Sunday, July 4, 2021

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #97

Welcome to the 97th 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 "Christ is Coming" written by J.R. MacDuff (1818-1887) & composed by George C. Stebbins (1846-1945). 

There was very limited information about today's featured author.  J.R. MacDuff was Scottish.  He was known more for writing devotions, which were widely circulated. 

"Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains."  
James 5:7

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 200 in your hymnals and let's sing:

Christ Is Coming
written by J.R. MacDuff (1818-1887) & composed by George C. Stebbins (1846-1945)

1. Christ is coming! let creation From her groans and travail cease;  Let the glorious proclamation Hope restore and faith increase.

2.   Earth can now but tell the story Of Thy bitter cross and pain;  She shall yet behold Thy glory, When Thou comest back to reign.

3.   Though once cradled in a manger, Oh no pillow but the sod;  Here an alien and a stranger, Mock d'of men, disown'd of God.

4.   Long Thy exiles have been pinning, Far from rest, and home, and Thee;  But, in heavenly vesture shining, Soon they shall Thy glory see.

5.   With that blessed hope before us, Let no harp remain unstrung;  Let the mighty ransom chorus Onward roll from tongue to tongue.


Christ is coming!  Christ is coming!    Come, Thou blessed Prince of peace!

Christ is coming!   Christ is coming!   Come, Thou blessed Prince of peace!

A special thanks to "Scottish Festival Singers - Topic" for sharing this with us!


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