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Dunblane and the “hymn explosion”

How gatherings in a small Scottish town inspired the mid-twentieth century “hymn explosion”     see details / comment

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For all the (patron) saints

Introducing StF’s series of articles about the United Kingdom’s patron saints and the hymn traditions that reflect their lives     see details / comment

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Hymns for a net worker – Saint Andrew (Patron Saints 4)

Scotland’s melodic legacy for Singing the Faith, and Saint Andrew’s pointers for Christian discipleship     see details / comment

Categories: Articles, Bell, John L. (auth), Bell, John L. (comp), Bonar, Horatius, Briggs, Anna, Bunessan, Exploring themes, Fisher, Leith, Galbraith, Douglas (auth), Galloway, Kathy, Herbert, George, Idle, Christopher, Jones, Jacqueline G. (auth), Kelvingrove, Leckebusch, Martin E., Matheson, George, Maule, Graham, Montgomery, James, Murray, Shirley Erena, People of faith, Words and music, Worship Resources

Why so few women writers? Tony Jasper responds

A “starter for ten” from author and broadcaster Tony Jasper – including thoughts on further reading     see details / comment

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Thirty second Christmas

Finding gems and surprises amongst our short, seasonal audio clips     see details / comment

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More than dragons – singing for St George

Exploring hymns that speak of England’s patron saint     see details / comment

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On writing hymns – three thoughts from Martin Leckebusch

Hymn writing issues to think about and discuss     see details / comment

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Hymn metre – how it works

The Revd Ian Worsfold explains the ins and outs of hymn metre – and how to find the tune that works best for you.     see details / comment

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Singing the moment (Part 1)

Immediate relevance is important in our sung worship, argues the Revd Andrew Pratt. Here, he writes of how others have responded to some of his own texts – and explains why immediate responses can have lasting value.     see details / comment

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Singing the moment (Part 2)

In the Revd Norman Goreham’s response to the 2011 Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand, images of destruction are combined with biblical examples to make a hymn of lasting value. Norman describes how he did it.     see details / comment

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The folk-song of the Church

Why should we use traditional folk melodies in our worship? Popular hymn writer John Bell has a few suggestions.     see details / comment

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Psalm 96 and Songs New and Old

A sermon about transforming the old and singing for the now     see details / comment

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Hymns for St Patrick

Singing the Faith words and tunes associated with Ireland     see details / comment

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Songs for St David

Exploring Welsh tunes in Singing the Faith     see details / comment

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From darkness, light: carols from the plygain tradition

Carols from the Welsh plygain offer a way of exploring the Advent wait for Christmas     see details / comment

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No hymn for Thomas?

Laurence Wareing asks which hymns best reflect individual saints. He begins with St Thomas, whose story is re-told on the 2nd Sunday of Easter.     see details / comment

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What makes a good hymn tune?

A new tune may take time to catch on, says American writer and composer, Dan Damon, but there are ways in which you can make yours more memorable.     see details / comment

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Is singing on the way out?

Are Christians who argue over what to sing missing the point? The Revd Owain Jones thinks they are.     see details / comment

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Drama and hymns?

Can the hymns we sing be reflected in dramatic form in worship? ArtServe’s Kit Harbottle argues the case.     see details / comment

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The story of Singing the Faith

An account of the seven-year process that led to the publication of Singing the Faith, told through a timeline of key dates.     see details / comment

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