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History of Hymns: ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus’

Written by C. Michael Hawn Joseph Scriven is a fictional character created by author Joseph Scriven. “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” says the author. Written by Joseph Scriven The United Methodist Hymnal has 526 hymns. What a Friend we have in Jesus, who bears all of our sins and sorrows with us! What an honor it is to bring everything before God in prayer! O what serenity we frequently sacrifice, O what needless suffering we endure—all because we do not bring all to God in prayer, we are doing a grave sin.

Joseph Medlicott Scriven (1819–1886) was born in Seapatrick, Ireland (now Northern Ireland) and died in Ontario, Canada.

Upon completing his studies at Trinity College, Dublin, he decided to pursue a military career, in which he was trained for duty in India.

He returned to Trinity and received his bachelor’s degree in 1842.

Scriven’s Life

Scriven’s life has been filled with sorrow. His Irish fiancée drowned accidentally the night before their wedding, prompting his relocation to Woodstock, Canada West (now Ontario), where he headed a Plymouth Brethren congregation and lectured. Scriven founded a private school in Brantford in 1850 and also preached throughout the surrounding region. Some historians think that Scriven may have written the first draft of “What a Friend” around this time period, according to their research. In 1855, after settling near Clinton in Huron County, he began reading the Bible to railway construction workers who were working on the Grand Trunk Railway, which was being built across Canada West.

  1. Tragic events befell him once more when his second fiancée, Eliza Catherine Roach, Pengelly’s niece, died suddenly of an illness just weeks before their wedding in 1860.
  2. According to hymnologist Albert Bailey, Scriven was known as “the guy who saws wood for destitute widows and sick persons who are unable to pay” because of his altruistic character (Bailey, 1950, p.
  3. The following is a description of what we know about the circumstances surrounding Scriven’s death in October 1886, according to the Dictionary of Canadian Biography: Severe ill-health and melancholy accompanied him in his final days.
  4. Scriven left his bed without disturbing anyone one hot night in 1866, most likely to drink from a nearby spring; he was found dead in the spillway of Sackville’s grist-mill, just a few feet from the spring, some hours later, presumably having fainted or fallen.
  5. Scriven was buried at the Pengelly burial-ground in an unmarked tomb between Eliza Roach and Commander Pengelly (Macpherson, “Scriven,” n.d.).
  6. Sackville saw the unhappy Scriven “prostrate in mind and body” a few days before his death, and overheard him remark, “I pray the Lord would take me home” (Cleland, 1895, p.
  7. It was never determined if his death was the result of an accident or a suicide.

Friends and neighbors later erected a monument over his gravesite to commemorate his life. The historical monument for Joseph Medlicott Scriven was unveiled in Otanabee-South Monaghan, Ontario, Canada, to commemorate his homestead and burial site.

Origins of ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus’

Hymns and Other Verses was a collection of Scriven’s poetic works that included seventy-one hymns “intended to be sung in assemblies of the children of God on the first day of the week and on other occasions when two or three are met together in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” These were followed by thirty-four scriptural paraphrases “not to be sung in the assembly, but to express truth, as well as convey comfort, instruction, or reproof to our hearts (Scriven, 1869, Preface).

  1. The song for which he is most known, “What a Friend,” does not feature in the collection, though.
  2. Some commentators have speculated that the song was composed for his mother, who was unwell at the time of its composition.
  3. Sankey (1840–1908) (as reported in Bailey, 1950, pp.
  4. This assumption, on the other hand, is difficult to verify.
  5. Sackville, near Rice Lake.
  6. Sackville, whom the elderly woman, who is now over eighty years old, cherishes.
  7. 13).

If this is the case, The personal first-person plural perspective of this hymn is in contrast to the author’s other songs.

Carl Daw Jr.


Packard’s Spiritual Minstrel: A Collection of Hymns and Music(1857), however this is incorrect (See Fenner, 2020, n.p.).

