Sunday, June 5, 2022

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #107

Welcome to the 107th 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 "Our Best" written by S. C. Kirk (1847-1917) & composed by Grant Colfax Tullar (1869-1950). 

Unfortunately, I could not find any history about this hymn.  And the only thing that I could find about the author is that S. C. Kirk was born "near" Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,"
Colossians 3:23

I have included 2 videos below the lyrics.  The second video is a piano solo.  Enjoy!

Turn with me to number 276 in your hymnals and let's sing:

Our Best
written by Salathiel Cleaver Kirk (1847-1917) & composed by Grant Colfax Tullar (1869-1950)

1. Hear ye the Master's call, "Give Me thy best!"  For, be it great or small, That is His test.  Do then the best you can.  Not for reward, Not for the praise of man, But for the Lord.

2.   Wait not for men to laud, Heed not their slight;  Winning the smile of God Brings its delight!  Aiding the good and true Ne'er goes unblest, All that we think or do, Be it the best.

3.   Night soon comes on a pace, Day hastens by;  Workman and work must face Testing on high.  Oh, may we in that day Find rest, sweet rest, Which God has promised those Who do their best. 


Ev'ry work for Jesus will be blest, But He asks from ev'ry one His best.

Our talents may be few, These may be small, But unto Him is due Our best, our all.

A special thanks to "Jonathan Nolasco Music Teacher" for sharing this with us!


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