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
#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
#99 Abide with Me March 1, 2017
#12 I Sing the Mighty Power of God February 26, 2017
#182 We Have Come at Christ’s Own Bidding February 26, 2017
#404 Give Up Your Anxious Pains February 26, 2017
#309 We Are Your People February 12, 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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