Sunday, January 3, 2016

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #37

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 "Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me" written by Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676) & translated by John Wesley (1703-1791) & composed by Henry F. Hemy (1818-1888) and by James G. Walton (1821-1905) The feature hymn today was originally in German and was translated into English by John Wesley.  Paul Gerhardt - the original author wrote over 100 hymns!
Half of my childhood church upbringing was in a German Baptist church and this song is only slightly familiar to me but since it was originally a German song I wanted to share it with you today.

"And I pray that you being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."
Ephesians 3:17-19
I have included 2 videos of this lovely song below the lyrics.  The second video is just a piano solo but it is so enjoyable!

Turn with me to number 353 in your hymnals and let's sing:

Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me
written by Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676), translated by John Wesley (1703-1791)  & composed by Henry F. Hemy (1818-1888) and James G. Walton (1821-1905)
1. Jesus, Thy boundless love to me No thought can reach, no tongue declare;  O knit my thankful heart to Thee, And reign without a rival there;  Thine wholly, Thine alone, I am:  Be Thou alone my constant Flame.

2. O grant that nothing in my soul May dwell, but Thy pure love alone;  O may Thy love possess me whole,  My joy, my treasure, and my crown.  Strange fires far from my soul remove My every act, word, thought, be love.

3. O love, how cheering is Thy ray!  All pain before Thy presence flies, Care, anguish, sorrow, melt away.  Where'er Thy healing beams arise.  O Jesus nothing may I see.  Nothing desire, or seek, but Thee!

A special thanks to "Wadsworth SDMI" for sharing this with us on YouTube!

A special thanks to "Andrew Remillard" for sharing this with us on YouTube!

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