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MERLE'S TUNE

Meter: 7.6.7.6 D Appears in 46 hymnals Composer and/or Arranger: Hal H. Hopson Hymnal Title: The United Methodist Hymnal Tune Key: G Major Incipit: 53121 65512 34253 Used With Text: Blessed Be the God of Israel

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Now from the Heavens Descending

Author: James Quinn, SJ, b. 1919 Appears in 6 hymnals Hymnal Title: Catholic Book of Worship III First Line: Now from the heav'ns descending Topics: Christ the King; End Times; Feast; New Life/New Creation; Sacraments/Rites Christian Initiation of Adults; Sacraments/Rites Baptism; Order of Christian Funerals Vigils - Hymns; Order of Christian Funerals Funeral Liturgy; Saints Scripture: Revelation 21 Used With Tune: MERLE'S TUNE Text Sources: New Hymns for All Seasons
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Her Baby, Newly Breathing

Author: Brian Wren Meter: 7.6.7.6 D Appears in 2 hymnals Hymnal Title: Chalice Hymnal Lyrics: 1 Her baby, newly breathing, with wailing needful cry, by Mary kissed and cradled, is lulled in lullaby. Long months of hope and waiting, the thrill and fear of birth, are crowned with exultation, and God is on the earth. 2 The eyes that gaze at Mary have yet to name or trace the world of shape and color, or recognize a face; yet Holiness Eternal is perfectly expressed in hands that clutch unthinking, and lips that tug the breast. 3 The milk of life is flowing as Mary guides and feeds her wordless Word, embodied in infant joys and needs. Enormous, formless strivings, and yearnings deep and wide, be-cradled in communion, are fed and satisfied. 4 How mother-like the Wisdom that carried and gave birth to all things, seen and unseen, and nurtured infant earth: unstinting, unprotected, prepared for nail and thorn, constricted into maleness, and of a woman born. Topics: God Known in Jesus Christ Birth; Birth; Christian Year: Christmas; Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ: Birth Used With Tune: MERLE'S TUNE

As Grain on Scattered Hillsides

Author: Ruth Duck Meter: 7.6.7.6 D Appears in 3 hymnals Hymnal Title: Chalice Hymnal Topics: God's Church Christian Unity; God's Church Christian Unity; Christian unity; Lord's Supper Used With Tune: MERLE'S TUNE

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Blessed Be The God Of Israel

Author: Michael Perry Hymnal: Catholic Book of Worship III #13E (1994) Meter: 7.6.7.6.7.6.7.6 Hymnal Title: Catholic Book of Worship III Lyrics: 1 Blessed be the God of Israel, Who comes to set us free, Who visits and redeems us, And grants us liberty. The prophets spoke of mercy, Of freedom and release; God shall fulfill the promise To bring our people peace. 2 Now from the house of David A child of grace is giv'n; A Savior comes among us To raise us up to heaven. Before him goes the herald, Forerunner in the way The prophet of salvation, The messenger of Day. 3 Where once were fear and darkness The sun begins to rise, The dawning of forgiveness Upon the sinners' eyes, To guide the feet of pilgrims Along the paths of peace: O bless our God and Savior With songs that never cease! Topics: Cantilces Zechariah; Christmas; Covenant/Law; Epiphany; Liturgy of the Hours Canticle of Zechariah; Peace Scripture: Luke 1:68-80 Languages: English Tune Title: MERLE'S TUNE

Now from the Heavens Descending

Author: James Quinn, SJ, b. 1919 Hymnal: Catholic Book of Worship III #454 (1994) Hymnal Title: Catholic Book of Worship III First Line: Now from the heav'ns descending Topics: Christ the King; End Times; Feast; New Life/New Creation; Sacraments/Rites Christian Initiation of Adults; Sacraments/Rites Baptism; Order of Christian Funerals Vigils - Hymns; Order of Christian Funerals Funeral Liturgy; Saints Scripture: Revelation 21 Languages: English Tune Title: MERLE'S TUNE
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How Lovely, God, How Lovely

Author: Arlo D. Duba Hymnal: Celebrating Grace Hymnal #50 (2010) Meter: 7.6.7.6 D Hymnal Title: Celebrating Grace Hymnal Lyrics: 1 How lovely, God, how lovely is Your abiding place; my soul is longing, fainting, to feast upon Your grace. The sparrow finds a shelter, a place to build her nest; and so Your temple calls us with in its walls to rest. 2 In Your blest courts to worship, O God, a single day is better than a thousand if I from You should stray. I’d rather keep the entrance and claim You as my Lord, than revel in the riches the ways of sin afford. 3 A sun and shield forever are You, O Lord Most High; You shower us with blessings; no good will You deny. The saints, Your grace receiving, from strength to strength shall go, and from their life shall rivers of blessing overflow. Topics: God the Father Sustainer; Love for God; Praise and Adoration-God Scripture: Psalm 84 Languages: English Tune Title: MERLE'S TUNE

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James Quinn

1919 - 2010 Person Name: James Quinn, SJ, b. 1919 Hymnal Title: Catholic Book of Worship III Author of "Now from the Heavens Descending" in Catholic Book of Worship III James Quinn (b. Glasgow, Scotland, April 21, 1919; d. Edinburgh, Scotland, April 8, 2010) was a Roman Catholic Jesuit priest who was ordained in 1950. As a consultant for the International Commission on English in the Liturgy, sparked by Vatican II, he has exerted influence far beyond his native Scotland. A collection of his hymn texts is available from Selah Publishing company. Sing a New Creation

Larry E. Schultz

b. 1965 Hymnal Title: Celebrating Grace Hymnal Author of "With Water Freely Flowing" in Celebrating Grace Hymnal

Brian A. Wren

b. 1936 Person Name: Brian Wren Hymnal Title: Chalice Hymnal Author of "Her Baby, Newly Breathing" in Chalice Hymnal Brian Wren (b. Romford, Essex, England, 1936) is a major British figure in the revival of contemporary hymn writing. He studied French literature at New College and theology at Mansfield College in Oxford, England. Ordained in 1965, he was pastor of the Congregational Church (now United Reformed) in Hockley and Hawkwell, Essex, from 1965 to 1970. He worked for the British Council of Churches and several other organizations involved in fighting poverty and promoting peace and justice. This work resulted in his writing of Education for Justice (1977) and Patriotism and Peace (1983). With a ministry throughout the English-speaking world, Wren now resides in the United States where he is active as a freelance lecturer, preacher, and full-time hymn writer. His hymn texts are published in Faith Looking Forward (1983), Praising a Mystery (1986), Bring Many Names (1989), New Beginnings (1993), and Faith Renewed: 33 Hymns Reissued and Revised (1995), as well as in many modern hymnals. He has also produced What Language Shall I Borrow? (1989), a discussion guide to inclusive language in Christian worship. Bert Polman