Hymn #328: Wonder of Wonders, Here Revealed

Jane Parker Huber (b. 1926) wrote this text in 1980 for use during baptisms.  She had realized how few hymns there were for use during the sacraments in Reformed churches, and she dedicated herself to filling the need.  This hymn, in stanza 4, stresses the worldwide bond of baptism.

Jane Parker married William A. Huber, a Presbyterian minister, in 1947.  He served as pastor of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, for thirty-three years.  She also served that congregation as an elder, choir member, and editor of the church’s newsletter, The Channel.
William Boyd (1847-1928) composed PENTECOST in 1864 as a setting for “Come, Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire” at the request of Sabine Baring-Gould for a Pentecost service he had organized for coal miners in Yorkshire, England.  The tune incorporates Boyd’s wife’s first name, “Pen.”

William Boyd was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, but received his education in England under the influence of Sabine Baring-Gould.  Boyd was ordained a priest in the Anglican Church and served for twenty-seven years as vicar at All Saints, Norfolk Square, London, England.