Hymn: God be with you till we meet again
Arriving Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts take their displays to their den's exhibit table. Sing the Thanksgiving hymn, “We Gather Together" (post the words on a Make it a speed contest, counting the number of skips each den champ can make “And now may the Great Master of all Scouts be with us till we meet again. Book: Hymnal; Hymn Number: ; Music: William G. Tomer, – Text: Jeremiah E. Rankin, – Scriptures: 2 Thessalonians , Numbers. God be with you till we meet again; By His counsels guide, uphold you, With His sheep in love enfold you; God be with you till we meet again. Till we meet, till we .
Thus, there are several hymns that will likely be dropped for being obsolete in the current Church. Finally, there are issues of copyright and licensing.
God Be with You Till We Meet Again
Many Latter-day Saints have probably noticed this when trying to use phones or tablets for hymns in sacrament meeting and found that they could not access them. Rumor has it that some of the copyright deals that the Church has negotiated in the past for hymns are expiring and that they may not be willing to renegotiate them. Whatever the case, the Church has mentioned that one reason for the new hymn book is to resolve copyright issues from foreign translation restrictions and to provide more consistent digital access.
That process may include simply removing some of the more troublesome hymns. Hymns written to praise Utah as Zion or rendered obsolete through changes in Church practices will likely be omitted. The Church has sponsored an annual hymn writing and music arranging competition for decades now that has resulted in a large pool of options that can be drawn from.God Be With You(Till We Meet Again) - Hymn Lyrics & Music
There are several important examples of the last phenomenon. I would expect that most of these newer hymns and songs will be included. New LDS hymns, particularly those already being performed in general conference and sacrament meetings, are likely to be added to the newhymnbook. Image courtesy Wikimedia commons Hymns of Christian Heritage When Emma Smith compiled the first LDS hymnbook inshe relied heavily on both hymns recently written by Mormons and hymns from the broader Christian tradition that she was familiar with.
Every LDS hymnbook since then has been a mix of hymns drawn from other Christian groups and Mormon hymns. I would expect that Christian hymns that are well known to Mormons and a few other new ones that the committee is aware of will become part of the LDS hymnbook. Based on its current popularity among Mormons, inclusion in past hymnbooks and the fact that it is being sung in general conference and LDS congregations, I believe it will make a return though it may go through some minor edits.
LDS hymnbooks have always been a blend of general Christian and uniquely Mormon hymns. There are also many newer Christian hymns that worthy of use. The primary issue will be one of licensing.
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There are thousands of hymns available for use that reflect a commitment to Christ that can be used in Mormon worship services. A big part of the new hymnbook is a push for more hymns in local and international styles. We are behind the curve in producing uniquely Mormon hymns in diverse styles. I have no doubt that there will be some submitted for consideration there were 6, hymns submitted last time there was a general call, and the Church is much larger today, with opportunities for submission around the worldbut there has not been enough time after the Church has indicated an interest in this field of hymns to develop the tradition fully.
Thus, it is likely that for now, we will have to partially rely on efforts by other Christian churches who have produced hymnbooks for use in global church communities in recent years for hymns based outside of European and United States traditions. Oaks indicated that the past 40 years have been a time of fading prejudice against individuals of black African descent in the Church, and it is possible that the new hymnbook will reflect this lessening of prejudice.
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For the current hymnbook, however, the beautiful minor-key tune Kingsfold was paired with the text. The result has been increased popularity for a previously undervalued hymn. Similar changes may be made for hymns currently in the hymnbook by changing hymn tunes.
Historically, minor-keyed hymn tunes were generally excluded from LDS hymnals and tune books to emphasize the joyous nature of the gospel. Original compositions will also provide other minor-keyed hymn tunes for consideration. There is opportunity to include more minor keyed hymns for their contemplative and beautiful nature in the new hymnbook. It is likely that a core of hymns currently included in the hymnbook will carry over, with obsolete and rarely-sung hymns being omitted and new hymns from both the LDS and mainstream Christian faiths being added.
Our inability to reconcile this general desire for peace with our self focus, greed, wastefulness, distrust and disrespect is obvious. Peace is simply not our priority. For those of us with great privilege, this can be fairly easy to disregard. For those without, it is not.
So, where does this hymn fit into all of this? It struck me as I read through the words, that, once again, there are within them such clear instructions of how we take on the great responsibility of being peace makers. It requires effort and sacrifice and kindness and joy and strength.
It is a creative act in the truest sense of the word. We must be the creators of this dream. God be with you till we meet again; Unseen wings, protecting, hide you, Daily manna still provide you; God be with you till we meet again. These words may seem like they are all about what will be done for us, but I kind of think they are encouraging us by showing us what is needed. Encouraging us to be the earthly actors that can guide, uphold, care, protect, provide, love, face death and put unfailing arms around those we meet.
We are always impressed. But what if it was also our own personal philosophy? Maybe not to the whole world, but to ourselves.
God Be with You Till We Meet Again
Creating peace in our immediate spaces would be a powerful act of defiance. We live in a culture that is currently thriving on negativity, on insults, on denigration, on comments that are often hard to read and hear. The act of peace-making defies this trend. It requires us to stand up to disturbingly common injustice, addictive negativity and simple rudeness with the tools of kindness, compassion and strength.