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HYMN 164 Who Is it We See on the Highway?

Swedish: Vem är det som kommer på vägen Mark 10:13-16 Let the children come to me... Text: Britt G. Hallqvist (1914-1997) Tune: Egil Hovland (1924-2013) 1. Who is it we see on the highway With light shining bright in his hair? Oh, that is our Master, Christ Jesus, To him let us run, he is here. 2. The children left playing with jump ropes, Their forts made of clay and of straw. And all of the mammas came running To bring him their children so small. 3. But then James and Peter got angry, “Leave Jesus alone, he is tired! Your pushing and shouting is noisy The Lord wants to preach, so be quiet!” 4. “No, now’s not the time to be preaching, For I want to care for the young. For such is the

HYMN 163 The Only Son from Heaven

German: Herr Christ, der Ein'ge Gottessohn Norwegian: Guds son i krubba funnen Text: Elisabeth Cruciger (1500-1535). Tune: Enchiridion 1524 Erfuhrt 1. Lord Christ, from God forever, The Father’s only Son, From his heart ceasing never, As prophets long had sung. He is the Star of morning, Whose beams afar are soaring Above all other lights. 2. For us, he was incarnate Now in these latter days So we were not abandoned Before eternity. For us death’s power was broken, The courts of heaven opened That life may bloom again. 3. Let us imbibe your mercy, Of wisdom take our fill, And stay within faith’s limits, To do the Spirit’s will. For in our hearts so broken We long to taste your sweetness, Th

HYMN 162 Heavenly Sunshine! Heavenly Sunshine!

Text: Henry Jeffreys Zelley (1859-1942) Tune: George H. Cook (??-1948) arr. Charles Fuller 1. Walking in sunlight all of my journey Over the mountains, through the deep vale Jesus has said, I'll never forsake thee Promise divine that never can fail. R/ Heavenly sunshine, Heavenly sunshine Flooding my soul with glory divine. Hallelujah, I am rejoicing Singing His praises, Jesus is mine. 2. Shadows around me, shadows above me, Never conceal my Savior and Guide; He is the light, in Him is no darkness Ever I'm walking close to His side. R/ 3. In the bright sunlight, ever rejoicing, Pressing my way to mansions above, Singing His praises, gladly I'm walking, Walking in sunlight, sunlight o

HYMN 161 In the Cross of Christ I Glory

Galatians 6:14 Text: John Bowring (1792-1872) Tune: Ithamar Conkey (1815-1867) RATHBUN 1. In the cross of Christ I glory, Towering o'er the wrecks of time; All the light of sacred story Gathers round its head sublime. 2. When the woes of life o'ertake me, Hopes deceive, and fears annoy, Never shall the cross forsake me. Lo! it glows with peace and joy. 3. When the sun of bliss is beaming Light and love upon my way, From the cross the radiance streaming Adds more luster to the day. 4. Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure, By the cross are sanctified; Peace is there that knows no measure, Joys that through all time abide. 5. In the cross of Christ I glory, Towering o'er the wreck

HYMN 160 It still is bright summer

Danish: Endnu er det sommer Text: Lisbeth Smedegaard Andersen (1934--). Tune: René A. Jensen 1. It still is bright summer, breezes Brush soft on skin in the light The indigo skies of late August With luminous starry nights. 2. The mornings are feeling chilly In autumn we understand All flesh is like grass, our days ending Like wind cov’ring tracks in sand. 3. But Jesus’ Word is the truth and The faith that we do believe. We live all our days in God’s presence It’s just like eternity. 4. He sends us out on a journey And know where all of it leads Perhaps it is time you should reach out With hope for someone in need. 5. Forgive an old foe a blunder And set your old hurts aside And quietly

HYMN 159 O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus!

Text: Samuel Trevor Francis (1834-1925) Tune: Thomas John Williams (1869-1944) Ebenezer 1. O the deep, deep love of Jesus! Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free, Rolling as a mighty ocean In its fullness over me. Underneath me, all around me, Is the current of thy love; Leading onward, leading homeward, To thy glorious rest above. 2. O the deep, deep love of Jesus! Spread his praise from shore to shore; How he loveth, ever loveth, Changeth never, nevermore; How he watches o'er his loved ones, Died to call them all his own; How for them he intercedeth, Watcheth o'er them from the throne. 3. O the deep, deep love of Jesus! Love of ev'ry love the best: 'Tis an ocean vast of blessing, 'Tis a haven

HYMN 158 Cleansed and Forgiven

Norwegian: Ren og Rettferdig Text : Ole Brattekaas (1863-1916) Tune: Swedish folk tune 1. Cleansed and forgiven, Ready for heaven, Jesus has covered all of my sin. His word assures me, Sin cannot hurt me, He has forgiv’n me; I’m whole again. Now I am saved and blessed for he— My Lord has set me free—really free! Free from all dying, Judgment and sighing, Amen! Hallelujah! 2. I had been fearing God would not hear me, No longer pour his grace out to me. Oh, I was fearful, Struggling and tearful Pain filled my heart, and all I could see. But in my struggles, efforts at life, All I could find was death, pain, and strife. God’s Lamb victorious Shone bright and glorious, Amen! Hallelujah! 3. O

