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In Preparation for the Lord’s Day

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In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

Saturday··2014·01·18
In June, 2010, I began a series of posts called Hymns of My Youth, in which I selected hymns from the hymnal of my childhood denomination. The purpose of the series was to turn minds toward worship in preparation for the Lord’s Day, while recalling one of the most enduring parts of my early Christian education—orthodox hymnody. That series turned to three, as I worked through two alternate hymnals used in those churches. Last week, I posted the last of those. This week, I will turn to another hymnal, not one I was raised with, but one I discovered later: The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration, the best modern hymnal I have seen (not that I’ve examined a great many), unfortunately out of print. In the Hymns of My Youth series, I covered the three hymnals, selecting only the doctrinally-sound hymns and gospel songs I had known from the designated time, avoiding repetition, passing over many I knew, but did not remember singing then. In this series, I will observe no limit but orthodoxy and my own preferences. And with that, we begin. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. —Psalm 139:14 Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love; Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the sun above. Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away; Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day. All Thy works with joy surround Thee, earth and heaven reflect Thy rays, Stars and angels sing around Thee, center of unbroken praise. Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea, Chanting bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in Thee. Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blessed, Wellspring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest! Thou our Father, Christ our Brother—all who live in love are Thine; Teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine. Mortals, join the happy chorus, which the morning stars began; Father love is reigning o’er us, brother love binds man to man. Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife, Joyful music leads us Sunward in the triumph song of life. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Come, Thou Fount

Saturday··2014·01·25
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing It is the blessing of the Lord that makes rich, And He adds no sorrow to it. —Proverbs 10:22 Come, Thou Fount of every blessing, Tune my heart to sing Thy grace; Streams of mercy, never ceasing, Call for songs of loudest praise. Teach me some melodious sonnet, Sung by flaming tongues above, Praise His name—I’m fixed upon it— Name of God’s redeeming love. Hitherto Thy love has blest me, Thou hast bro’t me to this place; And I know Thy hand will bring me Safely home by Thy good grace. Jesus sought me when a stranger, Wandering from the fold of God; He, to rescue me from danger, Bought me with His precious blood. O to grace how great a debtor, Daily I’m constrained to be! Let Thy goodness, like a fetter, Bind my wandering heart to Thee: Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love; Here’s my heart, O take and seal it; Seal it for Thy courts above. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven

Saturday··2014·02·01
Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven Bless the Lord, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. —Psalm 103:1 Praise, my soul, the King of heaven, To His feet thy tribute bring; Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven, Evermore His praises sing. Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise the everlasting King. Praise the Lord for grace and favor To our fathers in distress; Praise Him, still the same as ever, Slow to chide, and swift to bless. Alleluia! Alleluia! Glorious in his faithfulness. Frail as summer’s flow’r we flourish, Blows the wind and it is gone; But while mortals rise and perish, God endures unchanging on: Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise the high Eternal One. Angels in the height, adore Him, Ye behold Him face to face; Saints triumphant, bow before Him; Gathered in from every race. Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise with us the God of grace. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: How Great Thou Art

Saturday··2014·02·08
How Great Thou Art Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised . . . —Psalm 48:1 O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder Consider all the worlds thy hands have made, I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy pow’r thro’out the universe displayed. Refrain: Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee: How great thou art, How great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee: How great thou art, How great thou art! When thro’ the woods and forest glades I wander And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees, When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur, And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze. Refrain And when I think that God, his Son not sparing, Sent him to die, I scarce can take it in, That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing, He bled and died to take away my sin. Refrain When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart! Then I shall bow in humble adoration, And there proclaim, My God, how great thou art. Refrain —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Sing Praise to God

Saturday··2014·02·15
Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above Ascribe greatness to our God! Deut. 32:3 Sing praise to God Who reigns above, The God of all creation, The God of pow’r, the God of love, The God of our salvation. With healing balm my soul He fills, And every faithless murmur stills: To God all praise and glory! What God’s almighty pow’r hath made His gracious mercy keepeth, By morning glow or evening shade His watchful eye ne’er sleepeth; Within the kingdom of His might, Lo! all is just and all is right: To God all praise and glory! The Lord is never far away, But through all grief distressing, An ever present help and stay, Our peace and joy and blessing. As with a mother’s tender hand, He leads His own, His chosen band: To God all praise and glory! Thus all my toilsome way along I sing aloud His praises, That men may hear the grateful song My voice unwearied raises. Be joyful in the Lord, my heart! Both soul and body bear your part: To God all praise and glory! —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Saturday··2014·02·22
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty . . . praise, exalt and honor the King of heaven . . . Daniel 4:37 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation! O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation! All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near; Join me in glad adoration. Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth, Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth! Hast thou not seen how all thy longings have been Granted in what He ordaineth? Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee; Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee. Ponder anew what the Almighty can do, If with His love He befriend thee. Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in me adore Him! All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him. Let the Amen sound from His people again: Gladly for aye we adore Him. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: O Worship the King

Saturday··2014·03·01
O Worship the King Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty; Psalm 104:1 O worship the King, all glorious above, And gratefully sing His wonderful love; Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days, Pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise. O tell of His might, O sing of His grace, Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space! His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form, And dark is His path on the wings of the storm. Thy bountiful care, what tongue can recite? It breathes in the air, it shines in the light, It streams from the hills, it descends to the plain, And sweetly distills in the dew and the rain. Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail, In Thee do we trust, nor find Thee to fail: Thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end, Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Holy God, We Praise Thy Name

Saturday··2014·03·08
Holy God, We Praise Thy Name I will bless Your name forever and ever. Psalm 145:1 Holy God, we praise Thy Name; Lord of all, we bow before Thee; All on earth Thy scepter claim, All in Heaven above adore Thee: Infinite Thy vast domain, Everlasting is Thy reign. Hark, the glad celestial hymn Angel choirs above are raising; Cherubim and seraphim, In unceasing chorus praising; Fill the heavens with sweet accord: Holy, holy, holy, Lord. Holy Father, Holy Son, Holy Spirit: Three we name Thee, Though in essence only one, Undivided God we claim Thee, And adoring, bend the knee While we sing our praise to Thee. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: We Praise Thee, O God, Our Redeemer, Creator

Saturday··2014·03·15
We Praise Thee, O God, Our Redeemer, Creator For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; 1 Chronicles 16:25 We praise Thee, O God, our Redeemer, Creator In grateful devotion our tribute we bring; We lay it before Thee, we kneel and adore Thee; We bless Thy holy name, glad praises we sing. We worship Thee, God of our fathers, we bless Thee Thru life’s storm and tempest our Guide hast Thou been; When perils o’ertake us, escape Thou wilt make us, And with Thy help, O Lord, our battles we win. With voices united our praises we offer To Thee, great Jehovah, glad anthems we raise; Thy strong arm will guide us, our God is beside us, To Thee, our great Redeemer, forever be praise! —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Ye Servants of God

Saturday··2014·03·22
Ye Servants of God Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb. Revelation 7:10 Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim, And publish abroad His wonderful Name; The Name all victorious of Jesus extol: His kingdom is glorious, He rules over all. God ruleth on high, almighty to save, And still He is nigh, His presence we have; The great congregation His triumph shall sing, Ascribing salvation to Jesus, our King. “Salvation to God, who sits on the throne!” Let all cry aloud, and honor the Son; The praises of Jesus the angels proclaim, Fall down on their faces and worship the Lamb. Then let us adore, and give Him His right— All glory and pow’r, and wisdom and might, All honor and blessing with angels above, And thanks never ceasing, and infinite love. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Come, We that Love the Lord

Saturday··2014·03·29
Come, We that Love the Lord Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, Psalm 149:1 Come, we that love the Lord, And let our joys be known; Join in a song with sweet accord, And thus surround the throne. Let those refuse to sing Who never knew our God; But children of the heav’nly King May speak their joys abroad. The men of grace have found Glory begun below; Celestial fruit on earthly ground From faith and hope may grow. The hill of Zion yields A thousand sacred sweets Before we reach the heav’nly fields, Or walk the golden streets. Then let our songs abound, And ev’ry tear be dry; We’re marching thro’ Immanuel’s ground To fairer worlds on high. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: All People That on Earth Do Dwell

