Mary Nelson Keithahn

Mary Nelson Keithahn
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Short Name: Mary Nelson Keithahn
Full Name: Keithahn, Mary Nelson, 1934-
Birth Year: 1934

Mary Nelson Keithahn, a retired United Church of Christ ordained pastor and church educator, has been a curriculum writer-editor, journalist, and lyricist for musical dramas and anthems. She still works out of her home in Rapid City, South Dakota, as a free-lance writer. In 2016 she published Elfie: Adventures on the Midwest Frontier, a chapter book for children, and Embracing the Light: Reflectioins on God’s Holy Word, a collection of meditations for individual or small group use. Augsburg Fortress also published Sing the Stories of God’s NEW People, the third in a trilogy of Bible story-based collections of songs for young children, written with her longtime colleague, John D. Horman. The two have written over a hundred hymns together, some of which are included in these hymnals and supplements: Community of Christ Sings, God’s Mission, God’s Song, Hymns of Heritage and Hope, Lift Up Your Hearts, Sing Justice! Do Justice, Sing the Faith, Singing Our Savior’s Story, Singing the New Testament, The Faith We Sing, Upper Room Worshipbook, Voices Found, Voices United, and Worship and Song. They have also published four collections of their hymns: Come Away with Me and Time Now to Gather (Abingdon, 1998), The Song Lingers On (Zimbel, 2003), and Faith That Lets Us Sing (Wayne Leupold Editions, 2017). Mary is a Life Member and former board member of Choristers Guild and a Life Member of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. She is also a member of ASCAP. In 2006 she received a Distinguished Achievement Award from her alma mater, Carleton College in Northfield, MN, in recognition of her work in composing text for religious music. Mary was married to the Rev. Richard K. Keithahn, a U.C.C. pastor, and widowed in 1986. She has three children, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

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Texts by Mary Nelson Keithahn (106)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
A father came to JesusMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
A fox has a denMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
A long-lost lamb is in the foldMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English3
A mother lined a basketMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English5
A vacant place at the tableMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
A widow of Zarephath townMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
A woman was sickMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English3
Angel voices still are singingMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
"Are you the one," they asked himMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English3
As Abraham and SarahMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
As of old God promised us inMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)2
As Rachel mourned her childrenMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
As we gather in the kitchenMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
Be present, God of love, draw nearMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)2
Before the dawn had brokenMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
Bethlehem, the House of BreadMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
Bless the work we do todayMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
Brave shepherds quaked with fear that nightMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
Come away with me to a quiet place,Mary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English4
Come, Dayspring from on highMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
Come, praise God for faithful peopleMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)2
Come to the table, sinner and saint,Mary Nelson Keithahn (Author)2
Creator God, how grand the earthMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
Emmanuel, who walked among us here,Mary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
Faith is patience in the nightMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English3
For your wise, creating Spirit,Mary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
God calls us to worship with glorious soundsMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)2
God of every generation,Mary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English3
God of hope, we leave this place,Mary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
God of wisdom and compassionMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
God, who called us through the prophetsMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
God, who calls us to be teachersMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
God, your voice calls forth compassionMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
Good friends, rejoice, be glad and sing!Mary Nelson Keithahn (Author)2
Good Shepherd, our Leader, Provider, and GuideMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)2
Great God of all, we sing your praiseMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)2
Hope for a child is a home that's secureMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
How can we sing our love for GodMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
How far it was to BethlehemMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
How foolish they were who came from the EastMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
How glad we are to be aliveMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
How God, who calls us each by nameMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
How good and how joyous it is to beMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
In Matthew's gospel there are fiveMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English3
In the quiet of this placeMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
Jesus sang to fishermenMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
Joyful God of youth and childrenMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)2
Let songs of thanksgiving and glad psalms of praiseMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English3
Like a thief in the night, Like the pangs that herald birthMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
Like ancient people on a questMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)2
Like fishermen who left their boatsMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
Like Miriam who danced to praiseMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)3
Lord, may we see by faith and graceMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
Love is enduring, bearing all thingsMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
Love, light a candle in my heartMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
May the mind of Christ, our Savior, Be in all who gather hereMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
May you hear the angels singsMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
Now thank we all our God With heart and hands and voicesMary Nelson Keithahn (Author (sts. 3-4))English1
On Christmas Eve we celebrateMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)2
One holy night in BethlehemMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English4
One was old, another barrenMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
Pipe a tune and beat the drumMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)2
Risen Christ, come to our tableMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
Send us your Holy Spirit, GodMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
Sing of a people who came to rejoiceMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
Sing of a stable built on a hillMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)2
Skillful hands and nimble fingersMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
Spirit-child Jesus in joyful refrain,Mary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English3
Spirit, falling like a doveMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
The church is our safe haven,Mary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
The Holy One of IsraelMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
The kind heart of a woman failedMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
The kingdom we inheritedMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
The people came from everywhereMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English3
The wedding guests were waitingMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
There is a need for shepherdsMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
They built the church that is our homeMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
Though despair, like deepest darknessMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
Though shepherds heard the angelsMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
Three cheers for our friends who, with talent and timeMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
Time now to gatherMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English4
Up to the temple one fine dayMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
We are pilgrims on a journey To another time and placeMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
We light the candle of hopeMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
We praise you, God of all creationMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)2
We sang our glad hosannasMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English4
We thank you for music inviting us hereMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
We walk today in darkness,Mary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English3
What joy it is to praise our GodMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
When Cain killed Abel in a fightMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English4
When it seemed that love was dyingMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
When Jesus came to JerichoMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
When Jesus was a refugeeMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)2
When Jesus was baptized by JohnMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
When Jesus Was in BethanyMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
When Mary heard an angel sayMary Nelson Keithahn (Autor)English2
When people learned of Jesus ChristMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
When quiet peace is shatteredMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English3
When the world is babbling 'round us,Mary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English3
When we are blind to the judgment of love,Mary Nelson Keithahn (Author)2
When we are called to sing your praiseMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English3
When we lose a child or parent,Mary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
Where lilies of the field once bloomedMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)2
Who was there to hear good news proclaimedMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
You came to a world that was driven by greedMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English2
Your Spirit, God, moves us to prayMary Nelson Keithahn (Author)English3
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