Hymn Notes

Weekly Hymn Notes

Learn about the origin of  hymns, lyrics, and melodies, and other music that will be used during Sunday worship service. Contact Don De Bruin, Director of Music Ministries for more information at 608.233.9751.

Hymn Notes for April 28, 2019

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

#253 Yours Is the Glory, Resurrected One!

Edmond L. Budry (1854-1932) wrote this hymn in French in 1884, and it was published in a Lausanne hymnal the following year.  His inspiration may have been a German Advent poem.  The hymn won fame when sung at the First Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Amsterdam, Holland, in 1948.

Edmond L. Budry was born August 30, 1854, and studied theology in Lausanne, Switzerland.  He served as pastor in Cully, France, and then at the Free Church in Vevey, Switzerland.  Budry was a sought-after translator for German, English, and Latin hymns and often adapted and improved upon the original in his resulting French texts.

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) composed this melody as part of a chorus in his oratorio Joshua and later transferred it to another, with the same title as this tune, JUDAS MACCABEUS.  The tune has been used as a hymn setting since 1760, when it appeared with another Easter text, “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today.”

George Frideric Handel was born February 23, 1685, in Halle, Germany, the son of a barber-surgeon.  He gave up studying law and took up the violin after his father died.  Handel was considered a musical genius even in his own day.  He died April 14, 1759, and was buried at Westminster Abbey, London.

#526 Sihahamb’ ekukhanyen’ kwenkhos’ (We Are Marching in the Light of God)

This South African freedom song was a reminder that the Christian national government did not monopolize religious faith in the nation.  The people’s “Amandla” (Zulu for “power”) came from the desire for rights and freedoms being expressed by the black majority of the nation.
            

 South African racial strife gave birth to freedom songs for racial equality and justice.  Singing naturally accompanied protest marches as large group of people voiced their commitment to a more just world in Christ’s name.  The hymn is best sung without accompaniment.

 This South African song is named SIYAHAMBA here for the first word of the text.  The melody is in a march tempo, as it was frequently sung by large groups of demonstrators marching or walking to protest the actions of a government that denied them participation.

South African freedom music played a central role in the overthrow of a minority white government.  The New Century Hymnal is the first major denominational hymnal to include this song.  It is best learned as it was learned in South Africa, from a singer who teaches it to others.

Hymns by Title

Hymn Number Titlesort icon Service Date
#325 Child of Blessing, Child of Promise June 26, 2011
#325 Child of Blessing, Child of Promise November 13, 2011
#325 Child of Blessing, Child of Promise February 26, 2012
#325 Child of Blessing, Child of Promise April 22, 2012
#325 Child of Blessing, Child of Promise July 8, 2012
#325 Child of Blessing, Child of Promise June 17, 2012
#325 Child of Blessing, Child of Promise January 20, 2013
#325 Child of Blessing, Child of Promise July 7, 2013
#325 Child of Blessing, Child of Promise October 26, 2014
#325 Child of Blessing, Child of Promise December 18, 2016
#325 Child of Blessing, Child of Promise March 11, 2018
#235 Cristo Vive (Christ Is Living) April 3, 2016
#351 I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry July 8, 2012
#351 I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry July 7, 2013
#219 Journey to Gethsemane April 1, 2012
#219 Journey to Gethsemane March 24, 2013
#219 Journey to Gethsemane April 10, 2014
#219 Journey to Gethsemane April 14, 2019
#67 Let Me Enter God’s Own Dwelling July 21, 2013
#67 Let Me Enter God’s Own Dwelling May 25, 2014
#67 Let Me Enter God’s Own Dwelling January 25, 2015
#67 Let Me Enter God’s Own Dwelling January 28, 2018
#67 Let Me Enter God’s Own Dwelling October 7, 2018
#117 Lift Up Your Heads, O Mighty Gates December 22, 2013
#541 They asked “Who’s My Neighbor?” March 17, 2013
#541 They asked “Who’s My Neighbor?” July 14, 2013
#541 They asked “Who’s My Neighbor?” July 27, 2014
#541 They asked “Who’s My Neighbor?” September 17, 2017
#524 This Little Light of Mine January 5, 2014
#524 This Little Light of Mine March 8, 2015
#524 This Little Light of Mine January 4, 2015
#524 This Little Light of Mine January 6, 2019
#543 Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life June 26, 2011
#543 Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life November 20, 2011
#539 Won’t You Let Me Be Your Servant November 11, 2012
#539 Won’t You Let Me Be Your Servant October 20, 2013
#539 Won’t You Let Me Be Your Servant July 27, 2014
#539 Won’t You Let Me Be Your Servant July 9, 2017
#204 "Take Up Your Cross," the Savior Said March 26, 2017
#439 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God February 17, 2013
#439 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God October 29, 2017
#99 Abide with Me April 3, 2014
#99 Abide with Me February 18, 2015
#99 Abide with Me March 1, 2017
#99 Abide with Me February 14, 2018
#135 Adeste Fideles (O Come, All You Faithful) December 24, 2013
#135 Adeste Fideles (O Come, All You Faithful) December 29, 2013
#135 Adeste Fideles (O Come, All You Faithful) December 24, 2015
#135 Adeste Fideles (O Come, All You Faithful) December 24, 2014
#135 Adeste Fideles (O Come, All You Faithful) December 24, 2016

Hymns by Date

Service Date
April 28, 2019
April 21, 2019
April 18, 2019
April 14, 2019
April 10, 2019
April 7, 2019
April 3, 2019
March 31, 2019
March 27, 2019
March 24, 2019
March 20, 2019
March 17, 2019
March 13, 2019
March 10, 2019
March 6, 2019
February 27, 2019
February 24, 2019
February 17, 2019
February 3, 2019
January 27, 2019
January 20, 2019
January 13, 2019
January 6, 2019
December 30, 2018
December 24, 2018
December 23, 2018
December 16, 2018
December 9, 2018
December 2, 2018
November 25, 2018
November 18, 2018
November 11, 2018
November 4, 2018
October 28, 2018
October 21, 2018
October 14, 2018
October 7, 2018
September 30, 2018
September 23, 2018
September 16, 2018
September 9, 2018
September 2, 2018
August 26, 2018
August 19, 2018
August 12, 2018
August 5, 2018
July 29, 2018
July 22, 2018
July 15, 2018
July 8, 2018
July 1, 2018
June 24, 2018
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