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
#222 My Song Is Love Unknown March 25, 2018
#507 Jesus - The Very Thought to Me March 18, 2018
#50 I Sing the Praise of Love Almighty March 18, 2018
#74 We Have Gathered, Jesus Dear March 11, 2018
#208 God Loved the World March 11, 2018
#325 Child of Blessing, Child of Promise March 11, 2018
#530 God Our Author and Creator March 11, 2018
#309 We Are Your People March 4, 2018
#386 The Church's One Foundation March 4, 2018
#346 Bread of the World, in Mercy Broken March 4, 2018
#8 Praise to the Living God March 4, 2018
#410 If You But Trust in God to Guide You February 28, 2018
#82 Go, My Children, with My Blessing February 28, 2018
#212 O Jesus Christ, May Grateful Hymns February 25, 2018
#183 Jesus, Take Us to the Mountain February 25, 2018
#306 The Church of Christ, in Every Age February 25, 2018
#110 Now Bless the God of Israel February 21, 2018
#352 My God, Accept My Heart This Day February 21, 2018
#201 An Outcast among Outcasts February 18, 2018
#506 What a Friend We Have in Jesus February 18, 2018
#81 God Be with You February 18, 2018
#191 Before Your Cross, O Jesus February 14, 2018
#99 Abide with Me February 14, 2018
#277 Holy, Holy, Holy February 11, 2018
#174 Hear the Voice of God, So Tender February 11, 2018
#495 Called as Partners in Christ’s Service February 11, 2018
#69 Come, God, Creator, Be Our Shield February 4, 2018
#589 Let There Be Light, O God of Hosts February 4, 2018
#335 Come, Gather in This Special Place February 4, 2018
#525 This Little Light of Mine February 4, 2018
#67 Let Me Enter God’s Own Dwelling January 28, 2018
#175 O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come January 28, 2018
#552 From the Crush of Wealth and Power January 28, 2018
#83 I Sing As I Arise Today January 21, 2018
#44 Beautiful Jesus January 21, 2018
#448 Take My Life, God, Let It Be January 21, 2018
#172 Jesus Calls Us, o'er the Tumult January 14, 2018
#179 We Yearn, O Christ, for Wholeness January 14, 2018
#177 God of Change and Glory January 7, 2018
#328 Wonder of Wonders, Here Revealed January 7, 2018
#159 As with Gladness Those of Old January 7, 2018
#154 Go Tell It on the Mountain January 7, 2018
#417 This Is a Day of New Beginnings December 31, 2017
#576 For the Healing of the Nations December 31, 2017
#350 Now in the Days of Youth December 31, 2017
#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

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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