Encore! ‘Joy to the World’

Phoebe has requested another go-round for Joy to the World–well, hey, it’s Christmas Day!

Isaac Watts’ classic Christmas hymn, performed here by Celtic Woman…

We’re going to watch The Princess Bride and have spare ribs for supper, and you’re all invited–cybernetically, of course: otherwise we don’t have enough room. You haven’t lived till you’ve had cyber-spare ribs.

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.

‘I Sing the Mighty Power of God’

No hymn requests yet, so I’m on my own. Here’s one I taught myself to play on the harmonica–I Sing the Mighty Power of God… by Isaac Watts, way back in 1715 and still glorious today. Sung by the Mountain Anthems.

Bonus Hymn, ‘Am I a Soldier of the Cross?’

I suddenly wished to hear and post this hymn–an old, old Isaac Watts classic, published in 1724: Am I a Soldier of the Cross? This rendition is by Tennessee Ernie Ford.

Great evil and madness, once beyond our power to imagine, is afoot in our world today.

We must all be soldiers of the cross–any way we can.

By Request, ‘Jesus Shall Reign’

Requested by Joshua.

This lovely hymn was written by Isaac Watts in 1719 and is still well-known today. It echoes Psalm 72. Performed by Hymns of Grace.

The hymn shop is open. Come in early and beat the crowds.

Bonus Hymn, ‘I Sing the Mighty Power of God’

Several times yesterday, I found myself whistling this gorgeous hymn–I Sing the Mighty Power of God. It does touch my heart! And moves me to give thanks: every good thing I have ever known has been a gift from God.

Written by Isaac Watts in 1715. Sung here by the Mountain Anthems.

By Request, ‘O God, Our Help in Ages Past’

Phoebe asked for this one, so here it is–O God, Our Help in Ages Past. Written in 1719 by Isaac Watts and still going strong, sung here by the Sharon Mennonite Bible Institute choir–and would you believe we used to sing this in high school, in assembly?

‘O God, Our Help in Ages Past’

I’m posting this hymn because, when I went outside today, they played it on the bells of St. Francis, across the street. I took it as a sign–O God, Our Help in Ages Past, by Isaac Watts (1719), sung by the Sharon Mennonite Bible Institute Singers.

We greatly appreciate your prayers for us, everybody; please keep them coming.

O Lord, we need some of that help; we are in very sore need of it. Please, Lord Jesus, heal us: and deliver our Robbie out of danger. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Request, ‘Joy to the World’

There are so many renditions of this hymn available, I don’t know which to choose! Well, let’s try this one–by an unnamed “traditional choir.”

Requested by SlimJim, Joy to the World–written in 1719 by Isaac Watts and still going very strong indeed today.

By Request, ‘Joy to the World’

I hope these Christmas hymns stir your soul as they stir mine. Christmas is beautiful–the Word of God come down to us from Heaven as a baby in a manger! God with us!

Requested by Phoebe, written by Isaac Watts, performed by “a traditional choir”–Joy to the World.

I’ll be back with more carols, and Byron’s TV listings, in a little while.