College Students Sing A Cappella Cover Of ‘I Need Thee Every Hour’

Kelsie Jelsema, Riley McCabe & Kaatje Schmidt sing a beautiful rendition of ‘I Need Thee Every Hour’ by Robert Lowry.


Kelsie Jelsema, Riley McCabe & Kaatje Schmidt are a part of Welcome to Future: Past! They are a small team of college students in Seattle, WA.

Their YouTube channel says about them, “We’re not a company with fancy equipment, nor do we believe we’re the “chosen ones” who are looking for self-glory or world domination with our music. In fact, we’re all pretty darn sinful and are in constant need of God’s grace daily; we’re thankful to have salvation through Jesus Christ.”

Annie Sherwood Hawk, an American poet and gospel hymnist wrote this hymn along with her pastor, Robert Lowry. In 1872, the hymn by which Hawks is most widely known, “I Need Thee Every Hour”, was written. It was translated into more foreign languages than any other modern hymn at the time of her death.

I need Thee every hour
Most gracious Lord
No tender voice like Thine
Can peace afford

Hawks stated:— “For myself, the hymn was prophetic rather than expressive of my own experiences, for it was wafted out to the world on the wings of love and joy, instead of under the stress of personal sorrow.”

Lowry, who wrote the music, went on to say: “I Need Thee Every Hour” was written by Mrs. Annie S. Hawks, in 1872, in Brooklyn, New York. I believe it was the expression of her own experience. It came to me in the form of five simple stanzas, to which I added the chorus to make it more serviceable. It inspired me at its first reading. It first appeared in a small collection of original songs prepared for the National Baptist Sunday-school Association, held in Cincinnati, Ohio in November, 1872, and was sung on that occasion.”

I need Thee, O I need Thee
Every hour I need Thee
O bless me now, my Savior
I come to Thee

Today as these three young women sing this beautiful Christian hymn, the words seem most appropriate for these uncertain times we are living in where we need the presence of the Lord more than anything else.


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