I Serve a Risen Savior

Author: A. H. Ackley

Alfred Henry Ackley was born 21 January 1887 in Spring Hill, Pennsylvania. He was the youngest son of Stanley Frank Ackley and the younger brother of B. D. Ackley. His father taught him music and he also studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary in Maryland and was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1914. He served churches in Pennsylvania and California. He also worked with the Billy Sunday and Homer Rodeheaver evangelist team and for Homer Rodeheaver's publishing company. He wrote around 1500 hymns. He died 3 July 1960 in Los Angeles. Dianne Shapiro (from ackleygenealogy.com by Ed Ackley and Allen C. Ackley) Go to person page >


Scripture References: ref. = Luke 24:6 Written by Presbyterian minister Alfred H. Ackley (b. Spring Hill, PA, 1887; d. Whittier, CA, 1960), both text and tune were published in the Rodeheaver hymnal Triumphant Service Songs (1933). (Rodeheaver was a gospel song publisher.) As told by hymnal editor George Sanville, the following incident provided the spark for Ackley's inspiration: a young Jewish man asked evangelist/musician Ackley, "Why should I worship a dead Jew?" To which Ackley replied,
But Jesus lives! He lives! I tell you. He is not dead, but lives here and now. Jesus Christ is more alive today than ever before. I can prove it by my own experience, as well as by the testimony of countless thousands.
Sanville goes on to explain,
Mr. Ackley's forthright, emphatic answer, together with his subsequent triumphant effort to win the man for Christ, flowered forth into song and crystallized into a convincing sermon on "He lives!" . . . The scriptural evidence, his own heart, and the testimony of history matched the glorious experience of an innumerable cloud of witnesses that "He lives," so he sat down at the piano and voiced that conclusion in song. -Forty Gospel Hymn Stories, 1943
Ackley wrote the words and/or tunes to at least a thousand gospel songs and hymns in collaboration with his brother Bentley. Trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London, he was an accomplished cellist. Ackley graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary in Maryland and served Presbyterian churches in California and Pennsylvania. In addition to writing his own hymns, he edited hymnals and gospel song¬books for the Rodeheaver Publishing Company. Liturgical Use: Easter; equally useful on many other occasions of worship. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook



Composed in gospel-song style, ACKLEY is supported by a simple harmonization intended for part singing. Some rubato may be observed in the refrain's final line. Observe two pulses per bar. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987

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Baptist Hymnal 2008 #269
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #622
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Complete Mission Praise #295
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #206
Hymns of Faith #167
Lift Every Voice and Sing II: an African American hymnal #42
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #365Audio
Moravian Book of Worship #792
Praise y Adoración: a bilingual hymnal : un himnario bilingüe #261a
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #550Audio
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #405Text InfoTune InfoAudio
Rejoice Hymns #327
Rock of Ages A Worship and Songbook for Retirement Living #57
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #251
Sing Joyfully #285
Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #31
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #368
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #253
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #220
The New National Baptist Hymnal #102
The United Methodist Hymnal #310Audio
The Worshiping Church #248
Worship and Rejoice #302
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