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Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Hymn #235 in Celebrating Grace Hymnal — “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide; Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! The blessings of a life with God are many and varied, and…

God of Creation, All-Powerful

Hymn #26 in Celebrating Grace Hymnal — “God of Creation, All-Powerful” [pullquote_center width=”60%”]God of Creation, all-powerful, all wise, Lord of the universe rich with surprise, Maker, Sustainer, and Ruler of all, We are your children—you hear when we call.[/pullquote_center] Back when I was young and could sleep on the ground, I often spent a weekend…

How Great Thou Art

Hymn #323 in Celebrating Grace Hymnal — “How Great Thou Art” [pullquote_center width=”80%”]When through the woods and forest glades I wander And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees, When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur, And hear the brook and feel the gently breeze. Then sings my soul, my Savior God to…

I Come with Joy

Hymn #456 in Celebrating Grace Hymnal — “I Come with Joy” [pullquote_center width=”85%”]As Christ breaks bread and bids us share, each proud division ends. The love that made us, makes us one, and strangers now are friends.[/pullquote_center] The word “communion” has shadows of many other words in it. I see community, common, commune, union, unity…

For the Beauty of the Earth

Hymn #341 in Celebrating Grace Hymnal — “For the Beauty of the Earth” [pullquote_center width=”73%”]For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies, For the love which from our birth over and around us lies, Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.[/pullquote_center] No real reason for…

Fairest Lord Jesus

Hymn #159 in Celebrating Grace Hymnal — “Fairest Lord Jesus” [pullquote_center width=”62%”]Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands, Robed in the blooming garb of spring: Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer, Who makes the woeful heart to sing.[/pullquote_center] Beautiful. What comes to mind for you when you hear that word? For me, nature is…

God Is Calling Through the Whisper

Hymn #478 in Celebrating Grace Hymnal — “God Is Calling Through the Whisper” [pullquote_center width=”85%”]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…

For All the Saints

Hymn #567 in Celebrating Grace Hymnal — “For All the Saints” [pullquote_center width=”65%”]And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long, Steals on the ear the distant triumph song, And hearts are brave again and arms are strong. Alleluia![/pullquote_center] Some weeks just wear you down. Your good intentions are misconstrued, your to-do list is filled…

Where Charity and Love Prevail

Hymn #264 in Celebrating Grace Hymnal — “Where Charity and Love Prevail” [pullquote_center width=”80%”]Where charity and love prevail, there God is ever found; Brought here together by Christ’s love, by love are we thus bound. Let strife among us be unknown, let all contention cease; Be Christ the glory that we seek, be ours His…

This Is My Song

Hymn #697 in Celebrating Grace Hymnal — “This Is My Song” [pullquote_center width=”70%”]This is my song, O God of all the nations, A song of peace for lands afar and mine. This is my home, the country where my heart is; Here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine; But other hearts in other…

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