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Hymns of Prayer

by Philadelphia Chamber Choir & Paul S. Jones

New hymns in traditional 4-part harmony sung by choir and soloists a cappella or with instruments (organ, piano, flute, trumpet, trombone, cello).
Genre: Spiritual: Hymns
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1. O Lord God, How Great Your Mercy
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2. Jehovah Is My Shepherd True
2:49 $0.99
3. King of Glory
3:42 $0.99
4. My Gracious Lord, Your Love Is Vast
3:13 $0.99
5. Send Down Your Spirit, Lord
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6. What Manner of Love
4:10 $0.99
7. Lord, We Bow Before Your Glory
4:01 $0.99
8. A Prayer of Approach to God
3:08 $0.99
9. Sovereign Lord of All Creation
3:48 $0.99
10. Almighty God, We Come to You
6:22 $0.99
11. Lord Jesus Christ, How Far You Came
4:12 $0.99
12. Mighty God and Gracious Saviour
2:48 $0.99
13. Lord God, Your Radiant Glory Shines
3:35 $0.99
14. Teach Us to Pray
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15. Amen in D
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Album Notes
This beautiful album of modern hymns in traditional style combines lyrical, theologically-rich poetry with music at times powerful at times serene. The gorgeous, nuanced sound of the Philadelphia Chamber Choir will engage, thrill, and bless you as its members sing these lovely hymns. Some stanzas are a cappella, some sung by soloists, some in unison, some 4-part; included are descants and instrumental obbligato lines in addition to accompaniment by pipe organ or piano. Who says that modern hymnody can't be both accessible and well-written? This is it!

It is the hope and prayer of both author and composer that this recording will be used of God to encourage His children to pray as they sing and to sing as they pray. The 14 hymns on this disc were written in two stages—in 2000-02, and a decade later in 2011-13. The CD liner includes the hymn texts so that you can follow and sing along. In the separately printed collection of hymns with musical scores the reader will find comments intended to enrich the understanding and enjoyment of each hymn’s text and music. That booklet is available at: The Rev. Eric J. Alexander, former senior minister of St. George’s-Tron Church, Glasgow, Scotland, authored the hymn texts and provides commentary on each of them. Dr. Paul S. Jones, former organist and music director of Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, composed the tunes and offers insights about the musical settings.

Author’s Introduction
The first attempt I ever made at writing a hymn was when my dear friend James Montgomery Boice, senior minister of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, was gravely ill with liver cancer. When I was visiting him one day, he said he had a very special request to make: “You will know that Paul (Jones) and I have been working on some hymns. I have written the words, and he has composed the music. We plan to publish them as Hymns for a Modern Reformation. The problem I have is that this is going to be one of the tasks I will leave unfinished. I was wondering...would you be prepared to try writing a few hymns? The idea is that they would reflect a major theme or passage or text of Scripture.”

Well, my esteem for Jim Boice was so great that whatever he had asked me to do at that moment, I probably would have said “yes, if it would in any way help you.” What I actually said to him was, “Jim, I have never written a hymn or poem in my life. But if you are asking me to try, I most certainly will.”

Thereafter, I sometimes woke in the middle of the night with the words of a new hymn in my thoughts; at other times I found that when I was preparing to preach on a text or passage, the words of a hymn formed in my mind. It was therefore not so difficult as I thought, and often my own soul was blessed and enlarged in writing. - Eric J. Alexander, Glasgow, 2013

Composer’s Introduction
I was deeply grateful (and privately ecstatic) when Eric Alexander agreed to pick up where James Boice had finished by continuing to write hymns with me. What immediately became apparent to me in Rev. Alexander’s poetry was this pastor-
theologian’s heart, which exemplifies a profound love for and gratitude to God as well as a pastoral concern for His children. I have written elsewhere about the various roles that hymns and church music serve in the context of worship. Rev. Alexander’s hymns very much typify the role of hymnody as prayer. They directly address God on behalf of His people; they ascribe glory to Him; they make supplication to Him; and simultaneously they express the gratefulness that every believer owes his or her Creator and Redeemer.

The poetry is lyrical and fluid, eloquent yet immediately graspable, and it is richly endowed with Biblical teaching and truth. These poems are the warm, informed words of a pastor and minister of the Gospel who humbly has served the Lord Jesus and His people for a lifetime. Eric is known throughout the British Commonwealth and the United States as a pastor’s pastor. To me, as to so many others, he has been both a dear friend and a father in the faith. This publication and recording have been undertaken in the 80th year of his earthly pilgrimage specifically as a means of honouring this servant of God and celebrating God’s work in and through him. We want to get these hymns into the hands, voices and ears of God’s people throughout the world. - Paul S. Jones, Philadelphia, 2013



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