‘Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee!’ (I’m Back?)

I have to go to the eye doctor this morning, but first a hymn–Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee: music by Beethoven, sung by the Mennonite Hour Singers, background sets by God the Father.

And Patty has been using this machine for two hours already and says it hasn’t conked out once–so let’s pray the bad stuff’s all over and we can start rebuilding our blog.

I’ll try some longer posts when I get back.

Bonus Hymn, ‘Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee’

I heard this, faintly, as I was posting something else; and then nothing would do but to hear it clearly: Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee. Music by Beethoven, sung by the Mennonite Hour Singers–and sets by God the Father. The combination never fails to bring me close to tears of joy.

Our God is an awesome God, and the wicked shall not conquer.

By Request, ‘Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee’

And we have a hymn request from Joshua, too–Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee, sung a capella by GLAD.

By Request, ‘Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee’

Requested by Erlene, and coming to you from a packed house at the Royal Albert Hall, London, Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee–and if this doesn’t rev you up, what will?

Music like this is proof of what the Holy Spirit can do, through ordinary, and some not-so-ordinary, people.

‘Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee’

It’s cold and grey and rainy here, with a bit of thunder thrown in–so let’s have a hymn that makes its own sunshine–Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee. Turn up the volume and revel in it!

I don’t know who’s singing this, but thank you very much, whoever you are. And thank you, Beethoven, for composing this divine piece of music.

By Request, ‘Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee’

This is the hymn Erlene asked for today: Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee. Music by Beethoven, the Albert Hall, thousands of people singing, full orchestra–the works. And a blessing by the Holy Spirit.

‘Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee’

If this doesn’t stir your soul, better check and see if you can fog a mirror.

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee–all it takes is music by Beethoven, a couple thousand people singing it with all they’ve got, a full orchestra, and the acoustics of the Royal Albert Hall. Turn up the volume!

‘Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee’

This was the first hymn that popped into my head today; and this performance of it by the Mennonite Hour Singers, plus the gorgeous backdrops provided by our Creator–well, let’s just say I had a hard time swallowing my tea. Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee–turn up the volume. Sing along, if you can swallow.

‘Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee’

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee, music by Beethoven (9th Symphony), sung by the Mennonite Hour Singers, background sets by God, Creator of heaven and earth: yeah, uh-huh, it’s all here by merest accident.

Listen. Look. Love.

‘Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee’

The sun is out this morning. It’s been wet and grey so long, we hardly know what to think when we see sunshine. All in all, a perfect opportunity to praise and thank Him who made the sun and hung it in the heavens.

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee: music by Beethoven, sung by the Libera Boys Choir at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.