Monday, June 2, 2008


What's your favorite hymn?

And...what hymn do you never get to sing in a worship service anymore that you wish people would sing more often? You can give me a don't have to list just one.


Tricia Hicks said...

He's everything to me.

HisTreasuredPossession said...

I love "holy, holy, holy" but I think it's usually so hard to sing (very high?!)

One I like that I don't hear often is "he leadeth me" and "he giveth more grace"

MiMi said...

It Is Well.

Anonymous said...

Because He Lives by the Gaithers. Love it and never hear it. Karen

Leslie said...

Peace Like a River

Nelson's Mama said...

Ivory Palaces from the old Cokesbury Hymnal. The harmony on the chorus is beautiful!

Couldn't pick just one, sorry! My other favorite is Here I Am Lord, it's also the favorite of our pastor of nine years and he's leaving us (we are Methodist) in two weeks. It will be the closing hymn on his last day...

Susan B. said...

Be Thou My Vision

Kim V said...

Worthy of Worship and Precious Lord Take My Hand

Susan B. said...

Told you my fav hymn. Forgot to say what hymn we never seem to sing anymore. Hmmmm...How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

Donna said...

I know you're looking for a short answer but it's so hard. I have gained just a new appreciation for the old hymns of our faith over the last 5-8 years. Oh the text is so rich!

Absolute fave of all time is probably "It Is Well." Played it at my nana's funeral last year.

Current fave: Jesus Paid it All (with the new refrain at the end - it ROCKS!)

We sing a good variety of hymns at church as our WL has worked hard to include them as we bring up these next generations. I also sing a lot of hymns at BSF - hymnal in hand and all. So, I hear a lot of hymns on a regular basis.

I'd like to sing "Victory in Jesus" soon. Again, it reminds me of my nana and also makes me think of my dad.

Tara said...

In the Garden. And The Old Rugged Cross. Both make me think of my grandpa so I'm not sure I could play them or sing them without crying, even without that memory they get to me everytime. Beautiful. Thanks for asking!

Brandy said...

I think my favorite will always be "It is Well With My Soul."

But I have GREAT memories of singing "Pass it On" at a nursing home with some of my friends. I just think it's a beautiful hymn that I have, sadly, never sang in church.

Deidre said...

It is Well
In the Garden
How Great Thou Art

Love, love those.

pinkmommy said...

Come Thou Fount

Anonymous said...

come thou fount

3girlsmom said...

Victory in Jesus.

I know, old school, but awesome.

Melissa said...

"My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less". Which is why your take on that hymn paired with "In Christ Alone" ROCKS THE HOUSE. Also, "I Love To Tell The Story". Because I do.

Life In Progress said...

My favorites (and the ones we almost never sing at church) are Be Thou My Vision & Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.

And here's a question for you: What are your favorite solos with only piano accompaniment? I'm singing at church in a few weeks & cannot make up my mind!

Amy Bennett said...

Wow, really not trying to copy everyone but It Is Well is by far my favorite hymn.

Anonymous said...

It Is Well With My Soul
Blessed Assurance

Karen in CA

Anonymous said...

Okay, I have to follow up my post with a story about It Is Well With My Soul. , A few years back our Worship Leader was going through a phase where we would sit during the hyms (what was up with that?). Anyway, we started to sing It Is Well and I couldn't stand it so I stood up. I was in the 2nd pew, and I was the only one standing during the entire hymn. We have a very large sanctuary. And I wasn't embarrassed at all!

Karen in CA

Big Nanny said...

Great is thy Faithfulness and Blessed Assurance.

steph said...

Cone Thou Fount. No richer words can be found!

Laura said...

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
It Is Well With My Soul
Crown Him With Many Crowns

Love the rich Truth in these!

Susanne said...

Because He Lives
Oh How I Love Jesus
Blessed Assurance
Nothing But the Blood of Jesus
In the Garden

fuzzytop said...

