Passover article updated

The article on Passover has been updated by the addition of an excellent reference written by Homer Kizer, which we recommend, in which he calculates the dates of Christ’s Last Supper, crucifixion and resurrection vis-a-vis the Old Testament calendar, the probable dates of Jewish observances in the year 31 CE, and his re-reading of prophecy.  This is important for disciples […]

We are entering the annual period where the High Holy Days are concentrated into a short span.

For this year’s Passover service, our fellowship will use:

For the first day of Unleavened Bread, we’ll sing

For the Wave Sheaf offering, we plan to use

And for the last day of Unleavened Bread,

Here is a calendar of the High Holy Days for 2016.



To improve response and save bandwidth, large .PNG images were replaced with smaller files.  Resolution is unchanged but we shrank the files about 25-50% by using a more efficient graphics coding.


Guitar option added 1

We have begun updating the hymnal so that many of the tunes can be accompanied on guitar.  Songs that include chord names and/or guitar tabs are marked with a guitar icon.  In some cases the guitar lead sheet will be in a different key from the piano/choir sheet to make the chords more convenient.  The guitarist who wants to match […]

New content: Presentations

Dear Friends, The hymnal website is growing with today’s addition of a slide-show style presentation called Understanding the Festivals of God, Introduction and Background.  We hope to add more of these, covering each of the High Sabbaths individually, but as we embarked upon the task, material that was common across all the holy days emerged first. Our background suggests a […]

Hymn Additions – December 1, 2015

This week two hymns were added: In Heavenly Love Abiding.  There are many musical settings for these words; our favorite is the chorale Herzlich Tut Mich Verlangen as harmonized in J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (1729).  This chorale also offers several sets of words—O Sacred Head Now Wounded—and others, but an editorial decision was needed. Your Word is a Lamp.  […]

Hymnal Additions – November 25, 2015

Three original new songs were added to the hymnal this week: In This World (Shadows of Things to Come) Blessed Are They Who Do His Commandments – an 1884 text set to new music Magnify God, Sing His Praise Together – a versification of Psalm 34 We often ponder the purpose of music, and are reminded of several verses: “Sing […]

Hymnal Additions – November 18, 2015

There were several noteworthy recent additions to the Hymnal: Your Name Resounds in All the Earth, a completely new versification of Psalm 8 with original music.  What is man, that God is mindful of him? Expressing wonder and awe at His creation and His loving plan. Lord, I Want to Keep the Sabbath … to be more loving … to […]

New hymns posted

Dear Friends, The hymnal has been updated with several new original hymns, in keeping with our goal of compiling a useful library of Bible-based hymns for The Philadelphia Church. Seek Him, the Maker of the Stars (Amos 5:8, 5:24, 4:13) We Thank the Lord, for He is Good (Psalm 136) We have also added a low-graphics page for every hymn, […]

Grace and Truth and Love Abounding – new

This new hymn — Grace and Truth and Love Abounding — has quickly become a favorite.  The melody is modelled after the form of a plainsong with an Alleluia refrain, so it is especially singable.  It’s about Christ Jesus, Son of Man, Son of God, Redeemer, King, light in the darkness, Alpha and Omega — so it might suit Wave […]

Inherit the Heavenly Kingdom

A joyful, uplifting new song, Inherit the Heavenly Kingdom, is in the library.  It describes God’s heavenly kingdom, and how to get there.  Jesus, our Redeemer, desires to bring all of his sheep with him — Hallelujah!  First publication. Editor

new song Manna, Manna

A new song, Manna, Manna, is in the hymnal at  This hymn would fit Passover, Unleavened Bread, or Pentacost.  It’s also a nice hymn for children.  The lyrics are a versification based on John 6:31-44, Col 3:1-16, Deu 8:3, and 1 Corinthians 10:1-3.  The lyrics try to make the connection between the physical (bread, water) preceding the spiritual (Jesus, […]

New hymn: Behold the Promised Land

Newly published:  Behold the Promised Land, written for The Philadelphia Church. This hymn is on the sobering topic of The Day of the Lord, a versification of Haggai 2:6-9, Hebrews 12:26, Malachi 3:1-3, Amos 9:9, and Proverbs 1:4.  We can’t recall any other hymns addressing this subject, although passages on the Lord’s destruction of the wicked and His to intention […]

New website launched

Dear friends of The Philadelphia Church, A new website — — a music ministry of The Philadelphia Church — has been launched.  Site construction is ongoing.  This message is simply to inform you that the new resource has taken shape to the point where it may be useful to some, and invite feedback. Announcements and blog posts will be […]