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Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!

Meter: 15.15 Appears in 7 hymnals First Line: Glory, glory, hallelujah! Since I laid my burdens down Lyrics: 1 Glory, glory, hallelujah! Since I laid my burdens down. Glory, glory, hallelujah! Since I laid my burdens down! 2 Friends don't treat me like they used to Since I laid my burdens down. Friends don't treat me like they used to Since I laid my burdens down ... Topics: Spirituals Used With Tune: GLORY Text Sources: Negro Spiritual

His voice in song

Author: R. E. Winsett Appears in 1 hymnal First Line: In psalms, hymns and spiritual songs Refrain First Line: Then, O heed the Savior's voice

I Know the Lord Has Laid His Hands on Me

Meter: Irregular with refrain Appears in 12 hymnals First Line: Did ever you see the like before? Refrain First Line: Oh, I know the Lord, I know the Lord Lyrics: Refrain: Oh, I know the Lord, I know the Lord, I know the Lord has laid his hands on me. Oh, I know the Lord, I know the Lord, I know the Lord has laid his hands on me. 1 Did ever you see the like before? I know the Lord has laid his hands on me, King ... Topics: Spirituals Scripture: Psalm 139:5 Used With Tune: HANDS ON ME Text Sources: Negro Spiritual


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Composer: William Farley Smith Meter: Irregular Appears in 65 hymnals Tune Sources: Afro-American spiritual Tune Key: F Major Incipit: 32321 51231 33432 Used With Text: There Is a Balm in Gilead


Composer: William Farley Smith Meter: Irregular Appears in 53 hymnals Tune Sources: Afro-American spiritual Tune Key: D Flat Major Incipit: 11335 32111 35653 Used With Text: Lord, I Want to Be a Christian


Composer: William Farley Smith Meter: Irregular Appears in 101 hymnals Tune Sources: Afro-American spiritual Tune Key: E Flat Major Incipit: 51333 21321 13555 Used With Text: Were You There


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Presbyterian Hymnal

Publication Date: 1990 Publisher: Westminster/John Knox Press Publication Place: Louisville, KY Description: This hymnal, published by the Presbyterian Church USA in 1990, is also sold under the title Hymns, Psalms, & Spiritual Songs See also these related publications: The Presbyterian Hymnal Companion and Complete Concordance and Indexes which may be partially viewed in Google Books. William S. Smith has graciously made his Hymnsearch: Indexes for the Presbyterian Hymnal, 3rd ed available to users. This is an essential resource for all those who plan worship with the Presbyterian Hymnal. It includes a comprehensive scripture index, an expanded index of topics and categories, a liturgical index, a reverse index (from hymn to scripture), and more.
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Lift Up Your Hearts

Publication Date: 2013 Publisher: Faith Alive Christian Resouces Publication Place: Grand Rapids, Mich. Editors: Joyce Borger; Martin Tel; John D. Witvliet

Small Church Music

Description: The SmallChurchMusic site was commenced in 2006 grew out of the requests from those struggling to provide suitable music for their services and meetings. Rev. Clyde McLennan was ordained in mid 1960’s and was a pastor in many small Australian country areas, and therefore was acutely aware of this music problem. Having also been trained as a Pipe Organist, recordings on site (which are a subset of the site) are all actually played by Clyde, and also include piano and piano with organ versions. All recordings are in MP3 format. Churches all around the world use the recordings, with downloads averaging over 60,000 per month. The recordings normally have an introduction, several verses and a slowdown on the last verse. Users are encouraged to use software: Audacity ( or Song Surgeon ( (see for more information) to adjust the MP3 number of verses, tempo and pitch to suit their local needs. Copyright notice: Rev. Clyde McLennan, performer in this collection, has assigned his performer rights in this collection to Non-commercial use of these recordings is permitted. For permission to use them for any other purposes, please contact Home/Music( List SongsAlphabetically List Songsby Meter List Songs byTune Name About  


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Spiritual: Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child

Hymnal: Psalms for All Seasons #88B (2012) First Line: Sometimes I feel like a motherless child Lyrics: 1 Sometimes I feel like a motherless child. Sometimes I feel like a motherless child. Sometimes I feel like a motherless child, a long ways from home, a long ways from home. 2 Sometimes I feel like I’m almost gone. Sometimes I feel like I’m almost gone. ... Topics: Affliction; God's Way; Grave; Lament General; Lament Illness; Life Stages Death; Mercy; Questioning; Renewal; God's Judgments; God's Friendship; God's Faithfulness; Church Year Good Friday; Darkness; Despair; Doubt; Friends; God's Sorrow; God's Wonders; God's Anger; Salvation Scripture: Psalm 88 Tune Title: MOTHERLESS CHILD

Sun of righteousness

Hymnal: A Collection of Hymns and Anthems Adapted to Public Worship #53 (1892) First Line: In the spiritual sky there is beaming Tune Title: [In the spiritual sky there is beaming]

Spiritual Sailor

Hymnal: The Shenandoah Harmony #37 (2012) First Line: The people called Christians Tune Title: SPIRITUAL SAILOR


