Descriptions of Hymns
~~~~~March 09 2014 ~~~~~
We will begin our service by singing two well known and loved hymns, the first of which is "Holy, Holy, Holy," written by Reginald Heber. Heber, a bishop for the Church of England, wrote this hymn for the Trinity Sunday celebration in 1826, and although it is certainly his most well known hymn today, it didn't receive nearly the same recognition during his lifetime. This majestic song provides us with beautiful imagery about the glory owed to God and how all of creation is called to honor and praise Him. Though each of the stanzas are equally insightful, pay close attention to the final one to prepare for worship:
"Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
This hymn will be followed by Samuel John Stone's, "The Church's One Foundation." Stone wrote a series of twelve hymns entitled Lyra Fidelium because he was aware of his parishoners' use of the Apostles' Creed in their prayers, but he was concerned that many did not grasp the full meaning of what they were saying. Thus, he composed a hymn for each article of the Creed, and "The Church's One Foundation" became the most well known of the twelve. This hymn reminds us of the strength found in the body of a church, which is somethinig for which we should continually thank and praise God:
"The Church shall never perish!
In preparation for our passage this week, Zecheriah 1: 7-21, which deals with visions, we will sing "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus," which reminds us where our vision should always be focused. Meditate on the refrain as we sing it:
"Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Finally, we will close our service by singing "Be Thou My Vision," which continues the theme from our previous hymn. Though many of us are very familiar with this hymn, don't overlook the beauty and proufound ideas expressed in its words. Let us continually approach God as the Lord of our heart and the High King of Heaven:
"High King of Heaven, my victory won,