By Special Request, ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’

This may be the most beautiful piece of music ever written–Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, by Johann Sebastian Bach. Sung here by Josh Groban, and requested by Erlene.

We usually hear this hymn around Christmas; but there is no day on the calendar when Jesus Christ is not our Savior and our King.

By Request, ‘It Came Upon a Midnight Clear’

If I haven’t fumbled this, as I so often do, it’s now Thursday morning and I’ve gone out Christmas-shopping while you’re hearing this lovely rendition by Josh Groban of a Christmas standby, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. Thank you, Erlene, for requesting it.

By Request, ‘What Child Is This?’

Wow! Just what I needed to stir up my heart, and loosen up the ol’ tear ducts–

Requested by Joshua, sung by Josh Groban, What Child Is This?

One of my very earliest memories is of a picture, showing the stable at a distance, and the Baby lying in the manger: and you were just close enough to see the smile on the Baby Jesus’ face. How I loved that! And I am sure I couldn’t have been more than four years old, and very likely yes. How I loved that baby!

Good instincts, I guess.

Now… do I really want to cover any nooze this morning?

‘O Holy Night’ (Josh Groban)

Erlene called for this one–O Holy Night, sung by Josh Groban–and it’s just beautiful. Open a window and turn up the volume. The world needs to hear God’s message of salvation.

The clips are from a film called The Nativity Story.

Like another song says, Go tell it on the mountain–that Jesus Christ is born!

By Request: ‘The Prayer’

Erlene requested this worship song, which was played at her wedding (if I remember correctly what she told me!)–The Prayer, by Josh Groban.

If I were getting married today, I’d be hard put to pick one hymn for the occasion.

Which one would you pick?

By Request, ‘On Eagles’ Wings’

“Thewhiterabbit” requested this hymn–On Eagles’ Wings, by Josh Groban. I understand this has been adopted into the liturgy at many churches.

For all who are new to this blog: we like to start each day with a hymn or worship song, we take requests, and I’m pretty sure I always say yes. So if you have a favorite hymn you’d like to see posted here, just say the word.

Well, I mean, don’t just say it. You have to enter it as a comment or something.

By Request, ‘You Raise Me Up’

I’m not very hip to music, so when Erlene pointed me to Josh Groban, I’d never heard of him, so I went to youtube and found this: You Raise Me Up.

I read the lyrics. I’m not sure that this is a hymn–but it could be. I don’t think God would mind at all if we were to sing this to Him.