586. In Our Households, Heavenly Father

Text Information
First Line: In our households, heavenly Father
Title: In Our Households, Heavenly Father
Author: Marie J. Post (1974, 1986)
Meter: 87 87
Scripture: 1 Peter 4:9; 1 Peter 4
Topic: Family; Love: Our Love for Others; Home
Language: English
Copyright: Text and harmonization © 1987, CRC Publications
Tune Information
Name: CAPTIVITY
Harmonizer: Dale Grotenhuis (1986)
Meter: 87 87
Key: d minor
Copyright: Text and harmonization © 1987, CRC Publications


Text Information:

Scripture References:
st. 3 = 1 Pet. 4:9

Psalter Hymnal Revision Committee member Marie J. Post (PHH 5) wrote this text for publication in the 1974 Psalter Hymnal Supplement. It was written to fill a gap in the 1959 Psalter Hymnal, which contained very few hymns with an emphasis on home and family. The 1987 Psalter Hymnal includes stanzas 1-3 of the original text.

"In Our Households" is a prayer for love, peace, joy, and charity in the home; for obedience to divine discipline; and a life of hospitality and service. Because this prayer seemed to focus mainly on married people, Rolf Bouma added a new third stanza in 1991 when he was pastor of Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, to acknowledge the increasing number of single adults and parents who also form households:

And in single life or married,
make us open to your call
to encourage, comfort others,
and show love to one and all.

Liturgical Use:
The family theme of this hymn can and should be extended to mean all of God's family throughout the world; family life services; weddings; cell groups or household worship times.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune Information:

CAPTIVITY is a traditional Latvian folk tune; it is also known as KAS DZIEDAJA from the Latvian poem associated with the tune. The title CAPTIVITY is derived from its more recent use (especially in post-Vatican II Roman Catholicism) with Ewald Bash's paraphrase of Psalm 137, which begins "By the Babylonian rivers."

CAPTIVITY is a rather reflective tune, almost haunting in its minor mode. It has a stunning octave rise at the beginning of the second long line. The tune is suitable for either unison or part singing. Accompany with modest organ tones or strings (guitars).

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook


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