My children (and their parents!) have enjoyed reading through our set of “Mr. Pipes books”, a series by Douglas Bond which recount the adventures of two young people and a relatively elderly organist-hymnologist. Each chapter introduces a hymn-writer and at least one of their hymns as the story moves forward.
Bond highlights some really excellent hymns, many of which are not well-known but deserve to be, such as Johann Heermann’s “Ah, Holy Jesus,” Paul Gerhardt’s “All My Heart This Night Rejoices” and “O Lord, How Shall I Meet You,” Johann Franck’s “Jesus, Priceless Treasure,” and Samuel Davies’s “Great God of Wonders,” among many others.
Imagine my delight when I discovered today that Douglas Bond has made a number of his own hymns available for congregational singing! A number of his texts were set to music by Paul Jones, Tenth Presbyterian’s prolific organist. You’ll find the entire batch of hymns here with recordings of several and pdf’s of each score. Titles include:
Creator God, Our Sovereign Lord
King Jesus Reigns
Our God in All Things Works for Good
We Rise and Worship
The Lord, Great Sovereign
If I Can Speak with Tongues of Fire
Come Bless the Lord
We Hail the Christ, Chief Cornerstone