Unseen God, Your Hand Has Guided

Author: Herman G. Stuempfle Jr

Herman G. Stuempfle Jr. was educated at Susquehanna University (A.B., 1945), Lutheran Theological Seminary (B.D., 1946), Union Theological Seminary (S.T.M., 1967) and Southern California School of Theology at Claremont (Th.D., 1971). From 1947-1959, Rev. Stuempfle, served as pastor of parishes in Pennsylvania and Maryland. In 1959, he joined the staff of the Board of Missions of the United Lutheran Church in America. Throughout his 27-year career as Professor of Preaching at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Rev. Stuempfle also served as the school's Dean (1971-1976) and as President (1976-1989). In 2004, Dr. Stuempfle was named a Fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. His work is found in an ever-growing number of hymn… Go to person page >

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First Line: Unseen God, your hand has guided
Title: Unseen God, Your Hand Has Guided
Author: Herman G. Stuempfle Jr (1998)
Publication Date: 2013
Copyright: © 2000 GIA Publications, Inc.



William H. Monk (b. Brompton, London, England, 1823; d. London, 1889) composed MERTON and published it in The Parish Choir (1850). The tune has been associated with this text since the 1861 edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern. The tune's title is thought to refer to Walter de Merton, founder of Mert…

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