October, 2013: On Christ, the Solid Rock, I Stand
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 written in 1834 by Edward Mote, a London minister and prolific hymn writer of almost 100 hymns.
This hymn is a proclamation and a praise, referring to the parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders, found in Matthew 7 and Luke 6. Composed of rich truths, the text proclaims the foundations of our faith in fullness and truth when sung in their entirety. In Verse 1 we sing, "I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus' name." The sweetest frame is thought to refer both to a supporting structure in building (the frame of a house) and also to a frame of mind. So the text here preaches we oughtn't trust in our good feelings toward God, but in Christ himself.
The final phrase of the final verse preaches the gospel of grace, "..dressed in his righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne."
With your small children, we will sing all verses, but particularly concentrate on verse 1 and the chorus. Readers will learn and sing all verses.
If you'd like a refresher of this hymn at home, here is a congregational singing of the hymn found on youtube.
For families working on handwriting, dictation, and poem memorization the text of our Hymn-of-the-Month provides excellent material for all of these.
And...Purchase your family's own Trinity Hymnal for $11 on Amazon, here.
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