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Featured Hymn: "Beneath the Cross of Jesus"

"Beneath the Cross of Jesus" by Elizabeth C. Clephane (1830-1869)

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Featured Hymn: "Christ the Lord is Risen Today" by Charles Wesley

"Christ the Lord is Risen Today" by Charles Wesley(1708-1788)

Featured Hymn: "Were you There"

“Were you There”, an American Spiritual first printed in 1899

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Featured Hymn: "Come, Ye Disconsolate"

“Come, Ye Disconsolate, Where'er Ye Languish” by Thomas Moore

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Every stanza of this hymn ends with the declaration that “earth has no sorrow” that is beyond the power of God in heaven to remove. Whether our anguish comes from feelings of guilt from sins committed or from the loss of a loved one, God has sent a Comforter to us – the Holy Spirit – who wants to help us through those difficult times.

Thanks for Your Patience

Thanks to our Hymnary users for your patience this weekend (February 17-18, 2018) as we had some database issues. The technical explanation is that the size of database backups ballooned this weekend which caused our database server to perform very slowly, significantly impacting all of our websites and causing some erratic behavior like missing/misplaced menus. We've straightened out the problem for now, and we’ll work out a better solution this week so that this does not happen again. If you run into any issues today on Hymnary, please clear your cache and this should take care of things.

Featured Hymn: "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross"

“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross:” by Isaac Watts

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The Lutheran Hymnal Handbook includes this little narrative about this hymn: “With regard to the practical application of the final stanza, Father Ignatius of St. Edmund’s Church in London is reported to have blurted to his congregation: ‘Well, I’m surprised to hear you sing that. Do you know that altogether you put only fifteen shillings in the collection bag this morning?’”.

Featured Hymn: "Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart"

"Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart" by George Croly

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In this prayerful hymn, we ask God to move within us so that we may live a life of whole-hearted devotion to Him, bathed in His presence and motivated by His love. We recall the “first and greatest commandment” to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37, 38 NIV).

January 20 Featured Hymn: "Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above"

"Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above" by Johann Jakob

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Deuteronomy 32:3 was the basis for this hymn of praise – “For I will proclaim the name of the Lord; ascribe greatness to our God!” (ESV) Using a variety of metaphors for God and for His works, this text overflows with proclamations of God's loving care for His people.

Featured Hymn for January 2, 2018: "As with the Gladness of Old"

"As with the Gladness of Old" by W. Chatterton Dix

Featured Hymn for December 15: "What Child Is This"

"What Child Is This" by W. Chatterton Dix

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