Faith – Hebrews 11 – Joshua fought the battle of Jericho

I am preparing for a prayer meeting tonight and looking for something to read before prayer.  On that note, Hebrews 11 comes to mind.  So here goes…

1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen

For by it the elders obtained a good report.

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:

10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.

12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.

13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.

15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,

18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:

19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.

21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.

22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.

23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper (comely – pleasant to look at) child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.

24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;

25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.

 

Joshua fought the battle of Jericho see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3QUS4B0iaM   and see… https://hymnary.org/text/you_may_talk_about_the_men_of_gideon

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.

31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:

33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.

34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.

35 Women received their dead raised to life again: 

If you are observant you will notice that I have missed something.   And yes you are right.  It is a final couple of verses in Hebrews 11.  These should be here to provide balance and the full story about faith.

and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:

36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;

38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect (since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect). 

Cycle and Pedestrian Routes info

Subject Cycle and Pedestrian Paths in general Scotland

  1. Cycle and pedestrian paths are 100% funded by Sustrans (a UK wide charity based at Bristol that supports cyclists).
  2. Sustrans design these routes with the cyclist in mind.  That is to encourage cycling and exercise.
  3. My comment… There is also another group that use the routes.   That is pedestrians,  I must say that any General Practitioner recommends walking as a means of exercise.  Therefore, in a mixed-use environment, the safety of all users need to be considered, not just cyclists.  Therefore, there should be clear instructions to cyclists and pedestrians to take care on these traffic ways.  This is important as it is not the usual custom for cyclists to ride in what could be considered a pedestrian space.
  4. It is also noted that on a Sunday on one recently upgraded Sustrans cycle/pedestrian path at about 9:40 am a cyclist came at speed on a pathway towards some pedestrian traffic lights.  At that day and that time, there were no others on the pathway. (I suspect but don’t know but that the route may have been designed to 18mph standards  – here there should also be a sign asking cyclists and pedestrians to take care).  More markings are needed on any such pathways to make clear the mixed usage.  
  5. More Info: Resources Transport Scotlandhttps://www.transport.gov.scot/media/14173/cycling_by_design_2010__rev_1__june_2011_.pdf

  6. More Info: Resources Sustrans

https://www.sustrans.org.uk/sites/default/files/file_content_type/sustrans_handbook_for_cycle-friendly_design_11_04_14.pdf

The earth for ever is the Lord’s (Psalm 24)

The earth for ever is the Lord’s (Psalm 24)
Hymn Written by Isaac Watts 17 July 1674 to 25 November 1748
Tune Amazing Grace

The earth for ever is the Lord’s,
With Adam’s num’rous race;
He raised its arches o’er the floods,
And built it on the seas.

But who among the sons of men
May visit thine abode?
He that has hands from mischief clean,
Whose heart is right with God.

This is the man may rise and take
The blessings of his grace;
This is the lot of those that seek
The God of Jacob’s face.

Now let our souls’ immortal powers
To meet the Lord prepare,
Lift up their everlasting doors,
The King of glory’s near.

The King of glory! who can tell
The wonders of his might?
He rules the nations; but to dwell
With saints is his delight

ScotRail – Delays for April 2019

Not many people understand the frustration, heartache, and hassle when the trains are late. 

The odd glitch of course with any mode of transport is acceptable. 

Below you will see a long list of late train times for the month. 

But the image here is to highlight the bit I just can’t catch easily.  That is the continual reduction of rail transport carriages at peak time at the busy rail stations.  Image courtesy of James Henderson on Twitter.

Three carriage service reduced to two carriages almost daily see:

https://twitter.com/searchf=tweets&q=scotrail%20fife&src=typd

April 04, 2019 at 04:44 am | 09:38 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 10:40 | 09:38 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 10:40 will be started from Inverkeithing.

April 04, 2019 at 05:23 am | 07:30 Edinburgh to Aberdeen due 09:56 | 07:30 Edinburgh to Aberdeen due 09:56 will call additionally at Inverkeithing.

