Hymn Notes

Weekly Hymn Notes

Learn about the origin of  hymns, lyrics, and melodies, and other music that will be used during Sunday worship service. Contact Don De Bruin, Director of Music Ministries for more information at 608.233.9751.

Hymn Notes for August 20, 2017

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

#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.

#175 O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come

Fred Pratt Green (1903-2000) wrote the first draft of this hymn overnight when the committee for Hymns and Songs (1969) could not find a suitable hymn on the subject of the healing ministry of Jesus.  Originally entitled "A Prayer for Wholeness," it was one of the first modern texts to deal with mental and physical health.

 

Fred Pratt Gree was the son of a leather manufacturer, and he worked beside his father in this business for four years.  At one time, Green planned to become an architect.  At Didsbury Theological College in Manchester, England, he wrote his first play, Farley Goes Out, as well as his first hymn.

Richard W. Gieseke (b. 1952) composed the tune KENTRIDGE in 1988.  At the time, he was serving as a teacher and director of music at Word of Life Lutheran School in St. Louis, Missouri.  In addition, he has worked as minister of music for various churches in the St. Louis area.

 

Richard Gieseke was born May 15, 1952, in Elgin, Illinois.  He attended Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois, where he studied with Richard Hillert and Carl Schalk, earning both bachelor's and master's degrees.  In 1989, he joined the editorial services department of the Concordia Publishing House.

#394 In Christ There Is No East or West

John Oxenham (1852-1941) wrote this hymn as part of “The Pageant of Darkness and Light,” which was presented at the London Missionary Exhibition in 1905.  The pageant was a major attraction of that month-long event and later toured Europe and the United States.

John Oxenham was born as William Arthur Dunkerley in Manchester, England, on November 12, 1852.  He used a pen name because he was a successful businessman in England and France.  Oxenham eventually turned to writing full-time, producing over forty novels and twenty other works of poetry and prose.

Harry T. Burleigh (1866-1949) adapted this tune from a spiritual, “I Know the Angel’s Done Changed My Name,” for use with Oxenham’s text.  It is named MCKEE for the minister of St. George’s Protestant Episcopal Church in New York City.  Burleigh, grandson of a Maryland slave, was baritone soloist at this church for fifty-two years.

Harry T. Burleigh was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, and began his musical career as a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral there.  He rose to be one of the greatest singers of his day, accompanying Booker T. Washington on his fund-raising trips and singing for King Edward VII.  Burleigh was the composer of songs and anthems, including “Deep River,” and a founder of ASCAP.

Hymns by Title

Hymn Number Title Service Date
#312 We Love Your Realm, O God August 20, 2017
#175 O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come August 20, 2017
#394 In Christ There Is No East or West August 20, 2017
#51 O Sing a Song of Bethlehem August 13, 2017
#411 Praise the Source of Faith and Learning August 13, 2017
#23 There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy August 6, 2017
#330 Let Us Break Bread Together August 6, 2017
#401 O God in Whom All Life Begins August 6, 2017
#404 Give Up Your Anxious Pains August 6, 2017
#4 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You July 23, 2017
#237 I Come to the Garden Alone (In the Garden) July 23, 2017
#594 How Beautiful, Our spacious Skies July 23, 2017
#426 O God, Whose Steadfast Love July 16, 2017
#607 We Would Be Building July 16, 2017
#293 Sweet, Sweet Spirit July 16, 2017
#539 Won’t You Let Me Be Your Servant July 9, 2017
#583 Like a Mother Who Has Borne Us July 9, 2017
#68 God Is Truly with Us July 2, 2017
#26 We Worship You, God July 2, 2017
#335 Come, Gather in This Special Place July 2, 2017
#81 God Be with You July 2, 2017
#28 For the Beauty of the Earth June 25, 2017
#50 I Sing the Praise of Love Almighty June 25, 2017
#589 Let There Be Light, O God of Hosts June 25, 2017
#569 Touch the Earth Lightly June 18, 2017
#30 Colorful Creator June 11, 2017
#558 O How Glorious, Full of Wonder June 11, 2017
#278 Creator God, Creating Still June 11, 2017
#261 Let Every Christian Pray June 4, 2017
#265 Come, O Spirit, with Your Sound June 4, 2017
#342 Be Known to Us in Breaking Bread June 4, 2017
#282 Every Time I Feel the Spirit June 4, 2017
#261 Let Every Christian Pray June 4, 2017
#268 Creator Spirit, Come, We Pray June 4, 2017
#342 Be Known to Us in Breaking Bread June 4, 2017
#282 Every Time I Feel the Spirit June 4, 2017
#26 We Worship You, God May 28, 2017
#316 We Limit Not the Truth of God May 28, 2017
#542 Born of God, Eternal Savior May 28, 2017
#234 I'll Shout the Name of Christ Who Lives May 21, 2017
#584 I Am the Light of the World May 21, 2017
#353 Great Work Has God Begun in You May 21, 2017
#243 Alleluia! Alleluia! Hearts to Heaven May 14, 2017
#493 O Jesus, I Have Promised May 14, 2017
#461 Let Us Hope When Hope Seems Hopeless May 14, 2017
#245 The Day of Resurrection May 7, 2017
#487 Surely No One Can Be Safer May 7, 2017
#332 As We Gather at Your Table May 7, 2017
#248 Such Perfect Love My Shepherd Shows May 7, 2017
#55 Rejoice, You Pure in Heart April 30, 2017

Hymns by Date

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August 20, 2017
August 13, 2017
August 6, 2017
July 23, 2017
July 16, 2017
July 9, 2017
July 2, 2017
June 25, 2017
June 18, 2017 Hymn #569: Touch the Earth Lightly
June 11, 2017
June 4, 2017
June 4, 2017
May 28, 2017
May 21, 2017
May 14, 2017
May 7, 2017
April 30, 2017
April 23, 2017
April 16, 2017
April 13, 2017
April 13, 2017
April 9, 2017
March 26, 2017
March 19, 2017
March 12, 2017
March 5, 2017
March 1, 2017
February 26, 2017
February 12, 2017
February 5, 2017
January 29, 2017
January 22, 2017
January 15, 2017
January 8, 2017
January 1, 2017
December 25, 2016
December 24, 2016
December 18, 2016
December 4, 2016
November 27, 2016
November 20, 2016
November 13, 2016
November 6, 2016
October 30, 2016
October 23, 2016
October 16, 2016
October 9, 2016
October 2, 2016
September 25, 2016
September 18, 2016
September 11, 2016
September 4, 2016
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