Tag Archives: The Hymnal 1982

What’s in the Box?

We sang what I call a “square” hymn a couple of weeks ago at St. Alban’s, Hymn 601 in The Hymnal 1982. Square hymns are …well, square, literally. Or sometimes rectangular. Two or four lines of music, regular phrase lengths, … Continue reading

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But Like a Child at Home

(re-worked from a posting on April 26, 2012) It’s impossible to know how many musical settings of Psalm 23 there are. In The Hymnal 1982 alone there are four settings (Hymns 645, 646, 663 and 664). Choral anthems and solo … Continue reading

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Gardening Hymns

Some of you may have read an article about prison gardens in Monday’s Washington Post [Prison Gardens, article], and if you are anything like me, your response was a big “DUH”. Of course nurturing something, in this case fruits and … Continue reading

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Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us

This weekend reminds us of one of our country’s darkest – and finest– moments.  The Civil Rights movement shaped most of the mid-20th century in this country and is now a movement that has expanded in scope to include differences … Continue reading

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Comfort, Discomfort Ye My People

“The best part of the discomfort you’re feeling right now is the comfort you’ll feel after you come out of the pose.” – Rebecca, yoga instructor, December 10, 2014 com•fort verb \ˈkəm(p)-fərt\ : to cause (someone) to feel less worried, … Continue reading

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Ordinary Gifts

I love summer. I love the feeling of warm – yes, even humid – air on my skin. I love the sounds of summer – crickets and cicadas and all the surprising creatures in my neighborhood that call to each … Continue reading

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Mysterious Ways

Have you ever answered difficult or puzzling situations with a shake of the head and the words “well, God does move in mysterious ways”? That phrase, “God moves in a mysterious way”, can be a flip or serious answer to … Continue reading

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