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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,…

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

Hymn #281 in Celebrating Grace Hymnal — “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” [pullquote_center width=”85%”]Finish then thy new creation, pure and spotless let us be; Let us see thy great salvation perfectly restored in thee: Changed from glory into glory, till in heaven we take our place, Till we cast our crowns before thee ,lost in wonder, love,…

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…

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…

O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing

Hymn #332 in Celebrating Grace Hymnal — “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing” [pullquote_center width=”84%”]He breaks the power of cancelled sin, he sets the prisoner free; His blood can make the foulest clean; his blood availed for me.[/pullquote_center] I have been singing this hymn for most of my life, and other Christians have been…

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…

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