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How Beautiful, Our Spacious Skies

Author: Miriam Therese Winter; Katharine Lee Bates Meter: D Appears in 475 hymnals First Line: How beautiful our spacious skies Lyrics: 2 Indigenous and immigrant, our daughters ... Topics: Christian unity; Citizenship; Freedom and Liberation National; Peace World; Repentance Used With Tune: MATERNA

ChrIst Has Broken Down the Wall

Author: Mark A. Miller Meter: Appears in 2 hymnals Topics: Immigration and Refugees Scripture: Romans 8:32-34 Used With Tune: BROKEN WALLS

God, Who Called Us Through the Prophets

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn Meter: D Appears in 1 hymnal Lyrics: ... needs a friend: poor and immigrant and outcast, who on kindness ... Topics: Church Scripture: Micah 6:8 Used With Tune: PROPHETS' CALL


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Meter: Appears in 89 hymnals Tune Sources: Swedish traditional, Song Book for Sunday School, 1871 Tune Key: D Major Incipit: 12335 33223 46544 Used With Text: Children of the Heavenly Father


Composer: Samuel A. Ward Meter: D Appears in 281 hymnals Tune Key: B Flat Major Incipit: 55335 52234 56755 Used With Text: How Beautiful, Our Spacious Skies


Composer: Graham Kendrick Meter: Irregular Appears in 10 hymnals Tune Key: G Major Incipit: 34512 13456 62765 Used With Text: Beauty for Brokenness


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Beauty for Brokenness

Author: Graham Kendrick Hymnal: Voices Together #712 (2020) Meter: Irregular Refrain First Line: God of the poor, friend of the weak Topics: Immigration and Refugees; Immigration and Refugees Scripture: Proverbs 14:31 Tune Title: GOD OF THE POOR

Here to the House of God We Come

Author: Shirley Erena Murray Hymnal: Voices Together #27 (2020) Meter: Lyrics: 1 Here to the house of God we come, home of the people of the Way, here to give thanks for all we have, naming our needs for ev’ry day, we who have roof and rent and bread, sure of a place to rest our head. 2 There is a knocking at our door, sound of the ... Topics: Immigration and Refugees Scripture: Matthew 8:18-22 Tune Title: KHAO I DANG

ChrIst Has Broken Down the Wall

Author: Mark A. Miller Hymnal: Voices Together #174 (2020) Meter: Topics: Immigration and Refugees Scripture: Romans 8:32-34 Tune Title: BROKEN WALLS


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Miriam Therese Winter

b. 1938 Author (St. 2-4) of "How Beautiful, Our Spacious Skies" in The New Century Hymnal

Shirley Erena Murray

1931 - 2020 Author of "Here to the House of God We Come" in Voices Together Shirley Erena Murray (b. Invercargill, New Zealand, 1931) studied music as an undergraduate but received a master’s degree (with honors) in classics 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

Carolina Sandell

1823 - 1903 Person Name: Caroline V. S. Berg Author of "Children of the Heavenly Father" in Voices Together Caroline W. Sandell Berg (b. Froderyd, Sweden, 1832; d. Stockholm, Sweden, 1903), is better known as Lina Sandell, the "Fanny Crosby of Sweden." "Lina" Wilhelmina Sandell Berg was the daughter of a Lutheran pastor to whom she was very close; she wrote hymns partly to cope with the fact that she witnessed his tragic death by drowning. Many of her 650 hymns were used in the revival services of Carl O. Rosenius, and a number of them gained popularity particularly because of the musical settings written by gospel singer Oskar Ahnfelt. Jenny Lind, the famous Swedish soprano, underwrote the cost of publishing a collection of Ahnfelt's music, Andeliga Sänger (1850), which consisted mainly of Berg's hymn texts. Bert Polman


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