It is the hope and prayer of both the author and composer that this small collection of hymns will be used of God to encourage His children to pray as they sing and to sing as they pray. The 14 hymns in this collection were written in two stages-in 2000-02, and a decade later in 2011-13. On the page opposite the printed hymn, the reader will find textual and musical comments intended to enrich the understanding and enjoyment of each hymn. The Rev. Eric J. Alexander, former senior minister of the St. George's-Tron Church, Glasgow, Scotland authored the hymn texts and provides commentary on each of them. Dr. Paul S. Jones, organist and music director of Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA composed the tunes and offers insight about the musical settings.
Publication Date: 2013
Topics: hymns, music, prayer
Scripture Reference: Romans 12:1, Psalm 23:1, Psalm 24:10, 1 John 4:10, Acts 2:18b, 1 John 3:1a, 2 Corinthians 4:6, Ephesians 3:14, Acts 4:24, 1 Corinthians 2:12, Philippians 2:8, Lamentations 3:23b, Isaiah 6:3b, Luke 11:1b
Table of Contents:
- O Lord God, How Great Your Mercy
- Jehovah is my Shepherd True
- King of Glory
- My Gracious Lrd, Your Love is Vast
- Send Down Your Spirit, Lord
- What Manner of Love
- Lord, We Bow Before your Glory
- A Prayer of Approach to God
- Sovereign Lord of All Creation
- Almighty God, We Come to You
- Lord Jesus Christ, How Far You Came
- Mighty God and Gracious Lord
- Lord God, Your Radiant Glory Shines
- Teach Us to Pray
Eric J Alexander has been ordained as a minister in the Church of Scotland for over fifty years. He studied at the University of Glasgow, graduating Master of Arts in 1954 and Bachelor of Divinity in 1958. Thereafter he spent 4 years as an Assistant at St David's Knightswood Chuch in the West end of Glasgow. In 1961 he was married to Greta Connell and they have a daughter and a son. It was in 1962 that he was called to the parish of Loudoun East Church, in the Covenanting district of Ayrshire, in the village of Newmilns. After 15 years there, in 1977, he was aware of God's call to the city centre church of St George's Tron, in Glasgow, where he served as senior minister for 20 years, until his retirement in 1997. During these 20 years, large congregations, of all ages, gathered, both morning and evening, to listen to expository sermons from both Old and New Testaments. Throughout his ministry, and in his retirement years, he has spoken regularly at conferences such as the Keswick Convention, the great Urbana convention arranged triennially in Illinois by InterVarsity, and the Philadelphia Conference in Reformed Theology. He has traveled in Europe, the Far East, South Africa,and widely in Canada and the United States. He has spoken to students at many seminaries and at the General Assemblies of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in America.
Dr. Paul S. Jones has been Organist and Music Director at Tenth Presbyterian Church since 1998. He holds the Doctor of Music degree in conducting and a Master's degree in piano from Indiana University, where he was a doctoral fellow. Dr. Jones is president of Paul Jones Music, Inc. (www.pjonesmusic.us) a corporation advancing artistic, functional church music for the 21st-century church.
Number of Pages: 38