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Who would think that what was needed

Author: Graham Maule (b. 1958); John L. Bell (b. 1949) Meter: D Appears in 10 hymnals Lyrics: lest our hopes and humor fray. God ... Topics: Life in Christ Christ Incarnate - Christmas and Epiphany Scripture: Isaiah 9:6-7 Used With Tune: WHITE ROSETTES

Take My Gifts and Let Me Love You

Author: Shirley Erena Murray Meter: D Appears in 3 hymnals Lyrics: ... wine of God, spiced with humor, laced with laughter - flavor of ... Topics: The Church on Mission Stewardship; Love for God; Stewardship; Thankfulness and Thanksgiving Used With Tune: MADILL

O Lord, the Holy Innocents

Author: Mrs. C. F. Alexander Meter: Appears in 18 hymnals Lyrics: ... may make, Bid kind good-humor brighten there, And do all ... Topics: For Children Used With Tune: [O Lord, the Holy Innocents]


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Composer: John L. Bell Meter: D Appears in 2 hymnals Tune Key: F Major Incipit: 35432 65557 13532 Used With Text: Who Would Think That What Was Needed


Composer: Colin Gibson Meter: D Appears in 2 hymnals Tune Key: F Major Used With Text: Take My Gifts


Composer: A. L. Butler Meter: D Appears in 7 hymnals Tune Key: G Major Incipit: 11153 33155 51325 Used With Text: Take My Gifts and Let Me Love You


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Hymnus Post Ieiunium

Author: Prudentius Hymnal: Hymns of Prudentius translated by R. Martin Pope, The #8L (1905) First Line: Christe servorum regimen tuorum Lyrics: ... deserant vires et aquosus albis humor in venis dominetur aegrum corpus ... Languages: Latin

Motherhood: a Gift, a Calling

Author: Jacque B. Jones Hymnal: Discipleship Ministries Collection #10 Meter: D Lyrics: Faith, imagination, humor, tenderness and ... Topics: Women Languages: English Tune Title: WAILEA

Be Present, Lord, with Those You Call

Author: Jeffery Rowthorn Hymnal: New Hymns of Hope #21 Meter: Lyrics: ... and dreams recede, give patience, humor and resolve to those we ... Languages: English


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John L. Bell

b. 1949 Person Name: John L. Bell, b. 1949 Author of "God's Surprise" in Gather Comprehensive

Cecil Frances Alexander

1818 - 1895 Person Name: Cecil F. Alexander Author of "We Are But Little Children Weak" in The Cyber Hymnal Alexander, Cecil Frances, née Humphreys, second daughter of the late Major John Humphreys, Miltown House, co. Tyrone, Ireland, b. 1823, and married in 1850 to the Rt. Rev. W. Alexander, D.D., Bishop of Derry and Raphoe. Mrs. Alexander's hymns and poems number nearly 400. They are mostly for children, and were published in her Verses for Holy Seasons, with Preface by Dr. Hook, 1846; Poems on Subjects in the Old Testament, pt. i. 1854, pt. ii. 1857; Narrative Hymns for Village Schools, 1853; Hymns for Little Children, 1848; Hymns Descriptive and Devotional, 1858; The Legend of the Golden Prayers 1859; Moral Songs, N.B.; The Lord of the Forest and his Vassals, an Allegory, &c.; or contributed to the Lyra Anglicana, the S.P.C.K. Psalms and Hymns, Hymns Ancient & Modern, and other collections. Some of the narrative hymns are rather heavy, and not a few of the descriptive are dull, but a large number remain which have won their way to the hearts of the young, and found a home there. Such hymns as "In Nazareth in olden time," "All things bright and beautiful," "Once in Royal David's city," "There is a green hill far away," "Jesus calls us o'er the tumult," "The roseate hues of early dawn," and others that might be named, are deservedly popular and are in most extensive use. Mrs. Alexander has also written hymns of a more elaborate character; but it is as a writer for children that she has excelled. - John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907) =============== Alexander, Cecil F., née Humphreys, p. 38, ii. Additional hymns to those already noted in this Dictionary are in common use:— 1. Christ has ascended up again. (1853.) Ascension. 2. His are the thousand sparkling rills. (1875.) Seven Words on the Cross (Fifth Word). 3. How good is the Almighty God. (1S48.) God, the Father. 4. In [a] the rich man's garden. (1853.) Easter Eve. 5. It was early in the morning. (1853.) Easter Day. 6. So be it, Lord; the prayers are prayed. (1848.) Trust in God. 7. Saw you never in the twilight? (1853.) Epiphany. 8. Still bright and blue doth Jordan flow. (1853.) Baptism of Our Lord. 9. The angels stand around Thy throne. (1848.) Submission to the Will of God. 10. The saints of God are holy men. (1848.) Communion of Saints. 11. There is one Way and only one. (1875.) SS. Philip and James. 12. Up in heaven, up in heaven. (1848.) Ascension. 13. We are little Christian children. (1848.) Holy Trinity. 14. We were washed in holy water. (1848.) Holy Baptism. 15. When of old the Jewish mothers. (1853.) Christ's Invitation to Children. 16. Within the Churchyard side by side. (1848.) Burial. Of the above hymns those dated 1848 are from Mrs. Alexander's Hymns for Little Children; those dated 1853, from Narrative Hymns, and those dated 1875 from the 1875 edition of Hymns Ancient & Modern. Several new hymns by Mrs. Alexander are included in the 1891 Draft Appendix to the Irish Church Hymnal. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907) ============= Alexander, Cecil F. , p. 38, ii. Mrs. Alexander died at Londonderry, Oct. 12, 1895. A number of her later hymns are in her Poems, 1896, which were edited by Archbishop Alexander. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907) See also in:Hymn Writers of the Church

Shirley Erena Murray

b. 1931 Author of "Take My Gifts and Let Me Love You" in Celebrating Grace Hymnal 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


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