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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.


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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“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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Come, Gather to Hear

United Methodist hymn writer, pastor, and retired district superintendent R. Fred Crider has composed this text that speaks of change and new direction in the church. It was selected as the winner in the 2013 hymn search by United Theological Seminary (the author's alma mater) in the New Text/Existing Tune category.


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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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Weary of Wandering from My God

Charles Wesley composed this hymn text in 1749. All six stanzas were included in John Wesley’s hymnal, A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People Called Methodists, 1780, under the section titled "For Backsliders Recovered." The hymn was included in many eighteenth- and nineteenth-century collections and hymnals, usually omitting stanzas four and five.


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May 15, 2014
Stewardship: What’s New in the Toolbox? Annual Campaign Helps for You!

Will your church be planning an annual campaign this year? If so, have you looked at some of the new resources that are available? If not, there are some simple ideas that you might want to try that could increase giving in 2015!

Thursday, May 15, 2014
6:30 p.m., Central Daylight Time
Presenter: Ken Sloane, GBOD