Sunday, September 7, 2014

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #23

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 "Just As I Am, Without One Plea" written by Charlotte Elliott (1789-1871) & composed by William B. Bradbury (1816-1868).  Charlotte Elliott was such an energetic person until she developed an illness that caused her to become an invalid.  With that prognosis she became depressed and felt as if she was useless until Pastor Dr. Caesar Malan came to visit her and one simple sentence changed her life - he said: "Come to Christ just as you are."  After that visit her outlook on life changed and several years later she wrote this hymn.  

Please take time to  listen to the YouTube video below the lyrics.

Turn with me to number 248 in your hymnals and let's sing:

Just As I Am, Without One Plea
by Charlotte Elliott(1789-1871) & composed by William B. Bradbury(1816-1868).

1. Just as I am, without one plea, But that Thy blood was shed for me, And that Thou bid'st me come to Thee, O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

2.  Just as I am, and waiting not To rid my soul of one dark blot;  To Thee, whose blood can cleanse each spot, O lamb of God, I come, I come!

3.  Just as I am, tho' tossed about With many a conflict, many a doubt;  With fears within and foes without, O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

4.  Just as I am, Thou wilt receive, Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;  Because Thy promise I believe, O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

5.  Just as I am, Thy love unknown, Has broken ev'ry barrier down;  Now, to be Thine, yea, Thine alone, O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

A special thanks to "SE Samonte" for sharing this with us!
by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo Day_zpsb50f87c9.jpg

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1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful idea! I love old hymns, thanks for sharing this one, I'm off to check out your other suggestions as well! :)


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