Sunday, November 5, 2017

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #58

Welcome to the 58th 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 "Send the Light" written & composed by Charles H. Gabriel (1856-1932).  
Charles H. Gabriel was a farm boy raised in Wilton, Iowa.  He was a hard worker working until night on the farm and found time to teach himself music.  At the age of 17 he left home and concentrated on organizing schools for singing.  He was a talented composer and published Christmas cantatas, music books for Sunday school, anthems and other adult cantatas.
Please enjoy this beautiful hymn.

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
John 8:12

I have included 2 versions of this great hymn (below the lyrics).  The second version is a cappella and the first version is traditional.  Enjoy!

Turn with me to number 499 in your hymnals and let's sing:

Send the Light
written & composed by Charles H. Gabriel (1856-1932)

1. There's a call comes ringing o'er the restless wave "Send the light!.....Send the light!"  There are souls to rescue, there are souls to save,
2.   We have heard the Macedonian call today, "Send the light!.....Send the light!"  And a golden offering at the cross we lay,
3.   Let us pray that grace may everywhere abound, "Send the light!.....Send the light!"  And a Christ-like spirit everywhere be found,
4.   Let us not grow weary in the work of love,  "Send the light!.....Send the light!"  Let us gather jewels for a crown above,


Send the light!............Send the light!................Send the light!............
                         send the light!                 send the light!               send the light!

the blessed gospel light;  Let it shine.............from shore to
      blessed gospel light;                      Let it shine 

from shore to shore!         Let it shine                          forevermore


A special thanks to "OlsonElijah" for sharing this with us!
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