A new hymn/anthem

Sometimes this fall, the choir will sing a new hymn I wrote that was commissioned by The Academy of the Holy Names in Tampa in honor of the Blessed Mother Marie-Rose Durocher, Foundress of The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (Soeurs des Saints Noms de Jésus et de Marie). I wrote the words & the music. I used the favorite biblical text of Marie-Rose as the reference upon which my poem is based, along with the mission statements of the school and the order of the Sisters.

Here’s the words:
Fire of Justice, Fire of Love
Scriptural reference: “I have come to cast fire on the Earth,
and how I wish it were already kindled.” LUKE 12:49

CHORUS
Fire of justice,
Fire of love,
In my heart, be burning bright.
Fire of service,
Fire of truth,
May the world now be alight.

VERSE 1
And as God’s Love inflames our hearts,
may we be kindling for that fire.
For to the earth God’s truth imparts
those acts that service does require.

CHORUS

VERSE 2
Now may our learning banish hate,
and may our love extinguish fear,
for justice does God’s Love equate,
and to that guidance we adhere.

CHORUS

VERSE 3
Impov’rished and abandoned they
who live upon society’s edge
shall have their needs be met this day.
To God we make this solemn pledge.

CHORUS

VERSE 4
As gracious and accepting we
give gen’rously of time and gift,
that we a welcome presence be.
No truer purpose does exist.

CHORUS

The score for the hymn is below and HERE is a link to a computer simulation of an anthem for treble voices based on the hymn. (No, computers aren’t smart enough yet to sing the words, so the children’s chorus in the simulation just sings “ahhhh…”) Click on the images below for larger views.

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Text of the anthem, “The Lost”

Recently, at the request of a few folk, I posted the text I wrote for an anthem the choir sang. There were several very positive, and quite unexpected, responses to the post.

I’ve only ever consider myself a lyricist-by-necessity, since anthems need texts and I’m too cheap to pay for new ones and to lazy to go to the trouble of applying for copyright permission. So…I’m amazed that anyone would show an interests in my anthem (hymn, song) texts.

Here’s another one, and it’s sung to an original tune. The choir has done it a few times.


As the sheep wandered lost ‘midst the cold and the dark.
it did hear its shepherd’s voice and know that love was near.
Peace and closeness and safety as it felt the embrace
and was lifted and carried to a home free of fear.

And the coin once lost that is valued and prized
by the woman who sweeps her home,
has been found and shown to the neighbors in joy
as she holds her lamp up high.

And the child returned from a life of despair
now is fêted and welcomed home,
for the acts that matter are not our mistakes
but our taking the gift that’s giv’n,

that we not push away God’s love…
that we not push away God’s love.

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Text of the anthem, “Fully Known”

There have been several requests for the text of the anthem the choir sang Sunday, “Fully Known.” Here it is…

Immortalized, sung, painted,
the Easter stories tell
when at the grave Christ met her,
until He said her name,
that Mary felt known fully
and recognized Him well.
For in the name there’s knowing.
whence people truly came.

He’s known for fully knowing
what others not remark,
or we ourselves have falsely
not credited our worth.
In Him is a true knowing,
in full not just in part,
the full sense of our being
His loving gives love birth.

In story after story
his love for us is shown:
as with no condemnation
the woman at the well
is giv’n the living water
e’vn though her past is known.
And as with us he knows this,
as living waters tell.

Zacchaeus is another.
So too the woman scorned.
As is the rich young ruler.
The thieves received goodwill
as Jesus fully knew them.
So too are we adored,
known fully and loved fully,
Christ Jesus loves us still.

© 2018 Kim P. Wells & Hilton Kean Jones

It’s sung to the old Irish tune, “Sally Gardens.” The words are based on this past Easter Sunrise Service sermon of Rev. Kim Wells. The text of that sermon can be read here: http://lakewooducc.org/2018/04/01/sermon-easter-sunrise-fully-known-fully-loved/.

As you will clearly see if your read her sermon, the poem I wrote for the anthem is based entirely on Kim’s premise and order of construction and contains so many fragments of her sentences, that the only honorable thing to do is to credit her as co-author of this poem, for without her thoughts and words the poem would not exit!

–Hilton

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 17 – The Legacy Of The River


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play The Legacy Of The River — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 16 – Guardian of the Mists


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play Guardian of the Mists — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 15 – Rainbow Of Dreams


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play Rainbow Of Dreams — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 14 – The Oak And The Holly


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play The Oak And The Holly — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 13 – The Lake


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play The Lake — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 12 – The Darkest Gate


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play The Darkest Gate — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 11 – The Rose Of The World


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play The Rose Of The World — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 10 – Willow


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play Willow — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 09 – Dreamer In Silk


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play Dreamer In Silk — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 08 – Light of Tranquility


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play Light of Tranquility — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 07 – The Flowers Kiss


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play The Flowers Kiss — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 06 – Lotus Born


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play Lotus Born — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 05 – Sea Flowers


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play Sea Flowers — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 04 – Window Of Stones


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play Window Of Stones — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 03 – The Missing Dream


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play The Missing Dream — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 02 – Dancing In The Shadows


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play Dancing In The Shadows — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Meditations & Reflections for solo piano 01 – Jasmine


Simply click on the arrow in the orange circle above to play Jasmine — it’s free to play. It is one of the pieces I wrote to play for a series on contemplative moments during a past season at Lakewood UCC. If you wish to hear the complete set of pieces, Meditations & Reflections for solo piano, you may stream the audio at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/meditations-reflections-for-solo-piano. If you want to play them at home on the piano, yourself, you can download the sheet music at hiltonkeanjones.com/music. To buy the CD click on the following link.

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Al Jazeera coverage of events in Egypt

If you’re following events in Egypt and would like to hear very good, informed coverage, the Al Jazeera network is highly recommend. Cable companies don’t carry it, but you can watch their broadcast, live, for free, on your computer at THIS LINK. The coverage is much more detailed and thoughtful than what is typically found on US cable news networks.

Also, it’s very interesting to watch the tweets from Egyptians, themselves, on the ground where events are unfolding. They are in English for the most part. Just go to Google’s realtime coverage of #egypt. The updates will automatically appear as people on the other side of the planet type them into their phones.

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Choir rehearsals start again!

don't forget Choir rehearsals start again this coming Sunday, January 9th, at 9:15am-10am.
 
Starting this Sunday, we’re going to sing in church every Sunday that I’m there.
 
At this Sunday’s rehearsal I will collect all the old music and hand out the new music for the pre-Lenten season.
In church, this coming Sunday, we will sing “Have This Love” which we’ve rehearsed before but never had a chance to sing in church.
 
I’m looking forward to choir starting again.
 
Newcomers are welcome!!!

Hilton
church choir
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Displaying Peace

I happened to be at church today and saw the Christmas decorations–they’re really nice. I especially liked the display along the window which I understand is called Displaying Peace. Rev. Wells and the the Advent committee will have more to tell about that, but for now, I just wanted to give everyone a visual sneak preview via a YouTube video. (The sound track is one of my old organ arrangements.) The following link will take you to YouTube to see the video.
Displaying Piece

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