In late 2013, several of my pieces were published in Glory to God, the new hymnal of the Presbyterian Church (USA). It's been a pleasure to hear how one particular response, Glory to God, Whose Goodness Shines on Me, has been helping congregations around the country sing their heartfelt joy and praise.
Earlier this month, I received a particularly meaningful testimonial from Dr. Mel Bringle, who served as the chair of the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song, the group that compiled and edited the hymnal. She writes:
"I think about you almost weekly, as Glory to God Whose Goodness Shines continues to be sung with great energy in my home congregation (Trinity Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville, NC), the hands-down favorite of all their hymns from the new hymnal. It is such a favorite, in fact, that it is what we decided to "give up" for Lent. You should have heard the expressions of sadness to have it temporarily omitted from our repertoire, and the joy to hear it return on Easter morning!
Our senior pastor, Mark Stanley, has an egg shaker that he brings to worship so that he can shake along with the rhythms of your Gloria, and several of the children in the congregation get their own egg shakers to join in the festivity! Plus there's a grandmother who sits in a front pew, whose grandson insists on being picked up so that he can "dance" with her during the singing. Your music has truly enlivened our worship."
I'm also pleased to report that Glory to God, Whose Goodness Shines was recently translated into Korean and will be sung at an ecumenical service at Broadway Presbyterian Church on Sunday, May 1. A Spanish translation of the piece is forthcoming.
The original congregational version and an SATB choral arrangement are available for purchase on the Music page of my website alongside other congregational songs, anthems, and choral music. The Korean translation version will be available very soon.