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Featured Song: Praise the Lord, All the Earth (Psalm 104)

Today’s featured song is from Celtic Psalms (Volume 1): Praise the Lord, All the Earth (Psalm 104)




Click on the Youtube link and listen while you read…









Words: Kiran Young Wimberly, based on Psalm 104


Music: Thughamar Féin an Samhradh Linn (Traditional, arr. Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin and Kiran Young Wimberly)


History of Air: Thughamar Féin an Samhradh Linn is a traditional melody originating from the Armagh area of the Oriel region in Northern Ireland. The melody is one of the oldest song types in the Irish song tradition and was rediscovered in an archive by the wonderful traditional singer and scholar of traditional song, Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin (see her fascinating book A Hidden Ulster: People, song and traditions of Oriel). It was traditionally sung in May to mark the arrival of spring. I was inspired by her version of this song, which appears on her 2002 album An Dealg Óir.


Psalm 104: This psalm is known as one of the creation stories within scripture. It tells of God creating the foundations of the world, the elements of nature, and the creatures that dwell on the earth. In this psalm, the whole earth seems to be singing its praise to the Creator God. God creates this beautiful world that we can enjoy, and God also provides for all living creatures – springs for the animals to drink from, grass for the cattle to eat, trees in which the birds can build their nests. And for humans, God provides food from the soil, fruit from the vine “to gladden the human heart” (NRSV), bread to strengthen us, the sun and moon to mark the passage of days and seasons, and even the spirit of life within us. Through this psalm, we’re reminded of the majesty of creation – its intricacy and vastness – but also of our unique place within it. All that we have comes from God, right down to our very breath. And so, with the rest of creation, we sing this refrain: “Praise the Lord, all the earth.”


How to Use This Song: This is a wonderful gathering song. It can be used as a Call to Worship with a leader singing the first and third lines of each verse and the congregation singing the repeated second and fourth lines “Praise the Lord, all the earth” – or, the congregation can sing the entire song as a hymn. For instrumentation, we have vocal harmonies, guitar chords, instrumentation, and piano accompaniment in our GIA songbook. Even without a full band, I love having a stringed instrument weave throughout the song, whether a cello (on our CD) or a fiddle (as in the youtube recording above). On a Sunday focusing on this psalm, I have used the last few verses (see below) as a sung response of thanksgiving in place of the doxology.


All of these good things you have created
Praise the Lord, all the earth
You give us breath, new life to all
Praise the Lord, all the earth


Glory to God forever and ever
Praise the Lord, all the earth
I’ll sing to God all of my living
Praise the Lord, all the earth


Personal Note: Some of the most sacred moments in our concerts or worship services come as we sing the last verse, “Glory to God forever and ever,” a capella. There is something quite moving about the words combined with the soaring melody, especially when a congregation is singing in full voice. It’s an uplifting way to begin a time of worship.




Songbook Published by GIA here

CD Available here

Purchase Mp3 Bundle here

Lyrics on our website here


Hear us sing Praise the Lord, All the Earth in a Vespers service at the Calvin Worship Symposium, Jan 2017 (scroll to min 8:45)


How have you used this song? Or, if you haven’t tried it yet, how do you think you might incorporate it into a worship service? We would love to hear! 


Celtic Psalms at Calvin Worship Symposium, Jan 2017


We were incredibly honored to have been invited to lead worship and teach our songs at the Calvin Worship Symposium last week in Grand Rapids, MI. What an uplifting week! We led two Vespers services for around 800 people per night, as well as two informal workshops teaching Celtic Psalms arrangements for congregational song. We then helped to lead worship on Sunday morning at First Congregational Church, Kalamazoo, MI, and shared our psalms at an evening service at Woodlawn CRC, Grand Rapids, MI. Along the way, we made some new musical friends and enjoyed some picturesque, wintry Michigan weather! Looking forward to our next Midwestern tour, someday…


View our Thursday Vespers service here:

