SUNDAY 13th Nov 2016                                      ISSUE   836                                                                                    

Susan Zappert  Writes:-

Last week we sung “Thine Be The Glory” which Anita correctly described as more usually being sung at Easter.   I thought I’d investigate the origins of this hymn to find out more about it.    This hymn was written in French by the Swiss writer Edmond Budry (1854–1932) and set to the tune of the chorus "See, the Conqu'ring hero comes" from Handel's oratorio Judas Maccabaeus. The hymn is sometimes sung at weddings or funerals. 

The tune of Thine Be the Glory was written by Handel in 1747, intended for use in Handel's Joshua oratorio; however, when it was played, it was popular enough that Handel added it to Judas Maccabaeus. In 1796, Ludwig Van Beethoven composed twelve variations on it for both piano and cello.  Born in Vevey, Edmond Louis Budry studied theology in Lausanne and was a pastor at Cully and Sainte-Croix between 1881 and 1889.  He then became pastor of the Free Church in Vevey for a further 35 years, retiring in 1923. Besides writing original hymns, he translated German, English, and Latin lyrics into French. He died in Vevey and is buried in Cully.   In 1884, he used Handel's tune and wrote words for it, which he titled "A Toi la Gloire."   It is reported that he was inspired to write it after the death of his first wife, Marie de Vayenborg in Lausanne, Switzerland. It was later published in the French hymn book, Chants Evangéliques. This hymn is based on the Resurrection of Jesus and uses elements of Isaiah 25:8. 

In Germany, it is an Advent hymn called Zion's Daughter.  It was written by Friedrich-Heinrich Ranke in 1820 using the same tune as Thine Be the Glory and published in Evangelisches Gesangbuch fur Elsass-Lothringern.  Since this hymn was written much earlier, it has been argued that Thine Be the Glory was based on this hymn.   In 1957 in the Netherlands, Calvin Seerveld used Thine Be the Glory, with his favourite hymn tune, as a basis to write Praised Be the Father for his wedding. A church choir in Hoorn helped the congregation to sing it.  In the Netherlands, it is used as a wedding hymn.    In Spain it is used as a wedding hymn with the lyrics Canticorum iubilo, probably based on Psalm 96.  The hymn is often used in Easter church services involving the British Royal Family. It was also played during a service of thanksgiving in commemoration of Queen Elizabeth II's 80th birthday.  Finally, the hymn is used during funerals and is listed in the Church of England's funeral services hymn book.  

This hymn was not included in Church of Scotland hymn books until CH3 was published in 1973 so it’s relatively recent addition to our worship. 



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Remembrance Sunday                                                                                 The congregation are reminded that the service of Remembrance on Sunday 13th November will commence at the earlier time of 10.50am.

There will also be acts of Remembrance and wreath laying

leaving Strachan Hall at 12.30 to walk to the memorial. 

 Corsedardar war memorial – 3pm,  Birse Kirk at 3.30pm


Russian choir Voskresenije from St Petersburg Concert

We are delighted to announce that the Voskresenije Russian Choir from St Petersburg will return to Birse and Feughside Church on Wednesday 16th November at 7pm. Tickets are now available.

Tickets £7.50 on the door or  pre booking by  contacting 01330 850776

Guild News

There will be a soup lunch for one of the Guild Projects on Sunday 27th November after the service. There is a list on the table in the hallway please add your name if you can help. There will be more on the project nearer the date. Thank-you Dorothy


At the end of November Birse and Feughside Church will send a Christmas card to every household in the parish. We are looking for volunteers who are able to deliver cards.


If you have some time and happy to volunteer please contact Malcolm Littlejohn.




If you are a visitor and wishing to make a donation to the church, please use the white envelopes found on the table at the door. If you pay Income Tax, please do fill in your details,  that will allow us to claim back Gift Aid on what you have so generously given.


After many years of editing and printing the weekly church newsletter, Pat is no longer able to do so. Therefore we are looking urgently for a volunteer or volunteers who is or are able to take it over from her. If we are not able to find someone, we sadly are no longer able to produce a church newsletter from the first Sunday in Advent.

In the meanwhile we are very grateful for Pat's dedication and commitment to keep us up to date with what is happening on Sunday and in the parish.


Messy Church

'Thank you' from Messy Church for the plastic bottle tops so far (we still need more!)

 We would be very grateful if anyone could donate a bag of ground almonds, icing sugar or roll out icing. There is a box on the table in the corridor for this.


Pastoral Care Team

We have set up a pastoral care team. This team cannot work without your support. If you know someone is ill or someone who would appreciate a visit, Please let Anita know by email or phone call. 

Ukulele Group
The group meets at 2.00pm on Wednesday afternoons for an hour and are now joined by the singing group.  


Singing Group

A separate singing session for Christmas carols is to happen on Monday 19th December at 2.00pm if there is sufficient interest.
Musical Item for Christmas
Louise and I thought that we would combine forces from the church and Louise's community choir to practice some musical items for singing at services during the Christmas period.    Practices are likely to be on Wednesday evenings which is the usual choir practice night and/or before or after church on a Sunday morning.   If you enjoy singing and are interested in this then let either Susan or Louise know so that we can select suitable music.