Today’s Bible Reading & Verse
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. – Matthew 5:43-45
Though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not. – C. S. Lewis
Today’s Song Story
Holy’ Holy’ Holy
"Holy, Holy, Holy" was written by Reginald Heber, an Anglican clergyman, nearly two centuries ago. He wrote hymns in an attempt to improve the singing in his little congregation at Hodnet, near Birmingham, England.
Most congregations in those days sang the Psalter–– but most sang it badly. To inject a bit of spirit in the hymn-singing, Heber introduced his congregation to some of the modern church music of his day, to include John Newton’s "Amazing Grace." He also wrote dozens of hymns, the best-known being "Holy, Holy, Holy." He wrote it for Trinity Sunday, as evidenced by the words, "God in three persons, blessed Trinity," in the first and last verses.
The hymn tune was written by John Dykes. He called it Nicaea (also spelled Nicea) after the church council that established the doctrine of the Trinity.
When Rev. Heber was 40 years old, he reluctantly left his beloved England to begin service as Bishop of Calcutta, India. The scope of the job combined with the hot climate and primitive conditions, proved too much for Bishop Heber. He died at the age of 43 after serving only three years in India.
His music was Rev. Heber’s true legacy. After his death, a hymnal was published that included all of his hymns. Even today, most hymnals include two or three of his hymns.
But it is this hymn, "Holy, Holy, Holy," that has blessed people all over the world. Translated into many languages and sung in many tongues, it was Rev. Heber’s most enduring gift to the church.
–– Copyright 2007, Richard Niell Donovan
Today’s Worship Songs
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Shout For Joy – Lincoln Brewster
Praise – Paul Baloche
For This Cause – Hillsong
All Kinds of People – Susan Ashton
Legacy of Love – David Phelps
Precious Jesus – City On a Hill
I Will Praise Him Still – Fernando Ortega
Tears Fall – Barlow Girl
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