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F. Richard Garland

Short Name: F. Richard Garland
Full Name: Garland, F. Richard

The Reverend F. Richard Garland is a retired United Methodist pastor. He and his wife, Catherine Sprigg, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, live in North Kingstown, RI.

Dick was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and is a lifelong Methodist. A graduate of Garrett Theological Seminary, he interned in Chicago and then served churches in Indiana, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. He continues to preach on occasion, provide coverage in emergency pastoral situations, and write a monthly essay, "From Where I Sit" for the newsletter of the North Kingstown UMC. He has been a contributor to The Upper Room.

Dick is a lifelong hiker who still climbs in the mountains of New Hampshire. At home, he spends a great deal of time in his flower gardens. He has sung with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra and is a member of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts.

Dick wrote his first hymn, a children's song, in a seminary music class with Austin C. Lovelace, and he has written poetry for many years. He began writing hymns for use in his churches about twenty years ago, but did not submit them for publication until 2006, after being encouraged to do so by a classmate and friend.

Many of his texts are inspired by the seasons of the church year, particularly Christmas and Easter, and by Scriptures from the Lectionary. In April of 2007, an appeal from a clergy colleague for a memorial hymn in response to the shootings at Virginia Tech University resulted in the creation of his hymn, In Grief and Aching Sorrow, set to the tune, Passion Chorale by J.S. Bach. Once, his pastor, frustrated in trying to find enough hymns to go with the Good Samaritan story in Luke 10:25-37, asked him to write a new hymn for a service. The result was his hymn, "When We Would Neighbor Be." On a dare from a colleague, he revealed a whimsical side by writing a hymn for Groundhog Day, "Praise the Lord for Woodland Creatures." His hymn, "I Have a Dream," was written to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the address by The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He has written a series of texts based on the selections from the Letters to the Ephesians and to the Philippians found in the New Revised Common Lectionary.

F. Richard Garland


Texts by F. Richard Garland (72)sort descendingAsInstances
A child will lead the dawn of graceF. Richard Garland (Author)2
A new advent of joyF. Richard Garland (Author)2
A star shone bright across the plainF. Richard Garland (Author)3
Before an open, empty tombF. Richard Garland (Author)2
Build up the saints in loveF. Richard Garland (Author)2
Called by the Word, and, with baptism's grace long anointedF. Richard Garland (Author)2
Christ is raised, a living witnessF. Richard Garland (Author)2
Come to the light of HopeF. Richard Garland (Author)2
Come to the mountain peakF. Richard Garland (Author)2
Come to the table, and take the fruit of graceF. Richard Garland (Author)2
Come with rejoicing, Covenant peopleF. Richard Garland (Author)2
Dear Master, in whose life I seeF. Richard Garland (Author (st. 3))1
From creation's timeless WordF. Richard Garland (Author)2
Gather your people to comfort and love F. Richard Garland (Author)2
Go now into the worldF. Richard Garland (Author)2
God calls us from darkness to live in the lightF. Richard Garland (Author)2
God envisions full redemptionF. Richard Garland (Alterer)2
God, who is rich in mercy's graceF. Richard Garland (Author)2
He comes to us as One Unknown, as once he came of oldF. Richard Garland (Adapter)2
He knelt to wash the feet of friendsF. Richard Garland (Author)2
He stands outside the doors we've closedF. Richard Garland (Author)2
He stood before the city, and wept at what he saw.F. Richard Garland (Author)2
Heaven waits with eager longingF. Richard Garland (Author)2
Help us, Lord, when we're scared of the risks we faceF. Richard Garland (Author)2
How full is God's great love of the earthF. Richard Garland (Author)2
Hush! then heed the silencesF. Richard Garland (Author)2
"I have a dream!" From prophet's wordF. Richard Garland (Author)2
If you would have new lifeF. Richard Garland (Author)2
In Christ is blessednessF. Richard Garland (Author)2
In grief and aching sorrowF. Richard Garland (Author)2
In righteousness stand firmF. Richard Garland (Author)2
In this is love, that God loved usF. Richard Garland (Author)2
In this night we hear rejoicingF. Richard Garland (Author)2
Jesus conquered death and darknessF. Richard Garland (Author)2
Let us kneel before our makerF. Richard Garland (Author)2
Lord, be to us a source of joyF. Richard Garland (Author)2
Majestic mountainsF. Richard Garland (Author)2
Master, what shall I doF. Richard Garland (Author)2
O Lord, our Lord, your light shines from the depths of creationF. Richard Garland (Author)2
O Sovereign One, from whom we're sent!F. Richard Garland (Author)2
O Spirit of the NightF. Richard Garland (Alterer)2
On the Day of Pentecost Faithful people joined to prayF. Richard Garland (Author)2
Out where the stars are bornF. Richard Garland (Author)2
"Push out into the deep!"F. Richard Garland (Author)2
Save us, Lord, from war's illusions,F. Richard Garland (Author)2
Shepherd, source of our contentmentF. Richard Garland (Alterer)2
Sound the alarm the Lord is near!F. Richard Garland (Author)2
Source of faith from the beginningF. Richard Garland (Author)2
Take care in how you liveF. Richard Garland (Author)2
The heart of Love with grace aboundsF. Richard Garland (Author)2
The Lord is near, with thanks prepare a welcomeF. Richard Garland (Author)2
The promise of the LordF. Richard Garland (Author)2
The shepherds heard the angel's voiceF. Richard Garland (Author)2
The source of hope is in the WordF. Richard Garland (Author)2
The spirit of the Lord Will come, good news to bringF. Richard Garland (Author)2
The world did dwell in dark and fearF. Richard Garland (Author)2
Through the universe, a storyF. Richard Garland (Author)2
We live in hope, for God is always presentF. Richard Garland (Author)2
We stand before the cross in sorrowF. Richard Garland (Author)2
Welcome home, precious child. come, reclaim your placeF. Richard Garland (Author)2
What would you sell to gainF. Richard Garland (Author)2
When God envisioned Love's birthF. Richard Garland (Author)2
When prophets come and speak the WordF. Richard Garland (Author)2
When the Lord comes, would we dare standF. Richard Garland (Author)2
When the seeds of Love are sownF. Richard Garland (Author)3
When Thomas heard the Easter newsF. Richard Garland (Author)2
When we would neighbor beF. Richard Garland (Author)2
When weary times confront the soulF. Richard Garland (Author)2
Will you fulfill the vowF. Richard Garland (Author)2
With humble grace they served their LordF. Richard Garland (Alterer)2
Within the shadow of the crossF. Richard Garland (Author)2
Would you build a home in which God could reside?F. Richard Garland (Adapter)2
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