Hymn Notes

Weekly Hymn Notes

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Hymn Notes for April 22, 2018

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

#323 Little Children, Welcome

Fred Pratt Green (1903-2000) wrote this baptism text in 1973.  The opening words can be adapted to “Little sister” or “Little brother,” for example, as the specific occasion warrants.  The hymn might be sung in two parts – as the family comes forward and as they leave the baptismal area.

Fred Pratt Green was born in a suburb of Liverpool, England, and educated in English schools.  He was ordained to the Wesleyan Methodist ministry in 1928 and served various congregations throughout England in his twenty-two year career as a parish pastor.  He retired in 1969.

Roy Hopp (b. 1951) wrote this simple tune on April 21, 1988, so the even the youngest of singers could participate.  It was composed for Fred Pratt Green’s text and named SAIPAN in honor of Hopp’s nephew, who had recently been born on that island near Guam and west of the Philippines.

Roy Hopp, a member of the Christian Reformed Church, serves that denomination through the work of the Board of Publications.  Hopp is also director of music at Woodlawn Christian Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

#248 Such Perfect Love My Shepherd Shows

Henry Williams Baker (1821-1877) paraphrased Psalm 23 for this text and, in the spirit of Watts, included several New Testament references.  It appeared in the Appendix to Hymns Ancient and Modern (1868), the landmark English hymnal for which Baker chaired the committee.

Henry W. Baker, born in London, England, received his education at Trinity College, Cambridge.  He was ordained a priest of the Church of England in 1844.  Baker spent twenty years working on Hymns Ancient and Modern, which became the unofficial hymnal of the Anglican Church.

John Bacchus Dykes (1823-1876) composed this melody in 1868 for Baker's text.  The tune name, DOMINUS REGIT ME, is the Latin version of the opening phrase of Psalm 23, on which the hymn is based.

John B. Dykes was recognized as one of the great church musicians of the Victorian era, and in 1861 he received a doctorate in music from the University of Durham, England.  Dykes composed only in his spare time when not occupied by his duties as precentor at Durham Cathedral.

#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.

Hymns by Title

Hymn Number Title Service Date
#323 Little Children, Welcome April 22, 2018
#248 Such Perfect Love My Shepherd Shows April 22, 2018
#576 For the Healing of the Nations April 22, 2018
#245 The Day of Resurrection April 15, 2018
#251 I Greet You, Sure Redeemer April 15, 2018
#46 Hope of the World April 15, 2018
#241 Joy Dawned Again on Easter Day April 8, 2018
#274 Womb of Life, and Source of Being April 8, 2018
#78 Part in Peace April 8, 2018
#223 What Wondrous Love Is This April 1, 2018
#233 Christ the Lord Is Risen Today April 1, 2018
#236 Halleluja April 1, 2018
#242 The Strife Is O'er April 1, 2018
#303 Rejoice, Give Thanks and Sing April 1, 2018
#198 Lift High the Cross April 1, 2018
#202 O God, How We Have Wandered March 29, 2018
#224 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross March 29, 2018
#216 All Glory, Laud, and Honor March 25, 2018
#223 What Wondrous Love Is This March 25, 2018
#222 My Song Is Love Unknown March 25, 2018
#507 Jesus - The Very Thought to Me March 18, 2018
#50 I Sing the Praise of Love Almighty March 18, 2018
#74 We Have Gathered, Jesus Dear March 11, 2018
#208 God Loved the World March 11, 2018
#325 Child of Blessing, Child of Promise March 11, 2018
#530 God Our Author and Creator March 11, 2018
#309 We Are Your People March 4, 2018
#386 The Church's One Foundation March 4, 2018
#346 Bread of the World, in Mercy Broken March 4, 2018
#8 Praise to the Living God March 4, 2018
#410 If You But Trust in God to Guide You February 28, 2018
#82 Go, My Children, with My Blessing February 28, 2018
#212 O Jesus Christ, May Grateful Hymns February 25, 2018
#183 Jesus, Take Us to the Mountain February 25, 2018
#306 The Church of Christ, in Every Age February 25, 2018
#110 Now Bless the God of Israel February 21, 2018
#352 My God, Accept My Heart This Day February 21, 2018
#201 An Outcast among Outcasts February 18, 2018
#506 What a Friend We Have in Jesus February 18, 2018
#81 God Be with You February 18, 2018
#191 Before Your Cross, O Jesus February 14, 2018
#99 Abide with Me February 14, 2018
#277 Holy, Holy, Holy February 11, 2018
#174 Hear the Voice of God, So Tender February 11, 2018
#495 Called as Partners in Christ’s Service February 11, 2018
#69 Come, God, Creator, Be Our Shield February 4, 2018
#589 Let There Be Light, O God of Hosts February 4, 2018
#335 Come, Gather in This Special Place February 4, 2018
#525 This Little Light of Mine February 4, 2018
#67 Let Me Enter God’s Own Dwelling January 28, 2018

Hymns by Date

Service Date
April 22, 2018
April 15, 2018
April 8, 2018
April 1, 2018
March 29, 2018
March 25, 2018
March 18, 2018
March 11, 2018
March 4, 2018
February 28, 2018
February 25, 2018
February 21, 2018
February 18, 2018
February 14, 2018
February 11, 2018
February 4, 2018
January 28, 2018
January 21, 2018
January 14, 2018
January 7, 2018
December 31, 2017
December 24, 2017
December 24, 2017
December 17, 2017
December 10, 2017
December 3, 2017 Hymn #335: Come, Gather in This Special Place
December 3, 2017
November 26, 2017
November 19, 2017
November 12, 2017
November 5, 2017
October 29, 2017
October 22, 2017
October 15, 2017
October 8, 2017
October 1, 2017
September 24, 2017
September 17, 2017
September 10, 2017
September 3, 2017
August 27, 2017
August 20, 2017
August 13, 2017
August 6, 2017
July 23, 2017
July 16, 2017
July 9, 2017
July 2, 2017
June 25, 2017
June 18, 2017 Hymn #569: Touch the Earth Lightly
June 11, 2017
June 4, 2017
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