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Featured Hymn for March29

“Sweet Hour of Prayer”
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Sometimes during His earthly ministry, Jesus would withdraw to a secluded place to pray (Mark 1:35, Luke 5:16, etc.). The early church followed His practice of regular prayer (Acts 2:42), and Paul encouraged its continuance in some of his letters. He wrote, “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2 ESV). This hymn is an expression of the joy that can come when believers, individually and corporately, pray regularly.

Featured Hymn for March 16

“Just as I Am, Without One Plea”

New Hymnals added or edited in February

Volunteers added or edited the following hymnals:

"Hymns for the Living Age" published by The Century Co., New York, in 1923
"His Voice of Love" published by James D. Vaughan, Lawrenceburg, Tenn., in 1924
"Joyful Praise" published by Jennings & Pye, Cincinnati, in 1902
"New Songs of Praise and Power, 1-2-3 combined" published by Hall-Mack Co., Philadelphia, in 1922
"Hymns of the Heart" published by Methodist Book Concern, New York, in 1914
"Millennial Revival" published by James D. Vaughan, Lawrenceburg, Tenn., in 1928
"Sifted Wheat" published by Lorenz & Co., Dayton in 1898

Featured Hymn for March 1

“I Must Tell Jesus”

“I Must Tell Jesus” is a hymn that encourages those who are struggling by reminding them that they do not bear their burdens alone, but have Christ to help them along their journey. There are several scriptures alluded to in this hymn, but the one that stands out is Hebrews 2:18 which says, “He is able to help all those who are being tempted.” No matter the struggle or burden, Jesus will be with his people to bear their burdens.

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Featured Hymn for February 15: Have Thine Own Way, Lord

“Have Thine Own Way, Lord”

After having her hopes of doing missionary work crushed, hymn author Adelaide Pollard became inspired to write a hymn about God working in her life. Written in just a single night, “Have Thine own way, Lord” quickly got published in multiple hymnals. The hymn gives full control over to God, begging him to transform our lives and to work his will in everyone. This classic hymn has reminded generations of believers to submit to God’s will at all times and in all circumstances.

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Featured Hymn for February 1: "I Want Jesus to Walk With Me"

“I Want Jesus to Walk With Me”

Though this spiritual focuses on a plea for Jesus to walk alongside us, there is an element of assurance that His answer is “yes.” As the psalmist writes, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me” (Psalm 23:4, ESV). As this song is sung, think about what it means to constantly have the presence of God, even when no human companionship is available.

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Featured Hymn for February 1: "I Want Jesus to Walk With Me"

“America the Beautiful” by Katherine Lee Bates

Each stanza of this hymn combines appreciation of America's beauty with prayers to God for His blessings on and aid for the nation. In petitioning God to “mend [America's] every flaw,” we acknowledge our imperfection as a country. In praying for the unity of brotherhood “from sea to shining sea,” we acknowledge that the disunity that exists is undesirable.

Featured Hymn for January 20

“America the Beautiful” by Katherine Lee Bates

Each stanza of this hymn combines appreciation of America's beauty with prayers to God for His blessings on and aid for the nation. In petitioning God to “mend [America's] every flaw,” we acknowledge our imperfection as a country. In praying for the unity of brotherhood “from sea to shining sea,” we acknowledge that the disunity that exists is undesirable.

Featured Hymn: Good Christian Men, Rejoice

“Good Christian Men, Rejoice” by Cyril Alington (1931)

The story of this hymn has always been about accessibility to the Christmas story. In the late medieval period, there was a tradition of using folk songs to teach illiterate church-goers the Gospel story. This hymn is a good example of that practice. Written in a combination of Latin and German, it would be familiar in both the vernacular and the language of the Church. When set to a familiar folk tune, the people would be able to sing along with ease, and would understand the story.

Featured Hymn: We Three Kings

“We Three Kings” by John H. Hopkins

The opening stanza is about the journey of the Magi to Bethlehem. The middle three stanzas explain a meaning for each of the three gifts. Gold signified royalty, and frankincense, deity. Myrrh foretold that the Christ child was born to die. The last stanza summarizes the song, calling Jesus the “King and God and Sacrifice,” and ending in a peal of alleluias.