Sunday, January 5, 2014

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #15

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 "I Need Thee Every Hour"  written by Annie S. Hawkes(1835-1918) & composed by Robert Lowry (1826-1899).  Annie Hawkes was an amazing poet and had her first poem published when she was only 14 years old.  In her lifetime she wrote more than 400 Hymns!!

Below the lyrics I have included a YouTube Video of this precious hymn - please take time to listen. 

Turn with me to number 309 in your hymnals and let's sing:

I Need Thee Every Hour
by Annie S. Hawkes, (1835-1918) composed by Robert Lowry,(1826-1899)

1. I need Thee every hour, Most gracious Lord;  No other voice but Thine Can peace afford.
2.   I need Thee every hour;  Stay Thou near by;  Temptations lose their power When Thou art nigh.
3.  I need Thee every hour;  In joy or pain;  Come quickly and abide, Or life is vain.

4.  I need Thee every hour;  Teach me Thy will;  And Thy rich promises In me fulfill. 

I need Thee, O I need Thee, Every hour I need Thee; 

O bless me now , my Saviour, I come to Thee!

A special thanks to "TheHymnClub" for posting this on YouTube


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