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Hark! the Sound of Holy Voices

Author: Christopher Wordsworth, 1807-1885 Meter: D Appears in 205 hymnals Lyrics: 1 Hark! the sound of holy voices, Chanting at the crystal sea, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Lord, to Thee. Multitudes, which none can number Like the stars in glory stand, Clothed in white apparel, holding Palms of vict'ry in their hand. 2 Patriarch and holy prophet, Who prepared the way of Christ, King, apostle, saint, confessor, Martyr, and evangelist, Saintly maiden, godly matron, Widows who have watched to payer, Joined in holy concert, singing To the Lord of all, are there. 3 They have come from tribulation, And have washed their robes in blood, Washed them in the blood of Jesus; Tried they were, and firm they stood. Mocked, imprisoned, stoned, tormented, Sawn asunder, slain with sword, They have conquered death and Satan By the might of Christ the Lord. 4 Marching with Thy Cross, their banner, They have triumphed, following Thee, the Captain of salvation, Thee, their Savior and their King. Gladly, Lord, with Thee they suffered, Gladly, Lord, with Thee they died, And by death to life immortal They were born and glorified. 5 Now they reign in heavenly glory, Now they walk in golden light, Now they drink, as from a river, Holy bliss and infinite. Love and peace they taste forever And all truth and knowledge see In the beatific vision Of the blessed Trinity. 6 God of God, the One-begotten Light of Light, Emmanuel, In whose body, joined together, All the saints forever dwell. Pour upon us of Thy fulness That we may forevermore God the Father, God the Spirit, One with Thee on high, adore. Amen. Topics: The Church Communion of Saints Scripture: Revelation 7:9-10 Used With Tune: O DURCHBRECHER

Enslaved by Sin and Bound in Chains

Author: Anne Steele Meter: Appears in 54 hymnals Lyrics: 1 Enslaved by sin and bound in chains, Beneath its dreadful tyrant sway, And doomed to everlasting pains, We wretched, guilty captives lay. 2 Nor gold nor gems could buy our peace, Nor all the world’s collected store Suffice to purchase our release; A thousand worlds were all too poor. 3 Jesus, the Lord, the mighty God, An all-sufficient ransom paid. O matchless price! His precious blood For vile, rebellious traitors shed. 4 Jesus the Sacrifice became To rescue guilty souls from hell; The spotless, bleeding, dying Lamb Beneath avenging Justice fell. 5 Amazing goodness! Love divine! Oh, may our grateful hearts adore The matchless grace nor yield to sin Nor wear its cruel fetters more! Amen. Topics: The Church Year Lent Scripture: 1 Peter 1:18-19 Used With Tune: WENN WIR IN HÖCHSTEN NÖTEN

Soul, Adorn Thyself with Gladness

Author: Catherine Winkworth; Johann Franck Meter: Appears in 102 hymnals Lyrics: 1 Soul, adorn thyself with gladness, Leave behind all gloom and sadness; Come into the day-light's splendor, There with joy thy praises render Unto Him whose grace unbounded Hath this wondrous Supper founded. High o'er all the heav'ns He reigneth, Yet to dwell with thee He deigneth. 2 Hasten as a bride to meet Him And with loving rev'rence greet Him, For with words of life immortal Now He knocketh at thy portal. Haste to ope the gates before Him, Saying, while thou dost adore Him: Suffer, Lord, that I receive Thee, And I nevermore will leave Thee. 3 He who craves a precious treasure Neither cost nor pain will measure; But the priceless gifts of heaven God to us hath freely given. Tho' the wealth of earth were proffered, Naught would buy the gifts here offered: Christ's true body, for thee riven, And His blood, for thee once given. 4 Ah, how hungers all my spirit For the love I do not merit! Oft have I, with sighs fast thronging, Thought upon this food with longing, In the battle well-nigh worsted, For this cup of life have thirsted, For the Friend who here invites us And to God Himself unites us. 5 In my heart I find ascending Holy awe, with rapture blending, As this mystery I ponder, Filling all my soul with wonder, Bearing witness at this hour Of the greatness of God's power; Far beyond all human telling Is the pow'r within Him dwelling. 6 Human reason, though it ponder, Cannot fathom this great wonder That Christ's body e'er remaineth Though it countless souls sustaineth And that He His blood is giving With the wine we are receiving. These great mysteries unsounded Are by God alone expounded. 7 Jesus, Sun of Life, my Splendor, Jesus, Thou my Friend most tender, Jesus, Joy of my desiring, Fount of life, my soul inspiring-- At Thy feet I cry, my Maker, Let me be a fit partaker Of this blessed food from heaven, For our good, Thy glory, given. 8 Lord, by love and mercy driven Thou hast left Thy throne in heaven On the cross for me to languish And to die in bitter anguish, To forego all joy and gladness And to shed Thy blood in sadness. By this blood, redeemed and living, Lord, I praise Thee with thanksgiving. 9 Jesus, Bread of Life, I pray Thee, Let me gladly here obey Thee. By Thy love I am invited, Be Thy love with love requited; From this Supper let me measure, Lord, how vast and deep love's treasure. Through the gifts Thou here dost give me As Thy guest in heav'n receive me. Amen. Topics: The Sacraments The Lord's Supper Scripture: Revelation 19:8 Used With Tune: SCHMÜCKE DICH

