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 Date
#84 This Is the Day July 31, 2011
#321 Break Now the Bread of Life July 31, 2011
#542 Born of God, Eternal Savior July 31, 2011
#28 For the Beauty of the Earth July 24, 2011
#23 There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy July 24, 2011
#76 Sent Forth by God’s Blessing July 24, 2011
#597 Shall We Gather at the River July 17, 2011
#500 We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder July 17, 2011
#4 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You July 17, 2011
#21 God Reigns o’er All the Earth July 10, 2011
#318 Almighty God, Your Word Is Cast July 10, 2011
#531 God, Speak to Me, That I May Speak July 10, 2011
#1 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise July 3, 2011
#588 Let Justice Flow like Streams July 3, 2011
#342 Be Known to Us in Breaking Bread July 3, 2011
#533 Children of God July 3, 2011
#63 Holy Spirit, Truth Divine June 26, 2011
#325 Child of Blessing, Child of Promise June 26, 2011
#543 Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life June 26, 2011
#556 God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens June 26, 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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#182 We Have Come at Christ’s Own Bidding March 6, 2011
#183 Jesus, Take Us to the Mountain March 6, 2011

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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