Shirley Erena Murray

Shirley Erena Murray
Short Name: Shirley Erena Murray
Full Name: Murray, Shirley Erena, 1931-
Birth Year: 1931

SHIRLEY ERENA MURRAY (b. 1931) is a hymn text writer, born in Invercargill, New Zealand in 1931. Her texts have appeared in more than 100 collections worldwide and have been translated into several languages. She has been an editor with the New Zealand Hymnbook Trust and received international acclaim for her writing, including being made a Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music (2006) and becoming a Member of the NZ Order of Merit (2001) for services to the community through hymn writing. She is the first citizen to be so honored. Most recently, she has been honored by the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada at its July 2009 annual conference by being named a Fellow of the Society in recognition of her contributions as a hymn writer to the international community of congregational song. Also, in 2009, she was awarded the title of Honorary Doctor of Literature (D.Litt.) from the University of Otago.

Shirley has been the Erik Routley Fellow (PCUSA) in 1996 and her hymns have been included in the worship of the World Council of Churches' Assemblies.

She has worked with Dr I-to Loh, musical ethnologist from Taiwan, in paraphrasing Asian hymns into English and providing texts for `Sound the Bamboo' (1990, 2000).

Her fourth collection, Touch the Earth Lightly was just released by Hope Publishing Company in the summer of 2008. In her previous books, In Every Corner Sing (1992), Every Day in Your Spirit (1996) and Faith Makes the Song (2003), her work appears with settings by many different composers. In the past fifteen years the NZHT has published four collections of new hymns also containing a wide variety of her texts and set by New Zealand composers: Alleluia Aotearoa, Carol Our Christmas, He Came Singing Peace and Faith Forever Singing.

Her hymns and carols address a wide spectrum of themes ranging from the seasons of the Church year to human rights, care of creation, women's concerns and above all, peace. Methodist by upbringing, and ecumenical by persuasion, she has spent most of her life as a Presbyterian. She is married to a former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of NZ, the Very Rev. John Stewart Murray. They have three sons and six grandchildren, and now live in active retirement at Raumati Beach, near Wellington.

