Sunday, September 23, 2012

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #1

I miss the old hymns that I remember from my childhood - there were no drums, no electric guitar and no mind numbing beat.  It was just voices and maybe a piano or an organ.  The choir led the congregation in singing - and the words of these hymns are poetic.  I realize that there is a need for the modern "seeker oriented" worship music - but it is also necessary to have deeper songs (no offense intended to anyone who prefers the newer church songs).

I decided to have an "Old Fashion Sunday Hymn Sing" once a month on this blog. 
 I personally do NOT have a great singing voice - I used to play the guitar & piano but my voice is NOT an instrument.  That's the great thing about this digital hymn sing you can warble along without being embarrassed or without offending anyone else.

The hymns that we will be studying are taken from an old hymnal from a Baptist church that is no longer in existence - "The North American Hymnal" published in 1956 by "THE ROGER WILLIAMS PRESS"

I will also try to find a version of the featured hymn on "YouTube" to share with you each month.

Today's feature song is "In the Garden" by C. Austin Miles.  The words in this hymn are simply beautiful and so comforting:  "the dew on the roses", "God's voice is so sweet that the birds hush their singing" and the chorus - Oh the soothing chorus! - God is with us every step of the way.
To my fellow country men & women - I know that "Anne Murray" makes many Canadians groan with dread but please listen to the  "YouTube" video below - she (Anne Murray) performed this hymn beautifully.

Turn with me to number 488 in your hymnals and let's sing:

In the Garden
by C. Austin Miles (1868 - 1946)
1.  I come to the garden alone, While the dew is still on the roses, And the voice I hear, Falling on my ear, The Son of God discloses.
2.  He speaks, and the sound of His voice Is so sweet the birds hush their singing, And the melody That He gave to me, Within my heart is ringing.
3.  I'd stay in the garden with Him Though the night around me be falling, But He bids me go;  Through the voice of woe His voice to me is calling.
And He walks with me, and He talks with me, And He tells me I am His own;  And the joy we share as we tarry there.  None other has ever known.


  1. Well Angie, it seems that I've been first at your church for the past few Sundays. Guess that's because I've been up late on my computer Saturday nights.

    I grew up with this song because my maternal grandparents used a Baptist hymnal in their home, though they were Church of God. My paternal grandparents were Baptist. I am inter and non-dominational, just a believer in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    In The Garden is beautiful, just as you say, and one of my old time favorites. Thanks for sharing your fond memories.

  2. This is a lovely idea -- thanks for sharing this beautiful song! I grew up in the Methodist church and learned so many of the old hymns there. Although I now consider myself non-denominational and really love and enjoy the new music, I still love the old hymns. I have a CD by Alan Jackson that he made for his grandmother, that has just the old hymns that she loved -- beautifully done! I also have several compilation CDs of Christian singers performing hymns -- I love their interpretations!

  3. Angie, thanks for stopping by my blog! What a blessing it is, to meet other Christians and celebrate His love and grace! Oh, how I remember the old hymns and beautiful way all of the voices would synchronize---no instruments---just simple voices lifting praise. Indeed, I miss it! But, I enjoy just about any praise songs! It's the lifting of praise that ignites my soul and stirs my heart. May you be blessed this morning!

  4. This is not a hymn I know, but I do like the words. Perhaps that's because I used to be an Anglican and am now a Catholic! Will look out for the next choice though!


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