Sunday, October 8, 2023

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #122

Welcome to the 122nd 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 "The Great Physician" written by William Hunter (1811-1877).  The author of this hymn was born in Ireland but moved to America when he was a boy.  He was the editor for "Christian Advocate" for a while and then became a professor of Hebrew at Alleghany College.  He wrote more than 125 hymns (many of which have been translated into various Indian languages.

"And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, “How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?”
When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
Mark 2:16-17.

I have included 2 videos below the lyrics.

Turn with me to number 124 in your hymnals and let's sing:

The Great Physician
written by William Hunter (1811-1877) composed by John H. Stockton (1813-1877)

1. The great Physician now is near, The sympathizing Jesus;  He speaks the drooping heart to cheer, O hear the voice of Jesus.


2.   Your many sins are all forgiven, O hear the voice of Jesus;  Go on your way in peace to heaven, And wear a crown with Jesus.


3.   All glory to the dying Lamb!  I now believe in Jesus;  I love the bessed Savior's name, I love the name of Jesus.


4.   And when to that bright world above We rise to be with Jesus, We'll sing around the trhone of love, His name, the name of Jesus.



Sweetest note in seraph song, Sweetest name on mortal tongue;

Sweetest carol ever sung.  Jesus, blessed Jesus.

A special thanks to "Songs and Everlasting Joy" for sharing this with us!

A special thanks to "Melissa Oretade" for sharing this with us!


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