Hymns and Songs

Sunday Hymns – When Morning Gilds the Skies

“When Morning Gilds the Skies” is the hymn we started last week’s worship service.

This is a translated hymn, and there are different versions that have different numbers of verses and in different orders. Below is the one we sang. I think “Friendship with God Hymnal” that we use picked good verses and order as it goes from (one) day, (two) night, (three) day again, (four) in sadness, (five) in heaven, six) all nature, and (seven) self. Each of these verses is twice punctuated with “May Jesus Christ be praised!”

When Morning Gilds the Skies
text translated by Edward Caswell & music by Joseph Barnby

  1. When morning gilds the skies,
    My heart awaking cries:
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
    Alike at work and prayer,
    To Jesus I repair;
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
  2. When sleep her balm denies,
    My silent spirit sighs,
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
    When evil thoughts molest,
    With this I shield my breast:
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
  3. The night becomes as day
    When from the heart we say:
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
    The pow’rs of darkness fear
    When this sweet chant they hear:
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
  4. 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!
  5. In Heav’n’s eternal bliss
    The loveliest strain is this,
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
    Let earth, and sea, and sky
    From depth to height reply,
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
  6. Sing, sun and stars of space,
    Sing, all that see His face;
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
    God’s whole creation o’er,
    Today and evermore,
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
  7. Be this, while life is mine,
    My song of love divine:
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
    Sing this eternal song
    Through all the ages long:
    May Jesus Christ be praised!


Sunday Hymns – Dare to be a Daniel

Here’s another hymn by Philip P. Bliss. We sang “Dare to be a Daniel” last Sunday before Tom Cantor taught from Daniel 12:1-3.

The apostle Paul taught in Romans 15:4, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” Also, referring to another Old Testament passage, the apostle said “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come (I Corinthians 10:11).

This hymn put to music these principles and applies them for us from the life of Daniel.

Dare to be a Daniel
word & music by Philip P. Bliss

1. Standing by a purpose true,
Heeding God’s command,
Honor them, the faithful few!
All hail to Daniel’s Band!

Dare to be a Daniel!
Dare to stand alone!
Dare to have a purpose firm!
Dare to make it known!

2. Many mighty men are lost,
Daring not to stand,
Who for God had been a host
By joining Daniel’s Band.


3. Many giants, great and tall,
Stalking thro’ the land,
Headlong to the earth would fall,
If met by Daniel’s Band.


4. Hold the gospel banner high;
On to vict’ry grand!
Satan and his host defy,
And shout for Daniel’s Band.


Sunday Hymns – Holy, Holy, Holy

Last Sunday, for the first hymn we sang “Holy, Holy, Holy.” This hymn, especially verse three, is drawn from Revelation chapter 4 (verse 4, 8-10). The call of “Holy, Holy, Holy” was also cried by the seraphim in Isaiah 6:3. The author, Reginald Heber, seems to connect this call with the three persons of the Trinity in the first and last verse. This song was a good way to start the worship service.

Holy, Holy, Holy
words by Reginald Heber & music by John Bacchus Dykes

  1. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty!
    Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
    Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
    God in three persons, blessed trinity!
  2. Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
    casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
    cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
    which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.
  3. Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
    though the eye of sinfulness thy glory may not see,
    only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,
    perfect in pow’r, in love, and purity.
  4. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty!
    All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth, and sky, and sea.
    Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
    God in three persons, blessed trinity!


Sunday Hymns – Glory to His Name

“Glory to His Name” was one of the hymns we sang last Sunday. The verses of this hymn follow the sequence of (verse 1) getting saved, (verse 2) being saved, (verse 3) the new life, and (verse 4) calling others to salvation. The chorus then calls out “Glory to His Name!” for each of these.

In a sermon a couple weeks ago, Tom Cantor said, “The glory of God is the explanation of who God is.” And who God is, is expressed in what he does. God is good, so he does good. God is love, so he loves. God is just, so he does justly.

Glory to His Name

Words by Elijah a. Hoffman & music by John H. Stockton

Down at the cross where my Savior died,
Down where for cleansing from sin I cried,
There to my heart was the blood applied;
Glory to His Name!

Glory to His Name, glory to His Name:
There to my heart was the blood applied;
Glory to His Name!

I am so wondrously saved from sin,
Jesus so sweetly abides within;
There at the cross where He took me in;
Glory to His Name!


Oh, precious fountain that saves from sin,
I am so glad I have entered in;
There Jesus saves me and keeps me clean;
Glory to His Name!


Come to this fountain so rich and sweet,
Cast thy poor soul at the Savior’s feet;
Plunge in today, and be made complete;
Glory to His Name!


Sunday Hymns – Be Thou My Vision

This is the last hymn we sang in our August 29th worship service. Ken connected “Be Thou My Vision“ to when Daniel had seen, Jacob had seen, and the Apostle John had seen of the Lord.

