4. For Christ and the Church

Verse 1:
For Christ and the church, let our voices ring,
Let us honor the name of our own blessed King,
Let us work with a will in the strength of youth,
And loyally stand for the kingdom of truth.

Refrain:
For Christ our dear Redeemer,
For Christ who died to save,
For the Church His blood hath purchased,
Lord, make us pure and brave.

Verse 2:
For Christ and the church, be our earnest prayer,
Let us follow His banner, the cross daily bear,
Let us yield, wholly yield, to His Spirit’s pow’r,
And faithfully serve him in life’s brightest hour.

Verse 3:
For Christ and the church,, willing off’rings make,
Time and talents and gold, for the dear Master’s sake;
We’ll remember the best we can bring to Him,
The hearts’ wealth of love, that will never grow dim.

Verse 4:
For Christ and the church, let us cast aside,
By His conquering grace, chains of self, fear and pride;
May our lives be enriched by an aim so grand,
Then happy the call to the Savior’s right hand.

E.E. Hewitt/Wm.J. Kirkpatrick
Copyright 1890

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3. Since I Have Been Redeemed

Similar to the previous song, the lines in parentheses in the refrain are sung by the men as the women sing the line above.

Verse 1:
I have a song I love to sing,
Since I have been redeem’d,
Of my Redeemer, Savior, King,
Since I have been redeem’d.

Refrain:
Since I have been redeem’d,
(Since I have been redeem’d, Since I have been redeem’d,)
Since I have been redeem’d,
I will glory in His name,
Since I……….have been redeem’d
(Since I have been redeem’d)
I will glory in my Savior’s name.

Verse 2:
I have a Christ that satisfies,
Since I have been redeem’d,
To do His will my highest prize,
Since I have been redeem’d.

Verse 3:
I have a Witness, bright and clear,
Since I have been redeem’d,
Dispelling ev’ry doubt and fear,
Since I have been redeem’d.

Verse 4:
I have a joy I can’t express,
Since I have been redeem’d,
All thro’ His blood and righteousness,
Since I have been redeem’d.

Verse 5:
I have a home prepar’d for me,
Since I have been redeem’d,
Where I shall dwell eternally,
Since I have been redeem’d.

E.O.E./E.O. Excell
Copyright 1884

2. Building for Eternity

The words in parentheses in the refrain are sung by the basses while the other voices sing the words above them. Verse 2 and 3 together are a rather sobering reminder that what we do might affect someone’s eternity.

Verse 1:
We are building in sorrow or joy,
A temple the world may not see,
Which time cannot mar nor destroy,
We build for eternity.

Refrain:
We are building ev’ry day
(We are building, building, ev’ry day,)
A temple the world may not see,
Building, building, ev’ry day,
Building for eternity.

Verse 2:
Ev’ry tho’t that we’ve ever had,
Its own little place has fill’d,
Ev’ry deed we have done good or bad,
Is a stone in the temple we build.

Verse 3:
Ev’ry word that so lightly falls,
Giving some heart joy or pain,
Will shine in our temple walls,
Or ever its beauty stain.

Verse 4:
Are you building for God alone,
Are you building in faith and love,
A temple the Father will own,
In the city of light above?

N.B.S./N.B. Sargent
Copyright 1884

1. More about Jesus

Today, we begin a new hymnal, “The Finest of the Wheat No. 2”, published in 1894 by R.R. McCabe and Geo.D. Elderkin.

Verse 1:
More about Jesus would I know,
More of His grace to others show;
More of His saving fullness see,
More of His love who died for me.

Refrain:
More, more about Jesus,
More, more about Jesus,
More of His saving fullness see,
More of His love who died for me.

Verse 2:
More about Jesus let me learn,
More of His holy will discern;
Spirit of God, my teacher be,
Showing the things of Christ to me.

Verse 3:
More about Jesus; in His word,
Holding communion with my Lord;
Hearing His voice in ev’ry line,
Making each faithful saying mine.

Verse 4:
More about Jesus; on His throne,
Riches in glory all His own;
More of His kingdom’s sure increase;
More of His coming, Prince of Peace.

E.E. Hewitt/Jno.R. Sweney
Copyright 1887

No. 180

The last hymn in this book; otherwise known as “Sweet Hour of Prayer”. At the time this was written, “wants” and “wishes” meant two very different things. “Wants” referred to necessities lacking and “wishes” referred to things the speaker felt would be nice to have. In our era, the two words have both come to mean the latter.

Verse 1:
Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
That calls me from a world of care,
And bids me at my Father’s throne
Make all my wants and wishes known;
In seasons of distress and grief,
My soul has often found relief;
And oft escaped the tempter’s snare,
By thy return, sweet hour of prayer.

Verse 2:
Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
Thy wings shall my petition bear
To Him whose truth and faithfulness
Engage the waiting soul to bless
And since He bids me seek His face,
Believe His word, and trust His grace,
I’ll cast on Him my every care,
And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

Verse 3:
Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
May I thy consolation share,
Till, from Mount Pisgah’s lofty height,
I view my home and take my flight;
This robe of flesh I’ll drop, and rise
To seize the everlasting prize,
And shout, while passing through the air,
Farewell, farewell, sweet hour of prayer!

Rev. W.W. Walford

No. 179

Verse 1:
Faithful in the little things,
Lord, may we be,
Joyfully all the way
Working for Thee.
We our account must give.
Help us for Thee to live;
Knowing that everything,
Thou, Lord, dost see.

Verse 2:
What Thou hast given us
Gladly we use;
Oh, may we never, Lord,
Thy gift abuse.
Great though it be, or small,
Thou rulest over all;
Wisdom to use it, Thou
Wilt not refuse.

Verse 3:
Talents, if never used,
Surely will rust;
Hid from the light away,
Moulder to dust.
Slighting what Thou hast sent
Losing what Thou hast lent,
Have we at length betrayed,
Thy heavenly truth.

Verse 4:
So may we labor on,
Joyful away,
Seeking to know Thy will,
Lest we may stray,
Much did Thy love bestow,
Deeply our hearts will glow,
Waiting Thy word, “Well done,”
That gladsome day.

M.W.S.

No. 178

Verse 1:
The great Physician now is near,
The sympathizing Jesus;
He speaks the drooping heart to cheer,
Oh, hear the voice of Jesus.

Refrain:
Sweetest note in seraph song,
Sweetest name on mortal tongue,
Sweetest carol ever sung,
Jesus, blessed Jesus.

Verse 2:
Your many sins are all forgiven,
Oh, hear the voice of Jesus;
Go on your way in peace to heaven,
And wear a crown with Jesus.

Verse 3:
His name dispels my doubt and fear,
No other name but Jesus;
Oh, how my soul delights to hear
The precious name of Jesus.

Verse 4:
And when to that bright world above,
We rise to see our Jesus;
We’ll sing around the throne of love
His name, the name of Jesus.

Rev. William Hunter