My Faith It Is an Oaken Staff

oak treeHere’s a tune for your morning meditation that will lift your spirits. Rev. Wells introduced me to this hymn and it’s become a favorite of mine. Every time we do it in church I only wish there were more verses so it lasts longer. Feel free to sing along this morning. You can see the words in the New Century Hymnal #418 or at https://hymnary.org/hymn/NCH1995/418.

There’s a very short organ introduction. When the brass come in, you start singing. Between verse 2 and verse 3 there’s a little organ interlude. But, on verse 3, BE WARNED (!), there’s a trumpet descant. What might confuse you is that the trumpet plays an echo, like a kid’s round (you know, like in “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”), of what you’re singing. So don’t get lost…hang on to your own part (follow the trombone…a trombonist will never lead you astray).


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.

Come, O Fount of Every Blessing

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.

Pescador

PescadorOne of the favorite hymns at Lakewood UCC is #173 in the New Century Hymnal: Tú has venido a la orilla (better known as Pescador de hombres) — English: You Have Come down to the Lakeshore.

Thought you might enjoy it during your morning prayers


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.