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
#505 Sweet Hour of Prayer September 17, 2017
#541 They asked “Who’s My Neighbor?” September 17, 2017
#6 Sing Praise to God, Our Highest Good September 10, 2017
#404 Give Up Your Anxious Pains September 10, 2017
#611 O Day of God, Draw Near September 10, 2017
#69 Come, God, Creator, Be Our Shield September 3, 2017
#572 When Israel Was in Egypt’s Land September 3, 2017
#329 Jesus, the Joy of Living Hearts September 3, 2017
#574 In Egypt under Pharaoh September 3, 2017
#68 God Is Truly with Us August 27, 2017
#531 God, Speak to Me, That I May Speak August 27, 2017
#448 Take My Life, God, Let It Be August 27, 2017
#312 We Love Your Realm, O God August 20, 2017
#175 O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come August 20, 2017
#394 In Christ There Is No East or West August 20, 2017
#51 O Sing a Song of Bethlehem August 13, 2017
#411 Praise the Source of Faith and Learning August 13, 2017
#23 There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy August 6, 2017
#330 Let Us Break Bread Together August 6, 2017
#401 O God in Whom All Life Begins August 6, 2017
#404 Give Up Your Anxious Pains August 6, 2017
#4 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You July 23, 2017
#237 I Come to the Garden Alone (In the Garden) July 23, 2017
#594 How Beautiful, Our spacious Skies July 23, 2017
#426 O God, Whose Steadfast Love July 16, 2017
#607 We Would Be Building July 16, 2017
#293 Sweet, Sweet Spirit July 16, 2017
#539 Won’t You Let Me Be Your Servant July 9, 2017
#583 Like a Mother Who Has Borne Us July 9, 2017
#68 God Is Truly with Us July 2, 2017
#26 We Worship You, God July 2, 2017
#335 Come, Gather in This Special Place July 2, 2017
#81 God Be with You July 2, 2017
#28 For the Beauty of the Earth June 25, 2017
#50 I Sing the Praise of Love Almighty June 25, 2017
#589 Let There Be Light, O God of Hosts June 25, 2017
#569 Touch the Earth Lightly June 18, 2017
#30 Colorful Creator June 11, 2017
#558 O How Glorious, Full of Wonder June 11, 2017
#278 Creator God, Creating Still June 11, 2017
#261 Let Every Christian Pray June 4, 2017
#265 Come, O Spirit, with Your Sound June 4, 2017
#342 Be Known to Us in Breaking Bread June 4, 2017
#282 Every Time I Feel the Spirit June 4, 2017
#261 Let Every Christian Pray June 4, 2017
#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

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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