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Feast of John James Moment (May 11)   1 comment

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Above:  The Reverend John James Moment

Image Sources = The Cyber Hymnal and HymnTime.com

(http://www.cyberhymnal.org/bio/m/o/m/moment_jj.htm and http://www.hymntime.com/tch/bio/m/o/m/moment_jj.htm)

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JOHN JAMES MOMENT (FEBRUARY 1, 1875-MAY 11, 1959)

U.S. Presbyterian Minister and Hymn Writer

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Forceful and persuasive preacher, civic leader, trusted counsellor in affairs of Church and community, gracious interpreter of the things of the spirit through song and sermons; now completing his twenty-eighth year of service in his present parish, he has fulfilled all the desired qualifications of a faithful and devoted pastor.

Princeton Alumni Weekly (1946) on John James Moment

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John James Moment (1875-1959), son of a Canadian Methodist pastor, was born in Orono, Ontario, on February 1, 1875  He, having come to the United States at a young age, graduated from Princeton University in 1896 and taught at the Lawrenceville School, near Princeton, New Jersey, from 1898 to 1904.  Our saint, perceiving a call to ordained ministry, attended Hartford Theological Seminary next, graduating in 1906.  His ministerial career entailed him serving at the following congregations:

  1. First Presbyterian Church, East Orange, New Jersey (1906-1908), as Assistant Minister;
  2. Bergen Reformed Church, Jersey City, New Jersey (1908-1911), as Assistant Minister;
  3. High Street Presbyterian Church, Newark New Jersey (1911-1918); and finally,
  4. Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, Plainfield, New Jersey (1918-retirement, meaning at least through 1946).

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Above:  The Cornerstone of Cresecent Avenue Presbyterian Church

Image used with the gracious permission of Dan Damon, Plainfield, NJ

Moment wrote prose and poetry.  A book was Faith in Christ (1917).  And he, having composed hymn texts, served on the committee which produced The Hymnal (1933) for the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.  “God of Compassion, in Mercy Befriend Us”  is available at my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog.  Another hymn of his follows:

Men and children everywhere,

With sweet music fill the air!

Nations, come, your voices raise

To the Lord in hymns of praise!

Join the angel song,

All the worlds to Him belong!

Holy, holy,

To our God all glory be!

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Morning, evening, bless His name,

Skies with crimson clouds aflame,

Rainbow arch, His covenant sign,

Countless stars by night that shine!

Through His far domain,

Love is King where He doth reign!

Holy, holy,

To our God all glory be!

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Storm and food and ocean’s roar,

Breakers crashing on the shore,

Waterfalls that never sleep,

Towering mountain, canyon deep,

Tell ye forth His might,

Lord of life and truth and right!

Holy, holy,

To our God all glory be!

Moment cared actively for and about others.  Thus, in addition to what I have mentioned, he founded the Plainfield Community Forum in 1944.  This organization continues to meet needs of people by working with public and private-sector partners to make a variety of programs possible for a diverse population ranging from the young to elderly.  One program is Meals on Wheels, for example.

John James Moment made a great and positive impact where he was.  His legacy survives him, fortunately.  May each of us likewise love God and our neighbors actively and effectively.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

OCTOBER 24, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF HENRY CLAY SHUTTLEWORTH, ANGLICAN PRIEST AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF SAINT ANTHONY CLARET, FOUNDER OF THE CLARETIANS

THE FEAST OF ROSA PARKS, MOTHER OF THE MODERN-DAY CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

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O God, your Son came among us to serve and not to be served.

Lead us by his love to serve all to whom the world offers no comfort and little help.

Through us give hope to the hopeless,

love to the unloved,

peace to the troubled,

and rest to the weary,

through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Hosea 2:18-23

Psalm 94:1-15

Romans 12:9-21

Luke 6:20-36

Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 60