Sunday, May 7, 2017

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #52

Welcome to the 52nd 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 "I Am Thine, O Lord" written by Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915) & Composed by William H. Doane (1832-1915).  
Fanny Crosby was visiting William Doane & his family in Cincinnati Ohio when the words to this hymn came to Fanny in a spur of the moment creation.  Soon afterward Mr. Doane put these words to music!
I have included 2 versions of this wonderful hymn (below the lyrics).  The first YouTube video is performed in a capella by a Scottish group (notice the beautiful rolling "r"s) and the second video has a different more Irish tune.  Please enjoy listening to both of these versions!

Turn with me to number 272 in your hymnals and let's sing:

I Am Thine, O Lord
written by Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915) composed by William H. Doane (1832-1915)

1. I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice, And it told Thy love to me;  But I long to rise in the arms of faith, And be closer drawn to Thee.


2.   Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord, By the pow'r of grace divine;  Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope, And my will be lost in Thine.


3.   O the pure delight of a single hour That before Thy throne I spend, When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my God, I commune as friend with friend!


4.   There are depths of love that I cannot know Till I cross the narrow sea;  There are heights of joy that I may not reach Till I rest in peace with Thee.


Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord, To the cross where Thou has died;  Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord, To Thy precious bleeding side.

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


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