Each week, Music Director Barb Bosman shares her favourite hymns and inspirations to encourage and inspire you.
September 13, 2020
“ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Good morning everyone.
And just like that, its fall. On a short drive to Seaforth on Friday, I saw corn being harvested, beans being sprayed, and beautiful colours in many trees. It’s very lovely, although it makes me a little wistful!
The hymns suggested by the Lectionary for this week in our church year were interesting, because no choir or individual has thought to record and put a version on YouTube to share, and I searched 13 different hymns. I did manage to find 3 hymns for us this morning, though. “Great Is Thy Faithfulness “-VU # 288 –is a favourite of mine, and is a popular Christian hymn. It was written by Thomas Chisholm in 1923- almost a hundred years ago, and was made especially popular when Billy Graham used it frequently on his international crusades.
Our second hymn this morning will likely surprise you with its melody. It is not the tune we frequently use in our churches( I hope I’m speaking for Auburn!!), but it is a tune you will recognize. How Firm A Foundation”-#660, also in Voices United, is a hymn much used and loved that it has been used at the funerals of two American presidents. Yet despite its popularity, the author is somewhat of a mystery. Written in 1787, the author is listed simply as “K”, although there is plenty of speculation about musicians of that era. It’s a wonderful old hymn, encouraging us to establish our own strong foundations through prayer, scripture and service.
The last hymn this morning, I used back in May as part of a hymnsing- VU #651 –“Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah “. It is a wonderful, very old , originally Welsh hymn, written by a man called William Williams sometime between 1717 and 1791, so very old. Because it is so well known, the version you will hear is by a choir consisting of students from Fountainview Academy in British Columbia. There are no words to follow, but you might just want to listen to it- the instruments and voices are beautiful.
Our special music today, to end with is very familiar. Hundreds of artists have covered this Josh Groban song- “You Raise Me Up”- popular since 2003. This version features an American performer, Peter Hollens, his brothers and a choir of hundreds of young people. What is amazing about it is that it’s “a cappella”- that means no instruments.
It’s wonderful. You Raise Me Up, Legendary Vocals
Have a great week everyone. Stay well.
Sing along! … When you’re singing at home, you be as loud as you like! (True fact – Singing, especially in a choir increases life expectancy 🙂