‘Farther Along’

Joshua sent us this hymn performed by his brother, Jeremy–Farther Along. There are echoes of the Psalms in here: makes me think of Psalm 73 in particular. “Surely God is good to Israel… But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped…” Thank you, Swanson brothers.

‘A Mighty Fortress’ (Fountainview Academy)

Note the backdrop: the Coliseum, symbol of the power and might of Rome, where Christians were put to death for their faith–now a ruin.

Someday this hymn will be sung beside the ruins of todays globalist, humanist, pseudocivilization.

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, by Martin Luther; sung by the students from Fountainview Academy.

Special Encore: ‘Up From the Grave He Arose’

I am strongly moved to post this hymn again today, don’t wait for tomorrow–Up from the Grave He Arose, by the Voice of Eden. I don’t know why I need to do this, but I try to heed such promptings.

We are saved because He arose. And when He returns to claim His throne, He will banish sin and death and all their servants with them, never to be seen or heard again.

Hell will be total separation from God, forever; and those who’ve asked for it will get it.

‘Gaudete’ (with Maddy Prior)

I couldn’t resist this a capella rendition of the hymn, Gaudete, by Steeleye Span with Maddy Prior–wow! This really is making a joyful noise unto the Lord.


This little intro is taking forever to type–the mouse spits out gibberish, I have to delete it and try again.

Gaudete, a medieval hymn performed by the London Cello Orchestra and the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge–I usually reserve it for Christmas-time: but we could all use some pumping-up, can’t we?

By Request, ‘In the Sweet By and By’

Here’s a hymn request from Erlene–In the Sweet By and By. I opted for this rendition by Joshua & Jeremy Swanson>>> because they’re our friends, we love them, and they do make beautiful music and we should encourage them.

I don’t know about you, but if I had to cover the nooze without posting any hymns, I don’t think I could do this job.

‘O, Worship the King’

This was the first hymn I ever learned to play on the harmonica–O Worship the King, sung here by the Pilgrim Mennonite Mission.

Hymn requests, anyone?

‘Lead On, O King Eternal’

Again, I’m going with the first hymn I could think of today–and it’s a good one: Lead On, O King Eternal, sung by the Sanctuary Choir at the First United Methodist Church, Houston.

I’ve used up all the hymn requests I had stockpiled, so now’s a good time for more. All are welcome, and the hymn shop’s always open.


I don’t know if this is the Emanuel that Erlene had in mind as her hymn request, but it’s my best guess. I usually think of this as a hymn for Christmas-time, but it works just as well for Easter: Emanuel, sung by Amy Grant.

‘Gloria in Excelsis Deo’

This was the first hymn that popped into my head this morning, so that’s why it’s posted–Gloria in Excelsis Deo, sung by the Libera boys’ choir, melody by St. Saens. I usually play this around Christmastime, but maybe we need it today.