From the Music Ministry….

Thinking of Autumn

Favorite Season

Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. The air becomes crisper and drier, leaves start to show their true colors, college football begins, and apples and peanuts are in season. Notice I did not mention pumpkin spice at all in this list. Autumn also has two of my favorite holidays: Halloween and Thanksgiving. I know the celebration of Halloween has questionable origins, but as a child I loved making a costume, dressing up, and collecting candy from the neighbors. It just gets better with Thanksgiving. Families get together, lots of great food is cooked, overeating is expected, and there is more football.

While anticipating the joys of Autumn, I wondered what hymns spoke to the seasons, particularly the time of Fall. After some consideration and exploration, I came up with the following list of hymns that speak of the seasons and/or the beauty of creation. I find these hymns especially meaningful at this time of year. Are you familiar with all the hymns on my list? What would your favorite Autumn hymns be?

Favorite Hymns that Mention the Seasons or Focus on Creation

“All Creatures of Our God and King” (https://hymnary.org/hymn/CGH2010/307).
Setting by Mack Wilberg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAXv8mGM4cQ)

“All Thing Bright and Beautiful” (https://hymnary.org/hymn/CGH2010/23). Setting by John Rutter (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShpRCvU_bxM)

“Come, Ye Thankful People, Come” (https://hymnary.org/text/come_ye_thankful_people_come).
Setting performed by Plymouth Choir and Congregation of First Plymouth Church, Lincoln Nebraska (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWiEMJPxoZ8)

“For the Beauty of the Earth” (https://hymnary.org/hymn/CGH2010/341). Setting by John Rutter (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bDoMflYErE)

“Great Is Thy Faithfulness” (https://hymnary.org/hymn/CGH2010/48). Setting posted by Dutchforward (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTKIqmdfHSk)

“Sing to the Lord of Harvest” (https://hymnary.org/text/sing_to_the_lord_of_harvest).
Setting presented by First Baptist Church of Seattle (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxH0mLdkt0I)

“What Colors God Has Made” (https://hymnary.org/hymn/Mor1995/466)

Not Hymns but Delightful Fall Music

“Autumn Leaves” – Music by Joseph Kosma, original French lyrics by Jacques Prévert, English lyrics by Johnny Mercer.
Performed by Nat King Cole (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3aLQOC1sdE)

“Early Autumn” – Music by Ralph Burns and Woody Herman, lyrics by Johnny Mercer.
Performed by Ella Fitzgerald (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIyEjcIHc_8)

“The Tree Song” – Music and words by Ken Medema. Performed by Ken Medema and friends (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu5EZXbc73s)

“Thanksgiving Theme” – Music by Vince Guaraldi. Performed by Vince Guaraldi Quintet (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U39b6AbhkJc)

Thankful for the Season