To God Be The Glory

from by Brian Hehn

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This text is John Thornburg's homage to the great gospel hymn "To God Be The Glory." So, the first interval of this tune is also the opening interval of the tune TO GOD BE THE GLORY. To continue the theme of playfulness that John wove into the text, we start this track with the last line of the great hymn before kicking into our Christian folk/rock tune.


To God be the glory for bountiful grace,
for breath-taking wonders on earth and in space,
for dew on the meadows, for cool mountain air,
for moisture and freshness, the signs of God's care.

Sing your praise, Church of God, let the earth hear your voice!
Sing your praise, Church of God, may all people rejoice!
The life-giving freedom of God has arrived.
The future is open. Our God is alive!

To God be the glory for baptismal grace,
for water-marked people alive in this place,
for fountains of mercy which flow from above,
for fresh new beginnings, the signs of God's love.

To God be the glory for Pentecost grace,
for Spirit-led folk from soprano to bass,
for winds that convict us and call us to bless,
for hope-filled tomorrows, the signs of God's "YES."


from Hymns & Songs EP, released March 8, 2017
Tune: Brian Hehn, 2017
Text: John Thornburg, 2013
Piano: Thiago Nascimento
Bass & Guitar: Joe Stobaugh



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Brian Hehn Dallas, Texas

I am the Director of The Center for Congregational Song, which makes me a professional church musician and hymnologist. I am not, however, a professional hymn/song-writer! I compose for my own enjoyment and to feed my soul and never imagined actually putting something out into the world. I hope someone finds some love, inspiration, or usefulness for worship in something I've written. ... more

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