Sunday, January 7, 2018

Old Fashion Sunday Hymn Sing #59

Welcome to the 59th 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 "We Have Heard a Joyful Sound" written by Priscilla J. Owens (1829-1907).   & composed by William J. Kirkpatrick (1838-1921).  
There is not much information online about Priscilla J. Owens.  She was involved in teaching Sunday-school for 50 years and most of the hymns that she wrote are geared towards children.  She was born in Wales but moved to the United States and that is where she passed away.
Please enjoy this beautiful hymn.

"Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
Acts 4:12

I have included 2 versions of this great hymn (below the lyrics).  The second version is sung in a totally different tune that I had never heard before.  Enjoy!

Turn with me to number 500 in your hymnals and let's sing:

We Have Heard a Joyful Sound
written by Priscilla J. Owens (1829-1907) & composed by William J. Kirkpatrick (1838-1921)

1. We have heard a joyful sound, Jesus saves, Jesus saves;  Spread the gladness all around, Jesus saves, Jesus saves;  Bear the news to ev'ry land, Climb the steeps, and cross the waves, Onward, 'tis our Lord's command Jesus saves, Jesus saves.
2.   Waft it on the rolling tide, Jesus saves, Jesus saves;  Tell to sinners, far and wide, Jesus saves, Jesus saves;  Sing ye islands of the sea, Echo back, ye ocean caves, Earth shall keep her jubilee, Jesus saves, Jesus saves.
3.   Sing above the battle's strife, Jesus saves, Jesus saves;  By His death and endless life, Jesus saves, Jesus saves;  Sing it softly thro' the gloom, When the heart for mercy craves, Sing in triumph o'er the tomb, Jesus saves, Jesus saves.
4.   Give the winds a mighty voice, Jesus saves, Jesus saves;  Let the nations now rejoice, Jesus saves, Jesus saves;  Shout salvation, full and free, Highest hills and deepest caves, This our song of victory, Jesus saves, Jesus saves.

A special thanks to "URC Psalmody" for sharing this with us!

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