Contributed by Brian Mavis on Jun 21, 2001
~ Astronaut: "Nearer My God, To Thee"
~ Baker: "I Need Thee Every Hour"
~ Barber: "A Parting Hymn We Sing"
~ Baseball Batter: "Seek Thee First"
~ Builder: "How Firm A Foundation" and "The Church’s One Foundation"
~ Canoeist: "Flow, River, Flow"
~ Carpenter: "The Nail
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 11, 2008
THE UNPUBLISHED HYMN
The hymn writer Fanny Crosby gave us more than 6,000 gospel songs. Although blinded by an illness at the age of six weeks, she never became bitter. One time a preacher sympathetically remarked, "I think it is great pity that the Master did not give you sight when He showered
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 4, 2001
Hymns Of The Laodicean Church
(God’s Frozen People)
The Laodicean Church announces publication of "Church Songs," whose title, according to the editor, was chosen because "We didn’t want to turn anybody off with threatening words that no one understands anymore like ’worship’ or ’hymn.’ People
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 10, 2009
PICK OUT THREE HYMNS
I heard about this pastor. He was raising money for a new sanctuary. He told his congregation one Sunday morning "If anybody will give $1000, you can pick out three hymns."
A little old lady in the back raised up her hand and said "Pastor, I’ll do it." He was so excited.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 10, 2009
Martin Luther’s Depression and the Hymn "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God"
The year 1527 was the most trying year of Martin Luther’s life. On April 22 he was preaching in Wittenberg when he became dizzy and fainted. Over the next several months he dealt with debilitating depression and sickness. It
Contributed by John Putty on Apr 14, 2011
In The Gospel in Hymns, published in 1950, is a story about Philip Brooks, author of “O Little Town of Bethlehem”:
One April fools day, Brooks saw a boy on Boylston Street in Boston trying to reach a doorbell. Brooks walked up the steps and said, "Let me help you, my little
One Sunday, a pastor told his congregation that the church needed some extra money. He asked the people to consider donating a little more than usual into the offering plate. He said that whoever gave the most would be able to pick out three hymns. After the offering plates were passed, the pastor
The Weatherman's Hymn - There Shall Be Showers Of Blessings.
The Contractor's Hymn - The Church's One Foundation.
The Tailor's Hymn - Holy, Holy, Holy.
The Politician's Hymn - Standing On The Promises.
The Optometrist's Hymn - Open My Eyes That I May See.
Church feuds are not uncommon, especially among cliques in the congregation. But when the pastor and choir director get into it, stand aside. One week, the preacher preached on commitment, and how you should dedicate yourselves to service. The director then led the choir in singing, 'I Shall
Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on Oct 30, 2006
There’s a verse of a hymn with this line: ’The Lord hath yet more light and truth to break forth from His Word.’ (George Rawson). They are based on the words of Pastor John Robinson as the Pilgrim Fathers set sail from Plymouth in 1620, leaving their homeland for an unknown future. Like them, we
Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Jul 12, 2007
One of the greatest evangelistic hymns of all time was written by a woman who knew well the release and peace that come from confessing one’s sins and failures to God.
“Just As I Am,” a hymn frequently sung at the close of evangelistic meetings, was written by Charlotte Elliott of Clapham,
Contributed by Mike Wilkins on May 12, 2003
Bernard of Clairvaux wrote the hymn “Jesus the Very Thought of Thee”
Jesus, the very thought of Thee
With sweetness fills the breast;
But sweeter far Thy face to see,
And in Thy presence rest.
Nor voice can sing, nor heart can frame,
Contributed by Mike Wilkins on Apr 20, 2005
a Hymn from the Catholic Liturgy of the Hours
Spirit of God, on the waste and the darkness
Hov’ring in power as creation began,
Drawing forth beauty from clay and from chaos
Breathing God’s life in the nostrils of man,
Come and sow life in the waste of our being,
Pray in us, form us as
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 8, 2009
The Reason Behind an Unusual Hymn Singing Practice is Discovered
Sometime in the last decade of twentieth century, a young pastor who was a fresh graduate from a renowned seminary was assigned to shepherd an old church in a remote village. The church was founded and built sometime in the late
Contributed by Mark Miller on Dec 13, 2005
Here are words to a hymn from the tune of ’O Little Town of Bethlehem.’ It was sung after a Narnia message titled, "What If There Were No Christmas?"
O Wintry Land of Narnia
O wintry land of Narnia what mysteries do you hold?
Despite the threats of the white witch, Good News is to
Contributed by Vic Folkert on Dec 1, 2006
In Spain in the 11th century, the following hymn, Adon Olam [Lord of the World], was sung in Jewish synagogues:
Lord of the world-he reigned alone
While yet the universe was naught,
When by his will all things were wrought,
Then first his sovereign Name was known.
And, when the all shall cease
Contributed by Dan Erickson on Nov 14, 2000
Fanny Crosby, the great hymn writer in the last half of the 19th Century, though blind since she was six weeks old, used to
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 30, 2001
John Newton, the writer of the most popular hymn in history, "Amazing Grace" said:
"… if two angels in heaven were given assignments by God at the same time, one of them to go and rule over the greatest nation on earth and the other to go sweep the streets of the dirtiest village, each angel
Contributed by Bruce Howell on Oct 3, 2001
John M. Moore, the hymn writer captured this truth when he wrote…
Why did they nail Him to Calvary’s tree?
Why, tell me, why was He there?
Jesus the Helper, the Healer, the Friend—
Why, tell me, why was He there?
Then the songwriter answers the rhetorical question by saying…
Contributed by Rick Shockley on Nov 16, 2001
Julie Ward Howell, who wrote the Battle Hymn of the Republic said one day as she slumped way down into a chair, "Oh, I’m tired. I’m so