WORSHIP AND MUSIC
The Worship and Music
Committee needs new members. We have recently lost some longtime members, and we need one or two new people to join us. As our name suggests, we help plan our
worship services and oversee the music program. We meet every other month, usually on a Wednesday at 6 pm. Our next meeting is in March. If you are interested in joining
us, please contact Margene Brown (374-9566), or let Jeri know (373-1716), and she will pass your name on to Margene.
Becky Nolt, Member
Music and Worship
Hymn of the Month
Sunday, February 17, we will sing Hymn 696, “Jesus Calls Us; o’er the Tumult.” This is a familiar hymn written by Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895) in 1852, two years after she married William Alexander, an Irish priest serving a rural Irish parish. Cecil Frances,
known as “Fanny,” wrote four hundred poems, about half of which are hymns. Known for her children’s hymns, which she intended not to be childish, she also wrote more adult hymns. This hymn was written in commemoration of St. Andrew, whose day is November
Fanny took as her starting point Romans 10:9-21, Matthew 4:18-22 (the second lesson and gospel for the day), and the prayer of the day (“Grant unto us all, that we,
being called by thy holy Word, may forthwith give up ourselves obediently to fulfill thy holy commandments”). Like the readings and the prayer, the hymn moves from the call of Andrew to our call, highlighting in the “usual biblical way the importance of hearing.”
Fanny was born in Dublin, the daughter of John Humphreys, a wealthy Irish landowner. She lived a comfortable life, “replete with servants.” She never challenged the social order of her time, but she was committed to helping those in need.
The tune GALILEE was composed by William H. Jude (1851-1922) for this hymn in 1874. It was included in The Congregational Church Hymnal (London,1887) of George Barrett and Edward J. Hopkins. It is not the only tune used for this hymn.
Jude was born in England and became the organist at the Blue Coat Hospital in Liverpool and, after 1889, at the Stretford Town Hall near Manchester. He lectured and gave recitals throughout England and Australia. In addition to composing songs, anthems, and an operetta, he wrote or edited several music journals and books of hymns.
The source of this information is Hymnal Companion to Evangelical Lutheran Worship by Paul Westermeyer, c2010, Augsburg Fortress.