Hymn #180: Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit
Jane Manton Marshall (b. 1924) composed this tune in 1993 for Rusty Edwards’s paraphrase of the Beatitudes. It is named ANNIKA’S DANCE in honor of liturgical dancer Annika Gustafson, who first interpreted the hymn through that art form.
Jane M. Marshall is a well-known educator, composer, and conductor in the United Methodist Church. She chaired the hymnal supplement task force for her denomination and contributed a great deal of liturgical music to The United Methodist Hymnal (1989).