Hymn Notes

Weekly Hymn Notes

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Hymn Notes for October 22, 2017

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

#565 God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending

            Robert Lansing Edwards (b. 1915) wrote this text in 1961 for a hymn contest on the theme of stewardship.  Edwards wrote the hymn while vacationing in the White Mountains of New Hampshire during the summer months.  The hymn was first published in Ten New Stewardship Hymns (1961).

            Robert L. Edwards was educated at Princeton University, Harvard Divinity School, and Union Theological Seminary, New York.  Ordained to the United Church of Christ ministry in 1949, he has served churches in the Connecticut conference.

           Franz Joseph Haydn’s (1732-1809) AUSTRIAN HYMN is one of only a few cases in which a classical composer has composed a piece to be used specifically as a hymn tune.  It was first sung on February 12, 1797, for the emperor’s birthday.  Haydn later used the tune in the slow movement of his “Emperor” string quartet.

            Franz Joseph Haydn was the oldest son of a wheelwright.  He was educated in Roman Catholic schools in Vienna, Austria, and at age eighteen composed his first mass.  While he was playing in a street band, he was “discovered” by a comedian, who asked him to set a farce to music.

#566 Heaven and Earth, and Sea and Air

Joachim Neander (1650-1680) subtitled this text “Rejoicing in God’s Creation” in his 1680 hymnbook. He also considered this as a hymn for travelers.  The new translations of the original German, “Himmel, Erde, Luft, und Meer,” was made by Madeleine Forell Marshall.

Joachim Neander, the greatest hymnwriter in the German Reformed Church, lived to be only thirty years old.  Tuberculosis ended his life on May 21, 1680, at Bremen, Germany.  Neander was a poet and musician and the author of sixty hymns.  He worked as a headmaster at a church grammar school.

This anonymous German tune, GOTT SEI DANK, first appeared in Freylinghausen’s Geistreiches Gesangbuch, published at Halle, Germany, in 1704.  It accompanied Heinrich Held’s hymn “Gott sei dank in aller Welt” in that two-volume collection for pietist churches.  The hymnbook’s influence spread, and the hymn became popular throughout Germany and Switzerland.

Johann Freylinghausen (1670-1739) has been cited as the “Charles Wesley of the pietist movement” in Germany because of his hymnbooks, which introduced a new, more personal style of hymn.  Freylinghausen succeeded his mentor, August Herman Francke, at St. Ulrich’s Church in Halle and married Francke’s only daughter, Anastasia.

#73 Enter, Rejoice, and Come In

       Louise Ruspini (20th century) based this text on Psalm 100.  It grew in popularity in the United States during the 1970s.  The opening stanza is based on Psalm 100:4, and the rest of the stanzas invite a willingness to be open to the leading of the Spirit in worship.

           Louis Ruspini has published her work in Journey to Freedom.  This hymn appears with a harmonization by Betty A. Wylder (1923-1994) in Singing the Living Tradition, a hymnal published by the Unitarian Universalist Association in 1993.

            Louise Ruspini composed the tune ENTER, REJOICE to accompany her text based on Psalm 100.  The simple tune is meant to be sung in unison.  Guitar chords are provided for congregations wishing to experiment with a different accompaniment.

            In the 1960s and 1970s many congregational experienced a wave of new music and contemporary worship services.  In the Roman Catholic Church this included the use of the vernacular in worship.  Songs like this one by Louise Ruspini in a popular style were frequently used as gathering songs during this time.

Hymns by Title

Hymn Number Title Service Date
#565 God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending October 22, 2017
#566 Heaven and Earth, and Sea and Air October 22, 2017
#73 Enter, Rejoice, and Come In October 22, 2017
#74 We Have Gathered, Jesus Dear October 15, 2017
#332 As We Gather at Your Table October 15, 2017
#510 Grant Us Wisdom to Perceive You October 15, 2017
#581 Lead Us from Death to Life October 8, 2017
#583 Like a Mother Who Has Borne Us October 8, 2017
#387 O Christ, the Great Foundation October 1, 2017
#314 Community of Christ October 1, 2017
#330 Let Us Break Bread Together October 1, 2017
#58 Spirit of Love October 1, 2017
#595 Some Glad Morning (I'll Fly Away) September 24, 2017
#459 Come, O Fount of Every Blessing September 24, 2017
#505 Sweet Hour of Prayer September 17, 2017
#541 They asked “Who’s My Neighbor?” September 17, 2017
#6 Sing Praise to God, Our Highest Good September 10, 2017
#404 Give Up Your Anxious Pains September 10, 2017
#611 O Day of God, Draw Near September 10, 2017
#69 Come, God, Creator, Be Our Shield September 3, 2017
#572 When Israel Was in Egypt’s Land September 3, 2017
#329 Jesus, the Joy of Living Hearts September 3, 2017
#574 In Egypt under Pharaoh September 3, 2017
#68 God Is Truly with Us August 27, 2017
#531 God, Speak to Me, That I May Speak August 27, 2017
#448 Take My Life, God, Let It Be August 27, 2017
#312 We Love Your Realm, O God August 20, 2017
#175 O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come August 20, 2017
#394 In Christ There Is No East or West August 20, 2017
#51 O Sing a Song of Bethlehem August 13, 2017
#411 Praise the Source of Faith and Learning August 13, 2017
#23 There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy August 6, 2017
#330 Let Us Break Bread Together August 6, 2017
#401 O God in Whom All Life Begins August 6, 2017
#404 Give Up Your Anxious Pains August 6, 2017
#4 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You July 23, 2017
#237 I Come to the Garden Alone (In the Garden) July 23, 2017
#594 How Beautiful, Our spacious Skies July 23, 2017
#426 O God, Whose Steadfast Love July 16, 2017
#607 We Would Be Building July 16, 2017
#293 Sweet, Sweet Spirit July 16, 2017
#539 Won’t You Let Me Be Your Servant July 9, 2017
#583 Like a Mother Who Has Borne Us July 9, 2017
#68 God Is Truly with Us July 2, 2017
#26 We Worship You, God July 2, 2017
#335 Come, Gather in This Special Place July 2, 2017
#81 God Be with You July 2, 2017
#28 For the Beauty of the Earth June 25, 2017
#50 I Sing the Praise of Love Almighty June 25, 2017
#589 Let There Be Light, O God of Hosts June 25, 2017

Hymns by Date

Service Date
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October 15, 2017
October 8, 2017
October 1, 2017
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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
June 4, 2017
May 28, 2017
May 21, 2017
May 14, 2017
May 7, 2017
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
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