Sunday, August 6, 2017

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #55

Welcome to the 55th 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 "O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee" written by Washington Gladden (1836-1918) & composed by Percy Smith (1825-1898).  
Mr. Gladden did not fit into the hymn songwriter stereotype.  Washington Gladden was very politically active and actually helped bring down "Boss" Tweed (William Tweed was a United States House Representative and a Senator who was convicted of stealing $45 million taxpayer dollars in 1873!!).  Pastor Gladden ministered at a church in Columbus, Ohio for 32 years.

"I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people"  Leviticus 26:12

I have included 2 versions of this lovely hymn (below the lyrics).  The first version is traditional and the second version is by Amy Grant and she has added to this lovely song in a wonderful way.  Enjoy!

Turn with me to number 264 in your hymnals and let's sing:

O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee
written by Washington Gladden (1836-1918)   composed by Percy Smith (1825-1898)

1. O Master, let me walk with Thee In lowly paths of service free;  Tell me Thy secret;  help me bear The strain of toil, the fret of care. 

2.   Help me the slow of heart to move By some clear, winning word of love;  Teach me the way-ward feet to stay, And guide them in the home-ward way.

3.   Teach me Thy patience, still with Thee in closer dearer company, In work that keeps faith sweet and strong.  In trust that triumphs over wrong; 

4.   In hope that sends a shining ray Far down the future's broadening way;  In peace that only Thou canst give, With Thee, O Master, let me live. 

A special thanks to "w3tno" for sharing this with us!
by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo Day_zpsb50f87c9.jpg


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