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 May 26, 2019

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.

#80 Savior, Again to Your Dear Name

John Ellerton (1826-1893) wrote these wrods as the concluding hymn for an 1866 choir festival in Nantwich, Cheshire, England.  Originally it had six stanzas but was shortened to four by Ellerton for the Appendix to Hymns Ancient and Modern (1868).

John Ellerton was an Anglican minister and respected hymnologist, editor, and translator.  He wrote two volumes of prose and fifty original hymns, which were published in a collection of his work in 1888.

Edward John Hopkins (1818-1901) composed ELLERS as a unison tune in 1869 for Ellerton's text and later created the four-part setting.  Hopkins was one of the founders of the Royal College of Organists, England, and had a long and distinguished career in church music.

Edward J. Hopkins was one of the greatest organists of his time.  He was widely known for his skill in improvisation and service playing; he served as the accompanist for many Jenny Lind concerts.  Hopkins was organist at Temple Church in London, England, for fifty-five years.

#376 God, We Thank You for Our People

           Ruth C. Duck (b. 1947) listened to the stories of the McSwain family before creating this text for use at their family reunion in 1986.  She had the tune HOLY MANNA in mind when writing, as both McSwain and Duck trace their family histories to the southern United States, where the tune originated.

            Ruth Duck is the author of two books about the language of Christian worship: Gender and the Name of God: The Trinitarian Baptismal Formula (1991) and Finding Words for Worship (1995).  In addition, she has published books of worship resources and original hymn texts.

           William Moore (19th century) is credited as the composer of this tune called HOLY MANNA.  It was included in a collection Moore edited in 1825, The Columbian Harmony, as well as in a number of hymnals published in the southern United States during the period of Reconstruction.

           William Moore was credited as the composer of eighteen tunes in The Columbian Harmony, a four-shape shape-note tune book that he published in 1825.  Little is known about Moore’s life or religious history except that he lived in Wilson County and the District of West Tennessee.

Hymns by Title

Hymn Number Title Service Date
#55 Rejoice, You Pure in Heart May 26, 2019
#80 Savior, Again to Your Dear Name May 26, 2019
#376 God, We Thank You for Our People May 26, 2019
#516 O Grant Us, God, a Little Space May 19, 2019
#351 I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry May 19, 2019
#91 Wake, My Soul May 12, 2019
#46 Hope of the World May 12, 2019
#52 There Is a Name I Love to Hear (O How I Love Jesus) May 5, 2019
#533 Children of God May 5, 2019
#332 As We Gather at Your Table May 5, 2019
#537 Christian, Rise and Act Your Creed May 5, 2019
#253 Yours Is the Glory, Resurrected One! April 28, 2019
#526 Sihahamb’ ekukhanyen’ kwenkhos’ (We Are Marching in the Light of God) April 28, 2019
#241 Joy Dawned Again on Easter Day April 21, 2019
#245 The Day of Resurrection April 21, 2019
#4 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You April 21, 2019
#233 Christ the Lord Is Risen Today April 21, 2019
#198 Lift High the Cross April 21, 2019
#202 O God, How We Have Wandered April 18, 2019
#224 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross April 18, 2019
#213 Hosanna, Loud Hosanna April 14, 2019
#471 What a Covenant April 14, 2019
#219 Journey to Gethsemane April 14, 2019
#289 Come Forth, O Love Divine April 10, 2019
#100 All PRaise Be Yours, My God, This Night April 10, 2019
#74 We Have Gathered, Jesus Dear April 7, 2019
#471 What a Covenant April 7, 2019
#330 Let Us Break Bread Together April 7, 2019
#404 Give Up Your Anxious Pains April 7, 2019
#516 O Grant Us, God, a Little Space April 3, 2019
#448 Take My Life, God, Let It Be April 3, 2019
#501 We Are Dancing Sarah's Circle March 31, 2019
#471 What a Covenant March 31, 2019
#500 We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder March 31, 2019
#69 Come, God, Creator, Be Our Shield March 27, 2019
#82 Go, My Children, with My Blessing March 27, 2019
#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

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