Category Archives: Retuned hymn

Historic hymn texts set to new music.

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

Update 10/6/20: Sheet music for my arrangement of this song can be downloaded here. 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 … 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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Jesus, Lord of Life and Glory

If you aren’t a musician, you might be led to believe that composers just pluck ripe songs from the muses’ orchard of musical delights. You would be wrong. This composition stuff is actual work. Take, for example, my latest creative … Continue reading

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Revenge of the Killer Bs: Psalm 107, Thanks Be to God

This setting of Psalm 107 came about when the Psalm came up in the lectionary on a Sunday that the Guitarchestra was playing. I couldn’t find a workable version of the Psalm, so I took David Diephouse’s metrical text which is … Continue reading

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Praise to the Lord, the Almighty/Praise the Lord, O My Soul

I found an MP3 on my computer the other day, and to tell you the truth I don’t know what it’s from. It’s my arrangement of “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” that includes the added refrain “Praise the Lord, … Continue reading

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Long-weary Earth

I don’t know who Alexandra Fisher Willis is, but she’s written a beautiful Advent text, “Long-weary Earth in Darkness Groans.” From what I gather, she’s in Lester Ruth’s Theology of Songwriting at Duke Divinity, and she wrote this as one … Continue reading

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Psalm 132: Arise, O King of Grace Arise

At Church of the Servant, we’re doing a series on the Psalms of Ascent. That’s the good news. The bad news is that there are certain Ascent Psalms which are slim pickings from a congregational song point of view. Psalm … Continue reading

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