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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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24 Rainbow – Canham

The rainbow of God’s mercy Alan Gaunt (1935 – ) © 1991 Stainer & Bell Ltd Used by Permission of Stainer & Bell Ltd 23 Gruneisen Road, London N3 1DZ, www.stainer.co.uk Robert Canham The rainbow of God’s mercy has over-arched the years, creating joyful colours from human grief and tears; we see the dark clouds gather, we hear the thunder roll, …

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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 …