Skip to comments.Some Well Loved Hymns….
Posted on 05/05/2011 10:51:53 AM PDT by sussex
A minority of the musical elite are always sniffy about popular hymns forgetting they are popular because the tunes and the words have such a widespread appeal to ordinary folk they communicate an electricity that runs deep into the very essence of our souls.
As The Reverend Rowland Hill, pastor of the Surrey Chapel in London said in the early 19th century The Devil Should Not Have All The Best Tunes
So here is a purely personal choice of hymns that always make the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end
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1) How Great Thou Art
2) Beautiful Savior
3) Let All Things Now Living
Many, many, many others. Too bad many of them aren’t sung anymore because they’re ‘old’.
I used to attend a church that had no hymns. They have a worship band playing contemporary christian music. It was a wonderfully fun place to be and packed to the rafters every Sunday. I was very happy with it.
When I got married last year, I decided that since my wife and step-daughter’s family going back three generations had been Nazarene that I would begin attending services with them. They only sing hyms out of a book and the only instrument is a badly out of tune piano played by a nice old lady that is unfortunatel struck with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I hadn’t fallen asleep in church before, well not since I was about 4 years old.
This church is not exactly “packing them in.” I do not however blame the hymns, I blame the style in which they are played. I’ve heard hymns played to accoustic guitars with a little drum and keyboard added in, it’s great.
But since this thread seems to be “what is your favorite hymn?” I will submit the following; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2w3y3iT3NlU
Greatest. Song. Ever.
1. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
2. All Creatures of our God and King
3. Savior, Like a Shepherd
The “new” worship leader crowd has begun to discover some of the classics:
Chris Tomlin - “Amazing Grace/My Chains Are Gone”
Bart Millard - “Brethren, We Have Met To Worship”
Quite a few more.
Haha, I'm Nazarene.
Justice was served by the hangings, but the justice was tempered with the mercy of singing hymns to the condemned before they met their maker. It is no coincidence that some of those towns still have some of the best church attendance and lowest crime rates in the country more than a century after this quaint old custom was abolished.
I'd like to see the custom brought back to reduce the surplus of gallows birds in our prisons and p*ss off the ACLU.
I always enjoy hymns even though I prefer the more contemporary worship music. I actually play in our Church’s band. One of my favorites is “I Need Thee Every Hour”.
Contemporary singer Chris Rice does a great job singing the hymns in one of his CD’s. Very laid back and very raw recordings. Check it out.
Overall I agree with Nazarene doctrine but the church we attend is run by the elderly, for the elderly and it is sad just watching the thing die a slow, painful death.
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
How Great Thou Are
Fairest Lord Jesus
Church in Wildwood
Onward Christian Soldiers
For the Beauty of the Earth
O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing
Lo, How a Rose
Yeah, I understand. There is a local Methodist church that is doing the same thing. They won’t change anything. They have had 3 different pastors in the past 5 years b/c those pastors tried to outreach and update things. I give the church about 10 more years unless it changes it’s focus.
Plus, all it’s members are older so when they go, who is going to run the church? Their youth pastor (who is excellent) just resigned b/c there is no youth in the youthgroup.
‘Tis Well With My Soul
A Mighty Fortress
Battle Hymn of the Republic
Thought you may find this thread interesting and a welcome change of pace.
Il Divo - probably one of the best renditions of “Amazing Grace” I’ve ever heard. Of course the obligatory Highland Pipers make it complete!
I collect music of the 19th Century as part of my Civil War Reenacting hobby. Most of it seems to be Gospel, Jubilee, and Hymns - many of which seem to have been completely forgotten for a century or more, and some of which are really pretty.
Back in the early 1800s the Protestant Church used “Chants” and “Sentences” as well as Hymns and Psalms. I have found some parts of the lyrics of some of these used on the old headstones in our New England cemeteries, suggesting that they were pretty popular back then.
“Calm on the bosom of thy Lord, sweet spirit; rest thee now...”
I can’t seem to find a Church around here that still sings the old Hymns. They just read lyrics of some pop P&W tunes off of an overhead projector screen, and do the same ones over and over.
I don’t go to Church much any more, and when I break out the old guitar to play them at home I sing solo.
No one else seems to want to bother with them nowadays.
A few of my own favorites...
All People That On Earth Do Dwell
Praise, My Soul, The King Of Heaven
Lead Us, Heavenly Father, Lead Us
Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
Eternal Father, Strong To Save.
An Unclouded Day:
In the Garden
How Great Thou Art
Rock of Ages
Hymns may be 'unpopular' now, but their spiritual strength and beauty will bring them back.
It's part of loving the Lord with all our hearts, our souls and our minds.
Among my many favorites -
Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart
Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
Holy, Holy, Holy
Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts
Jesus, and Shall it Ever Be
And that's just for starters......haven't even mentioned any Gospel Songs, or Swedish hymns, which are RICH in thought and the Spirit.
Just a closer walk with thee.
I’m a worship leader at a cowboy church in Arizona. We always make sure we get some “yee-haw” in with our “amens”. I love singing the old hymns. You can do them with energy and feeling.
Here’s one of my favorites - “Just A Closer Walk With Thee”. I borrowed from Patsy Cline’s version of the song. We always include old hymns in our service, along with contemporary, country gospel, bluegrass gospel. The old hymns are precious and should not be lost.
Christmas and Easter are two of those times. This Easter I went to a local mainstream denominational church, skipping my regular church, in hopes of hearing/singing the classic hymns of the resurection. Sigh...there was but one sung.
That's a great hymn and one of my favorites also. It still brings a smile to my face remembering my late brother (one of those cowboy Christians) who always called it "The Baker's Hymn".
I was mildly interested on getting your take on your favorite hymns, but not enough to click out to some other website.
I’d have to say “It is Well With My Soul” and “The Old Rugged Cross” are probably my favorites. Of course “How Great Thou Art” and “Amazing Grace” and “In the Garden” are also right up there.
This is The Feast of Victory For our God, is one I like to sing loud in church, and I’ve always liked Lift High the Cross.
“Jesus Paid it All”
“Be Still My Soul” to the tune Finlandia.
Our church is run by the young, for the young. There's no reverence and it's sad watching seeker-centered worship. I hope your church does it better.
Greatest. Song. Ever.”
Hard to argue with that.
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