A small group gathered at Leeds Minster on July 2nd and 3rd to record all twelve new hymns for our Hymns for Our Contemporary World project. We had a great time, and I'm confident that the high-quality recordings will prove a valuable and popular resource for churches across the UK, and beyond, with two of the entries from US writers. 

A reminder of the twelve hymn titles:

O God of boundless hope - Brian Davis. Released 1st September 2021. Click here to access lyrics & resources. Other hymns below will be released during September.

When our lives are empty, aching - Donald Wetherick

Look Down, O Lord, and See - Laurie F. Gauger

Redeemer and Lord of the earth - Christopher Idle

O God of strength and everlasting kindness - Lucy Hannah Mills

Look On My Heart - Kate Bluett/Keiko Ying

We are called to welcome strangers - Simon Hancock/Sheena Evans

Prayer for our nation - Rosamund Dakin

You came to raise the last and least - Ally Barrett

Will We See Christ? - Fiona Lloyd

You made a universe so full of wonder - Ally Barrett. Released 1st September 2021. Click here to access lyrics & resources. Other hymns in this collection will be released during September.

A thousand voices clamour - Martin Leckebusch

Do look out for all the new pieces as they appear on our website during September.

Roger Peach, Jubilate Editorial Co-ordinator,

E: roger@jubilate.co.uk   W: www.jubilate.co.uk


Background to the project:

Hymns for Our Contemporary World: a new collection of hymns addressing some of the dominant themes of our contemporary world.

  • Social justice

  • Racial equality

  • Mental health

  • Refugee crisis

  • Environment

  • Societal divisions

  • Global pandemic

  • Isolation

  • Truth

The collection will comprise around a dozen new hymns, chosen by the Jubilate editorial team. It will be published on the Jubilate website with scores, recordings and lyric videos. The recordings and videos will also be available on streaming services.

“This is one of the most innovative and important projects in the current hymn-writing world. It is sorely needed, and will enrich the contemporary’s Church’s worship in countless ways.”

Revd Professor Jeremy Begbie, Duke University

29 January 2021
The website submissions window opens.

5 April 2021
The website submissions window closes.

April - June 2021
Jubilate editorial team assesses and selects pieces for the collection. This will involve a process of revision in collaboration wih the writer. Tunes may also be commissioned at this stage, where appropriate.

July 2021
The pieces are recorded with a small ensemble of singers and musicians.

September 2021
The new collection is published.