Hymn Notes

Weekly Hymn Notes

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Hymn Notes for July 22, 2018

From The New Century Hymnal Companion, Copyright 1998, The Pilgrim Press.

#1 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

Walter Chalmers Smith (1824-1908) based the words of this hymn on 1 Timothy 1:17 for his 1867 Hymns of Christ and the Christian Life.  It subsequently appeared with Smith’s own revisions in Congregational Hymns (1884), edited by W. Garrett Horder, a Congregational minister in England.

A minister of the Free Church of Scotland, Walter C. Smith served churches in London, Milnathort, Glasgow, and Edinburgh.  His interest in poetry led to the publication of a number of collections, including The Bishop’s Walk (1860) and A Heretic and Other Poems (1891).

This hymn’s tune, ST. DENIO, known in Wales as JOANNA, was based on an old folk melody traditionally sung with words about a cuckoo.  It was modified and first used as a hymn tune by John Roberts in his Canaidaeth y Cysegr (1839).  St. Denio is the Latin form of St. Dennis.

Many Welsh hymn tunes originated from folk songs or ballads that were already familiar in secular settings.  These typically strong tunes adapted well to hymn texts and are often memorable in their predictable structure.  ST. DENIO was first used with this text in The English Hymnal (1906) – a pairing that has proved widely successful for a century.

#438 When Peace, like a River (It Is Well with My Soul)

Horatio G. Spafford (1928-1888) wrote this text as a source of comfort after learning that his four daughters had been drowned when the ship Ville du Havre collided with another ship en route to England in 1873.  Spafford's wife was the only family member on board to survive.

 

Horatio G. Spafford was a Chicago, Illinois, attorney who lost all his holdings in the Chicago fire of 1871.  Yet he helped evangelist Dwight L. Moody rebuild the North Side Tabernacle, the first building reconstructed after this terrible fire.

Philip Paul Bliss (1838-1876) was given this text by Horatio Spafford, his neighbor on May Street in Chicago, Illinois.  Spafford asked him to provide a melody for it.  The resulting song was included in Gospel Hymns No. 2 (1876) complied by Bliss and Ira Sankey.   The tune is named VILLE DU HAVRE after the ship on which Spafford's daughters died.

 

Philip P. Bliss was born in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, on July 9, 1838.  In Chicago, Illinois, he joined the evangelical ministry of Dwight L. Moody and Ira Sankey.  Bliss became one of the most prolific songwriters of his generation.  He and his wife died in 1876 in a train accident in Ohio.

#312 We Love Your Realm, O God

Timothy Dwight (1752-1817) based this text on Psalm 137:5, 6.  He supplied thirty-three metrical versions of psalms that Isaac Watts had not versified in his famous psalter and published them in 1801 along with other texts.  This version is an adaptation made by Lavon Bayler in 1992.

 

Timothy Dwight, a grandson of Jonathan Edwards, assumed the presidency of Yale University in 1795.  A Congregational minister, he prepared a revision of Watts's Psalms of David for the Presbyterian Church, adding thirty-three of his own hymns; the revision came to be known as "Dwight's Watts."  This hymn is a paraphrase of Psalm 137 from the volume.

Aaron Williams (1731-1776) either composed this tune or included it from an anonymous source in his 1763 edition of The Universal Psalmist.  It was later abridged to this form and named ST. THOMAS in his subsequent collection of 1770, New Universal Psalmist.

 

Aaron Williams was born and died in London, England.  In his lifetime, he published a number of books of music for use in singing the psalms, the only acceptable texts fro us in worship during his lifetime.  In addition, he worked as a teacher and music engraver.

Hymns by Title

Hymn Number Title Service Date
#1 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise July 22, 2018
#438 When Peace, like a River (It Is Well with My Soul) July 22, 2018
#312 We Love Your Realm, O God July 22, 2018
#481 As Pants the Hart for Cooling Streams July 15, 2018
#438 When Peace, like a River (It Is Well with My Soul) July 15, 2018
#560 By Whatever Name We Call You July 15, 2018
#9 We Sing to You, O God July 8, 2018
#438 When Peace, like a River (It Is Well with My Soul) July 8, 2018
#521 In Solitude July 8, 2018
#4 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You July 1, 2018
#577 God the Omnipotent! July 1, 2018
#451 Be Now My Vision July 1, 2018
#504 You Walk along Our Shoreline June 24, 2018
#436 God of Grace and God of Glory June 24, 2018
#584 I Am the Light of the World June 24, 2018
#36 To God Compose a Song of Joy June 17, 2018
#407 How Firm a Foundation June 17, 2018
#410 If You But Trust in God to Guide You June 17, 2018
#408 All My Hope on God Is Founded June 10, 2018
#586 Come to Tend God's Garden June 10, 2018
#76 Sent Forth by God’s Blessing June 10, 2018
#66 O Day of Radiant Gladness June 3, 2018
#471 What a Covenant June 3, 2018
#330 Let Us Break Bread Together June 3, 2018
#530 God Our Author and Creator June 3, 2018
#83 I Sing As I Arise Today May 27, 2018
#289 Come Forth, O Love Divine May 27, 2018
#273 Praise with Joy the World’s Creator May 27, 2018
#267 Come, O Spirit, Dwell among Us May 20, 2018
#265 Come, O Spirit, with Your Sound May 20, 2018
#70 God Is Here! As We Your People Meet May 13, 2018
#394 In Christ There Is No East or West May 13, 2018
#70 God Is Here! As We Your People Meet May 13, 2018
#394 In Christ There Is No East or West May 13, 2018
#397 Thank Our God for Sisters, Brothers May 6, 2018
#353 Great Work Has God Begun in You May 6, 2018
#346 Bread of the World, in Mercy Broken May 6, 2018
#575 O for a World April 29, 2018
#391 In the Midst of New Dimensions April 29, 2018
#323 Little Children, Welcome April 22, 2018
#248 Such Perfect Love My Shepherd Shows April 22, 2018
#576 For the Healing of the Nations April 22, 2018
#245 The Day of Resurrection April 15, 2018
#251 I Greet You, Sure Redeemer April 15, 2018
#46 Hope of the World April 15, 2018
#241 Joy Dawned Again on Easter Day April 8, 2018
#274 Womb of Life, and Source of Being April 8, 2018
#78 Part in Peace April 8, 2018
#223 What Wondrous Love Is This April 1, 2018
#233 Christ the Lord Is Risen Today April 1, 2018

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May 20, 2018
May 13, 2018
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May 6, 2018
April 29, 2018
April 22, 2018
April 15, 2018
April 8, 2018
April 1, 2018
March 29, 2018
March 25, 2018
March 18, 2018
March 11, 2018
March 4, 2018
February 28, 2018
February 25, 2018
February 21, 2018
February 18, 2018
February 14, 2018
February 11, 2018
February 4, 2018
January 28, 2018
January 21, 2018
January 14, 2018
January 7, 2018
December 31, 2017
December 24, 2017
December 24, 2017
December 17, 2017
December 10, 2017
December 3, 2017 Hymn #335: Come, Gather in This Special Place
December 3, 2017
November 26, 2017
November 19, 2017
November 12, 2017
November 5, 2017
October 29, 2017
October 22, 2017
October 15, 2017
October 8, 2017
October 1, 2017
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