I can’t hear this hymn without remembering my mother singing it as she did her housework: I Need Thee Every Hour. This rendition is by Fernando Ortega.
I can’t say my parents were holy joes; but there was always a Bible in view (living room, their room, our room), always a picture of Jesus on the wall, and hymns sung or hummed or whistled as part of daily life.
I am glad we lived that way!
I’ve always loved this hymn, This Is My Father’s World. I guess because I love beautiful places. There are those who don’t. But we are here today to celebrate God’s handiwork. Fernando Ortega sings. The beauty whispers, “God is nigh!”
This is another hymn that I love, and thank you, Joshua, for requesting it–Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing, sung by Fernando Ortega.
Hey! If you’re new here, and you’d like me to post a hymn, just do as Joshua has done and leave a comment anywhere on the blog–and if I can find your hymn on Youtube, I will post it here.
Suggested by Susan: Give Me Jesus by Fernando Ortega–and whoever put together the video that goes with it deserves a lot of credit, too. “You can have all the world–give me Jesus.”
I really didn’t want to write up any more nooze today, so I was happy when Joshua came up with this Christmas hymn request: Angels We Have Heard on High, by Fernando Ortega. Ah, that’s better!
Please join me in prayer.
O Lord our God! In Jesus’ name, please bless this Christmas season and give it power to work all throughout the year, every night and every day, to draw our hearts to Jesus Christ and move us to work and pray for His Kingdom. Amen.
God’s handiwork reveals its maker. Fernando Ortega celebrates God’s handiwork in Creation Song, requested by Joshua.
I love being able to look out my window and see the golden leaves on all the trees, and the bright red head of the woodpecker as he hops up and down the trunk. It tells me, “God is nigh.”
I am sure there will be no leaf-blowers in Heaven.
Robert Robinson was only 22 years old when he wrote this hymn, published in 1757–Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, here performed by Fernando Ortega. Sing along if you like: here are the lyrics.
Linda asked for this one, In Christ Alone, with Fernando Ortega. I can’t tell whether he performed the music or arranged it, or both–but I don’t suppose it matters. This is surely one of the best new worship songs of our time. In fact, having made it into many churches’ hymnals (but not the PCUSA’s–too Biblical for them), it counts as a hymn.
Some of you already like Fernando Ortega. I’ll bet more of you will like him after you hear this: Sing to Jesus.
A song from the heart of the Gospel.
I think this one might stick with me today.
Requested by Joshua, All Creatures of Our God and King, in an upbeat arrangement by Fernando Ortega–and I’m so glad he stopped short of making it sound like the Brazil 66.