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 9, 2020

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

#202 O God, How We Have Wandered

Kevin Francis Nichols (b. 1929) combines ideas from Luke 15 (the story of the lost son) and 2 Corinthians 5 (becoming new beings in Christ) for this text, written in 1980. Wandering from God’s will and being called back and forgiven are important themes for the Lenten season.

Kevin Nichols was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, in 1929. Following his education at Cambridge and the University of Liverpool, he was a lecturer in education and then became national advisor for religious education. More recently, he has served as a parish priest in County Durham.

Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612) composed the tune HERZLICH TUT MICH VERLANGEN as an air for a love song in 1601. The tune was later used with religious words and named PASSION CHORALE. It appears five times in J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion, among other works.

Hans Leo Hassler studied music with his father, who was the official town musician and organist in Nürnberg, Bavaria, and then became a student of Andrea Gabrielli in Venice. He was the first famous German musician to receive his education in Italy.

#224 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Isaac Watts (1674-1748) based this hymn on Galatians 6:14 and intended it as a hymn for Holy Communion, giving it the title "Crucifixion to the World by the Cross of Christ."  Many hymnologists believe this to be one of the finest hymns ever written in the English language.

 

Isaac Watts became severely ill in 1712 and was invited to live at the home of Thomas Abney, a former lord mayor of London and a member of Watts's congregation.  Watts's health never full improved, and he remained there for the last thirty-six years of his life.

Lowell Mason (1792-1872) arranged this melody in 1825 from a Gregorian chant (tone I) and named it HAMBURG.  It was first published in his Boston Handel and Haydn Society Collection of Church Music (1825), the highly successful collection that allowed Mason to devote the rest of his career to music.

 

Lowell Mason, a sixth-generation New Englander, was descended from English forebears who landed in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1630.  Life his father and grandfather, he was born in Medfield, Massachusetts, and he spent the first twenty years of his life there.

Hymns by Title

Hymn Number Title Service Date
#202 O God, How We Have Wandered April 9, 2020
#224 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross April 9, 2020
#213 Hosanna, Loud Hosanna April 5, 2020
#475 God's Eye Is on the Sparrow April 5, 2020
#83 I Sing As I Arise Today March 29, 2020
#494 We Who Would Valiant Be March 29, 2020
#175 O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come March 22, 2020
#247 My Shepherd Is the Living God March 22, 2020
#23 There's A Wideness in God's Mercy March 15, 2020
#444 We Are Often Tossed and Driven March 15, 2020
#492 I Would Be True March 15, 2020
#320 Deep in the Shadows of the Past March 8, 2020
#444 We Are Often Tossed and Driven March 8, 2020
#426 O God, Whose Steadfast Love March 8, 2020
#212 O Jesus Christ, May Grateful Hymns March 1, 2020
#444 We Are Often Tossed and Driven March 1, 2020
#330 Let Us Break Bread Together March 1, 2020
#202 O God, How We Have Wandered March 1, 2020
#185 Savior, When in Tears and Dust February 26, 2020
#205 Forty Days and Forty Nights February 26, 2020
#418 My Faith, It Is an Oaken Staff February 26, 2020
#182 We Have Come at Christ’s Own Bidding February 23, 2020
#588 Let Justice Flow like Streams February 23, 2020
#400 Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation February 16, 2020
#323 Little Children, Welcome February 16, 2020
#314 Community of Christ February 16, 2020
#370 What Gift Can We Bring? February 16, 2020
#165 Love Came Down at Christmas February 2, 2020
#180 Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit February 2, 2020
#329 Jesus, the Joy of Loving Hearts February 2, 2020
#461 Let Us Hope When Hope Seems Hopeless February 2, 2020
#159 As with Gladness Those of Old January 26, 2020
#493 O Jesus, I Have Promised January 26, 2020
#494 We Who Would Valiant Be January 26, 2020
#174 Hear the Voice of God, So Tender January 19, 2020
#305 You Servants of God, Your Sovereign Proclaim January 19, 2020
#387 O Christ, the Great Foundation January 19, 2020
#55 Rejoice, You Pure in Heart January 12, 2020
#168 O Radiant Christ, Incarnate Word January 12, 2020
#11 Bring Many Names January 12, 2020
#139 The First Nowell January 5, 2020
#158 O Morning Star, How Clear and Bright January 5, 2020
#181 You Are Salt for the Earth, O People January 5, 2020
#132 Joy to the World! December 29, 2019
#153 Who Would Think That What Was Needed December 29, 2019
#154 Go Tell It on the Mountain December 29, 2019
#117 Lift Up Your Heads, O Mighty Gates December 24, 2019
#126 Angels, from the Realms of Glory December 24, 2019
#131 It Came upon the Midnight Clear December 24, 2019
#127 Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming December 24, 2019

Hymns by Date

Service Date
April 9, 2020
April 5, 2020
March 29, 2020
March 22, 2020
March 15, 2020
March 8, 2020
March 1, 2020
February 26, 2020
February 23, 2020
February 16, 2020
February 2, 2020
January 26, 2020
January 19, 2020
January 12, 2020
January 5, 2020
December 29, 2019
December 24, 2019
December 22, 2019
December 15, 2019
December 8, 2019
December 1, 2019
November 24, 2019
November 17, 2019
November 10, 2019
November 3, 2019
October 27, 2019
October 20, 2019
October 13, 2019
October 6, 2019
September 29, 2019
September 22, 2019
September 15, 2019
September 8, 2019
September 1, 2019
August 27, 2019
August 25, 2019
August 18, 2019
August 11, 2019
August 4, 2019 Hymn #433: In the Bulb There Is a Flower
July 28, 2019
July 21, 2019
July 14, 2019
July 7, 2019
June 30, 2019
June 23, 2019
June 16, 2019 Hymn #530: God Our Author and Creator
June 9, 2019
June 2, 2019
May 26, 2019
May 19, 2019
May 12, 2019
May 5, 2019
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