Saturday··2014·04·05
All People That on Earth Do Dwell Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. Psalm 100:1 All people that on earth do dwell, Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice; Him serve with fear, His praise forth-tell, Come ye before Him and rejoice. The Lord, ye know, is God indeed; Without our aid He did us make; We are His flock, He doth us feed, And for His sheep He doth us take. O enter then His gates with praise, Approach with joy His courts unto; Praise, laud, and bless His Name always, For it is seemly so to do. For why? the Lord our God is good, His mercy is forever sure; His truth at all times firmly stood, And shall from age to age endure. To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, The God whom heaven and earth adore, From earth and from the angel host Be praise and glory evermore. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Stand Up and Bless the Lord

Saturday··2014·04·12
Stand Up and Bless the Lord Arise, bless the Lord your God forever and ever! Nehemiah 9:5 Stand up and bless the Lord, Ye people of His choice; Stand up and bless the Lord your God With heart and soul and voice. Though high above all praise, Above all blessing high, Who would not fear His holy name, And laud and magnify? O for the living flame, From His own altar brought, To touch our lips, our minds inspire, And wing to heav’n our thought! God is our strength and song, And His salvation ours; Then be His love in Christ proclaim’d With all our ransomed pow’rs. Stand up and bless the Lord, The Lord your God adore; Stand up and bless His glorious name Henceforth forevermore. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Immortal, Invisible

Saturday··2014·04·19
Immortal, Invisible Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. 1 Timothy 1:17 Immortal, invisible, God only wise, In light inaccessible hid from our eyes, Most blessèd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days, Almighty, victorious—Thy great Name we praise. Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light, Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might; Thy justice, like mountains, high soaring above Thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love. To all, life Thou givest—to both great and small; In all life Thou livest—the true life of all; We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree, And wither and perish—but naught changeth Thee. Great Father of glory, pure Father of light, Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight; All praise we would render—O help us to see ’Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee! —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Saturday··2014·04·26
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Psalm 46:7 A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing. For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe— His craft and pow’r are great, and, armed with cruel hate, On earth is not his equal. Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing, Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing. Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He— Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same, And He must win the battle. And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph thru us. The prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for him— His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure: One little word shall fell him. That word above all earthly pow’rs, no thanks to them, abideth; The Spirit and the gifts are ours thru Him Who with us sideth. Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also— The body they may kill; God’s truth abideth still: His kingdom is forever. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Tell Out, My Soul

Saturday··2014·05·03
Tell Out, My Soul For the Mighty One has done great things for me; Luke 1:49* Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord! Unnumbered blessings give my spirit voice; Tender to me the promise of His Word; In God my Savior shall my heart rejoice. Tell out, my soul, the greatness of His name! Make known His might, the deeds His arm has done; His mercy sure, from age to age the same; His holy Name, the Lord, the mighty One. Tell out, my soul, the greatness of His might! Powers and dominions lay their glory by; Proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight; The hungry fed, the humble lifted high. Tell out, my soul, the glories of His Word! Firm is His promise, and His mercy sure. Tell out my soul, the greatness of the Lord To children’s children and forevermore! —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music). * This hymn is based on Luke 1:46–49, commonly known as the Magnificat.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: The God of Abraham Praise

Saturday··2014·05·10
The God of Abraham Praise [Abraham] did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God Romans 4:20 The God of Abraham praise, who reigns enthroned above; Ancient of everlasting days, and God of love. Jehovah, great I am! by earth and heaven confessed; I bow and bless the sacred name forever blest. The God of Abraham praise, at whose supreme command From earth I rise and seek the joys at His right hand. I all on earth forsake, its wisdom, fame, and power; And Him my only portion make, my shield and tower. He by Himself has sworn, I on His oath depend, I shall, on eagle wings upborne, to heaven ascend. I shall behold His face, I shall His power adore, And sing the wonders of His grace forevermore. The whole triumphant host give thanks to God on high; “Hail, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,” they ever cry. Hail, Abraham’s God, and mine! I join the heavenly lays, All might and majesty are Thine, and endless praise. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Saturday··2014·05·17
Great Is Thy Faithfulness His compassions never fail. They are new every morning: Great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22–23 Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father, There is no shadow of turning with thee; Thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not; As thou hast been thou forever will be. Refrain: Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed thy hand hath provided— Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me! Summer and winter and springtime and harvest, Sun, moon and stars in their courses above Join with all nature in manifold witness To thy great faithfulness, mercy and love. Refrain Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide; Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! Refrain —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Children of the Heavenly Father

Saturday··2014·05·24
Children of the Heavenly Father See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us . . . children of God 1 John 3:1Children of the heav’nly Father Safely in His bosom gather; Nestling bird nor star in Heaven Such a refuge e’er was given. God His own doth tend and nourish; In His holy courts they flourish; From all evil things He spares them; In His mighty arms He bears them. Neither life nor death shall ever From the Lord His children sever; Unto them His grace He showeth, And their sorrows all He knoweth. Praise the Lord in joyful numbers, Your Protector never slumbers. At the will of your Defender Ev’ry foeman must surrender. Though He giveth or He taketh, God His children ne’er forsaketh; His the loving purpose solely To preserve them pure and holy. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: God Leads Us Along

Saturday··2014·05·31
God Leads Us Along When you pass through the waters, I will be with you Isaiah 43:2In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet, God leads His dear children along; Where the water’s cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet, God leads His dear children along. Refrain: Some thro’ the waters, some thro’ the flood, Some thro’ the fire, but all thro’ the blood; Some thro’ great sorrow, but God gives a song, In the night season and all the day long. Sometimes on the mount where the sun shines so bright, God leads His dear children along; Sometimes in the valley, in darkest of night, God leads His dear children along. Refrain Tho’ sorrows befall us and evils oppose, God leads His dear children along; Through grace we can conquer, defeat all our foes, God leads His dear children along. Refrain Away from the mire, and away from the clay, God leads His dear children along; Away up in glory, eternity’s day, God leads His dear children along. Refrain —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: The Lord’s My Shepherd

Saturday··2014·06·07
The Lord’s My Shepherd He guides me in the paths of righteousness Psalm 23:3The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want; He makes me down to lie In pastures green; He leadeth me The quiet waters by. 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. Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale, Yet will I fear no ill; For Thou art with me, and Thy rod And staff my comfort still. My table Thou hast furnishèd In presence of my foes; My head Thou dost with oil anoint, And my cup overflows. Goodness and mercy all my life Shall surely follow me; And in God’s house forevermore My dwelling place shall be. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Saturday··2014·06·14
Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah The Lord will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire Isaiah 58:11Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah, Pilgrim through this barren land; I am weak, but Thou art mighty; Hold me with Thy pow’rful hand; Bread of heaven, Bread of heaven, Feed me till I want no more, Feed me till I want no more. Open now the crystal fountain Whence the healing stream doth flow; Let the fire and cloudy pillar Lead me all my journey through; Strong Deliv’rer, strong Deliv’rer, Be Thou still my strength and shield, Be Thou still my strength and shield. When I tread the verge of Jordan, Bid my anxious fears subside; Bear me thro’ the swelling current, Land me safe on Canaan’s side; Songs of praises, songs of praises, I will ever give to Thee, I will ever give to Thee. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: O God, Our Help in Ages Past

Saturday··2014·06·21
O God, Our Help in Ages Past Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Psalm 90:1O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come, Our shelter from the stormy blast, And our eternal home! Under the shadow of Thy throne Thy saints have dwelt secure; Sufficient is Thine arm alone, And our defense is sure. Before the hills in order stood, Or earth received her frame, From everlasting Thou art God, To endless years the same. A thousand ages in Thy sight Are like an evening gone; Short as the watch that ends the night Before the rising sun. Time, like an ever-rolling stream, Bears all its sons away; They fly, forgotten, as a dream Dies at the op’ning day. O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come, Be Thou our guide while life shall last, And our eternal home. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Day by Day

