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Christ, You Are the Fullness

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Versifier: Bertus Frederick Polman

Bert Frederick Polman (b. Rozenburg, Zuid Holland, the Netherlands, 1945; d. Grand Rapids, Michigan, July 1, 2013) was chair of the Music Department at Calvin College and senior research fellow for the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Dr. Bert studied at Dordt College (BA 1968), the University of Minnesota (MA 1969, PhD in musicology 1981), and the Institute for Christian Studies. Dr. Bert was a longtime is professor of music at Redeemer College in Ancaster, Ontario, and organist at Bethel Christian Reformed Church, Waterdown, Ontario. His teaching covered a wide range of courses in music theory, music history, music literature, and worship, and Canadian Native studies. His research specialty was Christian hymnody. He was also an orga… Go to person page >


Scripture References:
st. 1 =Col. l: 15-18
st. 2 = Col. 3:1-4
st. 3 = Col. 3:15-17

"Christ, You Are the Fullness" is an unrhymed paraphrase of three essential passages in Paul's letter to the Colossians: 1: 15-18, about the supremacy of Christ (st. 1); 3:1-4, about our position in Christ (st. 2); and 3: 15-17, about thankful (doxological) living (st. 3). Bert Polman (PHH 37) versified these Scriptures in 1986 to be sung with the Korean tune ARIRANG so that the hymnal would include at least one Korean tune. A Korean musician recommended this tune as one that all Koreans would know.

Liturgical Use:
Suitable in any parts or occasions of Christian worship focusing on Christ's kingship or kingdom, God's glory, the church, peace and purity, or doxological praise.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



The tune ARIRANG is named after a Korean folk song that has long been a favorite in Korea and became known by many American soldiers during the Korean War (1950¬1953). The song was probably composed around 1865, when laborers were conscripted from allover Korea to rebuild the Kyonbok Palace in Seou…

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Instances (1 - 6 of 6)

Catholic Book of Worship III #431

Text InfoTune InfoAudio

Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #229

Singing the New Testament #201

Songs for Life #232

The Covenant Hymnal #597

The Presbyterian Hymnal #346

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