Sunday, August 7, 2022

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #109


Welcome to the 109th 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 Holy Spirit, Enter In" written by Michael Schirmer (1606-1673) & translated by Catherine Winkworth (1829-1878) & composed by Phillip Nicolai (1556-1608). 

The original poem/hymn was German "WIE SCH├ľN LEUCHTET" (Which literally means: How Beautifully Shines.  Michael Schirmer was actually Michael Schirmer Jr.  - His father was an inspector of wine casks.  Michael Jr. graduated from the University of Leipzig.  He had a difficult life - he lost his wife and two children (I couldn't find what happened) and then Michael Jr. became very depressed for 5 years.  He was a poet and his first published work was in 1650.


 “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.  Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him;  but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come."
Matthew 12:31-32


I have included 2 videos below the lyrics.  The second video is modern with a different tune and a few changed verses.  Enjoy!


Turn with me to number 204 in your hymnals and let's sing:

O Holy Spirit, Enter In
written by Michael Schirmer (1606-1673) & translated by Catherine Winkworth (1829-1878)
composed by Phillipp Nicolai (1556-1608)

1. O Holy Spirit, enter in And in our hearts Thy work begin, Thy temple design to make us;  Sun of the soul, Thou Light Divine, Around and in us brightly shine.  To joy and gladness wake us That we, In Thee Truly living, To Thee giving Prayer unceasing May in love be still increasing.

2.   Give to Thy Word impressive pow'r  That in our hearts from this good hour, As fire it may be glowing;  That we confess the Father, Son, And Thee, the Spirit.  Three in One, They glory ever showing.  Stay Thou, Guide now Our souls ever That they never May forsake Thee.  But by faith their refuge make Thee.

3.   O gentle Dew, from heaven now fall With power upon the hearts of all, They tender love instilling.  That heart to heart more closely bound, In kindly deeds be fruitful found, The law of love fulfilling.  Dwell thus In us;  Envy banish;  Strife will vanish Where Thou livest.  Peace and love and joy Thou givest.




A special thanks to "Lutheran TV - Hymns from the LSB" for sharing this with us!

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