Favorite Hymns of the Summer, 2020

During the months of July and August, we will be singing some of the “favorites” of our parishioners. A request for hymn favorites was made in May to all parishioners. Each hymn has its own story of faith…the words, the music and the lives of the composers and authors, help u to move deeper into our own world of faith.

Enjoy these stories. Sing the hymns. Take in the words of each hymn and ponder how it enhances your own faith.

September 20, 2020: Our “Favorite” hymn today is “O God, our help in ages past,” a favorite of Carol Westerberg Sedlacek. Enjoy the story of this hymn here and read when it is used in Anglican liturgy.

September 13, 2020: The “Favorite” hymn for today “Praise my soul the King of heaven” was not used as we had to change our liturgy at the last moment because of hazardous air quality rating and record from home. Look for this favorite of Jana Libby and Betty McWhorter in October.

September 6, 2020: Our two “Favorites” for today span almost a century of church music. “Blessed Assurance,” a favorite of Brenda Penner’s, is one of Fanny Crosby’s most beloved hymns, first published in 1873. “Surely it is God who saves me,” a favorite of Janet Weidman’s, was written in the 20th century. Enjoy these hymns and their stories here.

August 30, 2020: “A Mighty Fortress is our God” is a hymn that has been translated into numerous languages and for which there are an estimated over 100 English translations. Written by Martin Luther and known as “The Battle Hymn of the Reformation” it is a favorite of Jana Libby and Barbara Balseiro. Read about its rich history here.

August 23, 2020: The “Favorite” hymn for today is that well-known hymn “Jesus Loves Me,” and is a favorite of Barbara Balseiro. Read on here to discover how this so-called children’s hymn ties together, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and the cadets at West Point Military Academy. Perhaps the hymn is not only for children.

August 16, 2020: The “Favorite” hymn we sing today is a favorite of Ray Utterback’s and his father. Beautiful words are found in “The Love of God,” words which trace back to the 11th century. Enjoy the hymn’s story here.

August 9, 2020: The “Favorite” hymns sung today are three: “In Christ there is no East or West;” “Precious Lord;” and “When Peace like a river/It is well with my soul.” Enjoy the stories of these hymns here.

August 2, 2020: “I come with joy to meet my Lord” and “You have come down to the seashore” are the favorites for today’s worship. Find out whose favorites these hymns are and then read their interesting stories here.

July 26, 2020 Favorites: “Holy, Holy, Holy,” “Amazing Grace” and “God of Grace, God of Glory” are three of our favorite hymns…and we sing them all today. Find out whose favorites these hymns are and then enjoy listening to them while you read their stories here.

July 19 Favorites: Today we enjoy two favorites of people we know and love: “I Come to the Garden Alone” and “I am the Bread of Life.” Click here to enjoy their stories…and find out just whose favorites these are!

July 12, 2020 Favorite: Today we sing only one “favorite,” but it is a really good one! Click here to enjoy the story of “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise.”

July 5, 2020 Favorites: This day we sing two favorites: “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” and “Lift Ev’ery Voice and Sing.” Click here, see whose “favorites” these are and enjoy the stories of these two well-known hymns.