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Mission Trip Story #2: On the Bridge to Mexico

Singin' the Old Hymns

As I've been working this morning, I've been listening to Johnny Cash. Right now I'm listening to his posthumous album of old hymns. How comforting are these old words, especially as I sing out loud in my office along with the Man in Black.

Glory Hallelujah, I shall not be moved.
Anchored in Jehovah, I shall not be moved.
Just like a tree that's planted by the water,
I shall not be moved.

Do Lord, O Do Lord, O Do Remember me.
Way beyond the blue.
I've got a home in glory land that outshines the sun.

Some glad morning, when this life is o'er
I'll fly away.
To that home on God's celestial shore,
I'll fly away.

There is a land that is fairer than day,
and by faith we can see it afar
for the Father waits over the way,
to prepare us a dwelling place there.
In the sweet by and by,
we shall meet on that beautiful shore.
In the sweet by and by,
we shall meet on that beautiful shore.
We shall sing on that beautiful shore,
the melodious songs of the blessed {what a great line!}
and our spirit shall sorrow no more,
not a sigh for the blessing of rest.

On Jordan's stormy banks I stand,
and cast a wishful eye,
to Canaan's fair and happy land,
where my possessions lie.
I am bound for the promised land,
I'm bound for the promised land.
Oh who will come and go with me?
I am bound for the promised land.

And he walks with me,
and he talks with me,
and he tells me I am his own,
and the joy we share
as we tarry there,
none other has ever known.

Softly and tenderly, Jesus is calling.
Calling for you and for me.
See on the portals he's waiting and watching
Watching for you and for me.
Come home. Come home.
Ye who are weary come home.
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling.
Calling, o sinner, come home.

Just as I am without one plea
But that thy blood
was shed for me
and that thou bidst me come to thee
O lamb of God I come. I come.
Just as I am though tossed about
with many a conflict, many a doubt
fightings and fears, within, without,
O lamb of God, I come. I come.


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I think one of the saddest things in churches today is the appearance of 'praise and worship" music and how it has almost entirely replaces hymns in so many places. People sing these songs in order to achieve the greatest emotional impact. But it is what I like to call the "Falls Creek" emotion. How do you not feel filled with the spirit singing "how Great Thou Art" or "Because He Lived." I loved Royal Lane because of its hymns. Liberty Baptist in Shawnee has also really captured the beauty of appreciating the spirituality behind these great old words.


And just in case he drops by here to make a comment...
MARTY! Remember driving all the way through Illinois with the hymnal open singing every single one of those songs that we knew? God that was fun. I miss hearing you sing in "church voice."


I do remember that. That was one of my favorite drives I've had.
Alas. I left that hymnal in your truck and then you guys moved away. Sniff.
And all I got was Going After Cacciato.

These songs are a part of our heritage, you know? And as much as I might like hearing them in my church sometimes, I'd kind of regret having them all the time. I guess it's the idea that familiarity breeds contempt.


even though i'm not a huge fan of johnny cash *sorry*, those lyrics are really pretty. hope you're having a great day! :)


Marty, you are very right. My familiarity with you is breeding contempt right now Bi-otch!


I love Johnny Cash. I need to get a copy of that cd. I love old hymns. I love that we sing the old hymns at Royal. I really am not at all fond of the "praise" music, the old hymns to me are so much more rich, powerful, and meaningful. Thanks for all those lyrics Scott, it was good for me to read them today.


I love old hymns likewise. The following website has been a true blessing to me: http://www.cyberhymnal.org/


i love the words to this song they are so bautiful and when the music is played it becomes such a beautiful sound. one of the things i love the most about all these songs is that they dont really create an oportunity for one person to outshine the song. i feel like with some of the bands they use in the christian churches its a way for the bands to get discovered and it can be disapointing.

Yvonne, Ohio

Has anyone ever seen the lyrics to the Hymn of Cannes? I've tried a Google search but the Cannes Film festival seems to be all I can find?


This is the Hymn of Cannes:

Long I wandered in sin, dark without, dark within;
Knowing not of the savior divine.
Then they told me of Jesus the savior of men,
I believed and now he's mine.

I believe Thy Word and I thank You Lord,
For the gift of Thy spirit free,
Jesus I believed, blessed Lord I received,
I received, Oh Lord, from Thee.

When I read in the Word of the spirit outpoured,
When the promise of God I believed,
When I cried, "Oh my heart yearns for Thee, blessed Lord,"
I believed and I received.

Hungry heart waiting still, 'tis the Father's good will;
He will give of his spirit to you.
You've no need to delay, He will fill you today.
Oh believe His promise true.


Hymn of Cannes written by the late Rev. B.G. Leonard

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