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In Christ Alone

Hymn #569 in Celebrating Grace Hymnal — “In Christ Alone” [pullquote_center width=”75%”]In Christ alone my hope is found; He is my light, my strength, my song. This cornerstone, this solid ground, firm through the fiercest drought and storm. What heights of love, what depths of peace when fears are stilled, when strivings cease. My Comforter, my all…

When Morning Gilds the Skies

Hymn #345 in Celebrating Grace Hymnal — “When Morning Gilds the Skies” [pullquote_center width=”65%”]Does sadness fill my mind? A solace here I find, May Jesus Christ be praised! Or fades my earthly bliss? My comfort still is this, May Jesus Christ be praised![/pullquote_center] This anonymous German text from around 1800 contains as many as twelve verses (as…

Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy

Hymn #471 in Celebrating Grace Hymnal — “Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy” [pullquote_center width=”78%”]Come, ye weary, heavy-laden, lost and ruined by the fall; If you tarry till you’re better, you will never come at all. Let not conscience make you linger, nor of fitness fondly dream; All the fitness he requireth is to feel your need…

God Is Calling Through the Whisper

Hymn #478 in Celebrating Grace Hymnal — “God Is Calling Through the Whisper” God is calling through the voices of our neighbors’ urgent prayers: Through their longing for redemption and for rescue from despair. Place of hurt or face of needing; strident cry or silent pleading: God is calling—can you hear? God is calling—can you hear? “Oh,…

With Water Freely Flowing

Hymn #450 in Celebrating Grace Hymnal — “With Water Freely Flowing” [pullquote_center width=”75%”]By water and the Spirit baptized in Christ, we rise To walk new paths unfolding before our opened eyes. We journey from this moment, faith’s pilgrimage embrace. By Spirit and by water we feel and sense God’s grace.[/pullquote_center] There is a long and rich tradition…

All Creatures of Our God and King

Hymn #307 in Celebrating Grace Hymnal — “All Creatures of Our God and King” [pullquote_center width=”60%”]All creatures of our God and King, lift up your voice and with us sing Alleluia! Let all things their Creator bless, and worship him in humbleness, Alleluia![/pullquote_center] The text of this ancient hymn is attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, and…

God Has Given Us Creation

Hymn #29 in Celebrating Grace Hymnal — “God Has Given Us Creation” [pullquote_center width=”90%”]God has given us creation, stars and atoms, soil and air, To explore, to tend and nourish, to sustain us and to share. Through the nothingness of chaos came the word, “Let there be light!” Still the universe expanding sings of its Creator’s might.[/pullquote_center]…

O God, Our Help in Ages Past

Hymn #566 in Celebrating Grace Hymnal — “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” [pullquote_center width=”75%”]A thousand ages in thy sight are like an evening gone; Short as the watch that ends the night, before the rising sun.[/pullquote_center] Time is such a strange concept. Each day has twenty-four hours in it; some seem to fly by and…

How Firm a Foundation

Hymn #425 in Celebrating Grace Hymnal — “How Firm a Foundation” [pullquote_center width=”70%”]When through the deep waters I call thee to go, The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow; For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless, And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.[/pullquote_center] There are lots of ways to look at the rough patches…

Open My Eyes, That I May See

Hymn #395 in Celebrating Grace Hymnal — “Open My Eyes, That I May See” [pullquote_center width=”55%”]Silently now I wait for thee, Ready, my God, thy will to see; Open my heart, illumine me, Spirit divine![/pullquote_center] Wait.         Wait.         Wait. How hard is that for you? For me, and…

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