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A Season for Prayer - an original hymn

By Kevin G. Pace (ASCAP), Kathryn W. Hales

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SATB - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Kevin G. Pace (ASCAP), Kathryn W. Hales. Christian, Contemporary Christian, Sacred, Praise & Worship, General Worship. 7 pages. Published by Kevin G. Pace (S0.359627).

Item Number: S0.359627

An original hymn with text by Kathryn W. Hales below.
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A Season forPrayer (Based on D&C68:33 & Teachings ofPresident Joseph Fielding Smith Pgs 279-281)


When is the bestseason for prayer?
When is the time to find the Father there?

It is in themorning before the food we partake;

It is when we’re togetherbefore the family separates.

For the employeeit is before he begins his daily work

That he may dealhonestly and his duty never shirk.

For the shepherdit is when he’s watching o’er his flock of sheep

That each will befed and in safe pastures keep.


It is for thefarmer before he goes into the field

That his cropswill grow with a bounteous yield.

It is for thestudent before entering the school

That he will learnhis lessons well and obey all the rules.

For the doctor itis for wisdom that he may gently heal

Those withinfirmities of body or mind to comfort feel.

It is for theteacher before meeting the eager youth

That she willshare knowledge and always teach the truth.


For the mother itis in her home, be it large or small,

That she may nurtureand nourish with love all within those walls.

The right seasonis in the evening when the day is done

And the familysafely returns at the setting of the sun.

It is kneeling atthe bedside in humble gratitude

For the blessings ofthe day__safety, shelter, food.

It is in times oftrials when extra strength you may need,

It is for courageto stand firm, the Spirit’s voice to heed.


It is always theright season to ponder, kneel and pray

In the morning orthe evening or while traveling on your way.

Right now is theright time, so do not delay,

Right now is theseason, always the season to pray.

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20 Ways to AddVariety to the Singing of Hymns:

1. Sing the hymnswithout any variation whatsoever.

2. Combine hymns intoa medley of hymns.  

3. Change the timesignature of a hymn or a verse or section. For example, a hymn in 3-4 time could be changed to 4-4 time by addingan extra beat to each measure.

4. Men, women, orboth sing one or more verses in unison.

5. The congregationjoins the choir on the final verse or chorus of a hymn. (This is a great way tohelp the congregation become more familiar with lesser-known hymns.)

6. Women sing one ormore verses. Women can sing most hymnsin two parts (soprano and alto) or in three parts (soprano, alto, and tenor).

7. Men sing one ormore verses. Many hymns can be adaptedfor use by men's choirs and quartets. One idea is to arrange the voices in the following manner:

-Baritones (1st basses) sing melody

-1st Tenors sing alto above the melody

-2nd Tenors sing Tenor

-Basses sing Bass

[Men’s’ choir parts are labeled from highest to lowest voices: 1stTenor, 2nd Tenor, 1st Bass (Baritone), and 2ndbass. This is often abbreviated TTBB]. Some high notes may need to beadapted. You may also transpose the hymn to a lower key, adapting the basspart.

8. Men sing the hymnwith the alto part sung below the melody. When this is done, the bass part is optional.

9. Sopranos andtenors sing a duet for one verse.

10. Tenors and bassessing the melody while the sopranos and altos sing the alto part.

11. One section ofthe choir sings the melody while the rest of the choir hums or oohs the otherparts.

12. The accompanistquietly plays a verse on the piano or organ while someone reads the text to theverse.

13. A soloist singsthe melody while the choir hums or oohs the various parts.

14. An instrumentalhymn arrangement is played by the piano or organ while the choir or a soloistsings the melody in unison.

15. A piano duet orpiano-organ duet is played while the choir or a soloist sings the melody inunison.

16. Men and womenalternate singing phrases, in unison or in parts, in a call and responsefashion. For example:

Women: Abide with me; 'tis eventide. The day is past and gone;
Men: The shadows of the evening fall;The night is coming on.
Women: Within my heart a welcomeguest, Within my home abide.

All together: O Savior, stay this night with me;Behold, 'tis eventide.
Women: O Savior, stay this night withme;
Men: Behold, 'tis eventide.

17. Greatly alter thetempo. For example, sing a hymn veryslowly with lots of expression, perhaps pausing briefly at the end of phrasesor sections of music.

18. Alter the tempoof one verse or section of a hymn that is normally sung at a fast tempo. Use the text as your guide.

19. Change a sectionor verse of a hymn to a minor key. Generally, you can flat the 3rd and 6th scaledegrees of a song to accomplish this. Sometimes the 7th degree of the scale will sound better flattedas well. For example, a hymn in the keyof G Major, uses the notes: G-A-B-C-D-E-F#-G. The G Minor scale is: G-A-Bb-C-D-Eb-F#-G (this is known as HarmonicMinor) or G-A-Bb-C-D-Eb-F-G (this is known as Natural Minor). This is a wonderful way to highlight a moresomber text.

20. Sing the wordsfrom one hymn to the music of another. Hymns with similar rhythmic meters sometimes work well with interchangedtexts. (See the meter index at the backof some hymnals).

Several of these ideas came from the preface to Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ ofLatter-day Saints, 1985.

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