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  • "'Oh, May Thy Love Possess Me Whole': A Heart Warmed with Love" (Paul Gerhardt sermon series)

    03/07/2007 9:03:06 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies · 384+ views
    March 7, 2007 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "'Oh, May Thy Love Possess Me Whole': A Heart Warmed with Love"(Sermon series on "The Hymns of Paul Gerhardt")During these midweek Lenten services we are using the hymns of Paul Gerhardt as our window to gain insight into the life of Christian devotion. Gerhardt’s hymns are rich resources for doing that. Generations of Christians have treasured these hymns and made them their own. But what is it about Gerhardt’s hymns that makes them so beloved? I think it is this: They speak to the heart of the Christian believer by expressing what is in the believer’s heart. We can identify...
  • Vatican Web Site Focuses on Lent

    03/07/2007 8:07:43 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies · 918+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | March 7, 2007
    VATICAN CITY, MARCH 7, 2007 ( Internet users can live Lent with Benedict XVI this year. The Vatican Web site is offering a compilation of the Holy Father's teachings and other tools for celebrating the liturgical season. The site's Focus section offers five tabs: Words of the Holy Father, Lenten Stations, Lenten Music, Calendar of Celebrations, and Live. The first, Words of the Holy Father, is updated with Benedict XVI's teachings during this liturgical season, beginning with his message for Lent. The site will include all his addresses during Holy Week ceremonies. Under the Lenten Stations tab is a list...
  • "'Hymns That Adore Him': The Baptized Life within Your Vocation" (Paul Gerhardt sermon series)

    02/28/2007 12:57:33 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 13 replies · 693+ views
    February 28, 2007 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "'Hymns That Adore Him': The Baptized Life within Your Vocation"(Sermon series on "The Hymns of Paul Gerhardt")On March 12, 1607, in a little village near Wittenberg, Germany, Paul Gerhardt was born. As we approach the 400th anniversary of his birth in less than two weeks, and throughout this year, celebrations are being held in his honor literally around the world: a concert in St. Louis; a conference in St. Catharines, Ontario; the list goes on and on. In Germany, the Gerhardt jubilee is a very big deal. But this is nothing new over there. For many years there have been...
  • Our Heritage

    11/21/2006 10:02:51 AM PST · by Nancy Matthis · 29 replies · 457+ views
    American Daughter Media Center ^ | Tuesday, November 21st, 2006 | Nancy Matthis
    Have we forgotten the words? As we approach this Thanksgiving holiday, please take time to enjoy the verses of two traditional American songs, the Thanksgiving Hymn and the Thanksgiving Prayer. They affirm the gratitude of a people for their God. The copies we are sharing here did not come from a church hymnal. They were transcribed from a songbook distributed in our public school systems in the year 1945. This book was in every literate home in the United States at that time, and was called I Hear America Singing, or more formally Twice 55 Community Songbook. The assertion that...
  • Bishops to Vote on Norms for Hymns at Mass

    10/19/2006 6:23:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 56 replies · 1,519+ views
    USCCB ^ | October 18, 2006
    WASHINGTON (October 18, 2006) — The U.S. bishops will vote to establish norms for hymns at Mass during their annual November meeting in Baltimore, November 13-16. The new norms, which will require a two-thirds vote by the bishops and subsequent recognitio by the Holy See, are to ensure that liturgical songs will be doctrinally correct, based in the scriptural and liturgical texts and relatively fixed. The norms are part of a new “Directory for Music and the Liturgy for Use in the Dioceses in the United States of America.” The directory responds to a recommendation of Liturgiam authenticam, the fifth...
  • Heretical Hymns? (Sacred songs that contradict church teachings)

    08/29/2006 1:08:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 170 replies · 4,549+ views
    Catholic Education ^ | August 29, 2006 | George Weigel
    I love hymns. I love singing them and I love listening to them. Hearing the robust Cardiff Festival Choir belt out the stirring hymns of Ralph Vaughan Williams at what my wife regards as an intolerable volume is, for me, a terrific audio experience. It was only when I got to know certain Lutherans, though, that I began to think about hymns theologically. For classic Lutheran theology, hymns are a theological "source:" not up there with Scripture, of course, but ranking not-so-far below Luther's "Small Catechism." Hymns, in this tradition, are not liturgical filler. Hymns are distinct forms of...
  • Alan Jackson, "Precious Memories"