Saturday··2014·06·28
Day by Day My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9Day by day, and with each passing moment, Strength I find, to meet my trials here; Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment, I’ve no cause for worry or for fear. He Whose heart is kind beyond all measure Gives unto each day what He deems best— Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure, Mingling toil with peace and rest. Ev’ry day, the Lord Himself is near me With a special mercy for each hour; All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me, He Whose Name is Counselor and Pow’r; The protection of His child and treasure Is a charge that on Himself He laid; “As your days, your strength shall be in measure,” This the pledge to me He made. Help me then in ev’ry tribulation So to trust Your promises, O Lord, That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation Offered me within Your holy word. Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting, E’er to take, as from a father’s hand, One by one, the days, the moments fleeting, Till I reach the promised land. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: I Sing the Mighty Power of God

Saturday··2014·07·05
I Sing the Mighty Power of God The Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, Exodus 20:11I sing the mighty pow’r of God That made the mountains rise; That spread the flowing seas abroad, And built the lofty skies. I sing the wisdom that ordained The sun to rule the day; The moon shines full at his command, And all the stars obey. I sing the goodness of the Lord, That filled the earth with food; He formed the creatures with his word, And then pronounced them good. Lord, how thy wonders are displayed, Where’er I turn mine eye: If I survey the ground I tread, Or gaze upon the sky! There’s not a plant or flow’r below, But makes thy glories known; And clouds arise, and tempests blow, By order from thy throne; While all that borrows light from Thee Is ever in Thy care, And ev’rywhere that man can be, Thou, God, art present there. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: All Creatures of Our God and King

Saturday··2014·07·12
All Creatures of Our God and King Let them praise the name of the Lord, For His name alone is exalted; Psalm 148:13All creatures of our God and King, Lift up your voice and with us sing Alleluia, Alleluia! Thou burning sun with golden beam, Thou silver moon with softer gleam, O praise Him, O praise Him, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia! Thou rushing wind that art so strong, Ye clouds that sail in Heaven along, O praise Him, Alleluia! Thou rising moon, in praise rejoice, Ye lights of evening, find a voice, O praise Him, O praise Him, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia! Thou flowing water, pure and clear, Make music for thy Lord to hear, O praise Him, Alleluia! Thou fire so masterful and bright, That givest man both warmth and light, O praise Him, O praise Him, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia! And all ye men of tender heart, Forgiving others, take your part, O sing ye, Alleluia! Ye who long pain and sorrow bear, Praise God and on Him cast your care, O praise Him, O praise Him, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia! Let all things their Creator bless, And worship Him in humbleness, O praise Him, Alleluia! Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son, And praise the Spirit, Three in One, O praise Him, O praise Him, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia! —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: To God Be the Glory

Saturday··2014·07·19
To God Be the Glory The Lord has done great things for us; We are glad. Psalm 126:3To God be the glory—great things He hath done! So loved He the world that He gave us His Son, Who yielded His life an atonement for sin And opened the Life-gate that all may go in. Refrain Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, Let the earth hear His voice! Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, Let the people rejoice! O come to the Father, thru Jesus the Son, And give Him the glory—great things He hath done. O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood! To every believer the promise of God; The vilest offender who truly believes, That moment from Jesus a pardon receives. Refrain Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done, And great our rejoicing thru Jesus the Son; But purer, and higher, and greater will be Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see. Refrain —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: The Love of God

Saturday··2014·07·26
The Love of God I have loved you with an everlasting love; Jeremiah 31:3The love of God is greater far Than tongue or pen can ever tell, It goes beyond the highest star And reaches to the lowest hell; The guilty pair, bowed down with care, God gave His Son to win: His erring child He reconciled And pardoned from his sin. Refrain: O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong! It shall forevermore endure— The saints’ and angels’ song. When years of time shall pass away And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall, When men, who here refuse to pray, On rocks and hills and mountains call, God’s love so sure, shall still endure, All measureless and strong; Redeeming grace to Adam’s race— The saints’ and angels’ song. Refrain Could we with ink the ocean fill And were the skies of parchment made, Were ev’ry stalk on earth a quill And ev’ry man a scribe by trade, To write the love of God above Would drain the ocean dry, Nor could the scroll contain the whole Tho stretched from sky to sky. Refrain —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Praise the Savior

Saturday··2014·08·02
Praise the Savior We who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:12Praise the Savior, ye who know Him! Who can tell how much we owe Him? Gladly let us render to Him All we are and have. Jesus is the Name that charms us, He for conflict fits and arms us; Nothing moves and nothing harms us While we trust in Him. Trust in Him, ye saints, forever— He is faithful, changing never; Neither force nor guile can sever Those He loves from Him. Keep us, Lord, O keep us cleaving To Thyself, and still believing, Till the hour of our receiving Promised joys with Thee. Then we shall be where we would be, Then we shall be what we should be; Things that are not now, nor could be, Soon shall be our own. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: O for a Thousand Tongues

Saturday··2014·08·09
O for a Thousand Tongues And my tongue shall declare Your righteousness And Your praise all day long. Psalm 35:28O for a thousand tongues to sing My great Redeemer’s praise, The glories of my God and King, The triumphs of His grace! Jesus! the name that charms our fears, That bids our sorrows cease; ’Tis music in the sinner’s ears, ’Tis life, and health, and peace. He breaks the power of canceled sin, He sets the prisoner free; His blood can make the foulest clean; His blood availed for me. Hear Him, ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb, Your loosened tongues employ; Ye blind, behold your Savior come,; And leap, ye lame, for joy. My gracious Master and my God, Assist me to proclaim, To spread thro’ all the earth abroad, The honors of Thy name. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: What a Wonderful Savior!

Saturday··2014·08·16
What a Wonderful Savior! We have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world. John 4:42 Christ has for sin atonement made— What a wonderful Savior! We are redeemed, the price is paid— What a wonderful Savior! Refrain What a wonderful Savior is Jesus, my Jesus! What a wonderful Savior is Jesus, my Lord! I praise Him for the cleansing blood— What a wonderful Savior! That reconciled my soul to God— What a wonderful Savior! Refrain: He cleansed my heart from all its sin— What a wonderful Savior! And now He reigns and rules therein— What a wonderful Savior! Refrain: He gives me overcoming pow’r— What a wonderful Savior! And triumph in each trying hour— What a wonderful Savior! Refrain: —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music). It’s difficult to find good audio/video for some of these hymns and gospel songs. I almost gave up on this one. This is the best I could do.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Glorious Is Thy Name

Saturday··2014·08·23
Glorious Is Thy Name Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name. 1 Chronicles 29:13 Blessed Savior, we adore Thee, We Thy love and grace proclaim; Thou art mighty, Thou art holy, Glorious is Thy matchless name!Refrain Glorious, Glorious, Glorious is Thy name, O Lord! Glorious, Glorious, Glorious is Thy name, O Lord! Great Redeemer, Lord and Master, Light of all eternal days; Let the saints from ev’ry nation Sing Thy just and endless praise! Refrain From the throne of heaven’s glory To the cross of sin and shame, Thou didst come and die a ransom, Guilty sinners to reclaim! Refrain Come, O come, Immortal Savior, Come and take Thy royal throne; Come and reign, and reign forever, Be the Kingdom all Thine own! Refrain —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: May Jesus Christ Be Praised

Saturday··2014·08·30
May Jesus Christ Be Praised Christ . . . is over all, God blessed forever. Romans 9:5 When morning gilds the skies, my heart awaking cries, May Jesus Christ be praised! Alike at work and prayer to Jesus I repair, May Jesus Christ be praised! Does sadness fill my mind? A solace here I find, May Jesus Christ be praised! Or fades my earthly bliss? My comfort still is this, May Jesus Christ be praised! The night becomes as day, When from the heart we say, May Jesus Christ be praised! The powers of darkness fear When this sweet chant they hear, May Jesus Christ be praised! Ye nations of mankind, In this your concord find, May Jesus Christ be praised! Let all the earth around Ring joyous with the sound, May Jesus Christ be praised! Sing, suns and stars of space, Sing, ye that see His face, Sing, Jesus Christ be praised! God’s whole creation o’er, For aye and evermore Shall Jesus Christ be praised! Be this, while life is mine, my canticle divine, May Jesus Christ be praised! Be this th’eternal song eternal song through all the ages long, May Jesus Christ be praised! —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Fairest Lord Jesus

