Hymns of My Father

I did a complete review of the green Lutheran Book of Worship which was published in 1978. My Father, a Lutheran Pastor, tracked when he chose each hymn. The hymn he chose the most was Let Us Break Bread Together with 57 dates. I want to list some of the most popular hymns below. But before I do that, I want to comment on the wonderful gift of Music which these hymns provided me growing up. Every Sunday for most of my 18 years at home I heard and sang all of these hymns. When you look at the hymns, they convey a very positive and loving message to a young person.

Hymn with Dates used in Church
My God How Wonderful Thou Art36
Beautiful Savior49
Beneath the Cross of Jesus24
Holy, Holy, Holy51
Let Us Break Bread Together57
Sent Forth by God’s Blessing43
O Bread of Life from Heaven33
A Mighty Fortress is Our God23
Break Now the Bread of Life34
We Praise You O God33
Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty33
For the Beauty of the Earth26
Now Thank We All Our God27
O Savior, Precious Savior31
You Servants of God47
On Our Way Rejoicing49
My Hope is Built on Nothing Less48
Just as I am, without One Plea53
I Lay My Sins on Jesus45
Love Devine, All Love Excelling23
All Hail the Power of Jesus Name32
Oh, Happy Day When We Shall Stand35
Blest Be the Ties that Bind28
Lift High the Cross44
Rise Up O’ Saints of God42
Stand Up, Stand Up, for Jesus34
Take My Life, That I may Be52
Praise and Thanksgiving41
What a Friend We have in Jesus32
Amazing Grace48
The King of Love, My Shepard Is30
Lord of All Hopefulness35
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee48
Let All Things Now Living34
Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing32
Children of the Heavenly Father33
My Faith Looks up to Thee27
Oh, that the Lord would Guide My Ways29
Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart31
O Master, Let Me Walk with You34
Jesus Calls Us; O’er the Tumult23
Lead On, O King Eternal!23
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing25
He Leadeth Me; Oh, Blessed Thought!30
O Jesus I have Promised28
This is My Fathers World25
Lord Our Help in Ages Past21
In the Cross of God, I Glory20
O God, Our Help in Ages Past21
Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me24
Hymn Name followed by number of times sung.

Just a couple more notes/thoughts. First, I was brought up with the Lutheran Book of Worship Red Hymnal. That was published in 1958 the year I was born. However, most of the songs above were in both books. The time period for the hymns is 1978 to 1994 or 16 years.

I knew a kind older gentleman named Lester Berry in the 1970’s and 80’s. He was a great friend of my Grandfather Melvin Peterson. When we visited Lester, he would bring out his Methodist Hymnal and we would sing great songs from the Methodist tradition which has great Music. There are massive amounts of wonderful church/religious music in the world.

Look up some of the above hymns and experience the healing power of the words and music.

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