Sunday, February 5, 2017

Old Fashion Sunday Hymn Sing #49

Welcome to the 49th 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 "We've a Story to Tell to the Nations" written by Colin Sterne (1862-1928) & Composed by H. Ernest Nichol (1862-1928).  
"Colin Sterne" was actually Ernest's penname.  Mr. Nichol produce almost 130 melodies for church, most of which were for Sunday school.

"He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all the nations."  Mark 16:15

Please enjoy todays featured hymn by listening to the YouTube videos!  The first video is the traditional version of this beautiful song and the second video is a lovely Bluegrass version.

Turn with me to number 491 in your hymnals and let's sing:

We've a Story to Tell to the Nations
written by Colin Sterne (1862-1928) composed by H. Ernest Nichol (1862-1928)

1. We've a story to tell to the nations That shall turn their hearts to the right, A story of truth and mercy, A story of peace and light, A story of peace and light.
2.   We've a song to be sung to the nations That shall lift their hearts to the Lord,  A song that shall conquer evil And shatter the spear and sword, And shatter the spear and sword.
3.   We've a message to give to the nations  That the Lord who reigneth above  Hath sent us His Son to save us, And show us that God is love, And show us that God is love.
4.  We've a Savior to show to the nations  Who the path of sorrow hath trod, That all of the world's great peoples  Might come to the truth of God, Might come to the truth of God.


For the darkness shall turn to dawning, And the dawning to noon-day bright.

And Christ's great Kingdom shall come on earth, The Kingdom of Love and Light. 

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


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