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Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 12 [17]
July 30, 2000

Unifying Theme:
The ways that God satisfies our needs

Scripture Theme Hymns
2 Samuel 11:1-15
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2 Kings 4:42-44
Depth of Mercy 355: Depth of Mercy
371: I Stand Amazed in the Presence
410: I Want a Principle Within
Psalm 14
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Psalm 145
Refuge in God, who is exalted Psalter p. 746
Psalter p. 857
629: You Satisfy the Hungry Heart
John 6:1-21 Satisfaction of Hunger 397: I Need Thee Every Hour
581: Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service
599: Break Thou the Bread of Life
616: Come, Sinners, to the Gospel Feast
633: The Bread of Life for All is Broken
629: You Satisfy the Hungry Heart
Ephesians 3:14-21 Love of God 267: O Love, How Deep
292: What Wondrous Love is This
384: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
479: Jesus, Lover of My Soul
480: O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go
577: God of Grace and God of Glory

Featured Hymn
Lord Whose Love Through Humble Service

Hymn #581
Words by Albert F. Bayly
Music attr. to B.F. White
Harmony by Ronald A. Nelson
Tune name: BEECHER

This hymn has its roots in the 1960's social welfare consciousness. Written in 1961 and submitted to the Hymn Society of America, it was revised by the Society and then chosen as their Conference Hymn for the 1961 National Conference on the Churches and Social Welfare. Its first appearance in any hymnal was in the 1964 United Methodist Book of Hymns. There it was accompanied by the familiar tune, "Beecher" composed first for "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling." This introduction of a new hymn with a familiar text was a particular feature in that hymnal (the first updating of a Methodist Hymnal in many years). It proved to make it easy to incorporate many new texts into the United Methodist repertoire. "Lord Whose Love..." was therefore well received and used repeatedly in many congregations.

However, in the 1989 UMC Hymnal the words are placed with a different tune, "Beech Spring." This tune is a USA Shape note melody from the 1840's. The combination was intended as a complement to the meter of the lyrics. Instead, it has caused the hymn to fall largely into disuse. So there is really no harm in inviting the congregation to sing the text using the more familiar hymn tune of "Beecher." They will probably pay closer attention to the words as they sing the tune from memory, and once more this hymn will remind United Methodist worshippers of how Jesus' ministry to the destitute, downtrodden and disenfranchised is also needed in the late 20th Century.

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Contributed by Rev. Linda K. Morgan-Clark
Passages suggested are from The Revised Common Lectionary: Consultation on Common Texts (Abingdon Press, 1992) copyright © by the Consultation on Common Texts (CCT), P.O. Box 340003, Room 381, Nashville TN 37203-0003. Reprinted with permission of CCT.