HYMN 157 The Hymns of Xiaomin

Text: Xiaomin (1970-). Tune: Xiaomin (1970-) MEDITATION (This is a little different, but well worth your consideration!) From the 19th century on, the romance of China attracted many Westerners to want to learn about China, buy Chinese wares, or go there, not just as a tourist, but sometimes as a missionary. Hudson Taylor (1832-1905) the founder of the China Inland Mission, CIM, was destined for China from before his birth. His father, James, a lay preacher, who had a passion for the Gospel and China, prayed over his wife’s womb, heavy with the infant, that he would go to China as missionary. When he was a teenager, Hudson, after a youthful rebellion, converted, and in 1849 he committed him

HYMN 156 Lord, keep us Steadfast in your word

Danish: Behold os, Herre, ved dit ord German: Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort Norwegian: Gud, hold oss oppe ved ditt ord Text: Martin Luther (1483-1546). Tune: Josef Klug (1490-1552) Geistliche Lieder 1543 1. Lord, keep us steadfast in your Word; Curb those who by deceit or sword Would wrest the kingdom from your Son And bring to naught all he has done. 2. Lord Jesus Christ, your pow'r make known, For you are Lord of lords alone; Defend your holy church, that we May sing your praise triumphantly. 3. O Comforter of priceless worth, Send peace and unity on earth; Support us in our final strife, And lead us out of death to life. Tr. Catherine Winkworth MEDITATION Of late, I have b

HYMN 155 Now the Day is Over

German: Nun der Tag vorüber Text: Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1934). Tune: Joseph Barnby (1838-1896) 1. Now the day is over, Night is drawing nigh, Shadows of the evening Steal across the sky. 2. Now the darkness gathers, Stars their watch do keep; Birds and beasts and flowers Soon will be asleep. 3.. Jesus, give the weary Calm and sweet repose; With Thy tend'rest blessing May our eyelids close. 4. Thro' the long night watches, May thine angels spread Their white wings above me, Watching round my bed. 5. Grant to little children Visions bright of Thee; Guard the sailors tossing On the deep blue sea. 6.. Comfort ev'ry suff'rer Watching late in pain; Those who plan some evil From their sin rest

HYMN 154 What Joy to Reach the Harbor

Danish: Hvor er det godt at lande Norwegian: Hvor er det godt å lande Luke 15:11-32 Text: Hans Adolph Brorson (1694-1764). Tune: Norwegian folk/Danish: Olaf Ring (1884-1946) 1. What joy to reach the harbor Of heavn’ly peace and rest, To sing, released from sorrow, The anthems of the blest! As children there in mansions fair, The Father’s love with Christ to share What joy to reach the harbor Of heav’nly peace and rest. 2. How sweet to taste the manna, The goodness of the Lord, While rings the glad hosanna Around the festal board, Nay, e’en to see, eternally Enrapt, the glorious Trinity. How sweet to taste the manna, The goodness of the Lord. 3. What bliss to wear forever The bridal crown

HYMN 153 Just a Little Talk with Jesus

Text: Cleavant Derricks (1910-1977) Tune: arr. Cleavant Derricks (1910-1977) 1. I once was lost in sin but Jesus took me in And then a little light from heaven filled my soul He bathed my heart in love and He wrote my name above And just a little talk with Jesus makes me whole: R/Now let us have a little talk with Jesus, Let us tell Him all about our troubles, He will hear our faintest cry, He will answer by and by And when you feel a little prayer wheel turnin' And you will know a little fire is burnin' Find a little talk with Jesus makes it right. 2. I may have doubts and fears, my eyes be filled with tears, But Jesus is a friend who watches day and night, I go to him in prayer, He

HYMN 152 O Jesus, Let my Eyes be Opened

Norwegian: O Jesu åpne du mitt øye Swedish: O Jesu öppna du mitt öga 2 Thessalonians 2:14 Text: Lina Sandell (1832-1903). Tune: Heinrich Pfeil (1835-1899) 1. O Jesus, let my eyes be opened, So I can see what I’ve been giv’n: That I’ve a Father in the highest Whose Father’s heart would give me heav’n, Whose Father’s heart would give me heav’n. 2. I have a brother high in heaven At God’s right hand, who cares for me. He sends his grace, so overflowing, As wide as God’s eternity, As wide as God’s eternity. 3. I have a solace for my sorrow, A comforter and hope for good. I have eternal life forever, Eternal peace in Jesus’ blood, Eternal peace in Jesus’ blood. 4. I have a life, yes, life abunda

