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 24, 2019

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

#68 God Is Truly with Us

Gerhard Tersteegen (1697-1769), a German mystic, published this hymn in 1729.  He translated the words of Labadie from French to German and paraphrased some of the Frenchman’s thoughts for the text.  The English translation is a composite from many sources.

Gerhard Tersteegen gave up a career as a silk weaver to devote his life to his religious calling.  Each year, he traveled to Holland to hold preaching services and help the unfortunate. Tersteegen held large prayer meetings in his home and encouraged the practice of congregational singing.

Joachim Neander (1650-1680) composed WUNDERBARER KÖNIG as the setting for a text he had written, and both were published in 1680.  The tune is sometimes called ARNSBERG.  The melody has undergone many changes from its original form and would hardly be recognized by Neander.

Joachim Neander enjoyed the carefree life of a student while a youth in Bremen, Germany.  He was greatly moved by the preaching of Theodore Undereyck and became a follower of the pietist movement.  Neander was an independent thinker and made his living primarily as a teacher in a grammar school.

#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.

#414 Incarnate God, Immortal Love

Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892) wrote a long poem, "In Memoriam," as a tribute to his deceased friend, Arthur Hallam.  Although Hallam died in 1833, Tennyson did not publish the poem until 1850, when he has recently married and come to terms with his grief.  The hymn is from the poem's prologue.

 

Alfred Tennyson was born at Somerset, England, on August 6, 1809, and vecame one of England's greatest poets, named poet laureate in 1850.  He married at age forty-one and died on October 6, 1892, at Aldworth, England.  Tennyson was affected by melancholy throughout his life.

Edward Miller (1731-1807) adapted this tune in 1790 from a shorter melody called TUNBRIDGE.  It is named ROCKINGHAM for Miller's patron and friend, the Marquis of Rockingham, who was prime minister for two terms.  The tune was called MAYHEW in collections by Lowell Mason.

 

Edward Miller edited The Psalms of David for Use of Parish Church (1790), the source of this tune and one of the most successful hymn collections printed in England.  Miller served as organist at Doncaster Parish Church for fifty-one years and was also an accomplished player on the flute and harpsichord.

Hymns by Title

Hymn Number Title Service Date
#68 God Is Truly with Us March 24, 2019
#471 What a Covenant March 24, 2019
#414 Incarnate God, Immortal Love March 24, 2019
#328 Wonder of Wonders, Here Revealed March 20, 2019
#92 Day Is Done March 20, 2019
#471 What a Covenant March 17, 2019
#444 We Are Often Tossed and Driven March 17, 2019
#23 There's A Wideness in God's Mercy March 13, 2019
#78 Part in Peace March 13, 2019
#110 Now Bless the God of Israel March 10, 2019
#471 What a Covenant March 10, 2019
#328 Wonder of Wonders, Here Revealed March 10, 2019
#185 Savior, When in Tears and Dust March 6, 2019
#205 Forty Days and Forty Nights March 6, 2019
#119 My Soul Gives Glory to My God March 6, 2019
#12 I Sing the Mighty Power of God February 27, 2019
#330 Let Us Break Bread Together February 27, 2019
#182 We Have Come at Christ’s Own Bidding February 27, 2019
#475 God's Eye Is on the Sparrow February 24, 2019
#534 O God of Strength February 24, 2019
#30 Colorful Creator February 17, 2019
#386 The Church's One Foundation February 17, 2019
#174 Hear the Voice of God, So Tender February 3, 2019
#358 God of the Prophets February 3, 2019
#335 Come, Gather in This Special Place February 3, 2019
#572 When Israel Was in Egypt’s Land February 3, 2019
#21 God Reigns o’er All the Earth January 27, 2019
#423 Great Is Your Faithfulness January 27, 2019
#158 O Morning Star, How Clear and Bright January 20, 2019
#60 O Spirit of God January 20, 2019
#582 O God of Earth and Altar January 20, 2019
#328 Wonder of Wonders, Here Revealed January 13, 2019
#177 God of Change and Glory January 13, 2019
#154 Go Tell It on the Mountain January 6, 2019
#584 I Am the Light of the World January 6, 2019
#524 This Little Light of Mine January 6, 2019
#138 Jesus, Our Brother, Strong and Good December 30, 2018
#552 From the Crush of Wealth and Power December 30, 2018
#129 Good Christian Friends, Rejoice December 30, 2018
#132 Joy to the World! December 24, 2018
#134 Silent Night, Holy Night December 24, 2018
#124 Away in a Manger December 24, 2018
#121 Toda la Tierra (All Earth Is Waiting) December 24, 2018
#128 In the Bleak Midwinter December 24, 2018
#126 Angels, from the Realms of Glory December 24, 2018
#131 It Came upon the Midnight Clear December 24, 2018
#127 Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming December 24, 2018
#145 Once in Royal David's City December 24, 2018
#130 From Heaven unto Earth I Come December 24, 2018
#144 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing December 24, 2018

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February 27, 2019
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February 3, 2019
January 27, 2019
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January 13, 2019
January 6, 2019
December 30, 2018
December 24, 2018
December 23, 2018
December 16, 2018
December 9, 2018
December 2, 2018
November 25, 2018
November 18, 2018
November 11, 2018
November 4, 2018
October 28, 2018
October 21, 2018
October 14, 2018
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September 30, 2018
September 23, 2018
September 16, 2018
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August 26, 2018
August 19, 2018
August 12, 2018
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July 29, 2018
July 22, 2018
July 15, 2018
July 8, 2018
July 1, 2018
June 24, 2018
June 17, 2018
June 10, 2018
June 3, 2018
May 27, 2018
May 20, 2018
May 13, 2018
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April 29, 2018
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