Paul’s Hymn Blog for Sunday, September 16

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost September 16, 2018

Proverbs 1:20-33; Psalm 19; Mark 8:27-38

Creation Time 2

MV 10 – Come and Seek the Ways of Wisdom (1993)

This hymn uses female imagery to express a trinitarian theology based on “wisdom.” The first stanza calls us to seek “the ways of wisdom”, the second to listen to “the voice of wisdom”, and the third requests “Sister Wisdom, come assist us.” The author is Ruth Duck, professor emerita of worship at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois and a United Church of Christ minister in the U.S.A. Before coming to Garrett in 1989, she served as pastor

at United Church of Christ parishes in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts. Her undergraduate work was done at Southwestern-at-Memphis University, which is now called Rhodes College.

She holds two masters degrees – one from Chicago Theological Seminary and one from the University of Notre Dame. Her doctorate in theology was earned at Boston University. Her academic credentials are weighty ones and balance beautifully with her pastoral experience dealing with the everyday tasks as the spiritual leader of a parish community. This balance of theory and practice illuminate her many hymn texts. Ten of her hymns are in Voices United, and ten in More Voices.

The setting, MADELEINE, is by Donna Kasbohm, Director of Worship and Music at Pax Christi Catholic Community, Eden Prairie, Minnesota.


MV 135 – Called by Earth and Sky (2005)

Words and music are by Pat Mayberry, a singer songwriter with a passion for melody and harmony, who writes music which touches the listener deeply. She began singing in Ottawa in 2001. She has written for the Seasons of the Spirit and Bible Quest church school curricula. Her songs have been inspired by her personal and spiritual journey, and weave together universal themes of love, justice, and healing. She has a gift for the blend of words and music and strives

to find the perfect match of sounds! Inclusive language and spirituality are key elements of Pat’s work. Her music is often used at workshops and retreats and for personal reflection. As stated in More Voices, this text is “a call to live with respect in Creation, celebrating the ancient tradition of the four elements.” Each stanza names and honours one of the elements, with the chorus calling us to our sacred responsibility to maintain our gift of the creation.

Pat Mayberry has four songs/hymns in More Voices.


VU 948 – O God, Hear My Prayer (1982)

Our prayer response comes to us from Jacques Berthier, organist and composer who arranged much of the service music for the Taizé community in France.


VU 452 – You Have Put On Christ (1969)

This short refrain text comes from the Rite of Baptism, International Commission on English in the Liturgy (1969).


The setting is by Brother Howard Hughes, A Marianist religious for 64 years, this distinguished liturgical musician and composer began as a high school teacher of French and director of high school choral groups. In addition Brother Howard also sang in symphonic choruses in New York and in Baltimore. He commented that “conducting high school choral concerts and singing with


adult symphonic choruses have been a great help in learning to write music.” The National Association of Pastoral Musicians honored Brother Howard Hughes, S.M., as Pastoral Musician of the Year in 2012.


VU 442 – Wash Us, God, Your Sons and Daughters (1992)

There are two versions of this Ruth Duck hymn in Voices United, one for infant baptism and one for adult baptism. The first version was commissioned for The United Methodist Hymnal (Nashville, 1989), and the revised version appeared in the author`s Dancing in the Universe:Hymns and Songs (Chicago, 1992). The text is rich in biblical reference, with reflections from Colossians, Romans, 1 Peter, and John. Biographical information about Ruth Duck is found in the entry for MV 10, above. The setting, BEACH SPRING, is a pentatonic shape note tune from The Sacred Harp (Philadelphia, 1844) and is attributed to B.F. White. It is a widely used hymn tune, appearing as the setting for four hymns in Voices United.

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