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Just As I Am, Thine Own To Be   1 comment

Above:  Diocesan Confirmation, The Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, April 2, 2017

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Text (1887) by Marianne Hearn (1834-1909)

Hymn Source = New Worship and Song (1942), Congregational Christian Churches (U.S.A.)


Just as I am, thine own to be,

Friend of the young, who lovest me,

To consecrate myself to thee,

O Jesus Christ, I come.


In the glad morning of my day,

My life to give, my vows to pay,

With no reserve and no delay,

With all my heart, I come.


I would live ever in the light,

I would work ever for the right,

I would serve thee with all my might;

Therefore, to thee, I come.


Just as I am, strong and free,

To be the best that I can be

For truth, and righteousness, and thee,

Lord of my life, I come.

By Cool Siloam’s Shady Rill   1 comment


Above:  A Baptismal Font

Image in the Public Domain

Text (1812) by Reginald Heber (1783-1826)

Hymn Sources = The Church Hymnary–Revised Edition (1927), Presbyterian; and Handbook to The Church Hymnary–Revised Edition (1927)

The first line of the hymn in its original version is “By cool Siloam’s shady fountain.”  In the version published in 1827, however, “fountain” became “rill.”

Heber based the hymn on Luke 2:40 and entitled it “Christ a pattern for children.”


By cool Siloam’s shady rill

How sweet the lily grows!

How sweet the breath, beneath the hill,

Of Sharon’s dewy rose!


Lo! such the child whose early feet

The paths of peace have trod,

Whose secret heart with influence sweet

Is upward drawn to God.


By cool Siloam’s shady rill

The lily must decay;

The rose that blooms beneath the hill

Must shortly fade away.


And soon, too soon, the wintry hour

Of man’s maturer age

Will shake the soul, with sorrow’s power,

And stormy passion’s rage!


O Thou whose infant feet were found

Within Thy Father’s shrine,

Whose years, with changeless virtue crowned,

Were all alike divine,


Dependent on Thy bounteous breath,

We seek Thy grace alone,

In childhood, manhood, age, and death,

To keep us still Thine own.

Abide Among Us, We Implore Thee   2 comments

St. Matthew's Snellville

Above:  St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Snellville, Georgia, June 29, 2015

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = The Lutheran Hymnary (1935), Norwegian Lutheran Church of America/The Evangelical Lutheran Church

Original Danish Words (1837) by Nikolai Grundtvig (1783-1872)

English Translation (1909) by Carl Doving (1867-1937)


1.  Abide among us, we implore Thee,

Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Spirit breathe!

And let the babes we bring before Thee

Now be baptized into Thy death.

2.  Lord, after Thee we Christians call them,

O let them in Thy name arise!

And keep them Thine whate’er befall them,

That they may reach Thy paradise.

3.  If Thou their earthly race shouldst lengthen,

Thy faithful servants let them prove;

If few their days, their weakness strengthen,

That they may share Thy dying love.

4.  O write Thy blessed name, dear Savior,

Upon their hearts, we Thee implore;

And on Thy palms engrave this favor,

That they are Thine for evermore.

Savior, I Follow On   1 comment


Above:  St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church, Smyrna, Georgia, November 16, 2014

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Words (1862) by Charles Seymour Robinson (1829-1899)

Hymn Source = The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America


1.  Savior, I follow on,

Guided by Thee,

Seeing not yet the hand

That leadeth me.

Hushed by my heart and still,

Fear I no further ill,

Only to meet Thy will

My will shall be.

2.  Riven the rock for me

Thirst to relieve,

Manna from heaven falls

Fresh ev’ry eve.

Never a want severe

Causeth my eye a tear

But Thou dost whisper near,

“Only believe.”

3.  Often to Marah’s brink

Have I been brought;

Shrinking the cup to drink,

Help I have sought;

And with the prayer’s ascent

Jesus the branch hath rent,

Quickly relief hath sent,

Sweet’ning the draught.

4.  Savior, I long to walk

Closer with Thee;

Led by Thy guiding hand,

Ever to be

Constantly near Thy side,

Quickened and purified,

Living for Him who died

Freely for me.

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I’m Baptized in Thy Dear Name   2 comments


Above:  Diocesan Confirmation, the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, December 14, 2014

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = Common Service Book (1917), United Lutheran Church in America (1918-1962) and predecessor bodies

Original German Words (1734) by Johann Jacob Rambach (1693-1735)

English Translation (1860) by Charles William Schaeffer (1813-1896)


1.  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

I’m baptized in Thy dear Name;

In the seed Thou dost inherit,

With the people Thou dost claim,

I am reckoned; I am reckoned;

And for me the Saviour came.

2.  Thou receivest me, O Father,

As a child and heir of Thine;

Jesus, Thou Who diest, yea rather

Ever livest, Thou art mine.

Thou, O Spirit, Thou, O Spirit,

Art my Guide, my Light divine.

3.  I have pledged, and would not falter,

Truth, obedience, love to Thee:

I have vows upon Thine altar

Ever Thine alone to be,

And for ever

Sin and all its lusts to flee.

4.  Gracious God, all Thou hast spoken

In this covenant shall take place;

But if I, alas! have broken

These my vows, hide not Thy face;

And from falling

O restore me by Thy grace!

5.  Lord to Thee I now surrender

All I have, and all I am;

Make my heart more true and tender,

Glorify in me Thy Name.

Let obedience

To Thy will be all my aim.

6.  Help me in this high endeavor,

Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

Bind my heart to Thee for ever,

Till I join the heavenly host.

Living, dying,

Let me make in Thee my boast.

We Stand in Deep Repentance   1 comment


Above:  Diocesan Confirmation, Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, April 6, 2014

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = Pilgrim Hymnal (1912), U.S. Congregationalist

Words (1834) by Ray Palmer (1808-1887), U.S. Congregationalist minister


1.  We stand in deep repentance,

Before thy throne of love;

O God of grace, forgive us,

The stain of guilt remove;

Behold us while with weeping

We lift our eyes to thee;

And all our sins subduing,

Our Father, set us free.

2.  O shouldst thou, from us fallen,

Withhold thy grace to guide,

Forever we should wander

From thee and peace, aside;

But thou to spirits contrite

Dost light and life impart,

That man may learn to serve thee

With thankful, joyous heart.

3.  Our souls,–on thee we cast them,

Our only refuge thou!

Thy cheering words revive us,

When pressed with grief we bow;

Thou bearest the trusting spirit

Upon thy loving breast,

And givest all thy ransomed

A sweet, unending rest.

Take Me, O My Father, Take Me   1 comment


Above:  Diocesan Confirmation, Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, April 6, 2014

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = Pilgrim Hymnal (1912), U.S. Congregationalist

Words (1864) by Ray Palmer (1808-1887), U.S. Congregationalist minister


1.  Take me, o my Father, take me;

Take me, save me, through thy Son;

That which thou wouldst have me, make me,

Let thy will in me be done.

2.  Long from thee my footsteps straying,

Thorny proved the way I trod;

Weary come I now, and praying,

Take me to thy love, my God.

3.  Fruitless years with grief recalling

Humbly I confess my sin;

At thy feet, O Father, falling,

To thy household take me in.

4.  Freely now to thee I proffer

This relenting heart of mine;

Freely life and soul I offer,

Gift unworthy love like thine.

5.  Father, take me; all forgiving,

Fold me to thy loving breast;

In thy love forever living

I must be forever blest.