STLT#285, We Worship Thee, God

In case we didn’t get enough of Psalm 104, we have another setting – another classic hymn, widely used, apparently. I’m feeling quite cynical about it.  I mean, it’s not that I don’t want to praise that which I call God – but I don’t know… right now I feel like hymns such as these …

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STLT#284, Praise, O My Heart, to You

As regular readers know, one of my hymnody pet peeves is a lyric that is essentially a list and doesn’t go anywhere. Brian Wren does this, but we’ve also seen it in that seemingly endless stream of spring and summer songs early on. Look at all the things! The things are awesome. And here we go again. …

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STLT#283, The Spacious Firmament on High

Occasionally, I will remark on Facebook that I have nothing interesting to say, and at least thrice, it’s happened on the same day in August (the 7th), and my friend and colleague Tim Atkins actually meme’d it for me. But I also recognize that there is more than one Nothing Interesting To Say Day, because today …

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STLT#282, Let the Whole Creation Cry

Once upon a time, there was a psalm. This psalm, numbered 148, is a song of praise for the universality of God. It asks humans, rocks, cedars, even cattle and sea monsters and frost and fire to praise God. This psalm inspired a Victorian theologian of Irish descent, Stopford Brooke, to write a hymn. This hymn …

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STLT#281, O God, Our Help in Ages Past

My god but I love Eddie Izzard. This brilliant, English, marathon running, gender-bending atheist is one of the best comedians living today. He shares brilliantly, funny ideas from pop culture, high culture, history, science, and everyday life – with a wit that doesn’t talk down but rather lifts up. I’ve seen him in person as well as …

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STLT#280, Haleluhu

Today’s hymn brings together several things I really love: a joyful Hebrew folk melody in a minor key, a simple song that can be repeated as a chant, and a setting of Psalm 150 that reminds us to be joyful. There’s not a lot to say about this one, as it’s fairly straightforward. And even my …

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STLT#278, Praise Be to God, the Almighty

I suspect there are three types of Unitarian Universalist congregations: The first sing this all the time because they are deeply grounded in Unitarian Christianity – I’m thinking of congregations like King’s Chapel in Boston. The second wouldn’t touch this with a ten-foot pole, because their humanists and even many of their theists would rise …

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STLT#273, Immortal, Invisible

My post will be short today, as I have succumbed to what is commonly known as “con crud” – the general flu-like illness that befalls many a convention attendee. But I wouldn’t be true to this practice without at least singing through this beloved hymn and making a few comments before the siren song of …

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