Gather Into One

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Overview

One of the benefits of the multicultural nature of Christianity has been the introduction of the Western church to worship music from around the world. However, while many songs from other parts of the world are now available in Western hymnal collections, little has been written to help church musicians and ministers understand, appreciate, and use these songs in worship. Gather into One fills this void.

In this volume C. Michael Hawn explores the work of five of the most influential global church musicians found in North American hymnals: Pablo Sosa (Argentina), I-to Loh (Taiwan), David Dargie (South Africa), Patrick Matsikenyiri (Zimbabwe), and John Bell (Scotland). Hawn discusses the biographical background of each of these composers and elucidates the meaning of their music within their respective cultures. Having studied global song himself on site throughout the world, Hawn sees this music as a valuable gift from other cultures to our own - sung prayers that can broaden the ways we pray and sing together in corporate worship. His extensive research leads to some intriguing proposals, with Hawn encouraging diverse expressions of worship, endorsing the church musician as a worship "enlivener," and making a case for "polyrhythmic worship" in our churches.

A unique resource, Gather into One demonstrates the spiritual riches to be gained through multicultural worship and makes a concrete contribution toward realizing the worldwide unity of the Christian church.

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Table of Contents

Series Preface
List of Musical Examples and Figures
Preface
1 From Center to Spectrum: Praying and Singing Globally 1
2 The Fiesta of the Faithful: Pablo Sosa and the Contextualization of Latin American Hymnody 32
3 Sounds of Bamboo: I-to Loh and the Development of Asian Hymns 72
4 Singing Freedom: David Dargie and South African Liberation Song 104
5 The Spirit of Ngoma: Patrick Matsikenyiri and Indigenous Song in Zimbabwe 148
6 The Wild Goose Sings: John Bell and the Music of the Iona Community 189
7 Form and Ritual: Sequential and Cyclic Musical Structures and Their Use in Liturgy 224
8 The Church Musician as Enlivener 241
9 Polyrhythmic Worship 271
Bibliography 279
Index of Names 299
Index of Subjects 302
Index of Hymns, Hymn Tunes, and Musical Works 306
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