Charles Converse (1832–1918), a New England composer and church musician, incorporated the words in hisSilver Wings(1870), which he published with his own melody under the pen name Karl Reden, which is a Germanization of his given name (“reden” meaning “to talk” or “converse”).

There does not appear to be a copy of this hymnal in existence.

Moody (1837–1899)’s revival performances.


Over the years, the text has remained extraordinarily stable, with just a few minor editing modifications.

It was written in four quatrains, the first three of which are well-known to readers.

For more information, please consult the manuscript at Fenner, 2020, n.p.

First and foremost, Stanza 1 establishes the fact that Jesus is a friend who is capable of bearing our sins and burdens.

The hymnwriters of the nineteenth century are particularly well-known for expressing their personal connection with Jesus.

Stead (1882), “I Must Tell Jesus All of My Trials” by Elisha A.


The second stanza poses two rhetorical questions, which are rhetorical since, after all, all people are subjected to “trials and temptations” and witness “trouble” at some point in their lives.

Lastly, a rhetorical inquiry asks, “Can we find another buddy who is so devoted.?” The comfort that comes from a close connection with someone who “knows our every weakness” is a wonderful thing.

Do your buddies dislike you and abandon you?

Another prevalent motif in hymns from this time period is the idea of Jesus embracing his companion in his arms at the end of the song.

The following fourth stanza was discovered by hymnologist Fred Gealy in Hastings’Songs of Pilgrimage: A Hymnal for the Churches of Christ(Boston, 1886; Second Ed.

1888): Blessed Jesus, thou hast fulfilled thy promise Thou wilt bear all of our responsibilities; may we always, Lord, be bringing all of our burdens to thee in prayer.

It is possible that this stanza was inserted by the editor because he considered that an eschatological focus would be more theologically appropriate for a concluding stanza in this particular hymnal, which appears to be the only one to feature it.

Despite this, Bailey acknowledges that “the immense service the hymn has done renders our critique inconsequential.” Even the most illiterate person may comprehend it; the most modest saint can take its admonitions to heart and practice prayer, so finding his burden less burdensome and his spiritual life enhanced” (Bailey, 1950, p.

  • Taking a Lutheran viewpoint, Paul Westermeyer notes that the song has been a source of consolation for many who have heard it, but that the song has also been a part of an evangelical Protestantism that betrays its own past by turning prayer into a means of controlling God’s favor.
  • consolation, as well as forfeiting tranquility or enduring sorrow.
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  • The unfortunate reality is that singing it has sometimes served as a replacement for the entire prayer life that it encourages, and its advice has been valued but not followed” (Daw, 2016, p.
  • Although various songs are associated with this poem, CONVERSE by Charles Converse is the most well-known.
  • Interestingly, Young (1993, p.

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Baloche’s improvisatory coda serves as a link between the nineteenth century and the twenty-first century.

The simplicity of the language becomes a virtue in translation, and the folk-like melody is easily understood by people of all cultural backgrounds.

There are just a handful hymns that I have heard more frequently all around the world than this one.

5–6) on the steamer “Scriven’s Victory.” One hundred years later, this author confirms hearing this song sung in a variety of languages and renditions, including in a humble congregation for people with leprosy near Ogbomosho, Nigeria; a Filipino Anglican congregation in Manila; a thriving Baptist congregation in Matanzas, Cuba; and an African American Methodist congregation in Atlanta, among other locations.

Over the course of more than one hundred fifty years, a simple poem composed in Canada as a private meditation for the author’s mother in Ireland has made its way into many hearts throughout the world and, without a doubt, has been a source of solace for millions of Christians.


Albert E. Bailey’s The Gospel in Hymns (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1950) is a collection of hymns written by Albert E. Bailey. What a Friend We Have in Jesus and Other Poems by Joseph Scriven with a Sketch of the Author (Port Hope: W. Williamson, Publishers, 1895): December 27, 2020. James Cleland, What a Friend We Have in Jesus and Other Poems by Joseph Scriven with a Sketch of the Author (Port Hope: W. Williamson, Publishers, 1895): December 27, 2020. Glory to God: A Companion to the Book of Psalms by Carl P.

