Sunday, November 7, 2021

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #101

Welcome to the 101st 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 "Sweet Hour of Prayer, Sweet Hour of Prayer" written by William W Walford (1772-1850) & composed by William B Bradbury (1816-1868). 

William Walford was a blind preacher in England.  It was said that Pastor Walford knew the entire Bible by heart!!  
This is what Rev. Thomas Salmon said of his colleague (William Walford):
"During my residence at Coleshill, Warwickshire, England, I became acquainted with W. W. Walford, the blind preacher, a man of obscure birth and connections and no education, but of strong mind and most retentive memory. In the pulpit he never failed to select a lesson well adapted to his subject, giving chapter and verse with unerring precision, and scarcely ever misplacing a word in his repetition of the Psalms, every part of the New Testament, the prophecies, and some of the histories, so as to have the reputation of knowing the whole Bible by heart."
The following are previous posts on prayer.
(click on each title to view the entire post)

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The next 2 posts are real life, true prayer stories proving that prayer works.
(click on each title to view the entire post)

Prayer Warrior by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo Copy2ofscan0022-Copy_zpsce552a3e.jpg

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I have included 2 videos below the lyrics.  The second video is recorded in an empty farm silo - amazing acoustics.  Enjoy!

Turn with me to number 305 in your hymnals and let's sing:

Sweet Hour of Prayer, Sweet Hour of Prayer
written by William W Walford (1772-1850) & composed by William B Bradbury (1816-1868)

1. Sweet hour of prayer!  Sweet hour of prayer!  That calls me from a world of care, And bids me at my Father's throne Make all my wants and wishes known;  In seasons of distress and grief, My soul has often found relief;  And oft escaped the tempter's snare, By thy return, sweet hour of prayer!

2.   Sweet hour of prayer!  Sweet hour of prayer!  The joys I feel, the bliss I share, Of those whose anxious spirits burn  With strong desires for thy return!  With such I hasten to the place Where God my Savior shows His face, And gladly take my station there, And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

3.   Sweet hour of prayer!  Sweet hour of prayer!  Thy wings shall my petition bear To Him whose truth and faithfulness Engage the waiting soul to bless;  And since He bids me seek His face, Believe His Word and trust His grace, I'll cast on Him my every care, And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer! 

A special thanks to "SE Samonte" for sharing this with us!


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