Sunday, September 5, 2021

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #99

Welcome to the 99th 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 "A Shelter in the Time of Storm" written by Vernon J. Charlesworth (1838-1915) & composed by Ira D. Sankey (1840-1908). 

Vernon Charlesworth began his career as a schoolmaster at a Baptist church in England.  He eventually became a pastor and a few years after that, he became the head of an orphanage (which was a much needed alternative to the "poor houses" of that day).  He published a book and several hymns.


I have included 2 videos below the lyrics.  Enjoy!

Turn with me to number 177 in your hymnals and let's sing:

A Shelter in the Time of Storm
written by Vernon J. Charlesworth (1838-1915) & composed by Ira D. Sankey (1840-1908)

1.The Lord's our Rock, in Him we hide, A shelter in the time of storm;  Secure whatever ill betide, A shelter in the time of storm

2.   A shade by day, defense by night.  A shelter in the time of storm;  No fears alarm, no foes affright, A shelter in the time of storm

3.   The raging storms may round us beat.  A shelter in the time of storm;  We'll never leave our safe retreat, A shelter in the time of storm

4.   O Rock divine, O Refuge dear, A shelter in the time of storm;  Be Thou our helper ever near, A shelter in the time of storm


Oh Jesus is a Rock in a weary land, A weary land, a weary land;  

Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land.  A shelter in the time of storm.

A special thanks to "Worship Videos" for sharing this with us!


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