Hymn of the Day for Second Sunday in Advent Has Been Posted

I have posted on Score Exchange, an arrangement of “On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry“. It is the Hymn of the Day for Second Sunday in Advent.  In 2019, that will be December 8. This is an arrangement for three octaves of handbells and organ. Full score and parts for the bells and for the organ are available.

Hymn of the Day for First Sunday in Advent Has Been Posted and A Few Other Items

I have posted on Score Exchange, an arrangement of “Savior of the Nations, Come“. It is the Hymn of the Day for First Sunday in Advent.  In 2019, that will be December 1.

On my Handbell Hymn Arrangements page, I now also indicate which of the hymns will be Hymn of the Day within the upcoming six months. Look for the label ++H.o.t.D. 6++. I hope this helps in your planning music for your handbell choir.

For those of you that want more information on the Lectionary, visit http://yaag.org/.

Hymn of the Day for Proper 22, Year C Has Been Posted

WordPress recently provided a tool that tells the blog writer what files you readers have been downloading.  Wow!  That’s what I said when I saw how many of my handbell arrangements have been downloaded since this past June.  I’m very honored that so many of you are using them in your ministry!  That has inspired me to get back to the project I started two years ago – posting arrangements of the Hymn of Day.

So, I recently posted on Score Exchange, an arrangement of “I Know My Faith Is Founded“. It is the Hymn of the Day for Proper 22 in Year C of the Three Year Lectionary.  In 2019, that will be October 6.  May you and your congregation be blessed in your worship of our Lord and Savior.

Two New Hymn of the Day Arrangements

Today I posted two arrangements on Score Exchange.

  • Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus” is the Hymn of the Day for Proper 17 in Year A of the Three Year Lectionary.  In 2017, that will be September 3.
  • My soul, now praise your Maker” is the Hymn of the Day for Proper 18 in Year A of the Three Year Lectionary.  In 2017, that will be September 10.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Three Year Lectionary, you can learn about it and get a calendar of it at www.yaag.org.

A New Project for Me

We do not have a handbell choir at the church where I now serve.  If you’ve been following my site, you know I have not posted any new hymn arrangements in over two years! And I do miss preparing those and sharing them.  So recently, I adopted the goal of getting back into arranging hymns for handbell choirs.  The plan is to prepare an arrangement for the Hymn of the Day as established in our hymnal, Lutheran Service Book.  (You can find a copy of the list at this site.)

We are currently in Year A of our Three Year Lectionary.  I intend to have my arrangement posted at least one month prior to when a given hymn is scheduled as Hymn of the Day; that should give your handbell group time to learn it.  As with my previous arrangements, I choose to only work with hymns that are in the public domain.  If the music is copyrighted for a given Hymn of the Day, I definitely will not prepare an arrangements.   When the arrangement has been prepared and posted, I will post information about.  So if you are following my blog, you will get a notice letting you know that hymn is now available.

Some of my previous arrangements will come up on the Hymn of the Day list.  As they do, I will post a note about that.  My new arrangements will be posted on www.scoreexchange.com.  This allows me to charge a small amount (I’ve decided on $5.00 per hymn) to raise some funds for our music ministry at Faith Lutheran here in Stephenville.  You will be able to make however many copies you need for your handbell choir.

Thanks for your past support of my ministry.  I trust with this change you will be able to continue using my arrangements with your bell choir to enhance your congregation’s worship of our Lord God!  To Him be the glory!!

New Entry on “Links to Other Sites”

Today I came across LCMS Pastors’ Resources – a site intended for pastors to share their resources with other pastors.  There are also some pages that are of interest to us musicians.  So on my page “Links to Other Sites”, I have added a new section and provide a link to visit their site (or you can use the one here!) – http://lcmspastor.com.

A Dream Come True

Soon after starting my engineering career in 1979, I had the daydream that some day I would retire from engineering and do church music as my avocation.  Well that day has finally arrived!  August 15 will be my last day working as an engineer for the City of Bakersfield, California.  Then we move to Stephenville, Texas where I will be Music Director for Faith Lutheran Church.  My primary duties will be playing organ for Sunday worship services, directing the adult vocal choir, directing the children’s chime choir, and working with the preschool music program.  I’m excited about the new job and the opportunity to help the members of Faith praise God through music.

While we won’t have a handbell choir, I hope to continue arranging hymns for handbell choirs and posting them here.  So please continue checking back periodically to see what I’ve done.

May God bless you and your handbell choir.