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A Deacon's Prayer

Appears in 413 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

Choice of a deacon

Appears in 21 hymnals First Line: Fair Zion's King, we suppliant bow


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[A deacon once, the story goes]

Composer: W. A. Williams Appears in 2 hymnals Incipit: 13355 63555 44227 Used With Text: The Deacon's Calf
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[Distiller and deacon both voted rum ballots]

Composer: W. A. Williams Appears in 1 hymnal Incipit: 13333 21555 54366 Used With Text: They Voted the Same

[Gospel Deacon, when the declaration]

Composer: Henry T. Smart Appears in 499 hymnals Incipit: 55346 53114 56255 Used With Text: 福音執事當宣告 (Gospel Deacon, When The Declaration)


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The Deacon's Calf

Author: W. A. Williams Hymnal: Silver Tones #78 (1892) First Line: A deacon once, the story goes Refrain First Line: Ha! ha! 'Twould make a money Topics: Temperance Languages: English Tune Title: [A deacon once, the story goes]
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They Voted the Same

Author: W. A. W. Hymnal: Silver Tones #a123 (1892) First Line: Distiller and deacon both voted rum ballots Refrain First Line: They voted the same, oh, what a great shame Languages: English Tune Title: [Distiller and deacon both voted rum ballots]

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


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Henry Thomas Smart

1813 - 1879 Person Name: Henry T. Smart Composer of "[Gospel Deacon, when the declaration]" in Sheng tu shi ge = Hymnary (聖徒詩歌) Henry Smart (b. Marylebone, London, England, 1813; d. Hampstead, London, 1879), a capable composer of church music who wrote some very fine hymn tunes (REGENT SQUARE, 354, is the best-known). Smart gave up a career in the legal profession for one in music. Although largely self taught, he became proficient in organ playing and composition, and he was a music teacher and critic. Organist in a number of London churches, including St. Luke's, Old Street (1844-1864), and St. Pancras (1864-1869), Smart was famous for his extemporiza­tions and for his accompaniment of congregational singing. He became completely blind at the age of fifty-two, but his remarkable memory enabled him to continue playing the organ. Fascinated by organs as a youth, Smart designed organs for impor­tant places such as St. Andrew Hall in Glasgow and the Town Hall in Leeds. He composed an opera, oratorios, part-songs, some instrumental music, and many hymn tunes, as well as a large number of works for organ and choir. He edited the Choralebook (1858), the English Presbyterian Psalms and Hymns for Divine Worship (1867), and the Scottish Presbyterian Hymnal (1875). Some of his hymn tunes were first published in Hymns Ancient and Modern (1861). Bert Polman

S. Deacon

1746 - 1816 Person Name: Samuel Deacon, Jr. Author of "To Jordan's Stream The Savior Goes" in The Cyber Hymnal 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)

William A. Williams

1854 - 1938 Person Name: W. A. Williams Author of "The Deacon's Calf" in Silver Tones


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Small Church Music

Editors: Paul the Deacon Description: The SmallChurchMusic site was launched in 2006, growing 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 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 ( or Song Surgeon ( (see 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 Non-commercial use of these recordings is permitted. For permission to use them for any other purposes, please contact Home/Music( List SongsAlphabetically List Songsby Meter List Songs byTune Name About  


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