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Hymns and Songs of the Brethren

by Brent Holl

Hymns and songs from the Brethren/Mennonite Hymnal arranged for 12 string acoustic guitar, string band and vocals.
Genre: Spiritual: Traditional Gospel
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Brethren, we have met to worship (Holy Manna)
4:14 $0.99
2. Oh, how happy are they (New Concord)
2:35 $0.99
3. Lord, teach us how to pray aright (adapted from Dayton)
3:05 $0.99
4. Come, thou fount (Nettleton)
3:12 $0.99
5. On Jordan's stormy banks I stand (Bound for the Promised Land)
3:49 $0.99
6. My life flows on (How Can I Keep From Singing)
6:38 $0.99
7. All beautiful the march of days (Forest Green)
4:28 $0.99
8. Far, far away from my loving father (Restoration/I Will Arise)
3:45 $0.99
9. Oh, holy city seen of John (Morning Song/Consolation)
2:56 $0.99
10. Comfort, comfort, O my people (Geneva 42/Freu Dich Sehr)
4:06 $0.99
11. Oh, have you not heard (The Beautiful River)
3:19 $0.99
12. Holy Spirit come with power (Beach Spring)
4:18 $0.99
13. Come away to the skies (Exultation)
2:26 $0.99
14. I heard the voice of Jesus say (Kingsfold)
3:32 $0.99
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Album Notes
Several years ago, I was invited to help provide creative music resources to the
worship services with my local congregation of Brethren. Intrigued by the
opportunity to seek new forms of expression, I explored the Brethren/Mennonite hymnal (Hymnal: A Worship Book: Pew Edition
Brethren Press, Faith & Life Press, Mennonite Publishing House. 1992)
for innovative and inspirational songs and hymns.

During my exploration, I found multi-national folk songs, Gregorian chants,
traditional church hymns and contemporary tunes. Early creative attempts included
drumming; fiddle, whistle, and gospel-style piano arrangements; acapella, canons,
and sing-a-longs; and even egg shakers distributed among the congregation
members! I was drawn to the songs in the hymnal that worked well on my 12-guitar,
and I now use more than 100 in a special collection for the early service.

The hymns are arranged as folk songs and use a traditional string band for accompaniment. The main instrument is the 12-string guitar tuned in DADGAD. This modal tuning lends an archaic mood to the songs with the droning strings giving a sense of calmness and serenity. Other instruments included in the recording are: String Bass, Octave Mandolin, 5-string claw-hammer banjo, and a 6-string guitar.



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Hymns & Songs of the Brethren
It is good to be able to access the hymns of the Brethren, and I thank Brent for making them available to us.