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Gift of Finest Wheat

Author: Omer Westendorf Meter: D Appears in 44 hymnals Hymnal Title: Calvin Hymnary Project First Line: As when a shepherd calls his sheep Refrain First Line: You satisfy the hungry heart


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Composer: Robert E. Kreutz Meter: D Appears in 43 hymnals Hymnal Title: The United Methodist Hymnal Tune Key: D Flat Major Incipit: 31235 65316 65355 Used With Text: You Satisfy the Hungry Heart


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Gift of Finest Wheat

Author: Omer Westendorf, 1916-1997 Hymnal: Breaking Bread (Vol. 39) #322 (2019) Meter: D Hymnal Title: Breaking Bread (Vol. 39) First Line: As when the shepherd calls his sheep Refrain First Line: You satisfy the hungry heart Topics: General Music for Worship Communion Languages: English Tune Title: BICENTENNIAL

Gift of Finest Wheat

Author: Omer Westendorf Hymnal: Catholic Book of Worship III #603 (1994) Hymnal Title: Catholic Book of Worship III First Line: As when the shepherd calls his sheep Refrain First Line: You satisfy the hungry heart Topics: Body and Blood of Christ; Communion Processional Hymns; Shepherd Scripture: John 6:25-69 Languages: English Tune Title: FINEST WHEAT

You Satisfy the Hungry Heart

Author: Omer Westendorf Hymnal: Celebrating Grace Hymnal #468 (2010) Meter: D Hymnal Title: Celebrating Grace Hymnal First Line: As when the shepherd calls his sheep Topics: The Church at Worship Lord's Supper; Christian unity; Lord's Supper Scripture: John 6:34 Languages: English Tune Title: FINEST WHEAT


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John Allen Ferguson

b. 1941 Person Name: John Ferguson, b. 1941 Hymnal Title: Hymnal Supplement 1991 Harmonizer of "BICENTENNIAL" in Hymnal Supplement 1991 John Ferguson’s name is immediately associated with hymnody and the words “hymn festival.” Every year he is invited to design and lead such events, both in local congregations and at gatherings of organists, choral conductors, and church musicians. In 1995 he designed and led a hymn festival in the Washington National Cathedral for the American Choral Directors Association national convention and in 1998 did the same at the national convention of the American Guild of Organists in Denver. He has presented such events abroad as well as in Asia (July, 1996 in Seoul, Korea) and Europe (August, 1997) in the National Cathedral of Norway, Nidaros Dom, Trondheim, as a part of the celebration of the millennium of the birth of St. Olaf. Although he is a Lutheran, his festivals are ecumenical experiences drawing upon the greatest treasures of Christian song from many centuries, traditions, and styles. Ferguson is the Elliot and Klara Stockdal Johnson Professor of Organ and Church Music and Cantor to the Student Congregation at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. St. Olaf’s great choral tradition began with F. Meluis Christiansen and has influenced many generations of fine church musicians. Christiansen’s lifelong interest in hymns is evidenced by the many hymns included in his choral compositions as well as his contributions to hymnals of his day. Ferguson’s creative hymn arrangements continue this tradition with a renewed emphasis upon congregational participation. A native of Cleveland, Ferguson’s degrees are from Oberlin College, Kent State University and the Eastman School of Music. He is respected as a fine teacher and performer and his unique skill as improviser and leader of congregational song has won national acclaim. When someone attends one of his festivals, the experience is never dull. With Ferguson at the organ and the creative use of instrumental and choral sound, the assembly is enveloped and whisked away into an experience of song that will never again happen in just that way.

Georgina Pando-Connolly

b. 1946 Person Name: Georgina Pando-Connolly, b. 1946 Hymnal Title: Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song Translator of "You Satisfy the Hungry Heart (Tú Sacias Todo Corazón)" in Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song

Omer Westendorf

1916 - 1997 Hymnal Title: Psalter Hymnal (Gray) Author of "Gift of Finest Wheat" in Psalter Hymnal (Gray) Omer Westendorf, one of the earliest lyricists for Roman Catholic liturgical music in English, died on October 22, 1997, at the age of eighty-one. Born on February 24, 1916, Omer got his start in music publishing after World War II, when he brought home for his parish choir in Cincinnati some of the Mass settings he had discovered in Holland. Interest in the new music being published in Europe led to his creation of the World Library of Sacred Music, initially a music-importing firm that brought much of this new European repertoire to U.S. parishes. Operating out of a garage in those early years, Omer often joked about the surprised expressions of visitors who stopped by and found a wide range of sheet music in various states of “storage” (read disarray). Later, as World Library Publications, the company began publishing some of its own music, including new works with English texts by some of those same Dutch composers, for example, Jan Vermulst. In 1955 World Library published the first edition of The Peoples Hymnal, which would become the People's Mass Book in 1964, one of the first hymnals to reflect the liturgical reforms proposed by Vatican II. Omer also introduced the music of Lucien Deiss to Catholic parishes through the two volumes of Biblical Hymns and Psalms. Using his own name and several pen names, Omer composed numerous compositions for liturgical use, though his best-known works may be the texts for the hymns “Where Charity and Love Prevail,” “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing,” and especially “Gift of Finest Wheat.” As he lay dying, his family and friends gathered around his bed to sing his text “Shepherd of Souls, in Love, Come, Feed Us.” NPM honored Omer as its Pastoral Musician of the Year in 1985. =========================== Pseudonyms: Paul Francis Mark Evans J. Clifford Evers --Letter from Tom Smith, Executive Director of The Hymn Society, to Leonard Ellinwood, 6 February 1980. DNAH Archives.


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