Sunday, March 6, 2022

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #104

Welcome to the 104th 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 "Holy Spirit, Faithful Guide" written & composed by Marcus M. Wells (1815-1895). 

This is my kind of hymn author - he composed this song while out in the field farming!  Marcus Wells was a farmer for most of his life in New York state but he also made farm tools.

"In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.  And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God."
Romans 8:26-27

I have included 2 videos below the lyrics.  In the second video, the musician performs three different voice parts by herself (it is in Swahili).  Enjoy!

Turn with me to number 207 in your hymnals and let's sing:

Holy Spirit, Faithful Guide
written & composed by Marcus M. Wells (1815-1895)

1. Holy Spirit, faithful Guide, Ever near the Christian's side;  Gently lead us by the hand, Pilgrims in a desert land;  Weary souls for e'er rejoice, While they hear that sweetest voice.  Whisp'ring softly "Wand'rer, come! Follow Me.  I'll guide thee home."

2.   Ever present, truest Friend, Ever near Thine aid to lend, Leave us not to doubt and fear, Groping on in darkness drear;  When the storms are raging sore, Hearts grow faint, and hopes give o'er, Whisp'ring softly "Wand'rer, come! Follow Me.  I'll guide thee home.".

3.   When our days of toil shall cease, Waiting still for sweet release, Nothing left but heav'n and pray'r.  Wond'ring if our names are there, Wading deep the dismal flood, Pleading naught but Jesus' blood - Whisp'ring softly "Wand'rer, come! Follow Me.  I'll guide thee home."

A special thanks to "Fountainview Academy" for sharing this with us!


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