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Epworth Books

New Zealand Hymnbook Trust Music Books & CDs

A bulk discount of 10% is available on purchases of 5 or more copies of a book or CD title.

Trade enquiries are welcome. We are now the wholesale distributors for the Trust.

Hope is our Song

Book $31.00 + p&p

158 hymns, carols and songs by 48 New Zealand writers of words and music.

·         Full keyboard settings for all songs and guitar chords for a selection of songs.

·         340 pp A5 laminated cover, wire binding.

·         Nine indexes at back of book, covering:

·         Forty themes (from Anniversaries to World);

·         The Church's Year (from Advent to All Saints/All Souls);

·         The Worship Service (from Adoration/Praise to Benediction/Blessing);

·         Pastoral/Sacramental Service (including Communion, Naming, Marriage, Union, Commitment, Baptism, Induction etc );

·         Biblical Index (from Genesis to Revelation);

·         Glossary of Maori words;

·         Index of Authors, Translators, Composers and Arrangers;

·         Index of Tunes;

·         First line titles and subtitles.

These Indexes provide an invaluable tool for all who prepare church worship and other spiritual rituals.


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CD $31.00 + p&p

27 songs recorded, with John Rosser conducting, and Michael Bell playing organ and piano accompaniments.

Viva Voce is a leading Auckland-based chamber choir. In mid 2010 it recorded 27 songs from Hope is our Song. With 25 years of performances and recordings to its name, Viva Voce aims for ‘excellence and entertainment’ in their programming, and now, with this CD, the word ‘inspiration’ can be added, completing a trinitarian foundation for their vocal offerings.

John Rosser, the choir’s Musical Director, is conductor, and Michael Bell, organist at St Matthew in the City, Auckland, plays organ and keyboard accompaniments.

Recording engineer, Paul McGlashan, Classic Sound. Recorded at St Michael’s Catholic Church, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand, on 29 July, 3 and 5 August, 2010.

Listen to Samples - mp3 format

Click the link below to hear a short extract from these tracks:

4. Peace Be With You (Shirley Murray/Barry Brinson)

9. Matthew Was A Lonely Man (Colin Gibson/John Gibson)

11. God Of Ages (Jocelyn Marshall/Christopher Marshall)

15. E Te Ariki (Traditional/Wi-Patena Te Pairi)

21. Thank You For The Night (Jenny McLeod)

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Faith Forever Singing

Contributors include Marnie Barrell, Bill Bennett, Jillian Bray, Barry Brinson, Joy Dine, Colin Gibson, Beverley Jones, Judy Mills, Shirley Murray, Ian Render, Cecily Sheehy

Book $28.00 + p&p

Published 2000. Reprinted 2004, 2007 and 2010

·         80 hymns and responses

·         Words, music and guitar chords

·         196 pp A5 laminated cover, wiro binding

·         8 meditations by Joy Cowley

·         poems by James K Baxter and Shirley Murray

·         Foreword - The Rt Hon Sir Michael Hardie Boys

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CD $29.00 + p&p

Released 2000

27 hymns and songs, sung by Wellington adult and youth choirs


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Alleluia Aotearoa

Contributors include Marnie Barrell, Jillian Bray, David Dell, Felicia Edgecombe, Colin Gibson, Guy Jansen, Jenny McLeod, Willow Macky, Douglas Mews, Shirley Murray, Christopher Norton, Ian Render, Cecily Sheehy, Bill Wallace, Radha Wardrop.

Book $29.00 + p&p

Published 1993. Reprinted 1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2010

·         163 hymns and songs

·         words, music and guitar chords

·         288 pp A5 laminated cover, wiro binding

·         The Lord's Prayer in 7 Pacific Island languages
2 poems by Joy Cowley

·         Foreword - The Most Rev Sir Paul Reeves

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CD $29.00 + p&p

22 hymns and songs, recorded in conjunction with Radio New Zealand

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Carol Our Christmas

Participating choirs: Wellington Youth Choir, Kiwikids, Wellington Cathedral Choir, Sings Harry, Wellington Secondary Students’ Choir, Rachel Gillon and Mike Wespel-Rose.

Book $25.00 + p&p
Published 1996

52 carols for a summer Christmas

words, music and guitar chords

126 pp A5 laminated cover, wiro binding

6 Christmas poems by Peter Cape, Joy Cowley, Eileen Duggan and Shirley Murray.

Foreword - Joy Cowley

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CD $29.00 + p&p

Released 1997
24 carols, sung by Wellington adult & youth choirs


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Singalong CDs

Two singalong or ‘karaoke’ CDs providing keyboard accompaniment to hymns and songs by Colin Gibson and Shirley Murray.

The CDs:

  •  support the introduction and learning of new tunes

  •  provide new and contemporary words for New Zealand church and community, and

  •   provide stimulus material for prayers/reflections and sermons

The format for each hymn is that the tune is played first, followed by the whole hymn.

We suggest that users of the CDs become familiar with the material and its format before using them in church worship and other occasions.


Singing Faith CD

$28.00 + p&p

Released 2005

18 hymns and songs by Shirley Erena Murray. Played by Roy Tankersley

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Singing Love CD

$28.00 + p&p

Released 2005

27 hymns and songs by Colin Gibson
played by Colin Gibson

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Hymn for Anzac Day – Sheet Music

$3.00 + p&p

Released 2008


Words: Shirley Erena Murray. Music: Colin Gibson

Text in English and Maori Melody-only & SATB music settings

8 pages staple bound



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