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LORD, I Gladly Trust

Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

The beautiful expressions of trust that we find in especially stanzas 1 and 2 can only come from someone who knows the deep comfort of Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 1, Question and Answer 1: “…I belong—body and soul, in life and in death—to my faithful savior Jesus Christ.” Only such a person can profess in stanza 4, “Lord, I gladly trust in you.”
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Additional Prayers

Loving God, you teach us, you lead us,
you protect us, you forgive us.
In life and in death we belong to you.
We long for your Holy Spirit
to strengthen us in our walk with you.
Give us joy, peace, and patience
as we learn, more and more,
to place our full trust in you. Amen.

Loving God,
you teach us, you lead us, you protect us, you forgive us.
Help us to trust you more each day,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.
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Tune Information

Name
REDHEAD 76
Key
D Major
Meter
7.7.7.7.7.7

Recordings

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Hymn Story/Background

REDHEAD 76 is named for its composer, who published it as number 76 in his influential Church Hymn Tunes, Ancient and Modem (1853) as a setting for the hymn text "Rock of Ages." It has been associated with Psalm 51 since the 1912 Psalter, where the tune was named AJALON. The tune is also known as PETRA from its association with "Rock of Ages," and GETHSEMANE, which derives from the text "Go to Dark Gethsemane."
 
Of the three long lines constituting REDHEAD 76, the last is almost identical to the first, and the middle line has an internal repeat. Well-suited to singing in parts, this music is also appropriate for unaccompanied singing.
— Bert Polman

Author Information

Martin Leckebusch (b. Leicester, England, 1962) was educated at Oriel College before going on to study Mathematics at Oxford and Numerical Analysis at Brunel University. He and his wife, Jane, have four daughters; their second child, a son, died in 1995. The family live in Gloucester and belong to a Baptist church.
 
Martin’s work in hymnody over the past twenty-five years has resulted in almost 400 hymn texts, of which around half have so far been published by Kevin Mayhew. These include the ever-popular More than Words and Songs of God’s People – books which have cemented his status as a talented and accomplished hymn writer.
 
Martin is keen to see the church equipped for Christian living, and believes that well-crafted and wisely-used contemporary hymns and songs have a vital role to play in that process.

Composer Information

Richard Redhead (b. Harrow, Middlesex, England, 1820; d. Hellingley, Sussex, England, 1901) was a chorister at Magdalen College, Oxford. At age nineteen he was invited to become organist at Margaret Chapel (later All Saints Church), London. Greatly influencing the musical tradition of the church, he remained in that position for twenty-five years as organist and an excellent trainer of the boys' choirs. Redhead and the church's rector, Frederick Oakeley, were strongly committed to the Oxford Movement, which favored the introduction of Roman elements into Anglican worship. Together they produced the first Anglican plainsong psalter, Laudes Diurnae (1843). Redhead spent the latter part of his career as organist at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Paddington (1864-1894).
— Bert Polman
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