Sunday, May 5, 2019

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #74

Welcome to the 74th 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 Keeps Me Singing" written & composed by Luther Burgess Bridgers (1884-1948).    
This author and composer was also a Methodist Episcopal pastor and missionary.  He was born in North Carolina, ministered at a churches in Kentucky, Georgia and North Carolina.  He did missionary work in Russia, Belgium and Czechoslovakia.  Pastor Bridgers had horrible heartache in his life - he lost his wife and 3 sons in a tragic fire. 

"Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,
Ephesians 5:19

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

Turn with me to number 197 in your hymnals and let's sing:

He Keeps Me Singing
written & composed by Luther Burgess Bridgers (1884-1948)

1. There's within my heart a melody, Jesus whispers sweet and low, Fear not, I am with thee, peace, be still.  In all of life's ebb and flow.

2.   All my life was wrecked by sin and strife, Descord filled my heart with pain.  Jesus swept across the broken strings, Stirred the slumbering chords again.

3.   Feasting on the riches of His grace, Resting 'neath His sheltering wing, Always looking on His smiling face, That is why I shout and sing.

4.   Soon He's coming back to welcome me Far beyond the starry sky;  I shall wing my flight to worlds unknown, I shall reign with Him on high.


Jesus, Jesus, Jesus - Sweetest name I know,
Fills my every longing.  Keeps me singing as I go.

A special thanks to "C.Hagy" for sharing this with us!


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1 comment:

  1. I'm with you....only the old hymns for me. I attend a church where we only have a piano!


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