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History of Hymns: “Now the Green Blade Riseth”

"Now the Green Blade Riseth"
J. M. C. Crum
The United Methodist Hymnal, No. 311


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Praise the Lord, You Blessed Ones

Words by Charles Wesley, 1747
Music: tune AMSTERDAM, from Foundery Collection, 1742

This Charles Wesley hymn was originally published in the 1747 collection, Hymns for Those that Have and Seek Redemption in the Blood of Christ, often referred to as Redemption Hymns 1747. The meter,, was one of Wesley’s favorites.


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Parents’ Prayer (“O Lord, May We Who Love So Deep”)

Jim Strathdee’s "Parents' Prayer" hymn speaks to the love, hopes, prayers, and wishes parents have for their children.


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The Chief of Sinners

Words by Nickolas Campbell, 2014
Music: tune, HE LEADETH ME, by William Bradbury, 1864


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Go to Dark Gethsemane

Words by James Montgomery, 1825, alt. Music: tune, TOPLADY, by Thomas Hastings, 1830 Topics: Lent; Holy Week; Good Friday; crucifixion; resurrection

This is a new joining of the familiar Good Friday text with the familiar TOPLADY tune.


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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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