My Memories of the Old Brown Church Hymnal

Lee HansenStarred Page By Lee Hansen, 1st Sep 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Christian music has changed through the years. And while that is true there is nothing quite like the hymnals from years gone by.

Contemporary Christian Music and Old Hymns

I love contemporary Christian music. But there is just something about the hymns of years gone by that soothe my mind, spirit and soul. The Service Hymnall was the song book that we sang from as a youngster. They were kept in the rack on the back of the sturdy church pews that we sat on.

I Still Use It Today

Even though I have long left the church of my youth, I have one of those hymnals in my possession. The pages are tattered and worn after years of use but the words still ring true to me. Several times a week I place this sacred book in my hands. I often conclude my devotional time with one of its songs. The song, We're Marching to Zion gives me hope beyond the grave. It is the beautiful city of God. This classic song was written by Isaac Watts.

What A Friend Background History

Now I turn to What a Friend We Have in Jesus. This song of encouragement was written by Joseph Scriven who suffered the tragic drowning of his fiancée the day before their wedding day. And when he took another chance on love, he lost another fiancée to tuberculosis. The words in the first verse are as follows: "What a friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and grief to bear, What a privilege to carry Everything to God in prayer. O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry Everything to God in prayer". His deep grief allowed him to write such lyrics.

Sweet Harmony

I hear the sopranos blending harmoniously with the bass, tenor and alto voices as we sing. The song is called God Be with you Till We Meet Again written by Jeremiah Rankin. Many times we didn't want our time of worship and singing to end.

Another hymn that comes to mind is Glory to His Name by Elisha A. Hoffman. This was always a favorite when my older sister came to town for a visit. As a gifted pianist we loved her rendition of this song. Sometimes we would stay late into the night encircling her around the piano and singing our requests from the old brown hymnal.

Standing the Test of Time

Now 45 years later I still sing these songs because they speak to my heart like no other music. They give me focus and direction for my life and serve as a spiritual foundation. These songs stir up precious and sweet memories. I thank God for the gift of music.

And I will offer back to him my voice lifted in praise, adoration and thankfulness. When I need that deep, gut wrenching melody to stir my soul, it is my trusty brown hymnal that I often turn to. This is a treasured possession. It is my Balm in Gilead and A Mighty Fortress.


Credit: Picture of brown hymnal pages is from the author. Others pictures are from Wikimedia Commons

Information From:
The Service Hymnal
Living Stories of Famous Hymns

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Balm In Gilead, Christian Music, Christian Songs, Elisha A Hoffman, Hymn Book, Hymns, Isaac Watts, Joseph Scriven, Living Stories Of Famous Hymns, Religion, Were Marching To Zion, What A Friend We Have In Jesus

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As a breast cancer survivor I have learned to take time to smell the roses in life. I love sharing my passion of reading to children. My pages will be on various topics.

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author avatar HacBao
2nd Sep 2014 (#)

Hello lee, you have a good article for today

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author avatar Lee Hansen
2nd Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks HacBao I enjoyed writing it.

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author avatar HacBao
2nd Sep 2014 (#)

Because I do not know much about the subject, so I can not leave a meaningful comment on your post.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
2nd Sep 2014 (#)

That's Okay HacBao

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author avatar Delicia Powers
2nd Sep 2014 (#)

Lee...those wonderful old hymns are poetry to me..do you have..."I Come to the Garden Alone"....the repeating refain is...And He walks with me...And He talks with me while the dew is still on the roses ...Thanks Lee you brought back many memories with this lovely page...:0)

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author avatar Lee Hansen
2nd Sep 2014 (#)

Oh yes D. That was is a classic too and so full of hope. There is just something about those old hymns that evoke such promises.

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author avatar Laura Murray
2nd Sep 2014 (#)

I love the old hymns! I grew up on them. I still love the songs we sing today, but very few hit a chord like the old hymns. Love the post!

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author avatar Lee Hansen
2nd Sep 2014 (#)

I agree with you Laura. There is just something that the old hymns bring out.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
2nd Sep 2014 (#)

I agree, though I like the new one's too. i guess it's what you grow up with, Thanks!

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author avatar Lee Hansen
2nd Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks C.D. I like both genres of Christian music. It just depends on what mood I'm in that dictates what I listen to at the time. The good thing is that God uses both kinds in very effective ways to minister.

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author avatar Retired
2nd Sep 2014 (#)

Such a heartwarming piece, Lee, full of good memories and hymns that are timeless. Thank you! I've been having a terrible time getting articles to download in here for 2 days! Glad I finally got to comment on yours :)

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author avatar Lee Hansen
2nd Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks Susan. I've been having some problems too. But glad you were able to get through. I too love the memories from these hymns of faith.

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author avatar Bill Harbin Jr
3rd Sep 2014 (#)

When I was a teenager the people in my church said rock and roll music was sinful, including rock songs like "Jesus is just alright with me". Now many churches sing that in the service! I only go to a church service that does the hymns now, because I feel the reverence with that music. This was a really good article that reminds me how my faith remains strong with the hymns!

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author avatar Lee Hansen
3rd Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks Bill. Christian and religious music has definitely evolved through the years. But I too tend to gravitate towards the hymns. There is a definite reverence embedded in them.

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