Sunday, March 6, 2016

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #39

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 "My Jesus, I Love Thee, I Know Thou Art Mine" written by Anonymous & composed by Adoniram J. Gordon (1836-1895).  
An important note on the author - my hymnal (North American Hymnal seen above) shows "Anonymous" as the author of today's featured hymn.  However, I found information online that states that this hymn was originally a devotional poem written by "William Ralph Featherston (1846-1873)."  William was born & lived in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  I am not sure which piece of information is correct but wanted to mention both possible versions behind this hymn.

Jesus said, "As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you.  Now remain in my love" John 15:9

I have included 2 YouTube videos of this precious hymn!  The first version is exactly as I remember from my childhood.  The second version is a little more modern (I could have done WITHOUT the "Oh ya's" at the end of that version).  Please take the time to listen & enjoy!

Turn with me to number 355 in your hymnals and let's sing:

My Jesus, I Love Thee, I Know Thou Art Mine
written by Anonymous & composed by Adoniram J. Gordon (1836-1895) 
1. My Jesus I love Thee, I know Thou are mine;  For Thee all the follies of sin I resign;  My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art Thou;


2.   I love Thee, because Thou hast first loved me, And purchased my pardon on Calvary's tree;  I love The for wearing the thorns on Thy brow;


3.   I will love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death;  And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath;  And say, when the death-dew lies cold on my brow,


4.   In mansions of glory and endless delight, I'll ever adore Thee in heaven so bright;  I'll sing with the glittering crown on my brow,


If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus 'tis now.

A special thanks to "David Philip" for sharing this with us!
by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo Day_zpsb50f87c9.jpg

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