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Come Now, O Lord   3 comments

Church of the Holy Spirit, Cumming, 2015

Above:  Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, Cumming, Georgia, Pentecost Sunday, May 24, 2015

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church (1969)

Text (1930) by Henry Elias Fries (1857-1949)

Henry Elias Fries composed the text on the afternoon of Pentecost Sunday, 1930, a few hours after the inspiring sermon of the Reverend Herbert J. Johnson, pastor of Fries Memorial Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Fries shared the text with Johnson early that evening.  The minister requested that the author sing the hymn for the congregation at the evening service.  Fries did so, performing it to the tune MORECAMBE, with his wife, Rosa Elvira Mickey Fries (1860-1938), a longtime musician in the congregation, accompanying him.  A week later she composed a tune, PENTECOSTAL HYMN, for the text.  The pairing of the text with that hymn with that tune has been reality in Moravian hymnals since at least the Moravian Youth Hymnal (1942).

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Come now, O Lord, and teach us how to pray.

Teach us to ask ourselves from day to day

If we are Thine and Thine alone will be

Through earthly days and through eternity.

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Come now, O Lord, and search our inmost thought,

Ask if we love and serve Thee as we ought.

Do we attempt to do Thy holy will?

Does constant love for Thee our bosoms fill?

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Come now, O Lord, and from Thy bounteous store,

Teach lukewarm hearts to love Thee more and more,

And many sinners now from Thee astray

Do Thou convert and strengthen day by day.

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Come now, O Lord, and as in days of old

Do Thou to us Thy Spirit now unfold;

Pour forth Thy love and all abounding grace

Till we in spirit see Thee face to face.

Spirit of Peace! Celestial Dove!   2 comments

Pentecost Dove May 24, 2015

Above:  The Holy Spirit as a Dove

Scan by Kenneth Randolph Taylor from a Church Bulletin, St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church, Athens, Georgia, Pentecost 2015

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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Spirit of peace! celestial dove!

How excellent thy praise!

No richer gift than Christian love

Thy gracious power displays.

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Sweet as the dew on herb and flower,

That silently distills,

At evening’s soft and balmy hour,

On Zion’s fruitful hills:–

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So, with mild and influence from above,

Shall promised grace descend,

Till universal peace and love

O’er all the earth extend.

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Posted September 15, 2015 by neatnik2009 in Easter 1800s

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Our Blest Redeemer, Ere He Breathed   2 comments

Pentecost Dove May 24, 2015

Above:  The Holy Spirit as a Dove

Scan by Kenneth Randolph Taylor from a Church Bulletin, St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church, Athens, Georgia, Pentecost 2015

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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Our blest Redeemer, ere he breathed

His tender, last farewell,

A Guide, a Comforter, bequeathed

With us to dwell.

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He came in tongues of living flame,

To teach, convince, subdue;

All powerful as the wind he came,

As viewless too.

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He came sweet influence to impart,

A gracious willing guest,

While he can find one humble heart

Wherein to rest.

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And his that gentle voice we hear,

Soft as the breath of even,

That checks each fault, that calms each fear,

And speaks of heaven.

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And every virtue we possess,

And every victory won,

And every thought of holiness,

Are his alone.

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Spirit of purity and grace,

Our weakness pitying see;

O make our hearts thy dwelling place,

And worthier thee.

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Jesus, Thou from Death Hast Risen   3 comments

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Above:  Easter Vigil, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Dunwoody, Georgia, April 5, 2015

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Original German Text (1700) by Caspar Neumann (1648-1715)

English Translation (1921) by Anna Bernadine Dorothy Hoppe (1889-1941)

Hymn Source = The Selah Song Book for Worship and Devotion in Church, School, Home (1926), compiled by Adolf T. Hauser

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Jesus, Thou from death hast risen,

Stone and seal retain Thee not!

Thou hast burst Thy gloomy prison,

Full redemption Thou hast wrought!

Open and unseal my heart,

Enter in, and ne’er depart!

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Burst the rock of doubt asunder,

That no earthly strength can move!

When this all-transcendent wonder

Reason faileth to approve,

Grant me grace, O risen Lord,

To believe Thy holy Word!

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Let not unbelief beset me,

That, like Thomas, I should doubt!

Let no earthly trials fret me,

Cast all fear and sorrow out!

In all need, while here I plod,

O remain my Lord and God!

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Death and hell by Thee are conquered!

Let me share Thy victory!

And as Thou hast battled onward,

Savior, draw me unto Thee,

That, released from Satan’s might,

I may view my God in light.

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This is post #1650 of GATHERED PRAYERS.

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Thou Art Gone Up On High!   2 comments

Ascension of Christ

Above:  The Ascension of Christ

Image in the Public Domain

Text by Greville Phillimore (1821-1884)

Hymn Source = In Memoriam (1884)

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Thou art gone up on high!

Why gaze they upwards there

Into the silent air,

That holy band?

Is it in grief, or doubt, or love

With eyes upturned to heaven

Wondering they stand?

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Thou art gone up on high!

Yet to their weary sight,

Clothed as in heaven bright,

The angels came;

They bring the warning words below,

And His Apostles needs must go

Without Him home.

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Thou art gone up on high!

Yet shall the Holy One

Not leave on earth alone

Whom He doth send;

These comfort, truth, and inward power,

Strengthen for the trial and the hour

Ever defend.

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Thou art gone up on high!

Help us our souls to raise,

Upwards on Thee to gaze,

Strength to obtain;

So to go forth and do Thy will,

And reach at last that holy hill

Where Thou dost reign.

