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
#268 Creator Spirit, Come, We Pray June 4, 2017
#342 Be Known to Us in Breaking Bread June 4, 2017
#282 Every Time I Feel the Spirit June 4, 2017
#26 We Worship You, God May 28, 2017
#316 We Limit Not the Truth of God May 28, 2017
#542 Born of God, Eternal Savior May 28, 2017
#234 I'll Shout the Name of Christ Who Lives May 21, 2017
#584 I Am the Light of the World May 21, 2017
#353 Great Work Has God Begun in You May 21, 2017
#243 Alleluia! Alleluia! Hearts to Heaven May 14, 2017
#493 O Jesus, I Have Promised May 14, 2017
#461 Let Us Hope When Hope Seems Hopeless May 14, 2017
#245 The Day of Resurrection May 7, 2017
#487 Surely No One Can Be Safer May 7, 2017
#332 As We Gather at Your Table May 7, 2017
#248 Such Perfect Love My Shepherd Shows May 7, 2017
#55 Rejoice, You Pure in Heart April 30, 2017
#410 If You But Trust in God to Guide You April 30, 2017
#391 In the Midst of New Dimensions April 30, 2017
#230 Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain April 23, 2017
#250 Listen to Your Savior Call April 23, 2017
#249 Peace I Leave with You, My Friends April 23, 2017
#237 I Come to the Garden Alone (In the Garden) April 16, 2017
#241 Joy Dawned Again on Easter Day April 16, 2017
#236 Halleluja April 16, 2017
#245 The Day of Resurrection April 16, 2017
#233 Christ the Lord Is Risen Today April 16, 2017
#198 Lift High the Cross April 16, 2017
#202 O God, How We Have Wandered April 13, 2017
#224 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross April 13, 2017
#202 O God, How We Have Wandered April 13, 2017
#224 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross April 13, 2017
#213 Hosanna, Loud Hosanna April 9, 2017
#215 Ride On! Ride On in Majesty April 9, 2017
#223 What Wondrous Love Is This April 9, 2017
#47 O Christ Jesus, Sent from Heaven March 26, 2017
#471 What a Covenant March 26, 2017
#204 "Take Up Your Cross," the Savior Said March 26, 2017
#42 O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing March 19, 2017
#180 Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit March 19, 2017
#193 In the Cross of Christ I Glory March 19, 2017
#44 Beautiful Jesus March 12, 2017
#168 O Radiant Christ, Incarnate Word March 12, 2017
#209 O Love, How Vast, How Flowing Free March 12, 2017
#333 O Bread of Life March 5, 2017
#133 O Little Town of Bethlehem March 5, 2017
#335 Come, Gather in This Special Place March 5, 2017
#202 O God, How We Have Wandered March 5, 2017
#185 Savior, When in Tears and Dust March 1, 2017
#205 Forty Days and Forty Nights March 1, 2017

Hymns by Date

Service Date
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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