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Our Number 1 Hymn: Here I Am Lord

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Our Number One Hymn!"Here I Am, Lord"Dan SchutteThe United Methodist Hymnal, No. 593 A salient feature of Catholic renewal hymnody since the Second Vatican Council is a stirring and memorable refrain. “Here I Am, Lord” recalls immediately Isaiah 6:8: “Then I heard the...

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#2 How Great Thou

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How Great Thou Artby Stuart K. HineThe United Methodist Hymnal, No. 77 As Carlton Young was preparing The United Methodist Hymnal, a United Methodist Reporter poll revealed that “How Great Thou Art” headed the list of hymns that should be retained in the...

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#3 Because He Lives

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"Because He Lives"Gloria and William J. GaitherThe United Methodist Hymnal, No. 364 “‘Because he lives’ [1971] was written in the midst of social upheaval, threats of war, and betrayals of national and personal trust. It was into this world at such a time that we were...

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#4 Amazing Grace Part 1

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“Amazing Grace”by John NewtonThe United Methodist Hymnal, 378Faith’s Review and Expectation.—I Chron. xvii. 16, 17. Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound!)That saved a wretch like me!I once was lost, but now am found;Was blind, but now I see. “Amazing Grace&rdquo...

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#4 Amazing Grace Part 2

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“Amazing Grace”by John NewtonThe United Methodist Hymnal, 378Faith’s Review and Expectation.—I Chron. xvii. 16, 17 Perhaps, most surprising, is the awareness of the oft-printed final stanza in hymnals in the United States, which was not part of the original hymn: When...

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#5 Great is Thy Faithfulness

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"Great Is Thy Faithfulness"Thomas O. ChisholmThe United Methodist Hymnal, No. 140 A phrase in Lamentations 3:22-23 provides a basis for the refrain: "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."...

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#6 IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL

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"It Is Well with My Soul"Horatio G. SpaffordThe UM Hymnal, No. 377 With this hymn comes one of the most heartrending stories in the annals of hymnody.The author, Horatio G. Spafford (1828-1888), was a Presbyterian layman from Chicago. He had established a very successful legal practice as...

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Song #7 In The Garden

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“I Come to the Garden Alone” (“In the Garden”)by C. Austin MilesThe United Methodist Hymnal, 314 I come to the garden alonewhile the dew is still on the roses,and the voice I hear falling on my earthe Son of God discloses. And he walks with me, and he talks with me,And...

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Song #8 Be Thou My Vision

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"Be Thou My Vision"Versified by Eleanor HullThe United Methodist Hymnal, No. 451 Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;Naught be all else to me save that thou art.Thou my best thought, by day and by night,Waking or sleeping, thy presence my light. Sometimes hymn singing invites us to connect...

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#9 His Eye is on the Sparrow

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#9 –His Eye Is on the Sparrowby Civilla MartinThe Faith We Sing, No. 2146 Civilla Martin describes the context out of which the hymn was born: “Early in the spring of 1905, my husband and I were sojourning in Elmira, New York. We contracted a deep friendship for a couple by the name...

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