GS 2010 art 140

GS 2010 Article 140 – Hymn: Alleluia! Alleluia!

1.          Material

  • 1.1        Letters from Langley (8.3.J.31), Grand Valley (8.3.J.10), Chilliwack (8.3.J.14), and Tintern (8.3.J.28).
  • 1.2        SCBP Report, Section Four, 10.3.II.24 (8.2.j).

2.          Observations

  • 2.1        This hymn celebrates the promise of the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 2.2        The SCBP notes in its remarks that some churches commented on the challenge of singing the triads correctly. They further note that the “overall feedback … suggests that this is not a strong hymn for use in a worship service.”
  • 2.3        In its considerations, the ad hoc committee did not report any strong objections to the text of this hymn.
  • 2.4        The church at Grand Valley observes that the congregation enjoyed singing this hymn, and they believe that it would enjoy frequent use in worship.
  • 2.5        Chilliwack observes that this is a solid hymn, with a melody that is both beautiful and easy to learn.
  • 2.6        Langley observes that singing the triads is a challenge, but they are easily learned.

3.          Considerations

  • 3.1        The arguments presented by the SCBP against the inclusion of this hymn are not strong. The main remark seems to focus on the triads, but the churches requesting the inclusion of this hymn report that their congregations found the melody singable and beautiful. Thus the main ground adduced by the SCBP seems weak.
  • 3.2        The hymn includes a reference and working out of the expression of I Corinthians 15:21-22, about Christ as “the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.”
  • 3.3        The melody of this hymn is joyful and triumphant, and well-suited to the subject of the second coming of Christ.

4.          Recommendation

That Synod decide to approve Augment # 24 Alleluia! Alleluia! for inclusion in the expanded hymn section of the Book of Praise, contrary to the recommendation of the SCBP.