21 Jan 2024

Hymns on Sunday, 21 January 2024

From Hymns on Sunday, 4:15 am on 21 January 2024

A memory of the Pope's visit to Cardiff in the 1980s, a favourite hymn from Bible Class days, and a dedication to a beloved grandfather: some of the inspirations behind this week's hymn requests.

Holy Trinity Cathedral

Holy Trinity Cathedral Photo: RNZ / Paul Bushnell


Artist: Choir of Wells Cathedral, Malcolm Archer (dir), Rupert Gough (organ)
Words/Music: Joachim Neander trans Robert Bridges/Herbert Howells
Recording: Hyperion 711210

All my hope on God is founded;
he doth still my trust renew.
Me through change and chance he guideth,
only good and only true.
God unknown,
he alone
calls my heart to be his own.

Pride of man and earthly glory,
sword and crown betray his trust;
what with care and toil he buildeth,
tower and temple, fall to dust.
But God's power,
hour by hour,
is my temple and my tower.

God's great goodness aye endureth,
deep his wisdom, passing thought:
splendour, light, and life attend him,
beauty springeth out of naught.
from his store
new-born worlds rise and adore.

Daily doth th' Almighty giver
bounteous gifts on us bestow;
his desire our soul delighteth,
pleasure leads us where we go.
Love doth stand
at his hand;
joy doth wait on his command.

Still from earth to God eternal
sacrifice of praise be done,
high above all praises praising
for the gift of Christ his Son.
Christ doth call
one and all:
ye who follow shall not fall.


Artist: Choir of Christ’s College, Cambridge, David Rowland (dir), Simon Jacobs (organ)
Words/Music: John Bunyan, Percy Dearmer/Trad arr Ralph Vaughan Williams
Recording: Priory PRCD 721

He who would valiant be
'Gainst all disaster,
Let him in constancy
Follow the Master.
There's no discouragement
Shall make him once relent
His first avowed intent
To be a pilgrim.

Who so beset him round
With dismal stories,
Do but themselves confound
His strength the more is.
No foes shall stay his might,
Though he with giants fight;
He will make good his right
To be a pilgrim.

Since, Lord, thou dost defend
Us with thy Spirit
We know we at the end
Shall life inherit.
Then, fancies, flee away!
I'll fear not what men say,
I'll labour night and day
To be a pilgrim.


Artist: Woolston Brass, David Gallaher (dir)
Music: Joseph Parry arr James McGregor
Recording: Private


Artist: Haatea Kapa Haka, David Tapene
Words/Music: Himene 111
Recording: Private 2023

Titiro mai, e te Atua,
Ki tenei whakaminenga,
Kia whakarongo iho koe
Ki tenei rangi whakapai.

Hei konei ra koe noho ai,
Hei waengai a matou nei:
Manaakitia mai ra e koe
Te kahui o tou atawhai:

Kia tika ai te waiata
Kia pono ai te karakia;
He mea kia riroiho ai
Te taro o te oranga.

Kia tau te oro whakapai
I roto i te whare nei;
Hei konei oho ake ai
Nga Areruia hari nui.


God, look
At this gathering
So that you may hear
This song of praise.

Let you be one with us
In our midst
May you bless
The gathering which you care for.

So that we may sing righteously
And pray faithfully
So that we may receive
The bread of life.

Let the songs of praise be beautiful
In this house;
It is here this present moment
To sing with Hallelujahs of great happiness.




Artist: Anonymous 4
Words/Music: William Walford/William Bradbury
Recording: Harmonia Mundi HMU 907326

Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer,
That calls me from a world of care
And bids me at my Father's throne
Make all my wants and wishes known!
In seasons of distress and grief
My soul has often found relief,
And oft escaped the tempter's snare
By thy return, sweet hour of prayer.

Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer,
Thy wings shall my petition bear
To Him whose truth and faithfulness
Engage the waiting soul to bless:
And since He bids me seek His face,
Believe His Word and trust His grace,
I'll cast on Him my ev'ry care,
And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer,

Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer,
May I thy consolation share,
Till, from Mount Pisgah's lofty height,
I view my home and take my flight:
This robe of flesh I'll drop and rise
To seize the everlasting prize;
And shout, while passing through the air,
"Farewell, farewell, sweet hour of prayer!"


Artist: Choir of St John’s, Elora, Paul Halley
Words/Music: John Ellerton/Clement Scholefield
Recording: Naxos 8.557037

The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended,
The darkness falls at Thy behest;
To Thee our morning hymns ascended,
Thy praise shall hallow now our rest.

We thank Thee that Thy Church unsleeping,
While earth rolls onward into light,
Through all the world her watch is keeping,
And rests not now by day or night.

The sun, that bids us rest, is waking
Our brethren 'neath the western sky,
And hour by hour fresh lips are making
Thy wondrous doings heard on high.

So be it, Lord; Thy throne shall never,
Like earth's proud empires, pass away:
But stand, and rule, and grow for ever,
Till all Thy creatures own Thy sway.


Artist: Choir of St Mary’s Episcopal Church, Edinburgh
Words/Music: Anon trans Byrne, versified Hull/Trad
Recording: Priory PRCD 376

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
be all else but naught to me, save that thou art;
be thou my best thought in the day and the night,
waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be thou my wisdom, be thou my true word;
be thou ever with me, and I with thee, Lord;
be thou my great Father: and I thy true son;
be thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise
be thou mine inheritance now and always
be thou and thou only, the first in my heart
O Sovereign of Heaven, my treasure thou art.

High King of Heaven, thou Heaven’s bright sun!
O grant me its joys after victory is won,
great heart of my own heart whatever befall,
still be thou my vision, O ruler of all.


Artist: Upper Norwood Salvation Army Band and Songsters
Words/Music: George Bennard
Recording: Word SALCD 002

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
the emblem of suffering and shame;
and I love that old cross where the dearest and best
for a world of lost sinners was slain.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
and exchange it some day for a crown.

O the old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
has a wondrous attraction for me;
for the dear Lamb of God left his glory above
to bear it to dark Calvary.


Artist: The Festival Singers, Wellington
Words/Music: Lenny Smith
Recording: Festivity Productions FPCD 2007

How lovely on the mountains are the feet of Him,
Who brings good news, good news,
Announcing peace, proclaiming news of happiness:
Our God reigns, our God reigns!
Our God reigns (x 3)

Waste places of Jerusalem break forth with joy
Shout for your king, your king
The Lord has saved and comforted his people
Our God reigns, our God reigns!
Our God reigns (x 3)

Ends of the earth, see the salvation of your God
Jesus is Lord, is Lord
Before the nations He has bared His holy arm
Our God reigns, our God reigns!
Our God reigns (x 3)

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