507. The Son of God, through His Spirit

Text Information
First Line: The Song of God, through his Spirit and Word
Title: The Son of God, through His Spirit
Author: Zacharius Ursinus (1563)
Author: Caspar Olevianus (1563)
Meter: PM
Language: English
Publication Date: 1987
Topic: Creeds; Church and Mission; Church
Source: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 21, Tr. Christian Reformed Church, 1975
Copyright: Text and music © 1987, CRC Publications
Tune Information
Composer: Emily R. Brink (1977)
Meter: PM
Key: D Major
Copyright: Text and music © 1987, CRC Publications

Text Information:

Scripture References:
st. = John 10:28-30
Rom. 8:28-30

Psalter Hymnal editor Emily R. Brink (PHH 158) composed several musical settings for important segments of the Heidelberg Catechism, one of the primary confessional statements of the Christian Reformed Church. Two of these settings are included in the Psalter Hymnal: this text about the church and the comforting text from Lord's Day 1 (549). (The entire Heidelberg Catechism is found in the worship edition of the Psalter Hymnal on pp. 861-925, with a helpful historical introduction on p. 860.)

Based on Lord's Day 21, Q&A54 (p. 883) of the Heidelberg Catechism (thus the tune's title), this text provides an explanation of the apostolic confession about the "holy catholic church." Although it makes a strongly objective statement about Christ's church, the text also presents a deeply personal confession in its final line ("Of this community I am and always will be a living member").

Liturgical Use:
Baptism; profession of faith; as a sung creed; church festivals and anniversaries; Reformation services; ecumenical gatherings.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune Information:

Emily R. Brink composed HEIDELBERG 54 in 1977. The tune has chantlike features at its beginning but develops larger melodic gestures toward the end. Because of its use of several melodic motives, the tune is accessible to many congregations. Either for initial learning or for regular use, try having the choir sing much of this setting in harmony, but have the congregation join in singing the personal final line (at the double bar).The long lines of this text demand careful choral leadership. Try also to sing this hymn unaccompanied or have those making profession of faith sing with just guitar as accompaniment.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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