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 Title Service Datesort icon
#102 O How Shall I Receive You January 23, 2011
#127 Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming January 23, 2011
#67 Let Me Enter God’s Own Dwelling January 30, 2011
#180 Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit January 30, 2011
#586 Come to Tend God's Garden January 30, 2011
#459 Come, O Fount of Every Blessing February 6, 2011
#537 Christian, Rise and Act Your Creed February 6, 2011
#181 You Are Salt for the Earth, O People February 6, 2011
#44 Beautiful Jesus February 13, 2011
#53 Glorious Is Your Name, O Jesus February 13, 2011
#503 O Savior, Let Me Walk with You February 13, 2011
#451 Be Now My Vision February 13, 2011
#89 Awake, Awake to Love and Work February 20, 2011
#323 Little Children, Welcome February 20, 2011
#403 My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less February 20, 2011
#582 O God of Earth and Altar February 20, 2011
#572 When Israel Was in Egypt’s Land February 27, 2011
#588 Let Justice Flow like Streams February 27, 2011
#472 Precious Lord, Take My Hand February 27, 2011
#182 We Have Come at Christ’s Own Bidding March 6, 2011
#183 Jesus, Take Us to the Mountain March 6, 2011
#492 I Would Be True March 6, 2011
#187 Again We Keep This Solemn Fast March 13, 2011
#205 Forty Days and Forty Nights March 13, 2011
#26 We Worship You, God March 13, 2011
#202 O God, How We Have Wandered March 20, 2011
#23 There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy March 20, 2011
#547 Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound March 20, 2011
#68 God Is Truly with Us March 27, 2011
#530 God Our Author and Creator March 27, 2011
#597 Shall We Gather at the River March 27, 2011
#247 My Shepherd Is the Living God April 3, 2011
#518 Father Almighty, Bless Us April 3, 2011
#332 As We Gather at Your Table April 3, 2011
#6 Sing Praise to God, Our Highest Good April 10, 2011
#212 O Jesus Christ, May Grateful Hymns April 10, 2011
#286 Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness April 10, 2011
#216 All Glory, Laud, and Honor April 17, 2011
#215 Ride On! Ride On in Majesty April 17, 2011
#223 What Wondrous Love Is This April 17, 2011
#476 My Life Flows On in Endless Song May 22, 2011
#353 Great Work Has God Begun in You May 22, 2011
#11 Bring Many Names May 22, 2011
#293 Sweet, Sweet Spirit June 12, 2011
#283 Spirit of the Living God June 12, 2011
#294 There’s a Spirit in the Air June 12, 2011
#267 Come, O Spirit, Dwell among Us June 12, 2011
#277 Holy, Holy, Holy June 19, 2011
#273 Praise with Joy the World’s Creator June 19, 2011
#537 Christian, Rise and Act Your Creed June 19, 2011

Hymns by Date

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January 23, 2011
January 30, 2011
February 6, 2011
February 13, 2011
February 20, 2011
February 27, 2011
March 6, 2011
March 13, 2011
March 20, 2011
March 27, 2011
April 3, 2011
April 10, 2011
April 17, 2011
May 22, 2011
June 12, 2011
June 19, 2011
June 26, 2011
July 3, 2011
July 10, 2011
July 17, 2011
July 24, 2011
July 31, 2011
August 7, 2011
August 14, 2011
September 11, 2011
September 18, 2011
October 2, 2011
October 9, 2011
October 23, 2011
October 30, 2011
November 6, 2011
November 13, 2011
November 20, 2011
December 11, 2011
December 18, 2011
January 15, 2012
January 22, 2012
February 12, 2012
February 19, 2012
February 26, 2012
March 11, 2012
March 18, 2012
March 25, 2012
April 1, 2012
April 22, 2012
April 29, 2012
May 6, 2012
May 13, 2012
May 20, 2012
May 27, 2012
June 17, 2012
June 24, 2012
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