Thursday, October 04, 2007

Hymns: A Tribute

This past Sabbath, a group of friends and I were singing some songs from the hymnal before lunch. We began to discuss, and sing, our favorite hymns as well as discover some new ones that we weren't familiar with. From this impromptu hymnfest, a blog entry was born.

Although hymns aren't as popular nowadays, I have always appreciated these beautiful melodies. The lyrics are full of theological meaning and the tunes bring back so many pleasant memories. An added bonus is the ability of a group to sing four different parts and harmonize together. We just don't have songs with those qualilties anymore.

So in tribute to the beloved hymns, I've created a list of my current favorite hymns from the SDA Church hymnal.

Tim's Top Seven Favorite Hymns
  1. I Lay My Sins on Jesus (298)
  2. O For a Closer Walk (315)
  3. The Church Has One Foundation (348)
  4. Crowning Jewel of Creation (385)
  5. I Need Thee Precious Jesus (484)
  6. Every Flower That Grows (550)
  7. O Master Let Me Walk (574)

What's your favorite hymn?


Blogger Adrian Zahid said...

My fav. hymn is 213 "Jesus is Comming Again." I really liked how "I lay my sins on Jesus sounded on your violin when you played it. You should play more :)

Friday, October 05, 2007 8:06:00 AM  
Blogger Adrian Zahid said...

I guess coming is spelled with one m. :)

Friday, October 05, 2007 8:22:00 AM  
Blogger skime said...

Yeah, so you'll play with us for song service tomorrow, right? :)

Friday, October 05, 2007 8:17:00 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

If you play all my favorite hymns...

Friday, October 05, 2007 10:49:00 PM  
Blogger April McNulty said...

Mine is "As Water to the Thirsty." We don't hear this hymn often. I starting liking it at Youth for Jesus.

Sunday, October 07, 2007 11:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I REALLY like 298 too. I'll have to share Gwen Foster singing it as a solo with a full choir in the background. I'd send it over but it is on cassette.

But my current favorite is #480 Dear Lord and Father of Mankind. . . maybe because I have so many fevrish ways (see words of 481) — and covet the still dews of quietness that makes all our strivings cease.

Laurel Damsteegt

Sunday, October 07, 2007 2:33:00 PM  
Blogger Joelle said...

633 - When we all get to Heaven is my favorite. And also I like "Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus" but I'm not recalling the number right now.
(Now that I remember, you asked me this the other day... was this why you asked it?

Sunday, October 07, 2007 5:48:00 PM  
Blogger Melody said...

My favorites currently are: "Let your Heart be Broken," "Be still my Soul" 461 and "Power in the Blood." All the hymns have such depth, but these have especially been meaningful to me personally, lately!

Sunday, October 07, 2007 10:41:00 PM  
Blogger Alistair said...

My students in my Bible Doctrines class have to find a hymn that corresponds with a doctrine that they are researching and have to teach it to the class. I'm eager to hear what they come up with! I agree, many hymns possess a depth that is lacking in our worship songs today.

Monday, October 08, 2007 1:37:00 PM  
Blogger wordfinder said...

My favorites are countless, but 2 neighboring hymns have moved to the top recently: 75-The Wonder of It All and 76-O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go. #75 captured my heart when an old man with Parkinson's, who could barely walk or talk, requested this favorite hymn. Then the retired singer stood up and sang with all his heart though with a broken voice. #76 has beautiful words of promise and hope for the weary. Just love it.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007 10:46:00 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Because He Lives. I love this hymn so much because it has so much promise...." Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, because He lives ALL fear is gone. Because I know, He holds the future..." Praise God for all those things I so desperately need.

Monday, October 15, 2007 5:40:00 PM  
Blogger limkenfl said...

My Dad's Favorite 632, sung all the time at prayer meeting.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007 11:17:00 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Hmm, interesting you should ask. I've been looking in the old hymnal at some of the songs there as well. And, wow, the words are just amazing. So my current favorites are actually out of the old Hymnal. #680 - Ancient of Days and #628 - Brightly beams our Fathers Mercy. If you would like to know the words and don't have an old hymnal, I have posted them on my site. Thanks for asking!

Sunday, October 21, 2007 7:04:00 PM  

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