Sunday, June 6, 2021

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #96

Welcome to the 96th 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 "Must Jesus Bear The Cross Alone?" written by Thomas Shepherd (1665-1739) & composed by George N. Allen (1812-1877). 

Today's featured hymn has a very confusing history.  I found that the original version of this hymn was written by "Thomas Parkhurst" in 1693 but then this version was started by someone other than Thomas Shepherd.  John Mason started the version that we are featuring today and it was finished by Thomas Shepherd.  However, I found a different description that stated that these verses seen today are totally Thomas Shepherd's creation and not a completion of John Mason's work.  I just don't know which history is true.  

"And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple."
Luke 14:27 

I have included 2 videos below the lyrics.  The first one is traditional and the second video is a little jazzy and maybe even sounds like a 1950's song - Enjoy!

Turn with me to number 348 in your hymnals and let's sing:

Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone?
written by Thomas Shepherd (1665-1739) & composed by George N. Allen (1812-1877)

1. Must Jesus bear the cross alone, And all the world go free?  No, there's a cross for everyone, And there's a cross for me.

2.   The consecrated cross I'll bear, Till death shall set me free:  And then go home my crown to wear, For there's a crown for me.

3.   Upon the crystal pavement, down At Jesus' pierced feet, Joyful I'll cast my golden crown, And His dear name repeat.

4.   O precious cross!  O glorious crown!  O resurrection day!  Ye angels, from the stars come down, And bear my soul away.

A special thanks to "Morgenster 24" for sharing this with us!


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