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James Brenneman Tells Hymn Stories

Sabbath services on March 25, 2017 began with a piano introit by Samantha (9th grader). James Brenneman led the song service, accompanied by Samantha (9th grader) on the piano and a group of students playing various instruments. Hymns  sung included:
  • “Hail Him, the King of Glory” was written by Henry de Fluiter, H.M.S. Richard’s singing evangelist in the darkest days of World War I when the Allies alone were losing 100,000 soldiers per battle.
  • “When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder” was written over concern for the 14-year-old daughter of a drunkard. She was attending a Bible class but failed to respond to appeals to give her life to Christ. James Black, who conducted the class, worried about her and wrote this hymn in 15-20 minutes when thinking about her.
  • “All the Way” was written by Fanny Crosby in respond to a very welcome gift of $5.00, a week’s wages at the time.
Nancy Brenneman welcomed everyone.  The opening song was “Onward Christian Soldiers”. This hymn was written by Sabine Baring-Gould, a famous novelist as well as a Church of England clergyman.  The tune was written by Arthur Sullivan, a writer of comic opera.  They wrote the hymn to get a group of Sunday School children from one church to another.

Nancy Brenneman had prayer and read the scripture reading – Psalm 96:1-4a“1 ¶ O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. 2 Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day. 3 Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. 4 For the LORD [is] great, and greatly to be praised.”

Nancy Brenneman then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Addy (9th grader) and Leilani (9th grader) and which goes to support Laurelbrook mission trips.  Two girls from the children’s Sabbath School division then read a mission report from Europe.

James Brenneman then told the stories of several hymns, and the congregation then sang the hymns.
  • “I Sing the Mighty Power of God” – Isaac Watts became a hymn writer because he was tired of the well-worn scripture songs that congregations typically sang at the time.
  • “In the Garden” – C. Austin Miles wrote this hymn while reading his Bible during his wait for film to develop in a darkroom.
  • “Battle Hymn of the Republic” – the tune of this song started out as a camp meeting shouter in South Carolina, then became the tune for the Civil War song “John Brown’s Body”, and eventually became the tune for the “Battle Hymn” when Julia Ward Howe wrote the words after soldiers sang some offensive words to the tune in her presence.
Nancy Brenneman then had closing prayer and reminded everyone of the three Sabbath School classes – one in the main church sanctuary taught by Elizabeth Castle, a student class taught at the back of the church sanctuary “behind the glass” by Rodney Herra, and one taught in the CNA house by Stanton Rolle.  The subject? The work of Holy Spirit.
Personnel Other Than Students:

Elizabeth Castle – works with the Laurelbrook Nursing Home accounts
James Brenneman – retired English and history teacher / current yearbook sponsor / church web site organizer and writer
Nancy Brenneman – academy librarian and computer lab supervisor / wife of James Brenneman / Sabbath School secretary
Rodney Herra – Laurelbrook church treasurer / works with the auto body program / Laurelbrook farm manager
Stanton Rolle – Laurelbrook business manager

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