    06/16/2006 6:29:22 PM PDT · by conserv371 · 4 replies · 287+ views
    6/16/06 | conserv 371
    I picked up a CD by Alan Jackson at a Christian bookstore. I saw he was doing some of the old hymns and Gospel songs. I expected he was going to play in the Alan Jackson "country style". Instead it was a simple, pure versions of these songs using an acoustic guitar, piano, and organ. His family joined in on some of the songs. I learned on Amazon from a review that the songs were originally intended for his mother but he allows us to in a sense sit quietly in the room for this special moment. Anyway, for those...
  • 270,000 attend Mass by Pope Benedict XVI (in Warsaw Poland)

    05/26/2006 4:15:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 415+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | May 26, 2006 | DAVID McHUGH
    About 270,000 people on Friday attended a Mass by Pope Benedict XVI in the same Warsaw square where his predecessor had inspired Poland's Solidarity movement against communist rule a quarter-century before.The faithful filled the rain-drenched Pilsudski Square, standing resolutely in ponchos and under umbrellas. Church bells pealed as the pope was driven to the square through streets lined with cheering, waving people. An aide held an umbrella as Benedict ascended a high Mass platform topped by a 82-foot metal cross.In his sermon, Benedict challenged moral relativism, or the view that there are no absolute values.In remarks read in Polish by...
  • Let us ignore the mantras of modernity and dance the sacred dances

    05/13/2006 1:12:32 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 7 replies · 524+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | May 13, 2006 | Geoffrey Rowell
    CHILDREN’S definitions of church are always fascinating. One of my favourites is that of the child who said that a church was “a place where people sing a lot of hymns and walk about in patterns”. For those contemporary expressions of church which owe more to the conversational idiom of the television chat show and where worship takes place in bland settings more analogous to lecture rooms than sacred space (with a corresponding loss of those essential elements of worship — awe, reverence and mystery), it is a description that may seem outdated. Nonetheless, what processions and hymns represent is...
  • Your Daily Traditional Hymn "How Great Thou Art" (For Knitting)

    04/23/2006 9:54:46 AM PDT · by Full Court · 20 replies · 4,696+ views
    Pastor Mike Paulson ^ | taditional Sweedish melody | Carl Boberg, words S. Hine music,
    How Great Thou Art, open this in another window and listen to the beautiful piano music! How Great Thou Art, open this in another window and listen to the beautiful piano music! O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonderConsider all the worlds Thy hands have made,I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,Thy power throughout the universe displayed, Refrain:Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee;How great Thou art, how great Thou art!Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee;How great Thou art, how great Thou art! When through the woods and forest glades I...
  • Your Daily Traditional Hymn "He's the Lily of the Valley" (is morning star in your bible?)

    04/06/2006 8:56:43 PM PDT · by Full Court · 6 replies · 4,242+ views
    Pastor Mikel Paulson ^ | unknown | Charles W. Fry, 1837-1882
    Lily of the Valley, right click and open a new window to hear the beautiful piano music I have found a friend in Jesus, He's ev'rything to me,He's the fairest of ten thousand to my soul;The Lily of the Valley, in Him alone I seeAll I need to cleanse and make me fully whole:In sorrow He's my comfort, in trouble He's my stay;He tells me ev'ry care on Him to roll;He's the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star,He's the fairest of ten thousand to my soul. Refrain:He's the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star,He's...
  • Your Daily Traditional Hymn "Whosoever Meaneth Me" (real piano, free Mp3)

    04/05/2006 9:04:08 PM PDT · by Full Court · 27 replies · 645+ views
    Pastor Mikel Paulson ^ | 1910 | :J. Ed­win Mc­Con­nell
    Right Click here for the beautiful music!!!"Whosoever Meaneth Me" Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.I am happy today, and the sun shines bright, The clouds have been rolled away; For the Savior said, whosoever will May come with Him to stay (to stay).Refrain“Whosoever” surely meaneth me, Surely meaneth me, O surely meaneth me; “Whosoever” surely meaneth me, “Whosoever” meaneth me.All my hopes have been raised, O His Name be praised, His...
  • Monday's Traditional Hymn "Till the Storm Passes By."

