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‘I Sing the Mighty Power of God’

Isaac Watts wrote hymns in the 18th century that are still being widely sung today. This is one of his classics, a big favorite in the church that I grew up in–I Sing the Mighty Power of God. Sung by the congregation at Grace Community Church.

‘Blessed Assurance’

A hymn from 1873, written by Fanny Crosby–you can’t go wrong. Blessed Assurance, sung a capella by the Harpeth Gospel Quartet, with the work of God’s hands for background. I’ll never get over the way the human voice can be turned into a musical instrument.

‘The Lord Is My Shepherd’ (Cathedral choir)

This is the 23rd Psalm set to music and sung by the choir at Wells Cathedral, England. Some of us first heard it as the theme song to an anything-but-reverent British comedy, The Vicar of Dibley. But the hymn will stay with you longer than the comedy.

‘O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing’

I used to hear snatches of this hymn on the Christian radio station that we used to have, or playing on church bells some distance away. I loved it, but I didn’t know its name. But as you can see, I found out eventually.

O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing, by Charles Wesley. Sung here by the congregation at Grace Community Church.

‘Just as I Am, Without One Plea’

I think I might have posted this not so long ago, but its message bears repeating. We worry about being good enough. No need: Christ takes us as we are, and makes us good enough. Just as I Am, Without One Plea, by Charlotte Elliott in 1835; sung by the Antrim Mennonite Choir.

By Request, ‘Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners!’

Hymn request from Joshua: Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners! It’s the Welsh hymn, Hyfrydol, with yet another set of lyrics, this one acquired in 1910. I wish I knew who this was, singing it, so I could say thank you. But we can still thank God the Father for his background sets. How beautiful are the works of your hands, O Lord!

‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’ (with Lyrics)

I promised I’d provide the lyrics, the next time I posted this hymn, so here we are–J.S. Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written. Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski. Thanks to “Spadecaller” for putting together this lively video.

‘I Know That My Redeemer Lives’

We haven’t visited with the Lutheran Warbler for a while. She’s still singing her way through the Lutheran hymnal. This is I Know That My Redeemer Lives. by Samuel Medley in 1775. Inspired by the Book of Job, 19: 23-27.

By Request, ‘All Creatures of Our God and King’

That last nooze post jangled me pretty bad, and I’m grateful to Joshua for this hymn request. In fact, this particular hymn, with these visuals, was exactly what I needed.

All Creatures of Our God and King, a good old-fashioned hymn performed by Fernando Ortega… with living things by God the Father.

‘Bread of Heaven’

There’s nothing better than a Welsh hymn, sung by a Welsh choir. This is Bread of Heaven, which we also know as Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah. Its Welsh name is Cwm Rhondda. Sung by the Morriston Orpheus Choir.

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