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Go Make of All Disciples

Author: Leon M. Adkins, b. 1896 Meter: 7.6.7.6 D Appears in 20 hymnals Scripture: Mark 13:5-13 First Line: "Go make of all disciples" Topics: Brotherhood and Sisterhood Used With Tune: ELLACOMBE
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It came upon the midnight clear

Author: Edmund Hamilton Sears (1810-1876) Meter: 8.6.8.6 D Appears in 835 hymnals Scripture: Mark 13:7-8 Lyrics: 1 It came upon the midnight clear, that glorious song of old, from angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold: "Peace on the earth, good will to you from heaven's all-gracious King!" The world in solemn stillness lay to hear the angels sing. 2 Still through the cloven skies they come, with peaceful wings unfurled: and still their heavenly music floats o'er all the weary world; above its sad and lowly plains they bend on hovering wing, and ever o'er its Babel-sounds the blessèd angels sing. 3 But with the woes of sin and strife the world has suffered long: beneath the angels' hymn have rolled two thousand years of wrong: and warring humankind hears not the love-song which they bring: oh, hush the noise and still the strife to hear the angels sing. 4 And you, beneath life's crushing load whose forms are bending low, who toil along the climbing way with painful steps and slow, look now! for glad and golden hours come swiftly on the wing: oh, rest beside the weary road, and hear the angels sing. 5 For lo! the days are hastening on, by prophet bards foretold, when, with the ever-rolling years, still dawns the Age of Gold, when peace shall over all the earth its ancient splendours fling, and all the world give back the song which now the angels sing. Topics: Life in Christ Christ Incarnate - Christmas and Epiphany; Angels Used With Tune: NOEL

Have mercy, Lord, forgive us, Lord

Author: Graham Kendrick (b. 1950) Meter: Irregular Appears in 6 hymnals Scripture: Mark 13:7-8 First Line: O Lord, the clouds are gathering Topics: The Holy Spirit The Church Celebrates - National Life; Children; Judgement; Justice and Peace; Penitence Used With Tune: O LORD THE CLOUDS (A NEVER-FAILING STREAM)

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ELLACOMBE

Meter: 7.6.7.6 D Appears in 491 hymnals Scripture: Mark 13:5-13 Tune Sources: Gesangbuch der Herzogl, Wirtemberg, 1784 Tune Key: A Major Incipit: 51765 13455 67122 Used With Text: Go Make of All Disciples
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NOEL

Composer: Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842-1900) Meter: 8.6.8.6 D Appears in 133 hymnals Scripture: Mark 13:7-8 Tune Sources: Traditional melody Tune Key: F Major Incipit: 12321 23432 5534 Used With Text: It came upon the midnight clear

O LORD THE CLOUDS (A NEVER-FAILING STREAM)

Composer: Graham Kendrick (b. 1950) Meter: Irregular Appears in 4 hymnals Scripture: Mark 13:7-8 Tune Key: C Major Incipit: 35567 71117 65361 Used With Text: Have mercy, Lord, forgive us, Lord

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My Hope Is Built

Author: Edward Mote Hymnal: Voices Together #621 (2020) Meter: 8.8.8.8 with refrain Scripture: Mark 13:1-13 First Line: My hope is built on nothing less Refrain First Line: On Christ, the solid rock, I stand Lyrics: 1 My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. Refrain: On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand. 2 In ev’ry rough and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the vale. When all around my soul gives way, he then is all my hope and stay. [Refrain] 3 Not earth, nor hell, my soul can move; I rest upon unchanging love. I trust his righteous character, his counsel, promise, and his pow’r. [Refrain] 4 When he shall come with trumpet sound, oh, may I then in him be found, dressed in his righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne. [Refrain] Topics: Confessing Faith; Faith ; Hope; Jesus Christ Second Coming of; Name of Jesus; Reign of Christ; Salvation Tune Title: SOLID ROCK

It Came upon the Midnight Clear (A medianoche se escuchó)

Author: Edmund H. Sears, 1810-1876; Georgina Pando-Connolly, b. 1946 Hymnal: Santo, Santo, Santo #89 (2019) Scripture: Mark 13:7-8 Refrain First Line: CMD Topics: Año Cristiano Navidad; Christian Year Christmas; Paz; Peace Languages: English; Spanish Tune Title: CAROL

It came upon the midnight clear

Author: Edmund Hamilton Sears, 1810-1876 Hymnal: Singing the Faith #205 (2011) Meter: 8.6.8.6 D Scripture: Mark 13:7-8 Topics: The Incarnate Christ: Christmas Languages: English Tune Title: NOEL