  • (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2016) .
  • Chris Fenner, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” Hymnology Archive (February 2020), December 26, 2020.
  • Margaret Leask, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” Hugh D.
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  • “Scriven, Joseph Medlicott,” Dictionary of Canadian Biography (Vol XI (1881–1890), December 26, 2020).
  • Hymns and Other Verses (Peterborough: James Stephens, 1869): December 26, 2020).
  • Hymnal Companion: Evangelical Lutheran Worship (Paul Westermeyer, Hymnal Companion: Evangelical Lutheran Worship) (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Press, 2010).
  • Young’s Companion to the United Methodist Hymnal is a must-have for every hymnophile (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1993).
  • Michael Hawn, D.M.A., F.H.S., is University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Church Music and Adjunct Professor at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology, as well as the Director of the Doctor of Pastoral Music Program at the university.
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“What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” says the author. No. 526 in the Joseph ScrivenUM Hymnal What a Friend we have in Jesus, who bears all of our sins and sorrows with us! What an honor it is to bring everything before God in prayer! Because we do not bring everything to God in prayer, how much serenity we often sacrifice, and how much unnecessary suffering we endure. A hymn writer’s work is always influenced by his or her own life experiences in some way. It was composed about 1855 to console the author’s mother during a period of extreme sadness, according to renowned revival song leader Ira Sankey, who did not intend for anyone else to read the song until it was published.

  1. (1819-1886), was born in Ireland and died in the Canadian province of Ontario.
  2. He returned to Trinity and received his bachelor’s degree in 1842.
  3. When his Irish fiancée killed in an accident the evening before their wedding, he relocated to Canada, where he met and married his Canadian fiancée, who died after a brief illness shortly afterwards.
  4. Scriven was known as “the guy who saws wood for destitute widows and sick persons who are unable to pay,” according to hymnologist Albert Bailey.
  5. It was never determined if he died as a result of an accident or as a result of suicide.
  6. According to Baptist hymnologist William Reynolds, this hymn was first published in the collection Spiritual Minstrel: A Collection of Hymns and Music in 1895.

Perkins School of Theology professor Fred Gealy discovered it anonymously inSocial Hymns, Original and Selected(1865), in the fourth stanza of which was as follows: The Lord has promised that he will carry all of our burdens; may we, Lord, continue to bring all of our burdens to thee in serious prayer forever.

The melody CONVERSE, composed by Charles Converse (1832-1918), is evocative of Stephen Foster compositions from the same age, and it serves as an excellent vehicle for this prayerfully written words.

Carlton Young, editor of the University of Michigan Hymnal, follows the same overall melodic contour as “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair.” Converse, a native of Massachusetts, was a collaborator with William Bradbury and Ira Sankey in the revival movement and the establishment of Sunday schools.

Despite this, Bailey acknowledges that “the immense service the hymn has done renders our critique inconsequential.” Even the most illiterate person may comprehend it; the most modest saint can take its admonitions to heart and practice prayer, so finding his burden less burdensome and his spiritual life enhanced.” I have heard “What a Friend” sung more frequently than any other hymn in my travels around the world, from a small congregation for lepers near Ogbomosho, Nigeria, and a Filipino Anglican congregation in Manila, to a thriving Baptist congregation in Matanzas, Cuba, and an African-American Methodist congregation in Atlanta.

The simplicity of the text becomes a virtue in translation, and the folk-like melody appears to be able to cross cultural boundaries with relative ease.

Since its publication in Canada more than 150 years ago as a private meditation for the author’s mother in Ireland, a simple poem has made its way into many hearts throughout the world and, unquestionably, has been a source of solace for millions of Christians around the world.

Sacred music is Dr. Hawn’s area of expertise at the Perkins School of Theology.

