KINGDOM (Copes)

Composer: V. Earle Copes

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Tune Information

Composer: V. Earle Copes (1959)
Meter: 8.7.8.7
Incipit: 56511 76567 12345
Key: G Major or modal
Copyright: Music © 1960, renewed 1988 Hope Publishing Co.

Texts

For the Bread Which You Have Broken

For the bread, which You have broken;
For the wine, which You have poured;
For the words, which You have spoken—
Now we give You thanks, O Lord.

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Faith, While Trees Are Still in Blossom

Child of Blessing, Child of Promise

Notes

KINGDOM features a gentle melodic contour and subtle changes in rhythmic structure (that soften the trochaic meter of the text. Sing this tune in harmony and in two long lines. This communion hymn can be framed by the equally meditative "Alleluia" (see 640). Good singers may improvise additional parts (especially a higher descant) on the "Alleluia" setting. Sing it once at the beginning of the hymn and again after the fourth stanza, or perhaps have everyone sing the "Alleluia" setting and have the choir sing three hymn stanzas.

V. Earle Copes (b. Norfolk, VA, 1921) composed KINGDOM in 1959 for the hymn text "For the Bread Which Thou Hast Broken," written by Louis F. Benson; the tune name derives from the word "kingdom" in the final line of that text. KINGDOM was first; used publicly at the 1960 National Convocation of Methodist Youth, and it was later published as an anthem. The first hymnal to publish it was The Methodist Hymnal (1964)

An ordained Methodist minister, Copes has served mainly in the musical ministry of the church. He was educated at Davidson College and Union Theological Seminary, obtaining degrees in both church music and theology. From 1946 to 1949 he was J minister of music at the Highland Park Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas, and at Christ United Methodist Church, Dayton, Ohio. In subsequent years he taught organ and church music at Hendrix College, Conway, Arizona, and at Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa. Copes also edited the Methodist periodical Music Ministry (1958-1967), taught at Birmingham Southern College in Alabama (1967-1973), and served as minister of music at Christ United Methodist Church, Kettering, Ohio (1973-1986). Now retired, Copes has published numerous works for organ and choir.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Instances

Instances (1 - 23 of 23)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Chalice Hymnal #535
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #237
Discipleship Ministries Collection #45
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #241Text InfoTextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #486Text InfoAudio
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #516Text InfoTextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Hymnal Supplement II #44
Hymnal: A Worship Book #477
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #114
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #221
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #804Audio
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #498
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #508TextPage Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #302Text InfoTune InfoTextAudio
Rejoice in the Lord #547
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #434
The Faith We Sing #2123TextFlexScorePage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal #331Audio
The United Methodist Hymnal #508Audio
The United Methodist Hymnal #614TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
The Worshiping Church #772TextPage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #470Text
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #643Page Scan
Include 2 pre-1979 instances



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