Sunday 17th June is one of my 'let the peeple choose the hymns' Sundays. Secretly, I relish the challenge of making a coherent act of worship from the things people pick. This time it's a bit diffenret - D+1 and D are together; intriguingly, and perhaps because it's only a couple of month's since D last had the opportunity for this, most of the choices are from D+1. As expected (and I'm almost ready to say, 'come back These are The Days, most is forgiven' but only almost) Dibley's own 'glowing spirits' hymn has been picked. Ah well.
So, what hymns await us...
- Tis sweet, O Lord, to sing Thy praise til all our spirits glow
- My God, I thank Thee, who hast made the earth so bright
- Dear Lord and Father of us all ('mankind' in original)
- How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord
- Blessed Assurance
- I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus
- Let me have my way among you, do not strive
- Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah
I've had to pick a couple of other things to begin and end the service (as Guide Me, which is a great 'ender' is being used for Communion) and fitting in a 'thought for the day' will be 'interesting' but overall, even if not all would necessarily be my choice, the hymns are, 'melting hearts' excepted, pretty good. What's mildly amusing, and probably a bit of a shame (with the obvious exception: have you worked out I can't stand this song yet?!) is that a good proportion of English Baptists aged under 40 won't know any of them!