On this Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, we are singing three hymns: "Praise the Source of Faith and Learning," "The First Song of Isaiah," and "We'll Understand It Better By and By."
On flute, Delaney McCarty and William Ponder will treat us to music from the hymn "Be Still My Soul," a tune attributed to Sean Sibelius. It is arranged for two flutes and piano by Faye Lopez and Jennifer Whitcomb.
We wholeheartedly welcome our guest organist, Richard Spotts who is playing for PUMC for the first time this Sunday, October 10, 2021. He is excited that he will be serving the PUMC congregation in the months ahead. Mr. Spotts will play three solo organ pieces, two from "L'Orgue Mystique" composed by French composer and organist Charles Tournemire (1870–1939), which are "Toccata sur un choral" for the Prelude and "Immittet Angelus Domini" for the Offertory. This offertory music is based on Psalm 34. It expands upon today's worship message of deliverance and divine grace. We will conclude our service with the Postlude “Fugue sur le thème du Carillon des Heures de la Cathédrale de Soissons” composed by Maurice Duruflé (1902–1986).
Join us at PUMC this Sunday at 10 am as we share in songs, prayer, music, Scripture Daniel 3:1, 8-18, and Pastor Jenny's sermon on the topic "Home-Not Home (Re-store)" in continuation of our worship series "Emerging From Exile Toward Home."
Enjoy this Youtube video of "We'll Understand It Better By and By."
Charles Albert Tindley (1851–1933) wrote the hymn "We'll Understand It Better By and By" in 1905 while he was pastor of the Bainbridge Street Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. This hymn resonates with our worship theme, "Emerging from exile toward home." It tells about the storms and tempests of life, including social injustice, inequalities, hunger, homelessness. Believing that he would one day be free from this "world of tears," Charles Tindley explains these problems as a means to an end, leading him home to the beautiful Promised Land. The line "by and by" means "in a better place or time" or even "Heaven." The hymn makes references to 1 Corinthians 13:12 and Revelation 21:4. Tindley was not musically literate, so he recorded the song and music and relied on colleagues such as Francis A. Clark to write them down. Several of his hymns found their way into the hymnals.
Charles Tindley was born the son of a slave, Albert Tindley, and Hester Miller Tindley, a free woman, near Berlin, Maryland, in July 1851. Although his status was recognized as "freeborn," he was hired to work with slaves when he became old enough. However, by age 17, he had taught himself to read and write. He studied the Hebrew language and also New Testament Greek, among other courses at night school. In 1902, he became pastor of the John Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church after serving as its custodian for 25 years. The congregation later named the church the Tindley Temple United Methodist Church.
Written by Isabella Dougan