April 04, 2019 at 05:48 pm | 17:36 Edinburgh to Aberdeen due 20:03 | 17:36 Edinburgh to Aberdeen due 20:03 will call additionally at Inverkeithing.

April 04, 2019 at 06:50 pm | 18:13 Edinburgh to Glenrothes With Thornton due 19:10 | 18:13 Edinburgh to Glenrothes With Thornton due 19:10 has been delayed at North Queensferry and is now 10 minutes late.

April 05, 2019 at 06:47 am | 07:30 Edinburgh to Aberdeen due 09:56 | 07:30 Edinburgh to Aberdeen due 09:56 will call additionally at Inverkeithing.

April 05, 2019 at 03:37 pm | 17:55 Edinburgh to Glenrothes With Thornton due 18:57 | 17:55 Edinburgh to Glenrothes With Thornton due 18:57 will be started from Inverkeithing.

April 05, 2019 at 08:39 pm | 20:00 Edinburgh to Dundee due 21:32 | 20:00 Edinburgh to Dundee due 21:32 is being delayed at Inverkeithing and is now expected to be 8 minutes late.

April 06, 2019 at 08:45 am | 08:48 Edinburgh to Glenrothes With Thornton due 09:51 | 08:48 Edinburgh to Glenrothes With Thornton due 09:51 will be started from Inverkeithing.

April 06, 2019 at 09:55 am | 09:53 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 10:50 | 09:53 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 10:50 will be started from Inverkeithing.

April 06, 2019 at 12:14 pm | 11:02 Perth to Edinburgh due 12:21 | 11:02 Perth to Edinburgh due 12:21 has been delayed at Inverkeithing and is now 12 minutes late.

April 06, 2019 at 12:44 pm | 11:03 Arbroath to Edinburgh due 12:52 | 11:03 Arbroath to Edinburgh due 12:52 has been delayed at Inverkeithing and is now 13 minutes late.

April 08, 2019 at 10:25 am | 09:38 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 10:40 | 09:38 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 10:40 has been delayed between Rosyth and Inverkeithing and is now 10 minutes late.

April 08, 2019 at 05:51 pm | 17:07 Edinburgh to Glenrothes With Thornton due 18:14 | 17:07 Edinburgh to Glenrothes With Thornton due 18:14 will be terminated at Inverkeithing.

April 08, 2019 at 05:51 pm | 17:18 Edinburgh to Cardenden due 18:23 | 17:18 Edinburgh to Cardenden due 18:23 is being delayed at Inverkeithing.

April 08, 2019 at 05:51 pm | 17:16 Edinburgh to Kirkcaldy due 18:04 | 17:16 Edinburgh to Kirkcaldy due 18:04 has been delayed at Inverkeithing and is now 15 minutes late.

 

April 09, 2019 at 12:31 am | 13:53 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 14:54 | 13:53 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 14:54 will be started from Inverkeithing.

April 09, 2019 at 09:24 pm | 22:05 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 23:08 | 22:05 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 23:08 will be started from Inverkeithing.

 

April 10, 2019 at 09:50 am | 07:44 Arbroath to Edinburgh due 10:00 | 07:44 Arbroath to Edinburgh due 10:00 has been delayed at Inverkeithing and is now 7 minutes late.

April 11, 2019 at 07:30 am | 08:42 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 09:46 | 08:42 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 09:46 will be started from Inverkeithing.

April 11, 2019 at 07:50 am | 08:42 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 09:46 | 08:42 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 09:46 will be started from Inverkeithing.

 

April 12, 2019 at 05:51 am | 12:22 Cowdenbeath to Edinburgh due 13:05 | 12:22 Cowdenbeath to Edinburgh due 13:05 will be started from Inverkeithing.

