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13 O father you are sovereign – Idle

Margaret Clarkson (1915–2008) © 1967, 1987 Hope Publishing Company Used by permission. Christopher Idle O Father, you are sovereign in all the worlds you made,             your mighty Word was spoken and life and light obeyed. Your voice commands the seasons and bounds the ocean’s shore,             sets stars within their courses and stills the tempest’s roar. O Father, you …

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12 Guide me O Thou great Jehovah – Leckebusch

Peter Williams (1717-1791), from William Williams (1727-1796) Public Domain Martin Leckebusch Three years ago our conference was held in Carmarthen. If you were there, you’ll remember the excursion which took us, one afternoon, down narrow country lanes barely wider than our hired minibuses. Our destination was the old farmhouse where the hymn writer William Williams lived in the eighteenth century. …

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11 God hold us – Dobson

Marjorie Dobson (1940 – ) © Copyright 2017 Stainer & Bell Ltd, 23 Gruneisen Road, London N3 1DZ, www.stainer.co.uk. Used by permission. Marjorie Dobsonsung by Gareth Moore Our friends were looking forward to their wedding anniversary. They had been married for many years and had known each other since she was fourteen. He had been in hospital having some treatment …

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08 My Lord you wore no royal crown – Gilmurray

Christopher Idle (1938 – ) © Christopher Idle/Jubilate Hymns Ltd. Jubilate administered by Jubilate Hymns Ltd. copyrightmanager@jubilatehymns.co.uk For possible further resources for this text and many others please visit www.jubilate.co.uk Used by permission. Sue Gilmurray This hymn, written by Christopher Idle, has been a favourite of mine for twenty years. It expresses the wonderful paradox of Jesus, set out in …

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07 Fight the Good Fight – Wilson

John Samuel Bewley Monsell (1811-1875)Public Domain Claire Wilson Hymn-related dilemmas featured now and again during my East London parish ministry. I recall an occasion about twenty years ago when it struck me just before the service began that an unfortunate choice had been made. That Sunday we were observing World Peace Day: was it appropriate to begin this particular act …

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03 Ye sons and daughters of the King – Constable

John Mason Neale (1818-1866), Jean Tisserand (d. 1494) Public Domain Douglas Constable The 3rd July is widely observed as St Thomas’ day, and, having been Vicar of St Thomas’ parish in Derby, I am happy to share my affection and sense of kinship with Thomas. I first became aware of him seventy years ago, the Easter before my tenth birthday. …

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01 O God of earth and altar – Leckebusch

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936)Public Domain 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 have I done to …

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How can we keep from singing?

God’s people have always worshipped in music and song. Music has lifted our hearts, given space for lamentation, strengthened us in hardship, bound us together, and given us a voice to praise the living God. This is a day for worshippers, writers, musicians and worship leaders to engage with three practical aspects of music in worship. Come and learn from …

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Secretary’s Newsletter 84 Spring 2020

The Secretary’s Newsletter: No.84: Spring 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 Cancellation of our 2020 Annual Conference It is with considerable regret that I have to notify you of the cancellation of our 2020 Hymn Society Leyland Conference which …

The Rev’d Canon Alan Luff RIP

Dear Hymn Society Friends, I very much regret that I have to inform you of the death of one of our three Honorary Vice Presidents, the Revd Canon Alan Luff. Alan died on Thursday evening. It does appear at this stage that his death was not Coronavirus-related, which may in some ways be comforting but it does not mitigate the …

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A Coronavirus Hymn

As now a global crisis Has brought us to our knees, We pray for those affected By illness and disease. Amid their pain and suffering Anxieties abound; They look in vain for comfort As help cannot be found. When nations are in lockdown And few can get about, Their desperation deepens As faith gives way to doubt. Our homes become …

Songs for Sighing 29th February 2020

Psalms for the Common Era Hebrew Psalms in Modern Metrical English for Individuals, Choirs and Congregations. Songs for Sighing Healing the Wounds of Hurt and Failure Using Adam Carlill’s fresh and lively translation of the Psalms, we will explore a variety of metrical psalms set to well-known hymn tunes, with special emphasis on those for use during Lent. Saturday 29th …