Sunday, August 7, 2016

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #44

Welcome to the 44th Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing!

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 "Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling" written & composed by Will L. Thompson, (1847-1909).  
This composer and author was born in Pennsylvania but lived much of his life in Ohio - he attended Mount Union College in Ohio.  He spent some time in Germany and when he returned to Ohio he opened his own publishing company and had offices in Ohio and Illinois.  He was known for having an amazing musical memory - he never forgot a tune.

I have included 2 YouTube videos of this beautiful hymn!  The first video is by Anne Murray and the second sung by Willie Nelson -     ENJOY!

"Jesus stopped and said: 'Call him.' So they called to the blind man, 'Cheer Up! On your feet!  He's calling you' " 
Mark 10:49
(this scripture was taken from the part of Mark describing how Jesus restored a blind beggar's sight)

Turn with me to number 221 in your hymnals and let's sing:

Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling
written & composed by Will L. Thompson, (1847-1909)

1. Softly and tenderly Jesus Is calling, Calling for you and for me;  Patiently Jesus is waiting and watching, Watching for you and for me.


2.   Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading, Pleading for you and for me?  Why should we linger and heed not His mercies, Mercies for you and for me?


3.   O, for the wonderful love He has promised, Promised for you and for me;  Tho' we have sinned, He has mercy and pardon, Pardon for you and for me.


Come home,            Come home,     Ye who are weary, come home;
Come home,           Come home,                
               Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, Calling, O sinner come home!      

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


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