 

April 14, 2019 at 06:47 pm | 15:18 Inverness to Edinburgh due 18:42 | 15:18 Inverness to Edinburgh due 18:42 has been delayed between Inverkeithing and Edinburgh Gateway and is now 10 minutes late.

April 14, 2019 at 08:49 pm | 19:16 Dundee to Edinburgh due 20:52 | 19:16 Dundee to Edinburgh due 20:52 has been delayed at North Queensferry and is now 10 minutes late.

April 14, 2019 at 09:37 pm | 19:07 Aberdeen to Edinburgh due 21:38 | 19:07 Aberdeen to Edinburgh due 21:38 has been delayed at Inverkeithing and is now 12 minutes late.

April 14, 2019 at 09:47 pm | 20:59 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 22:01 | 20:59 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 22:01 has been delayed between Aberdour and North Queensferry and is now 9 minutes late.

 

April 15, 2019 at 12:38 pm | 20:02 Inverkeithing to Glenrothes With Thornton due 20:40 | An additional bus service has been planned to operate as shown 20:02 Inverkeithing to Glenrothes With Thornton due 20:40.

April 15, 2019 at 04:23 pm | 12:55 Inverness to Edinburgh due 16:31 | 12:55 Inverness to Edinburgh due 16:31 has been delayed at Inverkeithing and is now 9 minutes late.

April 15, 2019 at 05:43 pm | 17:02 Edinburgh to Arbroath due 18:59 | 17:02 Edinburgh to Arbroath due 18:59 has been delayed at Inverkeithing and is now 11 minutes late.

 

April 16, 2019 at 11:13 am | 17:13 Inverkeithing to Glenrothes With Thornton due 17:46 | An additional bus service has been planned to operate as shown 17:13 Inverkeithing to Glenrothes With Thornton due 17:46.

April 16, 2019 at 11:13 am | 18:27 Inverkeithing to Glenrothes With Thornton due 19:04 | An additional bus service has been planned to operate as shown 18:27 Inverkeithing to Glenrothes With Thornton due 19:04.

April 16, 2019 at 11:23 am | 20:24 Inverkeithing to Glenrothes With Thornton due 21:01 | An additional bus service has been planned to operate as shown 20:24 Inverkeithing to Glenrothes With Thornton due 21:01.

April 16, 2019 at 11:34 am | 21:32 Inverkeithing to Glenrothes With Thornton due 22:09 | An additional bus service has been planned to operate as shown 21:32 Inverkeithing to Glenrothes With Thornton due 22:09.

April 16, 2019 at 04:17 pm | 15:05 Arbroath to Edinburgh due 16:57 | 15:05 Arbroath to Edinburgh due 16:57 will call additionally at North Queensferry, Dalmeny, and South Gyle.

April 16, 2019 at 04:17 pm | 15:52 Glenrothes With Thornton to Tweedbank due 17:51 | 15:52 Glenrothes With Thornton to Tweedbank due 17:51 will no longer call at North Queensferry, Dalmeny, and South Gyle.

April 16, 2019 at 04:48 pm | 15:05 Arbroath to Edinburgh due 16:57 | 15:05 Arbroath to Edinburgh due 16:57 will call additionally at North Queensferry, Dalmeny, and South Gyle.

 

April 17, 2019 at 08:38 am | 07:09 Dundee to Edinburgh due 08:45 | 07:09 Dundee to Edinburgh due 08:45 has been delayed at Inverkeithing and is now 9 minutes late.

April 17, 2019 at 08:38 am | 07:43 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 08:51 | 07:43 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 08:51 has been delayed between Rosyth and Inverkeithing and is now 9 minutes late.

April 17, 2019 at 08:48 am | 20:24 Inverkeithing to Glenrothes With Thornton due 21:01 | An additional bus service has been planned to operate as shown 20:24 Inverkeithing to Glenrothes With Thornton due 21:01.

