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In Christ There Is No East or West

In Christ there is no east or west (Perry)

Author: Michael A. Perry (1982)
Published in 5 hymnals

Printable scores: MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI

Author: Michael A. Perry

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Scripture References:
st. 1 = Isa. 49:12, Luke 13:29, Acts 17:26, Col. 3:11, Gal. 3:28
st. 2 = 2 Cor. 5:18-19

Many hymnals contain William A. Dunkerley's "In Christ There Is No East or West," a hymn text written in 1908 by Dunkerley under the pseudonym of John Oxenham. However, it is ironic that this text about the worldwide church has been considered by many in the twentieth century to have an exclusively male emphasis. Consequently, various recent hymnal editors have altered the text. Michael A. Perry (PHH 299) concluded that the revision needed to be so radical that an entirely new text would be a better choice. Thus Perry kept only Dunkerley's opening line and wrote a new text on the same theme. Perry's text was published in Hymns for Today's Church in 1982.

Based on New Testament passages such as Galatians 3:28 and 1 John 4:7-12, this text describes certain ideal characteristics of the church: its comprehensiveness (st. 1), unity (st. 2, 5), love (st. 3), and holiness (st. 4), ideals for which we must continually work and pray. Perry says of his text, "The spirit of reconciliation was invoked from the Pauline Epistles, and the spirit of fellowship from the Johanine."

Liturgical Use:
For Worldwide Communion, All Nations Sunday, All Saints Day, and other church festivals such as Pentecost; splendid for ecumenical services.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



MC KEE has an interesting history. According to a letter from Charles V. Stanford (PHH 512) to Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (who arranged the tune for piano in his Twenty-Four Negro Melodies, 1905), MC KEE was originally an Irish tune taken to the United States and adapted by African American slaves. It…

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #540
  • Full Score (XML)
Worship and Rejoice #600
  • Bulletin Score (XML)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (XML)
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Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #680Text
Moravian Book of Worship #781TextPage Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #540Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan
The Worshiping Church #695Text
Worship and Rejoice #600TextScoreAudioPage Scan