Be Thou My Vision
Words from an ancient Irish poem & music traditional Irish

1. Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
naught be all else to me, save that thou art.
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

2. Be thou my wisdom, be thou my true word;
I ever with thee, and thou with me, Lord.
Born of thy love, thy child may I be,
thou in me dwelling and I one with thee.

3. Be thou my buckler, my sword for the fight.
Be thou my dignity, thou my delight,
thou my soul’s shelter, thou my high tow’r.
Raise thou me heav’nward, O Pow’r of my pow’r.

4. Riches I heed not, nor vain empty praise;
thou mine inheritance, now and always.
Thou and thou only, first in my heart,
Ruler of heaven, my treasure thou art.

5. High King of heaven, when victory is won
may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heav’n’s Sun!
Heart of my heart, whatever befall,
still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

Sunday Hymns – No Other Plea

Here is a song we sang last Sunday. This hymn reminds us that it is the Lord Jesus Christ we trust in, the words of our confessions and creeds are referring to someone who really exists.

No Other Plea
Words by Lidie H. Edmunds & music by Andre Gretry

1. My faith has found a resting-place,
Not in device or creed;
I trust the Ever-living One;
His wounds for me shall plead.

I need no other argument,
I need no other plea;
It is enough that Jesus died,
And that He died for me.

2. Enough for me that Jesus saves,
This ends my fear and doubt;
A sinful soul I come to Him,
He’ll never cast me out.


3. My heart is leaning on the Word,
The written Word of God,
Salvation by my Saviour’s name,
Salvation thro’ His blood.


4. My great Physician heals the sick,
The lost He came to save;
For me His precious blood He shed,
For me His life He gave.


Sunday Hymns – Onward Christian Soldiers

Last Sunday we sang “Onward Christian Soldiers.” This hymn fits with the biblical teaching of the Christian life as a war.

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; and for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” (Ephesians 6:10-20)

“Onward, Christian Soldiers”
Words by Sabine S. Baring-Gould & music by Arthur S. Sullivan

1. Onward, Christian soldiers,
marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
going on before!
Christ, the royal Master,
leads against the foe;
Forward into battle,
see his banner go!

Onward, Christian soldiers,
marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
going on before!

2. At the sign of triumph
Satan’s host doth flee;
On, then, Christian soldiers,
on to victory!
Hell’s foundations quiver
at the shout of praise;
Brothers, lift your voices,
loud your anthems raise!


3. Like a mighty army
moves the church of God;
Brothers, we are treading
where the saints have trod;
We are not divided;
all one body we,
One in hope and doctrine,
one in charity.


4. Onward, then, ye people,
join our happy throng,
Blend with ours your voices
in the triumph song;
Glory, laud, and honor,
unto Christ the King;
This through countless ages
men and angels sing.


Sunday Hymns – What if it were today?

Last Sunday we sang this hymn. It fit very well with Tom Cantor’s sermon from Zechariah 14. While different people here have different views on the timing of the rapture at the Chapel, it would be wonderful if his return were today.

“What if it were today?”
Words & music by Lelia N. Morris

1. Jesus is coming to earth again–
What if it were today?
Coming in power and love to reign–
What if it were today?
Coming to claim His chosen Bride,
All the redeemed and purified,
Over this whole earth scattered wide–
What if it were today?

Glory, glory!
Joy to my heart ’twill bring;
Glory, glory!
When we shall crown Him King.
Glory, glory!
Haste to prepare the way;
Glory, glory!
Jesus will come someday.

2. Satan’s dominion will then be o’er–
O that it were today!
Sorrow and sighing shall be no more–
O that it were today!
Then shall the dead in Christ arise,
Caught up to meet Him in the skies;
When shall these glories meet our eyes?
What if it were today?


3. Faithful and true would He find us here
If He should come today?
Watching in gladness and not in fear,
If He should come today?
Signs of His coming multiply,
Morning light breaks in eastern sky;
Watch, for the time is drawing nigh–
What if it were today?


Family Night Hymns – “At Calvary”

At our last Friday Family Night, we sang “At Calvary”. It really went well with the message, as it was a testimony from someone at the Chapel. This hymn is structured like a Christian testimony. Verse one tells of one’s life before Christ; verse two is his conversion to Christ; verse three is his new life; and verse four is praising God about it.

“At Calvary”
Words by William B. Newell & music by Daniel B. Towner

1. Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died
On Calvary.

Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty
At Calvary.

2. By God’s Word at last my sin I learned;
Then I trembled at the law I’d spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned
To Calvary.


3. Now I’ve giv’n to Jesus everything,
Now I gladly own Him as my King,
Now my raptured soul can only sing
Of Calvary!


4. Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span
At Calvary!