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‘Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart’

Here’s a hymn to make the rafters ring, an old classic–Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart, sung by the congregation at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California. The video’s not much, but the audio is great. Turn it up!

Two Hymns for the Price of One

We’re at the Royal Albert Hall in London (in spirit) to hear the choir, full orchestra, and a couple thousand people sing Holy, Holy, Holy; and then for a bonus they’ll go on to give us Now Thank We All Our God. Sometimes there’s nothing like the full treatment! Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.

‘Rise Up, O Men of God’

In Sunday school we used to sing this as “Wise up, O men of God.” Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings…

But of course it’s really the classic hymn, Rise Up, O Men of God. This performance is from a record cut in 1958 by the Robert Shaw Chorale.

‘Redeemed! How I Love to Proclaim It’

Susan heard this hymn for the first time yesterday, in church–another one of the 8,000-plus hymns written by Fanny Crosby–Redeemed! How I Love to Proclaim It. Sung gorgeously by the Martin Family: with background sets by God the Father. You might want to play this one twice!

‘Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee’

If this doesn’t stir your soul, better check and see if you can fog a mirror.

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee–all it takes is music by Beethoven, a couple thousand people singing it with all they’ve got, a full orchestra, and the acoustics of the Royal Albert Hall. Turn up the volume!

‘The Son of God Goes Forth to War’

This is from a psalm sing at Christ Church–The Son of God Goes Forth to War, with band, choir, and the whole congregation.

We are authorized and exhorted to make war on spiritual wickedness: but the weapons of our warfare are spiritual, not fleshly. Believe in God. Testify for Jesus Christ. Speak the truth and never, never let the enemy compel you to speak lies. Pray harder. Sing louder. Our Lord is coming, and not all the devices of this fallen world will hold Him back.

‘I Want to be a Worker for the Lord’

Here’s a hymn from 1880, I Want to be a Worker for the Lord, performed by Nathan and Lyle with family and friends (and not an awful lot of lighting!) in Denton County, Texas. I love that whole idea of home worship.

P.S.–I’m trying to track down a hymn that has a chorus, “You’ve got to be a servant of the Lord (repeat twice), or you can’t go to Heaven when you die.”

Bonus Hymn (Wow!), ‘How Great Thou Art’

I had to post this as soon as I heard it, couldn’t wait until tomorrow. That’s okay, we won’t run out of hymns.

This is Sam Santiago, only ten years old, pouring out How Great Thou Art. Almost tipped me out of my chair. All I can say is, “Wow!”

Thanks to Patty’s friend, Carol, for sending us this.

‘I Sing the Mighty Power of God’

Isaac Watts wrote this classic in 1715, and it’s still going strong today: I Sing the Mighty Power of God. This is one of the hymns that immediately comes to mind when I remember the advice, “Sing louder!” Performed here by the Ball Brothers. Set design by God the Father, maker of heaven and earth.

‘Yes, I Know’

I’d never heard this hymn until today, although it’s almost a hundred years old. Its message of good news: “Jesus’ blood can make the vilest sinner clean.” Yes, I Know, sung by The Mountain Anthems.

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