Celtic Psalms Vesper Video – Calvin Symposium 2017


Also, new resources from GIA were released at the Symposium – and they SOLD OUT of what they had brought with them! If you’d like to order choral or congregational arrangements, including instrumental parts, vocal harmonies, guitar chords, and freshly composed piano accompaniment, go to GIA’s website:

Celtic Psalms – GIA Resources for Churches


See also these articles put together by the Symposium regarding the background of the Celtic Psalms project in Northern Ireland:

Kiran Young Wimberly on the Celtic Psalms project

Singing Celtic Psalms in Northern Ireland




Upcoming Concerts – Northern Ireland Summer 2016

Dungannon poster

Upcoming Concerts in Northern Ireland!


23rd June Thursday – The Square Box, Dungannon, 8pm – FREE ADMISSION



Armagh poster

25th June Saturday – Armagh Theatre 8pm – £10 entry



And – in the Cavan area – a concert at 3:30pm on Sunday the 26th! email if you would like to attend.


Video from Celtic Psalms Northeast US Tour

We had a delightful tour of the Northeast US in March! Thanks to all who contributed to and supported our tour. We hope to do it again! Here is a youtube playlist of songs we performed along the way.






Celtic Psalms Northeast US Tour – March 2016 – Dates and Venues





Friday, March 4th at 7pm – Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ


Saturday, March 5th at 1:30pm – Doe Run Presbyterian Church, Coatesville, PA


Sunday, March 6th at 10:30am – Laurel Presbyterian Church, Laurel, MD


Sunday, March 6th at 4pm – St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Alexandria, VA


Wednesday, March 9th at 6pm – Norfield Congregational Church, Weston, CT


Friday, March 11th at 7pm – Wellesley Village Church, Boston, MA


Sunday, March 13th at 3pm – Metro Baptist Church, New York City, NY

Announcing US Tour – And We Need Your Help!

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Press release

Press Release Dec 2015

‘Celtic Psalms: The Lord’s My Shepherd,’ is a second album by Kiran Young Wimberly and the McGrath family. Comprised of Biblical Psalms set to traditional Irish and Scottish melodies, and recorded in Belfast, ‘Celtic Psalms’ is intended not only for meditative listening but to encourage the use of traditional music in worship, across community divides. A reflective and uplifting collection, ‘Celtic Psalms’ was produced by renowned multi-instrumentalist Dónal O’Connor of the respected Belfast bands ‘At First Light’ and ‘Ulaid.’

Kiran Young Wimberly is an American Presbyterian minister who lived in Belfast, Northern Ireland, for over six years until 2013. While serving in congregational and ecumenical ministry in Northern Ireland, Kiran pursued her keen interest in Irish/Scottish traditional song and its connection to spiritual life. Joining the Belfast Trad singing class and the Belfast Singing Circle, Kiran discovered a wealth of traditional airs and tunes from these lands. Over time, she put together a collection of melodies that she believes are particularly suited for use in worship, and paired them with the sacred words of the Psalms.

Upon completing the arrangements, Kiran asked the McGraths, a family from Dungannon, Co. Tyrone with a heavenly yet natural acoustic sound, to join her in recording these Psalms in a traditional/folk style that would be inspiring for personal listening and meaningful for worship. Kiran approached Dónal O’Connor, the highly sought-after producer and fiddle prodigy, to produce and contribute musically to the collection, and together they created an album with soaring Celtic melodies, rich harmonies, and traditional-style instrumentation – a soothing and refreshing version of the Psalms that is both impressive and accessible. They produced their first ‘Celtic Psalms’ album in 2013, and since then their music was featured on Irish national television as well as the BBC documentary, ‘Then Sings My Soul.’ They released their second album in December 2015.

‘Celtic Psalms: The Lord’s My Shepherd’ promises to be a long-standing resource for meditation and worship, with timeless wisdom grounded by ancient airs. With its delicate harmonies and instrumentation, this album evokes the Celtic landscapes of Ireland and Scotland with sincerity, integrity and tenderness, and offers a healing balm much needed in today’s world.