STLT#204, Come, O Sabbath Day

Before the hymn, I want to address a comment: On the Facebook comments for yesterday’s post, a colleague noted with  surprise that I actually liked one, as though I hate our hymns and this is a chore. I’m surprised that this came up, and maybe that colleague is the only one who thinks that, but …

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STLT#202, Come Sunday

I wonder how many denominations have Duke Ellington in their hymnals? A hat tip to our hymnal commission for finding a place for this piece. And, as I’ve talked about before, this fits in the ‘not every song in the hymnal is meant for the congregation to sing’ category – although I would love to …

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STLT#200, A Mighty Fortress

Happy Two Hundredth Hymn-by-Hymn Post Day! Only 290 more to go. Gulp. That seems daunting, but then, holy cow, how are we 200 in already? Time does fly, friends, even through hard, dark days. Thanks to my regular, rather frequent, and occasional readers. And if you’re just discovering this today, welcome to my daily spiritual …

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STLT#198, God of Many Names

Artists of all stripes have a signature style, a turn of phrase or brush or pen or finger that marks them as distinctive, a common theme or mood that repeats throughout a body of work. If we are seeing a representative sampling of Brian Wren’s hymns, then his signature is a propensity for expanding the …

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STLT#197, There Are Numerous Strings

It’s Disconnected Thoughts Day here at the Far Fringe! Disconnected Thought number one: the words and melody were written by Rabindranath Tangore, whose poetry we also find in Your Mercy, O Eternal One and Now I Recall My Childhood. That we also now have one of his melodies here I think is cool. Disconnected Thought …

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STLT#196, Singer of Life

Of the many metaphors we use for the Divine, I think Singer of Life is my favorite. This metaphor taps into something we know about the earth, that it has its own vibrational hum…and when you add all of the living things that have their own hums (and voices and chirps and growls and sighs), …

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STLT#194, Faith Is a Forest

Shelley Jackson Denham is a denominational treasure. This hymn was commissioned by the hymnal commission, and wow, did she deliver. I know some might avoid this one because it’s an unfamiliar tune, but trust me when I say that (a) it’s not that difficult – although you definitely don’t want to just spring it on …

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STLT#192, Nay, Do Not Grieve

I’m of several minds with this hymn today. My first thought: I wish I knew the tune, commissioned for STLT and written by Libby Larsen. It might make a more meaningful connection to the lyrics possible. As it was, I was plunking out notes on my phone’s keyboard for all three verses. My second thought: …

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STLT#191, Now I Recall My Childhood

Lyrics don’t have to rhyme. Lyrics don’t have to rhyme. Lyrics don’t have to rhyme. This is the mantra I’ve been repeating to myself between singing this song and getting settled at the computer. I know…I KNOW lyrics don’t have to rhyme. But WOW a song sits weirdly on my ear when they don’t. There …

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