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 July 5, 2020

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

#164 Arise, Your Light Is Come

Ruth C. Duck (b. 1947) was working on a revision of the traditional next "Rise Up, O Men of God" when this adaptations came to her in 1973.  It marked the beginning of her involvement in hymnwriting.  This was her first text to be accepted for publication in a denominational hymnal.

 

Ruth Duck was deeply influenced by the evangelical faith and music of her family in Tennessee.  She was nurtured by such groups as Youth for Christ and made her confession of faith at the age of thirteen at a Methodist church in Annapolis, Maryland.

William Henry Walter (1825-1893) composed the tune FESTAL SONG in 1872 for the hymn "Awake and Sing the Song."  It was probably from this connection that the tune received its name.  The hymn appeared in an Episcopal hymnal edited by John Ireland Tucker and in an 1894 revision.

 

William Walter, born in Newark, New Jersey, showed musical talent at an early age.  While only a boy, he played the organ for two churches in Newark.  He later served as organist at various churches in New York City and was appointed organist at Columbia University in 1865.

#461 Let Us Hope When Hope Seems Hopeless

David Beebe (b. 1931) wrote this hymn of hope for a worship service at the close of a creative-writing course he was teaching in 1989.  Beebe had recently begun his work with the United Church of Christ Stewardship Council as associate for stewardship education.

David Beebe was born in Arkansas and ordained to the United Church of Christ ministry in 1959.  He served churches in northern California and Chattanooga, Tennessee, before entering denominational work.  Beebe also served as a college chaplain for six years.

Rowland Hugh Prichard (1811-1887) composed this tune and included it in his Cyfaill y Cantorion “The Singer’s Friend), which was published in 1844 to provide more-appropriate music for Sunday-school songs.  The tune HYFRYDOL means “pleasant” and “melodious” in Welsh.

Emma Lou Diemer (b. 1927) composed the tune LET US HOPE for David Beebe's text expressly for The New Century Hymnal.  She also created an anthem setting of the tune for a new anthem series published by the Pilgrim Press in conjunction with the hymnal in 1995.

Emma Lou Diemer grew up in Kansas City and Warrensburg, Missouri.  She began her study of the piano at the age of five or six and started composing music shortly thereafter.  Diemer became the organist at her home church (Christian - Disciples of Christ) in her early teens and since then has devoted her life to music and composing.

Hymns by Title

Hymn Number Title Service Date
#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
#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

Hymns by Date

Service Date
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
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
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