Happily we still sing a lot of the old favorites at my church, and our choir director/worship leader does a great job of selecting hymns that fit the sermon text and message :o)

My favorites, in no particular order are:
* Great is Thy Faithfulness
* How Great Thou Art (this is my 9-year old son's favorite, and what a blessing it is to hear him sing it)
* Be Thou my Vision
* Holy Holy Holy
* Old Rugged Cross
and of course,
* Amazing Grace

Kelli said...

Come Thou Fount

Anonymous said...

Wow, I grew up with and love the old hymns. My favorite is probably The Old Rugged Cross. One I remember we ALWAYS sang at my church growing up but never sing in the church I'm in now is Just a Little Talk with Jesus.

Sheila, TN

Anna said...

My favorite is How Great Thou Art. My goodness, what lyrics.

Songs I wish I heard more? The biggest is actually just one verse. Our church sings Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing pretty frequently, but our hymnal doesn't have the verse about the Ebenezer stone. And since being a Living Proof Live in Bossier City last year, that verse is SO meaningful to me! I miss singing it!

JulieMom101 said...

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus...
Maybe because I need CONSTANT reminding to keep my focus where it should be. :-)
And if you think Levi can come out with some stuff now, just wait a few years. Our 11 y.o. ... well, we'll just say he keeps life interesting. :-)

Suzanne said...

Well, now you've gone and done it. As one of the lucky few who grew up in church, I have precious memories of singing so many hymns that I miss now. I'll keep my extensive list to 10 (but I could easily list 20 or more!):

His Eye is on the Sparrow
He Hideth my Soul
Love Lifted Me
I am Resolved
Higher Ground
In the Sweet By and By
Lilly of the Valley
My Jesus, I Love Thee
Rock of Ages
The Lord Bless You and Keep You (we used to sing this as we dismissed every Sunday, making eye contact with everyone around us as we sang --so sweet)

I'll be singing these all day!

Dori said...

Hey friend...Haven't seen you in, as my mother would say (and as I don't fully understand), a coon's age... (do you have any clue what it means -- seeing you come from the mountains and all???)

The Love of God

Jesus Paid it All
He Leadeth Me
God Leads His Dear Children Along
My Jesus, I Love Thee
At the Cross
Just As I Am
I Surrender All

Wow -- there are about 100 more...


If I don't see you in town, I'll see you in Atlanta. We're on vacation that week in Atlanta and I'll be at Deeper Still while Butch and the kids play!


ocean mommy said...

Here are a few:

Come Thou Fount

O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing especially verses 3 and 4

Higher Ground (I've always wanted to do something "new" with this one)

My Jesus I Love Thee

I'm not sure of the correct name..but I think it's I Will Sing of My Redeemer

Okay..I'll stop there!


Anonymous said...

We rarely get to sing hymns anymore, and if we do, it is just one verse. It is so sad to me because these hymn writers express so beautifully what we as believers all know, and have experienced as well. My absolute favorites are:

My Jesus I Love Thee
Come Thou Fount
Oh Thou in Whose Presence
The Solid Rock
All Hail the Power
All Creatures of Our God and King
Blessed Assurance
I Will Sing of My Redeemer
Just As I Am
He Lives
It Is Well
Thou Lovely Source of True Delight

Leslie from Louisiana

Christi said...

My favorite has got to be the hymn I would sing every night to my little boy to help him sleep, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus (There's Just Something About that Name).

Some other favorites are:
When We See Christ
His Eye is on the Sparrow
Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Great is Thy Faithfulness
Amazing Grace
How Great Thou Art

Okay - I could go on and on....

The Hymn that I loved singing in church but we never do anymore (probably because it was always a little difficult to sing - no one really knew what part was what) is "Wonderful Grace of Jesus"! It was just so much fun!!

Liz said...

My Jesus, I Love Thee. When I was a kid, in the 70's, my parents listened to records by a group called, 2nd Chapter of Acts. A couple of their records were just hymns. Oh, they were so good. Have any of you heard of this group?

