Hymns of Thanks

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When the English settlers gathered to give thanks to the harvest they shared a common faith, a common bond. Through the years Christians have continued to give thanks and some wonderful hymns have come out of that tradition of worship and thankgiving. Here are the first verses of four of the most loved Thanksgiving Hymns.

Come Ye Thankful People, Come,
Words by Henry Alford, Music by George J. Elvey

Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home;
All is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin.
God our Maker doth provide for our wants to be supplied;
Come to God’s own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home.

Count Your Blessings
Words by Johnson Oatman, Jr., Music by Edwin O. Excell

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Now Thank We All Our God
Words by Martin Rinkhart (translation Catherine Winkworth), Music by Johann Cruger

Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

We Gather Together
Netherlands folk hymn, translated by Theodore Baker

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.

Have a favorite Thanksgiving hymn?  Or a favorite post about Thanksgiving?  Share in the comments!

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