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Songs for the Season

Songs Celebrating the Arts

When considering the visual arts theme of this issue, I contacted Carl Daw—hymn writer, executive director of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, and a good friend—to seek recommendations for hymn texts that deal with the creative process. He responded with several helpful suggestions. Each of the four songs presented here is a fresh offering by living authors and composers. They bring both prayer and praise to God. The first two acknowledge God as the great Creator; the second two speak of the various artists in our midst.

Songs from the Community of Taize

The opening of this article is taken from the Leader’s Edition of Sing! A New Creation (available from Faith Alive Christian Resources; 1-800-333-8300; www.FaithAliveResources.org). Others contributed to the notes on the three Taizé songs, which are also taken from that edition.

Songs from Iona

According to the Iona community’s Wild Goose Worship Group, Lent, Holy Week, and Easter “are marked by a series of progressions.” As Christ walked a path marked by suffering and unparalleled victory, so believers follow in his steps—“through fear to courage, from private suspicion to public testimony, from a scattered band of loners and losers to a tightly knit community of faith” (Stages on the Way: Worship Resources for Lent, Holy Week & Easter, p. 11).

Songs for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany

The commentary combines song notes found in the Leader’s Edition of Sing! A New Creation and additional comments by Emily R. Brink, editor of Reformed Worship. The song notes were written by a team of writers and edited by Ron Rienstra, associate editor of Reformed Worship.



Advent
God of Justice, Ever Flowing

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Five Songs, Five Styles

Siyahamba
Psalm 8
O Lord, Our Lord
Shout to the Lord