- Choral Music: Precious Lord, Take My Hand – R. Ringwald (1910-1995)
“Precious Lord, take my hand,
Bring Thy child home at last,
Where the strife and the pain
All are past:
I have dreamed a great dream
That Thy love shall rule our land:
Precious Lord, precious Lord, take my hand.”
We can see how these words serve as a memorial to King, but they also should speak to every one of us. In the words of our Collect prayer this week, we pray that, “we may continually be given to good works,” and our rendition of Precious Lord, Take My Hand highlights some of the best work of all – loving those around us.
- Congregational Music: Jesus, all my gladness – Jesu, meine Freude
The famous tune of JESU, MEINE FREUDE that normally appears in C minor today was composed by Johann Crüger (1598-1662), who also wrote many tunes for the poems of Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676), a famous Lutheran pastor. The tune and text were first published in 1653. The war was over by then, but we can be sure that that the times were not easy, because vast numbers of people had died in the war or because of the plague. Entire areas were left unpopulated in Germany.”– C. Michael Hawn, Southern Methodist University
It is important to realize that, while this hymn was written during such a difficult time, it is still just as relevant today. Amid all the violence and strife that we read about every day, we turn to hymns and prayers such as these for words of strength and comfort. Perhaps this hymn is not so different from our anthem, Precious Lord, Take My Hand. The human experience remains much the same throughout generations, and we turn to Christ, our joy, throughout history in word and song.
- Instrumental Music: Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Fauré – M. Ravel (1875-1937)