By Request, ‘Oh, God, Our Help in Ages Past’

Requested by Phoebe–and we’re doing hymns today, because we need them–Oh, God, Our Help in Ages Past. This rendition is by the Sharon Mennonite Bible Institute Singers. Background sets by God the Father.

If there ever was a year in my own lifetime in which we needed God’s help and protection, it’s 2020.

‘Come, Ye Thankful People, Come’

Here’s another Thanksgiving hymn which we were allowed to sing in school, and it never did us any harm. And now they want to forbid you singing hymns in church.

Come, Ye Thankful People, Come was written in 1844 by Henry Alford and has been a Thanksgiving favorite ever since. I find it deeply moving.

One thing I’m thankful for that they can’t take away from us, no matter what they do: Our God is pure and righteous, everlasting, all-powerful, all-wise–and no evil can come into His presence.

The wicked and the Godless are riding high in 2020; but their fall is guaranteed.

P.S.–If anybody has any more Thanksgiving hymns to request, the hymn shop is open!


‘We Gather Together’

Welcome to Thanksgiving, 2020.

We Gather Together is an old Dutch hymn, first published in 1597. Would you believe we used to be allowed to sing this in school?

We thank the Lord there are still things, all of His provision, to be thankful for.

‘For Unto Us a Child Is Born’

Christmas is coming! And we have this hymn by special request from TheWhiteRabbit: Unto Us a Child Is Born–by the London Symphony Orchestra, no less. Text from the Bible, Isaiah 9:6. Music by Handel, from The Messiah.

Don’t forget, the Christmas carol contest starts the day after tomorrow.

‘Oh, I Want to See Him’

Here’s another one of Your Favorite Hymns from the hymn-cart–Oh, I Want to See Him, by the Blythe Family.

And remember–the day after Thanksgiving, our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest starts!

‘Faith Unlocks the Door’

And here’s one from the cart, Your Favorite Hymns–Faith Unlocks the Door, sung by the Old Friends Quartet. That last single note is really something.

‘For All the Saints’

I’d never heard this one before; but that’s why it’s “Your Favorite Hymns” and not just mine: in this case, one of Phoebe’s. For All the Saints, performed by the students at Fountainview Academy–and how they got all those musicians onto that raft without anybody falling in, well, that’s something to ponder.

‘Leaving All to Follow Jesus’

Requested by SlimJim, I chose this unusual rendition of the hymn, Leaving All to Follow Jesus–unusual in that it’s such an old recording, maybe from as long as 90 years ago. It’s from an album called “Times Ain’t Like They Used to Be.”

Now we’ve just about emptied the Your Favorite Hymns cart, and some of you have never requested a hymn. Well, you don’t have to, of course–but why not? Help refill the cart.

‘Yield Not to Temptation’

You’ll pardon me, I hope, if I plug in one of my favorite hymns now and then. This one was in my mind for most of yesterday, Yield Not to Temptation, a 19th-century classic by Horatio Palmer, sung here by Nathan and Lyle.

I don’t have many of Your Favorite Hymns left in the cart, so if you have one to share with us, step right up.

‘Here We Are’

Your Favorite Hymns continues with Here We Are, by Dallas Holm. I couldn’t resist the background sets, God’s handiwork.

The hymn-cart needs filling again; so if there’s a hymn or two, or half a dozen of them, that you’d like to share here, just let us know by leaving a comment anywhere. I read them all.