Friday, March 7, 2014

Hymn of the Month -- Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah

Here is a modern tune to a wonderful old hymn. Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah was written by William Willams, known as Wales' most famous hymn writer, in 1742. Over two-hundred-seventy years later, we are still singing it. While it is still often sung to the traditional tune, some are singing it to the new tune written by Jeremy Casella of Indelible Grace, a movement that encourages people throughout the church to "take old texts, [forming] a connection with the church of the ages, and find their own voice to add to it."* Kevin Twit, whose university ministry in Nashville began in 1995 and has taken up the mission of giving new voice to the old hymns, compares it to roots and wings. The words of the songs of our predecessors provide the roots for contemporary musicians. through whom the biblical truths take flight for today's church.

You can learn more about the hymn writer, William Williams, here, and about Indelible Grace at their website*. And if you'd like the free, downloadable sheet music from Indelible Grace for Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah, it is available here.

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