Tag Archives: hymns

Why Bother?

I walked into church on Saturday afternoon for some practice time just as a member of the Flower Guild was putting her finishing touches on the altar arrangements for Sunday. I made a few admiring comments and she said that … Continue reading

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Dancing in 7/8

In various ways, at various times, I have been taught that all music should dance.¬† Now sometimes that dance will look like Isadora Duncan, and sometimes like Michael Jackson, but there should always be a sense of movement in the … Continue reading

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As newborn stars were stirred to song

Listen first: Are you teary-eyed? Is anything more beautiful than young voices singing a majestic hymn with a meaningful text? The Girl Choristers from Washington National Cathedral sang this several years ago on their recording Voices of Angels to introduce … Continue reading

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I vow to thee my…God

Occasionally I have a dilemma¬† – does a poor, or even theologically incorrect text take precedence over a wonderful tune when thinking about hymns?¬† Usually no, but every once in a while I am swayed by a tune over the … Continue reading

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The richest kind of dirt

(originally published March 24, 2011) My little garden awaits my ministrations and I do find a certain peace in pulling weeds and coaxing plants to grow, and am generally just very happy to feel the dirt on my hands as … Continue reading

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In the Land of Unlikeness

He is the Way. Follow Him through the Land of Unlikeness. You will see rare beasts and have unique experiences. He is the Truth. Seek him in the Kingdom of Anxiety. You will come to a great city that has … Continue reading

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Undone by Donne

A favorite hymn of the young Choristers here is found in The Hymnal 1982 at 140, Wilt thou forgive that sin, where I begun. With its plaintive 17th century tune and text by metaphysical poet John Donne, it is a … Continue reading

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