Dearest Jesus, We Are Here

Author: Catherine Winkworth; Benjamin Schmolck Meter: Appears in 63 hymnals Lyrics: 1 Dearest Jesus, we are here, Gladly Thy command obeying; With this child we now draw near In accord with Thine own saying That of Thee it shall be given As a child and heir of heaven. 2 Yea, Thy word is clear and plain, And we would obey it duly: "He who is not born again, Heart and life renewing truly, Born of water and the Spirit, Can My kingdom not inherit." 3 Therefore hasten we to Thee, In our arms this infant bearing; Let us here Thy glory see, Let this child, Thy mercy sharing, In Thine arms be shielded ever, Thine on earth and Thine forever. 4 Gracious Head, Thy member own; Shepherd, take Thy lamb and feed it; Prince of Peace, make here Thy throne; Way of Life, to heaven lead it. Precious Vine, let nothing sever From Thy side this branch forever. 5 Now into Thy heart we pour Prayers that from our hearts proceeded. Our petitions heavenward soar; May our warm desires be heeded! Write the name we now have given, Write it in the book of heaven. Amen. Topics: The Sacraments Baptism Scripture: Mark 10:13-16 Used With Tune: LIEBSTER JESU

I Would Not Live Alway; I Ask Not to Stay

Author: William A. Mühlenberg Meter: Appears in 666 hymnals Lyrics: 1 I would not live alway; I ask not to stay Where storm after storm rises dark o’er the way. The few lurid mornings that dawn on us here Suffice for life’s woes, are enough for its cheer. 2 I would not live always; thus fettered by sin, Temptation without and corruption within; E’en rapture of pardon is mingled with fears, The cup of thanksgiving with penitent tears. 3 I would not live alway; no, welcome the tomb: Since Jesus hath lain there, I dread not its gloom. There sweet be my rest till He bid me arise To hail Him in triumph descending the skies. 4 Ah, who would live alway, away from his God, Away from yon heaven, that blissful abode, Where rivers of pleasure flow o’er the bright plains And noontide of glory eternally reigns; 5 Where saints of all ages in harmony meet, Their Savior and brethren transported to greet, While anthems of rapture unceasingly roll, And smile of the Lord is the feast of the soul? Amen. Topics: The Last Things Death and Burial Scripture: Job 7:16 Used With Tune: MALDWYN

The Lord's My Shepherd, I'll Not Want

Author: Francis Rous Meter: Appears in 481 hymnals Lyrics: 1 The Lord's my Shepherd, I'll not want; He makes me down to lie In pastures green; He leadeth me The quiet waters by. 2 My soul He doth restore again And me to walk doth make Within the paths of righteousness, E'en for His own name's sake. 3 Yea, tho' I walk in death's dark vale, Yet will I fear no ill; For Thou art with me, and Thy rod And staff me comfort still. 4 My table Thou hast furnished In presence of my foes; My head Thou dost with oil anoint, And my cup overflows. 5 Goodness and mercy, all my life, Shall surely follow me; And in God's house forevermore My dwelling place shall be. Amen. Topics: Sanctification (The Christian Life) Trust Scripture: Psalm 23 Used With Tune: BELMONT

