Sunday, February 10, 2019


Happy Sunday, friends.  Hope you are doing well on this cold Sunday morning.  As you go your way today, please pray for Joe who is very sick with a nasty cold.  At least that is what we think it is at the moment.  He is too sick to get to church this morning and I know he misses when he can't get there.

Today's opening hymn is "Before the Throne of God Above."  The words were written in 1863 by Charitie Less Bancroft (1841-1923).  She was born in Bloomfield, Merrion, County Dublin, and was the daughter of Rev. Sidney Smith of Drumragh County, Tyrone, Ireland.  In 1869 she married Arthur E. Bancroft.  She died in Oakland, California at the age of 82.

These words were originally set to the tune of "Sweet Hour of Prayer" but in 1997 Vikki Cook of Sovereign Grace Ministries wrote the music we use today and it became popular.

This beautiful hymn was to be used for communion and when studying I Peter 1 both of which were true for our service this morning.  I hope you listen to the words which are so meaningful.

Have a wonderful Sunday.


  1. Happy Sunday to you and thanks for sharing such a lovely hymn! I think the words are so meaningful and also fit in with our Church service today. Have a good week!

  2. Sorry to hear that Joe is sick....praying for relief! I’m sure you enjoyed the service this morning. I was at church and had two duties but wasn’t feeling well. After lunch I went to bed and I’m still there! Resting is just what was needed.
    Take care and be safe....not sure what’s coming to you but we could be in for all kinds of winter stuff in the next two day, ugh! God bless and bring us spring!

  3. That first graphic is wonderful and very important to remember. Yes, I will pray for Joe because I know how rotten a cold is having been sick with one for most of January. This song is wonderful. I sing it, too, but did not know the history.

  4. That hymn is so beautiful.You're right,the words are the best part. Russ & I will pray for Joe,that he will feel better very soon. Colds are awful!Stay warm!

  5. Praying for Joe to get well soon. That is a beautiful hymn.

  6. Beautiful hymn kathy . Have Joe drink lots of liquids and rest is best...

  7. I hope Joe is better soon. Don't wait too long. If he doesn't improve quickly, call the doctor. Too many folks wait too long. I'm sending prayers for his quick recovery. You have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.


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