Sunday, October 3, 2021

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #100

Welcome to the 100th 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 "In the Service of the King" written by A. H. Ackley (1887-1960) & composed by his brother B. D. Ackley (1872-1958). 

Alfred Henry Ackley was born in Pennsylvania.  He learned music from his father and wrote about 1,500 hymns in his lifetime!!!  A. H. Ackley was also a Presbyterian minister and pastored churches in Pennsylvania and California.

"Serve the Lord with gladness;  Come before His presence with singing."  
Psalm 100:2

I have included 2 videos below the lyrics.  The second video is a beautiful jazzy version.  Enjoy!

Turn with me to number 403 in your hymnals and let's sing:

In the Service of the King
written by A. H. Ackley (1887-1960) & composed by B. D. Ackley (1872-1958)

1. I am happy in the service of the King.  I am happy Oh, so happy;  I have peace and joy that nothing else can bring.

2.   I am happy in the service of the King.  I am happy Oh, so happy;  Thro' the sunshine and the shadow I can sing.

3.   I am happy in the service of the King.  I am happy Oh, so happy;  To His guiding hand forever I will cling. 

4.   I am happy in the service of the King.  I am happy Oh, so happy;  All that I possess to Him I gladly bring.


In the service of the King.  In the service of the King Ev'ry talent I will bring, 

I have peace and joy and blessing In the service of the King.

A special thanks to "Lincie Yang" for sharing this with us!


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