We sang one of my favorite hymns today - Earth and All Stars - and the tune has been in my head all day. The text epitomizes my fall theme, as nature, musical instruments, workers, classrooms, and people all join together in a joyful song of praise of God's "marvelous things." There's a running joke among the choir that it's a pretty crazy hymn for its mention of boiling test tubes, but the universality of praise from all kinds of quotidian sources is part of what makes the hymn so great to me.
I also had a few people ask about the tune of "Blessed Jesus at Thy Word." They noticed that it seemed just the slightest bit different from what they had grown up with, and they were right! The Bethany hymnal has the Bach harmonization, which in typical Bach fashion has plenty of added passing tones or what some of us now hear as "extra notes" compared to the LBW version, which often simplified hymns to a quarter note based chorale. At second service, I played plenty of other versions of the hymn tune - from the simple to the highly ornamented, traditional to dissonant. I hope the hymn tunes from this Sunday stick with you and brighten your week with hymns of praise.