April 17, 2019 at 12:52 pm | 12:08 Edinburgh to Glenrothes With Thornton due 13:05 | 12:08 Edinburgh to Glenrothes With Thornton due 13:05 was terminated at Inverkeithing.

April 17, 2019 at 02:01 pm | 12:07 Aberdeen to Edinburgh due 14:29 | 12:07 Aberdeen to Edinburgh due 14:29 will call additionally at Inverkeithing.

April 17, 2019 at 07:50 pm | 18:59 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 19:59 | 18:59 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 19:59 is being delayed between Dalgety Bay and North Queensferry and is now expected to be 10 minutes late.

 

April 19, 2019 at 06:35 am | 09:23 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 10:21 | 09:23 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 10:21 will be started from Inverkeithing.

April 19, 2019 at 09:18 am | 05:36 Inverness to Edinburgh due 09:23 | 05:36 Inverness to Edinburgh due 09:23 has been delayed at Inverkeithing and is now 10 minutes late.

April 19, 2019 at 04:17 pm | 15:52 Glenrothes With Thornton to Tweedbank due 17:51 | 15:52 Glenrothes With Thornton to Tweedbank due 17:51 will no longer call at North Queensferry, Dalmeny, South Gyle and Haymarket.

April 19, 2019 at 04:37 pm | 15:42 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 16:44 | 15:42 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 16:44 has been delayed at Inverkeithing and is now 11 minutes late.

April 19, 2019 at 04:47 pm | 15:05 Arbroath to Edinburgh due 16:57 | 15:05 Arbroath to Edinburgh due 16:57 has been delayed at Inverkeithing and is now 10 minutes late.

 

April 20, 2019 at 11:10 pm | 22:37 Edinburgh to Perth due 00:05 | 22:37 Edinburgh to Perth due 00:05 is being delayed at Inverkeithing.

 

April 21, 2019 at 03:07 pm | 15:04 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 16:04 | 15:04 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 16:04 will be started from Inverkeithing.

April 21, 2019 at 05:39 pm | 15:09 Aberdeen to Edinburgh due 17:40 | 15:09 Aberdeen to Edinburgh due 17:40 has been delayed at Inverkeithing and is now 10 minutes late.

April 21, 2019 at 06:22 pm | 17:34 Edinburgh to Dundee due 18:57 | 17:34 Edinburgh to Dundee due 18:57 is being delayed between Inverkeithing and Markinch.

 

April 22, 2019 at 01:57 pm | 12:53 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 13:51 | 12:53 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 13:51 is being delayed at Inverkeithing and is now expected to be 10 minutes late.

 

April 23, 2019 at 06:06 pm | 17:18 Edinburgh to Cardenden due 18:23 | 17:18 Edinburgh to Cardenden due 18:23 is being delayed at Inverkeithing and is now expected to be 9 minutes late.

April 23, 2019 at 06:35 pm | 18:16 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 19:34 | 18:16 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 19:34 will be started from Inverkeithing.

April 24, 2019 at 12:32 pm | 11:38 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 12:39 | 11:38 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 12:39 has been delayed at Inverkeithing and is now 11 minutes late.

April 24, 2019 at 12:42 pm | 12:49 Edinburgh to Glenrothes With Thornton due 13:50 | 12:49 Edinburgh to Glenrothes With Thornton due 13:50 will be started from Inverkeithing.

April 24, 2019 at 06:13 pm | 16:01 Arbroath to Edinburgh due 18:26 | 16:01 Arbroath to Edinburgh due 18:26 has been delayed between Arbroath and North Queensferry and is now 5 minutes late.

April 24, 2019 at 09:33 pm | 23:09 Edinburgh to Dundee due 00:41 | 23:09 Edinburgh to Dundee due 00:41 will no longer call at South Gyle, Edinburgh Gateway, Dalmeny, North Queensferry and Inverkeithing.

 

April 25, 2019 at 05:58 am | 09:38 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 10:40 | 09:38 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 10:40 will be started from Inverkeithing.