United Methodist Hymnal – Watsontown UMC

The work of Charles Crozat Converse and Joseph Medlicott Scriven V1, V2, V3 are the verses in the following order: Verse 1 What a friend we have in Jesus to bear all of our sins and griefs What a gift it is to bring everything to God in prayerO what serenity we frequently forfeitO what unnecessary suffering we bearAll because we do not carryEverything to God in prayerAll because we do not carryEverything to God in prayer Verse 2: We have gone through hardships and temptations.

  1. Is there any issue anywhere?We should never give up on our dreams.
  2. Is it possible to meet a buddy that is so dependable?
  3. Jesus is well aware of our every shortcoming.
  4. Three-hundred-and-thirty-second verse Are we frail and burdened by our responsibilities?
  5. Take it to the throne of grace in prayer.
  6. Take it to the throne of grace in prayer.
  7. There will be comfort for thee there.

Music from the CCLI Song27714 and the CCLI License997545 Charles Austin Miles’s work Chorus 1: V1, C, V2, C, V3, CChorus 2: V1, C, V2, C, V3, CChorus 3: The delight we experience as we linger there as He walks with me, chats with me, and tells me I am His own, all of this while we remain there No one else has ever heard of it.

The Son of God disclosesVerse 2 He speaks and the sound of His voice Is so lovely the birds stop their song And the melody that He gave to me Within my heart is ringing Verse 3 I’d stay in the garden with HimTho’ the night around me be falling But He bids me go thro’ the voice of woeHis voice to me is calling This work is in the public domain.

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Prelude for the Organ–Recordare (Missa pro Defunctis) Introductions and announcements John Strawbridge is a British author. I Want Jesus to Walk with Me is a choral introduction (Spritiual) I want Jesus to accompany me on my pilgrimage;Lord, I want Jesus to accompany me on every step of my journey. * Invocation to Worship L: Do you want something to drink? What are you hankering after on this particular day? “Fill My Cup, Lord,” you should sing. UMH 641L: Come into God’s presence, and you will never thirst for anything else again.

  1. L: Come, let us go off on a trip to find the source of eternal life.
  2. UMH 641L: We are open to receiving your grace, and our souls are eager to do so.
  3. P: We have let go of all that has held us back and prevented us from accessing your living water.
  4. Amen.
  5. FWS 21481 TFWS 21581 It is I who am weak, but Thou art strong;Jesus, guard me from falling into the wrong;I will be content as long asI walk, let me walk near to Thee.
  6. When I stumble through this world of toil and snares, who cares?
  7. Who is it that bears my weight with me?

Three times a day, every day of my frail existence, Time for me will be through; Guide me softly and safely o’erTo Thy kingdom shore, to Thy beach.

At this sacred watering site, each person prays for the blessing of others who are gathered around them as we come together.

Renew our spirits so that we may experience the joy of worship and the privilege of service.


Allow Your ears to be attentive to the prayer I am making.

However, forgiveness is present with You, so that You may be adored.

My soul is more impatiently awaiting the Lord than sentinels are impatiently awaiting the morning.

Lectionary for the Old Testament – Exodus 17:1-7 Betsy Fisk works as a liturgist.

They set a camp in Rephidim, but there was no water available for the people to drink while there.

“Why are you arguing with me?” Moses inquired of the group.

I think they’re getting ready to stone me.” “Proceed ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go,” the Lord instructed Moses.

“If you strike the rock, water will flow out of it, allowing the people to drink.” Moses performed this act in the presence of the elders of Israel.

Confessing Your Sins in Prayer (Unison) God of living rivers, we acknowledge that we have frequently turned away from you and wandered in our own wildernesses of dread and uncertainty.

Our thirst becomes more with each passing day as we want to be filled by your redemptive love.

We have acted in a very unloving manner toward one another.

Our hearts are not placed in the service of others, but rather in the service of our own self-interests.

We should be washed again in the living water.


God is kind and true to those who turn to him in repentance and faith.

AMEN.* When the Poor Ones Sing a Hymn of Preparation UMH 4341 is an abbreviation for United Nations Military High School and Hospital.

