My Favourite Hymn “Amazing Grace”

Parishioners are invited to submit their Favourite Hymns for recording and posting by Paul Grambo, Steve Holowitz, and  guest musicians.  Both Kate Beale and Sheila Shearing have requested “Amazing Grace”, a hymn that, as Kate says, “Always makes me cry” and, as Sheila says, is one she has been singing “forever” and one that moves her deeply, especially  the last line. For Holy Week, when grace for all of us erring human beings was won by the greatest of all sacrifices, “Amazing Grace” is most apt.

My Favourite Hymn — In the Bleak Midwinter

Parishioners are invited to identify their favourite hymns for recording and posting by Stephen Holowitz, invited musicians, and Paul Grambo.

This week’s Favourite Hymn, “In the Bleak Midwinter” is a quiet carol that was included in our candlelit “Lessons and Carols” service before Christmas. It was submitted by parishioner Peggy Roffey who says she “loves Gustav Holst’s haunting melody and Christina Rossetti’s humble and evocative words. As we come to the midpoint of our winter season in Canada, this song, for me, is an invitation to slow down and reflect on what is at the heart of our being here, and what is at the core of most faiths: love, humble love.”

 

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Parishioners are invited to identify their favourite hymns for recording and posting by Stephen Holowitz, invited musicians, and Paul Grambo.

This week’s Favourite Hymn  is dedicated to the children in our upcoming Children’s Christmas Pageant, December 24 at 4:00. The children do a wonderful job of capturing the joy of Christmas so energetically expressed in “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” Come sing with us and bring your children; all children are welcome to put on an angel crown and join the joyous throng! Click below to hear this old favourite Carol.

https://youtu.be/0RiUWSx_eEE

 

 

My Favourite Hymn — Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel

Parishioners are invited to identify their favourite hymns for recording and posting by Stephen Holowitz, invited musicians, and Paul Grambo.

This week’s Favourite Hymn, “Oh Come Oh Come, Emmanuel” was submitted by Gerri McKechnie, who says, “I love the simplicity of this hymn; that mournful tune, that doesn’t go too high or low, just grabs me. It’s not exactly sad but I really feel it, along with the words. This kind of tune has always attracted me. It’s something words can’t quite explain.” Click on the link below to enjoy this hymn!

My Favourite Hymn — Abide with Me

Parishioners are invited to identify their favourite hymns for recording and posting by Stephen Holowitz, invited musicians, and Paul Grambo.

This week, Greg Yarrow says “Abide with Me” is my favourite. I was first truly moved by it when I saw the movie “A Bridge Too Far” in the theatre. In the closing scene a cut-off and surrounded group of wounded Allied soldiers and their caregivers, including a German doctor, knew they would soon be executed by the Nazis. They sat on the lawn in front of this little house and sang this hymn. I cried. I later found out that it was very popular with the WWI troops in the trenches. It moves me because although I know my God always abides by me, in my head, the words (and music) are a cry from the heart to reassure itself that this is so.

My Favourite Hymn — The King of Love My Shepherd Is

Parishioners are invited to identify their favourite hymns for recording and posting by Stephen Holowitz, invited musicians, and Paul Grambo.

This week, Susan Collins says ” ‘The King of Love My Shepherd Is‘, a choral rendition of the 23rd Psalm, resonates in my heart. I was just 13 when my father died and this hymn was played at his funeral. On August 29, 2016, the same hymn was sung at my step-mother’s funeral and it felt full circle. Like the Psalm, the hymn offers comfort within a gentle tune that doesn’t overtax the singer. With lines like “but yet in love he sought me, and on his shoulder gently laid and home rejoicing brought me,” one feels wrapped in the arms of the father.” In this rendition, Shen Jones is the guest clarinetist.

My Favorite Hymn – Oh Thou That Camest From Above

Each week you invited to identify your favourite hymn for recording and posting by Stephen Holowitz and Paul Grambo.

Of “Oh Thou Who Camest from Above”, Katrine Barton-Coward says that ‘The words of this hymn are a conversation with God. It’s about God and me. It was a living prayer for me in my teens and it’s still a living prayer today. I want this hymn sung
at my funeral.’

My Favourite Hymn – Breathe on Me, Breath of God

Each week, you are invited to identify your favourite hymn for recording and posting by Steve Holowitz and Paul Grambo.

Of this week’s hymn, ‘Breathe on Me, Breath of God’, Carolyn Fryer writes: “This has been one of my favourite hymns since I was a young girl singing in the choir at Christ Church. My understanding then was very simple but still true today. It spoke to me of the Holy Spirit of God breathing life into us at birth, helping us to live a faithful life, following God’s will and doing what would please Him, and then taking our Spirit to our Heavenly home and eternal life when our earthly life is over. The Holy Spirit gives life here and eternal life to follow. When I was a child, the tune we sang it to even seemed like breathing, with its swells and falls.”