Sunday, October 1, 2017

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #57

Welcome to the 57th 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 Call for Reapers" a.k.a. "Far and Near the Fields Are Teeming" written by J.O. Thompson (1834-1917) & composed by J.B.O. Clemm (1855-1927).  
J.O. Thompson was a Methodist minister in Maine, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Florida.  At the beginning of his pastoral career he fought in the Civil War.  Years later he was the Secretary of Agriculture when he lived in Charleston, WV.  He was very busy but still found time to write lyrics for this lovely hymn.

"Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.'  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."  
Matthew 9:37-38

I have included 2 versions of this great hymn (below the lyrics).  The first version is a cappella and the second version is traditional with piano accompaniment.  Enjoy!

Turn with me to number 455 in your hymnals and let's sing:

The Call for Reapers
written by J. O. Thompson (1834-1917)   composed by J.B.O. Clemm (1855-1927)

1. Far and near the fields are teeming With the waves of ripened grain;  Far and near their gold is gleaming O'er the sunny slope and plain.
2.   Send them, Forth with morn's first beaming, Send them in the noontide's glare;  When the sun's last rays are gleaming, Bid them gather everywhere.
3.   O thou, whom thy Lord is sending, Gather now the sheaves of gold;  Heavenward then at evening wending.  Thou shalt come with joy untold.


Lord of harvest, send forth reapers!  Hear us, Lord, to Thee we cry;  Send them now the sheaves to gather, Ere the harvest time pass by.


A special thanks to "W3tno" for sharing this with us!
by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo Day_zpsb50f87c9.jpg


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