Whether you are a regular church-goer, a once-in-a-whiler on special occasions, or don’t go, won’t go, it’s likely you have a favourite hymn.

The hymn may remind you of school assembly, a key moment in your life, or a rousing sporting occasion. It will be something poetic, literary and emotional, as well as spiritual and which, when sung, unites a congregation, whether that be in church, a football stadium or the Royal Albert Hall.

Red skies over Burton (credit: Lee Jane Hawkes)

Marje Caie, our Benefice Worship Leader, recently asked Burton to nominate their favourite hymns. Listed here in alphabetical order are the hymns chosen by our village. Click on each link to view on YouTube.

  1. All things bright and beautiful
  2. Be still for the presence of the Lord
  3. Dear Lord and Father of mankind
  4. I vow to thee my country
  5. Praise my soul the King of Heaven
  6. Guide me o thy great redeemer
  7. Great is thy faithfulness
  8. Jerusalem
  9. The Lord is my shepherd
  10. We plough the fields and scatter
St Mary’s Church

Is your favourite hymn missing from this list?

Get in touch. Make your nomination in the Leave a Reply section below.


Lee Jane Hawkes · 05/21/2023 at 7:23 pm

A wonderful service led by Marje Caie today! It was so lovely to hear and sing some favourite hymns.

    Amanda Read · 05/22/2023 at 6:47 am

    Absolutely agree, Lee Jane.

    Our Benefice Worship Leader, Marje Caie, brings warmth and plainspokenness to her role. She may be new in post, but she has lived in Burton for around a quarter of a century and has been involved with St Mary’s Church for most of that time.

    For me, as I’m sure for other congregants, the service felt very personal and relevant. And what better way to engage the village than by inviting the people of Burton to nominate their favourite hymn to be sung at this service.

    Go Marje!

Marje · 05/22/2023 at 10:01 am

Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed my short service.
It was lovely to see you both,
a special thank you for coming on your wedding anniversary, Amanda. i hope you enjoyed the rest of your day.
A special thank you to Lee Jane, for making it up to the church without help. Well done!

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