Tag Archives: classic hymns

By Request, ‘There Is Power in the Blood’

We have two hymn requests this morning instead of none, so I have hastened to post them! This one is There Is Power in the Blood, requested by Joshua, performed by Fernando Ortega.

If we ever needed hymns, we need them now.

Bonus Hymn, ‘O Worship the King’

I’m pooped. The email problem that stymied us last week went away as mysteriously as it came, and I was able to send my weekly column to Newswithviews. And so, for the time being, here’s something better. Certainly more restful.

This is the first hymn I learned to play on my harmonica, back in the Bronze Age. I still love it. O Worship the King, sung during the NBA Big Sing at Durham Road Baptist Church, Gateshead. Background sets, plus charming little bird, by God the Father.

Bonus Hymn: ‘Gloria in Excelsis Deo’

Some of you have your churches shut down by the quarantine, so an extra hymn on a Sunday afternoon won’t come amiss–Gloria in Excelsis Deo, sung by the Libera boys’ choir (“Glory to God in the highest”). You can probably work out the Latin lyrics by yourself.

‘Blessed Assurance’ (Fountainview Academy)

I heard just a tiny snatch of this hymn last night, but that was enough to make me want to post it. Words by Fanny Crosby, performance by the students of Fountainview Academy–you can’t do better than that! Blessed Assurance: sung during the Academy’s tour of Europe.

‘Beautiful Savior’

The Lutheran Warbler sings her way through the hymnal, and here we pause at one of my wife’s favorite hymns, Beautiful Savior. Also known as Fairest Lord Jesus and, sometimes, as “The Crusaders’ Hymn”.

This is an antidote to these times.

‘The Old Rugged Cross’

Easter is coming, we’ll be taking Easter hymns. This one, The Old Rugged Cross, used to make me cry when I was a little boy: not so you could hear it, just a lump in the throat and a tear or two.

Sung here by Tennessee Ernie Ford.

‘Shall We Gather at the River?’

There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God… (Psalm 46:4)

Christians loved this hymn when it was published in 1864, and we still love it today: Shall We Gather at the River? Sung by the students at Fountainview Academy, British Columbia.

‘Down in the River’

It’s raining, it’s cold, aaaah–let’s have a good old Gospel song: Down in the River to Pray, sung by the choir at the Shenandoah Christian Music Camp.

Encore: ‘Revive Us Again’

I’m only posting this today because I love it and I need a hymn for this spot. I once whistled it for a couple of deer, who listened attentively without running away. Revive Us Again, sung by Nathan and Lyle.

By Request, ‘Does Jesus Care?’

Requested by Lydia, let’s make it the first post of the day–Does Jesus Care, written in 1901 by Frank Graff, performed by the students at Fountainview Academy. Doesn’t that snow look beautiful!

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