Last week was our last week before needing to suspend in-person services. One of the hymns we did was #459 in the New Century Hymnal, “Come, O Fount of Every Blessing.”
I love this hymn tune. It, and similar early American hymns tunes, are part and parcel of my youth, where as a kid in Southern Illinois–down where it Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee all meet–I learned to play in public by playing for my father’s Wednesday night and Sunday night prayer meetings. (He, grandfathers on both sides, and my sister, were all Methodist ministers!) That handful of folks must have been very, very patient!
So, here’s what we sang last week. If you want to sing along but you don’t happen to have a New Century Hymnal laying around, you can go to https://hymnary.org/hymn/NCH1995/459 for information or https://hymnary.org/text/come_thou_fount_of_every_blessing which has the old-timey words that I learned growing up.
Just a reminder that the complete collection of these hymn recordings is available for free listening (streaming) at https://soundcloud.com/hilton-kean-jones/sets/hymns-at-lakewood. When each new recording is posted on the church website, it is also added to this album.