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Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us — 6 Comments

  1. A most interesting sermon. I found myself singing this hymn early this morning while having no conscious reason for so doing. It was the verse beginning, “Saviour breathe forgiveness o’er us” that was the phrase that had come into my mind and I looked the words up on Google and found your sermon in the process.

    I am a Congregational minister (with an evangelical tradition) in Leicestershire. Congregational churches were formally known as Independents – the tradition in which James Edmeston grew up and the context for writing this particular hymn. I have a good friend who is the minister of the only remaining Congregtaional church in Stepney who will, I’m sure be interested in reading this.

    Thank you.

    Barry

  2. Thanks, Barry.

    If your friend could find any further information on Edmeston’s life and ministry, it would be worthwhile posting it on the Net. I have been doing a summer series of sermons on people’s favourite hymns and the stories of faith behind many of the hymns bring the words to life – we are doing ‘Here is love, vast as the ocean’ tomorrow night.

  3. I am a woman minister in the Presbyterian Church of Ghana. I love doing hymn services and I was researching for one (a hymn service) when I stumbled upon your sermon. I love it andI will use some of your material. I hope you do not mind. I should be most grateful if you would direct me to your other hymn sermons. I pray God’s direction and blessing on you, your family and your ministry.

    With much gratitude,
    Teteki

  4. Hello Teteki,

    Thank you for your kind words. My sermons on hymns are scattered among my other sermons. If you type a hymn name or the name of a writer into the search box it should hopefully find the sermon, if there is one for that hymn

  5. David on November 26, 2017

    Hello everyone,

    My Grandson’s recent Baptism service focused my attention on the words in some Church of Ireland Hymns and recall things our Richhill School Rector addressed during his visits in the early 1950’s.
    The (then) Rev Cockerill persuaded us children that word “dreary” had no place in James Edmeston’s Hymn ‘Lead Us Heavenly Father Lead Us’ because in his view our Lord was never “dreary”. In fact he gave me the impression that he would seek to have it amended he felt so strongly about it. The Hymn is a beautiful one which almost everyone wishing to sing can participate.

  6. Of course, suggesting that Jesus never experienced moments that were lone and dreary would be to deny his incarnation

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