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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.


How (and Why) Shall We Worship?

Ed Phillips and Taylor Burton-Edwards help us understand and use the various patterns of worship Wesleyan Christians have experienced to develop coherent worship that most fully expresses who we are in our contexts today.


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A Prayer Following Recent School Violence

Stabbings at Franklin Regional High School (Metro Pittsburgh)  on April 9: One student stabbed 20 others, sending 7 to surgery with critical injuries.


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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

Spanish translation of "Crown Him with Many Crowns."


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How to Worship in Multicultural Congregations

A multicultural worship service is a combination of different languages, features, symbols, and cultural distinctives. One chief characteristic of multicultural worship is variety of music, format, participants, style, visuals, and languages. Variety is unavoidable, for there must be a mixture and a proper blending of these qualities in a worship experience that seeks to serve people who come from various countries and cultural backgrounds.


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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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A Congregational Act of Living Hope

We have experienced earthquakes, mass shootings, snow storms, missing airplanes, devastating mud slides, one country invading and taking over another, war, disease, famine, tornadoes, floods. Here is a congregational act of worship to give hope in difficult situations.


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April 22, 2014
Pastors: Making a Good Move

Designed for pastors who are moving to a new appointment, this event will include ways to say good-bye in the current congregation and say hello to a new place and new people. Tips and advice from several sources for this change that impacts your well-being, your family and friends.

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm, Central Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour
Presenter: Betsey Heavner