Entry No. 1: ‘Joy to the World’

*Sigh* The first video I posted wouldn’t play, and now I’m out of order–so here’s the first entry in our annual Christmas Carol Contest–Joy to the World, requested by Phoebe, written by Isaac Watts in 1719 and still going very, very strong! Sung in an open-air train by students at Fountainview Academy.

‘And Can It Be?’

Grey and dreary day: it made me oversleep, so I’m way behind on everything. Our Thanksgiving turkey turned out rather badly.

Anyway, a hymn! And Can It Be?, by Charles Wesley; sung the old-fashioned way by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

‘Come, Ye Thankful People, Come’

It awes me when I realize that every good thing that I have ever known has been the gift of God.

Another traditional Thanksgiving hymn–Come Ye Thankful People, Come , performed by the music group at Catshill Baptist Church.

For Thanksgiving: The Doxology

Sorry, late again. I’ll post traditional Thanksgiving hymns today, but for the time being I thought it good to start with this, The Doxology–a slightly expanded version sung by Heidi Nadine. Praise the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.

‘Living for Jesus’

It’s been ages and ages since I heard this hymn, Living for Jesus. We used to sing it in Sunday school. I don’t know… it just popped into my head when I saw down to look for a hymn.

If you’ve got a hymn you want to share, please just let us know.

By Request, ‘It Is Well With My Soul’

Horace Spafford lost his wealth in the Great Chicago Fire. Then he lost his four daughters in a shipwreck. After that, he wrote this hymn.

It Is Well With My Soul, requested by SlimJim.

Mr. Spafford was a giant of the faith.

‘Day By Day’

Hardly anybody here at all this morning; so I’ll go to YouTube and take the first hymn on the page–which is this one, Day By Day, sung by the Antrim Mennonite Choir.

I get to meet a lot of nice hymns that way.

‘How Firm a Foundation’

I am sure we used to sing this, in our church, to the “Adeste Fideles” (“O Come All Ye Faithful”) melody in our church. Ah, well, it’s good this way, too–

How Firm a Foundation, sung the old-fashioned way by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

Beautiful… Just Beautiful!

My wife chanced to discover this last night, and we both agreed it was one of the most beautiful pieces of music that we’d ever heard–the Welsh melody, “Hyfrydol,” played on a mountain dulcimer. Wonderful! Brought us close to tears. I just had to share it with you.

I used to know someone whose father made dulcimers. They lived in West Virginia.

Many hymns have adopted “Hyfrydol” as their setting, including some whose lyrics were written long before the melody was composed by Rowland Pritchard in the 19th century. If it seems familiar to you… well, you’ve probably heard it or sung it in church.

Bonus Hymn, ‘Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God’

Elder Mike requested this hymn and typed out the lyrics for us, which are attached to yesterday’s post, Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise.

This is Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God by Karen Lafferty. Seek this first, “and all other things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6: 33).