Here you’ll find the Fairview Hymn of the Month.
Each month we will choose a new hymn. It will be announced in the Tuesday newsletter. You are encouraged to learn the words and the tune of the hymn by heart. This is especially helpful for children. When children learn the Hymn of the Month by heart they will be able to fully participate in worship while singing. There is great power and comfort when we join our hearts and minds to focus on the same words and tune for a sustained amount of time.
We will sing the Fairview Hymn of the Month during the last Sunday of the Month.
You can use the Hymn of the Month in a variety of ways: listen to it and sing along in the morning during your regular devotion. Listen and sing before each meal. Start an evening wind-down routine: before bed as a family or as an individual light a candle, read a psalm, and sing the Fairview Hymn of the Month.
Click below to listen to our music director Judy Shaw play our hymn of the month!
September 2021: We Sing to You, O God
We Sing to You, O God
Words: Gracia Grindal
Music: John Darwall
We sing to you, O God
the Rock who gave us birth,
let our rejoicing sing your name
in all the earth.
To you, O God, let songs be raised,
in joyful hymns, our feast of praise
We wandered far from home
out in a desert land,
you shielded with your love
our fearful pilgrim band.
You kept us safe within
your arms and sheltered us against the storm
You bear us through the world,
an eagle to her young,
who rises on her wings and
bears us toward the sun.
We ride the vaults of light
and air and trust in your unfailing care.
O God, eternal God,
we hide within your wings,
the everlasting arms to whom
our praises ring
Your Word is true, your way is just,
you are the God in whom we trust.
August 2021: God Is Here
God Is Here
Words: Fred Pratt Green, 1978
Music: Cyril V. Taylor, 1941
God is here! As we your people
meet to offer praise and prayer,
may we find in fuller measure
what it is in Christ we share.
Here, as in the world around us,
all our varied skills and arts
wait the coming of the Spirit
into open minds and hearts.
Here are symbols to remind us
of our lifelong need of grace;
here are table, font and pulpit;
here the cross has central place.
Here in honesty of preaching,
here in silence, as in speech,
here, in newness and renewal,
God the Spirit comes to each.
Here our children find a welcome
in the Shepherd’s flock and fold;
here as bread and wine are taken,
Christ sustains us as of old.
Here the servants of the Servant
seek in worship to explore
what it means in daily living
to believe and to adore.
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.
Here, in this day’s dedication,
all we have to give, receive;
we, who cannot live without you,
we adore you! We believe!
May 2021: We Believe in One True God
We Believe in One True God
Words: Tobias Clausnitzer, 1668
Music: J. G. Werner’s Choralbuch, 1815; arr. by William H. Havergal, 1861
We believe in one true God,
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
ever present help in need,
praised by all the heav’nly host,
by whose mighty pow’r alone
all is made and wrought and done.
We all believe in Jesus Christ,
Son of God and Mary’s son,
who descended from his throne
and for us salvation won;
by whose cross and death are we
rescued from all misery.
We confess the Holy Ghost,
who from both fore’er proceeds,
who upholds and comforts us
in all our trials, fears, and needs.
Blest and holy Trinity,
praise forever be to thee!
April 2021: The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want
The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want
Words: Scottish Psalter, 1650
Music: Jesse Seymour Irvine, 1872; harm by TCL. Prichard, 1929
The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want.
He makes me down to lie
in pastures green; he leadeth me
the quiet waters by.
My soul he doth restore again,
and me to walk doth make
within the paths of righteousness,
e’en for his own name’s sake.
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.
My table thou hast furnished
in presence of my foes.
My head thou dost with oil anoint,
and my cup overflows.
Goodness and mercy all my life
shall surely follow me,
and in God’s house forevermore
my dwelling place shall be.
March 2021: Hosanna, Loud Hosanna
Hosanna, Loud Hosanna
Words: Jeanette Threlfall
Music: Gesangbuch der H. W. k. Hofkapelle; adapt. and harm. by W. H. Monk
Hosanna, loud hosanna the little children sang;
through pillared court and temple the lovely anthem rang.
To Jesus, who had blessed them, close folded to his breast,
the children sang their praises, the simplest and the best.
From Olivet they followed mid an exultant crowd,
the victor palm branch waving, and chanting clear and loud.
The Lord of earth and heaven rode on in lowly state,
nor scorned that little children should on his bidding wait.
“Hosanna in the highest!” that ancient song we sing,
for Christ is our Redeemer, the Lord of heaven, our King.
O may we ever praise him with heart and life and voice,
and in his blissful presence eternally rejoice!
February 2021: Faith While Trees Are Still in Blossom
Faith, While Trees Are Still in Blossom
Words: Anders Frostenson; translated by Fred Kaan
Music: V. Earle Copes
Faith, while trees are still in blossom,
plans that picking if the fruit;
faith can feel the thrill of harvest,
when the buds begin to sprout.
Long before the dawn is breaking,
faith anticipates the sun.
Faith is eager for the daylight,
for the work that must be done.
Long before the rains were coming,
Noah went and built an ark.
Abraham, the lonely migrant,
saw the light beyond the dark.
Faith, uplifted, tamed the water
of the undivided sea,
and the people of the Hebrews
found the path that made them free.
Faith believes that God is faithful:
God will be what God will be!
Faith accepts the call,
responding, “I am willing, Lord, send me.”
January 2021: O Christ, the Healer
O Christ, the Healer
Words: Fred Pratt Green
Music: Geistliche Lieder (Klug); harm by J. S. Bach
O Christ, the healer, we have come
to pray for health, to plead for friends.
How can we fail to be restored,
when reached by love that never ends?
From every ailment flesh endures
our bodies clamor to be freed;
yet in our hearts we would confess
that wholeness is our deepest need.
How strong, O Lord, are our desires,
how weak our knowledge of ourselves!
Release in us those healing truths
unconscious pride resists or shelves.
In conflicts that destroy our health,
we recognize the world’s disease;
our common life declares our ills:
is there no cure, O Christ, for these?
Grant that we all, made one in faith,
in your community may find
the wholeness that, enriching us,
shall reach the whole of humankind.
December 2020: Once in Royal David’s City
Once in Royal David’s City
Words: Cecil Frances Alexander
Music: Henry J. Gauntlett
Once in royal David’s city
stood a lowly cattle shed,
where a mother laid her baby
in a manger for his bed;
Mary loving mother mild,
Jesus Christ her little Child.
He came down to earth from heaven
who is God and Lord of all,
and his shelter was a stable,
and his cradle was a stall.
With the poor, the scorned, and lowly
lived on earth our Savior holy.
Jesus is our childhood’s pattern;
day by day, like us he grew;
he was little, weak, and helpless,
tears and smiles like us he knew;
and he feeleth for our sadness:
and he shareth in our gladness.
And our eyes at last shall see him,
through his own redeeming love;
for that child so dear and gentle
is our Lord in heaven above;
and he leads his children on
to the place where He is gone.
November 2020: This is a Day of New Beginnings
This Is a Day of New Beginnings
Words: Brian Wren
Music: Carlton R. Young
This is a day of new beginnings,
Time to remember and move on,
Time to believe what love is bringing,
Laying to rest the pain that’s gone.
For by the life and death of Jesus,
God’s mighty Spirit, now as then,
Can make for us a world of difference,
As faith and hope are born again.
Then let us, with the Spirit’s daring,
Step from the past and leave behind
Our disappointment, guilt and grieving,
Seeking new paths, and sure to find.
Christ is alive, and goes before us,
To show and share what love can do.
This is a day of new beginnings;
Our God is making all things new.
In faith we’ll gather round the table,
To taste and share what love can do.
This is a day of new beginnings;
Our God is making all things new.