Sunday, October 2, 2022

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #111

Welcome to the 111th 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 "Love Lifted Me" written by James Rowe (1865-1933) & composed by Howard E. Smith (1863-1918).  The author of today's featured hymn was born in England but came to America in 1889.  He first worked on the railroad in New York (where he remained for 10 years) and then became an inspector for the Humane Society (in Hudson River).  He began writing songs & hymns in 1896 and published more than 9,000 songs before his death! 

I can't believe that I haven't posted this hymn yet since it is one of my favorites!  The author of today's featured hymn was born in Boston but moved around during his lifetime - not only living in Massachusetts but also New York and New Hampshire.  He was ordained a Baptist Minister in 1862 but became a professor at the University of Rochester in 1868 - where he remained until he retired in 1911.  He wrote this hymn at the end of a lecture.


I have included 2 videos below the lyrics.    Enjoy!

I could not find this hymn in my hymnal but I know that this was a regular in my childhood church:

Love Lifted Me
written by James Rowe (1865-1933) & composed by Howard E. Smith (1863-1918)

1. I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore,
Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more,
But the Master of the sea, heard my despairing cry,
From the waters lifted me, now safe am I.

2.   All my heart to Him I give, ever to Him I’ll cling
In His blessèd presence live, ever His praises sing,
Love so mighty and so true, merits my soul’s best songs,
Faithful, loving service too, to Him belongs..

3.   Souls in danger look above, Jesus completely saves,
He will lift you by His love, out of the angry waves.
He’s the Master of the sea, billows His will obey,
He your Savior wants to be, be saved today.


Love lifted me! Love lifted me!  When nothing else could help Love lifted me!

Love lifted me! Love lifted me!  When nothing else could help Love lifted me!

A special thanks to "Faith for the Family" for sharing this with us!

A special thanks to "Middle East University of Seventh-Day Adventists" for sharing this with us!


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