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By Request: ‘The Prayer’

Erlene asked for this one: The Prayer, sung by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli.

Remember, the hymn shop is open to everybody, all day, every day. So if there’s a hymn you’d like to see posted here, just let us know.

Encore: ‘Gloria in Excelsis Deo’

Yes, I know I posted this hymn yesterday: but today’s encore is special to my fellowsoldier Evelyn, who loves this rendition of it by Libera. Evelyn and I go back a long way. She does the Lord’s work in the midst of his enemies. And I’ve never told her this before, but I say it now: Evelyn, you are an inspiration to me.

And we must all be inspirations to each other–because the Lord is with us.

‘In Christ Alone’

Requested by Susan: the Voices of Lee (Lee University) performing In Christ Alone. This worship song, a few years ago, was rejected by the Presbyterian Church USA because it mentions “the wrath of God” and flatline Protestants don’t like that. But it’s a great hymn–and God knows we need it.

Bonus Hymn: ‘For Your Name is Holy’

I have two hymn requests this morning, and this one is from Linda–For Your Name is Holy, by Paul Wilbur. That’s Richard Harris in the video, playing St. John in the movie, Revelation: well worth seeing.

Now I have to go to the bank and work on Aunt Joan’s finances. I hope I can get it done quickly.

‘Too Close to the Mirror’

My wife asks this question a lot: “What does He see in us?” This worship song–Too Close to the Mirror, by Eddie Ruth Bradford–has some answers. “I’m too close to the mirror to see what you see in me.” And God sees you not just as you are, but also, He sees “what you’re going to be.” Much comfort in those words!

Thanks, Phoebe, for this hymn request.

‘Give to the Winds Thy Fears’

Susan asked for this one: Give to the Winds Thy Fears. Here we have it sung by Tennessee Ernie Ford.

I had never heard this hymn before, but the melody was instantly recognizable as the tune that, in our church, went with Crown Him With Many Crowns.

If you know more sets of lyrics for this hymn, I’d be interested to hear about them.

‘The Lord’s Prayer’–in Aramaic

These children in Ankawa, Iraq, are singing the Lord’s Prayer–Abun d’Bashmayo–to celebrate their First Communion. They are singing it in Aramaic, the language of the Galilean countryside during Our Lord Jesus Christ’s time on earth. He and his apostles would have spoken it among themselves.

Aramaic has become almost extinct as a language still in daily use, surviving in some small communities in the Near East. But it is still used in some of the churches there.

Hymn request by Susan.

Blessed is He, ‘Baruch Ha Ba’

Suggested by Erlene: Baruch Ha Ba by Joel Chernoff, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” (Baruch haba b’Shem Adonai).

If we were to hold our peace, the very stones would proclaim Him.

‘Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus’

Suggested by Erlene, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus. Music by Michael W. Smith, Inspiration by the Holy Spirit.

Remember, everybody, the hymn shop is always open, and open to all. If there’s a favorite hymn you’d like to see posted here, just let us know. You can do that by leaving a comment under this post.

‘Soldiers of the Lion’

Linda called for this one: Soldiers of the Lion, by Chuck Girard. The Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5) is not a tame lion, and it is our glory to be allowed to enter into the labors of all His saints. And if the lyrics are a bit much for squishy, world-pleasing Christians–You’ve had the planet long enough… Get you back to outer darkness–well, that’s all to the good.

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