Sunday, January 7, 2024

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #124

Welcome to the 124th 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 "Savior, More Than Life to Me" written by Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1914) & composed by William H. Doane (1832-1915).  The author of this hymn is probably one of the most well known hymn writers - she wrote about 8,000 poems total (many of which were set to music).  When she was only 6 weeks old she became blind but this was her attitude about her situation:

"She says that had it not been for her affliction she might not have so good an education, nor so great an influence, and certainly not so fine a memory. She knows a great many portions of the Bible by heart, and had committed to memory the first four books of the Old Testament, and also the four Gospels before she was ten years of age."

I have included 2 videos below the lyrics.

Turn with me to number 373 in your hymnals and let's sing:

Savior, More Than Life to Me
written by Fanny J. Crosby(1820-1915) composed by William H. Doane (1832-1915)

1. Savior, more than life to me.  I am clinging, clinging close to Thee;  Let Thy precious blood applied, Keep me ever, ever near Thy side.


2.   Thro' this changing world below, Lead me gently, gently as I go;  Trusting Thee, I cannot stray, I can never, never lose my way.


3.   Let me love Thee more and more, Till this fleeting , fleeting life is o'er;  Till my soul is lost in love, In a brighter, brighter world above.



Every day,            every hour,                     Let me feel Thy cleansing
Every day and hour, every day and hour.                                             

power;  May Thy tender love tome Bind me closer, closer, Lord to Thee.

A special thanks to "Savedandkept" for sharing this with us!

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