Monthly Archives: December 2017

A New Year’s Prayer for Blessing by John Newton

Newton often preached especially for young people on the occasion of New Years. This is one of those prayers as included in the Olney Hymns.

Now, gracious Lord, thine arm reveal,

And make thy glory known;

Now let us all thy presence feel,

And soften hearts of stone!

2 Help us to venture near thy throne,

And plead a Saviour’s name;

For all that we can call our own,

Is vanity and shame.

3 From all the guilt of former sin

May mercy set us free;

And let the year we now begin,

Begin and end with thee.

4 Send down thy Spirit from above,

That saints may love thee more;

And sinners now may learn to love,

Who never lov’d before.

5 And when before thee we appear,

In our eternal home,

May growing numbers worship here,

And praise thee in our room.


40 Hymns You Should Know, Teach Your Kids, or Your Grandkids

I love hymns that connect generations. Unlike the vast majority of stuff written lately, these either have been around for a hundred years or will be for the next 100. Here are 40 I think all families should know and love:


  • And Can it Be. Link.
  • All Glory Be to Christ. Link.
  • All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name. Link.
  • All I Have is Christ. Link.
  • Amazing Grace. Link.
  • Arise, My Soul, Arise Link.
  • Because He Lives. Link.
  • Before the Throne of God Above. Link.
  • Behold Our God. Link.
  • Come Ye Sinners. Link.
  • Great is Thy Faithfulness. Link.
  • Holy Holy Holy. Link.
  • How Great Thou Art. Link.
  • I Need Thee Every Hour. Link
  • I Will Glory in My Redeemer. Link.
  • I Will Sing of My Redeemer. Link.
  • In Christ Alone. Link.
  • Jesus Paid It All. Link.
  • Oh For a Thousand Tongues to Sing. Link.
  • Oh the Deep Deep Love of Jesus. Link.
  • Old Rugged Cross. Link.
  • Praise to the Lord, the Almighty. Link.
  • There is A Fountain. Link.
  • There is Power in the Blood. Link.
  • This is My Father's World. Link.
  • What Can Wash Away My Sin (Nothing but the Blood). Link.