QUOTE(fsharpminor @ Jan 2 2012, 08:34 PM)
QUOTE(Aquarelle @ Jan 2 2012, 07:35 PM)
As a lusty singing member of the Methodist church Sunday School I have sung most of the hymns mentioned above. In those days not only did we have the 900 plus hymns of the MHB but there was also a separate Sunday School Hymn Book. Others that come to mind are:
Children of Jerusalem with a much enjoyed refrain "Hark,hark, hark while infant voices sing Loud hosannas to our king."
I also remember:
Lord, make my life a little light
Hushed was the evening hymn
God has given us a book full of stories
Tell me the stories of Jesus
When mothers of Salem
Onward Christian soldiers
and many others including from the "Beginners Class" - I must have been four or five at the time -
"Hear the pennies dropping, Listen while they fall, Every one for Jesus, He shall have them all." which we sang as we dropped a penny in the collection box.
'Mothers of Salem was the first hymn I ever played on a church organ for a service !! (I was 13)
I also remember 'Hear the Pennies dropping ' when at infant Sunday School.
Most of the songs we sang at age 4 - 7 were in two books, one red and one blue, by Carey Bonner. Not sure if they are still available.
Two from that book which I mentioned earlier:- (Actions are required aslo)
Only a boy called David, only a rippling brook,
Only a boy called David, five little stones he took.
One little stone went in the sling, and the sling went round and round
One little stone went up up up , and the giant came tumbling down
Now Zaccheus was a very little man, and a very little man was he,
He climbed into a Sycamore tree, for the Saviour he wanted to see,
Now when the Saviour passed that way, he looked into the tree,
And said 'Now Zaccheus you come down, I'm coming to your house for tea'
'Jesus bids us shine with a pure clear light'......... (as posted earlier)
Replied to this thread yesterday but 'puter said no...
Glad that I live am I;
when a Knight won his spurs;
Jesus bids us shine;
and "My faith it is a trusty sword."
(incidentally my Jewish best friend told me that it always made her day when she got to sing "when a knight" in assembly... but she couldn't tell her dad...)
Ooh yes, Wide, Wide as the ocean, we did that one too. Definitely better than "Creator God, we celebrate You!"
I love the Zaccheus song and was v cross that we had this reading and a sermon on it twice in a month last year and not once did we sing the song! Similarly how can you have a service including the reading on Jacob's Ladder and not sing "alleluia to Jesus who died on the tree and has raised up a ladder of mercy for me"???
Does the one about daisies and silver also include something about summer suns are glowing over land and sea?
Possibly the most memorable of these childhood hymns (or worship songs
) was one specially written for the link with an Africa in our diocese.
There are people making music in the village
And the people are all dancing to the sound of the drums
there is something something something something something (this was nearly 40 years ago, sorry!)
And there are pygmies in the forest where nobody comes.
Boga, Zaire! We want to share all the truth we have found
The love of Jesus is spreading around
In Boga, Zaire.
The next verse went on to finish
"We will buy a Range Rover for the Bishop,
And a Volkswagen Beetle for the Archdeacon too"
Perhaps we should just resurrect Glad that I live am I?
I can also remember the percussion we used in school to Hatherop Castle and the other one (which is At the name of Jesus and which is O Jesus I have promised?) and am itching to revive it in our church...