This is a new online resource created for our church family by our web weaver Kim Labelle. We’re making lovely lemonade from the lemons handed to us by Covid 2020. The unofficial choir of Anne Mains, Charlotte Patton, Judith Thomas, and Lorraine Comeau (also playing background flute) have sustained zoom worship throughout this year by recording our hymns for us. Their music has been a wonderful gift because the lag on zoom turns our singing voices into something resembling the crowd at the tower of Babel when their language was confounded! (Genesis 11:1-9) Thanks to the choir, we’re able to hear our hymns on Sundays (and even sing along when we’re sure no one can hear us :=)
The beauty of the St. Mary’s Hymns resource is that the choir’s gift can now enrich our personal lives in those moments when we need it. One could listen to them in times of happiness, when going down memory lane, in wonder, and in times of sadness or gladness. It could become part of our own daily prayers and worship.
In numerical order below, you will find our growing list of hymns, now on our YouTube Channel, offering you the hymnal verses to sing along. All you have to do is click on the name of the hymn name to play and listen. Most of the hymns have two verses only, because that is the best format for zoom worship. The collection will grow with every new Sunday recording.
If you would like to learn more about a hymn, copy its title into this online resource: https://hymnary.org/
There you will find all sorts of information on it’s history, composition, and use, as well as scans of it in various keys and arrangements from different hymnals, including our Common Praise.
This St. Mary’s hymn resource is also a small way to thank our zoom choir for their hard work and dedication by displaying their songs on our website. They stepped up when St. Mary’s had to invent a whole new way of worship at the start of this strange season of covidtide and found a way to safely create worship music for zoom church. We dedicate this resource then to the glory of God and in gratitude for the music ministry of Anne M, Charlotte, Judith, and Lorraine. We look forward to the day when we could all worship and sing together again.
For this music resource, these words of the psalmist are surely appropriate (Psalm 33:1-5):
1 Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous; *
it is good for the just to sing praises.
2 Praise the Lord with the harp; *
play to him upon the psaltery and lyre.
3 Sing for him a new song; *
sound a fanfare with all your skill upon the trumpet.
4 For the word of the Lord is right, *
and all his works are sure.
5 He loves righteousness and justice; *
the loving-kindness of the Lord fills the whole earth.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
We look forward to the day when we all worship and sing together again.