Hymns of praise

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July 9, 2018

In this morning’s Fruit of the Vine, Gary Fawver discusses the contribution Thomas Ken made to the life of the church in the late 17th and early 18th century. As an academic and church leader, Ken wrote music, including “three hymns – one each for morning, evening, and midnight. He charged his students to ‘sing the Morning and Evening Hymn in your chamber devoutly.’” You may not be familiar with these three hymns, but it’s likely that you have sung at least a part of each song. Gary writes that “the ‘Doxology’ that we sing in our churches was the closing stanza of each of these three hymns.”

Praise God the Father who’s the source;
Praise God the Son who is the course;
Praise God the Spirit who’s the flow;
Praise God, our portion here below!

How might you experience each day if it were shaped by hymns of praise at morning, at evening, and at midnight!

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