Hymn Meditation: “Comfort, Comfort Ye My People”

Hymn Meditation: “Comfort, Comfort Ye My People”

Our “Hymn Meditations” series highlights unfamiliar hymn texts that are profound in their poetry and rich in doctrine. The hymn text for this week is “Comfort, Comfort Ye My People,” a paraphrase of the fortieth chapter of Isaiah. Its author is...
Hymn Meditation: “Comfort, Comfort Ye My People”

Monday Meditation: “Jerusalem the Golden”

Our series of “Monday Meditations” highlights unfamiliar hymn texts that are profound in their poetry and rich in doctrine. The hymn text for this week is “Jerusalem the Golden.” Its author is Bernard of Cluny, 12th century, translated from...
Thou Who Wast Rich Beyond All Splendour

Thou Who Wast Rich Beyond All Splendour

“Nativity” (1423), by Gentile da Fabriano I thought it would be fitting to close out this Christmas season with a rich hymn text written by Frank Houghton in 1934. Houghton was serving as Editorial Secretary for the China Inland Mission when two...

A Christmas Eve meditation

On this Christmas Eve, here is a poignant meditation by the Welsh poet R.S. Thomas (1913-2000). And God held in his hand A small globe. Look he said. The son looked. Far off, As through water, he saw A scorched land of fierce Colour. The light burned There; crusted...

Choral setting: The First Noel

If you’re looking for a fresh choral setting of a familiar carol for Christmas, check out this arrangement of “The First Noel” for mixed voices and piano. We’re going to be using it in our Christmas concerts this season, along with full...