Our Voice Would Be a Useless Cry

Our voice would be a useless cry

Author: Marie J. Post (1974, alt.)
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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 >

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First Line: Our voice would be a useless cry
Title: Our Voice Would Be a Useless Cry
Author: Marie J. Post (1974, alt.)
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: Text © 1974, CRC Publications


Scripture References:
st. 2 = Mark 4:35-41, Matt. 8:23-27, Luke 8:22-25
st. 3 = Rev. 5:11-12

Marie J. Post (PHH 5) wrote this text in 1970 and entered it in a hymn-writing contest sponsored by the Missionary Monthly magazine (it received honorable mention). It was first published in the Psalter Hymnal Supplement (1974).

The text incites our devotion to God, whose Holy Spirit is active in all Christian work. The Spirit equips us for ministry in the world and produces fruit from our human efforts (st. 2). God in Christ works in us and empowers us to labor in his name (st. 2). The same Spirit who inspires our preaching of God's Word has already revealed to us the great victory song of Revelation 5 and 7 (st. 3).

Liturgical Use:
Pentecost; Epiphany; services that focus on missions or similar kingdom themes (for mission festivals or ecumenical services use the better-known alternate tune ALL SAINTS NEW found at 110).

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



An energetic tune in minor tonality, WELLINGTON SQUARE is a rounded bar form (AABA) built around variations on the first four notes. Though it could be sung in parts by a choir, have the congregation sing in unison with confident tones from the organ. Guy Warrack (b. Edinburgh, Scotland, 1900; d. En…

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