The 6 Hymns Sung at Pastor Tim Keller's Memorial Service
Tim Keller, an influential author and pastor known for his dedication to urban ministry, died on May 19, 2023, after a years-long battle with pancreatic cancer. A memorial service was held at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City in his honor on Tuesday, August 15.
During the service, Keller, the long-time pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, was remembered as a humble servant and a dedicated student of God’s Word.
In an article written by the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center Director Francis Collins for Christianity Today, Collins recalled asking Keller one Saturday in April near the end of his chemotherapy treatment stint at the NIH hospital if he’d like to hold an impromptu service in the hospital’s atrium. Keller said yes. Collins then asked Keller if he had any favorite hymns to suggest. Again, Keller said yes.
“Let’s sing six hymns in a particular order, because they tell the whole story of Christian faith and God’s care for us,” Collins recalled Keller saying.
Those same hymns were sung at Keller’s memorial service earlier this month.
Here are the six hymns sung at late pastor Tim Keller’s memorial service:
1. “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise” by Walter C. Smith (1867)
2. “And Can It Be That I Should Gain” by Charles Wesley (1738)
3. “How Firm a Foundation” by Robert Keen (1787)
4. “Jesus Lives and So Shall I” by Christian F. Geller ( 1757)
5. “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken” by John Newton (1779)
6. “For All the Saints” by William Walsham How (1864)