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S. Deacon

1746 - 1816 Author of "And will ye go away from Christ" Deacon, Samuel, born 1746, at Ratby, in Leicestershire, d. 1816 at Barton, near Market Bosworth, in the same county. He was son of Samuel Deacon, sen., one of the first preachers of the Leicestershire General Baptists; and half brother to John Deacon (q.v.) of Leicester. In 1771, S. Deacon settled at Barton, a small agricultural village, where, however, he presently established a considerable business as clock and watchmaker, and became well known for his mechanical skill. In 1779 he was invited to assist his father in ministering to the cluster of village congregations of General Baptists, of which Barton was the centre. He was popular and useful as a preacher, and continued minister of this church 37 years, receiving no pecuniary remuneration, but himself contributing liberally to various religious enterprises. In 1785 he published a volume entitled, A New Composition of Hymns & Poems chiefly on Divine Subjects; designed for the Amusement and Edification of Christians of all Denominations, more particularly them of the Baptist persuasion, Leicester: printed for the author by George Ireland. It contained 63 hymns, and 20 meditations. Subsequent editions were considerably enlarged, and the collection became known as the Barton Hymns, S. Deacon's style is very homely, and of his numerous hymns, "0 who can comprehend the rest" (Heaven), and "Ye heavy-laden souls" (Invitation), represent most, if not all, now in common use S. Deacon was also the author of several religious books, some very popular in their day, and most of them in metre, but they do not contain any of his hymns. [Rev. W. R. Stevenson, M.A.] -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Paul, the Deacon

720 - 799 Person Name: Paul the Deacon Author of "On this high feast day honour we the Baptist" in The New English Hymnal Paul the Deacon [Paulus Diaconus], son of Warnefrid or Winefrid, was born at Frinli, in Italy, circa 730. He studied at Pavia. For some time he was tutor to Adelperga, daughter of Desiderius, the last of the Lombard kings, and then lived at the court of her husband, Arichisius of Beneveuto. Eventually he became a monk at Monte Cassino, where he died circa 799. He was the author of several works, including Be Gest. Langobardorum. His hymn, “Ut queant laxis resonare fibris," is in three parts. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Jane M. Marshall

b. 1924 Person Name: Jane Marshall Composer of "TWENTY" in Sing the Faith


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A Deacon's Prayer

Appears in 392 hymnals First Line: Holy and righteous, everlasting Topics: Stewardship, Commitment Text Sources: The prayers of the church or "deacon's prayer" prayed aloud in "free prayer" form by lay minister James Williams of St. John Lutheran Church, Detroit, Michigan, 1995

Come Down, O Love Divine

Author: Richard F. Littledale; Bianco da Siena, d. 1434 Meter: Appears in 89 hymnals Lyrics: 1 Come down, O Love divine; Seek out this soul of mine, And visit it with your own ardor glowing; O Comforter, draw near; Within my heart appear, And kindle it, your holy flame bestowing. 2 Oh, let it freely burn Till worldly passions turn To dust and ... Topics: Deaconesses and Deacons Used With Tune: DOWN AMPNEY

Within the Day-to-Day (A Hymn for Deacons)

Author: John Thornburg Meter: Appears in 2 hymnals First Line: Within the day to day


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Composer: William Farley Smith Meter: Irregular Appears in 26 hymnals Tune Sources: Afro-American spiritual Tune Key: G Major Incipit: 33313 21111 12233 Used With Text: It's Me, It's Me, O Lord (Standing in the Need of Prayer)


Appears in 4 hymnals Tune Key: e minor Incipit: 12423 22212 33345 Used With Text: On this high feast day honour we the Baptist


Composer: Lizzie Tourjée Appears in 154 hymnals Incipit: 51217 52321 65432 Used With Text: Deacon Phoebe claimed her calling


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Published text-tune combinations (hymns) from specific hymnals

The deacon's duty

Author: Howard S. Taylor Hymnal: The Battle Cry #d52 (1887) First Line: Said the deacon Bedott Refrain First Line: There's duty on scissors

Deacon Phoebe claimed her calling

Author: Jann Aldredge-Clanton Hymnal: Inclusive Songs for Resistance and Social Action #13 (2018) Tune Title: WELLESLEY

Arise, my soul, and praise the Lord

Author: S. Deacon Hymnal: Eine kleine Lieder-Sammlung, zum allgemeinen Gebrauch des wahrern Gottes-dienstes, fuer die Gemeinde Gottes #d15 (1837)


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Small Church Music

Editors: Paul the Deacon Description: The SmallChurchMusic site was commenced in 2006 grew out of the requests from those struggling to provide suitable music for their services and meetings. Rev. Clyde McLennan was ordained in mid 1960’s and was a pastor in many small Australian country areas, and therefore was acutely aware of this music problem. Having also been trained as a Pipe Organist, recordings on site (which are a subset of the smallchurchmusic.com site) are all actually played by Clyde, and also include piano and piano with organ versions. All recordings are in MP3 format. Churches all around the world use the recordings, with downloads averaging over 60,000 per month. The recordings normally have an introduction, several verses and a slowdown on the last verse. Users are encouraged to use software: Audacity (http://www.audacityteam.org) or Song Surgeon (http://songsurgeon.com) (see http://scm-audacity.weebly.com for more information) to adjust the MP3 number of verses, tempo and pitch to suit their local needs. Copyright notice: Rev. Clyde McLennan, performer in this collection, has assigned his performer rights in this collection to Hymnary.org. Non-commercial use of these recordings is permitted. For permission to use them for any other purposes, please contact manager@hymnary.org. Home/Music(smallchurchmusic.com) List SongsAlphabetically List Songsby Meter List Songs byTune Name About  


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