Monday, August 10, 2009

Korean Book of Praise

Sometimes interesting things happen. When I was in BC last week, a young Korean woman presented me with a Korean Book of Praise. "The Love and the Covenant Reformed Churches in Korea" took it upon themselves to produce and publish a Korean translation of the Book of Praise. It includes the 150 Korean-Genevan Psalms, the 65 hymns of the Book of Praise, translations of the preface, indices, and of "our" versions of the Three Forms of Unity, liturgical forms, recommended orders of worship, and the church order. In other words, it is the Book of Praise of the Canadian Reformed Churches, except in Korean. Remarkable.

It is beautifully covered and bound, and looks much better than our editions. The Hebrew letters on the right side of the cover are from Genesis 17, God's covenant with Abraham.

Here are Hymns 34 and 35.

Here is Psalm 96.

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Reuben said...

Wow! Really cool stuff. Wish I could read it.

Chrisnvp said...

What a treasure!
Truly Inspiring.

Anonymous said...

Wow. That's beautiful. Can't read it, but it speaks volumes...
Would love to take a closer look at it some time.
-Edward L.

joanne said...

Divinely thoughtful and appropriate I'd say - to have made such a presentation!
Love your blog layout too Pastor George - themes of old books and music!
Does it get any better than that she wonders?

Anonymous said...

Our churches certainly have a treasure in the Book of Praise! Let's keep the love for Psalm singing strong in our churches and schools! Just the idea of other nations singing the same words as we do is thrilling! With heart and voice, God is praised throughou the world. Joanna V

sungeun choi said...

What a surprise! Rev. vanpopta!
Thank you for thinking korean book of prise! Yes, The Holy spirit is working everywhere and He made open our eyes and hart through true gospel.There were helped through your sermons and many things... Thank you for inviting me to your church. I would love to visit there with Joanne! I am looking forware go there.

George van Popta said...

Thank you, again, Sung Eun, for the beautiful book. Hope to see you in Ottawa some day.

Anonymous said...

Wow !! That's astounding. We are not alone singing the psalms and using the forms etc. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Bill + Wilma S.

Anonymous said...

What a rich story. Yet another way to unite God's people. What a blessing.
Deborah H