Sunday, April 3, 2022

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #105

Welcome to the 105th 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 "Faith Is the Victory" written by John H. Yates (1837-1900) & composed by Ira D. Sankey (1840-1908). 

The author of this hymn had a very interesting life.  He was forced to begin his career as a business man for the purpose of supporting his aging parents.  He was a salesman in a hardware store, shoe store and a "fancy goods" department store.  He then became a Baptist Minister but ended his career writing poetry and hymns.  Ira D. Sankey was a popular gospel singer at the time and he hired John Yates to be the sole writer of his songs.

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I have included 2 videos below the lyrics.  The second video is preformed by a family - I thought it was so cute the way the young boy is so relaxed and "cool" while singing this hymn.  Enjoy!

Turn with me to number 318 in your hymnals and let's sing:

Faith Is the Victory
written by John H. Yates (1837-1900) & composed by Ira D. Sankey (1840-1908)

1. Encamped along the hills of light, Ye Christian soldiers rise.  And press the battle ere the night Shall veil the glowing skies.  Against the foe in vales below Let all our strength be hurled;  Faith is the victory, we know That overcomes the world.

2.   His banner over us is love, Our sword the Word of God;  We tread the road the saints above With shouts of triumph trod.  By faith they like a whirlwinds breath, Swept on o'er every field;  The faith by which they conquered Death Is still our shining shield.

3.   To him that overcomes the foe, White raiment shall be given;  Before the angels he shall know His name confessed in heaven.  Then onward from the hills of light, Our hearts with love aflame, We'll vanquish all the hosts of night, In Jesus' conquering name.


Faith is the victory!  Faith is the victory!

O glorious victory, That overcomes the world.

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


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