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Author: Marie J. Post
Marie (Tuinstra) Post (b. Jenison, MI, 1919; d. Grand Rapids, MI, 1990) While attending Dutch church services as a child, Post was first introduced to the Genevan psalms, which influenced her later writings. She attended Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she studied with Henry Zylstra. From 1940 to 1942 she taught at the Muskegon Christian Junior High School. For over thirty years Post wrote poetry for the Grand Rapids Press and various church periodicals. She gave many readings of her poetry in churches and schools and has been published in a number of journals and poetry anthologies. Two important collections of her poems are I Never Visited an Artist Before (1977) and the posthumous Sandals, Sails, and Saints (1993). A member… Go to person page >
Psalter Hymnal Revision Committee member Marie J. Post (PHH 5) wrote this text for publication in the 1974 Psalter Hymnal Supplement. It was written to fill a gap in the 1959 Psalter Hymnal, which contained very few hymns with an emphasis on home and family. The 1987 Psalter Hymnal includes stanzas 1-3 of the original text.
"In Our Households" is a prayer for love, peace, joy, and charity in the home; for obedience to divine discipline; and a life of hospitality and service. Because this prayer seemed to focus mainly on married people, Rolf Bouma added a new third stanza in 1991 when he was pastor of Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, to acknowledge the increasing number of single adults and parents who also form households:
And in single life or married,
make us open to your call
to encourage, comfort others,
and show love to one and all.
The family theme of this hymn can and should be extended to mean all of God's family throughout the world; family life services; weddings; cell groups or household worship times.
CAPTIVITY is a traditional Latvian folk tune; it is also known as KAS DZIEDAJA from the Latvian poem associated with the tune. The title CAPTIVITY is derived from its more recent use (especially in post-Vatican II Roman Catholicism) with Ewald Bash's paraphrase of Psalm 137, which begins "By the Bab…
Display Title: In Our Households, Heavenly FatherFirst Line: In our households, heavenly FatherTune Title: HATIKVAHAuthor: Marie J. Post; Rolf BoumaMeter: 18.104.22.168Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:4-12; Colossians 3:15-25; 1 Peter 4; 1 Peter 4:9Date: 2013Subject: Family and Relationships | ; Home |
Display Title: In Our Households, Heavenly FatherFirst Line: In our households, heavenly FatherTune Title: CAPTIVITYAuthor: Marie J. PostMeter: 87 87Scripture: 1 Peter 4; 1 Peter 4:9Date: 1987Subject: Family | ; Home | ; Love | Our Love for Others
Display Title: In Our HouseholdsFirst Line: In our households, heav'nly FatherTune Title: HEAVENLY DOVEAuthor: Marie J. Post, 1919-1990Meter: 22.214.171.124.Scripture: Romans 12:13; Galatians 5:13Date: 1996Subject: Friendship and Family | ; Work and Leisure |