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Come Away from Rush and Hurry

Scripture References

Further Reflections on Scripture References

Notice the similar exhortations in Psalm 46:10 and Matthew 11:28-30.  Also take note of the pattern in Jesus’ life as described in Mark3:13, Luke 5:16 and other similar parallels.

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

We celebrate with joy that Christ has come to rescue us from sin and evil through the work of his son, Jesus Christ. Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 35 identifies the church as “the fellowship of those who confess Jesus as Lord…the bride of Christ…”
 

Belgic Confession, Article 21 professes how Jesus Christ is a high priest forever and provided for the cleansing of our sins; Article 10 proclaims him as the “true eternal God, the Almighty, whom we invoke, worship and serve.” Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 1, Question and Answer 2 calls us to “live and die in the joy of this comfort” and “to thank God for such deliverance.”

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Come Away from Rush and Hurry

Tune Information

Name
PROMISE
Key
F Major or modal
Meter
8.7.8.7 D
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Come Away from Rush and Hurry

Hymn Story/Background

Natalie Sleeth composed the tune PROMISE for her own words, and the song was first performed in anthem form at Pasadena Community Church, St. Petersburg, Florida, at a March 1985 concert. Her husband, dying of a malignancy, requested that this hymn be played at his funeral service.
 
New Century Hymnal Companion, The Pilgrim Press, Cleveland, Ohio, 1998, p. 428
— New Century Hymnal Companion

Author Information

Internationally renowned theologian, author, and educator Marva J. Dawn serves as Teaching Fellow in Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Under Christians Equipped for Ministry (CEM), she has preached and taught at seminaries, clergy conferences, churches, assemblies, and universities throughout the United States and Canada and in Australia, China and Hong Kong, England, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Madagascar, Mexico, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Singapore, and Scotland. A scholar with four masters degrees and a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics and the Scriptures from the University of Notre Dame, Dawn is also a popular preacher and speaker for people of all ages. She is the author of numerous articles and over 20 books, several of which have won awards and\or been translated into Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, and other languages. Marva and her husband Myron, a retired elementary school teacher, live in southwestern Washington State. 

Composer Information

A respected author and composer of hymns, anthems, and rounds, Natalie Sleeth (b. Evanston, Illinois, Otober 29, 1930; d. Denver, Colorado, March 21, 1992) composed almost two hundred works for a variety of publishers from 1969 until her death. Educated at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, in 1952 she married Ronald E. Sleeth, a Methodist minister and homiletics professor; they resided in seminary communities in Nashville, Dallas, Evanston, and Denver. Sleeth published a devotional book, Adventures for the Soul (1987), which describes some of her compositions. She was the subject of the video Words and Music (1990). Some of her anthems were published as hymns in Songs for LiFE (1994).
— Bert Polman
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