Hymn Text: Missing the Mark

Date: January 23rd, 2017

Title: Missing the Mark

Meter: 7 7 7 7 D

Topic: repentance, forgiveness, progression

Text:

1.

A sin is missing the mark

An arrow already flown.

It’s not a shot in the dark,

But a target, clearly known.

 

We must then adjust our aim

So we land closer next time.

In missing there is no shame,

But giving up is the crime.

2.

The wind can blow us off course

And countless noises distract,

While every natural force

Hinders our power to act.

 

Our Savior knows of our plight

Will help us truer to aim.

And though our progress be slight,

We will not remain the same.

 

3.

Though now we might not perfect

Our aim while we live below,

Our God will our course direct,

And aid on our aim bestow.

 

Until we in some bright day

Land right on the center place.

Perfected in God’s own way

Directed by God’s own grace.

 

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Hymn Text: Many a Day

Date: January 22nd, 2017

Title: Many a Day

Meter: 8 8 8 8 D

Topic: optimism, service, humility, faith, trust

Text:

1.

Many a dark and dreary day

Is lightened by looking around,

Finding another on the way

Who anxiously seeks to be found,

 

And leading him kindly to light,

By walking with him a while.

Although the day still isn’t bright

The both of you now share a smile.

2.

Many a sick and sour mood

Is sweetened by seeking to serve.

Taking a humble attitude,

To fill the needs that you observe.

 

For Christ centered not on his needs

When walking with us here below.

Instead, he performed selfless deeds,

With all gifts that he could bestow.

3.

Many a strange and sudden blow

Is dampened by finding a way

To use the searing pain to grow

And to bend like moldable clay.

 

In the hands of the one who will

Now shape you, and will never cease,

Until his mighty hands fulfill

By revealing their masterpiece.

 

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Hymnbook Update

Hello!

I’m writing to update you all on the status of the hymnbook project and some changes that I have implemented after much thought and prayer. Here are some things I wanted to let you know about:

  • In the next few days, I will have I have a “first draft” of the hymnbook that is ready to be looked at. I need as many eyes on it as possible. Please let me know if you are willing to look over it.
  • After much thinking and praying, I have decided to stick only to hymns that fit on two pages when using the hymn template we’ve designed for the hymnbook. For the other longer songs that have already been accepted, I am still going to compile them into a bonus book (a bit like the existing “Choirbook”) that can be given as an extra incentive to those who obtain a hymnbook.
  • I’ve streamlined the book from the initial version down to about 235 hymns. In doing this, I have kept all the hymns that fit the formatting that are original work for this hymnbook. (As opposed to alternate settings of existing hymns, etc.)
  • In these implementing these changes, I have been left with only one relief society hymn that fits the guidelines. It would feel quite lopsided to have six or seven priesthood hymns and only one for the relief society. If you have any hymns that are more of the traditional, four-part, two-pages-or-under variety, please send them to me right away for consideration.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or comments. Thank you for your continued patience and support!

 

Hymn Text: Help Me Accept What I Can’t Change

Date: January 18th, 2017

Title: Help Me Accept What I Can’t Change

Meter: 8 8 8 8

Topic: acceptance, trust, faith, peace

Text:

1.

Help me accept what I can’t change

For only thou canst all arrange.

Worry’s poison brings only pain.

But thy peace brings life like rain.

2.

Help me discern what’s worth my time,

And which mountains are best to climb.

When many crooked paths distract

Then guide me to thy path exact.

3.

Help me find peace when billows toss

To find the gain within the loss.

Allow a glimpse of farther sight

A hint of dawn to cheer the night.

Hymn Text: Mercy for Others

Date: January 20th, 2017

Title: Mercy for Others

Meter: 10 8 10 8 D

Topic: mercy, grace, forgiveness

Text:

1.

Mercy for you means mercy for others,

For you must give it to obtain.

If you withhold from sisters and brothers,

You deepen your own sinful stain.

 

Great is the debt we owe to our Savior

Far greater than any can pay.

If we don’t forgive other’s behavior

Then our own guilt will with us stay.

2.

The debts of our neighbors are little things

When seen with the debt that we owe.

During the harvest, the bounty it brings,

Depends on the seeds that we sow.

 

Much better to pluck up the tiny weeds

Than to let them flourish and sprout,

To tend to our garden with kindly deeds,

Than to let thorns choke our roots out.

3.

The price of our sins has been paid in full,

There’s no need to suffer again.

The darkest of stains are made white as wool

Where the blood of Jesus has been.

 

For Christ even pardoned those who drove nails

Both into his feet and his hands

He knows the strength that forgiveness entails,

The gravity he understands.

 

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Hymn Text: When You Don’t Understand

Date: January 19th, 2017

Title: When You Don’t Understand

Meter: 6 5 6 5 D

Topic: comfort, relief, understanding, trust in God

Text:

1.

When you don’t understand,

You are not alone.

Each person must withstand

Some doubt of their own.

 

Reasons might come later

Perhaps not at all.

God’s purpose is greater

His plans do not fall.

2.

When you wonder why

You have company.

For mortal minds still try

To grasp and to see,

 

The things that God only

Can now comprehend.

Though you might feel lonely

All pain has an end.

3.

When you struggle to heal

From wounds sore and deep

When pain feels too real

And troubles your sleep.

 

Take rest in Him surely

Who knows every grief.

Who, loving you purely,

Brings welcome relief.

 

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Hymn Text: When We Offer Our Hearts to God

Date: January 18th, 2017

Title: When We Offer Our Hearts to God

Meter: 8 7 8 7 D

Topic: tithing, sacrifice, offerings

Text:

1.

When we offer our hearts to God

He gives so much in return

We never can give Him enough

His gifts are more than we earn.

 

We should then give to each other

As freely as God us gives,

Granting each breath, every moment,

For every person who lives.

2.

When we offer our wills to God

He then blesses us with strength.

He will not take our choice from us,

Through all of mortal life’s length.

 

We should then serve one another

And so use our will to bless.

To find the feeble and faltering

And ease their greatest distress.

3.

When we offer our time to God

He magnifies what we give.

Even our weakness is made strong,

And follies he will forgive.

 

We should then bless one another

With each moment we can spare.

Time shows our love when it’s given.

Each hour shows how we care.

 

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