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History of Hymns: “Easter People, Raise Your Voices”

"Easter People, Raise Your Voices"
William M. James
The United Methodist Hymnal, No. 304

 

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Communion Musical Responses (McIntyre)

Arranged by Dean McIntyre
Tune: W ZLOBIE LEZY, Polish carol

This tune appears twice in The United Methodist Hymnal, once in the Christmas section as "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly," no. 229, and once in the Easter section as "Christ Is Risen! Shout Hosanna!," no. 307. Thus, this musical arrangement of the three musical responses for the liturgy for Holy Communion is appropriate for either season.

 

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Throughout These Lenten Days and Nights

Words by James Gertmenian
Music by Jean Strathdee

Although filled with images and symbols of Lent, this hymn continually looks forward to the hope of Easter and Resurrection. Churches with an active CCLI, OneLicense or LicenSing music license may download and use these words. Others must ask permission prior to use from Hope Publishing, who owns the words.

 

History of Hymns: “What Wondrous Love Is This”

"What Wondrous Love Is This"
Anonymous American folk hymn
The United Methodist Hymnal, No. 292

 

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The Greatest of These

Solo for Soprano and Organ
Words: 1 Corinthians 13
Music: by Gary Alan Smith

United Methodist musician and composer Gary Alan Smith gives the familiar words of 1 Corinthians 13 a serious, dramatic, and challenging modern setting in this work for soprano solo and organ accompaniment.

 

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A Cristo Coronad

English: Crown Him with Many Crowns
Words: Matthew Bridges, estrs. 1-2, 1851; Godfrey Thring, estr. 3, 1874; trad. de E. A. Strange, alt.
Music: George J. Elvey, 1868
Tune: DIADEMATA

Spanish translation of "Crown Him with Many Crowns."

 

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“O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”

Words: attr. Arnulf of Louvain (1200-1251); trans. James Alexander (1804-1859)
Music: Hans Leo Hassler, 1601; harm. J.S. Bach, 1729
"O Sacred Head, Now Wounded" derives from a meditation on the crucified body of Christ, a practice dating from the Middle Ages. It is most often sung at worship services during Holy Week. The melody was originally a secular love song with the words "Confused Are All My Feelings, a Tender Maid's the Cause." Our harmonization is by J. S. Bach's setting in St. Matthew Passion, 1729.

 

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History of Hymns: “Jesus, Tempted in the Desert”

"Jesus, Tempted in the Desert"
by Herman G. Stuempfle
The Faith We Sing, No. 2105

 

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Psalm of Thanksgiving (Choral Anthem)

Gary Alan Smith, retired Chief Music Editor of Abingdon Press at The United Methodist Publishing House, has composed this challenging SATB choral setting based on Psalm 136.

 

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Christ Is Our Peace

Words: F. Richard Garland, 2014
Music: tune, FINLANDIA, Jean Sibelius, 1899
Scripture: Ephesians 2:11-20

United Methodist pastor and hymn writer F. Richard Garland has based this hymn, the latest in a series, on the Letter to the Ephesians.

 

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