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Last year, right around this time, a good friend remarked to me that we could use a new hymn appropriate for the 4th of July. I’d like to give it a go, but I thought it would be fun to get your input!

Some of my immediate considerations:

  • I would like it to be Scriptural rather than sentimental/patriotic
  • It should apply more broadly than to just our country

What would make the “considerations” list for your ideal July 4th hymn? What ideas, themes, and Scripture texts do you think should be considered? What could the structure of the stanzas be? If it includes a chorus, what should be its “rallying cry?” What word pictures could be used?

I really would welcome your ideas! Leave a reply to this post, or leave a comment on our Facebook or Twitter page.

Also, if you have any phrase, wording, or musical ideas (motifs), send those along as well! If it’s easier, send them by email: paulkeew@gmail.com.

Who knows…maybe by this time next year, some of our churches will be singing a new hymn for July 4th written by, well, us!

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About the Author Paul Keew

Christ-follower, husband, father, composer, hymnwriter, singer, creator of Watchsong.com, fellow-struggler in the fight for joy...all by God's grace.

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