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Hymn Of The Month - Summer 2013

Hymn of the Month returns with Tune of the Month! Last summer we sang four great hymns of the church. This consistency helped us sing together with songs that (by the end of the month) we all knew! Well by popular demand it's back! This time, instead of focusing on texts, we will focus on Tune. Each tune has a name, signified by CAPS, and are most often penned independently of texts. Many are versatile enough to "carry" many different texts (for example, try singing "O God our Help in Ages Past" to the tune for "Amazing Grace"). May we be fall deeper in love with Christ as we write these songs on our hearts.

June 2013 - CWM RHONDDA

CWM RHONDDA is a well-known Welsh tune. It was written in 1907 by John Hughes, a Welshman who spent most of his life as a railway worker. The tune name literally means 'Rhondda valley,' after the Rhondda River that flows through a coal-mining district of Wales. This tune has great vigor, and was at first circulated only in leaflet form because hymnal editors considered it too vigorous to be a proper hymn tune. They eventually succumbed to popular pressure, and since the 1930s the tune has been included in many hymnals, often with multiple texts.

Fosdick did not like the use of this tune for his text, having written it specifically to fit the three phrases of the tune REGENT SQUARE. When asked about the tune change, he wrote, 'My secretary has already written you the answer to your question about my hymn's divorce from REGENT SQUARE and remarriage to CWM RHONDDA. The Methodists did it! And both here and abroad they are being followed'.

Soli Deo Gloria

June 9th Text - 'God of Grace and God of Glory'

This hymn is a prayer, in which we ask for God's wisdom and courage to face the problems of our day. We beg for God's power, confess our fear and pride, and affirm a desire to seek social justice. {from hymnary.org}

June 2nd Text - 'Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah'

The notion of 'the unknown' is not an idea we're overly fond of. Part of us would love to know how the future plays out - what to prepare for, what to let go because it won't be successful anyway. C. S. Lewis alludes to this desire in Prince Caspian, in this conversation between Lucy and Aslan. 'Please, Aslan!' said Lucy, 'am I not to know?' 'To know what would have happened, child?' said Aslan. 'No, nobody is ever told that.' 'Oh dear,' said Lucy.'

Not knowing what the future holds brings a certain uneasiness to our lives. And yet, in a strange kind of way, there is comfort in the fact as well. Whatever happens to us or our loved ones is out of our hands; we simply couldn't know anything about it if we tried. There is a common phrase: 'Let go, and let God.' In this hymn by William Williams, we are given the words to express our prayer that God would guide us as we walk through a life of unknowns. At the end of her conversation with Aslan, Lucy, her head previously buried into Aslan's mane, suddenly sits up and says, 'I'm sorry, Aslan... I'm ready now.' Let us pray that we are always ready to go with God wherever He takes us, songs of praises ever on our lips. {from hymnary.org}

Soli Deo Gloria.