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Composer: William P. Rowan Meter: Appears in 2 hymnals Tune Key: G Major Used With Text: The Play of the Godhead


Appears in 2 hymnals Incipit: 33251 12343 23325 Used With Text: Infinite Intimate, unbounded Friend


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The Play of the Godhead

Author: Mary Louise Bringle Meter: Appears in 7 hymnals First Line: The play of the Godhead, the Trinity's dance Topics: Christian Year Trinity; Creation; Gathering; The Triune God Scripture: Genesis 1:1 Used With Tune: PERICHORESIS

Infinite Intimate, unbounded Friend

Appears in 2 hymnals First Line: When we seek language to praise you, O God Used With Tune: PERICHORESIS


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Published text-tune combinations (hymns) from specific hymnals

The Play of the Godhead

Author: Mary Louise Bringle Hymnal: Glory to God #9 (2013) Meter: First Line: The play of the Godhead, the Trinity's dance Topics: Christian Year Trinity; Creation; Gathering; The Triune God Scripture: Genesis 1:1 Languages: English Tune Title: PERICHORESIS

When We Seek Language

Author: Carl P. Daw, Jr. Hymnal: More Voices #49 (2007) Meter: with refrain First Line: When we seek language to praise you, O God Refrain First Line: Infinite intimate unbounded friend Lyrics: 1 When we seek language to praise you, O God, all we can utter seems stale, tame, or odd. Tongue-tied and word-lost, we struggle to find phrases that slight neither heart, soul, nor mind: Refrain: Infinite intimate unbounded friend, cosmic companion who ... Topics: Praise; Thanksgiving; Service Music Sanctus; Remembrance Day; Redemption; Praise; Love of God/Christ; Inspiration; God Images; Christian Year Trinity Sunday; Christian Year Pentecost; Christian Year Easter; Christian Year Christmas; Trinity Scripture: John 1:14 Languages: English Tune Title: PERICHORESIS

The play of the Godhead, the Trinity's dance

Hymnal: Community of Christ Sings #56 (2013) Languages: English Tune Title: PERICHORESIS


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Mary Louise Bringle

b. 1953 Author of "The Play of the Godhead" in Glory to God

Carl P. Daw Jr.

b. 1944 Person Name: Carl P. Daw, Jr. Author of "When We Seek Language" in More Voices Carl P. Daw, Jr. (b. Louisville, KY, 1944) is the son of a Baptist minister. He holds a PhD degree in English (University of Virginia) and taught English from 1970-1979 at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. As an Episcopal priest (MDiv, 1981, University of the South, Sewanee, Tennesee) he served several congregations in Virginia, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. From 1996-2009 he served as the Executive Director of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Carl Daw began to write hymns as a consultant member of the Text committee for The Hymnal 1982, and his many texts often appeared first in several small collections, including A Year of Grace: Hymns for the Church Year (1990); To Sing God’s Praise (1992), New Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs (1996), Gathered for Worship (2006). Other publications include A Hymntune Psalter (2 volumes, 1988-1989) and Breaking the Word: Essays on the Liturgical Dimensions of Preaching (1994, for which he served as editor and contributed two essays. In 2002 a collection of 25 of his hymns in Japanese was published by the United Church of Christ in Japan. His current project is preparing a companion volume to Glory to God, the 2013 hymnal of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Emily Brink

Carl Schalk

b. 1929 Person Name: Carl F. Schalk Composer of "PERICHORESIS" in More Voices Carl F. Schalk (b. Des Plaines, IL, 1929) is professor of music emeritus at Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois, where he taught church music since 1965. He completed gradu­ate work at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. From 1952 to 1956 he taught and directed music at Zion Lutheran Church in Wausau, Wisconsin, and from 1958 to 1965 served as director of music for the International Lutheran Hour. Honored as a Fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada in 1992, Schalk was editor of the Church Music journal (1966-1980), a member of the committee that prepared the Lutheran Book of Worship (1978), and a widely published composer of church music. Included in his publications are The Roots of Hymnody in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (1965), Key Words in Church Music (1978), and Luther on Music: Paradigms of Praise (1988). His numerous hymn tunes and carols are collected in the Carl Schalk Hymnary (1989) and its 1991 Supplement. Bert Polman


A choral setting on the hymntune PERICHORESIS by Carl Schalk. The setting is by Barry Bobb and the t…


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