Sunday, January 6, 2013

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #4

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 feature song is "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" by hymnist Thomas O. Chisholm (1866-1960) and composed by William M. Runyan, (1870-1957).  Mr. Chisholm wrote this as a poem in 1923 and then Mr. Runyan from "Moodie Bible Institute" set that poem to music later that year.

Please listen to the "YouTube" video below.

Turn with me to number 69 in your hymnals and let's sing:

Great Is Thy Faithfulness
by Thomas O. Chisholm (1866-1960)          composed by William M. Runyan (1870-1957)
1.  "Great is Thy faithfulness," O God my Father, There is no shadow of turning with Thee;  Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;  As Thou hast been Thou for ever wilt be.
2.  Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest, Sun , moon and stars in their courses above, Join with all nature in manifold witness To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
3.  Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;  Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

"Great is Thy faithfulness!  Great is Thy faithfulness!"  Morning by morning new mercies I see;  All I have needed Thy hand hath provided - "Great is Thy faithfulness," Lord, unto me!

A special thanks to "Dutchforward" for posting this on YouTube.


  1. Such a great song!! Our church still sings a lot from the hymnal. There is some really great songs in there!! :-)

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  3. Hi! Found you over at the meet & greet! My church plays a lot of the modern songs, and I really miss the hymns. It's funny though, because whenever they do play an "oldie" EVERYBODY joins in, and it's absolutely beautiful. I would think they'd notice that and play them a little more often! I'm happy I found your blog, and looking forward to more posts!

  4. Following back from the GFC hop, but wanted to say THANK YOU for posting this! This brought chills and flowing tears. I am a musician, having played piano for 25+ years and organ for 15, and I miss traditional music and hymns. I played piano and organ in a chuch for 10 years and I miss this so much. Thank you again for this blessing!!!!

  5. I, too, miss the old hymns. I wrote about this on my blog, Under His Wings. This is one of my favorite hymns. Thanks for starting with this one.

  6. Hi Angie!! Nice to meet you :)) Thanks for stopping by and saying hello and for the follow...I'm now your newest GFC follower and G+ too!



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