Let the Lower Lights Be Burning

|

Brightly beams our Father’s mercy From His lighthouse evermore… So opens Let the Lower Lights Be Burning, written by Philip Paul Bliss. Bliss was a prolific writer of hymns, some of which are universally known – like It Is Well With My Soul. Though he was not blessed with a long life (he didn’t see his … Continued

When Morning Gilds the Skies

|

In heav’n’s eternal bliss The loveliest strain is this, May Jesus Christ be praised! Let earth, and sea, and sky From depth to height reply, May Jesus Christ be praised! While many have the first verses of quite a few hymns committed to memory, that’s not always the case for the rest of the stanzas. … Continued

It Is Well With My Soul

|

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul. ~Horatio Spafford

Morning by Morning

|

Last Sunday morning in my church, one of the hymns which was sung is a favorite of mine. It’s based on a wonderful passage from the Book of Lamentations: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness. If you’ve … Continued

O Holy Night

|

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth! Long lay the world in sin and error pining Till he appear’d and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn! Fall on your knees … Continued

Countdown to Christmas – 6

|

Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates! Behold, the King of Glory waits; The King of kings is drawing near, The Savior of the world is here. Life and salvation He doth bring, Wherefore rejoice and gladly sing: We praise Thee, Father, now, Creator, wise art Thou! Text: Georg Weissel

Countdown to Christmas – 7

|

O little town of Bethlehem How still we see thee lie Above thy deep and dreamless sleep The silent stars go by Yet in thy dark streets shineth The everlasting Light The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee tonight For Christ is born of Mary And gathered all above While … Continued

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

|

Oh come, Desire of nations, bind In one the hearts of all mankind; Oh, bid our sad divisions cease, And be yourself our King of Peace. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to you, O Israel!

Scripture Sunday

|

In recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, celebrated today, we’ll make a little detour from the usual Sunday excerpt from Scripture instead go with the best-known of the many hymns written by Martin Luther. A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills … Continued

Palm Sunday

|

All glory, laud, and honor To Thee, Redeemer, King, To whom the lips of children Made sweet hosannas ring. Thou art the King of Israel, Thou David’s royal Son, Who in the Lord’s name comest, The King and Blessed One. Author: St. Theodulph of Orleans

Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me

|

Lord, take my hand and lead me Upon life’s way; Direct, protect, and feed me From day to day. Without your grace and favor I go astray; So take my hand, O Savior, And lead the way. Lord, when the tempest rages, I need not fear, For You, the Rock of Ages, Are always near. … Continued

Crown Him With Many Crowns

|

Crown Him with many crowns The Lamb upon His throne; Hark how the heavenly anthem drowns All music but its own. Awake, my soul, and sing Of Him who died for thee And hail Him as thy matchless King Through all eternity. Crown Him the Virgin’s Son, The God incarnate born, Whose arm those crimson … Continued