Secretary’s Newsletter 88 Spring 2021

The Secretary’s Newsletter: No.88: Spring 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 Annual Conference – planning update: The responses to my enquiry in the last Newsletter indicated little appetite for a Conference …

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 …

What child is this? – Gordon Giles

What child is this? William Chatterton Dix (1837-98) Public Domain Tune: GREENSLEEVES, Anonymous Public Domain Gordon Giles What child is this, who, laid to rest    On Mary’s lap is sleeping? Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,    While shepherds watch are keeping? This, this is Christ the King,    Whom shepherds worship and angels sing: Haste, haste to bring …

Amazing Grace – Marylynn Rouse

Amazing Grace! (how sweet the sound) John Newton (1725-1807) Public Domain Olney Hymns, Book 1, Hymn 41 Tune: AMAZING GRACE, Southern Harmony, Public Domain Marylynn Rouse St Peter & St Paul Olney Parish Church Amazing grace!  (how sweet the sound) That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found, Was blind, but now I see. …

Glory be to God on high – Richard Watson

Charles Wesley (1708-88) Public Domain Tune: AMSTERDAM Foundery Collection (1742 Wesley) Richard Watson Glory be to God on high,    And peace on earth descend: God comes down, he bows the sky,    And shows himself our friend: God the invisible appears:    God, the blest, the great I AM, Sojourns in this vale of tears,    And Jesus is …

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 …