Hymn of the Day - Advent to Epiphany

Dec 01 Hark what a sound, and too divine for hearing – David Blanchflower

Frederick William Henry Myers (1843-1901) Public Domain Tune: HIGHWOOD: Richard Runciman Terry (1864-1938) Public Domain David Blanchflower Hark what a sound, and too divine for hearing, Stirs on the earth, and trembles in the air! Is it the thunder of the Lord’s appearing? Is it the music of his people’s prayer? Surely he cometh, and a thousand voices Shout to …

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 …

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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 …

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29 New every morning – Halliwell

John Keble (1792-1866) Public Domain Jonathan Halliwell ‘His compassions fail not; they are new every morning’ The commemoration of John Keble in the Anglican Communion is held on 29th March, the anniversary of his death in 1866. As this occurred at the start of the lockdown prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic, I have had plenty of time to reflect on …