Father's Day 2016
Today in worship we sang this song:
- Faith of our fathers, living still,In spite of dungeon, fire, and sword;Oh, how our hearts beat high with joyWhene’er we hear that glorious Word!
- Refrain:Faith of our fathers, holy faith!We will be true to thee till death.
- Our fathers, chained in prisons dark,Were still in heart and conscience free;How sweet would be their children’s fate,If they, like them, could die for thee!
- Faith of our fathers, we will striveTo win all nations unto thee;And through the truth that comes from God,We all shall then be truly free.
- Faith of our fathers, we will loveBoth friend and foe in all our strife;And preach thee, too, as love knows howBy kindly words and virtuous life.A bit of the history:Faber wrote two versions of the hymn: with seven stanzas for Irelandand with four for England. The Irish version was sung at hurling matches until the 1960s.In England and Ireland it is usually sung to the traditional tune Sawston;in the U.S. the tune St Catherine by Henri Hemy is more commonly used.I would believe that for just about all of us--the dungeon part went right past us.We weren't thinking aboutmartyrs of the faith.We were singing in a sanctuarywithout thinking about the freedomof gathering andprofessing our faith.And on this Father's Dayin the United States-I give thanks for the faith of my father,and for the faith of his father.I give thanks for the faith of thefather of our three daughters.My husband- John,who by God's rich gracelives out the faith of his father,and his grandfather.And by this gift of grace,this earthly fathermay have the blessing ofsharing stories of faithand the love of the heavenly Fatherwith three sons-in-law andthese three young grandsons.GriffinLeviJacksonis not just some passing phrase of a song-that it might be the very essence ofEVERYTHING.