Hymn Notes

Weekly Hymn Notes

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Hymn Notes for December 17, 2017

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

#121 Toda la Tierra (All Earth Is Waiting)

Alberto Vinas Taule (b. 1932) wrote this text for the season of Advent.  It utilizes images of promise from the Hebrew Scriptures and those of fulfillment through Christ's birth from the New Testament.  This, Taule's first hymn to be published in the United States, originally appeared in The United Methodist Hymnal (1989).

 

Alberto Taule, a Roman Catholic priest, has served a small parish in Barcelona, Spain, and worked for the national offices on liturgical issues related to music.  He received his education at Pontificio Istituto di Musica Sacra S. Pio X. Roma, also in Spain.

Alberto Vinas Taule (b. 1932) composed this tune for his own text, and it was named TAULE in U.S. hymnals to honor him.  Much of Taule's music has been recorded  and continues to grow in popularity far beyond his native Spain.

 

Albert Taule was born December 2, 1932, at Sabadell, Spain.  Many of his thirty-five hymns have been included in Cantoral Liturgico Nacional, the official Roman Catholic hymnal used in Spain.  He serves as the director of music publications in Centre de Pastoral Liturgica in Barcelona, Spain.

#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.

#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.

Hymns by Title

Hymn Number Title Service Date
#121 Toda la Tierra (All Earth Is Waiting) December 17, 2017
#114 Return, My People December 17, 2017
#120 There's a Voice in the Wilderness December 17, 2017
#68 God Is Truly with Us December 10, 2017
#103 Watcher, Tell Us of the Night December 10, 2017
#131 It Came upon the Midnight Clear December 10, 2017
#102 O How Shall I Receive You December 3, 2017
#441 Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me December 3, 2017
#110 Now Bless the God of Israel December 3, 2017
#126 Angels, from the Realms of Glory December 3, 2017
#335 Come, Gather in This Special Place December 3, 2017
#538 Standing at the Future’s Threshold November 26, 2017
#419 Now Thank We All Our God November 26, 2017
#86 When Morning Gilds the Skies November 26, 2017
#22 Sing Praise to God, Who Has Shaped November 19, 2017
#617 Unite and Join Your Cheerful Songs November 19, 2017
#589 Let There Be Light, O God of Hosts November 19, 2017
#28 For the Beauty of the Earth November 12, 2017
#41 I Thank You, Jesus November 12, 2017
#4 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You November 12, 2017
#83 I Sing As I Arise Today November 5, 2017
#299 For All the Saints November 5, 2017
#346 Bread of the World, in Mercy Broken November 5, 2017
#177 God of Change and Glory November 5, 2017
#86 When Morning Gilds the Skies October 29, 2017
#439 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God October 29, 2017
#374 O God of All Your People Past October 29, 2017
#565 God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending October 22, 2017
#566 Heaven and Earth, and Sea and Air October 22, 2017
#73 Enter, Rejoice, and Come In October 22, 2017
#74 We Have Gathered, Jesus Dear October 15, 2017
#332 As We Gather at Your Table October 15, 2017
#510 Grant Us Wisdom to Perceive You October 15, 2017
#581 Lead Us from Death to Life October 8, 2017
#583 Like a Mother Who Has Borne Us October 8, 2017
#387 O Christ, the Great Foundation October 1, 2017
#314 Community of Christ October 1, 2017
#330 Let Us Break Bread Together October 1, 2017
#58 Spirit of Love October 1, 2017
#595 Some Glad Morning (I'll Fly Away) September 24, 2017
#459 Come, O Fount of Every Blessing September 24, 2017
#505 Sweet Hour of Prayer September 17, 2017
#541 They asked “Who’s My Neighbor?” September 17, 2017
#6 Sing Praise to God, Our Highest Good September 10, 2017
#404 Give Up Your Anxious Pains September 10, 2017
#611 O Day of God, Draw Near September 10, 2017
#69 Come, God, Creator, Be Our Shield September 3, 2017
#572 When Israel Was in Egypt’s Land September 3, 2017
#329 Jesus, the Joy of Living Hearts September 3, 2017
#574 In Egypt under Pharaoh September 3, 2017

Hymns by Date

Service Date
December 17, 2017
December 10, 2017
December 3, 2017
December 3, 2017 Hymn #335: Come, Gather in This Special Place
November 26, 2017
November 19, 2017
November 12, 2017
November 5, 2017
October 29, 2017
October 22, 2017
October 15, 2017
October 8, 2017
October 1, 2017
September 24, 2017
September 17, 2017
September 10, 2017
September 3, 2017
August 27, 2017
August 20, 2017
August 13, 2017
August 6, 2017
July 23, 2017
July 16, 2017
July 9, 2017
July 2, 2017
June 25, 2017
June 18, 2017 Hymn #569: Touch the Earth Lightly
June 11, 2017
June 4, 2017
June 4, 2017
May 28, 2017
May 21, 2017
May 14, 2017
May 7, 2017
April 30, 2017
April 23, 2017
April 16, 2017
April 13, 2017
April 13, 2017
April 9, 2017
March 26, 2017
March 19, 2017
March 12, 2017
March 5, 2017
March 1, 2017
February 26, 2017
February 12, 2017
February 5, 2017
January 29, 2017
January 22, 2017
January 15, 2017
January 8, 2017
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