We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations

Weve-a-Story-to-Tell-to-the-Nations
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email

We’ve a story to tell to the nations
That shall turn their hearts to the right –
A story of truth and mercy,
A story of peace and light,
A story of peace and light.

For the darkness shall turn to dawning,
And the dawning to noonday bright,
And Christ’s great Kingdom shall come to Earth,
The Kingdom of love and light.

We’ve a song to be sung to the nations
That shall lift their hearts to the Lord –
A song that shall conquer evil
And shatter the spear and sword,
And shatter the spear and sword.

We’ve a message to give to the nations,
That the Lord who reigneth above
Hath sent us His Son to save us
And show us that God is love,
And show us that God is love.

We’ve a Saviour to show to the nations,
Who the path of sorrow hath trod,
That all of the world’s great peoples
Might come to the truth of God,
Might come to the truth of God.

Henry Ernest Nichol was born in Yorkshire, England in 1862 and lived until 1926, so he experienced the struggles of World War I while in his fifties. Perhaps that experience caused him to write this song of hope for the world – hope for peace based on everyone’s knowledge of Jesus Christ as Saviour. Here we are in 2018, still a long way from achieving the fulfilment of that hope, even though the Gospel has been preached around the globe. Of course, it’s the living out of the teachings of Jesus that makes a difference in relationships between people and nations.

Nichol wrote 130 hymn tunes as well as many lyrics. With hymns for which he wrote both lyrics and melody, like this one, he used the pen name Colin Sterne – a rearrangement of the letters in Ernest Nichol. It was first published with that name in Sunday School Hymnary, in London, England. This song is considered his most memorable. Let’s keep on believing that “Christ’s great Kingdom shall come to Earth”!

WORDS AND MUSIC: HENRY ERNEST NICHOL
S.A. SONG BOOK, 1987 EDITION, #981; 2015 EDITION, #943
REFERENCE: STUDWELL, WILLIAM E., THE NATIONAL AND RELIGIOUS SONG READER

You might also enjoy

Scroll to Top

COVID 19 Update

The members of The Salvation Army Oshawa Temple want to protect you from any Covid-19 spread yet, at the same time, wish to journey life with you. 

At present, there are still reports of new strains of Covid-19 spread and, unfortunately, we are not at a level of vaccination that safely allows us to congregate. Therefore, we have initiated the following:

 In-Person Church Services are postponed until further notice, but our ONLINE SERVICES, complete with music, songs, prayer, and Biblically focused sermons can be found here. [Click to follow]

 Our CHURCH OFFICE is closed, but we are still available Monday – Friday (9:30 am – 3:00 pm).  If you have enquiries, needs, prayer requests, or simply want to discuss life, please connect with us by phone at 905-436-0011, text us at 289-768-5959, or email the office. Email address is  office@saoshawa.ca 

 Our FOOD BANK and THRIFT STORE are open in downtown Oshawa, but if you are solely in need of food, please make an appointment at 905-723-7422 ext 221. 

 DONATIONS can be dropped off at the Thrift Store.  Please access the Albert Street side of the building in downtown Oshawa from Monday – Friday (9:30 am – 4:30 pm) and Saturday (10:00 am – 4:00 pm).  The Thrift Store is closed on Sunday. More Thrift Store Details… [Click to follow]

 COUNSELLING SERVICES, including aid with annual TAX RETURNS, continue Monday – Friday (9:30 am – 4:30 pm),  but please call for an appointment at 905-723-7422. Registration for The Low Income Tax Clinic is online. [Click to follow]