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 August 8, 2021

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.

#180 Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

Howard M. Edwards III (b. 1955) paraphrased this text from the Beatitudes, the familiar “blessing” delivered by Jesus on the Mount of Olives. The New Century Hymnal marks the hymn’s first publication in a denominational hymnal. It is especially appropriate for use on Epiphany 3, year A, as well as on All Saints’ Day.

Rusty Edwards was born in Dixon, Illinois, in 1955. He was ordained to the Lutheran ministry in 1985 and has since served two Illinois churches, most recently as senior pastor at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, in Rockford, Illinois.

Jane Manton Marshall (b. 1924) composed this tune in 1993 for Rusty Edwards’s paraphrase of the Beatitudes. It is named ANNIKA’S DANCE in honor of liturgical dancer Annika Gustafson, who first interpreted the hymn through that art form.

Jane M. Marshall is a well-known educator, composer, and conductor in the United Methodist Church. She chaired the hymnal supplement task force for her denomination and contributed a great deal of liturgical music to The United Methodist Hymnal (1989).

Hymns by Title

Hymn Number Title Service Date
#51 O Sing a Song of Bethlehem August 15, 2021
#503 O Savior, Let Me Walk with You August 15, 2021
#51 O Sing a Song of Bethlehem August 15, 2021
#503 O Savior, Let Me Walk with You August 15, 2021
#8 Praise to the Living God August 8, 2021
#180 Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit August 8, 2021
#53 Glorious Is Your Name, O Jesus August 1, 2021
#531 God, Speak to Me, That I May Speak August 1, 2021
#501 We Are Dancing Sarah's Circle July 25, 2021
#537 Christian, Rise and Act Your Creed July 25, 2021
#4 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You July 18, 2021
#309 We Are Your People July 18, 2021
#164 Arise, Your Light Is Come July 11, 2021
#209 O Love, How Vast, How Flowing Free July 11, 2021
#594 How Beautiful, Our spacious Skies July 4, 2021
#436 God of Grace and God of Glory July 4, 2021
#44 Beautiful Jesus June 27, 2021
#554 Out of the Depths, O God, We Call June 27, 2021
#412 God Moves in a Mysterious Way June 20, 2021
#441 Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me June 20, 2021
#68 God Is Truly with Us June 13, 2021
#540 We Plant a Grain of Mustard Seed June 13, 2021
#407 How Firm a Foundation June 6, 2021
#311 Renew Your Church June 6, 2021
#58 Spirit of Love May 30, 2021
#576 For the Healing of the Nations May 30, 2021
#281 Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove May 23, 2021
#290 Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart May 23, 2021
#52 There Is a Name I Love to Hear (O How I Love Jesus) May 16, 2021
#209 O Love, How Vast, How Flowing Free May 16, 2021
#50 I Sing the Praise of Love Almighty May 9, 2021
#396 Where Charity and Love Prevail May 9, 2021
#357 You Are Called to Tell the Story May 2, 2021
#575 O for a World May 2, 2021
#569 Touch the Earth Lightly April 25, 2021
#559 Thank You, God April 25, 2021
#238 Now the Green Blade Rises April 18, 2021
#313 Like a Tree beside the Waters April 18, 2021
#241 Joy Dawned Again on Easter Day April 11, 2021
#292 Breathe on Me, Breath of God April 11, 2021
#249 Peace I Leave with You, My Friends April 11, 2021
#237 I Come to the Garden Alone (In the Garden) April 4, 2021
#198 Lift High the Cross April 4, 2021
#222 My Song Is Love Unknown April 3, 2021
#213 Hosanna, Loud Hosanna March 28, 2021
#451 Be Now My Vision March 21, 2021
#25 O God, Our Help in Ages Past March 14, 2021
#401 O God in Whom All Life Begins March 7, 2021
#202 O God, How We Have Wandered February 17, 2021
#320 Deep in the Shadows of the Past February 14, 2021

Hymns by Date

Service Date
August 15, 2021
August 15, 2021
August 8, 2021
August 1, 2021
July 25, 2021
July 18, 2021
July 11, 2021
July 4, 2021
June 27, 2021
June 20, 2021
June 13, 2021
June 6, 2021
May 30, 2021
May 23, 2021
May 16, 2021
May 9, 2021
May 2, 2021
April 25, 2021
April 18, 2021
April 11, 2021
April 4, 2021
April 3, 2021 Hymn #222: My Song Is Love Unknown
March 28, 2021 Hymn #213: Hosanna, Loud Hosanna
March 21, 2021 Hymn #451: Be Now My Vision
March 14, 2021 Hymn #25: O God, Our Help in Ages Past
March 7, 2021 Hymn #401: O God in Whom All Life Begins
February 17, 2021 Hymn #202: O God, How We Have Wandered
February 14, 2021
February 7, 2021
January 31, 2021
January 24, 2021
January 17, 2021
January 10, 2021
January 3, 2021
December 27, 2020
December 24, 2020
December 20, 2020
December 13, 2020
December 6, 2020
November 29, 2020
November 22, 2020
November 15, 2020
November 8, 2020
November 1, 2020
October 25, 2020
October 18, 2020
October 11, 2020
October 4, 2020
September 27, 2020
September 20, 2020
September 13, 2020
September 6, 2020
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