It is when the crippled, in their weakness, assist those around them that we know God is still on the road with us.

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We will know that God is still with us on that journey when our pleasure overflows our cup, when our lips are unable to say anything but truth, and when we understand that loving the simple things is better than hating the complicated ones.

Lesson from the Gospel of John 4:5-42 As a result, he traveled to a Samaritan city known as Sychar, which was close to the tract of land that Jacob had bequeathed to his son Joseph.

It was around 12 o’clock.

Jews and Samaritans do not have much in common, if anything at all.

Who or what is providing you with this life-giving water?

The water that I will give them will transform into a fountain of water that will gushes up to eternal life inside them.” “Sir, please give me some water so that I will never be thirsty again and will not have to keep coming here to get water,” the woman appealed to him.

“I don’t have a spouse,” the woman said to him.

“You have no spouse,” Jesus said.

You worship what you do not understand, but we worship what we understand, since salvation comes from the Jews.

God exists in the realm of spirit, and those who worship him must do so in spirit and in truth.” “I’m aware that the Messiah is on his way,” the woman told him (who is calledChrist).

“I am he,” Jesus said to her.

They were all taken aback by the fact that he was conversing with a woman, but no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you conversing with her?” After that, the woman returned to the city, leaving her water jar behind.

“How can he be the Messiah?” you might wonder.

Meanwhile, his followers were encouraging him to eat something, saying, “Rabbi, eat something.” “However, I have things to eat that you are not aware of,” he said to the group.

“My food is to execute the will of him who sent me and to finish the task he has given me,” Jesus explained to them.

Take a glance around at how the fields are ripe for harvesting, though, and you will agree with me.

‘One sows, and another reaps,’ as the proverb says, holds true in this case.

It has taken others to labor, and you have joined them in their toil.” Because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I had ever done,” a large number of Samaritans from that city came to trust in Jesus.

And because of his message, many more people came to believe.

“Witness at the Well” is the title of the sermon.

Offertory–Salvation Invitation to Make an Offertory–Salvation (Elton John) Bill Scanlan Murphy performs as a soloist.

This route is quite lengthy and winding.

I have to express something to you, my buddies.

There’s a candle burning in the distance.

It’s going to take a lot of effort to save the world.

A chance to knock the devil down without the dread of going to hell Salvation spreads the gospel all across the world and frees you from your own sins It’s going to take a lot of salvation to get you out of your own way.

You must be able to feel the perspiration on your brows and in your eyes.

Presentation of Tithes and Offerings * Presentation of Offering –Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow!

95th UMH (United States Marine Corps) Thank God, from whom all benefits flow; thank him, all creatures on earth; thank him, celestial host; thank Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; thank God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

* Providing a Prayer (All) God, who loves us and provides for all of our needs and more, educate us to appreciate one another as well as all of the things you have given us throughout the course of time.


Keep me close to the cross, Jesus, because there is a precious fountain, open to all, and a healing stream that flows from the mountain of Calvary.


Until my raptured spirits find peace across the river, let the cross, the cross, the cross be my glory forever and ever.

You’re close to the cross!

Until my spirit is raptured and finds peace across the river, may the cross, the cross, be my glory forever and ever.

I’ll stand beside the cross and watch and wait, hoping and trusting in the end, until I reach the golden strand just beyond the river’s edge.

Benediction L: God sends us out into the world to bear testimony to good news.

In comparison to life, God’s unwavering love is preferable; God’s mercy and forgiveness burst through the mists of life.

In all times and places, God is our source of assistance; we will invoke God’s name wherever we are.

L: P: Thank you, God, for sending us waters to satisfy our thirst.


