Monday, March 10, 2008
Savior, Thy Dying Love
Sylvanus Dryden Phelps
Born: May 15, 1816, Suffield, Connecticut.
Died: November 23, 1895, New Haven, Connecticut.
Phelps attended the Connecticut Literary Institute, Brown University (graduated 1844), and Yale Divinity School. After ordination, he pastored at the First Baptist Church in New Haven, Connecticut (1854-1882), and the Jefferson Street Baptist Church, Providence, Rhode Island (1876). Later, he became editor of The Christian Secretary. His son was preacher, author and professor William Lyons Phelps.
Music: Robert Lowry (1826-1899)
On Phelps’ 70th birthday, Lowry wrote him: It is worth living 70 years even if nothing comes of it but one such hymn as:
"Savior! Thy dying love
Thou gavest me;
Nor should I aught withhold,
Dear Lord, from Thee".
Happy is the man who can produce one song which the world will keep on singing after the author shall have passed away. May the tuneful harp preserve its strings for many a long year yet, and the last note reach us only when it is time for the singer to take his place in the heavenly choir.
Amen, Amen! This is a great hymn of the Faith that our Temple Choir Director, Gordon Leavitt selected for yesterday's worship service.