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First Sunday During Lent

Unifying Theme:
God's covenant

Scripture Theme Hymns
Genesis 9:8-17 God's covenant to Noah 480: O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go
Psalm 25:1-10 Following God's covenant 606: Come, Let Us Use the Grace Divine
Mark 1:9-15 Christ is God's covenant 368: My Hope Is Built
1 Peter 3:18-22 Christ extended God's covenant 203: Hail to the Lord's Annointed
337: Only Trust Him
622: There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood

Featured Hymn
There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood

Hymn #622
Words by William Cowper
Music: 19th cent. USA campmeeting melody (CWH attrib. to Lowell Mason)
Tune: CLEANSING FOUNTAIN, Meter: CMD

Praise the Lord for His undying love and unfailing grace! This week's featured hymn was written by William Cowper. He was born in 1731, the son of a pastor and chaplain to King George II. He would know a life of tragedy and sadness. His mother died when he was six. Later, his father and step-mother died, and his best friend drowned. He struggled with depression and mental illness, and was committed to a mental assylum for 18 months. While there, he read the Bible as a source of comfort. One day as he read Romans 3:25-26, he came to the realization that the sacrifice of Christ was sufficient to cover his sins. He observed, "I could only look up to heaven in silent fear, overwhelmed with love and wonder." In the years that followed, Cowper came to work with John Newton, a former slaver best known today as the author of the hymn Amazing Grace, and the two worked together to write and publish many hymns.

There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood was written during this time. The powerful, graphic imagery of the opening lines ceated a stir right away, and the text went through a number of revisions. The truth embodied in the message was so powerful, though, that all revisions returned to the original theme: sinners are cleansed through the blood of Christ.

Ponder the undying love of God that saves us as you read the words to this powerful hymn:

1. There is a fountain filled with blood
drawn from Emmanuel's veins;
and sinners plunged beneath that flood
lose all their guilty stains.
Lose all their guilty stains,
lose all their guilty stains;
and sinners plunged beneath that flood
lose all their guilty stains.
2. The dying thief rejoiced to see
that fountain in his day;
and there may I, though vile as he,
wash all my sins away.
Wash all my sins away,
wash all my sins away;
and there may I, though vile as he,
wash all my sins away.
3. Dear dying Lamb, thy precious blood
shall never lose its power
till all the ransomed church of God
be saved, to sin no more.
Be saved, to sin no more,
be saved, to sin no more;
till all the ransomed church of God
be saved, to sin no more.
4. E'er since, by faith, I saw the stream
thy flowing wounds supply,
redeeming love has been my theme,
and shall be till I die.
And shall be till I die,
and shall be till I die;
redeeming love has been my theme,
and shall be till I die.
5. Then in a nobler, sweeter song,
I'll sing thy power to save,
when this poor lisping, stammering tongue
lies silent in the grave.
Lies silent in the grave,
lies silent in the grave;
when this poor lisping, stammering tongue
lies silent in the grave.

Cowper was recognized for his hymns and poetry throughout his adult life, including Heal Us, Emmanuel, Hear Our Prayer, which is also included in The United Methodist Hymnal.

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Passages suggested are from The Revised Common Lectionary: Consultation on Common Texts (Abingdon Press, 1992) copyright © by the Consultation on Common Texts (CCT), P.O. Box 340003, Room 381, Nashville TN 37203-0003. Reprinted with permission of CCT.