Is He Worthy?

This is a powerful worship song to our Lord. We have been learning and singing this song in our church service in anticipation of being able to sing it well during our church dedication service coming up in September. We have been meeting in the gym of the local community college all summer while our sanctuary is being remodeled, adding room for 100 more seats and a baptistery. We are excited to see what God will be doing in the years to come at First Baptist Colville.

Keep Step With the Master ~ Hymn

Keep Step With the Master

Keep step with the Master, whatever betide;
Tho’ dark be the pathway, keep close to your guide;
While foes are alluring, and danger is near,
When walking with Jesus, you’ve nothing to fear.

Refrain

Keeping step, go bravely forward,
And thy courage still renew;
Daily walk with Christ your Savior,
He will lead you all the journey through.

Refrain

Keep step with the Master, wherever you go;
Thro’ darkness and shadow, the way He will show;
The light of His presence your path will illume,
And make all the desert a garden of bloom.

Refrain

Keep step with the Master, nor halt by the way;
Whate’er He commands you, oh, haste to obey!
Arise at His bidding, press on in His might;
While walking with Jesus, you’re sure to be right.

Refrain

Words: Fanny Crosby

ht: Cyberhymnal ’96

We recently found this CD of newly discovered songs by Fanny Crosby. Each hymn is sung by a different group and there are different styles for each song. We’ve really enjoyed all of them. The country style songs are a fun surprise.

Our Sun of Righteousness ~ Hymn

Our Sun of Righteousness

Resplendent sun! your brilliant beams
Should make my heart confess
A deeper awe of Him who is
Our Sun of Righteousness.
O little star, that sweetly shines
In heaven like a gem,
Your light recalls salvation’s star,
The Star of Bethlehem!

O falling rain, your welcome drops
Make drooping nature live;
Our Savior to all thirsting souls
Water of life will give.
O flower, opening to the sun,
Teach my heart ne’er to close
To Him whose pure, sweet life was like
The lily and the rose.

O guileless lamb, bring back to me
That life of toil and pain!
The sufferings of the heav’nly Lamb,
Who for my sins was slain.
Dear Savior, may we love Thee so,
That all good things may be
But mirrors, where our seeking eyes
Find images of Thee!

Words: Ida W. Harrison, 1893.

HT: Cyberhymnal

Lord, Speak to Me ~ Hymn

 

Lord, Speak to Me

Lord, speak to me that I may speak
In living echoes of Thy tone;
As Thou has sought, so let me seek
Thine erring children lost and lone.

O lead me, Lord, that I may lead
The wandering and the wavering feet;
O feed me, Lord, that I may feed
Thy hungering ones with manna sweet.

O strengthen me, that while I stand
Firm on the rock, and strong in Thee,
I may stretch out a loving hand
To wrestlers with the troubled sea.

O teach me, Lord, that I may teach
The precious things Thou dost impart;
And wing my words, that they may reach
The hidden depths of many a heart.

O give Thine own sweet rest to me,
That I may speak with soothing power
A word in season, as from Thee,
To weary ones in needful hour.

O fill me with Thy fullness, Lord,
Until my very heart overflow
In kindling thought and glowing word,
Thy love to tell, Thy praise to show.

O use me, Lord, use even me,
Just as Thou wilt, and when, and where,
Until Thy blessèd face I see,
Thy rest, Thy joy, Thy glory share.

Words: Frances R. Havergal, 1872.

The lectern stands as the location from which Christian Biblical lessons are given. Lecterns hold the Bible in place as the church leader reads various passages from it. Lecterns in the shape of an eagle hold special value within churches.

Eagle lecterns date back to early church history. Some of the earliest examples of church lecterns that are still in existence date back to the 13th century, such as the lectern located within All Saints’ Parish Church in Bedfordshire, England.

The eagle is the symbol used to depict John the Apostle, whose writing is said to most clearly witness the light and divinity of Christ.

