‘Shall We Gather at the River’ (Burl Ives)

We haven’t had many hymn requests lately–well, more like we haven’t had any at all–so I’m on my own.

So here’s Burl Ives with Shall We Gather at the River, it’s a good old 19th century hymn, and let’s let it minister to us.

By Request, ‘The Lily of the Valley’

Ina requested “any hymn by Burl Ives,” so I chose this one, which I had never heard before–The Lily of the Valley.

Anyone can request a hymn here, and I try to fulfill all requests. So if you have a hymn you’d like to share, just give us a shout.

By Request, ‘Yes, We’ll Gather at the River’

We’ve got two hymn requests this morning; so here’s another beautiful old-fashioned hymn, from 1864–Yes,. We’ll Gather at the River, requested by Erlene, sung here by Burl Ives. We can’t help looking to Psalm 46: “There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God…”

What a glad gathering this will be!

‘Shall We Gather at the River?’

A dear old traditional hymn, published in 1864–Shall We Gather at the River?, sung here by Burl Ives. Somehow this hymn brings 19th century Christianity into the 21st.

‘Bringing in the Sheaves’ (Burl Ives)

Here’s a good old Sunday school favorite, piano and all–Bringing in the Sheaves, sung by Burl Ives. How many people out there don’t know what “sheaves” are?

‘Bringing in the Sheaves’

We can’t do better than this to start our day–a great old-fashioned hymn, Bringing in the Sheaves.

I wonder how many people even know what sheaves are, these days.

And Burl Ives is well worth remembering, too.

Sanity Break: ‘Mr. Froggie Went A-Courtin”

Before we plunge into any–ugh!–news, here’s a little something I remember from way back in my childhood–Mr. Froggie Went A-Courtin’, sung here by Burl Ives… with a lot of guitar-work used to make puns. Very clever!

This is an old, old folk song and there must be a zillion different versions of it. Each and every one of them is better than the nooze.

By Request, ‘I Need Thee Every Hour’

Ina from Scotland asked for “any Burl Ives hymn” and left it up to me to pick it, so I chose this one for her–I Need Thee Every Hour. I remember my grandma, my mother, and my aunts singing this around the house as they accomplished the day’s chores.

Yes, Lord, we need thee! And only You know how much.

Burl Ives, ‘Shall We Gather at the River’

I could use a hymn this morning–more on that later. Shall We Gather at the River is a good old-fashioned hymn, here sung by Burl Ives.

By Request, ‘Bringing in the Sheaves’

I loved it when we sang this hymn in Sunday school, even if I didn’t know what “sheaves” were. Today it’s a hymn request by Erlene: Bringing in the Sheaves, sung here by Burl Ives. Some hymns just stick with you forever. This is one of them.