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Hymnology: the study or composition of hymns

“The words of hymns are possibly more memorable than are (the) words that are given to us in sermons,” according to John M Mulder and F. Mor-gan Roberts, writers of a book of hymns and their origins. Audree K. will be writing a series of articles about hymns. The backstory if you will. Each season we will learn about another hymn particular to that season. Thank you Audree! The Season of Thanksgiving– NOW THANK WE ALL OUR GOD Martin Rinkart, (1586-1649) wrote this hymn with inspira-tion from events in his life and the lives of the people living in Eilenberg, Saxony, Germany. The town was surrounded by the Swedish army, and soon became filled with plague, death and the destruction of eight hundred homes. Martin was a poor boy who eventu-ally became a Lutheran pastor of Eilenberg. Death was over-powering, Soon, all the other pastors had died and he was doing the jobs of all of them. As well tending to the tre-mendous number of refugees the town was housing. Eventually, the Swedes demanded a huge ransom to end the siege. Rev Rinkart, finally left the safety of the city walls to negotiate with the enemy; he went with courage and faith. He was successful! The siege was over. Using scripture as his guide he wrote the words to this hymn we know so well. There are 138 passages of Scripture on the subject of thanksgiving. Colossians 3:17 and 1 Thessalonians 5:18 are worth looking into. These words have been sung around the world ever since, they were put to music written by Johann Cruger, circa 1647. There are two mores verses and most likely during this month we will be singing them at worship. Page 102 in our hymnal.                                                                                                                    Submitted by Audree

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