Sunday, March 3, 2019

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #72

Welcome to the 72nd 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 "He Is Able to Deliver Thee" written & composed by William A. Ogden (1841-1897).    
This author and composer is a Toledo native!  (I live one mile from Toledo, Ohio).  Well, he was actually born in Columbus, lived in Indiana for a while but spent much of his adult life in Toledo and that is where he passed.  He was a very talented musician from an early age.  By age 10 he could read music very well and even write a melody just from hearing it sung/played.  He was the song music director in his church at age 18.  He served in the army during the Civil War for four years.  He was the music supervisor for The Toledo Public Schools for ten years until he died.

"and call on me in the day of trouble;
    I will deliver you, and you will honor me." 
Psalm 50:15

I have included 2 versions of this lovely hymn (below the lyrics).  Enjoy!

Turn with me to number 288 in your hymnals and let's sing:

He Is Able to Deliver Thee
written & composed William A. Ogden (1841-1897)

1. Tis the grandest theme through the ages rung;  Tis the grandest theme for a mortal tongue;  Tis the grandest theme that the world e're sung.

2.   Tis the grandest theme in the earth or main;  Tis the grandest theme for a mortal strain;  Tis the grandest theme, tell the world again.

3.   Tis the grandest theme, let the tidings roll To the guilty heart, to the sinful soul;  Look to God in faith, He will make thee whole;


Our God is able to deliver thee.  He is able to deliver thee, He is able to deliver thee;  Though by sin opprest, Go to Him for rest;  Our God is able to deliver thee.

A special thanks to "First Baptist Church of Pacific Beach" for sharing this with us!

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