Sunday, July 7, 2019

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #76

Welcome to the 76th 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 "My Redeemer" written by Phillip P. Bliss (1731-1800) & composed by James McGranahan (1840-1907).    
The history behind the featured song today is a tragic one.  This hymn "My Redeemer" was the last song that Phillip P. Bliss wrote - it was written during (or just before) a train crash in Ohio.  The author first survived the crash but then ran back to the accident to rescue his wife and two children (unsuccessfully).  These lyrics were found among his belongings after the crash. 

REDEEMER (definition) - one who makes amends or atones for error or evil.

"For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Colossians 1:13-14

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

Turn with me to number 268 in your hymnals and let's sing:

My Redeemer
written by Philip P. Biss (1838-1876) & composed by James McGranahan (1840-1907)

1. I will sing of my Re'deemer, And His wondrous love to me;  On the cruel cross He suffered, From the curse to set me free.

2.   I will tell the wondrous story, How my lost estate to save, In His boundless love and mercy, He the ransom freely gave.

3.   I will praise my dear Redeemer, His triumphant power I'll tell, How the victory He giveth Over sin, and death and hell.

4.   I will sing of my Redeemer, And His heavenly love to me;  He from death to life hath brought me, Son of God, with Him to be.


Sing, oh sing.....................of my Redeemer,...........
                                       of my Redeemer, Sing, oh, sing of my Redeemer,

With His blood.........................He purchased me,................

                                       He purchased me,     With His blood He purchased me,

On the cross.....................He sealed my pardon,...........

                                       He sealed my pardon, On the cross He sealed my pardon,

Paid the debt,....................and made me free...........
                                      and made me free,.........................and made me free.

A special thanks to "Daniel The Baptist" for sharing this with us!


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