Church of England Diocese of Manchester Astley Bridge

Hymns & Music for 4th July 2021 recorded by Mel, St. Paul's Church Organist

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

Two of this week's four suggestions involve creations by 20th century writers. The first hymn has a tune written by Maurice Bevan, a lay clerk at St Paul's Cathedral London, composed for them and named "Corvedale" after the part of Shropshire where his father was a vicar. The text is older by Rev F W Faber who came from a Calvinist background but was ordained in the Church of England before following Newman into Roman Catholicism. Faith of our fathers is another of his hymns. It exists with words slanted towards the Roman church as well as the more protestant alternative version recorded here.

The second suggestion is one by Rev John Bell of the Iona Community. He has written many hymn texts, setting some to traditional Scottish tunes or in this case an Irish one, "Salley Gardens". His suggests the middle two verses are optional and I have not included them in this recording. Maybe that’s a pity as several lines “'Don’t query our position! Don’t criticise our wealth!, Don’t mention those exploited by politics and stealth!', 'When will the wronged be righted? When will the kingdom come? When will the world be generous to all instead of some?” have a huge relevance to us today.

AHONb 747 There's a wideness in God's mercy - https://youtu.be/pAVyvJlTE1Q

Inspired by love and anger - https://youtu.be/vUZpgyVLzAQ

H1982 558 Faith of our fathers - https://youtu.be/_AmtXOwS9Y0

SHF 210 Immortal, invisible, God only wise - https://youtu.be/l1fzNL6sTVA

Mel.