Three Hymns for Pentecost

Christians throughout the world sing Pentecost hymns in celebration of Pentecost Sunday, the seventh Sunday after Easter. This celebration commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles following the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ.The Pentecost, by El Greco (1541-1614) WikiArt.orgNew Testament Eyewitness AccountsEyewitness accounts from the New Testament book of Acts, […]

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Thankfulness and Gratitude

To Members of the Faith Music Connection community,From Dr. Larry Frazier A New NormalThankfulness and gratitude! 2020 has been a year like no other. The pandemic, along with political and social discord, leaped into our lives. In response, we have greatly altered the ways we gather for worship, sporting events, weddings, funerals, or even for […]

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America, the Beautiful?

2020 is a year of world-wide pandemic. It is also a year of severe political discord and civil unrest in the United States of America.Now, several days after the general election, some results are still in dispute. Riots broke out in several cities while officials counted the votes. Legal challenges before final results are certified […]

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The Blessing that Binds

The Blessing that Binds

Sunday, June 14, members of my local church shared a special blessing that binds us together—in person worship! After a three-month break because of the COVID-19 pandemic we gathered in the sanctuary for our traditional liturgy. But this was no ordinary service. Observed Social Distancing GuidelinesWe observed “social distancing” guidelines regarding seating. There was no choir. […]

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Contemporary and Traditional

This post is the first of a new series considering traditional hymns in contemporary worship. Each week we will consider a traditional hymn and connect it with a contemporary worship song. The connection may be through lyrics, scriptural references, historical or current cultural, political, and religious conflict, performing artists or musical performances.All Worship is ContemporaryAll […]

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Connection Opportunity Now

Connection Opportunity Now

The whole world is at war. Not the kind of war where nations throw their armies and weapons against each other in desperate attempts to destroy and dominate. No, the enemy is invisible, but its deadly casualties reach every nation on earth. Whole sectors of the economy are shut down. People shelter in their homes, […]

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Peace When There Is No Peace

Peace When There Is No Peace

World-Wide PandemicIn addition to taking thousands of lives across the world, COVID-19, has changed the way we interact with each other. Social distancing has become the norm as we hunker in our homes to avoid contact with others who may be infected. We can’t go to work, except for jobs deemed essential. Sports of all […]

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Lift High the Cross Hymn

Lift High the Cross – Hymn of the Week

Lift High the Cross – Hymn of the Week – Quick Guide Lift High the Cross – Introduction of the HymnSymbol of Western CultureMeaning for ChristiansClick Below for Lift High the Cross LyricsLift High the Cross: Sample PerformancesReading of Lift High the Cross Lyricsby George William Kitchin (1827-1912)Altered by Michael R. Newbolt (1874-1956)Background of Lift […]

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Lift High the Cross Lyrics Graphic Template

Lift High the Cross Lyrics

Notes on Lift High the Cross LyricsFor over 2,000 years the cross has been a powerful symbol in western culture. Many nations feature the cross in their national flag; a red cross signifies medical or humanitarian relief. Examples from literature and the arts include the stories of Count Dracula and Faust. In these stories the […]

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O Sacred Head Now Wounded Hymn

O Sacred Head Now Wounded – Hymn of the Week

O Sacred Head Now Wounded – Hymn of the Week – Quick Guide O Sacred Head Now Wounded – Introduction of the Hymn17th-century Love SongClick Below for O Sacred Head Now Wounded LyricsO Sacred Head Now Wounded: Recommended PerformancesReading of O Sacred Head Now Wounded Lyricsstanzas 1 & 23 & 45 & 67 & 89 […]

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