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Seek Ye First

Author: Karen Lafferty Meter: Irregular Appears in 68 hymnals First Line: Seek ye first the kingdom of God Topics: Sermon on the Mount Scripture: Matthew 6:33 Used With Tune: LAFFERTY Text Sources: based on Matthew 6:33, 7:7, Luke 11:9, 12:31

Christ's Sermon On The Mount

Author: J. M. Barringer Appears in 1 hymnal First Line: Blessed are the poor in spirit: For theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Barringer) Refrain First Line: Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice

The sermon on the mount

Author: Albert C. Doss Appears in 1 hymnal First Line: I read about a sermon


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[Blessed are the poor in spirit]

Composer: Paul Quinlan; O.S. Appears in 1 hymnal Tune Key: C Major Incipit: 17123 33322 12344 Used With Text: Sermon on the Mount


Composer: Marty Haugen Meter: Irregular Appears in 22 hymnals Tune Sources: Gather , 1988 Tune Key: D Major Incipit: 33343 21135 65343 Used With Text: You Are Salt for the Earth


Composer: Karen Lafferty Meter: Irregular Appears in 76 hymnals Tune Key: D Major Incipit: 33453 21612 34543 Used With Text: Seek Ye First


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Sermon on the Mount

Author: Paul Quinlan Hymnal: Sing and Rejoice! #97 (1979) First Line: Blessed are the poor in spirit Refrain First Line: On that mountain, Jesus talking with us Topics: Discipleship; Peace; Providence and Care; Suffering and Death Scripture: Matthew 5:3-11 Languages: English Tune Title: [Blessed are the poor in spirit]

You Are Salt for the Earth

Author: Marty Haugen Hymnal: Voices Together #297 (2020) Meter: Irregular Refrain First Line: Bring forth the kingdom of mercy Lyrics: 2 You are a light on the hill, O people, ... Topics: Sermon on the Mount Scripture: Matthew 5:13-16 Tune Title: BRING FORTH THE KINGDOM

Sermon on the mount

Author: Paul Quinlan Hymnal: Catholic Book of Worship #d20 (1972) First Line: Blessed are the poor in spirit Refrain First Line: On that mountain, Jesus talking with us Languages: English


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Shirley Erena Murray

1931 - 2020 Author of "Gentle God, When We Are Driven" 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

Carl P. Daw Jr.

b. 1944 Author of "To Leave the Stones Unthrown" in Voices Together 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. He wrote Glory to God: A Companion (2016) for the 2013 hymnal of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Emily Brink

Marty Haugen

b. 1950 Author of "You Are Salt for the Earth" in Voices Together Marty Haugen (b. 1950), is a prolific liturgical composer with many songs included in hymnals across the liturgical spectrum of North American hymnals and beyond, with many songs translated into different languages. He was raised in the American Lutheran Church, received a BA in psychology from Luther College, yet found his first position as a church musician in a Roman Catholic parish at a time when the Roman Catholic Church was undergoing profound liturgical and musical changes after Vatican II. Finding a vocation in that parish to provide accessible songs for worship, he continued to compose and to study, receiving an MA in pastoral studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul Minnesota. A number of liturgical settings were prepared for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and more than 400 of his compositions are available from several publishers, especially GIA Publications, who also produced some 30 recordings of his songs. He is composer-in-residence at Mayflower Community Congregational Church in Minneapolis and continues to compose and travel to speak and teach at worship events around the world. Emily Brink


A welcomed setting of the Beatitudes, from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, taken here from Luke's accoun…