Sunday, February 3, 2019

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #71

Welcome to the 71st 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 "Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy" written & composed by Philip P. Bliss (1838-1876).    
Not only did Philip P Bliss write and compose hymns, he was also a Gospel singer himself!  He started making his own living at the age of 11 by working at timber camps and sawmills (while working he also attended school).  By the age of 17 he became a schoolmaster.  Then, he found his true calling at the age of 22 when he attended the Academy of Music in New York.  By the age of 26 he began making money off of his musical talent - he got paid $100 for participating in a concert tour that only lasted a fortnight!  For 8 years he worked at a Publishing Company and finished his varied career as a missionary singer.

"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 lovely hymn (below the lyrics).  Enjoy!

Turn with me to number 279 in your hymnals and let's sing:

Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy
written & composed by Philip P. Bliss (1838-1876)  

1. Brightly beams our Father's mercy From His lighthouse evermore;  But to us He gives the keeping Of the lights along the shore..

2.   Dark the night of sin has settled, Loud the angry billows roar;  Eager eyes are watching, longing, For the lights along the shore.

3.   Trim your feeble lamp, my brother!  Some poor seaman, tempest-tossed, Trying now to make the harbor, In the darkness may be lost.


Let the lower lights be burning!  Send a gleam across the wave!  Some poor fainting, struggling seaman You may rescue, you may save.

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

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