Sunday, April 2, 2017

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #51

Welcome to the 51st 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 "Behold a Stranger at the Door" written by Joseph Grigg (1720-1768) & Composed by John E. Gould (1822-1875).  
I could not find any historical information on this hymn and could only find a little information on this author (Joseph Grigg).  Joseph Grigg was originally trained as a mechanic but then in 1743 he became the assistant minister at a Presbyterian church in London.

I have included 2 versions of this lovely hymn below the lyrics.  The first YouTube video is performed in a capella and the second one has a different more modern tune.  Please enjoy listening to both of these versions!

Turn with me to number 237 in your hymnals and let's sing:

Behold a Stranger at the Door
written by Joseph Grigg (1720-1768) composed by John E. Gould (1822-1875)

1. Behold a Stranger at the door! He gently knocks, has knocked before.  Has waited long, is waiting still;  You treat no other friend so ill.

2.   O lovely attitude! He stands With melting heart and laden hands;  O matchless kindness! and He shows This matchless kindness to His foes.

3.   But will He prove a friend indeed?  He will the very friend you need;  The Friend of sinners - yes 'tis He, With garments dyed on Calvary.

4.  Rise, touched with gratitude divine;  Turn out His enemy and thine, That soul destroying monster, sin, And let the heavenly Stranger in.

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


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