‘How Great Thou Art’ connects 3 churches




Several local churches answered the “call for songs of loudest praise” Sunday afternoon.

Members of the Grace Church of the Nazarene in Austintown met at 3 p.m. Sunday for a special service of praise, centered around the singing of “How Great Thou Art.”

“This is a grass-roots movement of praise and honor to God. We honor athletes and dignitaries, and we thought it would be great to set aside Aug. 1 to sing especially about how great God is,” said the Rev. Robert Donato.

This is the third year the Webb Road church has had the event, and two other congregations in Liberty and Mineral Ridge also participated.

Chimes from the church called parishioners to gather and sing “How Great Thou Art” outside.

Then the dozen participants moved inside the sanctuary for a 30-minute service of prayer, testimony, Scripture and more praise songs, including “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” which features the line “call for songs of loudest praise.”

“There’s no one bigger, no one smaller, we’re all the same in God’s eyes,” said Georgina Burnett during her testimony.

Donna Bissell of Mineral Ridge helped plan the service and was moved to tears by the hymns.

“We’re always praying for something or giving thanksgiving, but we don’t give [God] enough praise,” Bissell said.

“How Great Thou Art” was based on a Swedish poem by Carl Gustav Boberg in 1885. It was translated into English by Stuart Hine, who added two additional verses in 1953.

“This song profoundly speaks to me,” Donato said. “Especially the third verse: ‘That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing, he bled and died to take away my sin.’ That’s the Christain message.”

‘How Great Thou Art’ Lyrics

Members of Grace Church of the Nazarene in Austintown had a special praise service Sunday afternoon inspired by the Christian hymn “How Great Thou Art.” Here are its lyrics:

O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder

Consider all the works Thy hands have made.

I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,

Thy power throughout the universe displayed.


Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee;

How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee:

How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander

And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;

When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur

And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze:

(Repeat Refrain)

And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,

Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;

That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,

He bled and died to take away my sin:

(Repeat Refrain)

When Christ shall come with shouts of acclamation

And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!

Then I shall bow in humble adoration,

And there proclaim, my God, how great Thou art!

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