Sunday, June 7, 2020

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #86

Welcome to the 86th 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 "Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy" written by Joseph Hart (1712-1768)    
The featured composer was a preacher but fell away from the faith.  It wasn't until later in life (1757) when he was truly converted.  He is known for his collection of hymns called "Hart's Hymns".

    "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."
Matthew 11:28

I have included 2 versions of this lovely hymn (below the lyrics).  The second has a bit more modern sound.  Enjoy!

Turn with me to number 225 in your hymnals and let's sing:

Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy
written by Joseph Hart (1712-1768) & composed by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)

1. Come, ye sinners, poor and needy, Weak and wounded, sick and sore;  Jesus ready stands to save you, Full of pity, love, and pow'r:  He is able, He is able, He is willing:  doubt no more.

2.   Now, ye needy, come and welcome;  God's free bounty glorify;  True belief and true repentance, Ev'ry grace that brings you nigh, Without money, Without money, Come to Jesus Christ and buy.

3.   Let not conscience make you linger, Nor of fitness fondly dream;  All the fitness He requireth Is to feel your need of Him;  This He gives you, This He gives you;  'Tis the Spirit's glimmering beam.

4.   Come, ye weary, heavy laden, Bruised and mangled by the fall;  If you tary till you're better You will never come at all;  Not the righteous Not the righteous, Sinners Jesus came to call.

A special thanks to "Martijn de Groot" for sharing this with us!


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