We praise Thee, O God, our Redeemer, CreatorAuthor: Julia C. Cory (1902)
Published in 130 hymnals
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1 We praise you, O God, our Redeemer, Creator;
in grateful devotion our tribute we bring;
we lay it before you; we kneel and adore you;
we bless your holy name: glad praises we sing.
2 We worship you, God of our fathers and mothers;
through life's storm and tempest our guide you have been;
when perils o'ertake us, you never forsake us,
and with your help, O Lord, our battles we win.
3 With voices united our praises we offer,
our songs of thanksgiving to you we now raise;
your strong arm will guide us, our God is beside us,
to you, our great Redeemer, forever be praise!
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st. 2 = Deut. 31:6:(Heb. 13:5) Ps.48:14
This hymn of praise combines present and past to give hope for the future: we humbly and thankfully sing God's praise (st. 1), we praise God for his protection throughout our lives (st. 2), and we go forward under God's guiding hand (st. 3). The text was written at the request of J. Archer Gibson, organist at Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City. Gibson asked Julia Buckley Cady Cory (b. New York, NY, 1882; d. Englewood, NJ, 1963) to write a text to the tune KREMSER to replace the older text associated with that tune, "We Gather Together." The new hymn was first sung at Thanksgiving Day services in 1902 at the Brick Presbyterian Church and Church of the Covenant, both in New York City.
It was first published in Hymns of the Living Church (1910) and has been the first hymn in every edition of the Psalter Hymnal.
Cory was the daughter of a prominent New York architect, J. Cleveland Cady. Her father was also a Sunday school superintendent and amateur hymnologist. Partly because of his influence Julia began to write hymns at an early age. She was a member of the Brick Presbyterian Church; after moving to Englewood, New Jersey, she joined the First Presbyterian Church. She married Robert Haskell Cory in 1911.
Heritage festivals and harvest thanksgiving; beginning of worship; doxology during the offering of gifts.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
In many situations, a tune is written to accompany an existing text. In this case, the words were written for a specific tune. Author Julia B. Cory was approached by an organist who thought the words of the hymn, “We Gather Together,” were “militaristic and unchristian” (Lutheran Hymnal Handbook, 613), but who loved the old Dutch tune, KREMSER. So Cory wrote a new text for a Thanksgiving service at her church, and her hymn quickly became popular. This hymn is found in three-stanza form in most modern hymnals. Every hymnal has slightly different phrasing from the next, but the overall theme of each verse is the same.
KREMSER was first published with the Dutch text, “Wilt heden nu treden,” or, “We Gather Together.” The tune comes from an old Dutch folk song, and was published with the aforementioned text in 1626. The tune is simple, and the melody quite beautiful, but there is a great risk for this hymn to become plodding and boring if the melody isn’t filled out, or if it’s sung in too grand a manner throughout the entire hymn. The simplicity of the tune shouldn’t be masked by a big, sturdy sound, but rather, play in a soft, reflective manner, and grow throughout. The Dale Warland Singers have a beautiful, tranquil rendition of “We Gather Together,” which shares the tune KREMSER. This is also particularly beautiful with violin/fiddle and piano. No matter what instrument you use for accompaniment, varied dynamics are key!
Jerry Jenkins claims that the tune itself makes one think of Thanksgiving, and indeed, the text was written specifically for a Thanksgiving service. It could also be sung during the offering, or as an opening hymn of worship.
Laura de Jong Hymnary.org
What might be most interesting about this hymn is what it is not. It isn’t a song of praise and thanksgiving for the unending good gifts God gives us. It isn’t a naïve song about how beautiful life is all the time. On the flip side, it isn’t a hymn of appeasement, as if our song is the only thing that will keep God from smiting us. Rather, this is a hymn of thanksgiving that very honestly raises the question of suffering. In the second verse, we sing, “through life’s storm and tempest our guide you have been; when perils o’ertake us, you never forsake us, and with your help, O Lord, our battles we win.” We can’t say that life is all peaches and cream. We can’t gather together on a Sunday morning blissfully unaware of the sickness, death, sorrow, bullying, and famine that pervade our land. But we can gather together to praise the God who does not desert us in the midst of these heartaches. We can, and should, come with hearts and voices lifted up before the one who suffered much so that we could have, in the midst of our trials, the fullness of life.
