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Featured Hymn: We Three Kings

“We Three Kings of Orient Are” by John Hopkins

Featured Hymn for November 16: "Comfort, Comfort Ye My People"

“Comfort, Comfort Now My People” by Johann Olearius

Featured Hymn for October 31: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

"A Mighty Fortess" by Martin Luther

Featured Hymn for October 17: 'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

Jesus said “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. … and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.” (Matthew 24:6,7 ESV) He also said “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27 ESV) In 1880, the husband of Louisa Stead, author of “’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus” drowned. Two years later, this hymn was published. It is widely believed that she wrote this hymn in response to the peace she found in trusting Jesus despite her sorrow. Mrs.

New Hymnals added or edited in September

This hymnal was added to our site in September:

"Living Gospel Songs and Choruses" published 1925 by Tabernacle Publishing Company (Chicago)

Volunteers completed the editing of the following hymnals:

"Hymns for Creative Living" published 1935 by Judson Press (Philadelphia)
"New Songs of Pentecost" published 1916 by Hall Mack Co. (Philadelphia)
"Himnos de la Iglesia" published, 1995 by Publicadora Lámpara y Luz (Farmington, NM)

Featured Hymn for October 4: This Is My Father's World

In ancient times, people believed that as the planets revolved in the universe, they made music or harmony. This is the belief Maltbie Babcock referred to in the line, “and round me rings the music of the spheres.” Though this belief has since been disproven, we know that objects in space do in fact emit sounds. Even more amazing, the ocean is also making noices at its very lowest and darkest depths - sounds which scientists are still unable to identify. The whole universe is singing a song of its creation, revealing something to us about He who created it.

Featured Hymn for September 13: The Church's One Foundation

In the mid-nineteenth century, Bishop John William Colenso of Natal raised a ruckus in the Catholic Church when he challenged the historicity and authority of many of the Old Testament books.

Featured Hymn: I've Got Peace Like a River

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This song is an African-American spiritual, but the time and place of origin are unknown. It is a song of declaration using water as a simile to describe the qualities of peace, joy, and love in three stanzas. The image of the first stanza, “peace like a river,” may have come from Isaiah 66:12, where a similar picture is used.

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Featured Hymn for August 2: On Jordan's Stormy Banks I Stand

In Revelation, the apostle John describes his vision of heaven and the new Jerusalem. Not only is it a gorgeous place, “prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Rev. 21:2 ESV), with pearls, gold, and jewels, but it is also a place of joy and light. “He [God] will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore” (Rev. 21:4 ESV). “And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever” (Rev. 22:5 ESV).

Featured Hymn for July 14: O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus!

Samuel Trevor Francis is the author of this hymn. Nothing else about it is known for sure. There is a legend that he wrote it as a personal testimony after nearly committing suicide as a young man by jumping into the Thames River off London’s Hungerford Bridge. While this suggests a certain dramatic angle for interpreting the hymn, no reputable evidence has been found to corroborate the story.