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 "Jesus, I come" written by W. T. Sleeper (1840-1920) & composed by Geo. C. Stebbins (1846-1945). I could not find anything about the history of this song and I could only find the very basics about the author W.T. Sleeper. William True Sleeper attended the University of Vermont and Andover Seminary. He had a home ministry in Massachusetts and in Maine. That is the only information that I could find.
The lack of history does not detract from the beauty of this song. Please take the time to listen to the video below & ENJOY!
Turn with me to number 271 in your hymnals and let's sing:
Jesus, I Come
written by W.T. Sleeper, 1840-1920 & composed by Geo. C. Stebbins (1846-1945)
1. Out of my bondage, sorrow and night, Jesus, I come, Jesus I come: Into Thy freedom, gladness and light, Jesus, I come to Thee; Out of my sickness into Thy health, Out of my want and into Thy wealth, Out of my sin and into Thyself, Jesus, I come to Thee.
2. Out of my shameful failure and loss, Jesus, I come, Jesus I come: Into the glorious gain of Thy cross, Jesus, I come to Thee; Out of earth's sorrows into Thy balm, Out of life's storms and into Thy calm, Out of distress to jubilant psalm, Jesus, I come to Thee.
3. Out of unrest and arrogant pride, Jesus, I come, Jesus I come: Into Thy blessed will to abide, Jesus, I come to Thee; Out of myself to dwell in Thy love, Out of despair into raptures above, Upward for aye on wings like a dove, Jesus, I come to Thee.
4. Out of the fear and dread of the tomb, Jesus, I come, Jesus I come: Into the joy and light of Thy home, Jesus, I come to Thee; Out of the depths of ruin untold, Into the peace of Thy sheltering fold, Ever Thy glorious face to behold, Jesus, I come to Thee.
A special thanks to "GaitherVEVO" for sharing this with us on YouTube!
Other Hymns on this blog:
Hallelujah What a Savior!
Safe in the Arms of Jesus
Take My Life, and Let It Be
God Bless Our Native Land
Living For Jesus A Life That Is True
Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Savior Like A Shepherd Lead Us
What A Wonderful Savior!
All the Way My Savior Leads Me
Take Time To Be Holy