Hymn of the Week

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Original Latin, translated by John Neale (1851), arrangement by Thomas Helmore (1856) What are you looking forward to this Advent? “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” is a popular advent carol, translated from the series of ancient Latin prayers known as the O Antiphons. Advent is the season in the church calendar leading up to Christmas, […]

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Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Come, Thou long expected Jesus Born to set Thy people free; From our fears and sins release us, Let us find our rest in Thee. Israel’s Strength and Consolation, Hope of all the earth Thou art; Dear Desire of every nation, Joy of every longing heart. Born Thy people to deliver, Born a child and […]

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It Is Well With My Soul

          What are you building your life upon? Horatio Spafford was a prominent Chicagoan, with an established legal practice in the city and social standing as a professor of medical jurisprudence at what is now Northwestern University. Happily married to his young wife, Anna, and with four small daughters, his future […]

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I Vow To Thee My Country

I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above, Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love; The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test, That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best; The love that never falters, the love that pays the price, The love […]

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When Morning Gilds the Skies

              This Hymn was translated from German in the mid 1800’s by Edward Casewell, an Oxford clergyman in the Church of England.  Originally written with 28 (yes 28!) verses, usually it is sung today with 4 or 5.  I have included a wider selection below, with a star by […]

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Praise to the Lord, The Almighty

  Praise to the Lord, the Almighty The King of creation O my soul, praise Him For He is thy health and salvation All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near Praise Him in glad adoration Praise to the Lord Who o’er all things so wonderfully reigneth Shelters thee under His wings Yea, […]

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Take My Life

“All of life is the outshining of what you truly value and cherish and treasure. Therefore all of life is worship. Either of God, or something else” – (John Piper) I don’t know if you experience this, but it seems to me that despite my deepest desire for God to be the number one thing, […]

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Down by the Riverside

I adore the energetic refrains and the soulful effect of a good gospel melody.  The blend of African rhythm with the English language, and the difficult season of prayer and worship which was the era of the slave plantations in America gave rise to extraordinary songs and hymns.  Some were songs of emancipation and freedom […]

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We Plough The Fields And Scatter

We plough the fields, and scatter the good seed on the land; But it is fed and watered by God’s almighty hand: He sends the snow in winter, the warmth to swell the grain, The breezes and the sunshine, and soft refreshing rain.   All good gifts around us? Are sent from heaven above,? Then […]

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Be Thou My Vision

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart; Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art Thou my best Thought, by day or by night, Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.   Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word; I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord; Thou […]

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