Sunday, July 19, 2015

Christian Camp Songs & Chorus Hymns #7

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Christian Camp Songs & Chorus Hymns

I spent many years in my late teens and early twenties working at Christian Camps.  I even met my husband at a Christian camp.  These wonderful memories of great experiences make Christian camp songs very special to me.

On top of featuring an old hymn each month in what I call "Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing" - I will also be featuring a chorus hymn every month - ENJOY!
The author & composer of this featured Chorus Hymn is Doris Mae Akers- she was born in 1934 in Brookfield, Missouri and passed away in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She was extremely talented - at the age of 6 she taught herself to play the piano by ear, when she was 10 she composed her first song & then when she was 12 she put together a 5-piece jazz band!!  The featured song today was written in 1962 but was not published until the 1980's.  She has received many musical honors over the years including The Gospel Music Composer of the year for 1960 & 1961, and she was also honored by the National Organization of Black Catholics in 1987.  The inspiration for this song comes from Matthew 3 (see below).


"As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water.  At that moment heaven was opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him.  And a voice from heaven said, 'This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.' "
Matthew 3:16 & 17




Please take time to  listen to the YouTube videos below the lyrics .  The second version is just guitar with no voice - it's actually meant to be instructional also - so grab your guitar and string along!


Sweet, Sweet Spirit
words & music by Doris Akers (1923-1995)
1.  There's a sweet, sweet Spirit in this place.....................And I know that it's the Spirit of the Lord;....................  There are sweet expressions on each face,...........................And I know they feel the presence of the Lord.......................................


2.  There are blessings you cannot receive............................ Till you know Him in His fullness, and believe................................  You're the one to profit when you say,............................ "I am going to walk with Jesus all the way."......................




(Chorus)
Sweet Holy Spirit,  Sweet heavenly Dove,  Stay right here with us............... Filling us with your love,  And for these blessings we lift our hearts in praise;...................  Without a doubt we'll know........... That we have been revived When we shall leave this place.




A special thanks to "Randy Overstreet" for sharing this with us on YouTube



A special thanks to "Ronald Ellis" for posting this on YouTube






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2 comments:

  1. Ah, I wish I had gone to camp as a kid. However, I was not raised as a Christian, but I do want my sons to go to experience Christian camp. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Oh, this is a great song. It brings back memories, and it is comforting to know that there are places to go where there is support when you need it.

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