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 January 17, 2021

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

#576 For the Healing of the Nations

Frederik Herman Kaan (b. 1929) wrote this text in 1965 for a Human Rights Day service at Pilgrim Church, Plymouth, England, where he was serving as pastor.  His most widely sung hymn, it was also used at the twenty-fifth anniversary of the United Nations.

Fred Kaan was born in Haarlem, The Netherlands, and became a minister of the Congregational Church Union of England and Wales (a forerunner of the United Reformed Church).  He has written more the two hundred hymns, often using the themes of ecumenism and concern for the powerless.  Kaan served on the staff of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches.
 
Henry Purcell (1659-1695) composed this melody as a choral anthem in the seventeenth century.  Sydney Nicholson adapted it as a hymn tune and titled it WESTMINSTER ABBEY for the famous London church where Purcell was organist from 1679 until his death in 1695.
 

Henry Purcell is believed to have been born in London, England, in 1659.  He died at Dean’s Yard, Westminster, London, on November 21, 1695.  Purcell had been organist at Westminster Abbey since 1679 and gained a reputation as one of England’s greatest composers.

#593 Lift Every Voice and Sing

James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) earned two degrees at Atlanta University and became a public-school teacher and principal in Jacksonville, Florida.  He wrote this text for a celebration commemorating Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on February 12, 1921, and it was performed by schoolchildren.
 

James Weldon Johnson, a multitalented poet, lawyer, and diplomat, served as the first national executive secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and this anthem became that organization’s official song.  Johnson also founded the first African American newspaper, the Daily American.
 

John Rosamond Johnson (1873-1954) composed this tune, called LIFT EVERY VOICE, for his brother’s text.  He collected and published a number of important collections of African American songs and hymn tunes in addition to performing on the stage, composing, and directing musicals.
 

J. Rosamond Johnson was educated at the New England Conservatory of Music and studied further in Europe.  From 1896 until 1908, he served as supervisor of music for the public school system of Jacksonville, Florida.  Collecting African American music was his lifelong pursuit.

Hymns by Title

Hymn Number Title Service Date
#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
#538 Standing at the Future’s Threshold November 15, 2020
#571 O God of Love, O God of Peace November 8, 2020
#575 O for a World November 8, 2020
#295 I Sing a Song of the Saints of God November 1, 2020
#299 For All the Saints November 1, 2020
#50 I Sing the Praise of Love Almighty October 25, 2020
#465 Teach Me, O Lord, Your Holy Way October 25, 2020
#28 For the Beauty of the Earth October 18, 2020
#177 God of Change and Glory October 18, 2020
#1 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise October 11, 2020
#586 Come to Tend God's Garden October 11, 2020
#30 Colorful Creator October 4, 2020
#495 Called as Partners in Christ’s Service October 4, 2020
#8 Praise to the Living God September 27, 2020
#573 Lead On Eternal Sovereign September 27, 2020
#24 Yigdal elohim Chai (The God of Abraham Praise) September 20, 2020
#473 Blessed Assurance September 20, 2020
#396 Where Charity and Love Prevail September 13, 2020
#547 Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound September 13, 2020
#314 Community of Christ September 6, 2020
#516 O Grant Us, God, a Little Space September 6, 2020

Hymns by Date

Service Date
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
April 26, 2020
April 19, 2020
April 12, 2020
April 9, 2020
April 5, 2020
March 29, 2020
March 22, 2020
March 15, 2020
March 8, 2020
March 1, 2020
February 26, 2020
February 23, 2020
February 16, 2020
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