Melinda said...

Be Thou My Vision
On Christ the Solid Rock I stand
How Great Thou Art

While I love the hymnal version of How Great Thou Art, there is an arrangement that a friend of mine wrote for another friend's album, back in '96, that is my all-time favorite. In fact, I just uploaded it to a widget on my blog and posted about it, as I would so love for you to hear it.

Enjoy...He IS great, isn't He??

Anonymous said...

We rarely sing hymns in my Southern California church; there is a separate, traditional worship venue for those who want to sing hymns every week, and I go to the contemporary worship venue (much bigger). We occasionally sing the updated Chris Tomlin version of "Amazing Grace" and "Come Thou Fount," which is played a lot on the radio these days. "Be Thou My Vision" is my favorite; I'd like to sing it in our service.


Momma 2 5 said...

My Fav is Heavenly Sunlight (such fun to sing)

The one I could never hear again is In the Garden (I know against a lot of people here) The words are good yes, but it just drags on and on.

Anonymous said...

I love contemporary music - my iPod is full of it. But as I was looking through the hymnal index - I could have listed 100! But, I won't. Here's my 'short' list:

Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior
A Mighty Fortress
All Hail the Power of Jesus Name
I Will Sing the Wondrous Story
Were You There?
Nothing But the Blood
Just a Closer Walk with Thee
On Jordan's Stormy Banks

Thanks for asking.

Anonymous said...

Before the Throne
He Leadeth Me
Take My Life and Let it Be
Victory in Jesus
I love so many hymns. I also love the contemporary worship songs...I wish we would sing an even mix of the two. Thanks for asking!
Jenny from VA

Anonymous said...



Connie said...

Favorite-How Great Thou Art
One I Miss-It is Well and HGTA (although we sing it very occasionally)

Anonymous said...

Amazing Grace, Come thou fount, and Jesus loves the little children of the world( I can never get enough)

Heather said...

Oh my goodness....where do I start? I have only recently (over the past 2 years)really began to appreciate old Hymns. Now I love (almost) all of them:)

It Is Well is probably my absolute favorite. BUT...I also LOVE:

Come Thy Fount of Every Blessing
Before the Throne of God Above (especially Shane and Shane's version)
Crown Him With Many Crowns
Be Thou My Vision

OK...clearly there are too many to list for me :)

Patty said...

Holy Ground(we just sang this at our groundbreaking service)

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

I would love it if we could sing Holy Ground at a conference. :o)

fAiThFuL cHiCk said...

We Exalt Thee

Victory in Jesus

Christy Semsen said...

Tis So Sweet To Trust in Jesus
My Jesus I love Thee
Fairest Lord Jesus

Cindy said...

I love the older hymns. I can still hear my Mamaw sing I'll Fly Away and Where We'll Never Grow Old in her kitchen just like it was yesterday but it was many, many years ago. Some more favorites are The Old Rugged Cross, When We All Get To Heaven, Blessed Assurance, and my husband's favorite is I Want To Stroll Over Heaven With You. I have a CD by Alan Jackson with a lot of these hymns on it that is just awesome! I also have one by Johnny Cash that will just bring you to your knees. There are too many for me to list to I'll stop there.

Cindy in Weaverville

Alana said...

Be Thou My Vision, by a longshot.

Jen said...

Holy Holy Holy
It is Well With My Soul
Be Thou My Vision
Take my Life (and let it be consecrated Lord to Thee)
A Mighty Fortress is Our God

Big Mama said...

Great is thy Faithfulness

I'll Fly Away

Because He Lives

Just to name a few.

Glo said...

And Can It Be, Hymn #147 in the Baptist Hymnal

Rachel said...

Mine: "It Is Well With My Soul"

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, Let this blest assurance control, That Christ has regarded my helpless estate, And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

GLORY! I meditated these words throughout our adoptions so much that I would wake up in my sleep repeating them!

