Archive for the ‘Church Militant/Kingdom of God 1800s’ Category

O Thou, Whose Boundless Love Bestows   1 comment

Above:  Zion Episcopal Church, Talbottan, Georgia, March 19, 2017

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = The Academic Hymnal (1899)

Hymn by Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933)

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O Thou, whose boundless love bestows

The joy of life, the hope of heaven;

Thou whose unchartered mercy flows

O’er all the blessings Thou hast giv’n;

Thou, by whose light alone we see;

Thou, by whose truth our souls set free

Are made imperishably strong;

Hear Thou the solemn music of our song.

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Grant us the knowledge that we need

To solve the questions of the mind;

Light Thou our candle while we read,

And keep our hearts from going blind;

Enlarge our vision to behold

The wonders Thou hast wrought of old;

Reveal Thyself in ev’ry law,

And gild the towers of truth with holy awe.

We Come Unto Our Fathers’ God   1 comment

©Photo. R.M.N. / R.-G. OjŽda

©Photo. R.M.N. / R.-G. OjŽda

Above:  Saint John on Patmos

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = The Hymnal (1895), Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.

Text (November 22, 1868) by Thomas Hornblower Gill (1819-1906)

Gill worked on this text for most of St. Cecilia’s Day, 1868.  He reported that November 22, 1868 was “almost the most delightful day of my life.”

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We come unto our fathers’ God:

Their Rock is our salvation;

The eternal arms, their dear abode,

We make our habitation;

We bring Thee, Lord, the praise they brought,

We seek Thee as Thy saints have sought

In every generation.

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The fire Divine their steps that led

Still goeth bright before us,

The heavenly shield, around them spread,

Is still high holden o’er us;

The grace those sinners that subdued.

The strength those weaklings that renewed,

Doth vanquish, doth restore us.

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The cleaving sins that brought them low

Are still our souls oppressing,

The tears that from their eyes did flow

Fall fast, our shame confessing;

As with Thee, Lord, prevailed their cry,

So our strong prayer ascends on high,

And bringeth down Thy blessing.

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Their joy unto their Lord we bring,

Their song to us descendeth;

The Spirit who in them did sing

To us His music lendeth:

His song in them, in us, is one;

We raise it high, we send it on,–

The song that never endeth.

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Ye saints to come, take up the strain,

The same sweet theme endeavor;

Unbroken be the golden chain!

Keep on the song for ever!

Safe in the same dear dwelling-place,

Rich with the same eternal grace,

Bless the same boundless Giver.

With Hearts in Love Abounding   1 comment

World Map 1606

Above:  World Map, 1606

Image in the Public Domain

Text by Harriet Auber (1773-1862)

Hymn Source = Wartburg Hymnal for Church, School and Home (1918), Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Iowa and Other States (1854-1930)

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With hearts in love abounding,

Prepare we now to sing

A lofty theme, resounding

Thy praise, almighty King;

Whose love, rich gifts bestowing,

Redeemed the human race;

Whose lips with zeal o’erflowing,

Breathe the words of truth and grace.

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So reign, O God of heaven,

Eternally the same;

And endless praise be given

To Thy almighty name.

Cloth’d in Thy dazzling brightness,

Thy church on earth behold,

In robe of purest whiteness,

In raiment wrought with gold.

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And let each Gentile nation

Come gladly in her train,

To share Thy great salvation,

And join her grateful strain:

Then ne’er shall note of sadness

Awake the trembling string;

One song of joy and gladness

The ransomed world shall sing.

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With Joy We Hail the Sacred Day   1 comment

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Above:  St. James Episcopal Church, Macon, Georgia, August 30, 2015

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Text (1829) by Harriet Auber (1773-1862)

Hymn Source = Church Psalmody:  A Collection of Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Public Worship; Selected from Dr. Watts and Other Authors (1831)

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With joy we hail the sacred day

Which God has called his own;

With joy the summons we obey,

To worship at his throne.

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Thy chosen temple, Lord, how fair!

Where willing votaries throng

To breathe the humble fervent prayer–

And pour the choral song.

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Spirit of grace! Oh deign to dwell

Within thy church below;

Make her in holiness excel,

With pure devotion glow.

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Let grace within her walls be found–

Let all her sons unite,

To spread with grateful zeal around,

Her clear and shining light.

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Great God, we hail the sacred day

Which thou hast called thine own;

With joy the summons we obey,

To worship at thy throne.

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Sweet is the Task, O Lord   1 comment

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Above:  St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Newnan, Georgia, August 2, 2015

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Text (1829) by Harriet Auber (1773-1862)

Hymn Source = A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (1830), American Unitarian Association

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Sweet is the task, O Lord,

Thy glorious acts to sing,

To praise thy name, and hear thy word,

And grateful offerings bring.

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Sweet at the dawning hour,

Thy boundless love to tell;

And when the night-wind shuts the flower,

Still on the theme to dwell.

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Sweet on this day of rest,

To join in heart and voice,

With those who love and serve thee best,

And in thy name rejoice.

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To songs of praise and joy,

Be every Sabbath given,

That such may be our best employ

Eternally in heaven.

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On Thy Church, O Power Divine   1 comment

Church Spires

Above:  Church Spires

Image in the Public Domain

Text (1829) by Harriet Auber (1773-1862)

Hymn Source = A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (1830), American Unitarian Association

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On thy church, O Power Divine,

Cause the glorious face to shine;

Till the nations from afar

Hail her as their guiding star;

Till her sons from zone to zone

Make thy great salvation known.

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Then shall God, with lavish hand,

Scatter blessings o’er the land;

Earth shall yield her rich increase,

Every breeze shall whisper peace,

And the world’s remotest bound

With the voice of praise resound.

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Dear Father, Bless Us Ere We Go   1 comment

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Above:  St. James Episcopal Church, Macon, Georgia, August 30, 2015

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Text by Henry Augustine Collins (1854-1919)

Hymn Source = Sunday-School Harmonies, Numbers 1, 2, 3 (1905), Universalist Church of America

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Dear Father, bless us ere we go;

Thy word into our minds instill;

And make our lukewarm hearts to glow

With lowly love and fervent will.

Thro’ life’s long day and death’s dark night,

O gracious Father, be our Light.

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Grant us, O Lord, from evil ways

True absolution and release;

And bless us, more than in past days,

With purity and inward peace.

Thro’ life’s long day and death’s dark night,

O gracious Father, be our Light.

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Do more than pardon; give us joy,

Sweet fear, and sober liberty,

And simple hearts without alloy,

That only long to be like Thee.

Thro’ life’s long day and death’s dark night,

O gracious Father, be our Light.

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