Sunday, July 2, 2017

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #54

Welcome to the 54th 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 "The Light of the World is Jesus" written & composed by Philip P. Bliss (1838-1876).  
Mr. Bliss was born in Pennsylvania and was known as the "singing Pilgrim".  He found such joy in writing and composing music with a Gospel message.  He had a very tragic death - he was only 38 years old when he tried to rescue his wife from burning railway car during a train accident.

"When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, 'I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.' "  John 8:12

I have included 2 versions of this lovely hymn (below the lyrics).  Enjoy!

Turn with me to number 255 in your hymnals and let's sing:

The Light of the World is Jesus
written and composed by Philip P. Bliss (1838-1876)

1. The whole world was lost in the darkness of sin;  The Light of the world is Jesus;  Like sunshine at noon-day His glory shone in,


2.   No darkness have we who in Jesus abide, The Light of the world is Jesus; We walk in the Light when we follow our Guide,


3.   Ye dwellers in darkness with sinblinded eyes, The Light of the world is Jesus;  Go, wash at His bidding, and light will arise,


4.   No need of the sunlight in heaven we're told, The Light of the world is Jesus;  The Lamb is the Light in the City of Gold,



The Light of the world is Jesus.  Come to the Light, 'tis shining for thee;  Sweetly the Light has dawned upon me;  Once I was blind, but now I can see;  The Light of the world is Jesus.

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


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