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Leon M. Adkins

1896 - 1986 Person Name: Leon M. Adkins, b. 1896 Scripture: Mark 13:5-13 Author of "Go Make of All Disciples" in Gather Comprehensive Adkins, Leon McKinley. (Ticonderoga, NY, July 14, 1896-Saratoga Springs, NY, October 11, 1986). Methodist. Son of George H. and Lary L. (Brooks) Adkins. Middlebury College, B.A. 1919; honorary D.D. 1945; Boston University School of Theology, S.T.B. 1925. Clergyman, with pastorates in Delmar, Schenectady, and Syracuse, NY (1927-1955). General secretary, Division of the Local Church, Board of Education of the Methodist Church, 1955-1966. Member of the 1964 Methodist hymnal committee. Writer of religious poems and hymns, one of these being "Go, make of all disciples." Anastasia Van Burkalow, DNAH Archives

Edmund H. Sears

1810 - 1876 Person Name: Edmund Hamilton Sears (1810-1876) Scripture: Mark 13:7-8 Author of "It came upon the midnight clear" in Church Hymnary (4th ed.) Edmund Hamilton Sears was born in Berkshire [County], Massachusetts, in 1810; graduated at Union College, Schenectady, in 1834, and at the Theological School of Harvard University, in 1837. He became pastor of the Unitarian Society in Wayland, Mass., in 1838; removed to Lancaster in 1840; but on account of ill health was obliged to retire from the active duties of the ministry in 1847; since then, residing in Wayland, he devoted himself to literature. He has published several works. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872 ======================= Sears, Edmund Hamilton, D.D., son of Joseph Sears, was born at Sandisfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, April 6, 1810, and educated at Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., where he graduated in 1834; and at the Theological School at Cambridge. In 1838 he became pastor of the First Church (Unitarian) at Wayland, Massachusetts; then at Lancaster in the same State, in 1840; again at Wayland, in 1847; and finally at Weston, Massachusetts, in 1865. He died at Weston, Jan. 14, 1876. He published:— (1) Regeneration, 1854; (2) Pictures of the Olden Time, 1857; (3) Athanasia, or Foregleams of Immortality, 1858, enlarged ed., 1872; (4) The Fourth Gospel the Heart of Christ; (5) Sermons and Songs of the Christian Life, 1875, in which his hymns are collected. Also co-editor of the Monthly Religious Magazine. Of his hymns the following are in common use:— 1. Calm on the listening ear of night. Christmas. This hymn was first published in its original form, in the Boston Observer, 1834; afterwards, in the Christian Register, in 1835; subsequently it was emended by the author, and, as thus emended, was reprinted entire in the Monthly Magazine, vol. xxxv. Its use is extensive. 2. It came upon the midnight clear. Christmas. "Rev. Dr. Morison writes to us, Sears's second Christmas hymn was sent to me as editor of the Christian Register, I think, in December, 1849. I was very much delighted with it, and before it came out in the Register, read it at a Christmas celebration of Dr. Lunt's Sunday School in Quincy. I always feel that, however poor my Christmas sermon may be, the reading and singing of this hymn are enough to make up for all deficiences.'" 3. Ho, ye that rest beneath the rock. Charitable Meetings on behalf of Children. Appeared in Longfellow and Johnson's Hymns of the Spirit, Boston, 1864, in 2 stanzas of 8 lines. Dr. Sears's two Christmas hymns rank with the best on that holy season in the English language. Although a member of the Unitarian body, his views were rather Swedenborgian than Unitarian. He held always to the absolute Divinity of Christ. [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.] --Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Arthur Sullivan

1842 - 1900 Person Name: Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842-1900) Scripture: Mark 13:7-8 Adapter of "NOEL" in Church Hymnary (4th ed.) Arthur Seymour Sullivan (b Lambeth, London. England. 1842; d. Westminster, London, 1900) was born of an Italian mother and an Irish father who was an army band­master and a professor of music. Sullivan entered the Chapel Royal as a chorister in 1854. He was elected as the first Mendelssohn scholar in 1856, when he began his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He also studied at the Leipzig Conservatory (1858-1861) and in 1866 was appointed professor of composition at the Royal Academy of Music. Early in his career Sullivan composed oratorios and music for some Shakespeare plays. However, he is best known for writing the music for lyrics by William S. Gilbert, which produced popular operettas such as H.M.S. Pinafore (1878), The Pirates of Penzance (1879), The Mikado (1884), and Yeomen of the Guard (1888). These operettas satirized the court and everyday life in Victorian times. Although he com­posed some anthems, in the area of church music Sullivan is best remembered for his hymn tunes, written between 1867 and 1874 and published in The Hymnary (1872) and Church Hymns (1874), both of which he edited. He contributed hymns to A Hymnal Chiefly from The Book of Praise (1867) and to the Presbyterian collection Psalms and Hymns for Divine Worship (1867). A complete collection of his hymns and arrangements was published posthumously as Hymn Tunes by Arthur Sullivan (1902). Sullivan steadfastly refused to grant permission to those who wished to make hymn tunes from the popular melodies in his operettas. Bert Polman



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