Sunday, August 5, 2018

Old Fashion Sunday Hymn Sing #66

Welcome to the 66th 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 "For the Beauty of the Earth" written by Folliott S. Pierpont (1835-1917)   & from a chorale by Conrad Kocher (1786-1872).  
Mr. Pierpont taught at Somersetshire College and had many poems published.  The featured song today was meant for the Eucharist/Communion, however, it has been sung for any occasion.  Folliott Pierpont was only 29 years old when he wrote this hymn/poem.

Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.  Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God." 
Psalm 90:1&2

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

Turn with me to number 73 in your hymnals and let's sing:

For the Beauty of the Earth
written by Folliott S. Pierpont (1835-1917) & from a chorale by Conrad Kocher (1786-1872)

1. For the beauty of the earth, For the glory of the skies, For the love which from our birth Over and around us lies:
2.   For the beauty of each hour Of the day and of the night, Hill and vale, and tree and flower, Sun and moon, and stars of light:
3.   For the joy of ear and eye;  For the heart and mind's delight;  For the mystic harmony Linking sense to sound and sight:

4.   For the joy of human love, Brother, sister, parent, child, Friends on earth, and friends above;  For all gentle thoughts and mild:



Lord of all, to Thee we raise This our hymn of gratful praise.

A special thanks to "TheNCrew EliEli" for sharing this with us!

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