When Words Alone Cannot Express

Author: John Thornburg

John Thornburg is the son, grandson and great grandson of Methodist ministers. After graduation from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, John served four appointments in the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church; as an associate in a large suburban congregation; as the editor of the North Texas edition of the United Methodist Reporter; in a central city cooperative parish; and, most recently, for ten years at Northaven UMC in North Dallas. He was the song leader of the North Texas Annual Conference for ten years. After 22 years in parish ministry, John pursued a new calling by starting an itinerant ministry of song leading and worship consultation called "A Ministry of Congregational Singing." His… Go to person page >

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First Line: When words alone cannot express
Title: When Words Alone Cannot Express
Author: John Thornburg
Meter: 88.34.88 with Refrain
Language: English
Copyright: © 2003 Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc.



LASST UNS ERFREUEN derives its opening line and several other melodic ideas from GENEVAN 68 (68). The tune was first published with the Easter text "Lasst uns erfreuen herzlich sehr" in the Jesuit hymnal Ausserlesene Catlwlische Geistliche Kirchengesänge (Cologne, 1623). LASST UNS ERFREUEN appeared…

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