SERMON: What a Fool Believes – Rev. Paul Dakin
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 14
ANTHEM: Great Is the Lord – Chancel Choir
O Jesus, I Have Promised (1868)
John Ernest Bode, 1816-1874
The author was an Anglican minister who received his training at Oxford University. Upon graduation, he served as lecturer and tutor at Oxford in addition to pastoring churches. This hymn was first published as a leaflet with the title “Hymn for the Newly Confirmed.” The tune was composed by A. H. Mann, choirmaster and organist at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge. Put together, this is a fine example of a classic Victorian hymn in both feeling and sentiment.