Sunday, May 7, 2023

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #117

Welcome to the 117th 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 "Awake, My Soul, Stretch Every Nerve" written by Philip Doddridge (1702-1751) & composed by George Frederick Handel (1685-1759).  I was unable to find any history behind this hymn.  However, I found it interesting that the tune used was by "Handel" (as in the "Handel's Messiah" Handel).

I have included 2 videos below the lyrics (the second video is a modern version) .

Turn with me to number 329 in your hymnals and let's sing:

Awake, My Soul, Stretch Every Nerve
written by Philip Doddridge (1702-1751) composed by George F Handel (1685-1759)

1. Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve, And press with vigor on!  A heavenly race demands thy zeal, And an immortal crown, And an immortal crown.

2.   A cloud of witnesses around Hold thee in full survey;  Forget the steps already trod, And onward urge thy way, And onward urge thy way.

3.   "Tis God's all animating voice That calls thee from on high;  "Tis His own hand presents the prize To thine aspiring eye, To thine aspiring eye.

4.   Blest Savior, introduced by Thee, Have I my race begun;  And, crowned with victory, at Thy feet I'll lay by honors down, I'll lay my honors down.

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

A special thanks to "Jacob Tilton - Topic" for sharing this with us!


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