By Request, ‘Here I Am, Lord’

Requested by Susan, Here I Am, Lord, performed by the choir and orchestra of St. Lillian.

I can’t help thinking of Isaiah’s vision in Isaiah 6:8–“Here I am, Lord! Send me!”

You don’t have to be a prophet to be a servant of the Lord.

By Request, ‘Amazing Grace’

Requested by Thewhiterabbot. Amazing Grace, sung by Elvis Presley. He was so famous for his rock ‘n’ roll, it was easy to forget he loved to sing gospel songs, too.

I love this hymn with bagpipes, but my cat won’t stand for it.

By Request, ‘Draw Me Nearer’

That last nooze story really cheesed me off–not good for the ol’ blood pressure. I turn to a hymn as an antidote.

Requested by Phoebe, a classic hymn by Fanny Crosy, a Sunday school favorite–Draw Me Nearer. And I wish I could tell you who was singing it, so we could thank him. Well, thank you, whoever you are.

By Request, ‘Our Father Who From Heaven Above’

Requested by Thewhiterabbit (and did I have a time, trying to find it!)–Our Father Who From Heaven Above, via the Trinity and Faith Lutheran Church.

Martin Luther wrote this hymn by expanding each of the points of The Lord’s Prayer into a verse.

By Request, ‘We Bow Down’

(Running way, way late today! *sigh* Couldn’t help it.)

Requested by Susan–We Bow Down, sung by Twila Paris. Read the script as you listen: it’s all from Psalm 91.

O Lord Our God! Be with us today, to guide us, to heal us, to help us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Request, ‘Jesus, Lover of My Soul’

The antidote to bad nooze is good news; and there’s no better news than the gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Requested by Erlene, a Charles Wesley hymn from 1740: Jesus, Lover of My Soul, sung by the Altar of Praise Chorale.

[I couldn’t decide whether another stupid nooze item or another hymn, so I’ve posted both.]

By Request: ‘Doxology’

So many churches open their services with The Doxology–a custom not unsuitable for a blogging day. Requested by Thewhiterabbit: The Doxology, sung a capella by Anthem Lights.

By Request, ‘Master, the Tempest Is Raging’

We have a hymn request by Phoebe–Master, the Tempest Is Raging, sung by the King’s Heralds Quartet. You know the story, from Mark 4: Panicky disciples wake Jesus because they’re afraid their boat will be sunk, and He stands up and calms the tempest with His word.

We all know how those disciples felt, don’t we?

By Request, ‘Come, Gracious Spirit’

Here’s a hymn from 1720, requested by SlimJim: Come, Gracious Spirit, sung by the Altar of Praise Chorale.

The hymn shop’s open–and trust me, it ain’t crowded!–so if you have a favorite hymn you’d like to share today, well, here we are.

By Request, ‘I Shall Not Be Moved’

And we have a hymn request from Erlene, I Shall Not Be Moved. So many versions to choose from; I went with this one by Johnny Cash. But it’s all old-fashioned gospel, food and medicine for the soul.