April 25, 2019 at 05:59 pm | 17:18 Edinburgh to Cardenden due 18:23 | 17:18 Edinburgh to Cardenden due 18:23 has been delayed at Inverkeithing and is now 9 minutes late.

 

April 26, 2019 at 07:36 am | 12:38 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 13:37 | 12:38 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 13:37 will be started from Inverkeithing.

April 26, 2019 at 03:29 pm | 14:07 Arbroath to Edinburgh due 15:56 | 14:07 Arbroath to Edinburgh due 15:56 will no longer call at Inverkeithing, Edinburgh Gateway and Haymarket.

 

April 28, 2019 at 09:24 am | 23:34 Edinburgh to Inverkeithing due 23:58 | Facilities on the 23:34 Edinburgh to Inverkeithing due 23:58.

 

April 29, 2019 at 04:30 am | 07:30 Edinburgh to Aberdeen due 09:56 | 07:30 Edinburgh to Aberdeen due 09:56 will call additionally at Inverkeithing.

 

April 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm | 13:53 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 14:54 | 13:53 Glenrothes With Thornton to Edinburgh due 14:54 will be started from Inverkeithing.

April 30, 2019 at 04:30 pm | 12:55 Inverness to Edinburgh due 16:31 | 12:55 Inverness to Edinburgh due 16:31 has been delayed between Inverkeithing and Edinburgh Gateway and is now 10 minutes late.

 

Come, ye faithful, raise the strain abridged version tune Ellacombe CH4 367

 

Abridged version Come, ye faithful, raise the strain (7,6,7,6, D) Tune Ellacombe Hosanna Loud Hosanna CH4 367  … Translated by John Mason Neale, born in Conduit Street, London, on Jan. 24, 1818.  Written by John of Damascus, St. The last but one of the Fathers of the Greek Church, and the greatest of her poets.  Words set to Ellacombe by Charles Litster April 2019.

Come, ye faithful, raise the strain
of triumphant gladness;
God has– brought his Israel
in-to.. joy from sadness;
loosed from Pharaoh’s bit-ter.. yoke
Jacob’s sons and dau-ght-ers;
He let  them pass with feet not wet
through th-e Red Sea waters.

“Alleluia!” now we do cry
to ou-r King immortal,
who, tri-umph-antl-y did burst the bars
of the to-mb’s dark portal;
“Alleluia!” with the So-on…,  (Son)
We praise God the Father now,
“Alleluia!” yet aga-in
to the Spirit raising.

The Song of Moses and Miriam

Moses pointing to a tanlet of stoneMoses:

Story from King James version of the Bible Exodus 15:1-12

 

 

15 Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the Lord, and spoke, saying,

‘I will sing unto the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.

The Lord is my strength and song, and he has become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him a habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

The Lord is a man of war: the Lord is his name.

Pharaoh’s chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red Sea.

The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone.

Thy right hand, O Lord, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O Lord, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.

And in the greatness of thine excellency, thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee: thou sentest forth thy wrath, which consumed them as stubble.

And with the blast of thy nostrils, the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as a heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea.

The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.

10 Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters.

11 Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?

12 Thou stretches out thy right hand, the earth swallowed them.”

Closest song Come, ye faithful, raise the strain (7,6,7,6, D) Tune Ellacombe Hosanna Loud Hosanna CH4 367  … Translated by John Mason Neale, born in Conduit Street, London, on Jan. 24, 1818.  Written by John of Damascus, St. The last but one of the Fathers of the Greek Church, and the greatest of her poets

Words below, but there is unfinished work here for me to arrange words to the tune.

1  Come, ye faithful, raise the strain
of triumphant gladness;
God hath brought his Israel
into joy from sadness;
loosed from Pharaoh’s bitter yoke
Jacob’s sons and daughters;
led them with unmoistened foot
through the Red Sea waters.

