Pam Rhodes goes in search of the secrets of the world's oldest hymn book - the book of Psalms - and with the help of a Rabbi, an MP, and a professional drummer, she discovers how they continue to inspire people today. Hymns based on the Psalms include To God Be The Glory, Great is Thy Faithfulness and The King of Love.
Rabbi Jonathan Romain tells Pam about the Jewish history of the Psalms and why they still inspire people today. He was interviewed at Maidenhead Synagogue. The choir of the synagogue were also seen singing a Psalm in Hebrew.
Jo Whitfield tells Pam how her involvement in the A Rocha Chiltern Gateway Project has inspired her faith and brought alive the words of Psalm 23. Jo was interviewed at Aston Rowant Nature Reserve, Lewknor, Oxfordshire. It is part of the A Rocha Gateway Project, in the Chilterns area of Oxfordshire, run in conjunction with Natural England, Lewknor Parish Church and Lewknor CofE Primary School.
Richard Tanner is Director of Music at Blackburn Cathedral. He explains how important he considers the tradition of Anglican Chant to be in communicating the words of the Psalms. The boy choristers of Blackburn Cathedral are also seen singing Psalm 33. Richard was interviewed in the nave of Blackburn Cathedral.
Terl Bryant is the founder of the worldwide Psalm Drummers movement and explains how the drum was used when the Psalms were first written, and how he gains inspiration from Asaph, one of the writers of the Psalms, who was a drummer.
Isobel McCubbin shares with Pam the inspiration and comfort she received from reading Psalm 41 when her son David was born 15 weeks early. David is now a healthy 13- year-old.
John Battle is Labour MP for Leeds West. He explains to Pam how the Psalms inform his daily political decisions, and how the words of the Psalms are intensely political. He quotes his favourite Psalms, 145 and 146, which speak of releasing prisoners and 'protecting the orphan and the widow'. He also describes how the monastic history of Kirkstall Abbey, in his constituency, gives him inspiration, through the words of the Psalms.
Music one: - based on Psalm 126
Name: Great is thy Faithfulness
Music: W M Runyan (1870-1957)
Words: T O Chisholm (1866-1960)
Music two - a setting of Psalm 100
Name: Jubilate Servite
Music: Jacques Berthier
Words: Psalm 100
Music three - Based on Psalm 23
Name: The King of Love
Music: Boyce and Stanley
Words: H W Baker (1821-77)
Name: Psalm 33
Music: W Russell
Music five - based on Psalm 104
Name: The Splendour of the King (How Great is Our God)
Words andMusic: Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Ed Cash
Name: My Jesus, My Saviour (Shout to the Lord)
Music: Darlene Zschech
Name: O My Soul Arise and bless your maker
Music+Words: Stuart Townend
Music eight - based on Psalm 89
Name: To God be the Glory
Music: W H Doane (1832-1915)
Tune: To God be the Glory
Arranger: Paul Leddington Wright
Words: Fanny Crosby (Frances Van Alstyne 1820-1915)
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