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 March 26, 2017

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

#47 O CHrist Jesus, Sent from Heaven

James W. Crawford (b. 1936) wrote this hymn for the unity of the church as a testimony to the Johannine roots of the United Church of Christ.  It was first sung at Old South Church, Boston, for its 325th anniversary in 1994.  Crawford, minister at Old South for twenty-eight years, made a regular practice of writing new hymns for his congregation at Christmas and Easter.  He retired from Old South Church August 31, 2002.

 

James W. Crawford was born July 17, 1936 in Rochester, New York.  Following completion of his education at Dartmouth College and Union Theological Seminary, he was ordained in 1962 to the Presbyterian ministry and has served urban churches in New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts.

Henry Purcell (1659-1695) composed this music as part of a verse anthem, "O God, thou art my God."  It was arranged as the tune BELLEVILLE for an 1843 hymnal and renamed WESTMINSTER ABBEY in 1939, when used in Hymns Ancient and Modern.  This text may also be sung to the tune HELMSLEY, for which it was originally written.

 

Henry Purcell spent his boyhood as a chorister in the Chapel Royal.  In 1679 he succeeded John Blow as organist of Westminster Abbey, London, England, and stayed in that position until his death sixteen years later.  Purcell was buried at the abbey next to the organ.

#471 What a Covenant

Elisha Albright Hoffman (1839-1929) wrote this hymn in 1887 at the suggestion of A. J. Showalter, a music publisher.  It has been published in more than one thousand music books and translated into nearly every language of the world where Christianity is practiced.

Elisha A. Hoffman was born May 7, 1837, in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania.  He was an ordained Evangelical minister and served churches of several denominations in the Midwest.  Hoffman was an editor for the Evangelical Association Publishing House in Cleveland, Ohio, for more than a decade.
 
Anthony Johnson Showalter (1858-1924) composed the tune LEANING in 1887 and the refrain in 1888.  The tune was inspired in part by letters from two friends, both of whom had been recently widowed.  In his sympathy notes to them, he quoted Deuteronomy 33:27, and he based this gospel song on that verse.
 

A. J. Showalter was born in Rockingham County, Virginia, in 1858.  A composer and music teacher, he formed his own publishing company with branches in Georgia, Texas, and Tennessee and published over one hundred books on music during his life.  He died in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1924.

#204 "Take Up Your Cross," the Savior Said

Charles William Everest (1814-1877) was only nineteen when he wrote this text based on Jesus' response to the disciple Peter's rebuke of him found in Mark 8.  Everest published it that same year along with other poems in Visions of Death and Other Poems (1833).

 

Charles W. Everest was born in East Windsor, Connecticut, and was ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in 1842.  He served only one church in his career--at Hampton, Connecticut, beginning in 1842.  Everest retired to Waterbury, Connecticut, in 1873 and died four years later.

This tune, from The Grenoble Antiphoner, a French work published in 1753, is called DEUS TUORUM MILITUM.  It was a musical setting for a hymn for martyrs in the liturgy of the Latin office.  The opening line of that text can be translated "God, the portion, the crown and reward of your soldiers."

 

The Grenoble Antiphoner of 1753 was a transitional work that helped move French church music from plainchant to more-modern music.  Some of the tunes included in this worshipbook came from secular sources, others from plainsongs.  Many of these hymns were introduced in England in 1851.

Hymns by Title

Hymn Number Title Service Date
#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
#573 Lead On Eternal Sovereign January 15, 2017
#582 O God of Earth and Altar January 15, 2017
#154 Go Tell It on the Mountain January 8, 2017
#584 I Am the Light of the World January 8, 2017
#593 Lift Every Voice and Sing January 8, 2017
#21 God Reigns o’er All the Earth January 1, 2017
#164 Arise, Your Light Is Come January 1, 2017
#417 This Is a Day of New Beginnings January 1, 2017
#143 On Christmas Night All Christians Sing December 25, 2016
#124 Away in a Manger December 25, 2016
#571 O God of Love, O God of Peace December 25, 2016
#132 Joy to the World! December 25, 2016
#116 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel December 24, 2016
#128 In the Bleak Midwinter December 24, 2016
#126 Angels, from the Realms of Glory December 24, 2016
#131 It Came upon the Midnight Clear December 24, 2016
#127 Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming December 24, 2016
#145 Once in Royal David's City December 24, 2016
#130 From Heaven unto Earth I Come December 24, 2016

Hymns by Date

Service Date
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
May 15, 2016
May 8, 2016
May 1, 2016
April 24, 2016
April 17, 2016
April 3, 2016
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