Singing a New Song – George Stuart, Australia

George Stuart has written singable hymns with grounded, authentic and original lyrics set to traditional and familiar tunes. He, graciously, has made his work available free on line.  Click here for his website.

His “Singing a New Song” series includes 4 general volumes of new lyrics and 3 volumes (1 for each year) of new lyrics based on the Gospel readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. Indexes help one easily find tunes, titles, first lines and gospel passages used in 280 of the lyrics (George’s favourites).

Hymns for upcoming weeks are listed under “new posts” in the right panel.

A favourite verse of mine is found in his Pentecost hymn “The Second Coming of Christ” (no. 49 in volume 1):

We know our God is present here

When trust and hope replace our fear.

Christ’s ‘second coming’ – it occurs

Whenever love within us stirs.

The full musical scores are included beside the lyrics except when there are copyright law restrictions.

Thanks to George’s generosity, all of the lyrics published on his website are free of any copyright restrictions and limitations and thus are all available for your use.

Born in Victoria, Australia, George lives with his wife, Wendy, in Toronto, New South Wales, Australia.  He received his Bachelor of Divinity at Melbourne University’s Ormond College.  His career has been varied, beginning as an Industrial Chemist, then as a Church Youth Worker and as a clergy person in the Presbyterian and Uniting Churches.  Subsequently he worked as a Personnel Officer/Manager, concluding his employment as a Rehabilitation Consultant.  He and his wife are blessed with four lovely daughters, their partners and six delightful grandchildren.  He has drunk deeply from life’s love and beauty.

George is happy to be contacted directly at george.stuart@exemail.com.au .

George’s hymns posted on Worship Words: