For Love of Hymn

Though my parents did send me to Sunday school they were not church members and I really hadn’t heard any of the  Hymns until I was an adult. Music to me was divided into two categories: mine and my parents. They liked an odd combination of Benny Goodman, Pete Fountain and lot’s of Beethoven and…

He Arose!

Yes as promised I am back at least for Easter. This is the opening of our before Easter program at the nursing home. Christ arose is one of my very favorite hymns, maybe because it is one of those written for men with low voices to sing. I don’t let an Easter pass without trying…

Take My Life Hymn for Sunday

Written in 1873 by Francis Havergal this hymn is more than mere words. The message of her surrender to God’s will resonated through more than the melody. Four years after writing this hymn Francis Havergal donated all her considerable jewelry to a mission organization. Here are her own words,  “The Lord has shown me another…

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…

Hymn-Sing Day 2 – It Is Well

In the previous post I was remembering our Hymn-sing days, when the local churches would gather on one Sunday afternoon a month.  We sang men’s and women’s parts on many of the hymns. This hymn today is one of those tailor made for that on the chorus. There is something timeless as you sing and…