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‘There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy’

I was thinking of this hymn, these past few days. Back in Sunday school, when we were introduced to the adult hymnal used in the regular church services, this was the first hymn that they had us sing. We had kind of an odd hymnal, though, with melodies you never heard in other churches: so I couldn’t find There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy with the melody that I remembered.

Sung here by the Sanctuary Choir.


‘Softly and Tenderly’

This hymn, Softly and Tenderly, sung by the Altar of Praise Chorale, reminds me of Jesus’ words, after Isaiah, in Luke 4:18.

The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

And after he closed the book,  Jesus said, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.


‘All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name’

This 18th century hymn by Edward Perronet, All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name, joyfully proclaims the crown rights of Jesus Christ Our Lord, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, whose right it is to rule Creation. Almighty God has promised that He shall reign forever.

Sing it loud!


‘Fairest Lord Jesus’

If this hymn doesn’t stir your soul, check to see if you can fog a mirror–Fairest Lord Jesus, sung by the Oasis Chorale.

By His stripes we are healed, by His righteousness we are covered, by His name we are saved.


‘Thee Will I love, My Strength, My Tower’

Requested by “thewhiterabbit,” this is Thee Will I Love, My Strength, My Tower, sung by the Lighthouse Baptist Church Choir. Reminiscent of Psalm 144: “Blessed by the Lord my strength… my high tower, and my deliverer.”


‘The Church’s One Foundation’

Patty heard a few bars of this in a movie yesterday and asked me what hymn they were singing. It took me a while, but it finally came to me: The Church’s One Foundation–which is, of course, Jesus Christ Our Lord. Here we have it sung by the choir of King’s College, Cambridge.


‘Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee’ (at the Royal Albert Hall)

I have to go to the nursing home this morning; but first, a hymn.

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee, music by Beethoven, sung by a multitude at the Royal Albert Hall, inspiration by the Holy Spirit–someday I would like to hear what this hymn sounds like when sung by a million of the saints in heaven. Wouldn’t you?


‘Whom Shall I Send?’

In the year that King Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up… Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here I am; send me.    Isaiah 6:1, 8

It’s an awesome responsibility to speak God’s Word. Isaiah was terrified because he was, as he put it, a man of unclean lips: a sinner. But so are we all, and the King of Kings has given it to His church to proclaim both His glory and His right to rule.

Susan requested this hymn. Oddly, I was just thinking it was time to post it again–only I couldn’t remember the title. So thank you, Susan.


‘Blessed Assurance’ (Fountainview)

It’s Peep’s turn to go to the vet this morning, but first a hymn.

Blessed Assurance, one of the many classics by Fanny Crosby, is a hymn I’ve come to love. Here we have it sung by the kids at Fountainview Academy. Yes–beautiful.


‘Revive Us Again’ (Please!)

Please bear with my hymn selection–Nathan (auto-harp) and Lyle (guitar) from Denton County, Texas, performing a classic 19th-century hymn, Revive Us Again. I will have to work two or three times as hard as usual this week, just to catch up, and I need reviving.

Tomorrow morning I’ll be late because I have to take Robbie’s sister, Peep, to the vet… for I don’t know what. I pray it turns out to be nothing. Peep is Patty’s little shadow who follows her everywhere she goes.


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