There being no hymn requests currently unserved (I hope!), let me dip into my store of Sunday school favorites for this one, by Fanny Crosby in 1875–Draw Me Nearer. Organ and piano–the old-fashioned way!–at Rosehill Church. No choir, but we have the lyrics if you want to sing along. Background sets by God the Father.
This was the first hymn that popped into my head today, so this is the first hymn I’m posting–To God Be the Glory, sung by the choir and congregation at The Church of God. I hope you like the way they sing it.
I loved this hymn years before I could find out what it was called: Jesus Saves (also called We Have Heard the Joyful Sound). Sung here at the United Reformed Church Synod 2012 at Nyack College, New York. Those are the tree-clad banks of the Hudson River–God’s stuff, the beautiful work of His hands.
I had occasion to quote from this hymn yesterday, and it stayed with me all day, so I decided that I ought to post it–How Firm a Foundation. I remember: our church hymnal called it “Portuguese hymn,” and we sang it to the tune of O Come, All Ye Faithful. Were we the only ones who did that?
Sung here by the Norton Hall Band at Southern Seminary.
Inspired by Psalm 95: 6,7, Come, Let Us Worship, sung by Fernando Ortega. Requested by Joshua.
There have been several requests for Rock of Ages lately. Not bad for a hymn published in 1775. Written by Augustus Toplady, sung here by the Antrim Mennonite Choir. Requested by Erlene.
Requested by Lydia–some of the girls from Fountainview Academy, visiting the Redwood Forest, California (that’s just one tree-trunk they’re sitting on!)–and Sitting at the Feet of Jesus.
You don’t mind if I post this again, do you? It’s one of my favorite hymns, and I love the way Nathan and Lyle do it. I once whistled it for a couple of deer, who stayed right where they were, just a few steps away, listening intently.
That last political story left a bad taste in my mouth, but here’s an antidote–our own friends and fellow bloggers, Joshua and Jeremy, performing In the Sweet By and By. Beautiful! I feel better already. And maybe, if we cheer them on enough, they’ll sing for us someday.
You can’t go wrong starting your day with a hymn. Charles Wesley wrote some 6,000 of them, including this one–Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown. Performed in 18th century style by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.