I haven't posted a Sunday Hymn in ages, but we sang this in church this morning and I liked it so much I wanted to share it today. I found several versions on YouTube but liked this one best since it includes the lyrics. Be Strong in the Lord text: Linda Lee Johnson and music: Tom Fettke
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (and here and here) by Henry van Dyke Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love; Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening 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!
All Thy works with joy surround Thee, earth and heaven reflect Thy rays, Stars and angels sing around Thee, center of unbroken praise. Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea, Singing bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in Thee.
Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blessed, 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.
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.
The love of God is greater far Than tongue or pen can ever tell; It goes beyond the highest star, And reaches to the lowest hell; The guilty pair, bowed down with care, God gave His Son to win; His erring child He reconciled, And pardoned from his sin.
Refrain: Oh, love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong! It shall forevermore endure-- The saints’ and angels’ song.
When hoary time shall pass away, And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall, When men who here refuse to pray, On rocks and hills and mountains call, God’s love so sure, shall still endure, All measureless and strong; Redeeming grace to Adam’s race-- The saints’ and angels’ song.
Could we with ink the ocean fill, And were the skies of parchment made, Were every stalk on earth a quill, And every man a scribe by trade; To write the love of God above Would drain the ocean dry; Nor could the scroll contain the whole, Though stretched from sky to sky.
We have come to join in worship And adore the Lord our God. Let us come in prayer, expecting God to speak His mighty Word. All is vain unless the Spirit Of the Holy One comes down. Christians, pray and holy manna Will be showered all around.
See them gather all around you, Those He bought at such a cost; See the weary, see the hurting, See the lonely, see the lost. Be His hand, and touch the needy; Be His gospel, let it sound! Be His body, and sweet manna Will be showered all around.
Let us love our God supremely; Let us love each other, too. Let us care for all His people Till our God makes all things new. Christ will call us home to heaven; At His banquet we'll sit down; Christ Himself will rise and serve us Living manna all around.
Being new to an area and looking for a new church home means visiting a lot of churches. And since so many churches these days only play contemporary Christian music I felt the need today for some hymns. So I thought I'd share this one that I came across - I like this hymn and the pictures they used for the slideshow.
Aimee Byrd (the Housewife Theologian) was interviewed recently on a new-to-me podcast. I'd never heard of The Confessing Baptist site but I really enjoyed the interview. It's the first of a two-part interview and I'll be watching for the second part to be posted next week. I'd like to listen to this episode again, especially since I had several interruptions when I was listening and had to keep pausing it every time I had to leave the computer.
Yesterday Precept Ministries posted a short overview on their blog about Maundy Thursday.
I came across this article after it had taken place but wanted to share it anyway since it's for a letter writing event not far from where we used to live. We kept trying to talk Paperwhite (the local paper store) in to holding an event like this but never managed to convince them. I hope "Open Envelope" was a success and that they'll hold more. Sort of made me wish I still lived close enough to attend, especially if our little letter writing club could have gone to it together.
And for Good Friday, I found these hymns (and several more) here on YouTube.
I'm not sure where to put this blog or how to classify it. This blogger is a daughter of a friend and while I'm pretty sure she's a Christian, it isn't a Christian blog, or books & reading or letter writing & mail art. It's basically about their travels so I'm putting it here for now: Jen's blog: 3toGo