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Weekly Song: In The Garden

This hymn was written by Charles Austin Miles in 1912, and it’s still a beautiful song for worship.

I come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses;
And the voice I hear,
falling on my ear,
The Son of God discloses.

CHORUS:
And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

He speaks, and the sound of His voice
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody
that He have to me
Within my heart is ringing.

I’d stay in the garden with Him
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go;
through the voice of woe,
His voice to me is calling.

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Weekly Song: Nearer, My God, To Thee

This is a beautiful hymn that was written in the 1800’s – music written by Lowel Mason and lyrics written by Sarah F Adams. The lyrics are based off of Genesis 28:11-19, about Jacob’s dream about the ladder that reached to heaven.

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

Chorus: Nearer, my God, to thee; 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
Chorus

There let the way appear, steps unto heaven;
all that thou sendest me, in mercy given; angels to beckon me
Chorus

Then, with my waking thoughts bright with thy praise,
out of my stony griefs Bethel I’ll raise; so by my woes to be
Chorus

Or if, on joyful wing cleaving the sky,
sun, moon, and stars forgot, upward I fly, still all my song shall be,
Chorus

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Weekly Hymn: Hymn of Promise

I love the lyrics to this hymn. It describes beauty in the seasons and the outdoors; It mentions that in darkness, silence, or the past, there is beauty and hope; and it suggests that with God, we have life eternity and victory.

In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree;
In cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody;
There’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me.
From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity;
In our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity,
In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

**Next month we’ll be changing the weekly hymn to a weekly song that’s just from popular music. I love picking out lyrics of everyday songs and understanding the themes and purpose behind the words.**

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Weekly Hymn: Loving and Forgiving

God is a loving and forgiving God! We sin against Him, and yet, He cleanses us of our sins. He makes us new, filling us with goodness and love. How wonderful it is to be forgiven!

Refrain: Loving and forgiving are you, O Lord;
slow to anger, rich in kindness,
loving and forgiving are you.

1. All my being bless the Lord;
bless the holy name of God.
All my being bless the Lord,
remembering the goodness of God.

2. God forgives us all our sins,
healing those who live in pain,
saving us from final death.
God fills us with goodness and love.

3. Good and gracious is the Lord,
slow to anger, rich in love.
God remembers not our sins;
forgiving and loving is God.

4. As heaven soars above the earth,
so great the love of God for us.
As fas as east is from west,
the Lord takes our sins from us.

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Weekly Hymn: Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts

Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts is a lovely prayer for Jesus. Jesus is our joy, and this song celebrates the joy, peace, and love He brings into our lives.

Jesus, Thou Joy of loving hearts,
Thou Fount of life, Thou Light of simen,
From the best bliss that earth imparts,
We turn unfilled to Thee again.

Thy truth unchanged hath ever stood;
Thou savest those that on Thee call;
To them that seek Thee, Thou art good,
To them that find Thee, all in all!

We taste Thee, O Thou living Bread,
And long to feast upon Thee still;
We drink of Thee, the Fountain-head,
And thirst our souls from Thee to fill!

Our restless spirits yearn for Thee,
Where’er our changeful lot is cast;
Glad when Thy gracious smile we see,
Blest, when our faith can hold Thee fast.

O Lord, be Thou our strength and stay!
Make all our moments calm and bright,
Chase all dark thoughts of sin away,
Shed o’er us here Thy holy light.

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Weekly Hymn: City of God

I love this song – we should gather and build a city for God: one that gives praise to him, one that’s full of light and love, and one that is complete with joy.

Awake from your slumber! Arise from your sleep!
A new day is dawning for all those who weep.
The people in darkness have seen a great light.
The Lord of our longing has conquered the night.

Chorus:
Let us build the city of God.
May our tears be turned into dancing!
For the Lord, our light and our love,
has turned the night into day!

We are sons of the morning; we are daughters of day.
The One who has loved us has brightened our way.
The Lord of all kindness has called us to be
a light for his people to set their hearts free.

