Category Archives: Retuned hymn

Historic hymn texts set to new music.

May the Mind

15 years ago I wrote a “retune” of the hymn “May the Mind of Christ, My Savior.” Of course, in those days we didn’t call them retunes, we called them, “hey I really like this hymn so I wrote some new … Continue reading

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Kimbrough: Mighty God

I don’t usually post other people’s music, but I’ll make an exception here. Actually, I had a small hand in this, as it’s a collaboration of Wendell Kimbrough (http://wendellk.com/), Ludwig van Beethoven (no website), and me (www.gregscheer.com). Wendell used the … Continue reading

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Jesus, Lord of Life and Glory (SATB/Piano)

Jesus, Lord of Life and Glory, SATB/Piano: MP3 A new setting of the 1839 text, “Jesus, Lord of Life and Glory” was born a little over 24 hours ago. This beautiful hymn by James John Cummins had fallen into disuse until … Continue reading

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Blest Is the Man Whose Bowels Move

What this world needs is more hymns about digestive regularity, don’t you agree? Well, wait no longer, world, because Isaac Watts and Greg have you covered. Two decades ago, a friend of mine showed me the Isaac Watts’ text “Blest Is … Continue reading

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I Place Myself in Jesus’ Hands

Last summer, an email arrived at Hymnary.org from Germany. A woman there was working on a translation project and was looking for an English translation of “Ich steh in meines Herren Hand” by Philipp Spitta. Interestingly, she was translating the diaries … Continue reading

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There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy

Six years ago I was standing in the parking lot of a hotel in Uganda, waiting for the group to gather. It was a beautiful East African morning–the kind that is going to burn like a furnace at mid-day, but … Continue reading

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Peace, Perfect Peace

This is one of my favorite hymns. Ever. I found it in the old maroon Presbyterian Hymnbook in my first church position back in Pittsburgh, but have only had the opportunity to use it a few times over the last … Continue reading

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Thou Hidden Source of Calm Repose

A friend sent me a text from Charles Wesley in response to the shootings in Aurora, Colorado. Wesley’s words are just as powerful and comforting today as they were when they were written in 1749. Here’s a song I wrote … Continue reading

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Awake, Sweet Gratitude

Thanks for bearing patiently with the sins of my youth. (I.e. the recent “Spring Cleaning” series.) There are more, but I’m going to give you a little break from that nostalgic tour de force, and introduce something brand new. “Awake, … Continue reading

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Jesus, Lord of Life and Glory – two recordings

A few weeks ago, I told you the exciting story of writing this song. (It was exciting, wasn’t it? I mean, when I got to the part about the 4/4 measure, I bet you were on the edge of your … Continue reading

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