January 12, 2013

A Sunday Hymn - Churches of Lancaster County

O God, Our Help in Ages Past
Isaac Watts    ~   1719

O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come;
Our shelter from the stormy blast, And our eternal home!

Under the shadow of Thy throne   Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone,  And our defense is sure.

Before the hills in order stood,  Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God,   To endless years the same.

A thousand ages in Thy sight  Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night  Before the rising sun.

O God, our help in ages past,  Our hope for years to come;
Be Thou our Guide while life shall last,  And our eternal home.  

Along with my Sunday hymn post each Sunday, I've decided to feature some of the beautiful churches here in Lancaster County.  This is one of my favorites.  As you can see from the sign, the Zion German Reformed Church was established in 1747.  You really need to visit the church's website to see the beautiful interior and some pictures in the springtime with the shutters open.  On the website, I also found historical information on this church - the original log structure served as a hospital for wounded soldiers during the Revolutionary War.  Here's the link to the the church website:    Zion German Reformed Church. 


  1. I love the poetry in old hymns and thanks for sharing the pictures too.

  2. I love this! And I am so excited to find your blog. I read Bookends by Liz Curtis Higgs in the fall and have been obsessed with Lititz ever since. I want to come and visit the town for a day or two and soak it all up. I found your blog through another blog and while I was reading through some of your recent posts, I thought "I wonder if she lives anywhere near Lititz" and then read the Walk in the Snow post and could hardly sleep last night for thinking about it. I will definitely be following you and I need to figure out how to order from your Etsy shop. Best wishes for your time and talent on this blog and in the rest of your life!! Peggy Sullivan

    1. Peggy,

      I'm so glad you found me too! Lititz is a beautiful town to visit! So many fun things to see and do, yet very laid back and relaxed. There are some really great bed and breakfasts in the area, and if you do ever come visit, I'd love to give you a must see list! I don't live in town, but just outside. My dream has been to live in an older home in town, but my boys never wanted to leave the neighborhood where we live. . . so when hubby and I are empty nesters, our plan is to find a place in town! Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words!



  3. Doreen, I am trying to work out a quick trip to Lititz maybe leaving after church on Feb 3 and coming back here on Wednesday morning. Any "must sees" you have will be more than welcomed!! I have not been able to get pulpit supply for that Sunday but I really am due some vacation time and trying to squeeze it in before Lent begins. I am LOVING reading through older posts and things on this blog. I don't know if it's ok to post a link here, but a friend posted this on Facebook and it's one of my all time favorites: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWR2vVXZE5A


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