My hubby's: "Just As I Am"

ShineBright said...

My grandma, mom & aunt were all church organist...i didn't inherit the same ability but i miss hearing the old hymns on a majestic pipe organ. Blessed Assurance, Crown Him With Many Crowns, Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us, What A Friend We Have In Jesus, This Is My Father's World, Beautiful Savior, Holy, Holy, Holy... wow, your asking brought back wonderful memories. :D

Nancy Mon said...

When Morning Gilds the Skies

MamaBear said...

Come Thou Fount
It Is Well

and my all-time, hands-down favorite ...

We sang this at my mother's memorial service because she loved it so much. It just makes me want to do a little Baptist dance!

Ellen said...

Victory in Jesus!!

Anonymous said...

Great is Thy Faithfulness
This is My Father's World
It is Well With My Soul
The Doxology

Anonymous said...

"Because He Lives" and "Victory in Jesus"

Cheryl said...

You know us baptists, grew up singing the 1st and 4th verses and while the 4th verse to my favorite hymn is so powerful, nothing (imo) compares with verse 3.

My sin, Oh the bliss of this glorious thought! My sin, not in part but the whole, is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more! Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord Oh my soul!

Thinking of doing a hymns album or something?!

E-Dub said...

"Love Lifted Me" is my jam!

twinkle said...

I love the old hymns. I just finished reading about our hymns by Joni Eareckson Tada, O Worship The King. Wow! What a blessing.
Here's my list...

Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Holy, Holy, Holy
I Must Tell Jesus
Silent Night
Sweet Hour Of Prayer
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
We Shall Behold Him
This Is My Father's World
The Solid Rock
The Old Rugged Cross
Count Your Blessings

That's hard narrowing down so many precious hymns. Forgive me for the long list.

O Little Town of Bethlehem is probably my FAVORITE, especially the verse that says

"How silently, how silently, the wondrous Gift is giv'n."

Makes me cry.

What's your favorite hymn, Travis?

Jami said...

my favorite- I'd Rather Have Jesus...I love and often cling to those precious words!

Then I also LOVE Come Thou Fount, He Leadeth Me, O How I Love Jesus, O the Deep Deep Love of Jesus, I need thee every hour, Be Still my Soul, and Tis So Sweet to trust in Jesus... :)

Anonymous said...

Travis, Travis, Travis ... I was raised Roman Catholic. 12 years of Catholic school and so many songs that I loved to sing! LOVED! They're a part of me somehow. Since becoming a born again believer, I'm convinced that no one knows these songs except Catholics! Each time an old hymn is sung in my church, I have NEVER heard it in my life!!! So anyway, here goes:

1) On Eagle's Wings
2) Sing to the Mountains, Sing to the Sea, Raise your voices lift your hearts! This is the Day the Lord hath made, let all the earth REJOICE!
3) (Prayer of St. Francis of Assist). Lord, Make Me a Means of your Peace.

Those are my top three and you've probably never heard them in your life! :)

Rachael in Ohio

valerie said...

My favorite(s) are "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" & "How Great Thou Art."
We mostly sing from hymnals at our church.

Holly said...

I just listed a long list and lost!

Send the Light
Here I am Lord (newer by Dan Schutte. Here's a version that will give you an idea-- )
As the Deer
Soldiers of Christ Arise
Before the Throne of God Above (I love Selah's arrangement)
Stand up, stand up for Jesus
Onward Christian Soldiers
Savior like a Shepherd Lead us
Beneath the Cross of Jesus
Beulah Land (you could make a wonderful new arragement to this--the story of the writer and this song is a good one)
Be Still my Soul (Oh my, this would be a good one for you)
At the Name of Jesus (Caroline Noel--there is a newer arrangement and song that we sang in choir, too)
Are ye Able?

I had a ton more...but am sleepy now.

Blessings on you and your family!

Holly said...

