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102 Lines from Hymns of Faith to Help You through Tough Times

Here, courtesy of Jonathan Aigner, are portions of 102 hymns that can help you through tough times:

  1. Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
    though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see.
  2. Underneath me, all around me,
    is the current of Thy love;
  3. I bind unto myself today
    the power of God to hold and lead,
    God’s eye to watch, God’s mighty to stay,
    God’s ear to hearken to my need,
    the wisdom of my God to teach,
    God’s hand to guide, God’s shield to ward,
    the word of God to give me speech,
    God’s heavenly host to be my guard.
  4. And from morn to set of sun,
    through the church the song goes on.
  5. All praise we would render;
    O help us to see
    ’tis only the splendor
    of light hideth thee!
  6. Frail children of dust,
    and feeble as frail,
    in thee do we trust,
    nor find thee to fail;
    thy mercies, how tender,
    how firm to the end,
    our Maker, Defender,
    Redeemer, and Friend.
  7. Guide me, O thou great Jehovah,
    pilgrim through this barren land.
    I am week, but thou art mighty.
    Hold me with thy powerful hand.
  8. And you, most gentle sister death,
    waiting to hush our final breath:
    Alleluia! Alleluia!
    Since Christ our light has pierced your gloom,
    fair is the night that leads us home.
    Sing praises! Alleluia!
  9. See, the streams of living waters,
    springing from eternal love,
    well supply thy sons and daughters
    and all fear of want remove.
    Who can faint while such a river
    ever flows, their thirst to assuage!
    Grace, so like the Lord the giver,
    never fails from age to age.
  10. By thine own eternal Spirit
    rule in all our hearts alone;
    by thine all-sufficient merit
    raise us to thy glorious throne.
  11. Holy Jesus, every day
    keep us in the narrow way;
    and when earthly things are past,
    bring our ransomed souls at last
    where they need no star to guide,
    where no clouds thy glory hide.
  12. I looked to Jesus, and I found
    in him my star, my sun;
    and in that light of life I’ll walk
    till traveling days are done.
  13. Here might I stay and sing,
    no story so divine:
    never was love, dear King,
    never was grief like thine.
  14. In the cross of Christ I glory,
    towering o’er the wrecks of time;
    all the light of sacred story
    gathers round its head sublime.
  15. And though this world, with devils filled,
    should threaten to undo us,
    we will not fear, for God hath willed
    his truth to triumph through us.
  16. Was it for crimes that I have done
    he groaned upon the tree?
    Amazing pity, Grace unknown!
    And love beyond degree.
  17. O Love that wilt not let me go,
    I rest my weary soul in thee;
    I give thee back the life I owe,
    that in thine ocean depths its flow
    may richer, fuller be.
  18. What wondrous love is this,
    O my soul, O my soul,
    what wondrous love is this,
    O my soul!
    What wondrous love is this
    that caused the Lord of bliss
    to bear the dreadful curse
    for my soul, for my soul,
    to bear the dreadful curse
    for my soul!
  19. Therefore, kind Jesus,
    since I cannot pay thee,
    I do adore thee,
    and will ever pray thee,
    think on thy pity
    and thy love unswerving,
    not my deserving.
  20. What language shall I borrow
    to thank thee, dearest friend,
    for this thy dying sorrow,
    thy pity without end?
  21. Were the whole realm of nature mine,
    that were a present far too small;
    love so amazing, so divine,
    demands my soul, my life, my all.
  22. No more we doubt thee,
    glorious Prince of life!
    Life is naught without thee;
    aid us in our strife.
  23. Love drowned in death, shall never die.
  24. In our end is our beginning;
    in our time, infinity;
    in our doubt there is believing:
    in our life, eternity.
    In our death, a resurrection;
    at the last, a victory,
    unrevealed until its season,
    something God alone can see.
  25. Alleluia! Bread of angels,
    here on earth our food, our stay;
    Alleluia! here the sinful
    flee to you from day to day.
    Intercessor, friend of sinners,
    earth’s redeemer, hear our plea
    where the songs of all the sinless
    sweep across the crystal sea.
  26. The peace of God, it is no peace,
    But strife closed in the sod,
    Yet, brothers, pray for but one thing –
    The marvelous peace of God.
  27. At the name of Jesus
    every knee shall bow,
    every tongue confess him
    King of glory now;
    To the Father’s pleasure
    we should call him Lord;
    who from the beginning
    was the mighty Word.
  28. Blessings abound where’er he reigns;
    The prisoners leap to loose their chains;
    the weary find eternal rest,
    and all who suffer want are blest.
  29. Crown him the Lord of years,
    the potentate of time:
    creator of the rolling spheres,
    ineffably sublime.
  30. Lead on, O King eternal,
    till sins fierce war shall cease,
    and holiness shall whisper
    the sweet amen of peace;
    for not with swords’ loud clashing,
    nor roll of stirring drums;
    with deeds of love and mercy
    the heavenly kingdom comes.
  31. The Spirit and the gifts are ours
    through him who with us sideth.
  32. Ascended on high,
    almighty to save,
    he still remains nigh;
    his presence we have.
  33. Save us from weak resignation
    the the evils we deplore.
    Let the gift of thy salvation
    be our glory evermore.
  34. Yet she on earth hath union
    with God, the Three in One,
    and mystic sweet communion
    with those whose rest is won:
    O happy ones and holy!
    Lord, give us grace that we,
    like them, the meek and lowly,
    on high may dwell with thee.
  35. And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long,
    steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
    and hearts are brave again, and arms are strong.
    Alleluia! Alleluia!
  36. The cup of water given for you
    still holds the freshness of your grace;
    yet long those multitudes to view
    the sweet compassion of your face.
  37. His kingdom cannot fail;
    he rules o’er earth and heaven;
    the keys of death and hell
    are to our Jesus given.
  38. Finish then thy new creation;
    pure and spotless let us be;
    let us see thy great salvation
    perfectly restored in thee:
    changed from glory into glory,
    till in heaven we take our place,
    till we cast our crowns before thee,
    lost in wonder, love, and praise.
  39. In him there is no darkness at all.
    The night and the day are both alike.
    The lamb is the light of the city of God.
    Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.
  40. O Light that followest all my way,
    I yield my flickering torch to thee;
    my heart restores its borrowed ray,
    that in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
    may brighter, fairer be.
  41. All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
  42. Know that the Lord is God indeed;
    without our aid he did us make;
    we are his folk; he doth us feed,
    and for his sheep he doth us take.
  43. Christ is made the sure foundation,
    Christ the head and cornerstone,
    chosen of the Lord and precious,
    binding all the church in one;
    holy Zion’s help forever,
    and our confidence alone.
  44. Lord of all, of church and kingdom,
    in an age of change and doubt
    keep us faithful to the gospel;
    help us work your purpose out.
  45. The powers of death have done their worst,
    but Christ their legions hath dispersed:
    let shouts of holy joy outburst.
  46. Lord Jesus, think on me,
    that, when this life is past,
    I may the eternal brightness see,
    and share thy joy at last.
  47. In you alone, O God, we hope,
    and not in our own merit.
    We rest our fears in your good word;
    uphold our fainting spirit.
    Your promised mercy is my fort,
    my comfort, and my strong support;
    I wait for it with patience.
  48. Thought the nations rage from age to age,
    we remember who holds us fast:
    God’s mercy must deliver us
    from the conqueror’s crushing grasp.
  49. O ye heights of heaven, adore him.
    Angel hosts, his praises sing.
    Powers, dominions, bow before him,
    and extol our God and King.
  50. Yet is this heart by its old foe tormented,
    and still evil days bring burdens hard to bear;
    O give our frightened souls the sure salvation
    for which, O Lord, you taught us to prepare.
  51. But if, forgetful, we should find
    your joke is hard to bear;
    if worldly pressures fray the mind
    and love itself cannot unwind
    its tangles skein of care:
    our inward life repair.
  52. For the love of God is broader
    than the measures of the mind.
    And the heart of the Eternal
    is most wonderfully kind.
  53. Thou, O Christ, art all I want;
    more than all in thee I find.
  54. “Fear not, I am with thee,
    O be not dismayed,
    for I am thy God,
    and will still give thee aid;
    I’ll strengthen thee, help thee,
    and cause thee to stand,
    upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.
  55. Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
    prone to leave the God I love;
    here’s my heart; O take and seal it;
    seal it for thy courts above.
  56. Thy truth unchanged hath ever stood;
    thou savest those that on thee call;
    to them that seek thee thou art good,
    to them that find thee, all in all.
  57. Jesus, source of lasting pleasure,
    truest friend and dearest treasure,
    peace beyond all understanding,
    joy into all life expanding:
  58. O let me feel you near me! The world is ever near:
    I see the sights that dazzle; the tempting sounds I hear.
  59. He speaks, and listening to his voice
    new life the dead receive;
    the mournful, broken hearts rejoice;
    the humble poor believe.
  60. For us he rose from death again;
    for us he went on high to reign;
    for us he sent the Spirit here
    to guide, to strengthen, and to cheer.
  61. Father-like, he tends and spares us;
    Well our feeble frame he knows.
  62. Lord, give us peace, and make us calm and sure,
    that in thy strength we evermore endure.
  63. God never yet forsook my need
    the soul secured by trust indeed.
  64. O Joy that seekest me through pain,
    I cannot close my heart to thee;
    I trace the rainbow through the rain,
    and feel the promise is not vail
    that morn shall tearless be.
  65. O hope of every contrite heart,
    O joy of all the meek,
    to those who fall, how kind thou art!
    How good to those who seek!
  66. Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
    robed in the blooming garb of spring.
    Jesus is fairer; Jesus is purer,
    who makes the woeful heart to sing.
  67. And did not Jesus sing a psalm that night
    when utmost evil strove against the light?
    Then let us sing, for whom he won the fight:
  68. O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
    with ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us;
    and keep us in his grace, and guide us when perplexed,
    and free us from all ills in this world and the next.
  69. The Lord is never far away,
    but, through all grief distressing,
    an ever-present help and stay,
    our peace and joy and blessing.
  70. Lord, I my vows to you renew.
    Disperse my sins as morning dew;
    guard my first springs of thought and will,
    and with yourself my spirit fill.
  71. Be still, my soul, the waves and winds still know
    his voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.
  72. O Lord, with each returning morn,
    your image to our heart is born;
    O may we ever clearly view
    our Savior and our God in you.
  73. Does sadness fill my mind?
    A solace here I find:
    may Jesus Christ be praised!
    Or fades my earthly bliss?
    My comfort still is this:
    may Jesus Christ be praised!
  74. O may my soul on thee repose,
    and with sweet sleep mine eyelids close.
    Refresh my strength, for thine own sake,
    to serve thee well when I awake.
  75. So be it, Lord; thy throne shall never,
    like earth’s proud empires, pass away;
  76. He lives to silence all my fears,
    He lives to wipe away my tears,
    He lives to calm my troubled heart,
    He lives all blessings to impart.
  77. Beneath the shadow of thy throne
    thy saints have dwelt secure;
    sufficient is thine arm alone,
    and our defense is sure.
  78. Teach me to feel that thou art always nigh.
    Teach me the struggles of the soul to bear,
    to check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh.
    Teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.
  79. So help me in my unbelief
    and let my life be true:
    feet firmly planted on the earth,
    my sights set high on you.
  80. And we believe thy word,
    though dim our faith may be;
    whate’er we do for thine, O Lord,
    we do it unto thee.
  81. In our joys and in our sorrows,
    days of toil and hours of ease,
    still he calls, in cares and pleasures,
    “Christian, love me more than these.”
  82. O let me hear you speaking in accents clear and still,
    above the storms of passion, the murmurs of self – will;
  83. The dearest idol I have known,
    whate’er that idol be,
    help me to tear it from thy throne,
    and worship only thee.
  84. Lord, let your Spirit meet us here
    to mend the body, mind, and soul,
    to disentangle peace from pain,
    and make your broken people whole.
  85. Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale,
    yet will I fear none ill,
    for thou art with me; and thy rod
    and staff me comfort still.
  86. When I walk through the shades of death
    your presence is my stay;
  87. Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
    but yet in love he sought me,
    and on his shoulder gently laid,
    and home, rejoicing, brought me.
  88. If thou but trust in God to guide thee,
    with hopeful heart through all thy ways,
    he will give strength, whate’er betide thee,
    to bear thee through the evil days.
  89. And when this cup you give is filled to brimming
    with bitter suffering, hard to understand,
    we take it thankfully and without trembling,
    out of so good and so beloved a hand.
  90. O Lord, once lifted on the glorious tree,
    your death has brought us life eternally.
  91. What joy to know, when life is past,
    the Lord we love is first and last,
    the end and the beginning!
  92. When life’s dark maze I tread
    and griefs around me spread,
    be thou my guide;
    bid darkness turn to day;
    wipe sorrow’s tears away;
    nor let me ever stray from thee aside.
  93. O Cross that liftest up my head,
    I dare not ask to fly from thee;
    I lay in dust life’s glory dead,
    and from the ground there blossoms red
    life that shall endless be.
  94. Through the storm, through the night,
    lead me on to the light.
  95. When this poor lisping, stammering tongue
    Lies silent in the grave,
    Then in a nobler, sweeter song,
    I’ll sing Thy power to save.
  96. Christ is alive! No longer bound
    to distant years in Palestine,
    but saving, healing, here and now,
    and touching every place and time.
  97. Good Christian, fear; for sinners here
    the silent Word is pleading.
  98. He lives and grants me daily breath;
    He lives and I shall conquer death;
  99. This is my Father’s world,
    O, let me ne’er forget
    that though the wrong seems oft so strong,
    God is the ruler yet.
  100. Baptized in water, sealed by the Spirit,
    dead in the tomb with Christ our King;
    one with his rising, freed and forgiven,
    thankfully now God’s praises we sing.
  101. And Lord, haste the day, when my faith shall be sight.
  102. Be still my soul, the Lord is on thy side.

Which ones did we miss?

Revision Committee Begins Work on New Version of The United Methodist Hymnal

Work on a groundbreaking revision of The United Methodist Hymnal, designed to be a print/digital contextually adaptable resource for primary use in the United States, begins this fall following the selection of the full Hymnal Revision Committee.

The process for Discipleship Ministries, The United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH), the Council of Bishops, and the Association of United Methodist Theological Schools to select the 15 committee members began in late 2016 and continued through the spring of 2017.

The revised hymnal will be significantly different from the traditional printed hymnal, with a much deeper and broader scope of material and delivery methods that utilize current and future technology.

The current hymnal, published in 1989, includes four major sections with a limited number of hymns, songs, acts of worship, services, and prayers. The 2020 UM hymnal will potentially contain thousands of items in these same categories, gleaned from previously published resources such as the 1989 hymnal, Mil Voces Para Celebrar, Songs of Zion, The Faith We Sing, Zion Still Sings, Worship & Song, and many other collections.

The Hymnal Revision Committee will select from these resources and from other published works of contemporary music and text literature, new and existing hymns, songs and prayers submitted for consideration, and might commission additional works.

New delivery methods will make it possible to include the many additional resources. Rather than one print version of the hymnal that is the same for all churches, each United Methodist congregation will be able to have a customized print version, if that is the delivery method they prefer.

