Hymn #9: We Sing to You, O God

Gracia Grindal (b. 1943) wrote this text in 1985 at the invitation of the composer Richard Proulx to be sung to his tune CAMANO.  It is based in part on portions of the Song of Moses found in Deuteronomy 32, where God is referred to as "the Rock."


Gracia Grindal was born in Powers Lake, North Dakota, and moved with her family to Salem, Oregon, when she was twelve years old.  Her poetry has appeared in a variety of magazines, including Christian Century, College English, and Dialog.  From 1973 until 1978 she served on the Inter-Lutheran Commission on Worship, which produced the Lutheran Book of Worship (1978).

Richard Proulx (b. 1937) composed the tune CAMANO in 1979.  It appeared with Gracia Grindal's text in A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools (1992), for which Proulx served as musical editor.  Proulx has served the Protestant Episcopal Church as organist and choir director for congregations in Seattle and Chicago.


Richard Proulx has been a consultant to many hymnal compilation committees of the late twentieth century.  A composer of over 250 works for piano and organ, voice, orchestra, documentary films, and commercials, Proulx has also produced two operas - The Pilgrim (1978) and Beggar's Christmas (1989).