The Man Is Ever Blest

Author: Isaac Watts Meter: Appears in 112 hymnals Lyrics: 1 The man is ever blessed Who shuns the sinners’ ways, Among their councils never stands, Nor takes the scorners’ place, 2 But makes the Law of God His study and delight Amid the labors of the day, And watches of the night. 3 He like a tree shall thrive, With waters near the root; Fresh as the leaf his name shall live; His works are heav’nly fruit. 4 Not so th’ungodly race, They no such blessings find; Their hopes shall flee like empty chaff Before the driving wind. 5 How will they bear to stand Before that judgment seat Where all the saints, at Christ’s right hand, In full assembly meet? 6 He knows, and He approves The way the righteous go; But sinners and their works shall meet A dreadful overthrow. Amen. Topics: Sanctification (The Christian Life) New Obedience Scripture: Psalm 1 Used With Tune: ST. MICHAEL

The Morning Light is Breaking

Author: Samuel F. Smith Meter: D Appears in 1,087 hymnals Lyrics: 1 The morning light is breaking, The darkness disappears; The sons of earth are waking To penitential tears. Each breeze that sweeps the ocean Brings tidings from afar Of nations in commotion, Prepared for Zion's war. 2 See heathen nations bending Before the God we love, And thousand hearts ascending In gratitude above, While sinners, now confessing, The Gospel call obey, And seek the Savior's blessing, A nation in a day. 3 Blest river of salvation, Pursue thy onward way; Flow thou to ev'ry nation Nor in thy richness stay: Stay not till all the lowly Triumphant reach their home; Stay not till all the holy Proclaim, "The Lord is come." Amen. Topics: The Church Missions Scripture: Matthew 28:19-20 Used With Tune: WEBB

The People That in Darkness Sat

Author: John Morison Meter: Appears in 192 hymnals Lyrics: 1 The people that in darkness sat A glorious light have seen; The light has shined on them who long In shades of death have been, In shades of death have been. 2 To hail Thee, Sun of Righteousness, The gath'ring nations come; They joy as when the reapers bear Their harvest treasures home, Their harvest treasures home. 3 For Thou their burden dost remove And break the tyrant's rod As in the day when Midian fell Before the sword of God, Before the sword of God. 4 To us a Child of hope is born, To us a Son is given, And on His shoulder ever rests All power in earth and heaven, All power in earth and heaven. 5 His name shall be the Prince of Peace, The Everlasting Lord, The Wonderful, the Counselor. The God by all adored, The God by all adored. 6 His righteous government and power Shall over all extend; On judgment and on justice based, His reign shall have no end, His reign shall have no end. 7 Lord Jesus, reign in us, we pray, And make us Thine alone, Who with the Father ever art And Holy Spirit, one, And Holy Spirit, one. Amen. Topics: The Church Year CHRISTMAS Scripture: Isaiah 9:2 Used With Tune: LOBT GOTT, IHR CHRISTEN

The Saints on Earth and Those Above

Author: Charles Wesley; Isaac Watts Appears in 75 hymnals Lyrics: 1 The saints on earth and those above But one communion make; Joined to their Lord in bonds of love, All of His grace partake. 2 One family, we dwell in Him, One Church above, beneath; Tho' now divided by the stream, The narrow stream of death. 3 One army of the living God, To His command we bow; Part of the host have crossed the flood, And part are crossing now. 4 Lo! thousands to their endless home Are swiftly borne away; And we are to the margin come And soon must launch as they. 5 Lord Jesus, be our constant Guide; Then, when the word is given, Bid death’s flood its waves divide And land us safe in heaven. Amen. Topics: The Church Communion of Saints Scripture: Hebrews 12:22-24 Used With Tune: ST. FLAVIAN


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