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Eternal God, Whose Power Upholds   2 comments

GEO_Globe

Above:  A Globe

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Hymn Source = The Methodist Hymnal (1966), of The Methodist Church (1939-1968) and The United Methodist Church (1968-)

Words (1929) by Henry Hallam Tweedy (1868-1953), U.S. Congregationalist Minister, Liturgist, and Hymn Writer

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1.  Eternal God, whose power upholds

Both flower and flaming star,

To whom there is no here nor there,

No time, no near nor far,

No alien race, no foreign shore,

No child unsought, unknown:

O send us forth, thy prophets true,

To make all lands thine own!

2.  O God of love, whose spirit wakes

In every human breast,

Whom love, and love alone can know

In whom all hearts find rest;

Help us to spread thy gracious reign

Till greed and hate shall cease,

And kindness dwell in human hearts,

And all the earth find peace!

3.  O God of truth, whom science seeks

And reverent souls adore,

Who lightest every earnest mind

Of every clime and shore;

Dispel the gloom of error’s night,

Of ignorance and fear,

Until true wisdom from above

Shall make life’s pathway clear!

4.  O God of beauty, oft revealed

In dreams of human art,

In speech that flows to melody,

In holiness of heart:

Teach us to ban all ugliness

That blinds our eyes to thee,

Till all shall know the loveliness

Of lives made fair and free.

5.  O God of righteousness and grace,

Seen in the Christ, thy Son,

Whose life and death reveal thy face,

By whom thy will was done:

Inspire thy heralds of good news

To live thy life divine,

Till Christ is formed in all mankind

And every land is thine!

O Spirit of the Living God   3 comments

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Above:  The Right Reverend Keith Whitmore, Assistant Bishop of Atlanta, at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia, May 23, 2010

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Hymn Source = The Methodist Hymnal (1966), of The Methodist Church (1939-1968) and The United Methodist Church (1968-)

Words by Henry Hallam Tweedy (1868-1953), U.S. Congregationalist Minister, Liturgist, and Hymn Writer

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1.  O Spirit of the living God,

Thou light and fire divine,

Descend upon thy Church once more,

And make it truly thine!

Fill it with love and joy and power,

With righteousness and peace,

Till Christ shall dwell in human hearts,

And sin and sorrow cease.

2.  Blow, wind of God!  With wisdom blow

Until our minds are free

From mists of error, clouds of doubt,

Which blind our eyes to thee!

Burn, winged fire!  Inspire our lips

With flaming love and zeal,

To preach to all thy great good news,

God’s glorious commonweal!

3.  Teach us to utter living words

Of truth which all may hear,

The language all men understand

When love speaks loud and clear;

Till every age and race and clime

Shall blend their creeds in one,

And earth shall form one brotherhood

By whom thy will is done.

4.  So shall we know the power of him

Who came mankind to save.

So shall we rise with him to life

Which soars beyond the grave;

And earth shall win true holiness,

Which makes thy children whole,

Till, perfected by thee, we reach

Creation’s glorious goal!

Light of the World, We Hail Thee   6 comments

Above:  Christ Pantocrator

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Words (1863) by John Monsell (1811-1875), a priest and poet of the Church of Ireland; he wrote nearly 300 hymns and published eleven volumes of poems [My source = Robert Guy McCutchan, Our Hymnody:  A Manual of The Methodist Hymnal, 2d. ed. (Nashville, TN:  Abingdon Press, 1937), page 147]

Hymn Source = The Methodist Hymnal (1965), of The Methodist Church/The Book of Hymns, of The United Methodist Church

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1.  Light of the world, we hail thee,

Flooding on the eastern skies;

Never shall darkness veil thee

Again from human eyes;

Too long, alas, withholden,

Now spread from shore to shore;

Thy light, so glad and golden,

Shall set on earth no more.

2.  Light of the world, thy beauty

Steals into every heart,

And glorifies with duty

Life’s poorest, humblest part;

Thou robest in thy splendor

The simplest ways of men,

And helpest them to render

Light back to thee again.

