Hymns & Music for 18th July 2021 recorded by Mel, St. Paul's Church Organist

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

This week's four hymns have all had previous appearances in our online services. "I heard the voice of Jesus say" was written by Horatius Bonar who was born in Edinburgh in 1808 and was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in Kelso, later joining The Free Church of Scotland which broke away over issues of state interference in church affairs. It is set today to the tune 'Kingsfold', a traditional English folksong.

John Greenleaf Whittier was an American Quaker poet, born at Haverhill, Massachusetts, in 1807, beginning life as a farm-boy and shoemaker, and subsequently became a successful journalist, editor and poet. Later he became Secretary to the American Anti-Slavery Society and he wrote "Dear Lord and Father of mankind" in 1872. It has become one of today's most popular hymns, probably helped by the tune 'Repton' by Englishman Hubert Parry who for many years kept music as a sideline while working in insurance.

“Christ is made the sure foundation” ties in to the Epistle to the Ephesians set for this Sunday.

AMNS 247 I heard the voice of Jesus say - https://youtu.be/MgnC_yZ9FH8

AMNS 216 O God of Bethel, by Whose hand - https://youtu.be/LHNW0RDYAWw

SHF 76 Dear Lord and Father of mankind - https://youtu.be/vlfEFMY9_2Y

SHF 54 Christ is made the sure foundation - https://youtu.be/HHpU8vJw9UA