From Hope Publishing Company, authorized by Shirley Erena Murray


Texts by Shirley Erena Murray (109)sort iconAsInstances
A single grain of wheatShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
All my being and all that I possessShirley Erena Murray (Paraphraser)1
And Jesus said: don't be afraidShirley Erena Murray (Author)4
As the wind song through the treesShirley Erena Murray (Author)1
Because you came and sat beside usShirley Erena Murray, b. 1931 (Author)3
Because You live, O ChristShirley Erena Murray (Author)7
Bring in the Christmas that lights up the ages!Shirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Bring the bread, bring the wineShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Carol our Christmas, an upside-down ChristmasShirley Erena Murray (Author)3
Child of joy and peaceShirley Erena Murray, b. 1931 (Author)2
Christ is alive, and the universe must celebrateShirley Erena Murray (b. 1931) (Author)2
Christ is our peace, Christ is our healthShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Christ, let us come with youShirley Erena Murray (Author)3
Christmas comes closeShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Come and find the quiet centerShirley Erena Murray (Author)8
Come, Christian people, sing your praises, shout!Shirley Erena Murray, 1931- (Composer (st. 1-5))2
Come, Christmas Child, come again in your wonderShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Come into the streets with me!Shirley Erena Murray (b. 1931) (Author)2
Come, teach us, Spirit of our GodShirley Erena Murray (Author)3
Come the day, come the sunShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Come to a weddingShirley Erena Murray (1931-) (Author)5
Community of ChristShirley Erena Murray (Author)6
Creation sings! And we are in the musicShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Dream a dream, a hopeful dreamShirley Erena Murray (Author)4
Everything that has voiceShirley Erena Murray (Author)3
For everyone born, a place at the tableShirley Erena Murray, b. 1931 (Author)9
For the music of creationShirley Erena Murray, b. 1931 (Author)7
From mothers' arms, we see the worldShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
From the apple in the gardenShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
From the waiting comes the signShirley Erena Murray (Author)3
Give thanks for life, the measure of our daysShirley Erena Murray (Author)8
Give us this day our daily bread, The right to work that all be fedShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
God, bless the ones who watch and waitShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
God in whose memory no one is lostShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
God of all time, all seasons of our livingShirley Erena Murray (1931-) (Author)3
God of freedom, God of justiceShirley Erena Murray (Author)8
God of the BibleShirley Erena Murray (Author)5
God weeps at love withheldShirley Erena Murray (Author)6
Great God of earth and heavenShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Here in the busy cityShirley Erena Murray, 1931- (Author)2
Here is the place, now is the timeShirley Erena Murray (b. 1931) (Author)2
Here to the house of God we comeShirley Erena Murray (b. 1931) (Author)2
[Here We Bring, Small or Great]Shirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Holy Presence, Holy TeacherShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
How small a spark has lit a living fire!Shirley Erena Murray, b. 1931 (Author)2
I am standing, waitingShirley Erena Murray, 1931- (Author)2
I am your mother: Do not neglect me!Shirley Erena Murray (Author)3
I was sick, I was sad, and you visited meShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
In a garden, God blessed creationShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
In the name of Christ we gather, In the name of Christ we singShirley Erena Murray (1931-) (Author)4
In the singing, in the silenceShirley Erena Murray (Author)5
Into the hands that blessed the childrenShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
It is time! Let the white poppies bloomShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Jesus, I come trusting your kindnessShirley Erena Murray (b. 1931) (Author)2
Jesus walked on to CalvaryShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Just as a mother sings her baby to sleepShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Leftover people, in leftover placesShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Let my spirit always singShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Let our earth be peacefulShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Let's praise the Creator who gave us each otherShirley Erena Murray (b. 1931) (Author)5
Little one, born to bring us such loveShirley Erena Murray, 1931- (Author)2
Look at me, O God!Shirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Lord Jesus, when my courage failsShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Loving Spirit, loving SpiritShirley Erena Murray, b. 1931 (Author)18
May the rainbow always touch your shoulderShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Nagŭnee yangshik chon shin dŭrettŏk (Food for pilgrim people)Shirley Murray (Paraphraser)2
No obvious angels sing through the night skiesShirley Erena Murray, 1931- (Author)2
Now a mighty tree has fallenShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Now thank we all our GodShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Now to Your table spreadShirley Erena Murray (Author)3
O beauty ever ancientShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
O Christ, who by a cross made peace your signShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
O Christ, you hang upon a crossShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
O God, we bear the imprint of Your faceShirley Erena Murray (Author)6
O little Love, who comes againShirley Erena Murray (b. 1931) (Author)2
Of women, and of women's hopes we singShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
On this good earth, God's generous creationShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Open wide the church's door!Shirley Erena Murray (Author)2
[Paul's Goodbye]Shirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Peace comes crying through the worldShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Peace that no word or secret can tellShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Set us free for freedomShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Sing a happy hallelujahShirley Erena Murray (Author)3
Sing to celebrate the city!Shirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Small things count, so Jesus saidShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Spirit of love, you move within creationShirley Erena Murray (b. 1931) (Author)3
Spirit who broodsShirley Erena Murray, b. 1931 (Author)2
Star-Child, earth-ChildShirley Erena Murray, b. 1931 (Author)10
Startle us, God, by the signs of Your Spirit around us!Shirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Take my gifts and let me love youShirley Erena Murray (Author)4
Tama ngakau marie (Son of God, whose heart is peace)Shirley Murray (Paraphraser)4
Teach us, O loving heart of ChristShirley Erena Murray (b. 1931) (Author)2
The garden of the world, the paradise we shareShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
The spring has comeShirley Erena Murray (Author)3
[This Is the Mind-set of One Who Has Come]Shirley Erena Murray (Author)2
This thread I weave, this step I danceShirley Erena Murray (Author)3
Through all the world a hungry ChristShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
To Christ, whose hands will blessShirley Erena Murray, 1931- (Author)2
Touch the Earth LightlyShirley Erena Murray (Author)18
We are the household that gathers round JesusShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
When at this table I receive a blessingShirley Erena Murray (Author)3
When human voices cannot singShirley Erena Murray (Author)4
[When I Was a Child] (Murray)Shirley Erena Murray (Author)2
When we lift our pack and goShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Where are the voices for the earth?Shirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Who Is My Mother?Shirley Erena Murray (Author)7
Who will there be to singShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Who would steal a life to satisfy a greed?Shirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Wounded world that cries for healingShirley Erena Murray (Author)3



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