2 ‘Tis the spring of souls today;
Christ hath burst his prison,
and from three days’ sleep in death
as a sun hath risen;
all the winter of our sins,
long and dark, is flying
from his light, to whom we give
laud and praise undying.

3 Now the queen of seasons, bright
with the day of splendour,
with the royal feast of feasts,
comes its joy to render;
comes to glad Jerusalem,
who with true affection
welcomes in unwearied strains
Jesus’ resurrection.

4 Neither might the gates of death,
nor the tomb’s dark portal,
nor the watchers, nor the seal
hold thee as a mortal:
but today amidst thine own
thou didst stand, bestowing
thine own peace, which evermore
passeth human knowing.

5 “Alleluia!” now we cry
to our King immortal,
who, triumphant, burst the bars
of the tomb’s dark portal;
“Alleluia!” with the Son,
God the Father praising;
“Alleluia!” yet again
to the Spirit raising.

Fairest Lord Jesus the hymn. The sheet music for the tune in the Key of C – CH4 463

I had a slight challenge,  the organ I play on at church as a lovely feature.  That is at a flick of a switch the key for any piece of music can be moved up or down.  In this case, it needed to go down.   This feature is really great and it does the job fantastically.   

There I was very happy that the issue had been resolved and then I realised, I may have missed something.   Therefore, I asked the question. where are we singing this hymn?  And I had forgotten! 

It was not in our church.  Of course, our church organ is not portable.  

Therefore, earlier today I set about transposing the sheet music, in this case to the key of C from E flat.  This makes it easier to play and sing.  In this case, I have not re-arranged, but have made some minor changes for ease of reading. Fairest Lord Jesus in the key of C

You can find the original below:-

https://hymnary.org/hymn/CH4/page/876

Which clock in Scotland shows 61 minutes on its dial?

Crimond, Kirk Clock Note there are 6 minutes between XI and XII

The answer, of course, is Crimond.  That is a village in the northeast of Scotland.  It is nine miles northwest of Peterhead and just over two miles from the coast.

The challenge I have is not with the time but the tune. 

Not many people know that the tunes to hymns (songs) are named after the community and/or Kirk (Church) that they were written in. 

The Late Rev Bob White did say in his sermons that these tunes were pop songs of the day.  Ever since the age of ten, I have wanted to make Crimond a pop song.  I must admit that this was much to the annoyance of my classically trained music teacher.  From memory, I think her reaction was…

“If you really must Charles, but that is not as it is written and you have an exam to pass”

So what is all the fuss about one tune? Simply it was written by Jessie Seymour Irvine (born 1836 – died 1887).  She was the daughter of a Church of Scotland minister who served at Dunottar, Peterhead, and Crimond, Scotland.  Jessie is referred to by Ian Campbell Bradley in his 1997 book Abide with Me. 

The crunch is that the song ‘The Lord’s My Shepherd’ is set to that tune.  As such it is well known and often sung at funerals and weddings.  Words were written by Francis Rous, who was born at Halton, Cornwall, in 1579, and educated at Oxford. His career the legal profession, and M.P.   He took the words from the Bible – Psalm 23 and set it to verse.  Here are the lyrics…

Tune Cramond CH4 14 (1) and (2)

1 The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want;
he makes me down to lie
in pastures green; he leadeth me
the quiet waters by.

2 My soul, he doth restore again,
and me to walk doth make
within the paths of righteousness,
e’en for his own name’s sake.

3 Yea, though I walk through death’s dark vale,
yet will I fear none ill,
for thou art with me; and thy rod
and staff me comfort still.

4 My table thou hast furnished
in presence of my foes;
my head thou dost with oil anoint,
and my cup overflows.

5 Goodness and mercy all my life
shall surely follow me;
and in God’s house forevermore
my dwelling place shall be.

I now have an introduction, but the challenge is a new arrangement of Crimond.   

Meanwhile, there are these other tunes that you can use

For a modern rendition but not to the words above try Mission Praise 1008.

