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 …

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 …

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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 …