HYMN 151 Turn your Eyes upon Jesus

Text: Helen Howarth Lemmel (1864-1961) Tune: Helen Howarth Lemmel (1864-1961) R/Turn your eyes upon Jesus Look full in His wonderful face And the things of earth will grow strangely dim In the light of His glory and grace. 1. Oh, soul are you weary and troubled? No light in the darkness you see? There's light for a look at the Savior And life more abundant and free. R/ 2. Through death into life everlasting He passed and we follow Him there O'er us sin no more hath dominion For more than conquerors we are. R/ 3. His word shall not fail you, He promised Believe Him and all will be well Then go to a world that is dying His perfect salvation to tell. R/ MEDITATION Here we have a camp song

HYMN 150 I Know of a Sleep in Jesus' Name

Norwegian: Jeg vet meg en søvn i Jesu navn Swedish: Jag vet mig en sömn i Jesu namn Matthew 9:18-26 Text: Magnus Brostrup Landstad (1802-1880) Tune: Christoph Ernst Friedrich Weyse (1774-1842) 1. I know of a sleep in Jesus' name, A rest from all toil and sorrow; Earth folds in her arms my weary frame And shelters it till the morrow. My soul is at home with God in heav'n; Her sorrows are past and over. 2. I know of a peaceful eventide; And when I am faint and weary, At times with the journey sorely tried, Through hours that are long and dreary, Then often I yearn to lay me down And sink into blissful slumber. 3. I know of a morning bright and fair When tidings of joy shall wake us, When song

HYMN 149 Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart

Philippians 4:9-14 Text: Edward H. Plumptre (1821-1891). Tune: Arthur Henry Messiter (1834-1916) 1. Rejoice, O pure in heart, Rejoice, give thanks, and sing; Your festal banner wave on high, The cross of Christ your King. R/Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice, give thanks, and sing! 2. Bright youth and snow-crowned age, Both men and women, raise On high your free, exulting song, Declare God's wondrous praise. R/ 3. Still lift your standard high, Still chanting as you go, From youth to age, by night and day, In gladness and in woe. R/ 4. At last the march shall end; The wearied ones shall rest, The pilgrims reach their home at last, Jerusalem the blest. R/ 5. Prais

HYMN 148 Evening and Morning

German: Die Güldne Sonne Text: Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676). Johann Georg Ebeling (1620-1676) 1. The golden morning, Joy her adorning, On us is gleaming, Rays brightly beaming, With her beloved heart-quickening light. My head and members Lay deep in their slumbers, But now awaking, All sleep from me shaking, Gazing on heav’n, I rejoice at the sight. 2. Mine eye’s beholding God’s work unfolding, Made for His glory, Telling the story Of all His power so mighty and great And where the Father His faithful shall gather In peace, whenever Earth’s ties they shall sever, Leaving this mortal and perishing state. 3. Come ye with singing, Our Maker bringing Each good and blessing We are possessing:

HYMN 147 He's Got the Whole World in his Hands

Norwegian: Han har den heile vide verda Psalm 92:4; Psalm 102:25-27 Text: African American Spiritual. Tune: African American Spiritual 1 He's got the whole world in his hands. He's got the whole world in his hands. He's got the whole world in his hands. He's got the whole world in his hands. 2 He's got the wind and the rain in his hands. R/ He's got the whole world in his hands. 3 He's got the little tiny baby in his hands R/ He's got the whole world in his hands. 4 He's got you and me, brother, in his hands R/ He's got the whole world in his hands. 5 He's got you and me, sister, in his hands R/ He's got the whole world in his hands. 6 He's got everybody here in his hands R/ He's got th

HYMN 146 On our Way Rejoicing

Psalm 84:4 Text: John B. D. Monsell (1811-1875) Tune: Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-1879) 1. On our way rejoicing, As we homeward move, Hearken to our praises, O Thou God of love! Is there grief or sadness? Thine it cannot be! Is our sky beclouded? Clouds are not from Thee! On our way rejoicing, As we homeward move, Hearken to our praises, O Thou God of love! 2. If with honest-hearted Love for God and man, Day by day Thou find us Doing what we can, Thou Who giv'st the seed-time Wilt give large increase, Crown the head with blessings, Fill the heart with peace. On our way rejoicing, As we homeward move, Hearken to our praises, O Thou God of love! 3. On our way rejoicing Gladly let us go; C

HYMN 145 I'm a Pilgrim, And I'm a Stranger

Swedish: Jag är främling, Jag är en pilgrim Text: Mary Stanley Bunce Dana Shindler (1810-1883) Tune: Oskar Ahnfelt (1813-1882) 1. I'm a pilgrim, and I'm a stranger, I can tarry, I can tarry but a night; Do not detain me, for I am going To where the fountains are ever flowing: I'm a pilgrim, and I'm a stranger, I can tarry, I can tarry but a night. 2. There the glory is ever shining; O my longing heart, my longing heart is there: Here in this country so dark and dreary I long have wandered, forlorn and weary: I'm a pilgrim, and I'm a stranger, I can tarry, I can tarry but a night. 3. Of the city to which I'm going My Redeemer, my Redeemer is the light; There is no sorrow, nor any sighing, No


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