533. Church of God, Elect and Glorious

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Text Information
First Line: Church of God, elect and glorious
Title: Church of God, Elect and Glorious
Author: James E Seddon (1982)
Publication Date: 1987
Meter: 87 87 D
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:9-12; 1 Peter 2:12
Topic: Election; Church and Mission
Language: English
Copyright: Text and music © 1982, Hope Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Used by permission
Tune Information
Name: MEAD HOUSE
Composer: Cyril V. Taylor (1907-1991) (1951)
Meter: 87 87 D
Key: B♭ Major
Copyright: Text and music © 1982, Hope Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


Text Information:

Scripture References:
all st. = 1 Pet. 2:9-12

Written by James E. Seddon (PHH 15), this text is based on the well-known passage in 1 Peter 2:9-12 where Peter calls the church "a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God" (v. 9). Each stanza of the text begins with one or more of these memorable phrases and then, following Peter's pattern, explains why the church should be such a holy people. Because it is the recipient of God's mercy, the church must be consecrated to holy living as a testimony of praise to God and as a convincing witness to the unsaved.

The text was first published in Hymns for Today's Church (1982).

Liturgical Use:
Regular Sunday worship; special occasions in the life of the church: anniversaries, dedications, ordinations; with confessional preaching on the doctrine of election; baptism; profession of faith; missions services.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune Information:

Cyril V. Taylor (PHH 286) composed MEAD HOUSE as a setting for Christopher Wordsworth's "Alleluia, Alleluia!" (387). Named for a house in Redhill, Surrey, England, where Taylor often stayed as a boy, the tune was one of twenty tunes by Taylor published in the BBC Hymn Book (1951).

MEAD HOUSE is a rounded bar form (AABA) with an opening melodic motive tl1at permeates the entire tune and leads to an impressive climax. This is a glorious tune for unison singing, though some may want to sing the harmony on certain stanzas. Try using brass instruments as accompaniment.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook


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