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Break, New-Born Year, On Glad Eyes Break   2 comments

New Year's Eve

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

Text (1855) by Thomas Hornblower Gill (1819-1906)


Break, new-born year, on glad eyes break,

Melodious voices move;

On, rolling time, thou canst not make

The Father cease to love.


The parted year had winged feet;

The Saviour still doth stay:

The new year comes; but Spirit sweet,

Thou goest not away.


Our hearts in tears may oft run o’er;

But, Lord, Thy smile still beams:

Our sins are swelling evermore,

But pardoning grace still streams.


Lord, from this year more service win,

More glory, more delight:

O make its hours less sad with sin,

Its days with Thee more bright.


Then we may bless its precious things

If earthly cheer should come,

Or gladsome mount on angel wings

If Thou wouldst take us home.


O golden then the hours must be;

The year must needs be sweet;

Yes, Lord, with happy melody

Thine opening grace we greet.

O Lord, Our Father, Thanks to Thee   3 comments

New Year's Eve

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Hymn Source = Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal (1880), Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Ohio and Other States (1818-1930)

(The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941, contains an altered translation.)

Original German Words (1597) by Cyriacus Schneegass (1546-1597)

English Translation (1880) by August Crull (1845-1923)


1.  O Lord, our Father, thanks to Thee

In this new year we render,

For Thou hast been from misery

And evil our defender;

Thro’ all the year that hath now fled

Hast given us our daily bread,

And peace within our borders.

2.  Lord Jesus Christ, our thanks to Thee

In this new year we render;

For Thou still rulest zealously

Thy fold, with mercies tender;

Thou hast redeemed us with Thy blood,

Thou art our Joy, our only Good,

In life and death our Savior.

3.  Lord Holy Ghost, our thanks to Thee

In this new year we render,

For by Thy grace it is that we

Preserve Thy Word’s pure splendor;

Thou hast infused, Lord, from above

Into our hearts true faith and love,

And other Christian virtues.

4.  Our faithful God, we cry to Thee;

Still bless us with Thy favor,

Blot out our iniquity,

And hide our sins forever.

Grant us a happy, good new year

And when the hours of death draw near,

A blest departure.

Jesus, O Precious Name   2 comments

New Year's Eve

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Words (1918) by Anna Bernadine Dorothy Hoppe (1889-1941)

Hymn Source = The Hymnal and Order of Service (1925), The Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod


1.  Jesus, O precious Name,

By heaven’s herald spoken,

Jesus, O holy Name,

Of love divine the token,

Jesus, in Thy dear Name

This new year we begin;

Bless Thou its opening door,

Inscribe Thy Name within.

2.  Jesus, O precious Name,

In Thee our hopes are centered,

In Thee, O mighty Name,

This new year we have entered.

Though seasons come and go,

Thou, Lord, art still the same;

Immovable is still

That solid rock, Thy Name.

3.  Jesus, O precious Name,

Thou bringest peace and gladness,

Jesus, O worshiped Name,

Dispelling all our sadness,

In hallowed temple halls

Thy sacred echo rings,

While heav’ns ransomed host

Thy praise in glory sings.

Oh, Rejoice, Ye Christians, Loudly   3 comments

Birth of Jesus

Above:  A Mosaic at a Former Church, Now a Mosque, Between 1888 and 1910

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-ppmsca-03684

Hymn Source = W. G. Polack, The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal, Second Edition (1942)

Original German Words (1646) by Christian Keimann (1607-1662)

English Translation (1863) by Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878)


1.  Oh, rejoice, ye Christians, loudly,

For our joy hath now begun;

Wondrous things our God hath done.

Tell abroad His goodness proudly

Who our race hath honored thus

That He deigns to dwell with us.

Joy, O joy, beyond all gladness,

Christ hath done away with sadness!

Hence, all sorrow and repining,

For the Sun of Grace is shining!

2.  See. my soul, thy Savior chooses

Weakness here and poverty;

In such love He comes to thee

Nor the hardest couch refuses;

All He suffers for thy good,

To redeem thee by His blood.

Joy, O joy, beyond all gladness,

Christ hath done away with sadness!

Hence, all sorrow and repining,

For the Sun of Grace is shining!

3.  Lord, how shall I thank Thee rightly?

I acknowledge that by Thee

Every blessing flows for me.

Let me not forget it lightly,

But to Thee through all things cleave;

So shall heart and mind receive.

Joy, O joy, beyond all gladness,

Christ hath done away with sadness!

Hence, all sorrow and repining,

For the Sun of Grace is shining!

4.  Jesus, guard and guide Thy members,

Fill Thy brethren with Thy grace,

Hear their prayers in every place.

Quicken now life’s faintest embers;

Grant all Christians, far and near,

Holy peace, a glad New Year!

Joy, O joy, beyond all gladness,

Christ hath done away with sadness!

Hence, all sorrow and repining,

For the Sun of Grace is shining!

For Thy Mercy and Thy Grace   2 comments

New Year's Eve

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Words (1841) by Henry Downton (1818-1885)

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


1.  For Thy mercy and Thy grace,

Constant through another year,

Hear our song of thankfulness,

Jesus, our Redeemer, hear.

