Sunday, November 3, 2013

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #14

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 "Blest Be the Tie That Binds"  written by John Fawcett (1740-1817) & composed by Hans G. Naegeli (1768-1836) & Lowell Mason (1792-1872).  John Fawcett was a Baptist Theologian, pastor and hymn writer.  He served as pastor to a small Congregation at Wainsgate Baptist Church in West Yorkshire, England.  In 1772 he was offered a prestigious  position at the Carter's Lane Baptist Church in London but at the last minute he declined the position and remained at his small church - after this decision to stay he wrote this hymn.

This hymn is special to me - the small German Baptist church from my childhood used to sing this hymn at the end of almost every Sunday service.

Below the lyrics I have included two YouTube Videos of this hymn.  The first video sounds exactly like I remember it and the second video is just instrumental but it's "folksy" and I really enjoyed it.

Turn with me to number 479 in your hymnals and let's sing:

Blest Be the Tie That Binds
by John Fawcett(1740-1817) composed by by Hans G. Naegeli(1768-1836) &
                                                                   Lowell Mason (1792-1872)
1. Blest be the tie that binds Our hearts in Christian love;  The fellowship of kindred minds Is like to that above.

2.   Before our Father's throne We pour our ardent prayers;  Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one, Our comforts and our cares.

3.  We share each other's woes, Each other's burdens bear, And often for each other flows The sympathizing tear.

4.  When we are called to part, It gives us inward pain;  But we shall still be joined in heart, And hope to meet again.



  1. We attend a small country church with a piano only, very down to earth folks. Thanks for sharing these lovely Hymns many of which we sing ;-)

  2. Hi Angie,
    I love this. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  3. I of course sat here and sang along! Love the old hymns!

    Thank you for sharing.

    Today on my blog I posted pictures of the life of Christ.

    I love my God!


  4. Thank you for the compliment and for the follow. Followering u back.


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