Sunday, September 3, 2017

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #56

Welcome to the 56th 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 "Safely Through Another Week" written by John Newton (1725-1807) & composed by Lowell Mason (1792-1872).  
John Newton had a tormented childhood - he was only 7 years old when his mother died.  However, it was during these first years of his life that his mother laid the foundation of Scripture.  He was then forced to go to sea with his father where he became a godless sailor.  It wasn't until sometime in his late 20's when he changed his ways and became strong in his Christian walk:  preaching and composing hymns.

"Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;  your rod and your staff, they comfort me."  Psalm 23:4

I have included 2 versions of this great hymn (below the lyrics).  The first version is traditional and the second version is jazzed up in a wonderful way! (the second video is awkward to watch because of the placement of the camera crew - It's really worth the listen though).  Enjoy!

Turn with me to number 455 in your hymnals and let's sing:

Safely Through Another Week
written by John Newton (1725-1807)   composed by Lowell Mason (1792-1872)

1. Safely through another week God has brought us on our way;  Let us now a blessing seek, Waiting in His courts today;  Day of all the week the best, Emblem of eternal rest: Day of all the week the best, Emblem of eternal rest.

2.   While we pray for pardoning grace, Through the dear Redeemer's name, Show Thy reconciled face;  Take away our sin and shame;  From our worldly cares set free, May we rest this day in Thee:  From our worldly cares set free, May we rest this day in Thee.

3.   Here we come Thy name to praise, Let us feel Thy presence near;  May Thy glory meet our eyes, While we in Thy house appear:  Here afford us, Lord , a taste Of our everlasting feast:  Here afford us, Lord , a taste Of our everlasting feast.

4.   May Thy gospel's joyful sound Conquer sinners, comfort saints;  Make the fruits of grace abound, Bring relief for all complaints:  Thus may all our Sabbaths prove, Till we join the Church above:  Thus may all our Sabbaths prove, Till we join the Church above. 

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


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