Sunday, February 4, 2018

Old Fashion Sunday Hymn Sing #60

Welcome to the 60th 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 "Now Thank We All Our God" written by Martin Rinkert (1586-1649)   & composed by Johann Crueger (1598-1662).  
This hymn is almost ancient - being written in 1636!  The original is German:  "Nun danket alle Gott".  In the 17th century this type of song would have been sung by a family before dinner as a prayer.  Martin Rinkert was an accomplished musician - he studied at the University of Leipzig and then spent most of his adulthood in Eilenburg.  
Please enjoy this beautiful hymn.

"Be joyful always;  pray continually;  give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

I have included 3 versions of this great hymn (below the lyrics).  The first version is traditional, the second has a more modern touch and the final one is sung in the original German.  Enjoy!

Turn with me to number 563 in your hymnals and let's sing:

Now Thank We All Our God
written by Martin Rinkert (1586-1649) & composed by Johann Crueger(1598-1662)
translated by Catherine Winkworth (1829-1878) 

1. Now thank we all our God With heart and hands and voices, Who wondrous things hath done, In whom His world rejoices, Who, from our mothers' arms, Hath blessed us on our way With countless gifts of love, And still is ours today.
2.   O may this bounteous God, Through all our life be near us, With ever joyful hearts And blessed peace to cheer us;  And keep us in His grace, And guide us when perplexed, And free us from all ills In this world and the next.
3.   All praise and thanks to God The Father now be given, The Son, and Him who reigns With them in highest heaven, The one eternal God, Whom earth and heaven adore;  For thus it was is now, And shall be evermore.

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

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