Told of God's favor

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D Major

Author Information

Richard Leach (b. Bangor, Maine, 1953) is a leading contemporary writer of words for hymns. Using traditional forms, he creates striking new texts with biblical and theological integrity. His work is included in hymnals and hymnal supplements from a wide spectrum of denominations including the Church of Scotland, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Christian Reformed Church, the Presbyterian Church in Canada, the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church USA and others; and in many independent hymnals and hymnal supplements. Selah has been publishing collections of his texts since 1995. In addition, dozens of anthem settings of his words have been composed and published by Selah, Augsburg Fortress Publishers, GIA Publishing, Inc., and other publishers. He is a frequent presenter at conferences of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, and has been called a master of his craft in the review pages of The Hymn Society journal.
Leach describes his writing in this way: "I often write in response to particular Bible passages. I try to tell familiar stories in new ways, or listen to less familiar passages for what they might say to us. I want my hymns to enliven those who sing, to give singers something new which they can make their own."
Besides hymn and anthem texts, Leach has written three cantatas with music by Curt Oliver: "For the Healing of the Nations" (1999), "The Book of Waters" (2004), and "Blessing Without Borders, A Christmas Celebration" (2005). He has written words for art song by composers Carson Cooman and William Vollinger, and jazz song lyrics. With David Schaap, he has edited The Selah Psalter, Hear the Angels Sing, and And Jesus Said, Hymns on the Parables.
Leach's commissioned works include the cantatas written with Curt Oliver, and hymns for various occasions including the biennial conference of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians in New York City in 2005. Those interested in the possibility of commissioning a hymn text or other work may contact him using the link below.
Leach received a B.A. in religion from Bowdoin College (1974), and an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary (1978). He was a United Church of Christ pastor in Connecticut from 1978 to 1999. Since then he has been the business manager of an information systems consulting company, and a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Composer Information

Russell Schulz-Widmar (b. Harvard, Illinois, 1944) has been Associate Professor of Church Music, Organist and Choirmaster at The Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, in Austin, Texas, since 1974. He is also Director of Music at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Austin. He has traveled widely as the recipient of numerous grants and has received many honors from universities and sacred music organizations. Schulz-Widmar has written works for organ as well as choral anthems and solos.
He received a B. Mus. from Valparaiso University, S.M.M. from the School of Sacred Music at Union Theological Seminary in N.Y.C., and a D.M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a past President of The Hymn Society and has served on the editorial boards for several hymnals.
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