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 April 18, 2021

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

#238 Now the Green Blade Rises

John MacLeod Campbell Crum (1872-1958) wrote this Easter text specifically for this old French carol tune.  They were printed together in The Oxford Book of Carols (1928).  Crum appropriated the image of seeds, which appear dead in winter but return to life in spring, as a metaphor for the resurrection.

 

John M. C. Crum was ordained a priest in the Anglican Church in 1900 and rose to be canon of Canterbury, where he served from 1929 to 1943.  Earlier in his career, he had bee chaplain to the Bishop of Oxford, Francis Paget, and later wrote a biography about him.

This fifteenth-century Franch carol is entitled NOEL NOUVELET for the original text.  This melody was the inspiration for Marcel Dupre when composing his "Variations on a Noel."  The harmonization was created by Martin F. Shaw (1875-1958) for The Oxford Book of Carols (1928).

 

Martin F. Shaw co-edited two of the most significant hymn collections of twentieth-century England: Songs of Praise (1925, 1931) and The Oxford Book of Carols (1928).  At the Royal College of Music, Shaw studied under such distinguished composers as Charles V. Stanford, C. H. H. Parry, and Walford Davies.

#313 Like a Tree beside the Waters

James F. D. Martin (b. 1953) wrote this text and a tune he named CAMPBELLSPORT for a church anniversary.  The pastor had been requested to provide a text based on Jeremiah 17.  It was first sung on the opening Sunday of the church’s celebration in January and then throughout the year of 1993.
           

 James F. D. Martin, a minister of the United Church of Christ, received his theological education at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, Minnesota.  After serving at two other churches, he joined his wife as co-pastor of Saron UCC in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, in 1983.
 

Rowland Hugh Prichard (1811-1887) composed this tune and included it in his Cyfaill y Cantorion “The Singer’s Friend), which was published in 1844 to provide more-appropriate music for Sunday-school songs.  The tune HYFRYDOL means “pleasant” and “melodious” in Welsh.
            

Rowland H. Prichard worked in the textile industry but enjoyed composing church music as his hobby.  His simple yet powerful tunes were typical of his native Wales.  The churches in Wales encourage singing, often a capella, and Welsh choirs produce a sound unlike any found elsewhere.

Hymns by Title

Hymn Number Title Service Date
#238 Now the Green Blade Rises April 18, 2021
#313 Like a Tree beside the Waters April 18, 2021
#241 Joy Dawned Again on Easter Day April 11, 2021
#292 Breathe on Me, Breath of God April 11, 2021
#249 Peace I Leave with You, My Friends April 11, 2021
#237 I Come to the Garden Alone (In the Garden) April 4, 2021
#198 Lift High the Cross April 4, 2021
#222 My Song Is Love Unknown April 3, 2021
#213 Hosanna, Loud Hosanna March 28, 2021
#451 Be Now My Vision March 21, 2021
#25 O God, Our Help in Ages Past March 14, 2021
#401 O God in Whom All Life Begins March 7, 2021
#202 O God, How We Have Wandered February 17, 2021
#320 Deep in the Shadows of the Past February 14, 2021
#588 Let Justice Flow like Streams February 14, 2021
#50 I Sing the Praise of Love Almighty February 7, 2021
#534 O God of Strength February 7, 2021
#166 Immortal Love, Forever Full January 31, 2021
#291 O God the Creator January 31, 2021
#43 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling January 24, 2021
#531 God, Speak to Me, That I May Speak January 24, 2021
#576 For the Healing of the Nations January 17, 2021
#593 Lift Every Voice and Sing January 17, 2021
#170 Your Ways Are Not Our Own January 10, 2021
#328 Wonder of Wonders, Here Revealed January 10, 2021
#154 Go Tell It on the Mountain January 3, 2021
#584 I Am the Light of the World January 3, 2021
#143 On Christmas Night All Christians Sing December 27, 2020
#164 Arise, Your Light Is Come December 27, 2020
#132 Joy to the World! December 24, 2020
#128 In the Bleak Midwinter December 24, 2020
#126 Angels, from the Realms of Glory December 24, 2020
#131 It Came upon the Midnight Clear December 24, 2020
#127 Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming December 24, 2020
#145 Once in Royal David's City December 24, 2020
#130 From Heaven unto Earth I Come December 24, 2020
#144 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing December 24, 2020
#135 Adeste Fideles (O Come, All You Faithful) December 24, 2020
#134 Silent Night, Holy Night December 24, 2020
#110 Now Bless the God of Israel December 20, 2020
#109 With Joy Draw Water December 20, 2020
#119 My Soul Gives Glory to My God December 13, 2020
#105 Gentle Joseph, Joseph Dear December 13, 2020
#104 We Hail You God’s Anointed December 6, 2020
#418 My Faith, It Is an Oaken Staff December 6, 2020
#120 There's a Voice in the Wilderness November 29, 2020
#114 Return, My People November 29, 2020
#420 We Praise You, O God November 22, 2020
#422 Come, O Thankful People, Come November 22, 2020
#294 There’s a Spirit in the Air November 15, 2020

Hymns by Date

Service Date
April 18, 2021
April 11, 2021
April 4, 2021
April 3, 2021 Hymn #222: My Song Is Love Unknown
March 28, 2021 Hymn #213: Hosanna, Loud Hosanna
March 21, 2021 Hymn #451: Be Now My Vision
March 14, 2021 Hymn #25: O God, Our Help in Ages Past
March 7, 2021 Hymn #401: O God in Whom All Life Begins
February 17, 2021 Hymn #202: O God, How We Have Wandered
February 14, 2021
February 7, 2021
January 31, 2021
January 24, 2021
January 17, 2021
January 10, 2021
January 3, 2021
December 27, 2020
December 24, 2020
December 20, 2020
December 13, 2020
December 6, 2020
November 29, 2020
November 22, 2020
November 15, 2020
November 8, 2020
November 1, 2020
October 25, 2020
October 18, 2020
October 11, 2020
October 4, 2020
September 27, 2020
September 20, 2020
September 13, 2020
September 6, 2020
August 30, 2020
August 23, 2020
August 16, 2020
August 9, 2020
August 2, 2020
July 26, 2020
July 19, 2020
July 12, 2020
July 5, 2020
June 28, 2020
June 21, 2020
June 14, 2020
June 7, 2020 Hymn #570: We Shall Overcome
May 31, 2020
May 24, 2020
May 17, 2020
May 10, 2020
May 3, 2020
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