Tag Archives: classic hymns

Encore, ‘Jesus Saves’ (Amen!)

We’re all caught up on hymn requests, which means it’s time we got some more; but for the time being, Jesus Saves–by the kids from Fountainview Academy, during their visit to Prague. (Our class trip was to the Bronx Zoo.) I love this hymn, and it was many years before I was able to learn its name.


‘Holy God, We Praise Thy Name’

“TheWhiteRabbit” thought we might enjoy this hymn, which they sang at his church this Sunday: Holy God, We Praise Thy Name. This one goes all the way back to the 4th century, when it was sung in Latin as Te Deum. German lyrics came only in the 1700s, and English later, so now it’s sung in churches the world over.

I can’t think of any older hymns than this, still being sung. Can you?


By Request, ‘Are You Washed in the Blood’ (Willie Nelson)

We have this request from Joshua, Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb, by Willie Nelson.

Somehow I always associated this hymn with the Salvation Army. Actually, it was written in 1878 by Elisha Hoffman–who also wrote Leaning on the Everlasting Arms… not to mention another 2,000 or so.


‘Light of the World’ (We Need You!)

It’s a dark and stormy morning here today. Let’s have some Light: Jesus Christ Our Lord, “the true light, that lighteth every man that cometh into the world (John 1:9); the light that this world’s darkness can’t put out (v. 5).

Yes, I know I post this hymn pretty often–Light of the World, by Charles Wesley, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

But we take hymn requests, too, so if you’ve got one, let us know.


By Request, James Ward’s ‘Rock of Ages’

Susan asked for this one: James Ward’s version of Rock of Ages–same lyrics, different music.

For those of you who are new to this blog, we take hymn requests. If you’d like to make one, just “Leave a Reply” on any post and we’ll do the rest.


Bonus Hymn, ‘Rock of Ages’

I’m posting this because last night I dreamed I was in a church, among the congregation, and we were singing Rock of Ages. I don’t know why I dreamed it: I just go with what the Lord gives me. Just take it up and go.

This beautiful a capella rendition is by the Antrim Mennonite Choir.


By Request, ‘O Happy Day’

Requested by “TheWhiteRabbit,” Oh Happy Day, sung by the Northern California Youth Choir directed by Edwin Hawkins–from his 1968 record album. Revel in the harmony. Revel even more in the message.


‘The Love of God’

The Love of God is over 100 years old–by Frederick Lehman, 1917–but I’d never heard it until today. We have it performed by Nathan and Lyle plus family members, with lyrics and chords so you can sing or strum along. A lovely old hymn, really.


By Request, ‘It Is Well with My Soul’

The man who wrote this hymn first lost all his property, then lost his children in a disaster at sea. That he could write a hymn, after all that, testifies to the miraculous power of God.

Linda requested this: It Is Well with My Soul, performed by the Crown College Choir.


‘All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name’

Such a beautiful summer day as we’re having here today always makes me think of this hymn, All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name, as it was sung by our counselors at Y Camp–outdoor service on a hilltop, with the woods and fields of northern New Jersey spread out in all directions: gorgeous!

Here, indoors, at First-Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, we have the same hymn sung by choir and congregation with organ and trumpets to back it up.


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