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Sycamore Presbyterian Church 

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Midlothian, Va 23114

 

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May, 2014: Be Thou My Vision

Our May Hymn of the Month is Hymn # 642 in the Trinity Hymnal, "Be Thou my Vision". A well-known song to most believers in our tradition--but did you know it is more than one thousand years old? Here is our Sanctuary Choir singing it for you Dates can sometimes make our eyes gloss over, but the historical context in which a worship song comes about can enrich our understa...

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April, 2014: I know that my Redeemer lives, Glory Hallelujah

Our hymn for April is Hymn 281 in the Trinity Hymnal--"I know that my Redeemer lives, Glory Hallelujah"(see the music and words here) While the text was written in England in the 1750s (by baptist preacher Samuel Medley ), the pairing of the text and the melody as we have it now was popularized in the third Great Awakening in the US about a century later. This rollicking...

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March, 2014: What Wondrous Love is This

March's Hymn of the Month is #261 in the Trinity Hymnal, "What Wondrous Love is This" Here's our Sanctuary Choir singing "What Wondrous Love" and an interesting YouTube video of shape-note singers singing it in a way traditional to the Appalachian region. "Wondrous Love" is one of the most well-known and widely used American hymns. The text was first published out of Lyn...

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February, 2014: O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing

Now that we are smack dab in the middle of flu season (and strep season, and mystery virus season, and, frankly, cabin fever season) we can find new appreciation for the origin of February's Hymn of the Month, #164, "O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing". In 1749, one year after a serious illness during which his faith was shaken, then renewed, Charles Wesley commemorated the...

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January, 2014: Spirit, Strength of All the Weak

January's Hymn of the Month is Hymn #336 in the Trinity Hymnal, "Spirit, Strength of All the Weak". Little ones have learned the easy refrain "Hear us, Holy Spirit" and everyone has been over at least the first two verses. In contrast to December's hymn, which was all about Jesus and His begotten-not-created nature, this month's hymn focuses, you guessed it, on the Third ...

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November, 2013: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Greetings, Sycamore Families, November's Hymn-of-the-Month is "A Mighty Fortress is our God" found in the Trinity Hymnal #92. This wordy hymn was written by Martin Luther (in German) and there are more than seventy English translations in various hymnals today. (This is why if you YouTube the hymn, you may or may not find our hymnal's text.) "A Mighty Fortress is our Go...

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October, 2013: On Christ, the Solid Rock, I Stand

Greetings!I am excited to help with Sunday School Music this semester!We'll be learning a Hymn-of-the-Month, which will also be sung in the service during the month. Each month, I'll send out a bit of information on the hymn we are singing. October's hymn is #521 My Hope is Built on Nothing Less (also known as On Christ, the Solid Rock, I Stand). The text of this hymn was...

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