Sunday, November 6, 2016

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #47

Welcome to the 47th 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 "Happy Day" (sometimes called "O Happy Day") written by Philip Doddridge (1702-1751) & Composed by E.F. Rimbault (1816-1876).  
The story of Mr. Doddridge's birth is amazing!  Philip's mother Monica had lost 18 of her 20 children in infancy!!  And - she thought that she had lost Philip also!  They (the midwife & Monica) thought that Philip had been stillborn - but while the midwife was tending to Monica - Philip had started to cry!  His mother said that he was born for a reason.  He was indeed born for a reason - to do God's work.  Philip eventually became a minister and wrote more than 50 hymns.

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart;  I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."  Jeremiah 1:5

Please enjoy the YouTube videos of this wonderful hymn!  The first one is traditional and the second version is a cappella (see below the lyrics)

Turn with me to number 409 in your hymnals and let's sing:

Happy Day
written by P. Doddridge (1702-1751) composed by E.F. Rimbault (1816-1876)

1. O happy day that fixed my choice On Thee, my Savior and my God!  Well may this glowing heart rejoice, And tell its raptures all abroad.
2.   O happy bond that seals my vows To Him who merits all my love;  Let cheerful anthems fill His house, While to that sacred shrine I move.
3.   Tis done, the great transaction's done;  I am my Lord's and He is mine;  He drew me, and I follow'd on, Charm'd to confess the voice divine.
4.  High heaven, that heard the solemn vow, That vow renew'd shall daily hear, Till in my life's latest hour I bow, And bless in death a bond so dear.


Happy day, happy day, When Jesus washed my sins away; 
He taught me how to watch and pray, And live rejoicing ev'ry day;

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


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