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Posted September 7, 2015 by neatnik2009 in Easter 1800s

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Blessed Comforter Divine!   1 comment

Sunset Rays in Sky

Above:  Sunset Rays in Sky

Image in the Public Domain

Text (1824) by Lydia Sigourney (1791-1865)

Hymn Source = American Hymns Old and New (1980)

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Blessed Comforter Divine!

Whose rays of heavenly love

Amid our gloom and darkness shine,

And point our souls above;

And point our souls above.

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Thou! who with “still small voice,”

Does stop the sinner’s way,

And bid the mourning saint rejoice,

Though earthly joys decay;

Though earthly joys decay.

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Thou! whose inspiring breath

Can make the cloud of care,

And e’en the gloomy vale of death,

A smile of glory wear;

A smile of glory wear.

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Thou! who dost fill the heart

With love to all our race,

Blest Comforter! to us impart

The blessings of thy grace,

The blessings of thy grace.

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Gracious Spirit, From On High   3 comments

Pentecost Dove May 24, 2015

Above:  The Holy Spirit as a Dove

Scan by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Text (1854) by Margaret Mackay (1802-1887)

Hymn Source = Songs of the Spirit:  Hymns of Praise and Prayer to God the Holy Ghost (1871), edited by Bishop William Henry Odenheimer (1817-1879) and Father Frederic Mayer Bird (1838-1908), both Episcopalians

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Gracious Spirit, from on high,

Sent to show a Saviour nigh!

In the darkest hours of night

Cheer me with Thy quenchless light.

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By Thine holy office led

Testify of Him who bled;

Testify how Jesus slain

Rose, revived, and reigns again.

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Turn the sinner from his sin,

Teach him how the crown to win;

Bring him to Immanuel’s feet,

Lead him to the mercy seat.

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Thou canst make the soul to feed

On the ever-living Bread;

Thou canst calm his newborn fears,

Dry his penitential tears.

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Bid him hear the Shepherd’s voice,

Think of Jesus and rejoice;

Daily, though earth’s woes increase,

Thou canst sweetly whisper peace.

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While in just avenging ire

God is “a consuming fire,”

Yet, Thou new life-giving Dove,

Thou canst show how God is love.

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Jesus Lives! No Longer Now   3 comments

Resurrection of Christ and Women at the Tomb Fra Angelico

Above:  Resurrection of Christ and Women at the Tomb

Image in the Public Domain

German Text (1757) by Christian Furchtegott Gellert (1715-1769)

English Translation by Frances Elizabeth Cox (1812-1897) in Sacred Hymns from the German (1841)

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1.  Jesus lives! no longer now

Can thy terrors, Death, appal me;

Jesus lives! and this I know,

From the dead he will recall me;

Brighter scenes will then commence;

This shall be my confidence.

2.  Jesus lives! to Him the throne

Over all the world is given;

I shall go where He is gone,

Live and reign with Him in heaven:

God is pledged:  weak doubtings, hence!

This shall be my confidence.

3.  Jesus lives! who now despairs,

Christ and God’s own honour spurneth;

Grace his plighted word declares,

Towards each sinner that returneth;

God through Christ forgives offence;

This shall be my confidence.

4.  Jesus lives, who died for me;

Then, alone to Jesus living,

Pure in heart I’ll ever be,

‘Gainst temptation firmly striving:

God will be my sure defence;

This shall be my confidence.

5.  Jesus lives! I know full well,

Nought my heart from Him shall sever;

Life nor death, nor powers of hell,

Joy nor grief shall move me ever;

Freely God doth grace dispense;

This shall be my confidence.

6.  Jesus lives! henceforth is death

But the gate of life immortal;

This shall calm my trembling breath,

When I pass its gloomy portal:

“Lord,” I’ll cry, as fails each sense,

“Lord, Thou art my confidence!”

Jesus! Exalted Far On High   2 comments

Entry of Christ into Jerusalem

Above:  Entry of Christ Into Jerusalem, by Wilhelm Morgner

Image in the Public Domain

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

Text (1805) by Thomas Cotterill (1779-1823)

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1.  Jesus! exalted far on high,

To whom a Name is given–

A Name surpassing ev’ry name

That’s known in earth or heaven!

2.  Before Whose throne shall ev’ry knee

Bow down with one accord;

Before Whose throne shall ev’ry tongue

Confess that Thou art Lord;

3.  Jesus, Who in the form of God,

Didst equal honor claim,

Yet, to redeem our guilty souls,

Didst stoop to death and shame!

4.  O may that mind in us be formed

Which shone so bright in Thee,

An humble, meek, and lowly mind,

From pride and envy free.

5.  May we to others stoop, and learn

To emulate Thy love;

So shall we bear Thine image here,

And share Thy throne above.

Let Songs of Praises Fill the Sky   2 comments

Pentecost Dove May 24, 2015

Above:  Pentecost Dove, Bulletin, Pentecost Sunday 2015, St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church, Athens, Georgia

Scanned by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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

Text (1819) by Thomas Cotterill (1779-1823)

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1.  Let songs of praises fill the sky:

Christ, our ascended Lord,

Sends down His Spirit from on high

According to His word.

All hail the day of Pentecost,

The coming of the Holy Ghost!

2.  The Spirit by His heavenly breath

Creates new life within;

He quickens sinners from the death

Of trespasses and sin.

All hail the day of Pentecost,

The coming of the Holy Ghost!

3.  The things of Christ the Spirit takes

And shows them unto men;

The fallen soul His temple makes,

God’s image stamps again.

All hail the day of Pentecost,

The coming of the Holy Ghost!

4.  Come, Holy Spirit, from above

With Thy celestial fire;

Come and with flames of zeal and love

Our hearts and tongues inspire.

All hail the day of Pentecost,

The coming of the Holy Ghost!