Hymn of the Week for 1/27/19- O God, Our Help In Ages Past

Text:

Verse 1

O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come,

Our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home:

 

Verse 2

Under the shadow of your throne your saints have dwelt secure;

Sufficient is your arm alone, and our defense is sure.

 

Verse 3

Before the hills in order stood or earth received its frame,

From everlasting you are God, to endless years the same.

 

Verse 4

A thousand ages in your sight are like an evening gone,

Short as the watch that ends the night before the rising sun.

 

Verse 5

Time, like an ever-rolling stream, bears all our years away;

They fly forgotten, as a dream dies at the op'ning day.

 

Verse 6

O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come,

Still be our guard while troubles last and our eternal home.

 

Text: Isaac Watts

Tune: ST. ANNE

Text:

Verse 1

Arise, your light has come! The Spirit's call obey;

Show forth the glory of your God which shines on you today.

 

Verse 2

Arise, your light has come! Fling wide the prison door;

Proclaim the captive's liberty, good tidings to the poor.

 

Verse 3

Arise, your light has come! All you in sorrow born,

Bind up the broken hearted ones and comfort those who mourn.

 

Verse 4

Arise, your light has come! The mountains burst in song!

Rise up like eagles on the wing, God's pow'r will make us strong.

 

Text: Ruth Duck (Copyright 1992 GIA Publications, Inc.)

Tune: FESTAL SONG

 

Text:

Verse 1

"I will come to you in the silence, I will lift you from all your fear.

You will hear my voice, I claim you as my choice. Be still and know I am here."

Verse 2

"I am hope for all who are hopeless, I am eyes for all who long to see.

In the shadows of the night, I will be your light. Come and rest in me."

Refrain

"Do not be afraid, I am with you. I have called you each by name.

Come and follow me, I will bring you home; I love you and you are mine."

Verse 3

"I am strength for all the despairing, healing for the ones who dwell in shame.

All the blind will see, the lame will all run free, and all will know my name." (To Refrain)

Verse 4

"I am the Word that leads all to freedom, I am the peace the world cannot give.

I will call your name, embracing all your pain. Stand up, now walk and live! (To Refrain)

 

Text and Music: David Haas (Copyright 1991 GIA Publications, Inc.)

Text:

Verse 1

The first Noel the angel did say was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;

In fields where they lay, keeping their sheep, on a cold winter's night that was so deep.

 

Refrain

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel! Born is the King of Israel.

 

Verse 2

They looked up and saw a star shining in the east beyond them far;

And to the earth it gave great light, and so it continued both day and night.  Refrain

 

Verse 3

And by the light of that same star three wise men came from country far;

To seek for a king was their intent, and to follow the star wherever it went.   Refrain

 

Verse 4

This star drew near to the northwest, o'er Bethlehem it took its rest;

And there it did both stop and stay right over the place where Jesus lay.   Refrain

 

Verse 5

Then entered in those wise men three, full rev'rently upon their knee,

And offered there in his presence their gold, and myrrh, and frankincense.  Refrain

 

Text: English traditional

Tune: THE FIRST NOWELL