Pilgrim Hymn

My Pastor, Jason Dorsey, is beginning a new preaching series on Hebrews 11. This has got me thinking about our pilgrimage through this place to our home. I found this hymn by John Cennick (1742) and it seemed to capture what has been stirring in my mind. I hope for us to learn it as a congregation over the next few months.

I recorded it last night in my inlaws living room with my laptop sitting on my lap using the built-in mic. So it is a little low-fi and there is some random knocking sounds where I accidentally bumped the laptop while trying to play into the computer screen. There is also a good bit of background noise because people were walking through and washing dishes, etc. but I had a lot of fun and it was really easy just to play and not have to set up any equipment.

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Pilgrim Hymn (listen) (chord chart)

Children of the heavenly King,
As ye journey, sweetly sing;
Sing your Savior’s worthy praise,
Glorious in His works and ways

We are traveling home to God,
In the way the fathers trod;
They are happy now, and we
Soon their happiness shall see.

O Lord, obedient we would go,
Gladly leaving all the world below;
Thou alone our only Leader be;
And still we follow Thee.

Shout, ye little flock, and blest,
You on Jesus’ throne shall rest:
There your seat is now prepared—
There your kingdom and reward.

O Lord, obedient we would go,
Gladly leaving all the world below;
Thou alone our only Leader be;
And still we follow Thee.

Lift your eyes, ye sons of light,
Zion’s city is in sight:
There our endless home shall be,
There our Lord we soon shall see.

O Lord, obedient we would go,
Gladly leaving all the world below;
Thou alone our only Leader be;
And still we follow Thee.

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7 thoughts on “Pilgrim Hymn

  1. Man, I miss making music with you brother. Hope it’s not too long before it happens again. Even if it’s not until the end of days, I treasure the times we did.

  2. Beautiful, Nathan! We sure miss you here at Green Lake. I’m so thankful you post your songs so we can enjoy them. Keep glorifying Christ with your music. He has blessed you.

  3. Praise God for the new songs He puts in our hearts. Like Jonathan, I, too, miss how the Lord blessed that season in our lives at Greenlake. Keep posting.

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