Sunday, July 9, 2023

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #119

Welcome to the 119th 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.

I usually post this series on the first Sunday of every month, but last Sunday we were still in the middle of the FREEDOM QUOTES series (click HERE to view the final post in that series).  So, this month, everything will be off by one week.
Today's featured hymn is "Lead On, O King Eternal" written by Ernest W. Shurtleff (1862-1917).  This author traveled around quite a bit.  He was pastor in California, Massachusetts, Minnesota  and then he moved to Europe.  He founded the American Church in Frankfurt Germany.  During WWI he and his wife were refugee relief workers.

"Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven."
Matthew 6:10

I have included 2 videos below the lyrics (the first video is a cappella and the second modern one has changed a few of the lyrics) .

Turn with me to number 325 in your hymnals and let's sing:

Lead On, O King Eternal
written by Ernest W. Shurtleff (1862-1917) composed by Henry Smart (1813-1879)

1. Lead on, O King Eternal, The day of march has come;  Henceforth in fields of conquest Thy tents shall be our home;  Thro' days of preparation Thy grace has made us strong, And now, O King Eternal, We lift our battle song.

2.   Lead on, O King Eternal. Till sin's fierce war shall cease, And Holiness shall shisper The sweet Amen of peace;  For not with swords loud clashing, Nor roll of stirring drums;  With deeds of love and mercy, The heav'nly kingdom comes.

3.   Lead on, O King Eternal. We follow, not with fears, For gladness breaks like morning Wher-e'er Thy face appears;  Thy cross is lifted o'er us;  We journey in its light;  The crown awaits the conquest;  Lead on, O God of might.

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

A special thanks to "Sara Groves" for sharing this with us!


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