JACKSON, Tenn. – April 27, 2006 – Union University Christian studies professor Randall Bush has written a hymn and dedicated it to Union President David Dockery by naming the hymn’s tune “Dockery.”
The hymn, “Thou Son of Man in Light Arrayed,” was performed publicly for the first time April 25 as part of a recital given by music professor Ronald Boud.
“I am deeply grateful and honored that Randall Bush would dedicate this new hymn to me and name the hymn tune after me,” Dockery said. “When it was sung for the first time in public, I was deeply moved by the tribute. I trust that the singing of the hymn will bring glory to our great God and Savior every time it is sung in days and years ahead.”
Bush said the hymn was the poetic expression of an article he wrote about the significance of the concept of the “Son of Man.” The first verse of the five-verse hymn says, “Thou Son of Man in light arrayed on clouds of glory come; ’till conquered kingdoms shall parade; and bow before thy throne.”
Bush said the hymn had been sung once publicly before, at the C.S. Lewis Oxford Summer School in Great Britain, but that was before he named the tune in Dockery’s honor.
“I decided if a hymn tune had not been named after him, that it needed to be,” Bush said. “He’s just such an outstanding president.”
Bush wrote both the words and the music for the hymn. Boud arranged the harmonization.