Hymns: Lord of all Nations, Grant Me Grace

A timely hymn of unity, of grace, and of peace.

Hymns: What a Friend we have in Jesus

Joseph Medlicott Scriven was in 1819 born to John and Jane Scriven of Banbridge, Ireland. Joseph had a rather turbulent life even from a young age. He had wanted to serve in the military, but his poor health led to him studying at Trinity College, which he graduated from in 1842. A year later, his fiancée drowned …

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Hymns: Before the Throne of God

Charitie (Smith) Bancroft was born June of 1841 in Dublin, Ireland. Her father was a Reverend at the Colebrooke Church in Dublin, and her "talent for poetic composition" arose early in her life. Charitie's first poems and hymns were published before she was even twenty! Outside of her writing, little is known about her life …

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The Separation of Children and Church

"You can't just read the Bible to them!" "The sermon isn't for them." "It'll go over their heads!" "We have to introduce at least one new song every week - so they won't get bored." I am astounded every time I hear one of these statements, or ones like them. Typically, they come up in …

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Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs

What sort of songs should we be singing in worship? This debate has been going on for some time. I have known people who think this or that type of music should be sung and another that or this type. I have known people who refused to go to services because they played contemporary music. …

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