Posts Tagged ‘hymn history’

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

December 13, 2014

“Hark the Herald Angels Sing” was written in the 1700’s by Charles Wesley. He and his brother John were dynamic preachers in that time and were responsible for revival in both England and America.
They founded the Methodist Church.
Charles wrote hundreds of hymns, first published in the Methodist Hymnal.
He was saved under the preaching of George Whitfield, who also had a part in the lyrics of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” as he changed some of the words to the hymn as we know it today.
The influence of these great men of the faith are still being felt today. If only we would see men today of such dedication to the preaching of the Gospel.
When you hear or sing this great hymn this season stop for a minute or two and pray for revival.

1. Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!
Joyful, all ye nations, rise;
Join the triumph of the skies;
With th’angelic host proclaim
Christ is born in Bethlehem!
(Chorus)
Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King!
2. Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Ris’n with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die;
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.

Luke 2:14
Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace,
good will toward men.

At Calvary

October 10, 2014

William R. Newell was the author of the hymn At Calvary. He was A rebellious teenager and his father did not know what to do with his son who was so wayward.
In desperation he contacted the president of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, begging that William would be allowed to attend. The president was hesitant to allow him to be enrolled but finally decided that if William would meet with him everyday and study diligently he would be accepted into the college.
William stumbled may times but his Father’s prayers, the college president’s commitment and faith in Jesus resulted in a changed life in William. He wrote the hymn At Calvary in poetry form as a testimony of his life.
William R. Newell (1868-1956) is remembered fondly as a pastor, evangelist, Bible teacher, author, conference speaker and writer. And he is remembered as a humble man who recognized that it was only by the grace of God that he was able to accomplish so many things.

At Calvary
Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died on Calvary.
Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty at Calvary.
By God’s Word at last my sin I learned;
Then I trembled at the law I’d spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned to Calvary.
Now I’ve given to Jesus everything,
Now I gladly own Him as my King,
Now my raptured soul can only sing of Calvary!
Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary!

And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him. Luke 23:33

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It Is Well With My Soul

September 12, 2014

Horatio Spafford (1828-1888) was a wealthy Chicago lawyer with a thriving legal practice, a beautiful home, a wife, four daughters and a son. He was also a devout Christian.
At the very height of his financial and professional success, Horatio and his wife Anna suffered the tragic loss of their young son. Shortly thereafter on October 8, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire destroyed almost every real estate investment that Spafford had.
Spafford scheduled a boat trip to Europe in order to give his wife and daughters a much needed vacation and time to recover from the tragedy. He remained in Chicago to take care of some unexpected last minute business. Several days later he received notice that his family’s ship had encountered a collision. All four of his daughters drowned; only his wife had survived.
With a heavy heart, Spafford boarded a boat that would take him to his grieving Anna in England. It was on this trip that he penned those now famous words, When sorrow like sea billows roll; it is well, it is well with my soul..

Philippians 4:7
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

America the Beautiful

July 7, 2014

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“America the Beautiful” was written by Katherine Lee Bates in 1893 from the summit of Pikes Peak. She wrote the lyrics but the music was written by Samuel A. Ward. He died in 1903 one year before the words and music were put together. The two never met.
Katherine gave hundreds if not thousands of permissions to have the song published in hymn books and pamphlets and the song became an American favorite. Many wanted it to become the National Anthem instead of the “Star Spangled Banner” and the debate still goes on today.

Psalm 19:1
The heavens declare the glory of God;
and the firmament sheweth his handywork.