Category Archives: Worship

No. 125 All Hail the Power

This song usually has a chorus, so I am not sure what the tune is here as I do not read music, but sing by ear. Verse 3 is new to me. I always love discovering new verses to hymns I have been familiar with since childhood.

Verse 1:
All hail the power of Jesus’ name!
Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem,
And crown Him Lord of all.

Verse 2:
Ye chosen seed of Israel’s race,
Ye ransomed from the fall,
Hail Him who saves you by His grace,
And crown Him Lord of all.

Verse 3:
Sinners, whose love can ne’er forget
The wormwood and the gall,
Go, spread your trophies at His feet,
And crown Him Lord of all.

Verse 4:
Let every kindred, every tribe,
On this terrestrial ball,
To Him all majesty ascribe,
And crown Him Lord of all.

Rev. Edward Perronet

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No. 90: Opening Hymn

“Today” again, in transition to one word from two. A new linguistic note from this hymn; “ever-blessed” is still two words as seen in Verse 2. Currently, the spelling in quotes is considered correct. I wonder how long it will stay this way before becoming a single word as so many other two-word combinations did in the last century.

Verse 1:
We have come to seek a blessing
In our Father’s house to-day;
All His wondrous love confessing,
At the throne of grace we pray;
For His guidance we implore Him,
For the wisdom from above,
And with grateful hearts adore Him,
For His goodness and His love.

Verse 2:
Joyfully our songs ascending
To the ever blessed One,
With the angel notes are blending,
As they chant around the throne.
Gladly to the open portal,
All our off’rings now we bring;
Heirs are we to life immortal,
Subjects of a heav’nly King.

Verse 3:
At the bell’s sweet chime we gather,
In the house of praise and pray’r,
Children of one loving Father,
Guarded by His tender care;
May we sing the precious story
Of a Savior’s wondrous love,
With the ransom’d saints in glory,
In our Father’s house above.

J.F. Hall

No. 87: Jesus, the Light of the World

Verse 1:
Hark! the Herald angels sing,
Jesus, the Light of the world;
Glory to the newborn King,
Jesus, the Light of the world.

Refrain:
We’ll walk in the light, beautiful light,
Come where the dewdrops of mercy are bright,
Shine all around us by day and by night,
Jesus, the Light of the world.

Verse 2:
Joyful all ye nations rise,
Jesus, the Light of the world;
Join the triumphs of the skies,
Jesus, the Light of the world.

Verse 3:
Christ by highest heav’n adored,
Jesus, the Light of the world;
Christ, the everlasting Lord,
Jesus, the Light of the world.

Verse 4:
Hail! the heav’n-born Prince of peace,
Jesus, the Light of the world;
Hail the sun of righteousness,
Jesus, the Light of the world.

G.D.E./Geo. D. Elderkin

No. 86: I’ll Stand by My School

Verse 1:
I’ll pledge my heart, I’ll pledge my hand,
Beside my Sunday School to stand,
Its lessons I will learn with care,
And in its duties ever share.

Refrain:
This pledge I will take, my life by its rule,
God being my helper, I’ll stand by my school,
I’ll stand by my school, I’ll stand by my school,
God being my helper, I’ll stand by my school.

Verse 2:
I’ll pledge my heart, I’ll pledge my hand,
Beside my Sunday School to stand,
From day to day, from week to week,
The truths it teaches, I will seek.

Verse 3:
I’ll pledge my heart, I’ll pledge my hand,
Beside my Sunday School to stand,
And officers and teachers kind
In me a helper true shall find.

Verse 4:
I’ll pledge my heart, I’ll pledge my hand,
Beside my Sunday School to stand,
Nor will I tempted be to roam
From this my pleasant Sabbath home.

Belle Kellogg Towne/T. Martin Towne

No. 38 Shall We Gather at the River

My maternal maternal great-grandfather died when I was eight. This was his favorite hymn.

Verse 1:
Shall we gather at the river
Where bright angel feet have trod;
With its crystal tide forever
Flowing by the throne of God?

Refrain:
Yes, we’ll gather at the river,
The beautiful, the beautiful river–
Gather with the saints at the river
That flows by the throne of God.

Verse 2:
On the margin of the river,
Washing up its silver spray,
We will walk and worship ever,
All the happy, golden day.

Verse 3:
On the bosom of the river,
Where the Savior-king we own,
We shall meet, and sorrow never
‘Neath the glory of the throne.

Verse 4:
Ere we reach the shining river,
Lay we ev’ry burden down’
Grace our spirits will deliver,
And provide a robe and crown.

Verse 5:
At the smiling of the river,
Rippling with the Savior’s face,
Saints whom death will never sever
Lift their songs of saving grace.

Verse 6:
Soon we’ll reach the shining river,
Soon our pilgrimage will cease;
Soon our happy hearts will quiver
With the melody of peace.

Rev.R. Lowry

Jesus shall Reign

This is another hymn where it is necessary to remember the time-frame of the publication. “Scientific racism” was in vogue. “Scientists” ranked the “races” according to how far they were perceived to be from the “ideal”, which they felt was “white” Northern Europeans. Dark skin was not seen as a way to deal with climate, but as proof of inferiority. “Savage” was the lowest label. This false belief eventually led to WWII and is still influencing our world in negative ways. Despite proof that there is only one race, Human, many people persist in trying to spread division in this way. I publish these hymns as a form of recording history as well as preserving the hymns of our faith. I cannot, in all honesty, only record the good things about the past.

Verse 1:
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
Does His successive journeys run;
His kingdom spread from shore to shore,
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.
From north to south the princes meet
To pay their homage at His feet;
While western empires own their Lord,
And savage tribes attend His word.

Verse 2:
To Him shall endless prayer be made,
And endless praises crown His head;
His name, like sweet perfume, shall rise,
With every morning sacrifice.
People and realms of every tongue
Dwell on His love with sweetest sound,
And infant voices shall proclaim
Their early blessings on His name.

Isaac Watts/Karl Wilhelm, arr.

Let Us Crown Him

I already knew of three versions of this hymn. This is a fourth.

Verse 1:
All hail the pow’r of Jesus’ name!
Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem,
And crown Him Lord of all.

Refrain:
Let us crown Him, let us crown Him,
Let us crown the Great Redeemer Lord of all;
Let us crown Him,
Let us crown Him,
Let us crown Him Lord of all.

Verse 2:
Let ev’ry kindred ev’ry tribe,
On this terrestrial ball,
To Him all majesty ascribe,
And crown Him Lord of all.

Verse 3:
O that with yonder sacred throng
We at His feet may fall;
We’ll join the everlasting song,
And crown Him Lord of all.

Rev.E. Perronet/James McGranahan