“Like Isaac Bearing Wood” Hymn for Good Friday 2022Mark Alan Filbert, Hymnology Consultant
In this text based on a portion of the Passion of Our Lord According to Saint John, appointed every year in the RCL for Good Friday, John Core (1951-2017) adroitly compares the sacrifice of Isaac, stopped by angelic intervention in the book of Genesis, with that of Jesus on the cross in recounting the events of that fateful day. The familiar tune SOUTHWELL is recommended for this text.
Core was born at Camp (now Fort) Rucker, Alabama, and earned a B.A. in Speech Communication from West Virginia University in Morgantown, where he served as a Library Associate cataloging music from 1975 until his death in 2017. Core was a member of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, and published four collections of texts with Wayne Leupold Editions. Copes attended Davidson College in North Carolina and Union Theological Seminary in New York, from which he received both the M.Div. and M.S.M. degrees. He served as minister of music in a number of United Methodist churches and taught organ and church music classes in several colleges and universities. He also served as a consultant for the 1966 revision of The United Methodist Hymnal, and his hymn tunes are now found in the hymnals of numerous denominations.