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Featured Hymn for January 20

“America the Beautiful” by Katherine Lee Bates

Each stanza of this hymn combines appreciation of America's beauty with prayers to God for His blessings on and aid for the nation. In petitioning God to “mend [America's] every flaw,” we acknowledge our imperfection as a country. In praying for the unity of brotherhood “from sea to shining sea,” we acknowledge that the disunity that exists is undesirable.

Featured Hymn: Good Christian Men, Rejoice

“Good Christian Men, Rejoice” by Cyril Alington (1931)

The story of this hymn has always been about accessibility to the Christmas story. In the late medieval period, there was a tradition of using folk songs to teach illiterate church-goers the Gospel story. This hymn is a good example of that practice. Written in a combination of Latin and German, it would be familiar in both the vernacular and the language of the Church. When set to a familiar folk tune, the people would be able to sing along with ease, and would understand the story.

Featured Hymn: We Three Kings

“We Three Kings” by John H. Hopkins

The opening stanza is about the journey of the Magi to Bethlehem. The middle three stanzas explain a meaning for each of the three gifts. Gold signified royalty, and frankincense, deity. Myrrh foretold that the Christ child was born to die. The last stanza summarizes the song, calling Jesus the “King and God and Sacrifice,” and ending in a peal of alleluias.

Featured Hymn: "Joy to the World"

“Joy to the World” by Isaac Watts

Featured Hymn: We Three Kings

“We Three Kings of Orient Are” by John Hopkins

Featured Hymn for November 16: "Comfort, Comfort Ye My People"

“Comfort, Comfort Now My People” by Johann Olearius

Featured Hymn for October 31: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

"A Mighty Fortess" by Martin Luther

Featured Hymn for October 17: 'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

Jesus said “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. … and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.” (Matthew 24:6,7 ESV) He also said “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27 ESV) In 1880, the husband of Louisa Stead, author of “’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus” drowned. Two years later, this hymn was published. It is widely believed that she wrote this hymn in response to the peace she found in trusting Jesus despite her sorrow. Mrs.

New Hymnals added or edited in September

This hymnal was added to our site in September:

"Living Gospel Songs and Choruses" published 1925 by Tabernacle Publishing Company (Chicago)

Volunteers completed the editing of the following hymnals:

"Hymns for Creative Living" published 1935 by Judson Press (Philadelphia)
"New Songs of Pentecost" published 1916 by Hall Mack Co. (Philadelphia)
"Himnos de la Iglesia" published, 1995 by Publicadora Lámpara y Luz (Farmington, NM)

Featured Hymn for October 4: This Is My Father's World

In ancient times, people believed that as the planets revolved in the universe, they made music or harmony. This is the belief Maltbie Babcock referred to in the line, “and round me rings the music of the spheres.” Though this belief has since been disproven, we know that objects in space do in fact emit sounds. Even more amazing, the ocean is also making noices at its very lowest and darkest depths - sounds which scientists are still unable to identify. The whole universe is singing a song of its creation, revealing something to us about He who created it.