Ooo, better youtube for "Here I am, Lord" (I'm pretty sure this is a song for you to sing, Travis.)

I really should be in bed now. But music! I could listen to it and stay up all night!

Heidi said...

Abide With Me

Anonymous said...

Lord, We Come Before Thee Now and Break Thou The Bread of Life. Those are great hymns that are hardly sung anymore

Nancy said...

I love All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name, the DIADEM one.

I'm not sure it's classified as a hymn, but I like His Eye is on the Sparrow because the lyrics are 'I sing because I'm happy, I sing because I'm free'. Yay!

Anonymous said...

hey travis - I am a first-timer on your blog, and I love the story of your son!! My son is 5, and when asked if his mom (that would be me) looks good when she goes to work, he, very matter-of-factly, responds, "NOT VERY OFTEN" What a blow!!

Anyway, I love the old hymns and I sing them often to my kids, and now they love them too. Some of my favorites are:
I'll Fly Away
It is Well
He Set Me Free
Victory in Jesus
Oh How I Love Jesus
Come Thou Fount
How Great Thou Art
Blessed Assurance
Just a Little Talk with Jesus

Thanks for you post, it brings back such great memories

rebecca in e.tx

Anonymous said...

Oh how fun. I read every post and many memories came back. I grew up in the church of Christ singing acapella and I MISS the 4 party harmony and the bass lead on those fun Stamps Baxter songs.

AMEN and AMEN to every song list. Here are some more that I did not see.

"Shall We Gather at the River"
"I Need Thee Every Hour"
"Walking in Sonlight"LOVE THIS
"Sing and Be Happy"
"The Lord Bless You and Keep You - with the 7 fold AMEN - awesome acapella song"
"There is a God, He is Alive - 728B"
"I Love to Tell the Story"
"Where the Roses Never Fade"
"A Wonderful Savior"
"Christ We Do All Adore Thee"
"Fairest Lord Jesus"
"I am Resolved - Great BASS"
"The Old Rugged Cross"
"Send the Light - LOVED singing this with my grandfather

But my favorite is: "In the Garden" I love the alto lead in this one.

I love playing piano and my praise team and worshiping with instruments but I miss hearing people sing parts. I want to teach my kids to sing parts and harmonies.

Travis, your music is a great blend of old and new. In Christ Alone is one of my favorite songs.

May the Lord give you revelation and a new song with an old song in your heart :)

Cherie said...

I'm new to your blog, and I'm not really sure how I got here.
Anyway...I love
"In Christ Alone" and "The Power of the Cross" both by Keith and Kristyn Getty. Also "I Am His and He is Mine".


About Jaime said...

The Old Rugged Cross

Come Thou Fount (we sing it ocassionally but I wish it were more often)

Grammy and Olivia said...

My favorite: I'd Rather Have Jesus (George Beverly Shea) and most of the rest people have listed :-) I love contemporary worship, but I miss hymns.

su said...

On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand.

When you and your worship team lead that hymn, my heart feels like it is going to burst.

Jon Tyner said...

My Faith Has Found a Resting Place
Jesus Paid it All
My Jesus, I Love Thee
Fairest Lord Jesus
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

i just wanna be a sheep said...

As the Deer: All time fav.
and one I love and never sing at Church is: Days of Elijah

Heidi said...

What a great question.

Nearer My God, to Thee
His Name is Wonderful
What a Friend
In the Garden
There's Something About That Name
Were You There

Those are a few of my favorites...I would take up too much room listing them all.

Since my husband and I worship lead together at our church, I have gotten to hear or play a lot of these in recent months. I am glad that we are keeping the hymns alive. They are the trunk of our Christian musical tree, and the praise songs are like the branches.

It's sort of like the Old Testament and New Testament -- in order to fully understand the Jesus Christ of the NT, you have to see the fulfillment He was of the OT Law and prophecies. I feel like we can't fully appreciate the spectrum of "today's" worship music without continually bringing forward the rich hymns of our forefathers.

sorry for the long answer, but I'm passionate about this! :-)


Anonymous said...

