Spotlight

One of the things I love about our church is that we still sing out of the hymnals on Wednesday nights and for part of Sunday services (mixed with modern worship songs).  A lot of the hymns were songs I didn’t grow up with, although some classics like Amazing Grace and Rock of Ages were popular when I was growing up too.

In keeping with the hymn challenge from yesterday, I saw a couple of videos which give the stories behind some of the hymns we’re all used to or heard a few times in our lives. Some of them we know most of the history, such as Amazing Grace,

Folks most likely know the history behind It is Well With My Soul, and we have featured the story before, but it’s worth re telling…

Tis so Sweet to Trust in Jesus… I’ve been learning that on a whole new level for a few years now.  It’s amazing how faithful and sweet He through all circumstances!

Another classic is one I’d not heard until I was an adult, which is amazing since the song was written in Ontario, Canada.

What a Friend We have in Jesus.
The truth of that is sometimes overwhelming and incredible to think about.  As with many of our beloved hymns, this song also came out of tragedy.  But it’s amazing how God can turn the worst times into great comforts not just for the person going though it, but for millions around the world.

OK we have time for one more.  The next song is arguably the Anthem of Christian faith.

The words for All Hail the Power of Jesus Name were written by Edward Perronet (1726-1792).  His family had been Huguenots who, before Edward’s birth, fled from France to Switzerland and then to England to avoid persecution.  His father, Vincent Perronet, became a Church of England vicar, and pastored a church for 50 years, and he was friends of both Charles and John Wesley.

His son Edward  was hot-tempered but passionate. He began as a pastor in the Church of England before becoming a Methodist.  He was involved in the split of the Methodist Church from the Church of England, but finally became a dissenter and served an independent congregation for the rest of his life.

This hymn was first published in 1779, and written to the tune, “Miles Lane,” by 19-year-old William Shrubside.  Now, most American hymnals use the tune “Coronation,” written by American Oliver Holden, in 1793.”

There is an incredible story associated with the hymn which I’d never heard about…

Today’s spotlight is also all about whatever songs you feel like posting, whether they are classic hymns or modern songs, have a fun day and a blessed Sunday all.

 

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