Jesus, Tempted in the Desert

Scripture References

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Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

It is worth considering, when reflecting on the temptations of Christ, to bear in mind the testimony from Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 24, that Jesus “in his baptism and temptations, teaching and miracles, battles with demons and friendship with sinners…lived a full and righteous human life before us... He lovingly obeyed the Father and made present in deed and word the coming rule of God.”

Tune Information

f minor
Meter D

Hymn Story/Background

The tune was composed in 1940 and named in honor of Geneva, New York, where the composer George Henry Day served as organist and choirmaster of Trinity Church [from 1935 until his death in 1966].
— United Methodist Hymnal Companion

Author Information

Herman G. Stuempfle Jr. (b. Clarion, Pennsylvania April 2, 1923; d. Gettysburg, Pensylvania, March 13, 2007) was educated at Susquehanna University (A.B., 1945), Lutheran Theological Seminary (B.D., 1946), Union Theological Seminary (S.T.M., 1967) and Southern California School of Theology at Claremont (Th. D., 1971). From 1947-1959, Rev. Stuempfle, served as pastor of parishes in Pennsylvania and Maryland. In 1959, he joined the staff of the Board of Missions of the United Lutheran Church in America. Throughout his 27-year career as Professor of Preaching at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Rev. Stuempfle also served as the school’s Dean (1971-1976) and as President (1976-1989).

In 2004, Dr. Stuempfle was named a Fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. His work is found in an ever-growing number of hymnals. His collections of hymn texts include The Word Goes Forth (GIA 1993); Redeeming the Time (GIA 1997); Awake Our Hearts To Praise (GIA 2000); and Wondrous Love Has Called Us (GIA 2006). Dr. Stuempfle died on March 13, 2007 after a long battle with ALS. 

Composer Information

George Henry Day (b. New York, NY, 1883; d. Geneva, NY, 1966) was a choir boy at Trinity Chapel, New York, and the organist/choirmaster at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Chelsea Square in 1911. Day prepared at New York University for a career in accounts and commercial law only to choose music instead. He graduated from the New York College of Music in 1913 and studied with G. Edward Stubs, Edward Shippen Barnes, and Orlando Mansfield. In 1923 he received his doctorate from Lincoln-Jefferson University. Day served as organist/choirmaster of Christ Church, Rochester, New York (1925-35), and at Trinity Church, Geneva, New York, from 1935 until his death. He was active in the American Guild of Organists, a director of the American Organ Player’s Club, and the composer of some 400 works.
— United Methodist Hymnal Companion
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