Behind the Music

We worship a triune God. This means that we worship a God that is absolutely one God yet, at the very same time, three distinct persons. The Trinity has always been a hallmark of Christian doctrine. Even though it is a fundamental doctrine to our faith, it is a very confounding doctrine. The Trinity was a major discussion for the early church fathers and that discussion continues today.

While the doctrine can be confusing, it is comforting as well. We worship a God that is far greater than us and much more complex than we can understand. It wouldn't be comforting to worship a God that we could completely wrap our finite minds around. 

The complexity of this doctrine was not lost on Reginald Heber, the author of Holy Holy Holy. He was masterful with words and wanted to capture for the church the beauty and mystery of the trinity. Heber composed Holy Holy Holy, during the Romantic era when the broader culture began to use the english language in a more poetic fashion. Holy Holy Holy is a perfect example of poetry. In fact, it has been hailed as one of the greatest hymns from that era. "Heber shows his mastery of poetic design in composing each verse to re-emphasise the doctrine of the Trinity by using a 'trinity of words' to say something about God." 

This Sunday we will be singing a fantastic arrangement of Holy Holy Holy from Highlands Worship. This new arrangement keeps the integrity of the familiar melody but adds needed space for reflection with a great Hallelujah Chorus & a bridge section. Hope you will come sing with us. 

  1. This blog post is an adaption from a previous post in 2014.
  2. The quoted texted from Sermon Audio