Sunday, November 1, 2020

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #91

Welcome to the 91st 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 "O Day of Rest and Gladness" written by Christopher Wordsworth (1807-1885) & composed by Lowell Mason (1792-1872).    
This author was the nephew of the poet William Wordsworth.  He graduated from Trinity College in Cambridge (England) with high honors.  He had a very long and successful career but I am going to focus on his hymn writing.  His most successful (when it comes to hymn writing) was a hymnal called: "The Holy Year", which included hymns for every season/occasion in church.

"......Sabbath- rest for the people of God.
Hebrews 4:9

I have included 2 versions of this lovely hymn (below the lyrics).  The second version is A cappella.  Enjoy!

Turn with me to number 450 in your hymnals and let's sing:

O Day of Rest and Gladness
written by Christopher Wordsworth (1807-1885)   composed by Lowell Mason (1792-1872)

1. O day of rest and gladness, O day of joy and light;  A balm for care and sadness, Most beautiful and bright!  This day the meek and lowly, Bowed down before the throne, Sing, holy, holy, holy, Is the Eternal One. 

2.   This day, on hungry nations, The heavnly manna falls;  To holy convocations The gospel message calls;  The light from heav'n is glowing With pure and radiant beams, And living waters flowing In soul refreshing streams.

3.   New graces ever gaining From this weet day of rest, Type of the rest remaining For spirits of the blest, There we shall share the glory With all the saints above, And sing the wondrous story of Jesus dying love.

A special thanks to "StJohnsPriest" for sharing this with us!


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