Occasional papers of The Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland


The published Occasional Papers of the Society are still available, and may be obtained from the Secretary at £2.00 for individual copies of the First Series, £2.50 for those of the Second Series and £3.50 for the Third Series. (Cheque with order, please, payable to ‘The Hymn Society’ Revd Robert A. Canham, Windrush, Braithwaite, Keswick CA12 5SZ .)

Newly published by The Hymn Society

Worshipping Caretakers: the Creation and our Stewardship of it in HymnodyAlan Hall

It is not unusual, these days, to be overwhelmed with articles concerning the plight of our planet, environmental issues and global warming. These are always thought-provoking, and the very real threat to the natural world calls for a response from Christians, not only in their praise for the beauties of creation, but in their responsibilities as stewards of all that is given to us by God our creator. In this thorough and searching exploration, Alan Hall starts by reminding us that since earliest times, hymns have been sung praising the beauties of creation. However, he points out that simply to sing All things bright and beautiful is to ignore the ‘enormous suffering and waste in the natural world’. Rather than abandoning worshippers to a diet of empty words, Alan Hall opens a deep discussion with God as both creator and redeemer. He explores hymns from many Christian traditions, and in several languages, which draw attention to the urgent need for Christians to grapple with some of the difficulties of today’s environmental concerns. Whilst Alan Hall discusses well-known texts, he offers a fresh perspective on many of these, placing them within their historical and cultural context. Furthermore he brings the discussion right up to date, quoting texts by present-day hymn writers all with a view to offering new insights into this complex subject. This is a fascinating booklet is sure to broaden the horizons of all interested readers.

Available from the Secretary – suggested donation £4.00.

First Series – Price £2.00

No. 1 The constituents of a good hymn – W.T.Cairns (1939)
No. 2 Reality in worship – F.J.Gillman (1939)
No. 3 Music in hymnody – Millar Patrick (1945)
No. 4 The hymn writers of Bristol – K.L.Parry (1946)

Second Series – Price £2.50

No. 1 Looking at Hymn Tunes: The objective factors – John Wilson (1991)
No. 2 Susanna and Catherine Winkworth – Peter Skrine (1992)
No. 3 Hymns and an Orthodox Dissenter: in commemoration of Bernard Lord Manning 1892-1941 – Clyde Binfield
No. 4 A Hymn Book Survey 1980 – 1993 – Donald Webster (1994)
No. 5 John Darwall and the 148th Metre – John Wilson
No. 6 A Hymn Book Survey 1993-2003 – Alan Luff
No. 7 The Wit and Wisdom of Percy Dearmer – Alan Luff

Third Series – Price £3.50

No. 1 Snakes and Ladders – A Hymn Writer’s Reflections – Timothy Dudley-Smith
No. 2 What do Hymns say about daily work? – David R. Wright
No. 3 Revealing Hidden Wisdom – Women Finding a Voice in Hymnody – June Boyce-Tillman
No. 4 Redefining the Hymn: The Performative Context Katherine Jenkins with an extended introduction by Rhidian Griffiths
No. 5 ‘Race Shall Thy Works Praise Unto Race’: the Development of Metrical Psalmody in ScotlandGraham S. Deans
No. 6 Hymns Ancient & Modern 1861 – 2013: Its Rise, Development and InfluenceJames Dickinson
No. 7 Worshipping Caretakers: the Creation and our Stewardship of it in HymnodyAlan Hall