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Hymn Blog - March 4, 2012

By PStott - Posted on 28 February 2012

March 4, 2012 – Lent II & Annual Meeting

VU 109 – Now Quit Your Care. Percy Dearmer wrote this text in 1928, based in part on Isaiah 58, the traditional lection for Ash Wednesday. It breaks the common mould of Lenten hymns, in claiming that Lenten sacrifice should be serving the cause of justice, leading to an outbreak of God’s glory. The sprightly carol tune matches the upbeat text. One of the most influential leaders in twentieth century English hymnody, Dearmer co-edited The English Hymnal (1906) with Ralph Vaughan Williams, and with Vaughan Williams and Martin Shaw produced Songs of Praise (1925) and The Oxford Book of Carols (1928). He was professor of ecclesiastic art at Kings College, London and canon of Westminster. The French carol tune QUITTEZ, PASTEURS, was arranged by Martin Shaw, organist, composer and teacher.

MV 187 – We Give Our Thanks. 
This is a traditional song from Botswana. The original words were translated by the great Taiwanese hymnologist I-to Loh, who is a retired professor of Worship, Church Music and Ethnomusicology at Tainan Theological College & Seminary, also an adjunct Professor of Worship & Church Music at the Southeast Asian Graduate School of Theology. He was the editor of the seminal collection Sound the Bamboo: CCA Hymnal 2000 and has recently produced a Hymnal Companion for it.

MV 1 – Let Us Build a House. This beautiful hymn of inclusion was written and composed by Marty Haugen, a liturgical composer from Eagan, Minnesota. For the past fifteen years he has presented workshops across North America, Europe, Australia, and Central America for both Roman Catholic and Protestant liturgical ministers. His music appears in numerous hymnals produced for Canadian and Australian Roman Catholics, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and numerous other Protestant denominations. Seven of his works are in Voices United and three in More Voices. The text presents a vision of church that might well be our goal to build toward. The tune, TWO OAKS, is very singable and a lovely accompaniment to the text.

MV 77 – Be Still and Know. Our prayer response is based on words from Psalm 46:1 in a setting by John Bell, an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland and a member of the Iona Community. After a period in the Netherlands and two posts in church youth work, he became employed full time in the areas of music and worship with the Wild Goose Resource Group. He is a past convenor of the Church of Scotland's Panel on Worship and the Committee revising the Church Hymnary. In 1999 he was honoured by the Presbyterian Church of Canada and the Royal School of Church Music which bestowed a Fellowship on him, and in 2002 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Glasgow. He is a fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada.

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