2.  Lo! our sins on Thee we cast,

Thee, our perfect Sacrifice;

And, forgetting all the past,

Press towards our glorious prize.

3.  Dark the future; let Thy light

Guide us, bright and morning Star:

Fierce our foes, and hard the fight;

Arm us, Saviour, for the war.

4.  In our weakness and distress,

Rock of strength, be Thou our Stay;

In the pathless wilderness

Be our true and living Way.

5.  Who of us death’s awful road

In the coming year shall tread?

With Thy rod and staff, O God,

Comfort Thou his dying bed.

6.  Keep us faithful, keep us pure,

Keep us evermore Thine own;

Help, O help us to endure;

Fit us for the promised crown.

7.  So within Thy palace gate

We shall praise, on golden strings,

Thee our only Potentate,

Lord of lords, and King of Kings.

Posted January 15, 2015 by neatnik2009 in Advent and Christmas 1800s, The Hymnal (1895)

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Thou, Who Roll’st the Year Around   2 comments


Above:  Episcopal Church of the Holy Family, Jasper, Georgia, January 1, 2011

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

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

Words (1832) by Ray Palmer (1808-1887), U.S. Congregationalist minister


1.  Thou, who roll’st the year around,

Crowned with mercies large and feee,

Rich Thy gifts to us abound;

Warm our praise shall rise to Thee.

2.  Kindly to our worship bow,

While our grateful thanks we tell,

That, sustained by Thee, we now

Bid the parting year farewell.

3.  All its numbered days are sped,

All its busy scenes are o’er,

All its joys forever fled,

All its sorrows felt no more.

4.  Mingled with th’eternal past,

Its remembrance shall decay,

Yet to be revived at last

At the solemn Judgment Day.

5.  All our follies, Lord, forgive;

Cleanse us from each guilty stain.

Let Thy grace within us live

That we spend not years in vain.

6.  Then, when life’s last eve shall come,

Happy spirits, may we fly

To our everlasting home,

To our Father’s house on high!

Great God, We Sing That Mighty Hand   2 comments

Great God, We Sing That Mighty Hand

Above:  The Hymn, from The Hymnal (1941)

Hymn Source = The Hymnal (1941), of the Evangelical and Reformed Church

Words by Philip Doddridge (1702-1751)


1.  Great God, we sing that mighty hand,

By which supported still we stand;

The opening year Thy mercy shows;

That mercy crown it till it close.

2.  By day, by night, at home, abroad,

Still we are guarded by our God;

By His incessant bounty fed,

By His unerring counsel led.

3.  With grateful hearts the past the own;

The future, all to us unknown,

We to Thy guardian care commit,

And peaceful leave before Thy feet.

4.  In scenes exalted or depressed,

Thou art our Joy, and Thou our Rest;

Thy goodness all our hopes shall raise,

Adored through all our changing days.

Time and Vocations   2 comments

Above:  The Author, November 7, 2012

(Photograph by the author via the computer camera)

The weather becomes colder,

Daylight Savings Time has ended,

darkness falls before 7:00 PM,

and the year has entered its final stretch.


Where has the year gone?

It seems to have passed so quickly,

more rapidly than winged Mercury,

with greater speed than the Road Runner,

with a dizzying pace.


Yet here we are,

in November.

Yet here we are,

close to Thanksgiving and Christmas.


May the rest of the year

be for all of us a time of blessings,

and may the  next year

be for all of us a time of even more blessings.


May we all love God and each other actively,

behave charitably toward each other,

seek to understand each other,

and behave merely decently.


May we act responsibly toward each other,

seek the common good,

upon which our own benefit depends,

and care for each other.


May God bless others through us,

bless us through others,

and be evident in our midst,

in deeds more than in words.


And may we be where we ought to be

when we ought to be there

doing what we ought to do

the way we ought to do it.





Our Father! Thro’ the Coming Year   1 comment

Above:  An Hourglass

Image Source = User:S Sepp


Hymn Source = The New Psalms and Hymns (1901), of the Presbyterian Church in the United States (1861-1983)

Words (1837) by William Gaskell, an English Unitarian minister and Professor of English History and Literature at Manchester New College, Manchester


1.  Our Father! thro’ the coming year

We know not what shall be;

But we would leave without a fear

Its ord’ring all to Thee.

2.  It may be we shall toil in vain

For what the world holds fair;

And all the good we thought to gain,

Deceive and prove but care.

3.  It may be it shall darkly blend

Our love with anxious fears,

And snatch away the valued friend,

The tried of many years.

4.  It may be it shall bring us days

And nights of lingering pain;

And bid us take a farewell gaze

Of these loved haunts of men.

5.  But calmly, Lord, on Thee we rest:

No fears our trust shall move;

Thou knowest what for each is best,

And Thou art Perfect Love.

A Prayer for the New Year   1 comment

Above:  Hourglass

Image Source = User:S Sepp



Here is a link to a prayer by the Reverend Doctor Sharon E. Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  I commend it to you, O reader.