Today’s Worship–March 30th, 2013

Good Morning Saints!

Today’s Bible Reading & Verse

Judges 3-5

If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. – Luke 6:33


Today’s Song Story

When Morning Gilds the Skies

This hymn was written by a German author whose name has been lost in time. It first appeared in a Roman Catholic hymnal, Catholisches Gesangbuch in 1828. That hymnal originated in Wurzburg, on the Main River near Frankfurt. That is lovely country, with hills and streams. It’s no wonder that a poet, seeing that beauty, would be inspired to write a hymn praising God for natural wonders.

But the hymn celebrates more than natural wonders. It calls us to praise God whether we are at work or at prayer –– whether in the night or the day –– even when faced with the powers of darkness, which lose their power when subjected to praise to God. It calls us to praise God "thro’ all the ages long."

The hymn was translated from German into English by Edward Caswell (1814-1878), a Roman Catholic priest from England. Caswell was the son of an Anglican clergyman, and was himself ordained as an Anglican. He converted to Catholicism in 1847, prior to translating this hymn in 1854.

In addition to this hymn, which he translated from German, Caswell translated a number of hymns from Latin into English –– the best known being "Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee."

"When Morning Gilds the Skies" was originally 28 stanzas, but most hymnals today include only four.

The tune, "Laudes Domini" ("Praise to the Lord"), was composed by Joseph Barnby (1838-1896), an outstanding English organist and choirmaster who was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1892 in honour of his musical contributions.

The hymn was first sung with Barnby’s tune in 1868 in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

  1. When morning gilds the skies,
    My heart awaking cries:
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
    Alike at work and prayer,
    To Jesus I repair;
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
  2. Does sadness fill my mind?
    A solace here I find,
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
    Or fades my earthly bliss?
    My comfort still is this,
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
  3. When sleep her balm denies,
    My silent spirit sighs,
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
    When evil thoughts molest,
    With this I shield my breast:
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
  4. The night becomes as day
    When from the heart we say:
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
    The pow’rs of darkness fear
    When this sweet chant they hear:
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
  5. In heav’n’s eternal bliss
    The loveliest strain is this,
    [*Let earth’s wide circle round
    In joyful notes resound,]
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
    Let earth, and sea, and sky
    From depth to height reply,
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
  6. Be this, while life is mine,
    My song of love divine:
    May Jesus Christ be praised!
    Sing this eternal song
    Through all the ages long:
    May Jesus Christ be praised!

Today’s Worship Songs


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In and Out of Time – Colton Dixon

What Does It Sound Like – Bethel Without Words

Oh How I Love You – Jesus Culture

Without You – Jesus Culture

We Exalt Your Name – Kari Jobe & Matt Maher

Picture of Grace – Sanctus Real

Oh God – Citizens

10,000 Reasons – Rend Collective Experiment

Today’s Worship is a ministry of The Servant’s House, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Come visit our Facebook page –!/pages/Montreal-QC/The-Servants-House-Church/304924542965?ref=ts
For information concerning our place and time of our Sunday worship call us at 514-451-4385 or 514-929-6098 or email me @
May Christ richly bless you!
Gerry Desjardins

Worship Pastor

The Servant’s House

9641 Blvd. LaSalle,

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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