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|Instances (22)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Baptist Hymnal 1991 #19||We praise You, O God, our Redeemer, Creator||We Praise You, O God, Our Redeemer||Julia Cady Cory||Edward Kremser||18.104.22.168||Psalm 100:1||KREMSER||C Major||1991|
|Baptist Hymnal 2008 #9||We praise You, O God, our Redeemer, Creator||We Praise You, O God, Our Redeemer||Julia Cady Cory||Edward Kremser||22.214.171.124||Isaiah 63:16||KREMSER||C Major||English||2008|
|Celebrating Grace Hymnal #356||We praise You, O God, our Redeemer||We Praise You, O God, Our Redeemer||Julia Cady Cory||Edward Kremser||Irregular||KREMSER||C Major||2010|
|Celebration Hymnal #68||We praise Thee, O God, our Redeemer, Creator||We Praise Thee, O God, Our Redeemer||Julia Cady Cory||Edward Kremser||126.96.36.199||Isaiah 63:16||KREMSER||C Major||English||1997|
|Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #609||We praise you, O God, our Redeemer, Creator||We Praise You, O God, Our Redeemer||Julia B. Cory, 1882-1963||188.8.131.52||KREMSER||D Major||1993|
|Common Praise #342||We praise You, O God, our redeemer, creator||We Praise You, O God||Julia Cory (1882-1963)||Eduard Kremser (1838-1914)||184.108.40.206||Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Deuteronomy 26:1-11||KREMSER||D Major||1998|
|Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #466||We praise Thee, O God, our Redeemer Creator||We Praise Thee, O God, Our Redeemer||J. B. C. Cory, 1882-1963||220.127.116.11||KREMSER||C Major||German; English||1996|
|Evangelical Lutheran Worship #870||We praise you, O God, our redeemer, creator||Julia C. Cory, 1882-1963||18.104.22.168||KREMSER||D Major||2006|
|Hymns of Truth & Light #24||We praise you, O God, our Redeemer, Creator, in grateful devotion our tribute we bring||KREMSER||1998|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #560||We praise you, O God, our Redeemer, Creator||We Praise You, O God||Julia C. Cory||22.214.171.124||Psalm 48:14||KREMSER||C Major||2013|
|Lutheran Service Book #785||We praise You, O God, our Redeemer, Creator||We Praise You, O God||Julie B. Cory, 1882-1963||126.96.36.199||Psalm 107:31-32; Psalm 44:1-8; Psalm 95:1-7||KREMSER||D Major||English||2006|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #237||We praise you, O God, our Redeemer, Creator||We Praise You, O God||Julia C. Cory||188.8.131.52||Psalm 48:14; Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5; Hebrews 13||KREMSER||C Major||English||1987|
|Rejoice in the Lord #62||We praise thee, O God, our Redeemer, Creator||We Praise Thee, O God, Our Redeemer||Julia C. Cory||184.108.40.206||KREMSER||D Major||English||1985|
|Revival Hymns and Choruses #44||We praise Thee, O God, our Redeemer, Creator||We Praise Thee, O God, Our Redeemer||Julia C. Cory, 1882-1963||Edward Kremser, 1838-1914||KREMSER||D Major||English||1982|
|Sing Joyfully #27||We praise Thee, O God, our Redeemer||We Praise Thee, O God, Our Redeemer||Julia C. Cory||Edward Kremser||[We praise Thee, O God, our Redeemer]||D Major||English||1989|
|The Christian Life Hymnal #32||We praise Thee, O God, our Redeemer, Creator||We Praise Thee, O God||Kremser||2006|
|The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #16||We praise Thee, O God, our Redeemer, Creator||We Praise Thee, O God, Our Redeemer||Julia Cady Cory||Edward Kremser; Steve Holcomb||220.127.116.11||KREMSER||D Major||1986|
|The New Century Hymnal #420||We praise you, O God, our Redeemer, Creator||We Praise You, O God||Julia C. Cory||18.104.22.168||KREMSER||C Major||1995|
|The Worshiping Church #377||We praise you, O God, our Redeemer, Creator||We Praise You, O God, Our Redeemer||Julia C. Cory||Isaiah 63:16; Hebrews 13:5||English||1990|
|Trinity Hymnal #97||We praise you, O God, our Redeemer, Creator||We Praise You, O God, Our Redeemer, Creator||Julia Cady Cory||Edward Kremser||22.214.171.124||Isaiah 47:4||KREMSER||C Major||English||1990|
|Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #218||We praise You, O God, our Redeemer, Creator||We Praise You, O God||Julia Cory||Eduard Kremser; Scott Withrow||126.96.36.199||KREMSER||D Major||English||1996|
|Worship and Rejoice #726||We praise You, O God, our Redeemer, Creator||We Praise You, O God||Julia C. Cory, 1882-1963||Edward Kremser, 1838-1914||188.8.131.52||Hebrews 13:5; Deuteronomy 7:19; Isaiah 44:6; Psalm 19:14; John 1:1-3; Numbers 11:23; Isaiah 43:1-7; Genesis 1:1; Jeremiah 27:5; Psalm 116:17; 2 Chronicles 20:15; Isaiah 63:16; Psalm 98:1; 1 Samuel 17:47; Isaiah 48:17; Psalm 44:3||KREMSER||C Major||English||2001|