Featured Hymn: "Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise" by Charles Wesley (1739)
This hymn elaborates on the royalty and sovereignty of the ascended Christ, to which Mark alluded in his gospel: “So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God” (Mark 16:19 ESV). The second stanza refers to one of the royal psalms: “Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in” (Psalm 24L9 ESV).
As Hymnary.org nears its 10-year anniversary, it now serves some 700,000 users a month, people who come to the site from around the globe. Indeed, Hymnary.org now has served some 27 million users since 2008. And those users might not be who you would expect. In fact, the two biggest age groups are the two youngest demographics. Users between the ages of 25 and 34 represent 34 percent of all Hymnary users. Close behind are people ages 18 to 25 who represent 28 percent of all Hymnary users. So almost two-thirds of all Hymnary.org users are under the age of 34! In addition, users come from 225 countries and territories and only about half are from the United States.
Will Groenendyk has been with Hymnary as both a full-time employee (four years now) and as a student intern (a little over a year). A 2014 Calvin graduate with a degree in computer science, he's one of the site's many unsung heroes, providing technical input and leadership for the development team. He says that what that means in practice varies from day to day, but typically involves reviewing code for quality purposes, helping developers brainstorm ways to address obstacles or bugs and ensuring that new features and fixes are rolled out in a timely manner.
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Featured Hymn: Blessed Jesus, at Thy Word
Author: Tobias Clauznitzer
Translator: Catherine Winkworth
Tune: Liebster Jesu
In this hymn, we acknowledge our need for the illumination of the Holy Spirit to fully understand God’s message to us. We also recognize and claim the promise of Christ concerning this help: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you” (John 14:26 ESV).
One of the things that has been so encouraging to us during this current fund drive is the comments that people have left for us. These words from folks who use Hymnary are so gratifying. Below is a selection of some of what we have heard thus far. From the bottom of our Hymnary hearts, thanks!
Dianne Shapiro is one of the longest-serving members of the Hymnary staff, having been with the site almost since its inception. She came to Hymnary after working for many years in libraries (she has a master’s degree in Library and Information Science) and her unofficial title is "Hymnary Guru!"
Hail Thee, Festival Day (Lo, the fair beauty of the earth) by Venantius Honorius
A new, mobile-friendly Advanced Search interface is now available on Hymnary.org. We designed this form for our users, hoping to provide an easier way to search our database by many different fields. Try it, and let us know if we succeeded!
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