Hymn Spotlight September

Hymn Spotlight: Holy, Holy, Holy Holy, Holy, Holy – The History Holy, Holy, Holy has been sung in Christian churches since the 1800s. Over the centuries, this hymn has blessed people throughout the world. Its inspiring words are the work of Reginald Heber (1783–1826), the Anglican Bishop of Calcutta. Heber was an esteemed scholar who

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Hymn Spotlight God Will Take Care of You

Hymn Spotlight: God Will Take Care of You    Sometimes it takes a child to remind us what it means to truly have faith in our Father. That’s what Civilla Martin and her husband, Rev. Walter Martin, discovered one Sunday. Rev. Martin was a renowned evangelist in the early 1900s, and he and his wife

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Hymn Spotlight Battle Hymn of the Republic

Hymn Spotlight: Battle Hymn of the Republic The Story Behind the Song Kenneth Osbeck To have implicit trust in God’s faithful care and protection is never easy in times of danger or strife. Yet even in the midst of the terrible Civil War between the Northern and Southern states, a remarkable woman named Julia Ward

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Hymn Spotlight Christ the Lord is Risen Today

Christ the Lord is Risen Today “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” is a classic Easter hymn by the great hymn writer Charles Wesley. It first appeared in a collection by John and Charles Wesley called Hymns and Sa- cred Poems (1739) without the “alleluia’s,” which were added in the early 19th century. Charles Wesley

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Hymn Spotlight – the Doxology

The Story Behind the Doxology This hymn, known as the Doxology, is one of the most beloved hymns sung hundreds of times on any given Lord’s Day. The word “doxology” is derived from the Greek words “doxa” (glory) and “logos” (word) – a word of glory: Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise him,

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Hymn Spotlight – Angels We Have Heard on High

Hymn Spotlight ‘Angels We Have Heard on High’ tells the story of an event recorded in the Bible after Jesus Christ was born on the first Christmas: an angel appeared in the sky to announce Christ’s birth, and shortly thereafter was joined by a huge amount of other angels singing out praises: “And suddenly there

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Hymn Spotlight – Have Thine Own Way, Lord

Hymn Spotlight – Have Thine Own Way, Lord Outwardly, she might have looked like any other 45-year-old single woman at-tending a prayer meeting. However, inwardly, Adelaide Pollard was extremely discouraged. As she sat in the pew, floods of doubts and disappointments cascad-ed over her. She had weathered setbacks before in her life, but this final

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Hymn Spotlight – Jesus Loves Me

Jesus Loves Me – The History This popular song has been loved among children and adults alike since it was written in 1860. Anna B. Warner wrote the original version and later David Rutherford McGuire added stanzas two and three. Anna’s sister Susan had asked her to write a song for a Sunday School teacher

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Hymn Spotlight – How Great Thou Art

“How Great Thou Art” had its beginning as a poem in 1886, in southern Sweden, in the home of author and editor, Carl Boberg, a member of the Swedish Parliament from 1912 to 1931. The song was known in several countries before it finally reached the shores of the United States. Boberg said of the

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Hymn Spotlight – Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace “Amazing Grace” is a Christian hymn published in 1779, with words written by the English poet and clergyman John Newton (1725–1807). http://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/timeline/1701-1800/john-newton-discovered-amazing-grace-11630253.html Hymn Spotlight: Amazing Grace, The story of John Newton, author of America’s favorite hymn by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson I used to think America’s favorite hymn, “Amazing Grace”, was a bit

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