G’day, boys ‘n’ girls, and stand up and cheer the winner of our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest!
Our winner is…. Lydia! She posted this rendition of Joy to the World on Dec. 9, and that day it got 44 views. We still don’t know the name of the children’s choir that’s singing it, but whoever they are, it’s lovely.
Lydia, you have won an autographed copy of Bell Mountain No 12, His Mercy Endureth Forever. It hasn’t been published yet, but it will be soon.
All of us together raised a joyful noise unto the Lord, this Christmas season. And if there are still some Christmas hymns you’d like to hear, all you’ve gotta do is ask for them.
This is Byron the Quokka looking forward to the next contest…
(Sorry, didn’t mean for the picture to turn out anywhere near that big!)
Lydia asked for this a couple days ago, but I got my signals crossed–so it’s late. Joy to the World, performed, in a most creative setting, by the students at Fountainview Academy.
Requested by Lydia, Joy to the World–sung by a children’s choir somewhere: I don’t know who they are, but they make a lovely sound.
Thing is, we need these carols, and we need Christmas! May God the Father bless this Christmas season of 2019, and give it power to work in every day of 2020.
Requested by Phoebe: Joy to the World, performed by Celtic Woman with a great big orchestra to back them up. Words by Isaac Watts; music by–well, no one’s entirely sure. It might be a very old melody that had been kicking around for a few centuries. But now it’s permanently wedded to Watts’ lyrics.
And we’re off and running with our Christmas carol contest!
I was wishing for some more Christmas music, and lo, our friends Joshua and Jeremy made some for us. Yes, they’re the same Joshua and Jeremy who comment on this blog fairly often.
Silent Night and Joy to the World–thanks, guys. Very nice!
(Note: The comments were not supposed to be off! I have just re-enabled them. WordPress has made it very easy to miss a step.)
My Pogo pal “Teddy” asked for Joy to the World, and I thought I’d try this rendition of it by Casting Crowns. It’s a little wild–but hey, our Savior is born! We ought to be dancing in the streets and turning cartwheels.
Jeremy requested Joy to the World by A Capella, but I couldn’t find it. But I did stumble upon this guy “Acapeldridge,” who uses modern technology to–well, he sings in perfect harmony with himself. And it sounds great!
Lyrics by Isaac Watts, 1719–and still growing strong, 299 years later.
Requested by Phoebe, Joy to the World, sung by the Libera boys’ choir. Words by Isaac Watts: published in 1719.
You might want to turn up the volume on this one.
Thank you, Phoebe, for being the first to request a Christmas song: Joy to the World. I don’t know who this is, performing it, but it’s beautiful, just beautiful.
Please, everybody, join in prayer for a moment.
O Lord Our God, please bless this year’s Christmas season with power to draw this troubled world to Jesus Christ her rightful king and only Savior. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Update: The hospital just called with news that Aunt Joan’s fever has gone away and her condition is now stable. Thank you all for your prayers on her behalf. She can’t talk anymore, but I’ll be sure to tell her that she’s got a lot of good people praying for her.
Isaac Watts composed the words for this in 1719, and Georg F. Handel the music in 1836–so Joy to the World has been proclaiming the joy of Christmas for a good long time, and will continue for a good long time to come.
Requested by Laura–and I wish I could’ve discovered the name of the choir performing this, so I could give them credit.