Category Archives: Hymns

Twelve Hymns for the Twelve Days of Christmas

Merry Christmas and blessed Saint Stephen!

I do not know why some links end up pretty and some remain the same. Whatever. I still recommend this link. ūüôā

https://music.cph.org/blog/twelve-hymns-for-the-twelve-days-of-christmas

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Free Mini-Hymnal

Woo hoo! Another free Lutheran resource to tell you about! Rev. Bryan Wolfmueller, author, podcaster, radio personality extraordinaire, etc., has produced a free mini-hymnal that you can download, print off, use while visiting someone, and leave as a lingering consolation from God’s Word.

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Prelude to Postlude

I had a string of good writing days. Sadly, that stopped. Oh well, here’s another neat Lenten resource. It’s nothing to give up as a discipline. Rather, it’s something to add. I think it’s an excellent idea, especially for writers and word people like us. So, with little more prelude . . .

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Useful Hymns Review

In the fall of last year, (LCMS) Rev. Robin D. Fish released a great book: Useful Hymns: For Worship, Prayer, and Instruction in the Lutheran Church School and Home.  I blogged about it back then and now I happily offer my Useful Hymns review.

 

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Hymn text translation

For all of you German-singing carolers, Latin-lauding educators, and traditional textists, I’ve got an article for you: “The Challenge: Finding Translators for Hymn Texts.” It offers a little insight into the LCMS hymn writing symposium held this past fall, as well as the need for hymn text translation around the world. Continue reading

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Anniversaries

Occasions for hymns are all around us. Are you looking for a special reason to write one? It’s recently hit me how many congregations are having big anniversaries! My own, here in Oklahoma, just celebrated 90 years last year, but one of my previous congregations is wrapping up 100 years! To celebrate, they commissioned a hymn, so I’ll go ahead and link that, along with a respectful nod affectionately turned to Lisa Clark, wordsmith, and Kevin Hildebrand, musician extraordinaire.

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Liber Hymnorum

Today’s post is a bit eclectic. It includes my review of Liber Hymnorum: The Latin Hymns of the Lutheran Church, as well as two GoodRead Giveaways from Lutheran authors.

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God’s Own Child

I announced a Lutheran children’s book that caught my eye a while ago, and now it’s time to offer my review of God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It. Looking for a friendly way to introduce powerful hymnody to a child? Looking for baptismal birthday presents or a thoughtful gift for families with young children visiting your church? Or, just plain happy to see good Lutheran texts paired with illustrations for a powerful Gospel service? Then this is the thing for you!
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Hymn Writing Opportunity

Ok, poets and poetesses. A hymn writing opportunity is as common as a Sunday and as rare as a blue moon. Thankfully, I’ve learned of a symposium for LCMS hymn writers and translators:¬†Fresh Hymns of Thankful Praise Arise.¬†And, if you are not a hymn writer, rejoice that the LCMS cares about them enough to have this get together!

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Useful Hymns

Useful Hymns by Lutheran pastor and poet Robin D Fish is now available in a second, expanded edition. It contains 200 hymns “for worship, prayer, and instruction in the Lutheran church, school, and home.” I look forward to seeing it and trying them out!

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