Public Domain Tune: KINGS LYNN Martin Leckebusch It’s natural, when something disruptive or threatening happens, to ask why – why this, why now, why me? Whether the tragedy is personal (bereavement, maybe redundancy) or more far-reaching (flooding, or even a pandemic), people look for reasons. And often, whether spoken or not, there is the question: What …

Lord Jesus, think on me: Michael Garland

Synesius of Cyrene c365-414 tr. Allen William Chatfield 1808-1896 Public Domain Michael Garland It is twenty years since Common Worship was introduced by the Church of England to stand alongside The Book of Common Prayer, forming an official liturgical resource for churches and congregations wishing to use services in contemporary language. Five years after its launch came a volume of …

In the bleak midwinter: Janet Wooton

Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894) Public Domain Tune: CRANHAM, Gustav Theodore Holst (1874-1934) Public Domain Janet Wootton This may seem an odd choice of hymn for July! But the global pandemic has made us all aware that we share this world and its seasons. We may fear that the coming of winter may mean the return of the virus. But the …

The people wanted soldiers

An extraordinary new hymn for the Passion/Easter season by Graham Adams This hymn, by Graham Adams, arose from an ‘Empire’ module at Luther King House in Manchester last week. Graham says, “feel free to use as you wish!’ It connects with the Passion/Easter season. It was particularly stimulated by a discussion around whether ‘the alternative realm’ (God’s basileia/kingdom/empire) is ‘a …

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Secretary’s Newsletter 87 Winter 2021

The Secretary’s Newsletter: No.87: Winter 2021 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 Conference 2021 Cancelled: Along with some other organizations, we have reluctantly decided to cancel, once again, our July Conference. With …