Blest be the tie that binds

1
Blest be the tie that binds
  Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship our spirit finds
  Is like to that above.
2
Before our Father’s throne,
  We pour our ardent prayers;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one—
  Our comforts and our cares.
3
We share our mutual woes;
  Our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows
  The sympathizing tear.
4
When we asunder part,
  It gives us inward pain;
But we shall still be joined in heart,
  And hope to meet again.
5
From sorrow, toil, and pain,
  And sin we shall be free;
And perfect love and oneness reign
  Through all eternity.
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Steve Miller

Detroit, Michigan, United States

addendum to my 8/14/2013 post:

The church that he was supposed to be promoted to was one of the most influential of his time. John Gill (author of NT and OT Exposition still much in use today) had been the pastor there for 51 years. That church later became Metropolitan Tabernacle pastored by Charles Spurgeon.

John Fawcett continued his faithful ministry to the humble people at Wainsgate until a paralytic stroke caused his death in 1817 at the age of 77. His salary was estimated at never more than $200/year, in spite of his growing reputation as an outstanding evangelical preacher and scholar.

In recognition of his ministry and many accomplishments, including the establishment of a school for the training of nonconformist men for the ministry, Brown University in America conferred the Doctor of Divinity degree upon him in 1811. On another occasion, the King of England is said to have offered John Fawcett any gift he might desire. He replied, "I have the love of my people - I need nothing more that even a king could provide."

John Fawcett's life is a model of a spiritual leader who sacrificed ambition and personal gain for Christian devotion to God and His people. - '52 Hymn Stories Dramatized' by Kenneth W. Osbeck


Dcns Mary Yarhere

Lagos, Ikeja, Nigeria

A spiritual classic hymn that shows how the Word and God's love binds us together. Just finished my early morning devotion and this wonderful hymn just spontaneously popped out of my heart. Gracious Jesus thank You so much.


Anonymous

This is so beautiful, this hymn just came to mind as I worshiping the Lord, I had to look it up and sing it, these old hymns are so up lifting, God Bless.


Emeka Martins Ezenibe

Lagos, Nigeria

This song makes tears roll down my cheeks anytime I sing it. It's very heart touching and shows that humility, love and absolute trust in God are the most important things required to inspire any human. Thank You LORD for giving him the inspiration to write this song. It's a huge blessing to me.


Gorgeous

Orlando, FL, United States

This song melts me every time I sing it. Beautiful and powerful words. Yes it humbles me, makes me feel loved and closer to God and my church family. Thank You Heavenly Father.


Akosua Ahwenepa-Pokuah

Yonkers, New York, United States

This is an inspirational hymn, it always makes me humble myself in the Lord and also encourages me to love mankind more and more. I thank Jehovah God for blessed me to have a serious relationship with His only begotten son Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.


Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

Orphaned when he was 12, then forced to work 14 hrs/day in a sweatshop, John Fawcett learned to read by candlelight. He was converted at 16 under the preaching of George Whitefield, and he was ordained a Baptist minister at the age of 25. He began his ministry at a poor church in Wainsgate in northern England. The small congregation could only afford to pay him a minimal salary, partly in potatoes and wool.

After 7 years of ministry, Fawcett received a call to the prestigious Carter's Lane Church in London. But as he was saying his farewells [with all his family's belongings already on the wagon] and saw the tears on the faces of his people, he changed his mind and decided to stay.

Not long afterward, he wrote this hymn for the congregation at Wainsgate. He recognized that the bond of love he knew there was worth more than any material wealth. - Great Songs of Faith by Brown & Norton

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The 3rd line of the 1st stanza originally says:

The fellowship of kindred minds

Another version of the 1st line of the 3rd stanza says:

We share each other's woes,

There is an additional stanza before the last stanza:

This glorious hope revives

Our courage by the way;

While each in expectation lives,

And longs to see the day.


Jack

彼此連合(以愛相連, Blest Be the Tie That Binds), 教會聖詩367/生命聖詩218


Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

May this song be the reality of our church life.