Buckna Presbyterian Church

Weekend Playlist – 17.04.20

Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs to Help You Worship at Home

Here are the hymns we were planning to sing in Buckna this weekend.

Morning

Will Your Anchor Hold

When I Was Lost

Wide and Long and High and Deep

Jesus, Your Name

Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)

Evening

You’re the Lion of Judah

Our God is an Awesome God

There is a Redeemer

Offering: O Church Arise (Shine)

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

Lord I Need You

Hymn of the Weekend

May the Peoples Praise You, Keith and Kristyn Getty

This is a more recent hymn written by the Gettys. It’s based on verses in 1 Peter which speak about God rescuing us and bringing us into His marvellous light. We’re going to include a recording of this hymn in our service on Sunday.

One Hymn Explained

Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah

This weekend we’re thinking about another classic hymn – Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah. This hymn is as much a national hymn of Wales as Abide With me is of England. William Williams, the author, is considered by some to be the father of Welsh hymnody.

Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah is informally known as the Welsh rugby hymn because it is often sung by crowds at Welsh international rugby matches. This hymn is usually sung to the Welsh tune Cwm Rhondda which was composed by John Hughes. It has been sung at the royal weddings of the Prince of Wales’ family and it was sung at Princess Diana’s funeral. Welsh coal miners have sung it while going down to the mines. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, the great Bible preacher, considered the author the best hymn writer ever.

The hymn is built entirely around Biblical material and focused in particular on the story of Exodus and the forty year wandering in the wilderness. There are allusions to manna (the bread from heaven), the pillar of fire that guided the Israelites by night and the pillar of cloud that led them by the day, the water that flowed from a rock, the crossing of the Jordan River and entry into the promised land of Canaan.

The allusions are changed however to apply to the universal journey and pilgrimage through life. The mention of bread of heaven points us to the true bread from heaven, the Lord Jesus. The final verse beautifully and poetically reminds us of what Jesus has done through His finished work:

Death of death, and hell’s destruction,
Land me safe on Canaan’s side.

Williams was a Calvinistic Methodist and it’s likely that he borrowed the line, “death of death,” from John Owen’s classic work The Death of Death in the Death of Christ. The whole hymn focuses on our weakness and on God’s strength. We’re told that He is the great Jehovah, the bread of heaven, the strong deliverer, our strength and shield and the One who causes the death of death and hell’s destruction.

As the final lines of the hymn remind us, these truths should bring us to sing songs of praises to the Lord. We’re going to include a recording of this hymn in our service on Sunday.

Over the weekend, take some time to meditate on the truths of this hymn. A fruitful exercise would be to take a note of the themes of the hymn and then to find Scriptural references to match them.

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If you are a facebook user, then we would invite to to join with us there. Over the coming weeks and months it is our intention to use facebook to provide useful information, highlight upcoming online events and share items of praise that can be used in conjunction with our online services.

We feel this is a great way for our Church to remain active in these uncertain times and to let the wider world have a little glimpse of our life in the Braid.