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What a friend we have in Jesus — Hymnology Archive

I. Original Manuscripts Joseph Scriven (1819–1886) is credited with writing this song of prayer. At least four manuscript copies of the hymn, according to legend, were dispersed among those in Scriven’s circle of influence at one time. These clues assist in determining the historical context of the hymn’s composition. According to biographer Foster M. Russell, Scriven obtained the inspiration for the song while on a journey to Damascus in 1846 and had sent a copy of it back to Dublin. Unfortunately, Russell did not present any evidence to support his claim, and he was mistaken regarding the invention of the music by Charles Converse, which he did not mention (more on this below).

  1. Despite the fact that Russell’s assertion is speculative, it cannot be disregarded outright.
  2. Caswell inCanadian Singers and Their Songs (1919 |
  3. 1), which is a collection of songs by Canadian singers.
  4. A.M.
  5. It is believed that the author gave this little paper-bound book, which contains 10 pages of poems written by his own hand, to Mrs.
  6. Scriven was then a resident of that city, where he ran a private school for children for a period of time, and Mrs.
  7. It should be noted that the hymn as reprinted here not only changes in some of the lines from the version now in use, but it also lacks eight lines from the later version as well.

It is highly deserving of a spot in this collection because it is, without a doubt, the most widely-known work of Canadian literature.

1: A diagram of the human body.

Caswell, Canadian Singers and Their Songs) (Toronto: McCellandStewart, 1919).

The last quatrain has a few of noteworthy lines, including “Are we frigid and unbelieving?” and “Here the Lord is still our refuge,” among others.

Scriven began his teaching career in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, in the early 1850s, before relocating to Clinton, Ontario, the following year.

His father, John Scriven, had passed away on December 21, 1850, according to tradition.

While there, he met and proposed to Pengelly’s niece, Eliza Catherine Roach, who tragically died of an illness before the couple could be united in marriage.

During the later years of his life, Scriven resided at the house of James Sackville, which was located near Rice Lake and Port Hope, Ontario.

He mailed one copy to his own mother and sent another copy to my mother around the year 1855; and until very recently, even his closest friends were unaware that he was the creator of it.

One manuscript was remained in the ownership of the Sackville family as late as 1903, according to historical records.

Unknown is the exact whereabouts of the Sackville text at this time.

The very first printing The hymn was supposedly first printed in Dublin, based on the copy Scriven sent to his mother, according to some sources.

The hymn is frequently mistakenly attributed to J.B.

The hymn’s earliest documented published appearance was in H.L.

Hastings, 1865 |

2), where it was unattributed and presented in three stanzas of eight lines each, with no accompanying musical accompaniment.

(Boston: H.L.


In 1870, the hymn was originally published in Silver Wings (Boston: Oliver DitsonCo., 1870 |

3), which was composed by Charles Converse (1834–1918), who wrote the most well-known music for it.

In this publishing, the composer was identified as “Karl Reden,” a nickname Converse employed to refer to himself in German (the word “Reden” literally translates as “to talk”).

The Silver Wings (Figure 3) (Boston: Oliver DitsonCo., 1870).

Russell, believes Converse learnt about Scriven’s hymn while conversing with a salesperson who happened to be visiting the Burdette Organ Company in Erie, Pennsylvania, where Converse was employed.

Even if this fantastic story were true (and the sounds came out of the air, as though Beethoven were deaf, and Scriven’s words had touched him to the core of musicology), Converse’s tune would be compelling if it were true—except that Converse was living in New York in 1870 when his tune was first published, he credited his source for the text in that collection, and he did not move to Erie until 1875.

  • The third and final stanza H.L.
  • During the same year that Scriven passed away, he was also the first to publish a fourth stanza in Songs of Pilgrimage (Boston: H.L.
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  • Hastings attributed the hymn to “Joseph Scriven, circa 1855,” which would seem to indicate that the additional stanza was written as early as 1855 rather than being a newly composed piece.
  • Unfortunately, due to the unavailability and/or loss of Scriven’s original manuscripts, it is not feasible to establish his authorship.
  • Music for the Pilgrimage (Figure 4) (Boston: H.L.
  • 4.
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Bliss and published by BiglowMain in Chicago in 1875.

