For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth and friends above;
For all gentle thoughts and mild:
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.
–For the Beauty of the Earth
There aren’t a lot of Mother’s Day hymns–at least not that I approve of, anyway. (Hymnary.org suggests the cheerily-titled The Inebriate at His Mother’s Grave, but…well…I believe I’ll pass.)
But this is a day for praising God for His gracious gifts, including the gift of faithful women in our lives, and we’ll start the service with two hymns of thanksgiving, For the Beauty of the Earth and Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee.
Thou art giving and forgiving,
Ever blessing, ever blest,
Wellspring of the joy of living,
Ocean-depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our Brother–
All who live in love are Thine;
Teach us how to love each other,
Lift us to the joy divine.
–Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
We have so much to be thankful for in the godly women God has placed in our families and our congregation–women who fear the Lord, as in Proverbs 31:30: Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing is a hymn about fearing the Lord and giving Him our hearts.
Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise:
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above;
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.
O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy grace, Lord, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee:
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, Lord, take and seal it;
Seal it for Thy courts above.
God is our Fount of every blessing–and we want to be women who sing His grace! Don’t forget that this Sunday you have the opportunity to do just that! All women and girls are invited to sing with the choir this Sunday. Whether or not you’ve ever sung in a choir, whether or not you think you can sing, we want you come to join us upstairs in the music room at 10:30. His streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise!