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Renew Thy Church, Her Ministries

Author: Kenneth L. Cober Meter: Appears in 24 hymnals First Line: Renew Thy church, her ministries restore Lyrics: your church, her ministries restore: Both ... Topics: Renewal of the Church; Scriptures Scripture: Habakkuk 3:2 Used With Tune: ALL IS WELL

We Have This Ministry

Author: Jim Strathdee Meter: Irregular Appears in 3 hymnals Lyrics: We have this ministry and we are not ... Topics: The Church at Worship Profession of Faith, Ordination, Commissioning, Installation; Commissioning; Confirmation; Ordination; Proper 9 Year A; Proper 26 Year A; Proper 4 Year B; Proper 8 Year B Used With Tune: MINISTRY

Lord, You Give the Great Commission

Author: Jeffery W. Rowthorn Meter: D Appears in 42 hymnals Refrain First Line: with the Spirit's gifts empower us Lyrics: ... us for the work of ministry. 2 Lord, you call us ... Topics: Ministry & Service Scripture: Matthew 28:19-20 Used With Tune: ABBOT'S LEIGH


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Composer: John H. Gower Appears in 4 hymnals Used With Text: I thank thee, Lord, for strength of arm

MINISTRY (Strathdee)

Composer: Jim Strathdee Meter: Irregular Appears in 2 hymnals Tune Key: F Major Incipit: 51234 54321 36551
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Composer: John Bacchus Dykes Meter: Appears in 76 hymnals Tune Key: B Flat Major Incipit: 51512 32154 3222 Used With Text: Ride On, Ride On in Majesty!


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We Have This Ministry

Author: Jim Strathdee Hymnal: Voices United #510 (1996) Meter: Irregular Lyrics: We have this ministry and we are not ... Topics: The Church at Worship Profession of Faith, Ordination, Commissioning, Installation; Commissioning; Confirmation; Ordination; Proper 9 Year A; Proper 26 Year A; Proper 4 Year B; Proper 8 Year B Tune Title: MINISTRY

We have this ministry

Author: Jim Strathdee, 1941- Hymnal: The Book of Praise #590 (1997) First Line: We have this ministry and we are not discouraged Topics: Sacraments and Ordinances Ordination / Commissioning; Church; Communication / Language; Compassion; Gentleness; Jesus Christ Name of; Servant / Service; Stewardship Scripture: Matthew 11:29 Languages: English Tune Title: MINISTRY

Renew Thy Church, Her Ministries Restore

Author: Kenneth L. Cober, 1902-1993 Hymnal: One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism #581 (2018) Lyrics: Thy church, her ministries restore: Both ... Topics: Church Ministers/ministry Scripture: 1 Kings 19:12 Languages: English Tune Title: ALL IS WELL


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Jim Strathdee

b. 1941 Author of "We Have This Ministry" in Voices United Many of the songs of Jim Strathdee (b. 1941) represent an important part of this genre. Mr. Strathdee and his wife, Jean, are performing artists whose concerts reach thousands of people each year. They say their songs "are a musical offering of hope and encouragement for all people, bringing a message of compassion, justice and healing." The Strathdees' ministry was centered for many years at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Sacramento, Calif., where they were directors of music. Since August 2006 they have been "in ministry to the church-at-large." The congregational nature of many of their songs springs from their connection with this church. Their concert attendees are invited to participate as singers, not just observers. This "sing-along" quality is another important gift from those who compose and perform in the folk stream. "What does the Lord require of you?" is a Scripture song based on Micah 6:8. The three interlocking melodies form a quodlibet on the text. This is an unassuming song that may be easily learned by a gathering, giving each of three vocal sections its own part. When singing this song, the congregation feels like a choir. As each section learns its part, they not only hear a beautiful harmony emerge, but also internalize the meaning of this text -- a verse that describes the ethical responsibility of the follower of God. The Strathdees "treasure the musical heritage of the Christian Church and see their work never to replace this tradition, but to enrich it." The musical idioms embodied in their songs represent a variety of styles including folk, rock, jazz and international musical idiom accompanied with guitar, piano, mandolin, harmonica and African drums. The result is music with a wide range of emotional diversity, from prayerful to playful. While their spiritual roots are among United Methodists, ecumenical and interfaith settings are at the heart of the Strathdees' ministry. Their music has been sung on six continents and appears in many hymnals. They recently finished their 17th CD, "STAND for what is right." The Strathdees often minister in Central America, where they have ties to many churches and sing in Spanish. --http://www.umportal.org

H. W. Baker

1821 - 1877 Person Name: Henry W. Baker, 1821-1877 Author of "Give Peace, O God" in Discipleship Ministries Collection Baker, Sir Henry Williams, Bart., eldest son of Admiral Sir Henry Loraine Baker, born in London, May 27, 1821, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated, B.A. 1844, M.A. 1847. Taking Holy Orders in 1844, he became, in 1851, Vicar of Monkland, Herefordshire. This benefice he held to his death, on Monday, Feb. 12, 1877. He succeeded to the Baronetcy in 1851. Sir Henry's name is intimately associated with hymnody. One of his earliest compositions was the very beautiful hymn, "Oh! what if we are Christ's," which he contributed to Murray's Hymnal for the Use of the English Church, 1852. His hymns, including metrical litanies and translations, number in the revised edition of Hymns Ancient & Modern, 33 in all. These were contributed at various times to Murray's Hymnal, Hymns Ancient & Modern and the London Mission Hymn Book, 1876-7. The last contains his three latest hymns. These are not included in Hymns Ancient & Modern. Of his hymns four only are in the highest strains of jubilation, another four are bright and cheerful, and the remainder are very tender, but exceedingly plaintive, sometimes even to sadness. Even those which at first seem bright and cheerful have an undertone of plaintiveness, and leave a dreamy sadness upon the spirit of the singer. Poetical figures, far-fetched illustrations, and difficult compound words, he entirely eschewed. In his simplicity of language, smoothness of rhythm, and earnestness of utterance, he reminds one forcibly of the saintly Lyte. In common with Lyte also, if a subject presented itself to his mind with striking contrasts of lights and shadows, he almost invariably sought shelter in the shadows. The last audible words which lingered on his dying lips were the third stanza of his exquisite rendering of the 23rd Psalm, "The King of Love, my Shepherd is:"— Perverse and foolish, oft I strayed, But yet in love He sought me, And on His Shoulder gently laid, And home, rejoicing, brought me." This tender sadness, brightened by a soft calm peace, was an epitome of his poetical life. Sir Henry's labours as the Editor of Hymns Ancient & Modern were very arduous. The trial copy was distributed amongst a few friends in 1859; first ed. published 1861, and the Appendix, in 1868; the trial copy of the revised ed. was issued in 1874, and the publication followed in 1875. In addition he edited Hymns for the London Mission, 1874, and Hymns for Mission Services, n.d., c. 1876-7. He also published Daily Prayers for those who work hard; a Daily Text Book, &c. In Hymns Ancient & Modern there are also four tunes (33, 211, 254, 472) the melodies of which are by Sir Henry, and the harmonies by Dr. Monk. He died Feb. 12, 1877. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

John Bacchus Dykes

1823 - 1876 Person Name: John B. Dykes Composer of "ST. AGNES" in Discipleship Ministries Collection As a young child John Bacchus Dykes (b. Kingston-upon-Hull' England, 1823; d. Ticehurst, Sussex, England, 1876) took violin and piano lessons. At the age of ten he became the organist of St. John's in Hull, where his grandfather was vicar. After receiving a classics degree from St. Catherine College, Cambridge, England, he was ordained in the Church of England in 1847. In 1849 he became the precentor and choir director at Durham Cathedral, where he introduced reforms in the choir by insisting on consistent attendance, increasing rehearsals, and initiating music festivals. He served the parish of St. Oswald in Durham from 1862 until the year of his death. To the chagrin of his bishop, Dykes favored the high church practices associated with the Oxford Movement (choir robes, incense, and the like). A number of his three hundred hymn tunes are still respected as durable examples of Victorian hymnody. Most of his tunes were first published in Chope's Congregational Hymn and Tune Book (1857) and in early editions of the famous British hymnal, Hymns Ancient and Modern. Bert Polman


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Help us to Help Each Other

Publication Date: 2010 Publisher: The Charles Wesley Society Publication Place: Madison, NJ Editors: Charles Wesley; S. T. Kimbrough, Jr.; Carlton R. Young

Bit of Heaven Song Book

Publication Date: 1963 Publisher: Louis Paul Lehman, Bit of Heaven Ministry Publication Place: Grand Rapids, Mich. Editors: L. P. Lehman; Louis Paul Lehman, Bit of Heaven Ministry
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Global Praise 1 (Rev. ed.)

Publication Date: 2000 Publisher: The General Board of Global Ministries Publication Place: New York Editors: Carlton Young; S T Kimbrough; General Board of Global Ministries


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