Following the publication of their songbook, Bonar claimed that he had not written the hymn, and his name was thus deleted from later versions.

5 by John Rutter (1887).

The hymn initially appeared in the Later Songs and Solos collection of this songbook series, which is published in the United Kingdom.

296–297, Sankey provided an interesting account of his experience with the hymn: “It was a wonderful experience.” Prior to his death, it was not recognized that he possessed an exceptional poetic aptitude.

Scriven about it, he stated that he had composed it for his mother, in order to comfort her during a time of great sorrow, and that he had not intended for anyone else to see it.

Bliss shortly after returning from England in 1875, and we soon became involved in the publication of what would later become known as Gospel Hymns No.

I happened to pick up a tiny paper-covered brochure of Sunday-school songs that had been published in Richmond, Virginia, just after we had delivered the full compilation to our publishers.

Taking into consideration that the music was composed by my buddy C.C.

As a result, the final hymn to be included in the collection became one of the first to gain popularity.

Horatius Bonar, despite the fact that he was not the author.


It was not until six or eight years after the hymn initially appeared in our collection that we were able to discover who the true author was.

Thompson Baird, 1872), which was co-edited by Converse (Karl Reden), and in which “What a friend we have in Jesus” appeared at no.


Thompson Baird, 1872), which was co-edited by Alternate Tune (Part III) Some hymnals, particularly in England and Ireland, make use of the tune MANOR HOUSE, which was composed by Frederick G.

6); the tune was written specifically for that compilation.


The hymn’s wording is regarded to be a mirror of some of Scriven’s life events, according to some scholars.

The tragic death of his fiancée, Eliza Catherine Roach, occurred while he was still living in Ireland.

Despite the fact that Scriven’s song does not directly mention any specific Scripture chapter, it contains numerous scriptural concepts.

1) is “Pray without ceasing,” which is a passage from 1 Thessalonians 5:17 in the Bible.

4) quotes this verse (KJV).

Watson cited Psalm 55:22, “Cast thy weight upon the Lord, and he will sustain thee: he will never permit the righteous to be disturbed,” and 1 Peter 3:12, “For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their petitions” (KJV).

it’s a piece that may be classified as doggerel.

Our objection is rendered insignificant by the enormous service that the hymn has provided.

The editors of the Companion to Church Hymnal(2000) identified the following advantages and disadvantages: In some quarters, the hymn has been criticized for being overly self-centered and for saying little about Jesus other than the fact that he is a faithful and sympathetic friend of mine.

One possible explanation is the emphasis placed on the importance of prayer in times of adversity; the injunction “take it to the Lord in prayer” appears no fewer than four times.

Young wrote the following about the tune CONVERSE: “Converse’s masterpiece of simplicity is composed for ease of learning in bar-formaabaand is further strengthened by the quasi-antiphon ‘Take it to the Lord in prayer.'” by CHRIS FENNER for the Hymnology Archive, published on July 25, 2019 and revised on March 11, 2021


  1. “The authorship of a popular hymn,”The Pacific, San Francisco, CA (29 October 1903), p. 18
  2. Foster Meharry Russell, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,”What a Friend We Have in Jesus(Belleville, ON: Mika Publishing Company, 1981), pp. 37–38
  3. Edward S. Caswell, “Canadian Singers and Their Songs(1919), pp. 9–10
  4. Charles NutterWilbur Tillett, “

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“The authorship of a well-known song,” says the author. Pacific, San Francisco, California (29 October 1903), p. 18: Google Books My Life and the Story of the Gospel Hymns(1906), pp. 295–297:Archive.org. Ira Sankey, “What a friend we have in Jesus,” My Life and the Story of the Gospel Hymns(1906), pp. 295–297:Archive.org. Charles Nutter is a politician in the United Kingdom. What a friend we have in Jesus, Wilbur Tillett, The Hymns and Hymn Writers of the Church (New York: EatonMain, 1911), pp.

