Church of England Diocese of Manchester Astley Bridge

Hymns & Music for 2nd May recorded by Mel, St. Paul's Church Organist

Mel, St. Paul's Church Organist, writes:

When I looked at the lectionary some weeks ago, the four hymns that seemed relevant for this week included one already recorded, “All people that on earth do dwell”. Julian has access to all the archive of already recorded material and it is pure fluke that he happened to draw that from the archive last week in advance of my suggestions. I can therefore bet that is one of my suggestions he won’t use this week!

Three hymns that I am suggesting are newly recorded and two of them are very recently writen. The Rev Fred Pratt Green was a Methodist minister who only died in 2000. His hymn “When in our music God is glorified” speaks of the incredibly valuable link between worship and music which is something that inspires all Christian musicians. He set the words to the older and very fine tune “Engleberg” written almost a century earlier by Charles Stanford who wrote so much music for the Anglican tradition.

The other recently written hymn is Danny Daniels “You are the vine” which sets content from today’s reading from the Gospel of John. That theme is also echoed in the earlier 19th century hymn “Bread of heaven”, also recorded just this week.

All people that on earth do dwell - https://youtu.be/AuBpfvh9KI8

You are the vine - https://youtu.be/YQDig6YSPhA

Bread of heaven, on thee we feed - https://youtu.be/cSNLtZu3CkI

When in our music God is glorified - https://youtu.be/xJY3mn5krYw

Kindest regards,

Mel.