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Sunday Hymnal Finale: Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

Today is the finale of Sunday Hymnal. Hopefully the traditional hymns I shared brought you some comfort, joy and rekindled some fond memories of church.

The only way to end this series is with one of my favorite hymns – Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee.

Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee.

  1. Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee,
    God of glory, Lord of love;
    Hearts unfold like flow’rs before Thee,
    Op’ning to the sun above.
    Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
    Drive the dark of doubt away;
    Giver of immortal gladness,
    Fill us with the light of day!
  2. All Thy works with joy surround Thee,
    Earth and heav’n reflect Thy rays,
    Stars and angels sing around Thee,
    Center of unbroken praise.
    Field and forest, vale and mountain,
    Flow’ry meadow, flashing sea,
    Singing bird and flowing fountain
    Call us to rejoice in Thee.
  3. Thou art giving and forgiving,
    Ever blessing, ever blest,
    Wellspring of the joy of living,
    Ocean depth of happy rest!
    Thou our Father, Christ our Brother,
    All who live in love are Thine;
    Teach us how to love each other,
    Lift us to the joy divine.
  4. Mortals, join the happy chorus,
    Which the morning stars began;
    Father love is reigning o’er us,
    Brother love binds man to man.
    Ever singing, march we onward,
    Victors in the midst of strife,
    Joyful music leads us Sunward
    In the triumph song of life.

Henry Van Dyke

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Lyrics courtesy of Timeless Truths

Sunday Hymnal: As The Deer

I thought of this song shortly after Rommie moved to heaven and there was a deer in my backyard early one morning. Never would they have entered Rommie’s kingdom when she was here. The closest they came was to stand behind the fence separating them from the courtyard. img_3448

As The Deer

As the deer panteth for the water
So my soul longeth after thee
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship thee

You alone are my strength, my shield
To you alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship thee

You’re my friend and you are my brother
Even though you are a king
I love you more than any other
So much more than anything

You alone are my strength, my shield
To you alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship thee

I want you more than gold or silver,
only you can satisfy.
You alone are the real joygiver
and the apple of my eye.

You alone are my strength, my shield
To you alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship you

Read more: The Cadets – As The Deer Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Sunday Hymnal: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

The United Methodist Hymnal Number 110
Text: Martin Luther Trans. by Frederick H. Hedge
Music: Martin Luther Harmony from The New Hymnal for American Youth
Tune: EIN’ FESTE BURG, Meter: 87.87.66.667


1. A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our helper he amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
doth seek to work us woe;
his craft and power are great,
and armed with cruel hate,
on earth is not his equal.

2. Did we in our own strength confide,
our striving would be losing,
were not the right man on our side,
the man of God’s own choosing.
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he;
Lord Sabaoth, his name,
from age to age the same,
and he must win the battle.

3. And though this world, with devils filled,
should threaten to undo us,
we will not fear, for God hath willed
his truth to triumph through us.
The Prince of Darkness grim,
we tremble not for him;
his rage we can endure,
for lo, his doom is sure;
one little word shall fell him.

4. That word above all earthly powers,
no thanks to them, abideth;
the Spirit and the gifts are ours,
thru him who with us sideth.
Let goods and kindred go,
this mortal life also;
the body they may kill;
God’s truth abideth still;
his kingdom is forever.

Lyrics courtesy of Hymnsite.com

Sunday Hymnal: Nearer My God To Thee

 

Nearer My God, To Thee

(Sara F. Adams)

 

Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!
E’en though it be a cross that raiseth me,
Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee.

Refrain

Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to Thee!

Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down,
Darkness be over me, my rest a stone.
Yet in my dreams I’d be nearer, my God to Thee.

Refrain

There let the way appear, steps unto Heav’n;
All that Thou sendest me, in mercy given;
Angels to beckon me nearer, my God, to Thee.

Refrain

Then, with my waking thoughts bright with Thy praise,
Out of my stony griefs Bethel I’ll raise;
So by my woes to be nearer, my God, to Thee.

Refrain

Or, if on joyful wing cleaving the sky,
Sun, moon, and stars forgot, upward I’ll fly,
Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee.

Refrain

There in my Father’s home, safe and at rest,
There in my Savior’s love, perfectly blest;
Age after age to be, nearer my God to Thee.

Refrain

Lyrics Courtesy of  PopularHymns.com

Sunday Hymnal: He’s Still Working On Me

Today’s hymn was inspired by a sermon by Pastor Forest Greetham of First Baptist Church in Brunswick, OH.  I was listening to his series on Philippians (Book of Joy) and he mention this children’s hymn. However, there is a lot of truth and joy for adults in it as well, because God never gives up on us. That is why He keeps working on us.

Lyrics

He’s still working on me
To make me what I need to be
It took him just a week to make the moon and stars
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars
How loving and patient He must be
‘Cause He’s stillworkin’ on meHe’s still working on me
To make me what I need to be
It took him just a week to make the moon and stars
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars
How loving and patient He must be
‘Cause He’s stillworkin’ on meThere really ought to be a sign upon my heart
Don’t judge him yet, there’s an unfinished part
But I’ll be better just according to His plan
Fashioned by the Master’s loving handsHe’s still working on me
To make me what I need to be
It took him just a week to make the moon and stars
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars
How loving and patient He must be
‘Cause He’s still workin’ on me

In the mirror of His word
Reflections that I see
Makes me wonder why He never gave up on me
But He loves me as I am and helps me when I pray
Remember He’s the potter, I’m the clay

He’s still working on me
To make me what I need to be
It took him just a week to make the moon and stars
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars
How loving and patient He must be
‘Cause He’s still workin’ on me

He’s still working on me
To make me what I need to be
It took him just a week to make the moon and stars
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars
How loving and patient He must be
‘Cause He’s still workin’ on me

written by HEMPHILL, JOEL

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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Sunday Hymnal: We Gather Together

Today’s hymn is inspired by people who gather after church at a local diner, those who gather around the table for a big Sunday lunch, or those who gather together at a family reunion.

Gathering together is something we don’t do enough of any more.

Here’s hoping you experience the joy of gathering and connecting with people this week.

The video is another classic I found on YouTube. I believe my Grandma and Grandpa also had some of Tennesse Ernie Ford albums.

We Gather Together

Adri­an­us Va­ler­ius

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!

We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

Lyrics courtsey of CyberHymnal.org

Sunday Hymnal: The Old Rugged Cross

Since I decided to leave the Kate Smith video up for two days, here is the Sunday Hymnal a day late. It is a classic song sung by one of the great singers of the 20th Century. I remember Grandma and Grandpa M. having some of his albums.

This song has been running through my brain for the past couple of days – not sure why.  May it bring comfort and joy to you as you journey through this week.

The Old Rugged Cross

George Bennard

  1. On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,The emblem of suff’ring and shame;And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best For a world of lost sinners was slain.

    • Refrain:
      So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
      Till my trophies at last I lay down;
      I will cling to the old rugged cross,
      And exchange it someday for a crown.
  2. Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,Has a wondrous attraction for me;For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above To bear it to dark Calvary.

  3. In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,A wondrous beauty I see,For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died, To pardon and sanctify me.

  4. To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;Its shame and reproach gladly bear;Then He’ll call me someday to my home far away, Where His glory forever I’ll share.

     

Lyrics courtesy of Timeless Truths