A core of material, which will be present in every print version of the hymnal, can be augmented with selections from a Hymnal Revision Committee-selected and General Conference-approved supplemental body of work.


Vote for Your Favorite Hymns!

united-methodist-hymnal-2United Methodists are being asked to name their favorite and least favorite hymns as part of the initial research conducted by Discipleship Ministries and a diverse committee to revise The United Methodist Hymnal after almost three decades.

The first of several online surveys is under way to support the development of the new hymnal, which will be a hybrid print/electronic resource for use in multiple contexts.

“We are a singing church, and this survey will help us launch an important new hymnal for our denomination,” said the Rev. Junius B. Dotson, General Secretary (CEO) of Discipleship Ministries, which shares responsibility for the denomination’s hymnal with The United Methodist Publishing House.

The survey, “Favorite and Least Favorite Hymns,” is available online through Jan. 9 at and seeks responses for all United Methodists.

The initial survey will be followed by other general surveys about hymn and worship resource preferences and use and about worship styles and perspectives on congregational music, said Naomi Hope Annandale, director of research and strategic evaluation at Discipleship Ministries, who is directing the hymnal research.

Green light for new hymnal project

United Methodist HymnalThe United Methodist Church is on track to get its first new hymnal since 1989, and this one will be Internet-cloud based and print-on-demand — the first high-tech hymnal for a mainline denomination.

General Conference 2016 approved on a consent calendar Tuesday, May 17, a petition authorizing the creation of a 15-member Hymnal Revision Committee.

That was the big green light needed for the United Methodist Publishing House and Discipleship Ministries to move forward with the new collection. The two agencies share responsibility for the hymnal.

“The time has come for us to continue the shaping of the church’s song in order that it might speak of God’s love and our faith in the years to come,” said the Rev. Jackson Henry, a Tennessee Conference delegate, staff member at Discipleship Ministries and longtime church music minister.

“We pray that the contents of the hymnal will give voice to a new generation of United Methodists as we grow in our discipleship and live as bearers of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Brian Milford, current book editor and chief content officer and designated president/CEO of the Publishing House, said the agencies are ready to move forward.

“UMPH and Discipleship Ministries will collaborate in developing a detailed work plan and schedule,” he said. “A priority will be constituting the committee and arranging for its work.”

Because it will be cloud-based, the agencies expect the new hymnal will be expandable and will allow United Methodist churches to have available many more contemporary worship songs that have been vetted as consistent with Wesleyan theology.

The 2020 General Conference will need to approve the Hymnal Advisory Committee’s recommendations, with release of the new hymnal coming as early as 2021.

Some 6 million copies of the 1989 United Methodist Hymnal have been distributed, and it still sells some 25,000 copies a year.

General Conference 2008, meeting in Fort Worth, Texas, also approved creation of a Hymnal Revision Committee, but the economic recession caused the agencies to decide not to go forward.

Hodges, a United Methodist News Service writer, lives in Dallas. Contact him at (615) 742-5470 or



General Conference 2016: Turning the page on The United Methodist Hymnal

United Methodist HymnalA cutting-edge hymnal? It seems like a contradiction in terms.

But if the 2016 General Conference approves, The United Methodist Church will start on a five-year path toward a new hymnal that is Internet cloud-based and printed on demand, with each congregation able to customize its selections, beyond a core group of hymns.

It will work for those who want a book for the faithful to hold and those who want to download and project onto screens praise and worship songs that reflect Wesleyan theology.

“The new United Methodist hymnal will blaze a new path for what a hymnal is,” said the Rev. Taylor Burton–Edwards, director of worship resources for United Methodist Discipleship Ministries. “No longer a static collection limited by the size of a pew rack or one set of decisions about ritual resources and congregational song every 20 or 30 years, the new hymnal project will be an ever-expanding suite of resources fit for an ever-diversifying world.”

Discipleship Ministries and The United Methodist Publishing House share responsibility for the denomination’s hymnal. They are asking delegates to General Conference 2016 – set for May 10-20 in Portland, Oregon – for permission to take the first big steps toward a new version.

