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"
Today's featured hymn is "Take Time to Be Holy" written by W.D. Longstaff (1822-1894), & composed by George C. Stebbins (1846-1945). W.D. Longstaff was not a pastor or clergy of any kind - he was an English businessman. After hearing a sermon on
1 Peter 1:16 "for it is written: 'Be holy, because I am holy.' "
he decided to write a poem. That poem was published in a Christian newspaper. The composer George Stebbins saw that poem, cut it out and put it aside. It wasn't until many years later that George Stebbins stumbled upon that saved poem and then put it to music.
Please take time to listen to the YouTube video below the lyrics.
Turn with me to number 310 in your hymnals and let's sing:
Take Time to Be Holyby W.D. Longstaff (1822-1894) & composed by George C. Stebbins(1846-1945)
1. Take time to be holy, Speak oft with thy Lord; Abide in Him always, And feed on His word. Make friends of God's children; Help those who are weak; Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.
2. Take time to be holy, The world rushes on; Spend much time in secret With Jesus alone. By looking to Jesus, Like Him thou shalt be; Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.
A special thanks to "isbaptist Toronto" for sharing this with us!
Other Hymns on this blog:
Be Still My Soul
Just As I Am, Without One Plea
Revive Us Again
Oh Beautiful For Spacious Skies
We Plow the Fields & Scatter
Have Thine Own Way Lord!
Lead Me To Calvary
He Leadeth Me, O Blessed Thought
O God Our Help in Ages Past
I Need Thee Every Hour
Blest Be the Tie That Binds