Resource Roundup

After about four months of blogging, it’s about time for me to update the Resources page here at URC Psalmody with some of the links I’ve mentioned in recent posts.  For the benefit of those who have joined us only in the past few weeks, I’m going to give a brief summary of the best items here–a sizable list of 34 links, in fact.  If you ever want to search for these or other links, they’ll always be available on the Resources page.

One of the components of this blog is a running commentary on the psalms and their Psalter Hymnal versifications.  If you ever need to hear how a tune for one of these psalms sounds in worship, you’ll find the recording library of Cornerstone URC in Hudsonville, MI, to be a valuable addition to your bookmarks.  Their congregational singing of Psalm 103 (Psalter Hymnal number 201, “O My Soul, Bless Thou Jehovah”) is one of the best.  When we looked at Psalm 104, I mentioned that some Psalter Hymnal tunes are available in lower, easier keys in the CRC’s 1987 Psalter Hymnal, available from Faith Alive Resources or online at Hymnary.org.  For Psalm 105, a better arrangement of the Genevan Psalter tune from the Canadian Reformed Book of Praise can be downloaded free from GenevanPsalter.com.  As an inspirational resource related to Psalm 107, I referred you to a sermon entitled “His Way in the Storm” by Rev. Rich Kuiken of Pompton Plains Reformed Bible Church.  On the topic of imprecatory psalms, I linked to an article on the Christian interpretation of Psalm 109.  And most recently, I referenced Glenda Mathes’s blog in a post about Psalm 111.

Moving on to the “Words” category, where we’ve been regularly discussing topics related to Reformed worship, my foremost recommendation was for Dr. Paul Jones’s magnificent work on worship, Singing and Making Music (available from Amazon.com or Paul Jones Music, Inc.).  A few links were also included in our series on psalm-hymns and exclusive psalmody, but I’ll refer you to those posts rather than duplicating the content here.  Some of the more notable resources in these discussions included the foreword to the 1934 Psalter Hymnal and Joel Pearce’s blog “Token Lines.”  I also sought out your comments on how to obtain Psalter Hymnal choir settings by Dale Grotenhuis, but so far I haven’t been able to conclude that search.  (As of May 5th, there’s an important update on this search–see the last comment at the bottom of that post.)

Of the topics on URC Psalmody, the “Actions” category is the most heavily devoted to relevant church music resources.  We started off with a discussion on paraphrasing the psalms, as related to the URC Psalter Hymnal project and, in particular, an April 2011 report from the URC Songbook Committee.  Topics related to the new Psalter Hymnal have recurred frequently on the blog; some relevant resources include two articles in The Outlook, “Now That’s a Good Question” (Jan/Feb 2012, pp. 21, 22) and “Oh Praise Ye the Name of Jehovah (Mar/Apr 2012, pp. 28, 29), as well as the various sections of the Psalter Hymnal area of the URCNA website.  I even included a document containing principles and guidelines for the proposed URC Psalter Hymnal.  In a few posts about notable collections of psalms and hymns, I referred you to online versions of the Genevan Psalter and the 1912 Psalter.  Considering the role of psalms in contemporary worship, I examined the work of “The Psalm Project” and quoted an article entitled “Voicing God’s Psalms” by the contemporary arranger Calvin Seerveld.  On Reformed worship in general, I referenced a blog post on the organ by Kevin DeYoung and highly recommended a URC conference on Biblical worship.  And another excellent conference by Dr. Paul Munson focused on the topic of aesthetics (read more on Glenda Mathes’s blog).

The links you see above are a fairly thorough overview of the topics we’ve covered here at URC Psalmody over the past few months.  But as a parting bonus, here are some extra links to a collection of relevant YouTube videos.

  • Inspirational videos accompanied by an amateur choir singing familiar 1912 Psalter selections are available from the channel of the Protestant Reformed Psalm Choir.
  • For a little comic relief, a few Reformed Presbyterian guys have created a spoof of an infomercial for the new Book of Psalms for Worship.  Even in the URC, we can probably relate to some of the scenarios portrayed in this video.  It may be a little irreverent, but it’s undoubtedly funny.
  • The music department at Dordt recently uploaded a video of a March 2012 concert by the college choir.  Some of the selections are better than others, but I admire the college’s continued emphasis on psalm-singing.  Their renditions of Psalm 122 (at time 5:30) and Psalm 100 (at time 13:30) are stunning.
  • Do the youth of our churches still love the timeless psalms and traditional music of our heritage?  If these recordings from previous Reformed Youth Services conventions are any indication, the answer is a thunderous yes!  The amateur choir performed the song “Before the Throne of God Above” in 2010, and “No More Night” in 2011.  On a more personal level, last year I was afforded the unbelievable privilege of playing on the huge pipe organ at Dordt College for the talent show.  My choice, which I invited the audience to join in singing, was that beloved version of Psalm 103, “O Come, My Soul.”  If the voices of God’s people in heaven sound anything like this, I know I will be fully satisfied.

Blessings!

–MRK

3 Responses to “Resource Roundup”


  1. 1 josh May 26, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Protestant Reformed channel, not presbyterian. I’m not too offended though, presbyterian isn’t a bad thing to be called 🙂

    Thanks for linking to our channel!

    • 2 Michael Kearney May 26, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      My hearty apologies. It’s fixed now. I guess it’s one of the drawbacks of having so many different denominations with similar names. 🙂 Thanks for your work with the choir. I especially liked the rendition of Psalm 8, which I just listened to last night. Excellent work!

      In Christ’s service,

      –Michael Kearney


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