  • Caswell’s Canadian Singers and Their Songs (Toronto: McCellandStewart, 1919).
  • “What a friend we have in Jesus,” The 1940 Hymnal Companion, 3rd rev.
  • (New York: Church Hymnal Corp., 1962), p.
  • “What a friend we have in Jesus,” The 1940 Hymnal Companion, 3rd rev.
  • Foster What a Friend We Have in Jesus, says Meharry Russell (Belleville ON: Mika Publishing Company, 1981).
  • “What a friend we have in Jesus,” Companion to Hymns and Psalms (Peterborough: Methodist Publishing House, 1988), pp.
  • Kenneth Trickett, “What a friend we have in Jesus,” Companion to Hymns and Psalms (Peterborough: Methodist Publishing House, 1988), pp.

Scotty A friend in Jesus is what we have in Wayne Gray’s “What a friend we have in Jesus,” in Handbook to the Baptist Hymnal (Nashville: Convention Press, 1992), pages 269–270.


Young, “What a friend we have in Jesus,” Companion to the United Methodist Hymnal (Nashville: Abingdon, 1993), pp.

Edward Darling is a fictional character created by author Edward Darling.



Daw, Jr., “What a friend we have in Jesus,” Glorify God: A Companion (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2016), pp.

“What a wonderful companion we have in Jesus,” says the author.

MARCH 29, 2020 Worship Service — please join in this home worship service!

This is the fifth Sunday of Lent. 29th of March, 2020 Service of Worship at Home Guidelines:*The order of service below is intended to assist all of us in coming together this morning to worship the Lord even if we are not in a traditional church setting. * You should be prepared to have your Bible and, if possible, a hymnal on hand. You may also look for hymn resources on the internet. atto This page contains YouTube lyrics and music, as well as links to Scripture.) * To begin, light a candle at the beginning of each service.

  • Gathering: Playing a song or hymn on an instrument, listening to a CD or watching YouTube videos, or simply sitting in quiet are all options.
  • Those who place their faith in Christ will live even if they die.
  • We believe that the Messiah, the Son of God, has come to earth.
  • We worship the risen Christ, who is the source of life and the resurrection of the dead.
  • * Hymn 328 UMH (Opening Hymn) “There is no doubt about the Lord’s Presence.” Prayer for the Gift of Illumination Please, oh gracious Father, guide us to a deeper love for you as you enlighten the meaning of the Scriptures; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
  • Reflection ‘We are not alone, for we dwell in God’s world,’ says 883 UMH, an affirmation of faith.
  • We put our faith in God.
  • God is with us at all times, in life, in death, and in life beyond death.

All praise be to God.* Response 102 by Sung UMH “Thank you, God, from the bottom of our hearts.” (Only the second stanza) 2/ O God, may you be with us throughout our lives, with ever cheerful hearts and beautiful peace to cheer us; and may you maintain our grace; and guide us when we are troubled; and deliver us from all illnesses, both in this world and the next.

During this time of coronavirus outbreak, you may want to include this prayer in your prayers.

Those who have lost loved ones should be consoled.

Allow individuals who are isolated and unable to travel freely throughout their areas to have tolerance with them.

Encourage people who are willing to put their own lives at danger to care for sick individuals.

Amen.” The Lord’s Prayer (also known as the Lord’s Supplication) Please pray the following prayer of confession, maintaining a prayerful mindset throughout the process.

The illusion of purity and greatness is created by our pride, which causes us to regard ourselves as pure when we are not.

Please, God, have compassion on us and forgive us our sin.

“Silent Prayer” “Almighty God, have pity on us, forgive us all of our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, empower us in every kindness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, keep us in eternal life,” says the author of the prayer.

Strengthen us to be a benefit to one another and a blessing to the entire world, bringing glory to you in all we do, through Jesus Christ our Lord, we pray.

A blessing: May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all today and in the days to come. Amen. Rev. Mark Gorman, Lead Pastor (443-458-2092), and Rev. Jane Ayers, Associate Pastor (410-800-8672) are available.

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