    04/03/2006 8:32:18 AM PDT · by Full Court · 15 replies · 5,997+ views
    Pastor Mikel Paulson ^ | 1958 | Mosie Lister
    'Til the Storm Passes By, Press here for the music, played on a real piano! You can download all of these free to your HD Words and Music by Mosie Lister copyright 1958 Mark 4:39 "And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace be still.  And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm." In the dark of the midnight have I oft hid my face, While the storm howls above me, and there's no hiding place. 'Mid the crash of the thunder, Precious Lord, hear my cry, Keep me safe till the storm...
  • Your Daily Hymn (Traditional and played on a real piano!)4/1/06 "Crown Him with Many Crowns

    04/01/2006 5:38:19 PM PST · by Full Court · 11 replies · 357+ views
    Crown Him With Many Crowns, Press here for the wonderful music Crown him with many crowns Crown him with many crowns, the Lamb upon his throne. Hark! How the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own. Awake, my soul, and sing of him who died for thee, and hail him as thy matchless King through all eternity. Crown him the Son of God, before the worlds began, and ye who tread where he hath trod, crown him the Son of Man; who every grief hath known that wrings the human breast, and takes and bears them for His own,...
  • What did early Christians believe about Using instrumental music in worship???

    03/07/2006 11:57:40 AM PST · by bremenboy · 143 replies · 1,542+ views
    AQUINAS "Our church does not use musical instruments, as harps and psalteries, to praise God withal, that she may not seem to Judaize." (Thomas Aquinas, Bingham's Antiquities, Vol. 3, page 137) AUGUSTINE "musical instruments were not used. The pipe, tabret, and harp here associate so intimately with the sensual heathen cults, as well as with the wild revelries and shameless performances of the degenerate theater and circus, it is easy to understand the prejudices against their use in the worship." (Augustine 354 A.D., describing the singing at Alexandria under Athanasius) CHRYSOSTOM "David formerly sang songs, also today we sing hymns....
  • Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs

    02/27/2006 7:25:56 PM PST · by Knitting A Conundrum · 94 replies · 769+ views
    Me | 2/27/06 | Knitting a Conundrum
    Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16 So, now that we've had an interesting thread about praise songs, hymns, and such, what spiritual songs do you like or consider important in your life?
  • Hymns return to contemporary churches

    02/25/2006 9:50:55 PM PST · by hiho hiho · 166 replies · 1,486+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | February 18, 2006 | SAM HODGES
    Lake Pointe is a megachurch with contemporary-style worship. Years back, it dissolved its choir and got rid of its hymnals in favor of Christian "praise" music, played by a rock band,with lyrics flashed on big screens. That style still dominates at Lake Pointe. But in August, sensing demand, the church debuted its "Classic Service," an early Sunday morning alternative service with choir, piano, organ and lots of congregational singing – out of those shiny new hymnals. Call it a counter-reformation, or a rear guard action in the worship wars. But more and more churches that cast their lot with contemporary...
  • No More Hims of Praise:Anthony Esolen on the Contemptible Mutilation of Hymns

    02/19/2006 6:51:49 AM PST · by Caleb1411 · 11 replies · 411+ views
    Touchstone ^ | March 2006 | Anthony Esolen
    <p>Even when a traditional hymn is included in the modern Catholic hymnals, one cannot settle in to praise God with words written by greater men than we are. Almost always, the lyrics have been so flattened, botched, castrated, and lobotomized that I’d almost prefer to sing “On Turkey’s Wings” (you know, “I will raise you up on turkey’s wings, la de da and la de da, la de da da da da daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah”).</p>
  • Musical Mush: Are We Impairing Our Capacity to Think?

    02/06/2006 4:42:50 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 190 replies · 1,790+ views
    February 6, 2006
    When church music directors lead the congregation in singing some praise music, I often listen stoically with teeth clenched. But one Sunday morning, I cracked. We had been led through endless repetitions of a meaningless ditty called, “Draw Me Close to You.” The song has zero theological content and could be sung in a nightclub, for that matter. When I thought it was finally and mercifully over, the music leader beamed at us and said in a cheerful voice, “Let’s sing that again, shall we?” “No!” I shouted loudly. Heads all around me spun while my wife cringed. I admit...
  • The heart of worship

    02/11/2006 2:10:39 PM PST · by LouAvul · 32 replies · 653+ views
    sacbee ^ | 2-11-06
    Traditional hymns to today's praise music: Churches are changing their tune to suit different tastes. snip Around the region, around the country, more churches are offering a menu of services to accommodate the tastes and styles of worshippers. From traditional to modern, churchgoers can pick the service they want to attend based on the type of music and atmosphere they prefer. It is in part a response to the so-called "worship wars" - disagreements over music that have grown in the past few years - and partly an effort to reach new churchgoers. "Music has become a very divisive issue...