Michael John Saward (b. Blackheath, Kent, England, 1932) was residentiary Canon of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, and a church commissioner and member of the general synod of the Church of England. Educated at Eltham College, Bristol University, and Tyndale Hall, he was ordained in the Church of England in 1956. Saward served in several congregations and was radio and television officer for the Church Information Office (1967-1972). His publications include Leisure (1963), Couldn’t Care Less (1966), Don't Miss the Party (1974), and All Change (1983). Associated with the Jubilate Group for a number of years, he has written some sixty hymns and served as text editor for Hymns for Today's Church (1982).
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st. 1 = 1 Cor. 15: 1-4
st. 2 = 1 Cor. 15:3, 22
st. 3 = Gal. 2:20, Rom. 8:10-11
st. 4 = 1 Cor. 15:51-57
st. 5 = 1 Cor. 15:1-4
Michael Saward (PHH 16) wrote this creedal text about the mighty acts of God in 1971. It was published in the British Psalm Praise (1973) as an alternate text to the liturgical Easter canticle "Christ Our Passover Is Sacrificed for Us."
Drawing mainly on Paul's resurrection discourse in 1 Corinthians 15, the text confesses the basic doctrines of Christianity and helps us focus on the objective truth of what God has done for his people in Christ. "These Are the Facts" simply states the biblical facts of Christ's death and resurrection and of his work of redemption, which is the heart of the Christian gospel.
A creedal hymn or canticle for Easter and other festive worship services; substitute this hymn for saying or singing one of the other creeds.
Norman L. Warren (PHH 15), a clergyman in Leamington Spa, England, composed YVONNE in 1972 for this text. Text and tune were published together in Psalm Praise (1973). The tune is named in honor of Warren's wife.
With its stepwise motion and strong rhythmic patterns, YVONNE is easily singable. Sing…
Display Title: These are the factsFirst Line: These are the facts as we have received themTune Title: YVONNEAuthor: Michael SawardMeter: 10 10 11 10Date: 1999Subject: The Church of Jesus Christ | The Scriptures; Living the Christian Life | Salvation and the Cross
Display Title: These are the facts as we have received themFirst Line: These are the facts as we have received themTune Title: YVONNEAuthor: Michael Saward (born 1932)Meter: 10 10 11 10Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:1-4Date: 1987Subject: God, Saviour | Risen and Victorious; Easter | The Resurrection of Christ; Easter 3 | The Lakeside; Easter 3 | The Resurrection and the Life; Pentecost 12 | The Witnessing Community
Display Title: These Are the Facts As We Have Received ThemFirst Line: These are the facts as we have received themTune Title: YVONNEAuthor: Michael SawardMeter: 10 10 11 10Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:56-57; 1 Corinthians 15:57Date: 1987Subject: Biblical Names & Places | Adam; Creeds | ; Church and Mission | ; Church | ; Easter |
Display Title: These Are the FactsFirst Line: These are the facts as we have received themAuthor: Michael SawardScripture: 1 Corinthians 15:3; 1 Corinthians 15:22; Galatians 2:20; Luke 24:27Date: 1990Subject: Redemption in Christ | Christ's Saving Work; Biblical Persons | ; Jesus Christ | Self-humiliation