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 February 17, 2019

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

#30 Colorful Creator

Ruth C. Duck (b. 1947) wrote this hymn in 1992 for the installation service of Linda Clark as Houghton Scholar of Sacred Music at Boston University School of Theology, where Duck had also studied, earning her doctor of theology degree in 1989.  The text honors the creative activity of artists, composers, and all who give expression to the holy through their work.

 

Ruth Duck served two local churches in Wisconsin before entering the teaching ministry.  They were St. John's United Church of Christ, Hartford, where she served from 1975 to 1979, and Bethel-Bethany United Church of Christ, Milwaukee, where she was pastor from 1979 to 1984.

Carlton Raymond Young (b. 1926) composed this melody in 1992. It is named HOUGHTON for the chair to which Linda Clark was being installed at Boston University School of Theology.  Young received his bachelor of sacred theology degree from that institution in 1953.

 

Carlton R. Young, an ordained United Methodist minister, has served the United Methodist church as director music in Massachusetts, Ohio, Texas, and Georgia.  He has received twenty-three awards from the American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP) for his compositions, which number more than 100.

#386 The Church's One Foundation

Samuel John Stone (1839-1900) based this 1866 hymn on Article Nine of the Apostles' Creed, to defend accepted church dogma against the attacks of Bishop John William Colenso.  This was one of twelve hymns that Stone wrote to explain the High Church position in this controversy.

 

Samuel J. Stone was born April 25, 1839, at Staffordshire, England, while his father was priest to the poorest parish in England.  After completing his education, he succeeded his father at St. Paul's Haggerston, London, where he remained for twenty years.  Stone died on November 19, 1900.

Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876) composed the tune AURELIA in 1864 as the setting for a wedding hymn by John Keble.  It appeared witha variety of texts that same year, including the canto "Jerusalem the Golden" from a long Latin hymn by Saint Bernard.  The tune has been closely associated with Stone's text since appearing together in Hymns Ancient and Modern (1868).

 

Samuel S. Wesley was devoted to improving the level of compensation and respect for church musicians of his day.  His innovative ideas were developed in A Few Words on Cathedral Music and the Musical System of the Church, with a Plan of Reform (1849).  He was the greatest musical genius of the gifted Wesley family.

Hymns by Title

Hymn Number Title Service Date
#126 Angels, from the Realms of Glory December 24, 2017
#101 Comfort, Comfort O My People December 24, 2017
#143 On Christmas Night All Christians Sing December 24, 2017
#144 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing December 24, 2017
#102 O How Shall I Receive You December 24, 2017
#128 In the Bleak Midwinter December 24, 2017
#126 Angels, from the Realms of Glory December 24, 2017
#131 It Came upon the Midnight Clear December 24, 2017
#127 Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming December 24, 2017
#145 Once in Royal David's City December 24, 2017
#130 From Heaven unto Earth I Come December 24, 2017
#144 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing December 24, 2017
#135 Adeste Fideles (O Come, All You Faithful) December 24, 2017
#134 Silent Night, Holy Night December 24, 2017
#121 Toda la Tierra (All Earth Is Waiting) December 17, 2017
#114 Return, My People December 17, 2017
#120 There's a Voice in the Wilderness December 17, 2017
#68 God Is Truly with Us December 10, 2017
#103 Watcher, Tell Us of the Night December 10, 2017
#131 It Came upon the Midnight Clear December 10, 2017
#102 O How Shall I Receive You December 3, 2017
#441 Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me December 3, 2017
#110 Now Bless the God of Israel December 3, 2017
#126 Angels, from the Realms of Glory December 3, 2017
#335 Come, Gather in This Special Place December 3, 2017
#538 Standing at the Future’s Threshold November 26, 2017
#419 Now Thank We All Our God November 26, 2017
#86 When Morning Gilds the Skies November 26, 2017
#22 Sing Praise to God, Who Has Shaped November 19, 2017
#617 Unite and Join Your Cheerful Songs November 19, 2017
#589 Let There Be Light, O God of Hosts November 19, 2017
#28 For the Beauty of the Earth November 12, 2017
#41 I Thank You, Jesus November 12, 2017
#4 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You November 12, 2017
#83 I Sing As I Arise Today November 5, 2017
#299 For All the Saints November 5, 2017
#346 Bread of the World, in Mercy Broken November 5, 2017
#177 God of Change and Glory November 5, 2017
#86 When Morning Gilds the Skies October 29, 2017
#439 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God October 29, 2017
#374 O God of All Your People Past October 29, 2017
#565 God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending October 22, 2017
#566 Heaven and Earth, and Sea and Air October 22, 2017
#73 Enter, Rejoice, and Come In October 22, 2017
#74 We Have Gathered, Jesus Dear October 15, 2017
#332 As We Gather at Your Table October 15, 2017
#510 Grant Us Wisdom to Perceive You October 15, 2017
#581 Lead Us from Death to Life October 8, 2017
#583 Like a Mother Who Has Borne Us October 8, 2017
#387 O Christ, the Great Foundation October 1, 2017

Hymns by Date

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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
June 17, 2018
June 10, 2018
June 3, 2018
May 27, 2018
May 20, 2018
May 13, 2018
May 13, 2018
May 6, 2018
April 29, 2018
April 22, 2018
April 15, 2018
April 8, 2018
April 1, 2018
March 29, 2018
March 25, 2018
March 18, 2018
March 11, 2018
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