Y'all need to come to our church because I think we're the only one's that are still singing these hymns!! And when we get to the contemporary, I breathe a sigh of relief for the familiar! I do love My Hope is Built on Nothing Less and It is Well With My Soul.
Blessings, Amy in OK

Honea Household said...

Just As I Am. My Pawpaw was a Baptist preacher for 48 years and it seemed like everytime I visited them, we sang this song as the invitation. But it still made me tear up every time.

Anonymous said...

"Great is Thy Faithfulness"
Doesn't that just say it all?

Kelly S. said...

What a fun post!!!

BURNING BUSH (favorite)
Heaven's Jubilee
Shall We Gather at the River
I want to stroll over Heaven
Come Thou Fount
How Firm a Foundation
Because He Lives

tulip said...

Here are some of my favorites....hmmmm...pretty similar to many already posted!

Be Thou My Vision
I'll Fly Away
Just a Little Talk With Jesus
It Is Well
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Holy, Holy, Holy
How Great Thou Art
Come Thou Fount

And so many more! Surprisingly, some of my favorites today, I've only learned in the last few years (didn't grow up Baptist!)...including hymns I've only known the title to but have never heard!!! (i.e. Old Rugged Cross, I'll Fly Away, Be Thou My Vision)

One of the posters made a very good observation...many people don't sing parts anymore. While I love many of the contemporary songs out there, they are sometimes hard to sing for most people especially when the artist is going off doing their own thing with the music or the music is too high. While that's great to listen to, it does absolutely nothing to help the churchgoer learn parts (or even the actual song in many cases!). I can't begin to tell you how blessed I am to be able to sit in front of some lovely older ladies in our church. Every time we sing the hymns, their beautiful alto voices sing the harmony in my ear and my worship of the Lord is blessed ten-fold!!

Also, whatever happened to singing acapella?!?! It is just so beautiful and really feels like true worship!!

So sorry to go off on a tangent!
This was so fun reading through the comments and singing along to so many wonderful hymns and also wanting to find the music to the ones I don't know!

Thanks, Travis!
Singing in Christ,
tulip in Idaho

Bev Brandon said...

Didn't grow up with hymns and I have never been in a church that sang hymns, only on a rare occasion. But, I am older, and I love hymns too! Have bought several off I-tunes---It Is Well. I hope I get to hear you sing a hymn sometime.

Cindy said...

O Love that Wilt not Let Me Go
What Wondrous Love is This
I Must Tell Jesus
I Need Thee Every Hour
In Christ Alone

Anonymous said...

Solid Rock, I heard the melody on TV JFK funeral navy hymn I know I am old but then heard it in church and the words at 11years old I ran out of church and started crying it was my salvation song and I had it played at our wedding My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteous... I love it!!!!

Anonymous said...

Day by Day
Great is Thy Faithfulness
I'd Rather Have Jesus

Robin said...

'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus
In the Cross
His eye is on the sparrow
Lily of the Valley
Rock of Ages
Hide Thou me
He giveth more grace
He leadeth me
Victory in Jesus
Blessed Assurance
Take the world but give me Jesus
Mansion over the hilltop

Those and most on everyone elses' lists. Really too many list but, oh I do miss singing the hymns - wouldn't trade the contemporary music - need to sing a new song but sure wish we'd blend it more. I work hard at helping our WL add hymns. It's worth it. Thanks for asking!

Leigh said...

I don't think I saw my favorite hymn on the list. It's "Like A River Glorious", particularly the last verse: "Every joy or trial falleth from above, traced upon our dial by the Son of Love; We can trust Him fully all for us to do; they who trust Him wholly find Him wholly true. Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blessed-finding as He promised, perfect peace and rest.

Another favorite that I have not heard played or sung in ages is "Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven". The text is based on Psalm 103, which is a favorite scripture, too.