* CH4 Church of Scotland Hymnary 4th Edition

 

 

Oh for a closer walk with God

Is a beautiful hymn written by hymnodist William Cowper (26 November 1731 – 25 April 1800).   Not only did he write hymns – he studied them too – hence the term hymnodist as opposed to hymn writer.   As a writer of hymns, he had another talent, he was a well-known poet.  One of his poems being “The Negro’s Complaint”   which was often quoted by Dr. Martin Luther King Junior as part of the 20th Century Civil Rights movement.

At the age of six years William’s mum Ann died giving birth to his brother, John.  This was the start of a lifetime of challenges and woes.  His mental health being poor at times to the extent he was institutionalized.   At one point it is said he tried to commit suicide.  Born a son of an Anglican clergyman, he studied for the law.  The prospect of a law exam (I must say any law exam is difficult – it is the exceptions to the rule and the volume of laws that is the issue) that he was so intimidated that he attempted suicide.

It is rumoured that he attempted to do so by drowning in the River Ouse.  He hired a horse-drawn coach/taxi driver to take him to his favourite part of River.  The driver just could not find it.  William returned home – his suicide attempt dashed by the unwitting actions of a poor driver.  It was if God had a hand in returning William safely to his home.

However, he did become a member of the Bar and in 1763 he was offered a Clerkship of Journals in the House of Lords.  Sadly,  that became a challenge for him.

As it happens he met Mrs. Mary Unwin at some point between 1763 and 1779 and they both became life long friends.  After moving to Olney Mary became seriously ill.  So serious that William was worried that she might die.  Cowper began to experience severe depression again.  During that crisis, he was inspired to write the verse for “O for a Closer Walk with God”.   That action of creation comforted him in his hour of distress.

A day after he wrote to his Aunt about the hymn verses…

I began to compose them yesterday morning before daybreak, but I fell asleep at the end of the first two lines. When I awaked again, the third and fourth verses were whispered to my heart in a way I have often experienced.”

Fortunately, Mary recovered from her illness, which if she had not experienced – the words of this great hymn may never have been penned…

1 Oh for a closer walk with God,
a calm and heav’nly frame,
a light to shine upon the road
that leads me to the Lamb!

 

2 Where is the blessedness I knew
when first I sought the Lord?
Where is the soul-refreshing view
of Jesus and His Word?

3 What peaceful hours I once enjoyed!
How sweet their mem’ry still!
But they have left an aching void
the world can never fill.

4 Return, O holy Dove, return,
sweet messenger of rest;
I hate the sins that made Thee mourn,
and drove Thee from my breast.

5 The dearest idol I have known,
whate’er that idol be,
help me to tear it from Thy throne
and worship only Thee.

6 So shall my walk be close with God,
calm and serene my frame;
so purer light shall mark the road
that leads me to the Lamb.

 

 

Songs for Psalm 26

Finding something appropriate for Psalm 26 was a challenge but after some research I did it.  First of all, let us start with the text…

Psalm 26

Judge me, O Lord; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the Lord; therefore I shall not slide.

Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.

For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.

I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.

I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.

I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O Lord:

That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.

Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house and the place where thine honour dwelleth.

Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:

10 In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes.

11 But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me.

12 My foot standeth in an even place: in the congregations will I bless the Lord.

For this I found the following possible songs…

Hymn CH4 Take this Moment  Verse 1 for para 8. John L. Bell (b. 1949) and  Graham Maule (b. 1958)    See… https://hymnary.org/hymn/CH4/501

But in the end, I settled on ‘Oh for a closer walk with God’, admittedly not a complete fit but a well-known choice.   

if you are searching for this in hymn books it can also appear as “O for a closer walk with God”

Hymn MP 494 Oh for a closer walk with God tune = (Beatitido) see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxZesDYGd0Y

But the version I used was CH4 552  Oh for a closer walk with God https://hymnary.org/hymn/CH4/552a

Other possibilities