Our music offering this week is the Thanksgiving hymn, Let All Things Now Living, played on tenor sax by Jack Whittaker. Jack is the son of Doug Whittaker and Amy Petrone, and brother of Joanna. He has been playing sax for seven years and is currently a junior at Valley Regional High School. Besides playing for us at St. John’s at the 9 am service, he also plays in the school’s concert and jazz bands.

The tune to this hymn is The Ash Grove, the old Welsh folk song, Llwyn Onn. Katherine Davis ( 1892-1980), an American educated at Wellesley and the New England Conservatory in Boston, wrote the words in 1939. A composer and music teacher, she also edited the popular Concord Anthem book series ( E.C Schirmer), which our St John’s choir has used for years and continues to rely on for basic repertoire. Besides this Thanksgiving hymn, Katherine wrote the popular Christmas song “The Little Drummer Boy” in 1941.

We thank my son Reade James for putting this recording together for us. If you are interested in sharing music and participating in the weekly offering, please contact me at music@stjohnsessex.org. We try to vary the offerings and would be happy to have you join us.


Let all things now living a song of thanksgiving to God the Creator triumphantly raise,

Who fashioned and made us, protected and stayed us,

Who guides us and leads to the end of our days.

His banners are o’er us, his light goes before us, a pillar of fire shining forth in the night,

Til shadows have vanished and darkness is banished as forward we travel from light into light.

His law he enforces; the stars in their courses and sun in its orbit obediently shine:

The hills and the mountains, the rivers and fountains, the deeps of the ocean proclaim him divine.

We too should be voicing our love and rejoicing; with glad adoration a song let us raise,

Till all things now living unite in thanksgiving; to god in the highest hosanna and praise!

Worship and Rejoice #22

Words: Katherine K. Davis (1892-1980) Music: Welsh Melody ©1939, Ren. 1966 E.C Schimer Music Company. All rights reserved. Reprinted under ONE LICENSE #A-711931

2 thoughts on “Let All Things Now Living

  1. Nancy King says:

    Yay and Thank You, Doug. It was fun to sing along with your accompaniment
    Nancy King (I was not allowed to send a comment without putting in my name and e-mail. Really annoying. You do NOT have torespond!

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