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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   3 comments

Above:  Yosemite Morning

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Hymn Source = The Methodist Hymnal (1966), 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.

http://adventchristmasepiphany.wordpress.com/2010/09/15/first-day-of-epiphany-feast-of-the-epiphany-january-6/

O Thou Who Art the Shepherd   10 comments

A Spanish Shepherd

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

Words by the Rev. John W. Shackford, born in 1878 and still alive in 1964; he was a leader in Christian education within the former Methodist Episcopal Church, South (extant 1845-1939)

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1.  O Thou who art the shepherd

Of all the scattered sheep,

Who lovest all thy lost ones

On every mountain steep,

Create in us  a yearning

For those whom thou dost seek,

The hopeless and the burdened,

The crippled and the weak.

2.  We would be thy disciples

And all the hungry feed;

Nor seek our own salvation

Apart from others’ need;

These, Father, are thy children

Thou sendest us to ifind;

Help us by deeds of mercy

To show that thou art kind.

3.  Awake in us compassion,

O Lord of life divine;

Create in us thy spirit;

Give us a love like thine.

Help us to seek thy kingdom

That cometh from above,

And in thy great salvation,

Show forth thy boundless love.

In the Cross of Christ I Glory   12 comments

The Ruins of Old Coventry Cathedral, England

(The Nazis destroyed the cathedral during a blitz in World War II.)

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

Words by Sir John Bowring (1792-1872), a hymn writer, a Member of Parliament, and a talented linguist

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1.  In the cross of Christ I glory,

Towering o’er the wrecks of time;

All the light of sacred story

Gathers round its head sublime.

2.  When the woes of life o’er take me,

Hopes deceive, and fears annoy,

Never shall the cross forsake me:

Lo! it glows with peace and joy.

3.  When the sun of bliss is beaming

Light and love upon my way,

From the cross the radiance streaming

Adds more luster to the day.

4.  Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure,

By the cross are sanctified;

Peace is there, that knows no measure,

Joys that through all time abide.

5.  In the cross of Christ I glory,

Towering o’er the wrecks of time;

All the light of sacred story

Gathers round its head sublime.

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2010/10/29/thirty-ninth-day-of-lent-good-friday/

Below:  The Interior of Old Coventry Cathedral in 1880

All Creatures of Our God and King   4 comments

Above:  The Moon

Image Source = David Corby

Hymn Source = The Methodist Hymnal (1966), The Methodist Church

Original Latin Text by St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)

English Translation (published in 1926) by William Henry Draper (1855-1226), a priest in The Church of England

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1.  All creatures of our God and King,

Lift up your voice and with us sing

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou burning sun with golden beam,

Thou silver moon with softer gleam!

O praise him, O praise him!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

2.  Thou rushing wind that art so strong,

Ye clouds that sail in heaven along,

O praise him! Alleluia!

Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice,

Ye lights of evening, find a voice!

O praise him, O praise him!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

3.  Thou flowing water, pure and clear,

Make music for they Lord to hear,

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou fire so masterful and bright,

Thou givest man both warmth and light!

O praise him, O praise him!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

4.  Dear mother earth, who day by day

Unfoldest blessings on our way,

O praise him! Alleluia!

The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,

Let them his glory also show!

O praise him, O praise him!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

5.  And all ye men of tender heart,

Forgiving others, take your part,

O sing ye! Alleluia!

Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,

Praise God and on him cast your care!

O praise him, O praise him!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

6.  And thou, most kind and gentle death,

Waiting to hush our latest breath,

O praise him! Alleluia!

Thou leadest home the child of God,

And Christ our Lord the way hath trod.

O praise him, O praise him!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

7.  Let all things their creator bless,

And worship him in humbleness,

O praise him! Alleluia!

Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,

And praise the Spirit, Three in One!

O praise him, O praise him!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

O Holy Savior, Friend Unseen, by Charlotte Elliott   3 comments

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Charlotte Elliott (1789-1871) was an English poet and invalid acquainted with physical pain.

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

1.  O Holy Savior, friend unseen,

Since on thine arm thou bidst me lean,

Help me, throughout life’s changing scene,

By faith to cling to thee.

2.  What though the world deceitful prove,

And earthly friends and hopes remove;

With patient, uncomplaining love,

Still would I cling to thee.

3.  Though oft I seem to tread alone

Life’s dreary waste, with thorns o’ergrown,

Thy voice of love, in gentlest tone,

Still whispers, “Cling to me!”

4.   Though faith and hope may long be tried,

I ask not, need not, aught beside;

How safe, how calm, how satisfied,

The soul that clings to thee!