Hymn #70: God Is Here! As We Your People Meet

Fred Pratt Green (1903-2000) wrote this text in 1979 at the request of Russell Schulz-Widmar, director of music at University United Methodist Church of Austin, Texas.  The director sought a new hymn for the closing service of a festival of worship, music, and the arts to help introduce this tune to the congregation.

Fred Pratt Green wanted to devote his retirement years to art and working in pastels.  However, beginning, in 1969, his work with the Methodist hymnal committee postponed these plans as he was asked to provide hymns on various topics for which the committee could find no appropriate texts.

 Cyril Vincent Taylor (1907-1992) wrote this tune in the spring of 1941 for the text “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken.”  At the time he was working at the wartime headquarters of the religious broadcasting department of the British Broadcasting Company in ABBOT’S LEIGH, hence the tune’s name.

Cyril Vincent Taylor was born in Wigan, Lancashire, England, and following his education was ordained to the Anglican priesthood.  He held a number of positions in his career, serving finally as precentor and canon at Salisbury Cathedral from 1969 to 1975.