So far during my time at Jackson Heights, I haven’t had much success with maintaining sermon series. However, despite this dismal track record, I remain undeterred, and I’m going to launch another one that hopefully will appear periodically. From time to time, I want to spend a sermon taking an in-depth look at one of the great hymns in our repertoire.
I think this exercise is valuable for several reasons. First, it reminds us that we are supposed to sing with understanding, that we are supposed to think about the hymns that we sing, and that the hymns we sing are supposed to be worthy of thought. Second, I know there are brethren who absolutely hated high-school English class and wouldn’t mind the help in decoding what some of our more obscure hymns are saying. Third, even if the thoughts of these hymns weren’t contained in a hymn, they’d still be worthy of a sermon on their own, and we can benefit from contemplating them. With these things in mind, then, let’s turn our attention to the stellar “Sun of My Soul”. Continue reading