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Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: The African American Lectionary Author: William H. Wiggins, Jr.
Why Ash Wednesday? Ash Wednesday became the day that marked the beginning of the Lenten renewal. Laura Smit explores the use of ash on Ash Wednesday and the implications for believers. Resource type: Article Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Laura Smit
History of Hymns: “Blessed Is He Who Comes in God’s Name” This offers background and commentary on the hymn, “Blessed Is He Who Comes in God’s Name,” the product of a collaboration by hymn writer John Thornburg (b. 1954) and church musician Jane Manton Marshall (b. 1924). Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Elise Jeeyoon Choi History of Hymns: “Maker, In Whom We Live” This offers background and commentary on Charles Wesley's (1707-1788) hymn: "Maker, In Whom We Live." Originally titled "To the Trinity," each stanza describes a member of the Trinity, with the final focusing on God, the Three-in-One. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Haley Heffley History of Hymns: “Camina, Pueblo de Dios” This offers background commentary on Cesáreo Gabaráin's Spanish hymn: "Camina, Pueblo de Dios" (Walk On, O People of God). Translated by George Lockwood, this Catholic hymn considers the Resurrection as a journey of reconciliation and justice. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: C. Michael Hawn History of Hymns: “Christ is Risen” This offers background and commentary on the 1984 hymn by Brian Wren (b. 1936): "Christ is Risen." This Easter hymn discusses the resurrection of Christ and the promise and changes that this powerful act will bring.... Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Haley Heffley Callarman History of Hymns: “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken” Jackson Henry offers background and commentary on the beloved hymn by John Newton (1725-1807): “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken” Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Jackson W. Henry History of Hymns: “Creating God, Your Fingers Trace” Michael Hawn discusses the hymn "Creating God, Your Fingers Trace” by Jeffrey Rowthorn. The stanzas begin with "Creating God," "Sustaining God," "Redeeming God," and “Indwelling God.” The 8.8.8.8 meter can be used with several tunes. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: C. Michael Hawn History of Hymns: “Children of the Heavenly Father” This offers background and commentary on the beautiful Scandinavian hymn by Caroline Sandell-Berg (1832-1903) and translated by Ernst William Olson (1870-1958), "Children of the Heavenly Father.” Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: C. Michael Hawn History of Hymns: “At the Font We Start Our Journey” This offers background and commentary on the Jeffrey Rowthorn (b. 1934) hymn, "At the Font We Start Our Journey," which is devoted to four symbols of Christian worship—font, pulpit, altar, and door. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Thomas L. Baynham, Jr. History of Hymns: “Swiftly Pass the Clouds of Glory” This offers background and commentary on Thomas Troeger's (b. 1945) 1994 hymn: “Swiftly Pass the Clouds of Glory.” Combining faith and science, the hymn focuses on the Transfiguration narratives (Matthew 7:1-8; Mark 9:2-8; Luke 9:28-36). Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Stanton Nelson History of Hymns: “For All the Saints” Braxton Kubasko contrasts the hymn “For All the Saints” by John Bell and Graham Maule with the more familiar text of the same title by William How. Instead of spiritual warfare it emphasizes "social holiness." Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: J. Braxton Kubasko Full Text Hymns on History God of the Ages, History's MakerPD
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History of Hymns: “Amazing Grace” (Part 1) C. Michael Hawn offers background and commentary on the 1779 iconic and universally sung hymn by John Newton (1725-1807): "Amazing Grace." Part 1 of 2 focuses on the hymn as a whole and stanza 1. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: C. Michael Hawn History of Hymns: “Amazing Grace” (Part 2) C. Michael Hawn offers background and commentary on the 1779 iconic and universally sung hymn by John Newton (1725-1807): "Amazing Grace." Part 2 of 2 focuses on stanzas 2-6 of the beloved hymn. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: C. Michael Hawn History of Hymns: “I Love to Tell the Story” C. Michael Hawn offers background and commentary on the beloved Hymn by Arabella Katherine Hankey (1834-1911): “I Love to Tell the Story” Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: C. Michael Hawn History of Hymns: “O Little Town of Bethlehem” C. Michael Hawn offers background and commentary on the beloved Christmas carol by Phillips Brooks (1835-1893): "O Little Town of Bethlehem." Originally written for children, the carol has captured the imagination of everyone who sings it. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: C. Michael Hawn History of Hymns: “Let All Things Now Living” Michael Hawn discusses the hymn "Let All Things Now Living" by Katherine K. Davis, sung to the Welsh folk tune THE ASH GROVE. It speaks of all creation joining with humanity in praise to God. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: C Michael Hawn History, Forgiveness and the Internet In this article, Charles Hambrick-Stowe reflects on history and forgiveness on the internet, suggesting that the internet never forgets, but God always stands ready to forgive. Resource type: Article Source: Faith and Leadership Author: Charles Hambrick-Stowe History of Hymns: “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks” C. Michael Hawn offers background and commentary on the beloved Christmas carol by Nahum Tate (c. 1652-1715) from Luke 2:8-14: "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks." Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: C. Michael Hawn History of Hymns: “Come, We That Love the Lord” Taylor Vancil offers background and commentary on the hymn by Isaac Watts (1674-1738): “Come, We That Love the Lord” Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Taylor Vancil
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