Leigh-your Gator friend from the pit ensemble at CFBC

Anonymous said...

A Mighty Fortress is Our God
Immortal, Invisible God Only Wise
'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
Lamb of God
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Thou Art Worthy
Praise to the Lord the Almighty (but you've already done that!)
This is My Father's World
Give Me Jesus (more of a Spiritual, but...)
The Church's One Foundation
I Need Thee Every Hour
In Remembrance (the not-so-old Buryl Red)
O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing
How Great Thou Art (esp. a la Shiela Walsh - It's on an older CD called "Hymns & Voices" with some tasteful arrangements, but "canned" studio singers.)
Come, All Christians, be Committed
What Wondrous Love is This?
My Jesus, I Love Thee (esp. 2nd verse - WOW!)
I Have Decided to Follow Jesus
Just As I Am
His Eye is on the Sparrow
Be Thou My Vision
All Creatures of Our God and King
The Power of the Cross (Getty)
All the Way My Savior Leads Me
All That Thrills My Soul Is Jesus
My Savior's Love (I Stand Amazed...)

(And, of course...) Jesus Loves Me

Too many wonderful hymns. Could go on & on & on...

Then again, I like other stuff too... But that's another post.

David in NC

Chris, Vania, and Sophie Grace said...

How about "Great Speckled Bird?"

Just kidding. (Although that was in our hymnal growing up, but we never sang it.)

I grew up in the Church of God, where we liked to sing about Heaven. A lot. "When the Roll is Called Up Yonder" is still a favorite. "Victory in Jesus," "I'll Fly Away," "When We All Get to Heaven"-- they're all favorites.

I also think "Wonderful Grace of Jesus" is the most fun hymn to sing.

natalie said...

I got on the hymn train late! But my favorites are:
Because He Lives
On Jordan's Stormy Banks I Stand
The one with the chorus "and he walks with me/ and he talks with me/ and he tells me I am his own" (I stink at remembering titles)
I Saw the Light
How Great Thou Art
Jesus Paid it All
It is Well With My Soul ... and
Come Ye Sinners.

I'm so glad you posted the words to that one! Several years ago, my mom was taking one of our neighbors home after church - a sweet elderly lady (pushing 90 at the time). We had one of the L-Proof Live CD's in with that song on. As soon as the song came on, our neighbor grabbed her chest (and of course mom panicked for a sec) and then she reached to turn up the radio. She said, "my dad sang this song when we walked from the barn to the house every night. He held a lantern in one hand and sang this song all the way to the house". Not even kidding, as soon as mom pulled in front of the lady's house our neighbor hopped out of the car and started spinning in circles singing "Come Ye Sinners" along with the recording. She passed away a few years ago so that memory has become super sweet for my family. When I hear it, I think of her dancing and singing at NINETY something so gorgeous and confident in the God she loved. If I live to be that old, I want to be exactly the same way. Thank you for recording that one.

Chris in GA said...

My most favorite verse..."Every need His hand supplying, every good in Him I see. On His strength divine relying, He is All in All to me!"

Anonymous said...

I must tell Jesus!!!
Angela Cruzzzzzzzzzuojy

Anonymous said...

"The Lord Will Provide"
"Come, Come Ye Saints"
"O, Thou In Whose Presence My Soul Takes Delight"
These are REAL old but terrifically wonderful.
Dorothy Klass

Kellye Hooks said...

I am a missionary in Moscow, Russia, and we get to sing the old hymns in church every Sunday. On Easter (Russian, not American), a group of older women sang "Crown Him with many Crowns," and they absolutely brought me to my knees. These women, who lived as believers through the hard times of communism and state-mandated oppression, never take for granted the privilege of singing the hymns. When they didn't have Bibles, they had their songs of faith to pass down. Pretty cool stuff!

Anonymous said...

And Can It Be (that I should gain, and interest in my Saviour's blood)