By Request, ‘Wayfaring Stranger’

Beautiful, soul-stirring–thanks, Joshua, for requesting it! Wayfaring Stranger, sung by Simon Khorolskiy. Just about brought me to tears; but swordsmen can cry.

The singer’s Russian (click CC for English lyrics), the song’s traditional American, and the hymn request comes from Japan. That’s good globalism, and only Christianity has it.

By Request, ‘All My Sins Have Been Forgiven’

Okay, I’m all caught up on the hymn requests. This one is from Susan: All My Sins Have Been Forgiven, performed by Wheaton College students in the family room at College Church. I think I see a dulcimer in the orchestra.

Now we need some hymns for tomorrow’s blog. The hymn shop is open to all.

By Request, ‘Jerusalem’ [I Thought It’d Be Hard to Find]

I never thought I’d find this hymn so quickly. Beverly requested it, but she didn’t have the title, only a line: “And did those feet in ancient time…” But I thought of another line that probably went with it: “In England’s green and pleasant land.” And between us, we found it.

Jerusalem–from a poem by William Blake, set to music in 2016 by Hubert Parry: it’s now known as the unofficial anthem of England.

And England has never needed it so badly as she needs it now.

‘How Firm a Foundation’

We already have several hymn requests this morning, and I’ll post them all during the course of the day. And help me out, people! I’ll need about 400 views today to climb out of the hole.

How Firm a Foundationby our dear friends and colleagues Joshua and Jeremy: click “CC” for the lyrics. Maybe someday we can get these guys to sing.

‘In God’s Green Pastures’

Here’s another hymn from the Voice of Eden–In God’s Green Pastures.

What I’d love to see today is a reader who’s never yet requested a hymn… finally requesting one. The hymn shop is open!

By Request, ‘Draw Me Nearer’

How about an old Sunday school favorite? Requested by Erlene, Draw Me Nearer–one of some eight or nine thousand hymns written by Fanny Crosby, sung by the Celebration Choir. You might want to turn up the volume on this one.

‘Oh, Worship the King’

No hymn requests this morning, so I reach into my bag of favorites and bring out… Oh Worship the King, sung by the choir at Pilgrim Mennonite Mission.

The hymn shop is now open.

Bonus Hymn: ‘To Be a Pilgrim’

Two nights running I’ve heard this hymn, embedded in a TV show I happened to be watching. I take that as a sign that I ought to post it.

This is my favorite rendition of John Bunyan’s hymn, To Be a Pilgrim, by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. Belt it out there, Maddy! We need all the hymns we can get.

‘Christ Be Beside Me’

I heard this hymn for the first time last night in a cop show, of all places. It has the same melody as Morning Has Broken.

Christ Be Beside Me, sung by Don Travis at the Methodist Temple.

The shop is now open for your hymn requests.

By Request, ‘I Wonder as I Wander’

Requested by Susan, I Wonder as I Wander–an “epic version” by Simon Khorolskiy.

I have to admit my daily perusal of the nooze distresses me. Never has so much power–and wealth–been accumulated by so few: and their purposes are evil.

“But the Lord is our defense: Jesu, defend us!”  –King Alfred the Great