Service for July 5, 2020
This Is My Song
One of the most stirring tunes in the United Methodist Hymnal is FINLANDIA. The melody comes from a symphonic tone poem by Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) by the name of Finlandia, Op. 26.
Amerrica the Beautiful
Katharine Lee Bates (1859-1929) offers iconic images in “America the Beautiful” that capture the variety of landscapes found throughout the continental United States. Her hymn has inspired many singers to nationalistic devotion and gratitude to God for this land.
When Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous “I have a dream” speech on August 28, 1963, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to over 200,000 civil rights supporters, the refrain — “Let freedom ring!” — that climaxed this famous speech came from Samuel Smith’s patriotic hymn.
God of the Ages
“God of the Ages” (originally “God of Our Fathers”), is Daniel C. Roberts one claim to literary fame, was written for a small rural parish in Brandon, Vt., for the nation’s centennial celebration in 1876.
Presented by Donna Robinson from Magazine UMC.
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