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 September 27, 2020

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

#8 Praise to the Living God

Curtis Beach (1914-1993) wrote these words in 1966 while attending a conference concerning the “death of God” controversy.  He heard the opening, “Praise to the living God,” in his head, accompanied by this tune, and wrote the words that evening, finishing at four in the morning.

Curtis Beach, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1914, was a minister of the Congregational Christian Church and later the United Church of Christ after the denomination was formed in 1957.  Beach served churches in Massachusetts, California, Pennsylvania, and Maine, where he died in 1993.

George Job Elvey (1816-1893) composed DIADEMATA in 1868 for the Matthew Bridges hymn “Crown Him with Many Crowns.”  It has long been a favorite of hymnwriters and editors, appearing three times in The New Century Hymnal.  Diademata is the Greek word for crowns.

George J. Elvey was born in Canterbury, England, and began his musical training as a member of the cathedral choir in that city.  He continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music and at Oxford University and served as organist and choir director for almost fifty years at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor.

#573 Lead On Eternal Sovereign

Ernest Warburton Shurtleff (1862-1917), a member of the Andover (Massachusetts) Theological Seminary class of 1888, wrote this text for his class’s graduation service.  The hymn’s imagery is of newly ordained soldiers being sent out to various fields of ministry to battle for Christ.

Ernest W. Shurtleff was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on April 4, 1862.  He was ordained to the Congregational ministry and served churches in various states before moving to Germany and then France.  Shurtleff was director of student activities at the Academy Vitti in Paris, France, when he died in 1917.
 
Henry Thomas Smart (1813-1879) composed the tune LANCASHIRE in 1836 while living and working at a church in that English county.  The tune first became popular in Nonconformist churches in England and enjoyed wider use after publication in a Presbyterian hymnbook in 1867.
 

Henry T. Smart edited The Presbyterian Hymnal (1875) for the Church of Scotland and The Chorale Book (1856), which became the standard work on hymn tune harmonizations.  His ability to improvise on the organ served him well after he lost his eyesight fifteen years before his death.

Hymns by Title

Hymn Number Title Service Date
#8 Praise to the Living God September 27, 2020
#573 Lead On Eternal Sovereign September 27, 2020
#24 Yigdal elohim Chai (The God of Abraham Praise) September 20, 2020
#473 Blessed Assurance September 20, 2020
#396 Where Charity and Love Prevail September 13, 2020
#547 Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound September 13, 2020
#314 Community of Christ September 6, 2020
#516 O Grant Us, God, a Little Space September 6, 2020
#89 Awake, Awake to Love and Work August 30, 2020
#306 The Church of Christ, in Every Age August 30, 2020
#353 Great Work Has God Begun in You August 30, 2020
#55 Rejoice, You Pure in Heart August 23, 2020
#82 Go, My Children, with My Blessing August 23, 2020
#26 We Worship You, God August 16, 2020
#22 Sing Praise to God, Who Has Shaped August 16, 2020
#402 De Colores (Sing of Colors) August 9, 2020
#388 Help Us Accept Each Other August 9, 2020
#463 I Look to You in Every Need August 2, 2020
#562 Take My Gifts August 2, 2020
#437 We Shall Not Give Up the Fight July 26, 2020
#495 Called as Partners in Christ’s Service July 26, 2020
#23 There's A Wideness in God's Mercy July 19, 2020
#588 Let Justice Flow like Streams July 19, 2020
#581 Lead Us from Death to Life July 12, 2020
#593 Lift Every Voice and Sing July 12, 2020
#164 Arise, Your Light Is Come July 5, 2020
#461 Let Us Hope When Hope Seems Hopeless July 5, 2020
#28 For the Beauty of the Earth June 28, 2020
#564 We Are Not Our Own June 28, 2020
#83 I Sing As I Arise Today June 21, 2020
#306 The Church of Christ, in Every Age June 21, 2020
#63 Holy Spirit, Truth Divine June 14, 2020
#586 Come to Tend God's Garden June 14, 2020
#570 We Shall Overcome June 7, 2020
#84 This Is the Day May 31, 2020
#59 Holy Spirit, Ever Dwelling May 31, 2020
#44 Beautiful Jesus May 24, 2020
#471 What a Covenant May 24, 2020
#407 How Firm a Foundation May 17, 2020
#46 Hope of the World May 17, 2020
#25 O God, Our Help in Ages Past May 10, 2020
#43 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling May 10, 2020
#73 Enter, Rejoice, and Come In May 3, 2020
#252 Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us May 3, 2020
#52 There Is a Name I Love to Hear (O How I Love Jesus) April 26, 2020
#233 Christ the Lord Is Risen Today April 26, 2020
#230 Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain April 19, 2020
#245 The Day of Resurrection April 19, 2020
#240 Jesus Christ Is Risen Today April 12, 2020
#198 Lift High the Cross April 12, 2020

Hymns by Date

Service Date
September 27, 2020
September 20, 2020
September 13, 2020
September 6, 2020
August 30, 2020
August 23, 2020
August 16, 2020
August 9, 2020
August 2, 2020
July 26, 2020
July 19, 2020
July 12, 2020
July 5, 2020
June 28, 2020
June 21, 2020
June 14, 2020
June 7, 2020 Hymn #570: We Shall Overcome
May 31, 2020
May 24, 2020
May 17, 2020
May 10, 2020
May 3, 2020
April 26, 2020
April 19, 2020
April 12, 2020
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
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