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Shirley Erena Murray

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

Shirley Erena Murray (b. Invercargill, New Zealand, 1931) studied music as an undergraduate but received a master’s degree (with honors) in classis and French from Otago University. Her upbringing was Methodist, but she became a Presbyterian when she married the Reverend John Stewart Murray, who was a moderator of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand. Shirley began her career as a teacher of languages, but she became more active in Amnesty International, and for eight years she served the Labor Party Research Unit of Parliament. Her involvement in these organizations has enriched her writing of hymns, which address human rights, women’s concerns, justice, peace, the integrity of creation, and the unity of the church. Many of her hymns have been performed in CCA and WCC assemblies. In recognition for her service as a writer of hymns, the New Zealand government honored her as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit on the Queen’s birthday on 3 June 2001. Through Hope Publishing House, Murray has published three collections of her hymns: In Every Corner Sing (eighty-four hymns, 1992), Everyday in Your Spirit (forty-one hymns, 1996), and Faith Makes the Song (fifty hymns, 2002). The New Zealand Hymnbook Trust, for which she worked for a long time, has also published many of her texts (cf. back cover, Faith Makes the Song). In 2009, Otaga University conferred on her an honorary doctorate in literature for her contribution to the art of hymn writing.

I-to Loh, Hymnal Companion to “Sound the Bamboo”: Asian Hymns in Their Cultural and Liturgical Context, p. 468, ©2011 GIA Publications, Inc., Chicago

Texts by Shirley Erena Murray (111)sort descendingAsInstances
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)5
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)3
Christ is our peace, Christ is our healthShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
Christ Jesus, in your nameShirley 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)9
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)3
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)4
For everyone born, a place at the tableShirley Erena Murray, b. 1931 (Author)11
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)4
Give thanks for life, the measure of our daysShirley Erena Murray (Author)10
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)9
God of the BibleShirley Erena Murray (Author)6
God weeps at love withheldShirley Erena Murray (Author)8
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)3
Here to the house of God we comeShirley Erena Murray (b. 1931) (Author)3
[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)5
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)3
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)6
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)19
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)7
O little Love, who comes againShirley Erena Murray (b. 1931) (Author)3
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)4
Spirit who broodsShirley Erena Murray, b. 1931 (Author)2
Star-Child, earth-ChildShirley Erena Murray, b. 1931 (Author)11
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)3
The garden of the world, the paradise we shareShirley Erena Murray (Author)2
The spring has comeShirley Erena Murray (Author)4
[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)21
Vem, ó tu que fazes novos (Come, O come, creating Spirit)Shirley Erena Murray, n. 1931 (Translator (English))2
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)3
Who Is My Mother?Shirley Erena Murray (Author)8
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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