Lord of All Good

Author: Albert F. Bayly

Albert F. Bayly was born on Sep­tem­ber 6, 1901, Bex­hill on Sea, Sus­sex, Eng­land. He received his ed­u­cat­ion at Lon­don Un­i­ver­si­ty (BA) and Mans­field Coll­ege, Ox­ford. Bayly was a Congregationalist (later United Reformed Church) minister from the late 1920s until his death in 1984. His life and ministry spanned the Depression of the 1930s, the Second World War, and the years of reconstruction which followed. Af­ter re­tir­ing in 1971, he moved to Spring­field, Chelms­ford, and was ac­tive in the local Unit­ed Re­formed Church. He wrote sev­er­al pageants on mis­sion themes, and li­bret­tos for can­ta­tas by W. L. Lloyd Web­ber. He died on Ju­ly 26, 1984 in Chiches­ter, Sus­sex, Eng­land. NN,… Go to person page >

Notes

Scripture References:
st. 2 = Rom. 12:1
st. 3 = 2 Cor. 9:7

Albert F. Bayly (PHH 293) included this text in his collection Again I Say Rejoice (1967); he originally wrote it for a Christmas fair at Eccleston Congregational Church, St. Helens, Lancashire, England, where Bayly served as minister from 1956 to 1962. The Psalter Hymnal Revision Committee modernized second-person singular pronouns throughout the hymn text.

"Lord of All Good" expresses that not our gifts alone but our entire selves are to be an offering for God's service (st. 1) and for his glory (st. 2) out of gratitude and praise to the triune God who creates, saves, and sustains us (st. 3). This excellent hymn of dedication proceeds with certainty toward the doxology of its final stanza.

Liturgical Use:
A great offertory hymn! Also useful at the close of the worship service, bringing together our whole-life dedication and a strong doxology; special occasions of consecration and dedication such as adult baptism, profession of faith, ordination, renewal of vows, and so on.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

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MORESTEAD

Sydney Watson (b. Manchester, England, 1903; d. Banbury, Oxfordshire, England, 1991) composed MORESTEAD, which is considered one of his best tunes. Its initial "rocket" motif, its melodic contour, and its "walking" bass are a fine match for Bayly's text. Intended for unison singing at two beats (not…

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FARLEY CASTLE

FARLEY CASTLE, composed by Henry Lawes (b. Dinton, Wiltshire, England, 1596; d. London, England, 1662), was first published in treble and bass parts as a setting for Psalm 72 in George Sandys's Paraphrase upon the Divine Poems (1638). In the British tradition the tune is used as a setting for Horati…

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TOULON

TOULAN was originally an adaptation of the Genevan Psalter melody for Psalm 124 (124). In one melodic variant or another and with squared-off rhythms, the tune was used in English and Scottish psalters for various psalm texts. It was published in the United States in its four-line abridged form (cal…

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