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Nolan Williams

Person Name: Nolan Williams, Jr., b.1969 Arranger of "BALM IN GILEAD" in Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. Nolan Williams is a musicologist, theologian, American songwriter, and producer whose professional career defies conventional boundaries. Best known for his work as Chief Music Editor of the bestselling African American Heritage Hymnal—a critically acclaimed compendium of music, with sales now surpassing 300,000 books worldwide, Williams is a noted scholar who has lectured extensively, including keynote addresses for the National Academy of Religion, Yale University’s Parks-King Lecture Series, Festival Musica y Filosofia (Naples, Italy), and Georgetown University Law School. He has also been featured on PBS, BET, the Word network, and internationally in the UK, France, Italy, and Slovenia. Williams has written and produced music for television, film, and live events of national and international prominence. His eclectic compositional library includes: songwriting collaborations on numerous Grammy-nominated projects; commissioned compositions by Georgetown University and the National Symphony Orchestra; musical works performed by some of the country’s leading orchestras, including the Charleston Symphony, Memphis Symphony, and Kennedy Center Opera House orchestras; and, original gospel songs featured on his debut CD, inSpiration, released nationwide in 2010. He has collaborated with a range of industry artists—from Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and India.Arie to Denyce Graves, Yolanda Adams, and Michael McDonald. Through NEWorks Productions, Williams has produced inspirational arts programming with the Smithsonian Institute, the U.S. Army, Georgetown University, the Arts and Humanities Council of Washington, DC, and the Dallas-based Black Academy of Arts and Letters. Williams and NEWorks have been especially privileged to collaborate with the Kennedy Center on a number of landmark projects, including musical direction of the finale for the 77th Birthday Tribute for Senator Edward M. Kennedy and production of the 105 Voices of History HBCU National Choir concert. Most recently, Williams has worked alongside Garth Ross, Director of the Kennedy Center’s Performing Arts for Everyone program, to plan an unprecedented nine-day celebration, as the Artistic Consultant for Joyful Sounds: Gospel Across America. Williams is also the Artistic Director for the National Symphony Orchestra’s first-ever full concert of African American sacred music on Saturday, April 24, 2010. Williams serves as Minister of Music at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington, DC. He also consults with numerous churches across the country on matters of music ministry and worship. In October 2010, Williams will return to his alma mater, Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio), to conduct master classes and serve as Music Director for the Northern Ohio Hymn Festival.

David Hurd

b. 1950 Harmonizer of "BALM IN GILEAD" in Voices United David Hurd (born 1950) is a composer, concert organist, choral director and educator. He is a Professor of Sacred Music and Director of Chapel Music at the General Theological Seminary, Chelsea, New York City. He is also the Music Director at the Church of the Holy Apostles, also in Chelsea. Dr. Hurd attended the High School of Music and Art, the Juilliard School and Oberlin College. He holds honorary doctorates from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, and Church Divinity School of the Pacific, given in recognition of his contributions to Sacred Music. In 1977 he received first prizes in both Organ Performance and in Organ Improvisation from the International Congress of Organists, being the only person to ever win both prizes in the same year. Dr. Hurd has held several church staff positions including Assistant Organist, Trinity Church, and Director of Music at both the Church of the Intercession and All Saints' Church, both in Manhattan. His mass setting Intercession Mass is used by many congregations across the United States. With over 100 choral and organ works in print, his compositions have appeared in numerous recordings in both the United States and England. Dr. Hurd is regularly sought out by congregations and organizations seeking to commission new anthems and organ works. Significant premieres have included: "Gloria, gloria," for 4-part choir and instrumental accompaniment, commissioned by the Boy's Choir of Harlem, and premiered at Avery Fisher Hall; "O the Depth of Love Divine," for 4-part choir, brass and organ, commissioned by The Rt. Rev. Neil Alexander, Bishop of Atlanta, and premiered at his consecration; and "Arioso & Final" for organ, commissioned by the Queens Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. The most recent major work is "Sonata for Saxophone and Organ," commissioned by the Hall-Powers Duo, and premiered in Ljubljana, Slovenia at the International Saxophone Congress in 2006. Dr. Hurd's sacred compositions can be found in many hymnals, including the Episcopal Hymnal, 1982. David Hurd is also one of the world's most visible and successful Classical Organists who is African-American.

John Wesley Work

1873 - 1925 Person Name: John W. Work, Jr., 1872-1925 Adapter of "Lord, I Want to Be a Christian" in Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) John Wesley Work II (sometimes Jr.) was born, educated, worked and died in Nashville. He majored in history and Latin at Fisk University (B.A. 1895, M.S. 1898), after which he was instructor of Greek and Latin until 1906 when he was appointed chair of the department. Work and his brother, Frederick Jerome (1879-1942), were leading figures in the preservation, performance and study of African-American spirituals. They published several collections of slave songs and spirituals, including New Jubilee Songs as Sung by Fisk Jubilee Singers (1901) and Folk Songs of the American Negro (1907). John Work II’s treatise The Folk Song of the American Negro (1915) was one of the earliest studies of African-American music undertaken by a descendant of an ex-slave. Work was named president of Roger Williams University, a position he held at the time of his death. --The Presbyterian Hymnal Companion


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