Fred Kaan

Fred Kaan
Short Name: Fred Kaan
Full Name: Kaan, Fred, 1929-2009
Birth Year: 1929
Death Year: 2009

Fred Kaan Hymn writer. His hymns include both original work and translations. He sought to address issues of peace and justice. He was born in Haarlem in the Netherlands in July 1929. He was baptised in St Bavo Cathedral but his family did not attend church regularly. He lived through the Nazi occupation, saw three of his grandparents die of starvation, and witnessed his parents deep involvement in the resistance movement. They took in a number of refugees. He became a pacifist and began attending church in his teens.

Having become interested in British Congregationalism (later to become the United Reformed Church) through a friendship, he was attended Western College in Bristol. He was ordained in 1955 at the Windsor Road Congregational Church in Barry, Glamorgan.

In 1963 he was called to be minister of the Pilgrim Church in Plymouth. It was in this congregation that he began to write hymns. The first edition of Pilgrim Praise was published in 1968, going into second and third editions in 1972 and 1975. He continued writing many more hymns throughout his life.

Dianne Shapiro, from obituary written by Keith Forecast in Independent (

Featured Article:
My Hymn-Writing Journey by Fred Kaan (from "The Hymn")

Texts by Fred Kaan (83)sort descendingAsInstances
As the glory of creationFred Kaan (Author)2
As we break the bread Fred Kaan (Author)8
As you came to earth in JesusFred Kaan, b. 1929 (Author)5
Bless and keep us, God, in your love unitedFred Kaan, b. 1929 (Translator)2
Break not the circle of enabling loveFred Kaan (b. 1929) (Author)3
Come, O Holy Spirit, set the Church on fire (Saint-Esprit, viens, oh viens saisis ton Église)Fred Kaan (Author)2
Como la playa, como el pasto verdeFred Kaan (Translator)2
Cristo vive, fuere el llanto (Christ is risen, Christ is living)Fred Kaan (Translator)11
Down to earth, as a doveFred Kaan (Author)9
Each year we sing with bated Christmas voiceFrederik Herman Kaan (Author)2
Faith, while trees are still in blossomFred Kaan (Translator)8
Father, help your peopleFred Kaan (Author)2
Father, who in Jesus found usFred Kaan, b. 1929 (Author)3
For ourselves no longer livingFred Kaan, b. 1929 (Author)2
For the crowd of thousandsFrederik Herman Kaan, 1929- (Alterer)3
For the healing of the nationsFred Kaan (Author)43
God! As with silent hearts we bring to mindFred Kaan (Author)5
God calls his people firm to standFrederik Herman Kaan (Author)2
God is unique and oneFred Kaan (Author)7
God of Eve and God of MaryFred Kaan, 1929-2009 (Author)6
[God the narrator]Fred Kaan (Author)2
God! When human bonds are brokenFred Kaan, b. 1929 (Author)10
God who spoke in the beginningFred H. Kaan (Author)6
God, whose love in Jesus found usFred Kaan, b. 1929 (Author)2
God whose love is all around usFred Kaan, 1929-2009 (Author)2
God, you make us your companionsFred Kaan, b. 1929 (Author)7
[God's Word throughout the Ages]Fred Kaan (Translator)3
Guide me, O Thou great JehovahFred Kaan (Author (B))1
Help us accept each otherFred Kaan (Author)21
He's back in the land of the livingFred Kaan (Author)4
Holy Spirit, come, confirm usFred Kaan (Translator (B))1
How can creation's voice be stillFred Kaan, 1929 - (Translator)2
[How wide is life for living]Fred Kaan (Author)2
[I can on God implicitly rely]Fred Kaan (Author)2
If you have ears, then listenFred Kaan (Author)2
[In the beginning: God] (Kaan)Fred Kaan (Author)2
Jesus, shepherd of our souls, Selfless in your carringFred Kaan (Author)5
Let us talents and tongues employFred Kaan, b. 1929 (Author)26
Life could be good and rich and wholeFred Kaan, b. 1929 (Author)2
Lord, as we rise to leave the shell of worshipFred Kaan (Author)9
[Lord, how majestic is your name]Fred Kaan (Author)2
Lord of the living, in Your name assembledFred Kaan (Author)12
Lord, when I came into this lifeFred Kaan (Author)5
May the God of hope go with us every day (¡Dios de la esperanza, danos gozo y paz!)Fred Kaan (Author, v. 2)1
Mi pela i bung (God of all the world)Fred Kaan (Translator)2
No rompas este círculo de amorFred Kaan (holandés, n. 1929) (Author)2
Now in the name of him, who sentFrederik Herman Kaan (Author)6
Now join we to praise the creatorFred Kaan, b. 1929 (Author)10
Now let us from this table riseFred Kaan (Author)32
O God of the eternal nowFred Kaan (Author)5
O God, from whom mankind derives its nameFred Kaan (Author)7
O God, You give humanity its nameFred Kaan (Author)2
Out of deep, unordered waterFred Kaan (Author)4
Out of our failure to createFred Kaan (Author)4
Praise the Lord with joyful cryFred Kaan (Author)9
Put peace into each other's handsFred Kaan (Author)13
Raising our hands as a sign of rejoicing (Vers toi, ô Dieu, vois nos mains qui s'élèvent)Fred Kaan (Author)3
Sing we a song of high revoltFrederik Herman Kaan (Author)4
Sing we of the modern cityFrederik Herman Kaan (Author)5
Son of the Father, Jesus, Lord and slaveFred Kaan (Author)3
Surrounded by a world of needFrederik Herman Kaan (Author)3
Thank you, Lord, for the time that is nowFrederik Herman Kaan, 1929- (Author)3
The earth, the sky, the oceans and all that they containFred Kaan, b.1929 (Author)3
The love of God is broad like beach and meadowFred Kaan (Translator)2
They saw you as the local builder's sonFred Kaan (Translator)1
They set out on their homeward roadFred Kaan (Author)3
This is the day when light was first createdFred Kaan, b. 1929 (Author)7
To show by touch and word devotion to the earthFred Kaan (Author)3
Today I live, but once shall come my deathFred Kaan (Author)5
Tomorrow Christ is comingFrederik Herman Kaan, 1929- (Author)4
We have a king who rides a donkeyFred Kaan (Author)5
We long to learn to praiseFred Kaan (Author)4
We meet You, O Christ, in many a guiseFred Kaan (Author)11
We praise your name, O God of all creationFred Kaan, b.1929 (Author)2
We turn to you, O God of every nationFrederik Herman Kaan, 1929- (Author)10
We utter our cry: that peace may prevailFred Kaan (Author)5
We who bear the human name are like flowers of the fieldFred Kaan (Author)2
When in his own image God created manFrederik Herman Kaan (Author)3
When, O God, our faith is testedFred Kaan, 1929-2009 (Author)2
Whom shall I send? our Maker criesFred Kaan (Author (C))1
With grateful hearts our faith professingFred Kaan (Author)4
You called me, Father, by my nameFrederik Herman Kaan (Author)3
Your love, O God, is broad like beach and meadowFred Kaan (Translator)5
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