By Request, ‘Rock of Ages’

We have another hymn request by Erlene [Note: You can all make as many as you want!]–Rock of Ages, sung by Tennesse Ernie Ford. He also tells you how the hymn came to be written.

Our hymn contest ends August 8. So if you haven’t entered yet… well, what are you waiting for?

‘Am I a Soldier of the Cross?’

It’s long past time for the spirit of this hymn to kick back into the church–Am I a Soldier of the Cross?, written in 1724 by Isaac Watts, sung here by Tennessee Ernie Ford.

Do we fear to own Christ’s cause, or blush to speak His name? How badly do we crave the good opinion of a fallen world?

‘Onward, Christian Soldiers’ (Ernie Ford)

Self-styled “liberal Christians” don’t like this hymn and have been trying to weed it out of the liturgy. Well, they don’t like me, either.

Onward, Christians Soldiers–sung with gusto by Tennessee Ernie Ford.

Wake up, O church!

‘I Love to Tell the Story’ (Ernie Ford)

We had this hymn from Alan Jackson a few days ago; let’s hear it now from Tennessee Ernie Ford. An old Sunday school favorite–I Love to Tell the Story.

If you’re new here, let me tell you: we love to post hymns requested by readers. Any and all readers! It’s one of the reasons why we come together here.

‘The Church in the Wildwood’

There used to be unpretentious little churches in my neighborhood. Of course there aren’t, anymore. But this old-fashioned hymn brings them back to me–The Church in the Wildwood, sung by Tennessee Ernie Ford.

‘Bringing in the Sheaves’

I love the old-time hymns, the ones I learned in Sunday school. And here’s one of them–Bringing in the Sheaves, sung by Tennessee Ernie Ford. Would you believe he used to be on TV a lot?

‘Alleluia’

Let’s start off the day with a hymn by Tennessee Ernie Ford–Alleluia.

My wife has a consultation with the doctor this morning, so please keep us in your prayers.

‘Amazing Grace’ (Ernie Ford)

This is a wonderful rendition of Amazing Grace by Tennessee Ernie Ford, recorded in 1964.

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!

‘Bringing in the Sheaves’

Let’s see if a hymn by Tennessee Ernie Ford can liven things up around here–Bringing in the Sheaves, an old Sunday school favorite. How many people even know what sheaves are, anymore?

We’re open for hymn requests, by the way, should anyone care to venture one.

‘The Old Rugged Cross’

Easter is coming, we’ll be taking Easter hymns. This one, The Old Rugged Cross, used to make me cry when I was a little boy: not so you could hear it, just a lump in the throat and a tear or two.

Sung here by Tennessee Ernie Ford.