“New” Hymns, Part Deux

I had a professor in seminary who once pastored a church in the mountains of N.C. He said he decided while he was there they were going to learn every hymn in the hymnal (which was probably the 1933 Presbyterian hymnal). Well, one Sunday, he chose “God of Our Fathers” (our National Hymn), thinking that some, if not most, had heard that one. Well, they had not. As you probably know, every stanza of that one begins with a little trumpet fanfare (Dah . . . dit dit dit dot– dot– dot– dot– ) and hymnals usually have a little “stage direction” printed in italics under the music for the trumpet fanfare. Well, that Sunday, the people stood up to try out their new hymn, and they all sang, loudly and with great enthusiasm, “TRUMPETS–BEFORE–EACH–STANZA–God of our fathers whose almighty hand . . . “


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