Saturday··2014·09·06
Fairest Lord Jesus Your eyes will see the King in His beauty; Isaiah 33:17 Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature, O Thou of God and man the Son; Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor, Thou my soul’s glory, joy and crown. Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands, Robed in the blooming garb of spring; Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer, Who makes the woeful heart to sing. Fair is the sunshine, Fairer still the moonlight, And all the twinkling starry host; Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer Than all the angels heaven can boast. Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations! Son of God and Son of Man! Glory and honor, praise, adoration, Now and forever more be Thine! —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Our Great Savior

Saturday··2014·09·13
Our Great Savior our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us Titus 2:13–14 Jesus! what a Friend for sinners! Jesus! Lover of my soul; Friends may fail me, foes assail me, He, my Savior, makes me whole. Refrain: Hallelujah! what a Savior! Hallelujah! what a Friend! Saving, helping, keeping, loving, He is with me to the end. Jesus! what a Strength in weakness! Let me hide myself in Him; Tempted, tried, and sometimes failing, He, my Strength, my vict’ry wins. Refrain Jesus! what a Help in sorrow! While the billows o’er me roll, Even when my heart is breaking, He, my Comfort, helps my soul. Refrain Jesus! what a Guide and Keeper! While the tempest still is high, Storms about me, night o’ertakes me, He, my pilot, hears my cry. Refrain Jesus! I do now receive Him, More than all in Him I find, He hath granted me forgiveness, I am His, and He is mine. Refrain —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Love Divine

Saturday··2014·09·20
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 1 John 4:9 Love divine, all loves excelling, Joy of heav’n, to earth come down. Fix in us thy humble dwelling, All thy faithful mercies crown. Jesus, Thou art all compassion, Pure unbounded love Thou art; Visit us with Thy salvation, Enter every trembling heart. Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit Into ev’ry troubled breast! Let us all in Thee inherit, Let us find Thy promised rest. Take away our bent to sinning, Alpha and Omega be; End of faith, as its beginning, Set our hearts at liberty. Come, almighty to deliver, Let us all Thy life receive; Suddenly return, and never, Nevermore Thy temples leave. Thee we would be always blessing, Serve Thee as Thy hosts above, Pray and praise Thee without ceasing, Glory in Thy perfect love. Finish then Thy new creation, Pure and spotless let us be; Let us see Thy great salvation Perfectly restored in Thee: Changed from glory into glory, Till in heav’n we take our place, Till we cast our crowns before Thee, Lost in wonder, love, and praise! —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music). This video starts out rough, but it’s worth the wait.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

Saturday··2014·09·27
How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours 1 Corinthians 1:2 How sweet the name of Jesus sounds In a believer’s ear! It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds, And drives away his fear. It makes the wounded spirit whole And calms the troubled breast; ’Tis manna to the hungry soul And to the weary, rest. Dear name! the rock on which I build, My Shield and Hiding place; My never-failing treasure, filled With boundless stores of grace. Jesus, my Shepherd, Brother, Friend, My Prophet, Priest, and King, My Lord, my Life, my Way, my End, Accept the praise I bring. Till then I would Thy love proclaim With ev’ry fleeting breath; And may the music of Thy name Refresh my soul in death. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

Saturday··2014·10·04
All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name . . . Jesus Christ is Lord Philippians 2:9–11 All hail the pow’r of Jesus’ name! Let angels prostrate fall, Let angels prostrate fall; Bring forth the royal diadem, And crown Him, Crown Him, crown Him, crown Him, And crown Him, Lord of all. Ye chosen seed of Israel’s race, Ye ransomed from the fall, Ye ransomed from the fall; Hail Him who saves you by His grace, And crown Him, Crown Him, crown Him, crown Him, And crown Him, Lord of all. Let every kindred, every tribe, On this terrestrial ball, On this terrestrial ball; To Him al majesty ascribe, And crown Him, Crown Him, crown Him, crown Him, And crown Him, Lord of all. O that with yonder sacred throng We at His feet may fall, We at His feet may fall! We’ll join the everlasting song, And crown Him, Crown Him, crown Him, crown Him, And crown Him, Lord of all. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Praise Him

Saturday··2014·10·11
Praise Him! Worthy are You . . . for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. Revelation 5:9 Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer! Sing, O Earth, His wonderful love proclaim! Hail Him! hail Him! highest archangels in glory; Strength and honor give to His holy Name! Like a shepherd, Jesus will guard His children, In His arms He carries them all day long: Refrain Praise Him! Praise Him! Tell of His excellent greatness; Praise Him! Praise Him! Ever in joyful song! Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer! For our sins He suffered, and bled, and died; He our Rock, our hope of eternal salvation, Hail Him! hail Him! Jesus the Crucified. Sound His praises! Jesus who bore our sorrows; Love unbounded, wonderful, deep and strong: Refrain Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer! Heav’nly portals loud with hosannas ring! Jesus, Savior, reigneth forever and ever; Crown Him! Crown Him! Prophet, and Priest, and King! Christ is coming! over the world victorious, Pow’r and glory unto the Lord belong: Refrain —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Come, Christians, Join to Sing

Saturday··2014·10·18
Come, Christians, Join to Sing! singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks Ephesians 5:19–20 Come, Christians, join to sing Alleluia! Amen! Loud praise to Christ our King; Alleluia! Amen! Let all, with heart and voice, Before His throne rejoice; Praise is His gracious choice: Alleluia! Amen! Come, lift your hearts on high, Alleluia! Amen! Let praises fill the sky; Alleluia! Amen! He is our Guide and Friend;To us He’ll condescend; His love shall never end: Alleluia! Amen! Praise yet our Christ again,Alleluia! Amen! Life shall not end the strain; Alleluia! Amen! On heaven’s blissful shore His goodness we’ll adore, Singing forevermore, “Alleluia! Amen!” —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Majestic Sweetness Sits Enthroned

Saturday··2014·10·25
Majestic Sweetness Sits Enthroned And all were . . . wondering at the gracious words which were falling from His lips; Luke 4:22 Majestic sweetness sits enthroned Upon the Savior’s brow; His head with radiant glories crowned, His lips with grace o’erflow, His lips with grace o’erflow. No mortal can with Him compare Among the sons of men; Fairer is He than all the fair Who fill the heav’nly train, Who fill the heav’nly train. He saw me plunged in deep distress And flew to my relief; For me He bore the shameful cross, And carried all my grief, And carried all my grief. To Him I owe my life and breath And all the joys I have; He makes me triumph over death And saves me from the grave, And saves me from the grave. Since from His bounty I receive Such proofs of love divine, Had I a thousand hearts to give, Lord, they should all be Thine, Lord, they should all be Thine. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Join All the Glorious Names

Saturday··2014·11·01
Join All the Glorious Names . . . far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named . . . Ephesians 1:22 Join all the glorious names Of wisdom, love, and pow’r, That ever mortals knew, That angels ever bore: All are too mean to speak His worth, To poor to set my Savior forth. Great Prophet of my God, My tongue would bless Thy Name: By Thee the joyful news Of our salvation came, The joyful news of sin forgiv’n, Of hell subdued, and peace with Heav’n. Jesus, my great High Priest, Offered His blood, and died; My guilty conscience seeks No sacrifice beside: His pow’rful blood did once atone And now it pleads before the throne. Thou art my Counsellor, My Pattern, and my Guide, And Thou my Shepherd art; O, keep me near thy side; Nor let my feet e’er turn astray To wander in the crooked way. My Savior and my Lord, My Conqu’ror and my King, Thy scepter and Thy sword, Thy reigning grace, I sing: Thine is the pow’r; behold I sit In willing bonds beneath Thy feet. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: We Come, O Christ, to You