That means creation of a 15-member Hymnal Revision Committee, which is standard procedure. But the agencies also are asking for a standing nine-member Hymnal Advisory Committee to recommend additions to the hymnal to future General Conferences. The cloud-based, print-on-demand approach makes an expanded hymnal possible.

The 2020 General Conference would need to approve the Hymnal Advisory Committee’s recommendations, with release of the new hymnal coming as early as 2021.

The United Methodist Publishing House is responsible for production and sales, and officials there said it is too early to predict pricing for the new hymnal, or the expense of creating it.

“We are confident that UMPH, which receives no general church funding, will craft a plan so that the sales of affordable electronic and print formats of the next hymnal will cover all the costs – just as we’ve done in the past,” said the Rev. Brian Milford, current book editor and chief content officer, and designated president/CEO.

Pent-up demand

The United Methodist Hymnal currently in use debuted in 1989. Nearly 6 million copies have been distributed. Though many churches now feature praise bands and lyrics projected on screens, the hymnal still sells some 25,000 copies a year.

The 2008 General Conference approved creation of a Hymnal Revision Committee, but the recession intervened and the agencies backed away from bringing out a new hymnal.

“There was great uncertainty about managing the financial viability of the project in a tumultuous economic climate,” Milford said.

Milford added that a study of the market, combined with anecdotal reports, suggests the timing is right.

“The big `why’ in all of this is that people are asking for it,” said Burton-Edwards.

The new hymnal is to have a core of a few hundred hymns and other worship resources that the Hymnal Revision Committee recommends to General Conference as essential for United Methodist worship and identity. But hymnal purchasers could also select from a much larger selection of supplemental resources, also approved by General Conference, and use them in book or digital formats.

Burton-Edwards said many churches now use Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI), particularly its SongSelect service, for acquiring lyrics and music for contemporary worship songs. But United Methodist churches don’t have a one-stop place to go to for music consistent with Wesleyan theology.

The new hymnal would correct that, with the Hymnal Advisory Committee recommending more materials for approval to each new General Conference.

“The key to a denominational hymnal is vetting,” Burton-Edwards said. “We’re making a selection of resources, out of the vast possible selection, that we’re saying represent us as United Methodists. They speak our theology. They sing our theology. They reflect our commitments to personal and social holiness.”

Possible digital divide

The United Methodist Church has thousands of small churches, many with limited technological resources, which could challenge access to the full resources of a new hymnal.

The Rev. Joe Stobaugh, executive minister of worship and arts at Grace Avenue United Methodist Church in Frisco, Texas, and immediate past president of The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, strongly supports the new hymnal. But he sees the potential for a digital divide.

“The key is going to be making the cloud part of it very accessible and easy to use,” he said.

Another potential concern of General Conference delegates is the focus on the U.S. market.

Milford said the use and sale of copyrighted music is often granted only for specific countries, and commercial regulations can restrict international distribution. He noted “challenges with respect to cultural fit and worship styles,” and even practical concerns such as altered page formatting due to language differences.

“But we are working diligently to resolve as many constraints and make the next hymnal as widely available as possible,” he said.

Tied to identity

The goal of keeping the hymnal central to United Methodist life is important to the Rev. Jackson Henry. He joined the staff of Discipleship Ministries in September, but for 12 years before that was music minister at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and earlier served other churches of varying sizes.

At all those stops, his congregations used The United Methodist Hymnal.

A new hymnal “would not be contextual” now without a digital format, Henry believes. But he considers the hymnal – however it is delivered – to be as crucial as ever.

“The hymnal for United Methodists is tied into our identity as a singing people, as a praying people, and really as an evangelic people,” he said. “When people sing, they become active proclaimers of the faith, and that’s a very public thing.”

Hodges, a United Methodist News Service writer, lives in Dallas. Contact him at (615) 742-5470 or