Saturday, May 4, 2024

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #128

Welcome to the 128th 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 "O Perfect Love" written by Dorothy Bloomfield Gurney (1858-1932) & composed by Joseph Barnby (1838-1896).  This author was the daughter of a Minister and a granddaughter of a Bishop.  She originally wrote this song for her sister's wedding but instead it was sung at the Duke of Fife & Princess Louise of Wales wedding.

I have included a video below the lyrics. 

Turn with me to number 551 in your hymnals and let's sing:

O Perfect Love
written by Dorothy Bloomfield Gurney (1858-1932) 
composed by Joseph Barnby (1838-1896)

1. O perfect Love, all human thought transcending Lowly we kneel in prayer before Thy throne, That theirs may be the love which knows no ending Whom Thou forevermore dost join in one.

2.   O perfect Life, be Thou their full assurance Of tender charity and steadfast faith, Of patient hope, and quiet, brave endurance, With childlike trust that fears nor pain nor death.

3.   Grant them the joy which brightens earthly sorrow, Grant them the peace which calms all earthly strife;  And to life's day the glorious unknown morrow That dawns upon eternal love and life.


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