Saturday··2014·11·08
We Come, O Christ, to You Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life. John 6:68 We come, O Christ to You, True Son of God and man, By Whom all things consist, In Whom all life began: In You alone we live and move, And have our being in Your love. You are the Way to God, Your blood our ransom paid; In You we face our Judge And Maker unafraid. Before the throne absolved we stand, Your love has met Your law’s demand. You are the living Truth! All wisdom dwells in You, You source of every skill, The One Eternal True! You great I Am! In You we rest, sure answer to our every quest. You only are true Life, To know You is to live The more abundant life That earth can never give: O risen Lord! We live in You: In us each day Your life renew! We worship You, Lord Christ, Our Savior and our King, To You our Youth and strength Adoringly we bring: So fill our hearts, that all may view Your life in us, and turn to You! —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Saturday··2014·11·15
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel. O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer Our spirits by Thine advent here; Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, And death’s dark shadows put to flight. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel. O come, Thou Wisdom from on high, And order all things far and nigh; To us the path of knowledge show, And cause us in her ways to go. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel. O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free Thine own from Satan’s tyranny; From depths of hell Thy people save, And give them victory over the grave. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel. O come, Desire of nations, bind All peoples in one heart and mind; Bid envy, strife and quarrels cease, Fill all the world with heaven’s peace. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

Saturday··2014·11·22
Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives Isaiah 61:1 Come, Thou long-expected Jesus, Born to set Thy people free; From our fears and sins release us; Let us find our rest in Thee. Israel’s Strength and Consolation, Hope of all the earth Thou art; Dear Desire of ev’ry nation, Joy of ev’ry longing heart. Born Thy people to deliver, Born a child and yet a King, Born to reign in us forever, Now Thy gracious kingdom bring. By Thine own eternal Spirit Rule in all our hearts alone; By Thine all sufficient merit, Raise us to Thy glorious throne. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne

Saturday··2014·11·29
Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. John 1:1 Thou didst leave Thy throne and Thy kingly crown When Thou camest to earth for me; But in Bethlehem’s home was there found no room For Thy holy nativity. O come to my heart, Lord Jesus— There is room in my heart For Thee! Heaven’s arches rang when the angels sang, Proclaiming Thy royal degree; But of lowly birth didst Thou come to earth, And in great humility. O come to my heart, Lord Jesus— There is room in my heart For Thee! The foxes found rest, and the birds their nest In the shade of the forest tree; But Thy couch was the sod, O Thou Son of God, In the deserts of Galilee. O come to my heart, Lord Jesus— There is room in my heart For Thee! Thou camest, O Lord, with the living Word That should set Thy people free; But with mocking scorn and with crown of thorn They bore Thee to Calvary. O come to my heart, Lord Jesus— There is room in my heart For Thee! When the heav’ns shall ring, and the angels shall sing At Thy coming to victory, Let Thy voice call me home, saying “Yet there is room— There is room at My side For Thee.” My heart shall rejoice, Lord Jesus, When Thou comest and callest for me! —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

Saturday··2014·12·06
Hark! the Herald Angels Sing Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased. Luke 2:14 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!” Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King.” Christ, by highest heav’n adored; Christ the everlasting Lord! Late in time, behold Him come, Offspring of the Virgin’s womb: Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; Hail th’incarnate Deity, Pleased with us in flesh to dwell, Jesus our Emmanuel. Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King.” Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun 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. Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King.” —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

Saturday··2014·12·20
Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse . . . Isaiah 11:1 Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming from tender stem hath sprung! Of Jesse’s lineage coming, as men of old have sung. It came, a floweret bright, amid the cold of winter, When half-gone was the night. Isaiah ’twas foretold it, the Rose I have in mind; With Mary we behold it, the virgin mother kind. To show God’s love aright, she bore to men a Savior, When half-gone was the night. This Flower, whose fragrance tender with sweetness fills the air, Dispels with glorious splendor the darkness everywhere. True Man, yet very God, from sin and death He saves us And lightens every load. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: As with Gladness Men of Old

Saturday··2014·12·27
As with Gladness Men of Old When they saw the star, they rejoiced . . . and worshiped Him. Matthew 2:10–11 As with gladness, men of old Did the guiding star behold, As with joy they hailed its light, Leading onward, beaming bright, So, most gracious Lord, may we Evermore be led to Thee. As with joyful steps they sped To that lowly manger bed, There to bend the knee before Him Whom Heaven and earth adore, So may we with willing feet Ever seek the mercy seat. As they offered gifts most rare At that manger rude and bare, So may we with holy joy, Pure and free from sin’s alloy, All our costliest treasures bring, Christ, to Thee, our heav’nly King. Holy Jesus, every day Keep us in the narrow way; And when earthly things are past, Bring our ransomed souls at last Where they need no star to guide, Where no clouds Thy glory hide. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: One Day

Saturday··2015·01·24
One Day When they saw the star, they rejoiced . . . and worshiped Him. Matthew 2:10 11 One day when Heaven was filled with His praises, One day when sin was as black as could be, Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin, Dwelt among men—my Example is He! Refrain Living—He loved me, dying—He saved me, Buried—He carried my sins far away; Rising—He justified freely forever: One day He’s coming—O glorious day! One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain, One day they nailed Him to die on the tree; Suffering anguish, despised and rejected, Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He! Refrain One day they left Him alone in the garden, One day He rested, from suffering free; Angels came down o’er His tomb to keep vigil— Hope of the hopeless, my Savior is He! Refrain One day the grave could conceal Him no longer, One day the stone rolled away from the door; Then He arose, over death He had conquered, Now is ascended, my Lord evermore! Refrain One day the trumpet will sound for His coming, One day the skies with His glories will shine; Wonderful day, my belovèd ones bringing! Glorious Savior, this Jesus is mine! Refrain —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: All Glory

Saturday··2016·01·09
All Glory, Laud and Honor Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel. John 12:13 All glory, laud and honor, To Thee, Redeemer, King, To Whom the lips of children Made sweet hosannas ring: Thou art the King of Israel, Thou David’s royal Son, Who in the Lord’s Name comest, The King and Blessèd One. The company of angels Are praising Thee on high, And mortal men and all things Created make reply: The people of the Hebrews With palms before Thee went: Our prayer and praise and anthems Before Thee we present. To Thee, before Thy passion, They sang their hymns of praise; To Thee, now high exalted, Our melody we raise: Thou didst accept their praises— Accept the prayers we bring, Who in all good delightest, Thou good and gracious King. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: What a Savior

Friday··2016·01·15
Hallelujah! What a Savior! He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; Isaiah 53:3 “Man of Sorrows!” what a name For the Son of God, who came Ruined sinners to reclaim. Hallelujah! What a Savior! Bearing shame and scoffing rude, In my place condemned He stood— Sealed my pardon with His blood: Hallelujah! What a Savior! Guilty, vile, and helpless we, Spotless Lamb of God was He; Full atonement! can it be? Hallelujah! What a Savior! Lifted up was He to die, “It is finished!” was His cry; Now in Heav’n exalted high: Hallelujah! What a Savior! When He comes, our glorious King, All His ransomed home to bring, Then anew this song we’ll sing: Hallelujah! What a Savior! —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: What Wondrous Love

Saturday··2016·01·23
What Wondrous Love Is This . . . he who is hanged is accursed of God . . . Deuteronomy 21:23 What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul! What wondrous love is this, O my soul! What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul, To bear the dreadful curse for my soul? When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down, When I was sinking down, sinking down, When I was sinking down beneath God’s righteous frown, Christ laid aside his crown for my soul, for my soul, Christ laid aside his crown for my soul. To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing, To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, To God and to the Lamb who is the great “I am,” While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing, While millions join the theme, I will sing. And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on, And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be, And through eternity, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on, And through eternity I’ll sing on. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: O Sacred Head

Saturday··2016·01·30
O Sacred Head, Now Wounded They dressed Him up in purple, and after twisting a crown of thorns, they put it on Him; Mark 15:17 O sacred Head, now wounded, With grief and shame weighed down, Now scornfully surrounded With thorns, Thine only crown, How Pale Thou art with anguish, With sore abuse and scorn, How doth Thy visage languish Which once was bright as morn! What Thou, my Lord, hast suffered, Was all for sinners’ gain; Mine, mine was the transgression, But Thine the deadly pain. Lo, here I fall, my Savior; ’Tis I deserve Thy place; Look on me with Thy favor, Assist me with Thy grace. What language shall I borrow To thank Thee, dearest Friend, For this Thy dying sorrow, Thy pity without end? O make me Thine forever, And should I fainting be, Lord, let me never, never Outlive my love to Thee. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music). O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden Joy Tuggy, 91 years old

