St. Peter’s-on-the-Rock Church
Centennial Year ~ 2014
15 Favorite Hymns
(as voted by parishioners during Summer 2013)
Tune: Praise My Soul
Considered by many to be the most “pure” and truly gentle of all Hymns of Praise, this classic mid-Victorian melody carries a message of optimism & humility. A perennial choice at Weddings – and even Funerals – “Praise My Soul” is sung here in the glorious setting of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London England:
2.”Mine Eyes Have Seen the Coming of the Glory of the Lord”
Tune: Battle Hymn
No hymn is more guaranteed to raise the church roof right off its foundations – no ringing sounds more guaranteed to fill the blue waters of Hell’s Gate Boating Channel than the famously stirring U.S. gospel and Civil War marching song always known as “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”. Hear it sung in all its glory by the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir of Salt Lake City, Utah USA:
3. “Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee”
Tune: Hymn to Joy
A song of praise ringing down through the ages. It’s glorious, it’s grand, it’s surprisingly easy to sing – with music written by no less than the great Beethoven himself. Here you can join the hundreds of voices singing out at Britain’s Royal Albert Hall:
4. “And Did Those Feet in Ancient Time”
No song more stirs the soul, nor better matches the claims of glory – both in this world and the next – than this classic anthem celebrating the British Empire at its peak, poised at the very heart of Christianity. It’s the next best thing to declaring outright that God himself arrived that very morning on Stony Lake… by canoe!
5. “I Danced in the Morning”
Tune: Lord of the Dance
Simple communal worship in the early American churches of New England & Pennsylvania brought about this Shaker-inspired folksong-like ditty, lovingly telling the story of Jesus inspiring his followers through music, song & dance.
6. “I Feel the Winds of God Today”
A melancholy tune – yet so full of hope – could scarcely be more perfect for the waters lapping at St. Peter’s shore as it tells of “lifting the sails” and going forth in God’s sunshine & winds. The lovely country tune was adapted from a traditional folk-melody by no less a composer than the great Edwardian Ralph Vaughn Williams.
7. “O Worship the King, All Glorious Above”
This optimistic call for an orderly world has its origins in the search for political order in Great Britain in the early 18th century when King George I of Hanover Germany ascended the English Throne, only to have this beautiful tune composed for him by Westminster Abbey organist William Croft.
8. “Unto the Hills”
Learned by every Sunday School student from an early age, this Christian classic – reciting the story of hope told in Psalm 121 – tells of trusting in a benign world and the protection of the Higher Power.
9. “The Church’s One Foundation”
Whether you can barely hold a tune – or whether your voice ranges deeply into its special musical part (soprano, alto, tenor or bass) this glorious full-bodied tune, by no less than the great English 19th century evangelist S.S. Wesley – brings out the inner singer in every member of the congregation!
10. “Holy Holy Holy”
For sheer dignity & simplicity, few hymns are as easy to sing as the ever-popular “Holy, Holy, Holy” – a Victorian classic that resonates through the ages.
11. “All Things Bright and Beautiful”
TuneS (2): Royal Oak & All Things Bright
This glorious hymn in celebration of Nature – in things both great & small – comes in TWO well-known tunes from the English church traditions of Victorian & Edwardian times. The 1st tune is called Royal Oak:
The other well-known tune for this hymn is called: “All Things Bright”:
Which is YOUR favorite?
12. “Be Thou My Vision”
Ever hopeful, ever yearning, the glorious rolling Irish lilt of “Be Thou My Vision”can bring a tear of resolution & courage into even the hardest of hearts. Here an auditorium full of enthusiastic singers & orchestra makes the music swell:
13. “This is My Father’s World”
Tune: Terra Beata
Lilting & gentle, hopeful & full of nature’s bounty, “My Father’s World” – a Victorian paean to the gentle world of Nature all around – speaks uniquely to the beauty of Stony Lake itself. Here a choir of all ages and backgrounds sings the familiar and much-loved words:
14. “Onward Christian Soldiers”
Tune: St. Gertrude
Nothing can top Sir Aurthur Sullivan (the musical half of “Gilbert & Sullivan”) in this rousing Victorian call to service & greater glory. Sung here by a great US Presbyterian Choir.
15. “All Glory, Laud & Honour”
Tune: St. Theodulph
This regal, uplifting song of praise & majesty – associated with the glories of Easter -- is here sung by the famed Choir of King’s College, Cambridge England: