The Old Rugged Cross

Our hymn for Sunday morning this week is the classic, “The Old Rugged Cross”  This powerful song was written by George Bennard and first performed by him with guitar accompaniment in 1913. “The Old Rugged Cross” has been a part of communion services, revivals and altar calls for over a hundred years.What a blessing to sing along the simple yet profound lyrics!

On a hill far away, stood an old rugged Cross
The emblem of suffering and shame
And I love that old Cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain
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 some day for a crown
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
In the old rugged Cross, stained with blood so divine
A wondrous beauty I see
For the dear Lamb of God, left his Glory above
To pardon and sanctify me

Author: pastorpete51

My wife and I serve as members of a worship team at a multicultural church. Our members are from Brazil, Nepal and the U.S.. Because of the many languages and cultures in our local body we face unique challenges, such as how many songs will we do in English today? What new songs can we use in either language that are simple enough for the people to sing. The songs, the devotions and insights here are a small portion of some of the ways God is leading us as we push towards the goal. I pray that these will be both a blessing and an encouragement for those of you who may pass by Praise 2 Worship.

3 thoughts on “The Old Rugged Cross”

  1. When you sing the hymns regularly for a mixed denominational group as I have at nursing home you get your own to ten list with the residents. The Old Rugged Cross comes in number two just after the uncontested How Great Thou Art at number 1. In the Garden scores next just ahead of What a Friend We Have in Jesus. It is not always the songs you imagine that stick in the memories of people. I like to sing one new hymn each week but if I want them to sing along at some point I have to go back to the to ten! These are songs we remember while doing the dishes or weeding the Garden. Be blessed Natalie. Those are good memories

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