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Beneath the Cross

Saturday··2016·02·06
Beneath the Cross of Jesus But standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother . . . John 19:25 Beneath the cross of Jesus I fain would take my stand— The shadow of a mighty Rock Within a weary land; A home within the wilderness, A rest upon the way, From the burning of the noontide heat, And the burden of the day. Upon that cross of Jesus Mine eye at times can see The very dying form of One Who suffered there for me; And from my stricken heart with tears Two wonders I confess— The wonders of redeeming love And my own worthlessness. I take, O cross, thy shadow For my abiding place; I ask no other sunshine than the sunshine of His face; Content to let the world go by, To know no gain nor loss, My sinful self my only shame, My glory all the cross. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: In the Cross of Christ

Saturday··2016·02·13
In the Cross of Christ I Glory fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 In the cross of Christ I glory, Tow’ring o’er the wrecks of time; All the light of sacred story Gathers round its head sublime. When the woes of life o’ertake me, Hopes deceive, and fears annoy, Never shall the cross forsake me: Lo! it glows with peace and joy. When the sun of bliss is beaming Light and love upon my way, From the cross the radiance streaming Adds more luster to the day. Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure, By the cross are sanctified; Peace is there that knows no measure, Joys that thro’ all time abide. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Saturday··2016·02·20
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross They shall look on Him whom they pierced. John 19:37 When I survey the wondrous cross On which the Prince of glory died, My richest gain I count but loss, And pour contempt on all my pride. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, Save in the death of Christ my God; All the vain things that charm me most— I sacrifice them to His blood. See from His head, His hands, His feet, Sorrow and love flow mingled down; Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, Or thorns compose so rich a crown? Were the whole realm of nature mine, That were a present far too small: Love so amazing, so divine, Demands my soul, my life, my all. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: The Old Rugged Cross

Saturday··2016·02·27
The Old rugged CrossBeing found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:8 On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross, The emblem of suff’ring and shame; And I love that old cross where the dearest and best For a world of lost sinners was slain. Refrain So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross, Till my trophies at last I lay down; I will cling to the old rugged cross, And exchange it some day for a crown. O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world, Has a wondrous attraction for me; For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above To bear it to dark Calvary. Refrain In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine, A wondrous beauty I see; For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died, To pardon and sanctify me. Refrain To the old rugged cross I will ever be true, Its shame and reproach gladly bear; Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away, Where His glory forever I’ll share. Refrain —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Arise, My Soul, Arise

Saturday··2016·03·05
Arise, My Soul, AriseTherefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25 Arise, my soul, arise, Shake off thy guilty fears. The bleeding sacrifice In my behalf appears. Before the throne my Surety stands, Before the throne my Surety stands; My name is written on His hands. He ever lives above For me to intercede, His all redeeming love, His precious blood to plead. His blood atoned for all our race,* His blood atoned for all our race, And sprinkles now the throne of grace. Five bleeding wounds He bears, Received on Calvary. They pour effectual prayers; they strongly plead for me. “Forgive him, O forgive,” they cry, “Forgive him, O forgive,” they cry, “Nor let that ransomed sinner die.“ The Father hears Him pray, His dear Anointed One; He cannot turn away The presence of His Son. His Spirit answers to the blood, His Spirit answers to the blood, And tells me I am born of God. My God is reconciled; His pard’ning voice I hear. He owns me for His child; I can no longer fear. With confidence I now draw nigh, With confidence I now draw nigh, And “Father, Abba, Father,” cry. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music). * This hymn comes with the same disclaimer as this: “. . . in spite of the implication of universal atonement.”

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Rock of Ages

Saturday··2016·03·12
Rock of Agesthey were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ. 1 Corinthians 10:4 Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee; Let the water and the blood, From Thy riven side which flowed, Be of sin the double cure, Save me from its guilt and pow’r. Not the labor of my hands Can fulfill Thy law’s demands; Could my zeal no respite know, Could my tears forever flow, All for sin could not atone; Thou must save, and Thou alone. Nothing in my hands I bring, Simply to Thy cross I cling; Naked, come to Thee for dress, Helpless, look to Thee for grace; Foul, I to the fountain fly, Wash me, Savior, or I die! While I draw this fleeting breath, When my eyes shall close in death, When I soar to worlds unknown, See Thee on Thy judgment throne, Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed

Saturday··2016·03·19
Alas! and Did My Savior BleedFor the word of the cross . . . is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18 Alas! and did my Savior bleed? And did my Sov’reign die? Would he devote that sacred head For sinners such as I? Was it for crimes that I had done He suffered on the tree? Amazing pity! grace unknown! And love beyond degree! Well might the sun in darkness hide, And shut his glories in, When Christ, the great Redeemer, died For man the creature’s sin. Thus might I hide my blushing face While His dear cross appears, Dissolve my heart in thankfulness, And melt mine eyes to tears. But drops of grief can ne’er repay The debt of love I owe; Here, Lord, I give myself away— ’Tis all that I can do. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Jesus Paid It All

Saturday··2016·03·26
Jesus Paid It AllFor you have been bought with a price 1 Corinthians 6:20 I hear the Savior say, “Thy strength indeed is small! Child of weakness, watch and pray, Find in Me thine all in all.” Refrain: Jesus paid it all, All to Him I owe; Sin had left a crimson stain— He washed it white as snow. Lord, now indeed I find Thy pow’r and Thine alone, Can change the leper’s spots And melt the heart of stone. Refrain For nothing good have I Whereby Thy grace to claim— I’ll wash my garments white In the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb. Refrain And when before the throne I stand in Him complete, “Jesus died my soul to save,” My lips shall still repeat. Refrain —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Christ the Lord Is Risen Today

Saturday··2016·04·02
Christ the Lord Is Risen TodayO death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? 1 Corinthians 15:55 Christ, the Lord, is ris’n today, Alleluia! Sons of men and angels say: Alleluia! Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia! Sing, ye heav’ns, and earth, reply: Alleluia! Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia! Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia! Dying once He all doth save, Alleluia! Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia! Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia! Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia! Death in vain forbids Him rise, Alleluia! Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia! Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia! Foll’wing our exalted Head, Alleluia! Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia! Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia! —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Jesus Lives

Saturday··2016·04·16
Jesus Lives, and So Shall IBut now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. 1 Corinthians 15:20 Jesus lives, and so shall I: Death, thy sting is gone forever! He who deigned for me to die, Lives, the bands of death to sever. He shall raise me from the dust: Jesus is my hope and trust. Jesus lives, and reigns supreme, And, his kingdom still remaining, I shall also be with him, Ever living, ever reigning. God has promised—be it must: Jesus is my hope and trust. Jesus lives—and by his grace, Vict’ry o’er my passions giving, I will change my heart and ways,* Ever to his glory living. Me he raises from the dust: Jesus is my hope and trust. Jesus lives— I know full well Nought from him my heart can sever, Life nor death nor powers of hell, Joy nor grief, hence forth forever. None of all his saints is lost: Jesus is my hope and trust. Jesus lives—and death is now But my entrance into glory; Courage, then, my soul, for thou Hast a crown of life before thee. Thou shalt find thy hopes were just: Jesus is my hope and trust. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music). * Not the best wording here. I may be able to change my ways to a limited extent, but only God can change my heart.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Thine Is the Glory

Saturday··2017·01·07
Thine Is the Glory But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory.” 1 Corinthians 15:54 Thine is the glory, risen, conqu’ring Son; Endless is the vict’ry thou o’er death hast won! Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away, Kept the folded grave-clothes where thy body lay. Refrain: Thine is the glory, risen, conq’ering Son; Endless is the vict’ry thou o’er death hast won. Lo, Jesus meets thee, risen from the tomb; Lovingly he greets thee, scatters fear and gloom; Let his church with gladness, hymns of triumph sing, For the Lord now liveth; death hath lost its sting. Refrain No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of life! Life is naught without thee; aid us in our strife; Make us more than conqu’rors, through thy deathless love; Bring us safe through Jordan with Thy power and love. Refrain —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: The Lord Is King

