hymns

Has It Come to This?
"We'd like for you to sing traditional carols at the Tree Lighting." "Wonderful, that is just what we love to do." Our homeschool history club advisor was glad when the organizers of our town's tree lighting ceremony finally called. It was someone different this year and we needed to know how long they wanted us…
Hymn of the Week: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation! O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation! All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near; Praise Him in glad adoration. Praise to the Lord, who over all things so wondrously reigneth, Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so…
Hymn of the Week: O Worship the King
As you know if you have followed us awhile, we like to teach our children a new hymn every week. Now, we don't always succeed, but here's the idea: Each day of that week, we sing the same hymn all the way through. Each day, we explain a different verse of that hymn. There is…
HOTW: Born This Happy Morning
O Come All Ye Faithful [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="319" caption="Simeon and Anna Recognize the Lord in Jesus, Rembrandt, 1627"][/caption] Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning; Jesus, to Thee be all glory given; Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing. What a happy day indeed that saw the promises fulfilled - a Savior…
HOTW: Come and behold Him
   O Come All Ye Faithful   [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="393" caption="The Adoration of the Magi, Botticelli, 1475"][/caption] O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem. Come and behold Him, born the King of angels; Refrain O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come,…
HOTW: Second Adam from Above
Welcome to the last post in our series on Hark the Herald Angels Sing. If this is the first one you've seen, you may want to begin with our Introduction. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="399" caption="The Garden of Eden, Jan Brueghel the Elder, 1615"][/caption] Come, Desire of nations, come, Fix in us Thy humble home; Rise,…
Our Thanksgiving Traditions
We just love Thanksgiving! What a wonderful holiday! Leading up to the day, we teach our children great hymns of Thanksgiving, such as "We Gather Together,"  "Come Ye Thankful People, Come,"  "Count Your Blessings," and "Now Thank We All Our God." We particularly love "We Gather Together," because it was a Dutch song of the proper…
Happy Thanksgiving!
This is probably the most popular of the Thanksgiving hymns! Come, Ye Thankful People, Come Words: Henry Alford, 1844 Music: George J. Elvey, 1858 Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home; All is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin. God our Maker doth provide for our wants to be…
We Gather Together
This is another favorite.  This is a Dutch hymn written in 1597 to celebrate a great victory, 23 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth!  Since the Pilgrims lived for a time in Holland, it's especially appropriate to include in our Thanksgiving hymnbook. We Gather Together Words & Music: Adrianus Valerius English Translation: Theodore Baker,…
Now Thank We All Our God
The next few Sundays we'll be posting songs of thanksgiving.  I love the old German hymns which have made it into our songbooks here -- this is one of my favorites for Thanksgiving or any time of year!  Be sure and read the background story on NetHymnal (follow the link): Now Thank We All Our God…