Sunday, March 3, 2013

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #6

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 "At The Cross" by hymnist Isaac Watts, (1674-1748) and composed by R.E. Hudson.  Isaac Watts was an English theologian and hymnwriter and wrote about 750 Hymns!!

I included 2  "YouTube" videos below - the first one is the traditional way to sing this Hymn & the second one is a Jazzy Louisiana version.

Turn with me to number 139 in your hymnals and let's sing:

At The Cross
by Isaac Watts (1674-1748) composed by R. E. Hudson
1. Alas, and did my Saviour blee? And did my Sov'reign die?  Would He devote that sacred head For such a one as I?
2.   Was it for crimes that I have done, He groaned upon the tree?  Amazing pity!  grace unknown!  And love beyond degree!
3.  Well might the sun in darkness hide, And shut his glories in.  When Christ, the mighty Maker died For man, the creature's sin.

4.  But drops of grief can ne'er repay The debt of love I owe:  Here, Lord, I give myself away, 'Tis all that I can do!

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light, And the burden of my heart rolled away, (rolled away) It was there by faith I received my sight, And now I am happy all the day!

A special thanks to SoulfulMusic100 for posting this on YouTube

A special thanks to brandinreed for posting this on YouTube

Other Hymns on this blog:

by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo Day_zpsb50f87c9.jpg


  1. I so miss the old hymns. I much prefer them to the modern "7-1 Songs", (7 Words, 11 Times) LOL. Great idea. I look forward to these posts.


    1. I too love the old hymns. The modern "Praise and Worship" songs just do not resonate with me the same. I just got a chuckle at the "7-1 Songs".

      These are all great hymns. I sing "At the Cross" when nobody is around when I am doing house work. I also truly love "It is Well".

      Great post.

    2. That is so funny - "7-1" but so true!!! Thanks so much Karen & Summers for stopping by.

  2. Oh I so love all the songs you mentioned here! I also miss hymnal songs in our church. God bless us in the coming week!

  3. I agree with you. I love the reverent, deeper hymns. I feel closer to Christ while singing those hymns.


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