A HYMN FOR TODAY – Our Day of Praise Is Done

Our day of praise is done;
The evening shadows fall;
But pass not from us with the sun,
True light that lightest all.

Around the throne on high,
Where night can never be,
The white-robed angels of the sky
Bring ceaseless hymns to Thee.

A little while, and then
Shall come the glorious end;
And songs of angels and of men
In perfect praise shall blend.

SM (6.6.8.6) – John Ellerton, 1871

Tune: ST. THOMAS – Aaron Williams, 1763

#136 in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, 2012

A HYMN FOR TODAY – All My Hope on God Is Founded

A HYMN FOR TODAY

All my hope on God is founded;
He doth still my trust renew;
Me through change and chance He guideth,
Only good and only true.
God unknown, He alone
Calls my heart to be His own.

Pride of man and earthly glory,
Sword and crown betray his trust;
What with care and toil he buildeth,
Tow’r and temple fall to dust.
But God’s pow’r, hour by hour,
Is my temple and my tow’r.

Daily doth th’Almighty Giver
Bounteous gifts on us bestow;
His desire our soul delighteth,
Pleasure leads us where we go.
Love doth stand at His hand;
Joy doth wait on His command.

Still from man to God eternal
Sacrifice of praise be done,
High above all praises praising
For the gift of Christ, His Son.
Christ doth call one and all:
Ye who follow shall not fall.

8.7.8.7.6.7 – Joachim Neander,1680
trans. Robert S. Bridges, 1899

Tune: IRBY – Henry J. Gauntlett, 1849

#317 in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, 2012

Modern Hymn Writers Aim To Take Back Sunday – NPR

Modern Hymn Writers Aim To Take Back Sunday – NPR

Modern Hymn Writers Aim To Take Back Sunday – NPR

by  —  July 08, 2013 3:28 PM

Modern hymn writers Kristyn and Keith Getty run through their song "In Christ Alone" at their home near Nashville's Music Row.

Modern hymn writers Kristyn and Keith Getty run through their song “In Christ Alone” at their home near Nashville’s Music Row.

Courtesy of Stephen Jerkins

There was a time when hymns were used primarily to drive home the message that came from the pulpit. But then came the praise songs.

Matt Redman’s song “Our God” is the most popular piece of music in Christian churches today. That’s according to charts that track congregational singing — yes, there is such a thing. But approaching the Top 10 is a retro hymn: “In Christ Alone,” co-written by Keith Getty.

Keith’s wife, Kristyn, sings the hymn, while he plays the piano in their home near Nashville’s Music Row. The couple came to town to write songs not for individual artists, but for what Keith Getty calls “the congregation.”

“Our goal is to write songs that teach the faith, where the congregation is the main thing, and everybody accompanies that,” he says.

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Read more at the link  — http://www.npr.org/2013/07/08/200013769/modern-hymn-writers-aim-to-take-back-sunday

A HYMN FOR TODAY – Immortal, Invisible

A HYMN FOR TODAY

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.

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.

11.11.11 – Walter C. Smith, 1867
alt. W. Garrett Horder, 1884

Tune: ST. DENIO – Robert’s Caniadau y Cyssegr, 1839

#72 in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, 2012

 

A HYMN FOR TODAY – Jesus, Our Lord and King

A HYMN FOR TODAY

Jesus, our Lord and King,

To You our praises rise;
To You our bodies we present,
A living sacrifice.

Now justified by grace
And made alive to God,
Formed for Yourself to show Your praise,
We sound Your love abroad.

As dead indeed to sin,
We rise to walk anew,
Henceforth, as not our own, but Yours,
We follow only You.

Baptized into Your death,
With You again we rise,
To newness of a life of faith,
To new and endless joys.

6.6.8.6 – Whitman’s Sing Unto the Lord, 1850

Tune: Trentham – Robert Jackson, 1888

#630 in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs

A HYMN FOR TODAY – We Praise Thee, O God, Our Redeemer

A HYMN FOR TODAY

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.
Through life’s storm and tempest our Guide hast Thou been.
When perils o’ertake us, Thou wilt not forsake us,
And with Thy help, O LORD, life’s battles we win.

With voices united our praises we offer,
And gladly our songs of true worship we raise.
Thy strong arm will guide us; our God is before us.
To Thee, our great Redeemer, ever be praise.

12.11.12.11 – Julia C. Cory, 1902

Tune: KREMSER – Valerius’ Collection, 1626
arr. Edward Kremser, 1877

#139 in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, 2012

WE PRAISE THEE, O GOD, OUR REDEEMER directs praise to God as our Redeemer. It also blesses Him as Creator, Guide, and Helper. (Isaiah 44:24; 47:4)

A HYMN FOR TODAY – I Will Wake the Dawn With Praises

A HYMN FOR TODAY

I Will Wake the Dawn With Praises

Dawn and sunset, fierce and joyful,
Each reflects His mighty ways.
With the sea and sky before me,
I will give Him all my praise.

Stars will joy in praises from me;
“Lesser light” will know my voice.
When I give my God His glory,
Night will hear me and rejoice.

Shout His glory, brothers, sisters;
Laud His name and do His will.
Like the sands upon the shoreline
Are the praises due Him still.

[Chorus]
I will wake the dawn with praises!
I will speak His name abroad.
I will worship Him forever,
He my Lord, my only God.

8.7.8.7 with chorus – Sarah J. Furhman, 2001

Tune – Glenda B. Schales, 2001

#143 in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, 2012

I WILL WAKE THE DAWN WITH PRAISES borrows exuberant language from the Psalms to praise the Creator. Just as the dawn, the sunset, and the starry night praise God, so too the worshiper is overcome with the desire to glorify Him and encourage others to do the same. (Psalm 19:1-6; 57:7-11; 108:1-2)