Saturday··2017·01·14
Rejoice, the Lord Is King Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Philippians 4:4 Rejoice, the Lord is King! Your Lord and King adore! Rejoice, give thanks and sing, and triumph evermore: Lift up your heart, lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say, rejoice! The Lord, our Savior, reigns, the God of truth and love; When He had purged our stains, He took His seat above; Lift up your heart, lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say, rejoice! His kingdom cannot fail, He rules o’er earth and Heav’n; The keys of death and hell are to our Jesus giv’n; Lift up your heart, lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say, rejoice! Rejoice in glorious hope! Our Lord the Judge shall come And take His servants up to their eternal home. Lift up your heart, lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say, rejoice! —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Jesus Shall Reign

Saturday··2017·01·21
Jesus Shall Reign May he also rule from sea to sea And from the River to the ends of the earth. Psalm 72:8 Jesus shall reign where’er the sun Does His successive journeys run; His kingdom spread from shore to shore, Till moons shall wax and wane no more. To him shall endless prayer be made, And endless praises crown His head; His name like sweet perfume shall rise With ev’ry morning sacrifice. People and realms of ev’ry tongue Dwell on His love with sweetest song; And infant voices shall proclaim Their early blessings on His name. Let ev’ry creature rise and bring His grateful honors to our King; Angels descend with songs again, And earth repeat the loud “Amen!” —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Crown Him

Saturday··2017·01·28
Crown Him with Many Crowns His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. Revelation 19:12 Crown Him with many crowns, The Lamb upon His throne; Hark! How the heav’nly anthem drowns All music but its own! Awake, my soul, and sing Of Him who died for thee, And hail Him as thy matchless King Thru all eternity. Crown Him the Lord of love: Behold His hands and side— Rich wounds, yet visible above, In beauty glorified. No angel in the sky Can fully bear that sight, But downward bends his wondr’ing eye At mysteries so bright. Crown Him the Lord of life: Who triumphed o’er the grave, Who rose victorious to the strife for those He came to save. His glories now we sing, Who died, and rose on high, Who died eternal life to bring, And lives that death may die. Crown Him the Lord of heav’n: One with the Father known, One with the Spirit thru Him giv’n From yonder glorious throne. To Thee be endless praise, For Thou for us hast died; Be Thou, O Lord, thru endless days Adored and magnified. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Lo, He Comes

Saturday··2017·02·04
Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. Matthew 24:30 Lo! He comes with clouds descending, Once for favored sinners slain; Thousand thousand saints attending, Swell the triumph of His train: Allelujah! Aallelujah! God appears on earth to reign. Every eye shall now behold Him Robed in dreadful majesty; Those who set at naught and sold Him, Pierced and nailed Him to the tree, Deeply wailing, deeply wailing, Shall the true Messiah see. Now redemption, long expected, See in solemn pomp appear; All His saints, by man rejected, Now shall meet Him in the air: Allelujah! Aallelujah! See the day of God appear. Yea, Amen! let all adore Thee, High on Thine eternal throne; Savior, take the power and glory, Claim the kingdom for Thine own; O come quickly! O come quickly! Everlasting God, come down. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Holy, Holy, Holy

Saturday··2017·02·11
Holy, Holy, Holy Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come. Revelation 4:8 Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee; Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty! God in three Persons, blessed Trinity! Holy, holy, holy! all the saints adore Thee, Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea; Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee, Which wert, and art, and evermore shall be. Holy, holy, holy! though the darkness hide Thee, Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see; Only Thou art holy—there is none beside Thee, Perfect in pow’r, in love, and purity. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! All Thy works shall praise Thy name, in earth, and sky, and sea; Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty! God in three Persons, blessed Trinity! —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Praise Ye the Triune God

Saturday··2017·02·18
Praise Ye the Triune God I will bow down toward Your holy temple And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth . . . Psalm 138:2 Praise ye the Father for His lovingkindness; Tenderly cares He for His erring children; Praise Him, ye angels, praise Him in the heavens, Praise ye Jehovah! Praise ye the Savior—great is His compassion; Graciously cares He for His chosen people; Young men and maidens, ye old men and children, Praise ye the Savior! Praise ye the Spirit—Comforter of Israel, Sent of the Father and the Son to bless us; Praise ye the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Praise ye the Triune God! —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Come, Thou Almighty King

Saturday··2017·02·25
Come, Thou Almighty King For the Lord is a great God And a great King above all gods Psalm 95:3 Come, Thou almighty King, Help us Thy Name to sing, Help us to praise: Father! all-glorious, O’er all victorious, Come and reign over us, Ancient of Days. Come, Thou incarnate Word, Gird on Thy mighty sword, Our prayer attend! Come, and Thy people bless, And give Thy word success: Spirit of holiness, On us descend. Come, holy Comforter, Thy sacred witness bear In this glad hour! Thou who almighty art, Now rule in ev’ry heart And ne’er from us depart, Spirit of pow’r. To Thee, great One in Three, Eternal praises be, Hence, evermore; Thy sov’reign majesty May we in glory see, And to eternity Love and adore. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: God, Our Father, We Adore Thee

Saturday··2017·03·04
God, Our Father, We Adore Thee Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Matthew 6:9 God, our Father, we adore Thee! We, Thy children, bless Thy Name! Chosen in the Christ before Thee, we are “holy without blame.” We adore Thee! We adore Thee! Abba’s praises we proclaim! We adore Thee! We adore Thee! Abba’s praises we proclaim! Son Eternal, we adore Thee! Lamb upon the throne on high! Lamb of God, we bow before Thee, Thou hast brought Thy people nigh! We adore Thee! We adore Thee! Son of God, who came to die! We adore Thee! We adore Thee! Son of God, who came to die! Holy Spirit, we adore Thee! Paraclete and heav’nly Guest! Sent from God and from the Savior, Thou hast led us into rest. We adore Thee! We adore Thee! By Thy grace forever blessed: We adore Thee! We adore Thee! By Thy grace forever blessed! Father, Son, and Holy Spirit— Three in One! We give Thee praise! For the riches we inherit, heart and voice to Thee we raise! We adore Thee! We adore Thee! Thee we bless, thro’ endless days! We adore Thee! We adore Thee! Thee we bless, thro’ endless days! —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: O Word of God Incarnate

Saturday··2017·03·11
O Word of God Incarnate The unfolding of Your words gives light; Psalm 119:130 O Word of God incarnate, O Wisdom from on high, O Truth, unchanged, unchanging, O Light of our dark sky; We praise Thee for the radiance That from the hallowed page, A lantern to our footsteps, Shines on from age to age. The Church from her dear Master Received the gift divine, And still that light she lifteth O’er all the earth to shine. It is the golden casket, Where gems of truth are stored; It is the heav’n-drawn picture Of Christ the living Word. It floateth like a banner Before God’s host unfurled; It shineth like a beacon Above the darkling world; It is the chart and compass That o’er life’s surging sea, ’Mid mists and rocks and quicksands, Still guide, O Christ, to Thee. O make Thy Church, dear Savior, A lamp of burnished gold, To bear before the nations Thy sure light as of old. O teach Thy wand’ring pilgrims By this their path to trace, Till, clouds and darkness ended, They see Thee face to face. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Holy Bible

Saturday··2017·03·18
Holy Bible, Book Divine All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 2 Timothy 3:16 Holy Bible, Book divine, Precious treasure, thou art mine; Mine to tell me whence I came; Mine to teach me what I am. Mine to chide me when I rove; Mine to show a Savior’s love; Mine thou art to guide and guard; Mine to punish or reward. Mine to comfort in distress; Suff’ring in this wilderness; Mine to show, by living faith, Man can triumph over death. Mine to tell of joys to come, And the rebel sinner’s doom; O thou holy Book divine, Precious treasure, thou art mine. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: How Firm a Foundation

