Sunday, April 5, 2015

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #29 & HAPPY EASTER!

Rejoice for Jesus is risen!  HAPPY EASTER & God bless!
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 featured hymn is "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" written by Isaac Watts (1674-1748) composed by Lowell Mason (1792-1872).  In the early 1700's the Psalms were sung as worship songs in church but the author Isaac Watts felt that this restricted true celebration through music.  Our feature hymn today is considered his most popular hymn but he is credited with writing over 700 hymns!

I have included a YouTube video of this precious song -  please take the time to listen & enjoy!

Turn with me to number 141 in your hymnals and let's sing:

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
written by Isaac Watts (1674-1748)   composed by Lowell Mason (1792-1872)
1. When I survey the wondrous cross On which the Prince of glory died, My richest gain I count but loss, And pour contempt on all my pride.

2.   Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, Save in the death of Christ, my Lord;  All the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to His blood.

3.   See, from His head, His hands, His feet, Sorrow and love flow mingled down;  Did e'er such love and sorrow meet, Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

4.   Were the whole realm of nature mine, That were a present far too small:  Love so amazing, so divine, Demands my soul, my life, my all.

A special thanks to "ChristianPraiseAndWorshipInSongs" for sharing this with us!
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  1. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross is one of my very favorite hymns. May you have a blessed Resurrection Sunday!

    1. One of my favorites also - Happy Resurrection Sunday to you too - God bless!


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