Hymn #109: With Joy Draw Water

Anne McKinstry (b. 1937) was inspired by the joy conveyed in the Isaiah text to write this hymn in honor of a member of the church in Canaan, New York, where her husband served as pastor.  The church missions committee published thirty of McKinstry's hymns in Our Arms Have Held Thy Gifts (1986).


Anne McKinstry was born on December 13, 1937, in Peabody, Massachusetts, and grew up there.  She was educated at the University of Massachusetts and married a United Church of Christ minister.  While supporting his work in the ministry, she developed her gifts in writing hymns and teaching piano.

This traditional Irish melody, ST. COLUMBA, is by an unknown composer.  Saint Columba is highly revered in Northern Ireland, and even a Protestand Cathedral in Londonderry is dedicated to him.  Saint Columba lived from 521 ot 597 and took Christianity to Scotland from Ireland.


Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) first included this tune in his Complete Collection of Irish Music as Noted by George Petrie (1902).  The harmonization appeared a few years later in The English Hymnal (1906) as the setting for a paraphrase of Psalm 23 by Henry W. Baker.