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.

‘God of Our Fathers’

I know how hard this is to believe, nowadays; but this hymn, God of Our Fathers, we sang in assembly… at our public high school! I am glad I come from that time instead of this.

Performed here by students at Fountainview Academy.

‘A Mighty Fortress’

That’s the Coliseum in the background, of course–a symbol of the pagan Roman Empire, ruling the world by violence and superstition… and undone and converted by Jesus Christ and His servants.

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, by Martin Luther, sung by the kids from Fountainview Academy on their trip to Rome.

‘This Is My Father’s World’

A little later on I’ll have a new one for you from Joshua & Jeremy; but first this, an old Sunday school favorite–This Is My Father’s World, sung by the kids at Fountainview Academy.

This is my Father’s world,/ O let me ne’er forget

That tho’ the wrong seems oft so strong,

God is the ruler yet.

‘In the Sweet By and By’ (Fountainview)

Let’s have a nice hymn from Fountainview Academy to start the day–In the Sweet By and By. Who has never longed for “that blest shore”?

And it must take more than just a little faith to stage this performance on a raft in the middle of a lake.

‘Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus’

I have some hope of getting through this blogging day without the whole thing crashing down.

For starters, of course, a hymn–Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, performed by students at Fountainview Academy.

‘Sitting at the Feet of Jesus’

How about a nice hymn to start the day? That’ll work, won’t it? Let’s see… how about Sitting at the Feet of Jesus, sung by six kids from Fountainview Academy? Look at the size of the redwood log they’re sitting on!

Bonus Hymn, ‘This Is My Father’s World’

I quoted this hymn in my last post, and now I’ve just got to have it. This was a favorite in Sunday school; but now that I’m older, it was power to move me deeply. Hard to hold back the tears!

This Is My Father’s World–performed by students at Fountainview Academy.

By Request, ‘Make Me a Captive, Lord’

Requested by Susan: Make Me a Captive, Lord, sung by students from Fountainview Academy–standing under a banyan tree on their visit to Hawaii.

If you have a hymn you’d like to share here, just let us know, and we’ll post it for you.

‘Your Grace Still Amazes Me’

(Don’t ask how they got a piano up that slope.)

I’d never heard this worship song before–Your Grace Still Amazes Me, performed by the students at Fountainview Academy. Background sets by God the Father, the work of His hands.