‘Wonderful Peace’

Well, I can’t force readers to enter the hymn contest, can I? It’s over on Sunday; and as of now, the leading hymn has 21 views. What can I say? Only a handful of reader request hymns.

Here’s one I never heard before–Wonderful Peace, sung by Fountainview Academy students visiting the coast of California.

‘Dwelling in Beulah Land’

No hymn requests received, no hymn contest entries–so I guess I’m on my own this morning.

How about this one? Dwelling in Beulah Land, sung by Nathan and Lyle with some family and friends… at home. Where better to sing hymns, than at home?

The hymn contest ends Aug. 8, so get those entries in now.

‘All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name’

This is how we sang this hymn in the old Dutch Reformed Church, wherein I was raised–All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name. I don’t often get to hear it sung to this melody anymore, so I’m thankful to the choir at Temple Baptist Church for selecting it.

No hymn contest entries today yet…

‘His Eye Is On the Sparrow’

Well, I’m off to a late start today. Cramps up and down my legs.

No hymn contest entries yet, so let me provide a hymn: His Eye Is on the Sparrow, sung by the Mennonite Hour Singers. I think this time the Lord has really outdone Himself in creating gorgeous background sets. Praise Him for the beauty of His creation!

Bonus Hymn, ‘Up from the Grave He Arose’

This hymn has been in my head all afternoon, which makes me think I ought to post it: I want to hear it again. And maybe some of you do, too–Up From the Grave He Arose, by the Voice of Eden.

By Request, ‘May the God of Peace’

Requested by SlimJim–May the God of Peace, by the New Scottish Hymns Band–and entered into our hymn contest.

To recap the contest rules:

To enter, just request a hymn.

The hymn that gets the most views on the day it was requested is the winner. So far, the leading hymn has 20 views.

You can enter as often as you like.

Come on, join in! Don’t let the same few people do all the work. Glorify God and build our fellowship!

‘This Is My Father’s World’

No hymn contest entries today so far, so I’ll go with one of my own favorites–in fact, an old Sunday school favorite: This Is My Father’s World, sung here by Fernando Ortega.

“This is my Father’s world, and let me ne’er forget/ that tho’ the wrong seems oft so strong, He is the ruler yet…”

Special Treat: ‘On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand’

Maybe it’s the weather. I feel like I’m stuck in neutral.

All right, enough! Here’s a special treat–our friends and esteemed colleagues, Joshua & Jeremy Swanson, perform On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand. I’d never heard this hymn before. Click “CC” for the lyrics.

By Request, ‘God Bless Our Native Land’

Requested by “thewhiterabbit,” God Bless Our Native Land. You already know the tune, and the lyrics appear on screen in case you’d like to sing along. You can’t beat this organ instrumental, and some of the photography will stir your soul. God has indeed blessed our country: we do well to remember that.

Play It Again: ‘Jesus Saves’

I love this hymn, and when I hear it in the morning, it stays with me all day–Jesus Saves, sung at the 2012 Synod of the United Reformed Church in North America, at Nyack College. That’s the Hudson River in the background.