3.  Light of the world, illumine

This darkened earth of thine,

Till everything that’s human

Be filled with the divine;

Till every tongue and nation,

From sin’s dominion free,

Rise in the new creation

Which springs from love and thee.

Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending   2 comments

Above:  Second Coming Icon

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Hymn Source = The Methodist Hymnal (1965), of The Methodist Church

Words by Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

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1.  Lo, he comes with clouds descending,

Once for favored sinners slain;

Thousand, thousand saints attending

Swell the triumph of his train;

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

God appears on earth to reign,

God appears on earth to reign.

2.  Every eye shall now behold him,

Robed in dreadful majesty;

Those who set at naught and sold him,

Pierced and nailed him to the tree,

Deeply wailing, deeply wailing, deeply wailing,

Shall the true Messiah see,

Shall the true Messiah see.

3.  The dear tokens of his passion

Still his dazzling body bears;

Cause of endless exultation

To his ransomed worshipers;

With what rapture, with what rapture, with what rapture,

Gaze we on those glorious scars!

Gaze we on those glorious scars!

4.  Yea, Amen! Let all adore thee,

High on thy eternal throne;

Savior, take the power and glory,

Claim the kingdom for thine own;

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Everlasting God, come down!

Everlasting God, come down!

When Morning Gilds the Skies   2 comments

Yosemite Morning

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Hymn Source = The Methodist Hymnal (1965), of The Methodist Church

The original German words date to 1828.  Edward Caswall (1814-1878), an English Anglican Tractarian-turned-Roman Catholic, translated verses 1, 2, and 4 of the English-language hymn.  Poet Robert Seymour Bridges translated the third verse.

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1.  When morning gilds the skies,

My heart awaking cries,

May Jesus Christ be praised!

Alike at work and prayer,

To Jesus I repair;

May Jesus Christ be praised!

2.  The night becomes as day,

When from the heart we say,

May Jesus Christ be praised!

The powers of darkness fear,

When this sweet chant they hear,

May Jesus Christ be praised!

3.  Ye nations of mankind,

In this your concord find,

May Jesus Christ be praised!

Let all the earth around

Ring joyous with the sound,

May Jesus Christ be praised!

4.  Be this, while life is mine,

My canticle divine,

May Jesus Christ be praised!

Be this th’eternal song

Through all the ages long,

May Jesus Christ be praised!

I Sing the Almighty Power of God   1 comment

Beaufort Sea

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Hymn Source = The Methodist Hymnal (1965), of The Methodist Church

Words by Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

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1.  I sing th’almighty power of God,

That made the mountains rise,

That spread the flowing seas abroad,

And built the lofty skies.

I sing the wisdom that ordained

The sun to rule the day;

The moon shines full at his command,

And all the stars obey.

2.  I sing the goodness of the Lord,

That filled the earth with food;

He formed the creatures with his Word,

And then pronounced them good.

Lord, how thy wonders are displayed,

Where’er I turn my eye,

If I survey the ground I tread,

Or gaze upon the sky!

3.  There’s not a plant or flower below,

But makes thy glories known;

And clouds arise, and tempests blow,

By order from thy throne;

While all that borrows life from thee

Is ever in thy care,

And everywhere that man can be,

Thou, God, art present there.

Brightest and Best of the Stars of the Morning   2 comments

Venus, the Second Planet from the Sun and the “Morning Star”

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Hymn Source = The Methodist Hymnal (1965), of The Methodist Church

Words by Reginald Heber (1783-1826), Anglican Bishop of Calcutta (1823-1826)

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1.  Brightest and best of the stars of the morning,

Dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid;

Star of the East, the horizon adorning,

Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

2.  Cold on the cradle the dewdrops are shining;

Low lies his head with the beasts of the stall;

Angels adore him in slumber reclining,

Maker and Monarch and Savior of all.

3.  Say, shall we yield him, in costly devotion;

Odors of Edom and offerings divine,

Gems of the mountain and pearls of the ocean,

Myrrh from the forest and gold from the mine?

4.  Vainly we offer each ample oblation;

Vainly with gifts would his favor secure;

Richer by far is the heart’s adoration;

Dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.

5.  Brightest and best of the sons of the morning,

Dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid;

Star of the East, the horizon adorning,

Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

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