Take My Life and Let It Be

Francis Ridley Havergal was the daughter of a church rector and was raised in Worcester, England. She attended schools in Englandand Germany, was proficient in both Hebrew and Greek, and was a talented singer and pianist. She spent the majority of her life’s work in...

God Moves in a Mysterious Way

Written by: William Cowper (November 26, 1731-April 25, 1800)  John 13:7—“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.’” William Cowper was an English poet and hymn writer who dealt with great depression in his...

Take Time to be Holy

Music: George C. Stebbins, 1890Lyrics: William Longstaff, ca. 1882 William Longstaff was a successful English businessman who reportedly penned this hymn after hearing a sermon focused on 1 Peter 1:16: “…YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.” Known as a pragmatist, the...

Jesus Shall Reign

Author: Isaac Watts 1674-1748Music: John Hatton 1710-1793 “Jesus Shall Reign” was written by the “father of English hymnody,” Isaac Watts, in 1719. It is known as one of the first hymns with a missionary emphasis, written at a time before the great missionary movement...

‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

Lyrics by Louisa M.R. Stead (1850-1917)Music by William J. Kirkpatrick  “In You our fathers put their trust; they trusted and You delivered them.”—Psalm 22:4-5 Louisa Stead was born in England and moved to the United States in her early twenties. She married Mr. Stead...