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 >
st. 1 = Acts 1:8
st. 2 = 2 Cor. 5:18-21
Marie J. Post (PHH 5) originally wrote this text for a Pentecost hymn contest sponsored by the Missionary Monthly magazine in 1969. Although it was not the contest winner (of the two winners one was "Sweet Gift of God" by Post), this text was first published in the May 1970 issue of that magazine and later in the Psalter Hymnal Supplement (l974). It gained popularity because of its use as a theme hymn for mission conferences.
The text affirms the work of the Holy Spirit in the missionary enterprise of the church. Our missions task reaches from our immediate surroundings (st. 2) to the remotest regions of the world (st. 1); it requires a selfless use of our varied skills and resources (st. 3).
Pentecost season; services that focus on the missionary task of the church; ordination of missionaries and evangelists; as a teaching hymn about commitment to missions.
C. Hubert H. Parry's (PHH 145) RUSTINGTON was first published in the Westminster Abbey Hymn Book (1897) as a setting for Benjamin Webb's "Praise the Rock of Our Salvation." The tune is named for the village in Sussex, England, where Parry lived for some years and where he died.
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