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History of Hymns: John’s sermon, Charles’ hymn celebrate justification by faith

“Let Us Plead for Faith Alone” Charles Wesley UM Hymnal, No. 385 Let us plead for faith alone, faith by which our works is shown; God it is who justifies, only faith the grace applies. “To him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” Romans […]

History of Hymns: ‘Come, Christians, Join to Sing’ first published as children’s hymn

“Come, Christians, Join to Sing” Christian Henry Bateman UM Hymnal, No. 158 Come, Christians, join to sing: Alleluia! Amen! loud praise to Christ our King: Alleluia! Amen! Let all, with heart and voice, before his throne rejoice; praise is his gracious choice. Alleluia! Amen!  Christian Henry Bateman (1813-1899) was ordained into the Church of England […]

History of Hymns: Apocalyptic vision leads to famous 19th-century hymn

“Shall We Gather at the River” Robert Lowry UM Hymnal, No. 723 Shall we gather at the river, Where bright angel feet have trod, With its crystal tide forever Flowing by the throne of God? Yes, we’ll gather at the river, The beautiful, the beautiful river; Gather with the saints at the river That flows […]

“Mrs. Gospel Music” bridged racial barriers

“Lead Me, Guide Me” Doris Akers The Faith We Sing, No. 2214  I am weak and I need thy strength and power To help me over my weakest hour Lead me through the darkness thy face to see Lead me, O Lord, lead me. Lead me, guide me along the way, For if you lead […]

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