So here are 23 hymn-tune harmonizations that I plan to include in the expanded edition of my "Useful Hymns." All of the tunes were harmonized by yours truly. Most of the tunes were composed by me for hymn texts that I wrote. A couple of them were composed by me for other hymn writers' work (though perhaps later re-used with a sacred poem of my own). Four of the tunes, as will be noted below, were written by other composers - three for hymns I had written and shared with my friends in a hymn-writers' Facebook group, and one for a hymn by the composer himself for which I also wrote an original tune; I arranged the harmony for all four. And in one instance, I rediscovered a harmonization I wrote years ago for an old chorale and rolled it out for a new purpose. So here goes, with brief remarks where needed...
Agriculture Hymn" I posted on the group that she volunteered two fully harmonized hymn tunes for me to choose from. This is my arrangement of her second tune for the hymn, which I was honored to receive.
a hymn with this tune in mind.
my own hymn on the Circumcision and Naming of Jesus.
this hymn, depicting the miracle in which Jesus said the Aramaic word referenced in the title. It means "Be opened!"
a hymn I wrote on the Parable of the Sower.
this hymn on Jesus' discourse about taking the lowest place at the table.
Judica Hymn," for the Fifth Sunday in Lent.
Jubilate Hymn," for the third Sunday after Easter.
Oculi Hymn," apropos the Third Sunday in Lent.
this hymn, in which Jesus calls his disciples "you of little faith."
a hymn I wrote on Jesus' healing of a paralytic.
Hymn for a Replenished Prayer Life."
a hymn on the Fourth Sunday in Advent, after my church composer friend Tom Lock bullied me into admitting that the opening line "Drop down, drop down you heavens" cried out for a descending phrase shape, whereas no existing tune in that meter, to my knowledge, had that contour.
this hymn I wrote on the story of the Pharisee and the publican.
a hymn for the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday.
Baptismal Birthday Song," I thought it would be clever to turn the well-known birthday-song upside down. Here is the result - one of at least three hymn tunes I have written as a musical joke.
Sower Hymn" for which Matthew Carver composed EYN SAEMANN elicited this original composition by yours truly.