Today's great hymns

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First from my main man, Charles Wesley, the Introit was the following:

Come, let us with our Lord arise,
our Lord who made both earth and skies,
who died to save the world he made
and rose triumphant from the dead;
he rose, the prince of life and peace,
and stamped the day for ever his.

This is the day the Lord hath made
that all may see his love displayed,
may feel his resurrection's power
and rise again to fall no more,
in perfect righteousness renewed
and filled with all the life of God.

Then let us render him his own,
with solemn prayer approach the throne,
with meekness hear the gospel word,
with thanks his dying love record;
our joyful hearts and voices raise
and fill his courts with songs of praise

Here's the tune, if you want to sing. It has an odd rhythm, and is difficult when you first start....

Offertory hymn was this one:

Hail, thou once despised Jesus!
Hail, thou Galilean King!
Thou didst suffer to release us;
thou didst free salvation bring.
Hail, thou universal Savior,
bearer of our sin and shame,
by thy merit we find favor:
life is given through thy Name.

Paschal Lamb, by God appointed,
all our sins on thee were laid:
by almighty love anointed,
thou hast full atonement made.
All thy people are forgiven
through the virtue of thy blood:
opened is the gate of heaven,
peace is made 'twixt man and God.

Jesus, hail! enthroned in glory,
there for ever to abide;
all the heavenly hosts adore thee,
seated at thy Father's side.
There for sinners thou art pleading:
there thou dost our place prepare;
thou for saints are interceding
till in glory they appear.

Worship, honor, power, and blessing
thou art worthy to receive;
highest praises, without ceasing,
meet it is for us to give.
Help, ye bright angelic spirits,
bring your sweetest, noblest lays;
help to sing of Jesus' merits,
help to chant Emmanuel's praise!

The tune is here. I love this one, maybe because it is in a nice range and lots of people can kind of belt it out. And I love the idea of a "Galilean King."

Then the communion hymn was this, but I didn't get to sing it because it is short and I wasn't finished thanking God before the song was over! (Written out it LOOKS long, but it sings fast, if that makes sense!)

Here, O my Lord, I see thee face to face;
here would I touch and handle things unseen;
here grasp with firmer hand eternal grace,
and all my weariness upon thee lean.

This is the hour of banquet and of song;
this is the heavenly table spread for me;
here let me feast, and feasting, still prolong
the hallowed hour of fellowship with thee.

Here would I feed upon the Bread of God,
here drink with thee the royal Wine of heaven;
here would I lay aside each earthly load,
here taste afresh the calm of sin forgiven.

I have no help but thine; nor do I need
another arm save thine to lean upon;
it is enough, my Lord, enough indeed;
my strength is in thy might, thy might alone.

Mine is the sin, but thine the righteousness:
mine is the guilt, but thine the cleansing
here is my robe, my refuge, and my peace;
thy Blood, thy righteousness, O Lord my God!

Feast after feast thus comes and passes by;
yet, passing, points to the glad feast above,
giving sweet foretaste of the festal joy,
the Lamb's great bridal feast of bliss and love.

Here's the link to the music.

And then last, but not least, the post-communion hymn, and one that took me straight back to all the years I taught Vacation Bible School in the church I grew up in. I have played this on the piano at least one gazillion times while 3 year olds lisped the lyrics.

Savior, like a shepherd lead us;
much we need thy tender care;
in thy pleasant pastures feed us;
for our use thy folds prepare.
Blessèd Jesus! Blessèd Jesus!
Thou hast bought us, thine we are.

Early let us seek thy favor,
early let us learn thy will;
blessèd Lord and only Savior,
with thy love our bosoms fill.
Blessèd Jesus! Blessèd Jesus!
Thou hast loved us: love us still.

And here's the music.


thank you so much for posting these
we at least closed with a great hymn
Alleluia, sing to Jesus (sung to hyfrodol)

I think it's a record! I know all four of those hymns and ALL to different tunes. Farmborough or Surrey for the first one, Pleading Savior or Bethany for the second (though I HAVE sung it to In Babilone). "Here, O My Lord" was ALWAYS to Morecambe -- and it was the ONLY communion hymn in my four-times-a-year-communion Reformed-heritage church. I've also heard it to St. Agnes, but it always jars! And I didn't even know that "Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us" had any tune other than Bradbury. Who knew people were so creative with the tunes??!!



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