Two Songs for Pentecost
Pentecost, the Holy Day that celebrates the giving of the Holy Spirit and the real
beginning of the New Testament church. We wanted to have some special songs to help us
better remember and focus on this Holy Day. Here are two that we "created" from
resources in the Workshop.
Both songs are based on scriptures that were originally set into metre by Isaac Watts.
For music we used tunes that everyone was already familiar with so that we could focus on
the meaning of what we were singing without having to learn a new tune.
Behold What Wonderous Love
The first song is "Behold What Wonderous Love." It is based on 1 Jn 3: 1-3 and
Gal 4:6, and is about our adoption into God's family through the Holy Spirit in us. This
song is in Short Metre and at first we thought we'd use the tune "Terra Beata"
(the tune to "This Is My Father's World"), but eventually we used the Dwight
Armstrong tune "To Thee I Lift My Soul," which has a meditative mood that fits
these words very well. Here is the song, "Behold What Wonderous Love," as we sang it
in the UCG Dallas South congregation on the Sabbath just before Pentecost. If you're
interested, here are the original words by Isaac
How Filled With Honor Is the Place!
The second song is about the New Testament church. This song is based on Isa 26: 1-6, and
the original words were once again by Isaac Watts. As you read over, or sing, these words,
remember that in prophecy, Zion is often a type for the church. These words are in Common
Metre and could have been sung with several of Dwight Armstrong's tunes, but the two that
seemed best adapted for these words were from other songs that we wanted to use during that
service, so we pressed another familiar tune into service, a tune named
"Materna," which everyone knows best as the tune to "America the
Beautiful." As much as we love this country, we think that the tune has found a
better use here, singing about the beauty, honor and glory of Christ's church. The
song is titled "How Filled With Honor Is the
Place." We hope you like it. Here are Isaac Watts original words.
We are keenly interested in feedback on these songs. We worked closely with our
pastor, and with other musically savvy members, including Roger Bryant's wife, to try to
make these songs the kind of music everyone in the church could sing with joy and
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