Tuesday, April 19, 2005

My Dream, My Song

A Good, Old-Fashioned Hymn Sing

Recently I was taking an early morning drive to a breakfast appointment and was thinking, again, of the dream I have for a quarterly (or monthly if it's successful) Community Hymn Sing on Sunday evenings. That's the old hymn-lover side of me coming out again. As I drove I thought a theme song for our gatherings would be appropriate and the following words (for verse 1) came to me. I stopped at a rest area and scribbled down the lyrics so I wouldn't forget them. I envision a three-verse song with a different well-known chorus from old hymn between each stanza.

Here's what came to me:

Oh there's nothing like a good, old fashioned hymn sing,
As we tell of all His wondrous grace and pow'r;
So let's lay aside the cares and doubts that plague us
As we praise and worship Him this very hour.

Leaning, leaning,
Safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning,
Leaning on the Everlasting arms.

And so, I'll dream on and, perhaps, put some feet and legs to the dream. I've shared it with others and there seems to be some interest!


  1. I love Hymn sings! My friend tries to get a group together about every quarter and she plays the piano and we all open our hymnals and we have a WONDERFUL time worshipping. Some little church was getting new hymnals so they donated all their old ones to her, so everyone has a book. She pretty much fills her living room with people and it is a glorious time! Most everyone there can sing, however, I don't let that stop me from making a joyful 'noise' to the Lord! Once I'm home I'll be able to sing in the front row!!! :)

  2. i'm with pilot mom ... i love to have casual hymn sings too ... i miss that in this stage of my life ... we used to do it ALL the time as teens ... i DO sing VERY LOUDLY (sometimes even on key!) when i have those gospel oldies in the CD! :o)

  3. I love the idea of the "theme song"! I also like the original lyrics you have so far. I love hymns - if it ever gets going, let us know and I'll be there!

  4. I love your idea too! As a preacher's kid, I grew up with hymns and they were the first songs I learned to play on the piano, after chopsticks! While I love much of the contemporary worship songs, there is something undeniably comforting about the hymns. And the shear poetry of those old hymns is something that is missing in the new songs! Why don't you take a survey, just for the fun of it, and ask everyone to submit the words to their favorite hymn. It would be fun to read them.