Saturday··2017·03·25
How Firm a Foundation Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, ”The Lord knows those who are His,” 2 Timothy 2:19 How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word! What more can He say than to you He hath said, To you, who for refuge to Jesus have fled? “Fear not, I am with thee; O be not dismayed, For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid; I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand, Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand. “When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie, My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply: The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine. “The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose I will not, I will not, desert to its foes; That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake, I’ll never, no never, no never forsake!” —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken

Saturday··2017·04·01
Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God. Psalm 87:3 Glorious things of thee are spoken, Zion, city of our God; He, whose word cannot be broken Formed thee for His own abode; On the Rock of Ages founded, What can shake thy sure repose? With salvation’s walls surrounded, Thou mayst smile at all thy foes. See, the streams of living waters, Springing from eternal Love, Well supply thy sons and daughters, And all fear of want remove. Who can faint, while such a river Ever flows their thirst to assuage? Grace which, like the Lord, the Giver, Never fails from age to age! Round each habitation hovering, See the cloud and fire appear For a glory and a covering, Showing that the Lord is near! Thus deriving from their banner Light by night and shade by day, Safe they feed upon the manna Which he gives them when they pray. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Come, Ye Sinners

Saturday··2017·04·15
Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy Let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost. Revelation 22:17 Come, ye sinners, poor and needy, Weak and wounded, sick and sore; Jesus ready stands to save you, Full of pity, love and pow’r. Refrain I will arise and go to Jesus, He will embrace me in His arms; In the arms of my dear Savior, O there are ten thousand charms. Come, ye thirsty, come, and welcome, God’s free bounty glorify; True belief and true repentance, Every grace that brings you nigh. Refrain Let not conscience make you linger, Not of fitness fondly dream; All the fitness He requireth Is to feel your need of Him. Refrain Come, ye weary, heavy laden, Lost and ruined by the fall; If you tarry till you’re better, You will never come at all. Refrain —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: I Lay My Sins on Jesus

Saturday··2017·04·22
I Lay My Sins on Jesus The Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him. Isaiah 53:6 I lay my sins on Jesus, The spotless Lamb of God; He bears them all and frees us From the accursed load. I bring my guilt to Jesus, To wash my crimson stains White in His blood most precious, Till not a spot remains. I lay my wants on Jesus—All fulness dwells in Him; He heals all my diseases, He doth my soul redeem. I lay my griefs on Jesus, My burdens and my cares; He from them all releases, He all my sorrows shares. I long to be like Jesus—Meek, loving, lowly, mild; I long to be like Jesus—The Father’s holy Child. I long to be with Jesus, Amid the heav’nly throng, To sing with saints His praises, To learn the angels’ song. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music) [original source and full text here]. The tune in this hymnal, and the one to which I am accustomed, is Crucifix. I couldn’t find a video of that tune, so this will have to do:

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Blessed Assurance

Saturday··2017·04·29
Blessed Assurance* Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. James 5:13 Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! O what a foretaste of glory divine! Heir of salvation, purchase of God, Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood. Refrain This is my story, this is my song, Praising my Savior, all the day long; This is my story, this is my song, Praising my Savior, all the day long. Perfect submission, perfect delight, Visions of rapture now burst on my sight; Angels descending bring from above Echoes of mercy, whispers of love. Refrain Perfect submission, all is at rest I in my Savior am happy and blest, Watching and waiting, looking above, Filled with His goodness, lost in His love. Refrain —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music). * I like this song, but it’s not all it should be. Here’s why.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Hiding In Thee

Saturday··2017·05·13
Hiding In Thee Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:2 O safe to the Rock that is higher than I, My soul in its conflicts and sorrows would fly; So sinful, so weary, Thine, Thine, would I be; Thou blest Rock of Ages, I’m hiding in Thee. Refrain: Hiding in Thee, hiding in Thee, Thou blest Rock of Ages, I’m hiding in Thee. In the calm of the noontide, in sorrow’s lone hour, In times when temptation casts o’er me its pow’r; In the tempests of life, on its wide, heaving sea, Thou blest Rock of Ages, I’m hiding in Thee. Refrain How oft in the conflict, when press’d by the foe, I have fled to my Refuge and breathed out my woe; How often, when trials like sea billows roll, Have I hidden in Thee, O Thou Rock of my soul. Refrain —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: ’Tis So Sweet

Saturday··2017·05·20
’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. John 14:1 ’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, Just to take Him at His Word, Just to rest upon His promise, Just to know, “Thus saith the Lord.” Refrain: Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him! How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er! Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! O for grace to trust Him more! O how sweet to trust in Jesus, Just to trust His cleansing blood, Just in simple faith to plunge me ’Neath the healing, cleansing flood! Refrain Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus, Just from sin and self to cease, Just from Jesus simply taking Life and rest and joy and peace. Refrain I’m so glad I learned to trust Him, Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend; And I know that He is with me, Will be with me to the end. Refrain —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Moment by Moment

Saturday··2017·05·27
Moment by Moment Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. John 13:1 Dying with Jesus, by death reckoned mine; Living with Jesus, a new life divine; Looking to Jesus till glory doth shine, Moment by moment, O Lord, I am Thine. Refrain: Moment by moment I’m kept in His love; Moment by moment I’ve life from above; Looking to Jesus till glory doth shine; Moment by moment, O Lord, I am Thine. Never a trial that He is not there, Never a burden that He doth not bear, Never a sorrow that He doth not share, Moment by moment, I’m under His care. Refrain Never a weakness that He doth not feel, Never a sickness that He cannot heal; Moment by moment, in woe or in weal, Jesus my Savior abides with me still. Refrain —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Under His Wings

Saturday··2017·06·03
Under His Wings Under His wings you may seek refuge; John 13:1 Under His wings I am safely abiding, Tho the night deepens and tempests are wild; Still I can trust Him, I know He will keep me, He has redeemed me and I am His child. Refrain: Under His wings, under His wings, Who from His love can sever? Under His wings my soul shall abide, Safely abide forever. Under His wings, what a refuge in sorrow! How the heart yearningly turns to His rest! Often when earth has no balm for my healing, There I find comfort, and there I am blessed. Refrain Under His wings, O what precious enjoyment! There will I hide till life’s trials are o’er; Sheltered, protected, no evil can harm me, Resting in Jesus, I’m safe evermore. Refrain —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Have Thine Own Way

Saturday··2017·06·10
Have Thine Own Way, Lord But now, O Lord, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand. Isaiah 64:8 Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way! Thou art the Potter, I am the clay. Mold me and make me after Thy will, While I am waiting, yielded and still. Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way! Search me and try me, Master, today! Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now, As in Thy presence humbly I bow. Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way! Wounded and weary, help me, I pray! Power, all power—surely is Thine! Touch me and heal me, Savior divine! Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way! Hold o’er my being absolute sway! Fill with Thy Spirit ’till all shall see Christ only, always, living in me! —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Take My Life

Saturday··2017·06·17
Take My Life and Let It Be Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. Leviticus11:44 Take my life and let it be Consecrated, Lord, to Thee; Take my moments and my days— Let them flow in ceaseless praise, Let them flow in ceaseless praise. Take my hands, and let them move At the impulse of Thy love; Take my feet and let them be Swift and beautiful for Thee, Swift and beautiful for Thee. Take my voice, and let me sing Always, only, for my King; Take my lips, and let them be Filled with messages from Thee, Filled with messages from Thee. Take my silver and my gold— Not a mite would I withhold; Take my intellect, and use Ev’ry pow’r as Thou shalt choose, Ev’ry pow’r as Thou shalt choose. Take my will, and make it Thine— It shall be no longer mine; Take my heart—it is Thine own; It shall be Thy royal throne, It shall be Thy royal throne. Take my love—my Lord, I pour At Thy feet its treasure store; Take myself—and I will be Ever, only, all for Thee, Ever, only, all for Thee. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Be Thou My Vision

Saturday··2017·06·24
Be Thou My Vision But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Philippians 3:7 Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart; Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art— Thou my best thought, by day or by night, Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light. Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word; I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord; Thou my great Father, I Thy true son, Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one. Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise, Thou mine inheritance, now and always; Thou and Thou only, first in my heart, High King of heaven, my Treasure Thou art. High King of heaven, my victory won, May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heav’n’s Sun! Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

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