God is light; in him there is no darkness.
Let us walk in his light, his children, one and all.
O comfort my people; make gentle your words.
Proclaim to my city the day of her birth.

O city of gladness, now lift up your voice!
Proclaim the good tidings that all may rejoice!

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Weekly Hymn: Shine, Jesus, Shine

Shine, Jesus, Shine is a hymn written by Graham Kendrick, who is known for other hymns and for March For Jesus Movement. These “marches for praise” involved Christians marching and signing in the streets of England. Graham’s hymn here is about giving praise to Jesus, our Light for the world.

John 1:9 “The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.”

John 12:46 “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.”

Lord, the light of your love is shining
In the midst of the darkness, shining
Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us
Set us free by the truth you now bring us
Shine on me, shine on me

Chorus:
Shine, Jesus, shine
Fill this land with the Father’s glory
Blaze, Spirit, blaze
Set our hearts on fire
Flow, river, flow
Flood the nations with grace and mercy
Send forth your word
Lord, and let there be light

Lord, I come to your awesome presence
From the shadows into your radiance
By the blood I may enter your brightness
Search me, try me, consume all my darkness
Shine on me, shine on me

As we gaze on your kingly brightness
So our faces display your likeness
Ever changing from glory to glory
Mirrored here may our lives tell your story
Shine on me, shine on me

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Weekly Hymn: Blessed Assurance

The lyrics, written by Fanny J. Crosby in 1873, are based on Hebrews 10:22:

“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

Chorus:
This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long;
this is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight!
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

Perfect submission, all is at rest!
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

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Weekly Hymn: As The Deer

Written by Martin J Nystrom in 1981, this hymn describes our longing for our Lord, our true strength. Only God can quench us of our thirst and satisfy us.

As the deer pants for the water
So my soul longs after You
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship Thee

Chorus

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 joy Giver
And the apple of my eye

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

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Weekly Hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy

With joy and praise and awe, we shall sing this song – a song that gives tribute to Our Father and His Holiness. Author Reginald Herber wrote this song when he was in India, surrounded by the worship of false gods, and he wanted to sing with joy about the holiness of only one true God, the Lord God Almighty!

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,
perfect in power, in love and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity.

Written by Reginald Heber (1783-1826)

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Weekly Hymn: Seek Ye First/Jesus Is The Answer

I love that this song is actually two lovely hymn songs sung together. The ladies at church sang one part while the men sang the other part. It was quite harmonious!

Seek Ye First:

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God
And His righteousness;
And all these things shall be added unto you.
Hallelu, Hallelujah!

Ask, and it shall be given unto you;
Seek, and you shall find.
Knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
Hallelu, Hallelujah!

Man shall not live by bread alone,
But by every word
That proceeds out from the mouth of God.
Hallelu, Hallelujah!”

Jesus Is The Answer:

“Chorus: Jesus is the answer, for the world today,
Above Him there’s no other, Jesus is the way.

If you have some questions In the corners of your mind,
Traces of discouragement, The peace you cannot find,
Reflections of your past, Seem to face you everyday,
But this one thing I do know, That Jesus is the way.

Chorus
I know you’ve got mountains, That you think you cannot climb,
I know your skies are dark, You think the sun won’t shine,
But in case you don’t know, That the word of God is true,
Everything he’s promised, He will do it for you.

Chorus”

 

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Weekly Hymn: Breathe on Me, Breath of God

Written by Edwin Hatch, a professor at Trinity College in Quebec, the words in this song are simple yet meaningful. Taken from Genesis 2:7 and John 20:22, this song asks God for His Spirit to come live in us and give us renewed life.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love what Thou dost love,
And do what Thou wouldst do.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
Until my heart is pure,
Until with Thee I will one will,
To do and to endure.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
Blend all my soul with Thine,
Until this earthly part of me
Glows with Thy fire divine.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
So shall I never die,
But live with Thee the perfect life
Of Thine eternity.

“Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” – Genesis 2:7
“And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” – John 20:22

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