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Louisa M. R. Stead

1850 - 1917 Person Name: Louisa M. R. Stead (1871-1917) Scripture: Psalm 31:14 Author of "¡Oh, cuán dulce es fiar en Cristo!" in Himnario Adventista del Séptimo Día Louisa (Louise) Maria Rouse Stead Wodehouse b. Dover, Kent, 1 February 1846 [registered Louisa Maria Rouse, but often known as Louise] d. Penkridge, Southern Rhodesia, 18 January 1917 She grew up in England, in Kent and Sussex, becoming governess to a family in Lyminge, Kent, before emigrating to America, c. 1871. While living in Cincinnati, Ohio, she attended a camp meeting in Urbana, Ohio, and wrote her first hymn, ‘Precious Saviour, thou hast saved me’, which was published in Winnowed Hymns, 1873, with music by Dora Boole. In September 1873 she married George Stead, of Hempstead, Long Island, at St Paul Methodist Episcopal Church, Cincinnati, and moved to Hempstead. Her verses, ‘Saved from the power and the bondage of sin’ were published in The Advocate of Christian Holiness, August 1875. She was apparently in England from April to July 1876, with their infant daughter, Louise, when her husband drowned in Hempstead Bay in May 1876, while saving the life of his little boy (a son from his previous marriage). In 1880, she was still living in Hempstead with Louise (aged 5), but shortly afterwards went to South Africa, where she married Robert Wodehouse in Port Elizabeth in January 1882. Her best known-hymn, ‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus’, with music by William J. Kirkpatrick, was published in Songs of Triumph, 1882. They served as missionaries in Africa for about 15 years, before returning to Long Island, USA, where he was pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church at East Meadow for several years. They returned to Africa in January 1901, to work in Umtali, Rhodesia. After retiring in 1911, she lived near Mutambara mission station, fifty miles from Umtali. Her daughter Louise (sometimes known as Lillie), followed her mother to Africa, where she married the Rev. David A. Carson, and was able to care for her mother in her later years. Gordon Taylor (research for Companion to the 2015 Song Book of the Salvation Army)

William J. Kirkpatrick

1838 - 1921 Person Name: William J. Kirkpatrick (1838-1921) Scripture: Psalm 31:14 Composer of "[Oh, cuán dulce es fiar en Cristo]" in Himnario Adventista del Séptimo Día William J. Kirkpatrick (b. Duncannon, PA, 1838; d. Philadelphia, PA, 1921) received his musical training from his father and several other private teachers. A carpenter by trade, he engaged in the furniture business from 1862 to 1878. He left that profession to dedicate his life to music, serving as music director at Grace Methodist Church in Philadelphia. Kirkpatrick compiled some one hundred gospel song collections; his first, Devotional Melodies (1859), was published when he was only twenty-one years old. Many of these collections were first published by the John Hood Company and later by Kirkpatrick's own Praise Publishing Company, both in Philadelphia. Bert Polman

Ernest Sands

1949 - 2016 Person Name: Ernest Sands, 1949- Scripture: Psalm 31 Author of "Come then, all you nations,sing of your Lord's goodness" in Together in Song

Paul Inwood

b. 1947 Person Name: Paul Inwood, 1947- Scripture: Psalm 31 Arranger of "THE LORD'S GOODNESS" in Together in Song

Jaroslav J. Vajda

1919 - 2008 Person Name: Jaroslav Vajda Scripture: Psalm 31:15 Translator of "Greet Now the Swiftly Changing Year" in The Worshiping Church Jaroslav J. Vajda (b. Lorain, Ohio, 1919; d. 2008) Born of Czechoslovakian parents, Vajda was educated at Concordia College in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Concordia Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Ordained as a Lutheran pastor in 1944, he served congregations in Pennsylvania and Indiana until 1963. He was editor of the periodicals The Lutheran Beacon (1959-1963) and This Day (1963-1971) and book editor and developer for Concordia Publishing House in St. Louis from 1971 until his retirement in 1986. Working mainly with hymn texts, Vajda served on several Lutheran commissions of worship. A writer of original poetry since his teens, he was the author of They Followed the King (1965) and Follow the King (1977). His translations from Slovak include Bloody Sonnets (1950), Slovak Christmas (1960), An Anthology of Slovak Literature (1977), and contributions to the Lutheran Worship Supplement (1969) and the Lutheran Book of Worship (1978). A collection of his hymn texts, carols, and hymn translations was issued as Now the Joyful Celebration (1987); its sequel is So Much to Sing About (1991). Vajda's hymns are included in many modern hymnals, and he was honored as a Fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada in 1988. Bert Polman

Walford Davies

1869 - 1941 Scripture: Psalm 31:15 Adapter of "CHILDHOOD" in The Worshiping Church

Barbara Woollett

b. 1937 Person Name: Barbara Woollett, 1937- Scripture: Psalm 31:16 Paraphraser of "How Long, O Lord" in Worship and Rejoice Barbara Woollett-- Born on 30 January 1937 in Southampton, where she has lived ever since. Educated at Sholing Secondary School for Girls; married David Woollett, an engineer; they have three children and six grandchildren. She has been a full-time housewife and mother, a volunteer ward assistant in a large city hospital, and a mature student for a GCSE in Drama, as well as being active in a local amateur dramatic group. She is a member of the Jubilate Group. She has written several hymn texts, Psalm versions and other verses. Publications featuring her work include Church Family Worship (1988); Come, Rejoice (1989); Songs from the Psalms (1990); Psalms for Today (1990) which has four of her paraphrases; "Let's Praise" 2 (1994); "Sing Glory" (1999); and "Praise!" (2000). Appearing in several books are her versions of Psalm 13, "How long, O Lord, will your forget an answer to my prayer"; and Psalm 84, "How lovely is your dwelling-place, O Lord most high". Among North American hymnals, The Worshiping Church (1990) has three of her texts and Worship and Rejoice (2001) has two, all of these from the Psalms.

Adam Reusner

1496 - 1575 Scripture: Psalm 31 Author of "I Trust, O LORD, Your Holy Name" in Christian Worship


Person Name: J. C. Lowry Scripture: Psalm 31:1-15 Attributed to of "IN THEE, O LORD" in Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) Various sources suggest his full name may have been Joseph C. Lowry, and/or that the spelling of his surname may properly have been Lowery.

Tom Fettke

b. 1941 Scripture: Psalm 31:1-15 Arranger of "IN THEE, O LORD" in Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) Thomas E. Fettke (b. Bronx, New York City, 1941) Educated at Oakland City College and California State University, in Hayward, CA, Fettke has taught in several public and Christian high schools and served as minister of music in various churches, all in California. He has published over eight hundred composi­tions and arrangements (some under the pseudonyms Robert F. Douglas and David J. Allen) and produced a number of recordings. Fettke was the senior editor of The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration (1986). Bert Polman


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