Suggested Hymns from

Sundays After Pentecost

Proper 14 [19]
Scripture Theme Hymns
2 Samuel 18:5-9, 31-33
2 Kings 19:4-8
Anguish, Grief, Mourning Stand By Me #512
If Death My Friend and Me Divide #656 (Sing to Old 113th #60)
129 Give to the Winds Thy Fears
Psalm 130
Psalm 34:1-8
Out of the Depths, Hope, Redemption Psalter p. 848;
Canticle of Redemption #516
Out of the Depths I Cry to You #515
O Thou, in Whose Presence #518
John 6:35, 41-51 Living Bread, Eternal Life 630 Become to Us the Living Bread
714 I Know Whom I Have Believed
339 Come, Sinners, to the Gospel Feast
You Satisfy the Hungry Heart #629
163 Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know
Ephesians 4:25-5:2 Walk in Love, Putting away ill will, Christian Relationships 384 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
410 I Want a Principle Within
The Gift of Love #408
430 O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee
549 Where Charity and Love Prevail

Featured Hymn
Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know

Hymn #163
Words by Johann C. Schwedler
Music by H.A. Cesar Malan
Harmony by Lowell Mason
Tune name: HENDON

Two rather unorthodox preachers are responsible for the tune and text of this Hymn.

Schwedler (1672-1730) was unorthodox in his preaching. He often held worship services from six in the morning until two or three in the afternoon, preaching to relays of worshippers throughout the day who in succession filled the church in Niederwise.

He wrote more than 500 hymns whose principal themes were the Grace of God through Christ and the joyful confidence given to believers in Christ.

Abraham Cesar Malan (1787- 1864) was unorthodox in where he preached. His fervent evangelical style was popular but his sermons’ stinging criticism of the spiritual apathy and empty rituals of the Reformed Church were not. He was forced to resign. So he built a chapel in his own garden and preached there for 43 years.

Malan wrote more than 1,000 hymns and set tunes to each of them -- a remarkable feat.

“Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know” was first published in an American hymnal in 1869. It did not enter a Methodist hymnal, however, until 1935. For an unusual effect sing this hymn antiphonally where the repeated refrain “Jesus Christ the crucified” is sung as a choral or congregational response to a solo voice asking the questions of each stanza.

Make the words of this hymn your own question and your own proclamation today:

1. Ask ye what great thing I know,
that delights and stirs me so?
What the high reward I win?
Whose the name I glory in?
Jesus Christ, the crucified.
2. Who defeats my fiercest foes?
Who consoles my saddest woes?
Who revives my fainting heart,
healing all its hidden smart?
Jesus Christ, the crucified.
3. Who is life in life to me?
Who the death of death will be?
Who will place me on his right,
with the countless hosts of light?
Jesus Christ, the crucified.
4. This is that great thing I know;
this delights and stirs me so:
faith in him who died to save,
him who triumphed o'er the grave:
Jesus Christ, the crucified.

God bless you--
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Contributed by Rev. Linda K. Morgan-Clark

Comment on Old Testament Hymn Suggestions

See also Index listings: "Funerals and Memorial Services” p.941, “Grief" p.942, “Affliction and Tribulation” p.934; Also Hymns 652-656 (Grief), 509-536 (Strength in Tribulation) and list at bottom of #656

Comment on Psalter Suggestions

See also Index listings: "Redemption" p.950, “Hope” p.943; Also Hymns 451-508 (Hope)

Comment on Gospel Hymn Suggestions

"Eternal Life" p.940; also Hymns 700-707 (Eternal Life) 256-276 (Jesus' Life and Teaching) and list at bottom of #707

Comment on Epistle Hymn Suggestions

See also Index listings: "Love" p. 947; "Love Feast" p.957; also Hymns 545-566 (United in Christ), 395-424 (Personal Holiness)

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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.