Another reason for eagle-shaped lecterns lies in its symbolizing the word of God being read from the lectern and soaring its way to the ears of the churchgoers.

In Heavenly Love Abiding ~ Hymn

In Heavenly Love Abiding

In heavenly love abiding, no change my heart shall fear.
And safe in such confiding, for nothing changes here.
The storm may roar without me, my heart may low be laid,
But God is round about me, and can I be dismayed?

Wherever He may guide me, no want shall turn me back.
My shepherd is beside me, and nothing can I lack.
His wisdom ever waking, His sight is never dim.
He knows the way He’s taking, and I will walk with Him.

Green pastures are before me, which yet I have not seen.
Bright skies will soon be over me, where darkest clouds have been.
My hope I cannot measure, my path to life is free.
My Savior has my treasure, and He will walk with me.

Words: Anna Laetitia Waring, 1850.

It Passeth Knowledge ~ Hymn

It Passeth Knowledge

It passeth knowledge, that dear love of Thine!
My Jesus! Savior! yet this soul of mine
Would of that love, in all its depth and length,
Its height and breadth, and everlasting strength
Know more and more.

It passeth telling! that dear love of Thine!
My Jesus! Savior! yet these lips of mine
Would fain proclaim to sinners far and near
A love which can remove all guilty fear,
And love beget.

It passeth praises! that dear love of Thine!
My Jesus! Savior yet this heart of mine
Would sing a love so rich, so full, so free,
Which brought an undone sinner, such as me,
Right home to God.

But though I cannot tell, or sing, or know,
The fullness of Thy love while here below,
My empty vessel I may freely bring:
O Thou, who art of love the living spring,
My vessel fill.

I am an empty vessel—not one thought,
Or look of love to Thee I ever brought;
Yet I may come, and come again to Thee,
With this the empty sinner’s only plea—
Thou lovest me!

Oh! fill me Jesus Savior with Thy love;
Lead, lead me to the living fount above!
Thither may I in simple faith draw nigh
And never to another fountain fly,
But unto Thee.

And when my Jesus face to face I see,
When at His lofty throne I bow the knee,
Then of His love, in all its breadth and length,
Its height and depth, its everlasting strength,
My soul shall sing.

Words: Mary Shekleton, 1863.

When He Cometh ~ Hymn

When He Cometh

When He cometh, when He cometh
To make up His jewels,
All His jewels, precious jewels,
His loved and His own.

Refrain

Like the stars of the morning,
His brightness adorning,
They shall shine in their beauty,
Bright gems for His crown.

He will gather, He will gather
The gems for His kingdom;
All the pure ones, all the bright ones,
His loved and His own.

Refrain

Little children, little children,
Who love their Redeemer,
Are the jewels, precious jewels,
His loved and His own.

Refrain

Words: W.O. Cushing, 1856.

Malachi 3:17 New King James Version (NKJV)

 “They shall be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts,
“On the day that I make them My jewels.
And I will spare them
As a man spares his own son who serves him.”

A minister returning from Europe on an English steamer visited the steerage, and after some friendly talk proposed a singing service—if something could be started that everybodyknew—for there were hundreds of emigrants there from nearly every part of Europe.

It will have to be an American tune, then, said the steerage-master; try His jewels.

The minister struck out at once with the melody and the words…and scores of the poor half-fare multitude joined voices with him. Many probably recognized the music of the old glee, and some had heard the sweet air played in the church-steeples at home. Other voices chimed in, male and female, catching the air, and sometimes the words—they were so easy and so many times repeated—and the volume of song increased, till the singing minister stood in the midst of an international concert, the most novel that he had ever led.

He tried other songs in similar visits during the rest of the voyage with some success, but the Jewel Hymn was the favorite; and by the time port was in sight the whole crowd of emigrants had it by heart.

The steamer landed at Quebec, and when the trains, filled with the new arrivals, rolled away, the song was swelling from nearly every car.

ht: Cyberhymnal