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 November 29, 2020

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

#120 There's a Voice in the Wilderness

James Lewis Milligan (1876-1961) wrote this hymn in 1925 to celebrate the formation of the United Church of Canada through the merger of the Congregational, Methodist, and Presbyterian denominations in that country.  The text was consequently published in the church's hymnal The Hymnary (1930).

 

J. Lewis Milligan was born in Liverpool, England, and received his education there.  In 1911 he moved to Canada, became a lay pastor in the Methodist Church, and was a successful journalist writing for various Canadian papers.  His interest in poetry led to hymnwriting.

Henry Hugh Bancroft (1904-1988) composed this tune, ASCENSION, in 1938.  It appeared as the musical setting for Milligan's text in the United Church of Christ Hymnal (1974).

 

H. Hugh Bancroft was born February 29 (leap day), 1904, at Lincolnshire, England, and moved to Winnipeg, Canada, in 1929.  He served as organist and choir director for Anglican churches in various provinces.  In 1977 Bancroft was awarded a Lambeth doctorate in recognition of his musical contributions to the Anglican community.

#114 Return, My People

James F. D. Martin (b. 1953) wrote this Advent hymn in 1981 while in his second year as an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.  He and his wife, Jenny Dawson, were expecting their first child, and the season of obedient and patient waiting took on special meaning for them, reflected in this text.

 

James F. D. Martin was born on June 8, 1953, in Elmhurst, Illinois, and grew up in nearby Villa Park.  His grandfather was a United Church of Christ minister in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Oregon.  When Martin was age five he announce, "I'm going to be a minister like Grandpa."  Martin was ordained in 1980.

Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918) composed this music for use in his oratorio Judith in 1888.  It was later adapted as a hymn tune and named Repton.  Parry spent his life teaching and composing and was knighted in 1898 for his contributions to English Music.

 

C. Hubert H. Parry was born in Bournemouth, England, and grew to be expert in music of all kinds.  He became director of the Royal College of Music in 1894 and was professor of music at Oxford University from 1900 until 1908.  Parry died at Rustington, England, in 1918.

Hymns by Title

Hymn Number Title Service Date
#120 There's a Voice in the Wilderness November 29, 2020
#114 Return, My People November 29, 2020
#420 We Praise You, O God November 22, 2020
#422 Come, O Thankful People, Come November 22, 2020
#294 There’s a Spirit in the Air November 15, 2020
#538 Standing at the Future’s Threshold November 15, 2020
#571 O God of Love, O God of Peace November 8, 2020
#575 O for a World November 8, 2020
#295 I Sing a Song of the Saints of God November 1, 2020
#299 For All the Saints November 1, 2020
#50 I Sing the Praise of Love Almighty October 25, 2020
#465 Teach Me, O Lord, Your Holy Way October 25, 2020
#28 For the Beauty of the Earth October 18, 2020
#177 God of Change and Glory October 18, 2020
#1 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise October 11, 2020
#586 Come to Tend God's Garden October 11, 2020
#30 Colorful Creator October 4, 2020
#495 Called as Partners in Christ’s Service October 4, 2020
#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

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September 27, 2020
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August 16, 2020
August 9, 2020
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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
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March 29, 2020
March 22, 2020
March 15, 2020
March 8, 2020
March 1, 2020
February 26, 2020
February 23, 2020
February 16, 2020
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January 26, 2020
January 19, 2020
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