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There in God's Garden

Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

The Catechism says that those who know Christ’s forgiveness are “to thank God for such deliverance” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 1, Question and Answer 2). As a result, “With our whole lives we may show that we are thankful to God for his benefits, so that he may be praised through us, and that we may be assured of our faith by its fruits, and so that by our godly living our neighbors may be won over to Christ” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 32, Question and Answer 86).

Additional Prayers

A Prayer of Thanksgiving to Jesus Christ for his Passion
Lord Jesus Christ, savior of the nations, you were willing to suffer that we might be healed. You did not hold yourself aloof from human misery, but took the worst of it to yourself. You did not let the cup of sorrow pass, but drank it down. We give you humble thanks, that you did all this for us, your weary ones. Holy Jesus, we give you humble thanks. Amen.
— Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.

Tune Information

Name
SHADES MOUNTAIN
Key
F Major or modal
Meter
11.11.11.5

Recordings

Musical Suggestion

Fitting for any time during the Lenten season, the text also allows the song to be sung during a service of confession and assurance or perhaps following communion. In addition, the poetic nature and triumphant tune make it appropriate to use during profession of faith, baptism, or remembrance of baptism. One option is for the person professing or being baptized to read a stanza or two of the text while the music is played underneath. Or, if they are willing, have those professing or a small group sing their favorite stanza as a small choir or solo.
 
Here are a few additional suggestions for using “There in God’s Garden”:
  • Have a choir introduce the first few stanzas of the song, with the congregation joining in no later than stanza 5, which is a proclamation all should sing.
  • Invite children to sing this song or have the text read in their Sunday school classes; encourage them to draw pictures based on the images they sing about or read in this text. These images either could be projected during a worship service, used as bulletin covers, or held by children as they walk the aisles with their own drawings while the congregation is singing the song.
  • Have a soloist sing stanza 4 as “the Voice” that welcomes the weary.
  • Use full accompaniment and instrumentation with a trumpet on the final stanza, or create a descant by using the tenor line.
  • Try not to rush this hymn; instead make sure to savor the rich text and strong tune.
(from Reformed Worship, Issue 102)
— Brenda Kuyper
Hymnary.org does not have a score for this hymn.