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 30, 2017

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

#55 Rejoice, You Pure in Heart

Edward H. Plumptre (1821-1891) wrote this text for an annual choir festival at Peterborough Cathedral, England, in 1865.  The original poem contained eleven stanzas to allow for the time it would take for the choir to process into the cathedral.

Edward H. Plumptre was a distinguished English scholar, lecturer, and preacher.  During his lifetime, he held posts at King's College, London, Queen's College, Oxford, St. Paul's Cathedral, and served as a professor of New Testament, all in England.

Arthur H. Messiter (1834-1916) named this tune MARION for his mother in 1883.  It has long been associated with this text by Plumptre since the hymn's appearance in Episcopal hymnals of the late nineteenth century.

 

Arthur H. Messiter, English by birth, moved to the United States in 1863.  He served briefly as organist at four different churches in Philadelphia, then moved to Trinity Church, New York City, for the next thirty-one years, where he also led a traditional English men and boys choir.

#410 If You But Trust in God to Guide You

Georg Neumark (1621-1681) wrote this German hymn, "Wer nur den lieben Gott," in 1640.  It was first used at Kiel that winter and at the funeral of King Frederick William 1 of Prussia a century later. Catherine Winkworth (1829-1878) included the translation in her Chorale Book for England (1863).

Georg Newmark was born at Langensalza, Thuringia, in what is now Germany.  The victim of many misfortunes as the result of the Thirty Years' War, Neumark enjoyed some security as a tutor and later librarian and court poet to the Duke of Saxe-Weimar.

Georg Neumark (1621-1681) composed the tune NEUMARK, which was named for him by later hymnal editors, as the setting for his hymn text.  The tune has also been called AUGSBURG and BREMEN.  J.S. Bach borrowed it for eight of his cantatas and a number of other works.

Georg Neumark was born on March 16, 1621, in Langensalza, Thuringia.  He was robbed while on the way to study law at Konigsberg and left destitute.  Neumark turned to teaching to raise tuition money and finally was able to continue his studies in law and poetry.  He died in Thuringia on July 18, 1681.

#391 In the Midst of New Dimensions

Julian Rush (b. 1936) sought to incorporate Native American spiritual imagery with Hebrew imagery in this text, written in 1985.  He had learned about native spirituality from a friend in Colorado.  The text and the tune were created simultaneously.

Julian Rush was born on August 24, 1936, in Meridian, Mississippi, and grew up there.  He was educated at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University (Texas), and the University of Denver, where he earned a master’s degree in drama.

Julian Rush composed the tune NEW DIMENSIONS for his own words.  The hymn was sung four times at a 1985 church conference and was played in a different musical style each time, including Asian, African American, Latin American, and European American, for services reflecting these four cultural traditions.

Julian Rush was named the founding director of the Colorado AIDS Project in 1983.  Ordained to the United Methodist ministry in 1964, he served as youth minister at Fort Worth, Texas, and Colorado Springs, Colorado, and as minister of education at Boulder, Colorado, before joining the AIDS Project.  Our music director, Don DeBruin, while a student at the University of Colorado, worked with Julian at First United Methodist Church in Boulder.

Hymns by Title

Hymn Number Title Service Date
#55 Rejoice, You Pure in Heart April 30, 2017
#410 If You But Trust in God to Guide You April 30, 2017
#391 In the Midst of New Dimensions April 30, 2017
#230 Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain April 23, 2017
#250 Listen to Your Savior Call April 23, 2017
#249 Peace I Leave with You, My Friends April 23, 2017
#237 I Come to the Garden Alone (In the Garden) April 16, 2017
#241 Joy Dawned Again on Easter Day April 16, 2017
#236 Halleluja April 16, 2017
#245 The Day of Resurrection April 16, 2017
#233 Christ the Lord Is Risen Today April 16, 2017
#198 Lift High the Cross April 16, 2017
#202 O God, How We Have Wandered April 13, 2017
#224 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross April 13, 2017
#202 O God, How We Have Wandered April 13, 2017
#224 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross April 13, 2017
#213 Hosanna, Loud Hosanna April 9, 2017
#215 Ride On! Ride On in Majesty April 9, 2017
#223 What Wondrous Love Is This April 9, 2017
#47 O Christ Jesus, Sent from Heaven March 26, 2017
#471 What a Covenant March 26, 2017
#204 "Take Up Your Cross," the Savior Said March 26, 2017
#42 O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing March 19, 2017
#180 Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit March 19, 2017
#193 In the Cross of Christ I Glory March 19, 2017
#44 Beautiful Jesus March 12, 2017
#168 O Radiant Christ, Incarnate Word March 12, 2017
#209 O Love, How Vast, How Flowing Free March 12, 2017
#333 O Bread of Life March 5, 2017
#133 O Little Town of Bethlehem March 5, 2017
#335 Come, Gather in This Special Place March 5, 2017
#202 O God, How We Have Wandered March 5, 2017
#185 Savior, When in Tears and Dust March 1, 2017
#205 Forty Days and Forty Nights March 1, 2017
#99 Abide with Me March 1, 2017
#12 I Sing the Mighty Power of God February 26, 2017
#182 We Have Come at Christ’s Own Bidding February 26, 2017
#404 Give Up Your Anxious Pains February 26, 2017
#309 We Are Your People February 12, 2017
#383 Come, Let Us Join with Faithful Souls February 12, 2017
#436 God of Grace and God of Glory February 12, 2017
#8 Praise to the Living God February 5, 2017
#315 O Word of God Incarnate February 5, 2017
#357 You Are Called to Tell the Story February 5, 2017
#84 This Is the Day January 29, 2017
#590 Spirit of Jesus, If I Love My Neighbor January 29, 2017
#50 I Sing the Praise of Love Almighty January 22, 2017
#170 Your Ways Are Not Our Own January 22, 2017
#181 You Are Salt for the Earth, O People January 22, 2017
#444 We Are Often Tossed and Driven January 15, 2017

Hymns by Date

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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
August 28, 2016
August 21, 2016
August 14, 2016
August 7, 2016
July 31, 2016
July 24, 2016
July 17, 2016
July 10, 2016
July 3, 2016
June 26, 2016
June 19, 2016
June 12, 2016
June 5, 2016
May 29, 2016
May 22, 2016
May 15, 2016
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