286. Lord of Creation, to You Be All Praise

Text Information
First Line: Lord of creation, to you be all praise
Title: Lord of Creation, to You Be All Praise
Author: John C. Winslow (1961, alt.)
Meter: 10 11 11 11
Language: English
Publication Date: 1987
Scripture: ;
Topic: Commitment & Dedication; King, God/Christ as; Dedication and Offering (6 more...)
Copyright: By permission of Mrs. J. Tyrrell
Tune Information
Composer: Cyril Taylor (1951)
Meter: 10 11 11 11
Key: C Major
Copyright: © 1978, Hope Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Used by permission

Text Information:

Scripture References:
st. 3 = 1 Cor. 2:9-10

“Lord of Creation” begins by voicing praise to God for his mighty deeds (st. 1), and in keeping with the “summary of the law” (Mark 12:28-31; see also 155), it directs each one of us to sing, “I give you my will” (st. 2), “my mind” (st. 3), “my heart” (st. 4), and “my all” (st. 5). Note also the use of paradox in stanza 2.

John (Jack) Copley Winslow (b. Hanworth, Middlesex, England, 1882; d. Godalming, Surrey, England, 1974) wrote this hymn of dedication and first published it in his Garland of Verse (1961). Alterations to the text have been made in various hymnals, including the Psalter Hymnal. Winslow was educated at Balliol College in Oxford and Wells Theological College, and was ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1908. After serving at Wimbledon and lecturing at St. Augustine's College in Canterbury, he worked as a missionary in India (1914-1934). He returned to England and served as parish priest and chaplain at a number of churches, including Lee Abbey in Lynton (1948-1962). His publications include The Church in Action (1936), The Christian Approach to the Hindus (1958), and Modern Miracles (1968). His hymns were published in Hymns Ancient and Modern (1950) as well as in various other hymnals.

Liturgical Use:
As an offertory hymn; as a hymn of commitment following the reading of the Ten Commandments; as a response to the sermon.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune Information:

MINIVER is a strong tune that makes good use of several repeated melodic motives. Sing stanzas 1 and 5 in unison and stanzas 2 through 4 in parts. Support the melody line with a bright solo stop on the organ. Composed by Cyril V. Taylor (b. Wigan, Lancashire, England, 1907; d. Petersfield, England, 1992), MINIVER was published with Jan Struther's "Lord of All Hopefulness" (558) in the BBC Hymn Book (1951). The tune is named after Struther's novel Mrs. Miniver (1939).

Taylor was a chorister at Magdalen College School, Oxford, and studied at Christ Church, Oxford, and Westcott House, Cambridge. Ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1932, he served the church as both pastor and musician. His positions included being a producer in the religious broadcasting department of the BBC (1939-1953), chaplain of the Royal School of Church Music (1953-1958), vicar of Cerne Abbas in Dorsetshire (1958-1969), and precentor of Salisbury Cathedral (1969-1975). He contributed twenty hymn tunes to the BBC Hymn Book (1951), which he edited, and other tunes to the Methodist Hymns and Psalms (1983). He also edited 100 Hymns for Today (1969) and More Hymns for Today (1980). Writer of the booklet Hymns for Today Discussed (1984), Taylor was chairman of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland from 1975 to 1980.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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