Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday 5 fave....Hymns

Music is very important to me.  I love having it playing around my house, when I exercise and in my car.  Pandora's Radio is my new bff.  On Sunday I like Sunday music.  It settles our home, and gets us ready to worship.  Hymns are so powerful.   I have been known to sing loud, and mostly on pitch in Sacrament meeting.  All of  my children go through a phase where they tell me I am singing too loud in church... I just smile,  say yes...and keep on singing.......even louder. 
Top Favorite Hymns in no particular order.

How Great Thou Art  I enjoy singing this acapella....and when I can keep it together...I sing it soft, loud and passionately.  The verses talk about the beauty in our world, Christ's sacrifice for all of us and his coming again..   Can't wait!

I know that My Redeemer Lives.   I know a couple of variations on this hymn and enjoy them all.  I love the Testimony bearing part of this hymn.  "He lives... He lives... He lives."

Love One Another  --  I recognized I truly had a testimony of the gospel, while singing this hymn in a Young Women's Stake Choir as a Sophomore. I was so overcome, I couldn't keep singing, and the Spirit testified to me of God's love and our duty to Love each other. This is a song that my grandparents Butters, would sing to us, and about us to remind us to Love each other. All of these memories come flooding back every time I sing it.

There is Sunshine in my Soul Today-- This upbeat, positive hymn is filled with glorious messages of Sunshine, Music, Gladness and Springtime.  My fave lyric is , "There is music in my soul today, a carol to my King, and Jesus listening can hear the songs I cannot sing."    THis hymn goes through my head a lot when I am out walking.

Love at Home --This is a Tom Welch family hymn.  Wayne remembers singing it around his Grandpa Israelsen's death bed.  We joined family hands and sang it around Tom's bed in the hospital, as well.  It was also sung at Addison's mission farewell, and we all felt Grandpa Welch's spirit with us on that day.    "There is Beauty all around when there's LOVE at Home."   SO true.

I know I have missed a number of good ones...but my list is top 5 after all.
What are some of yours???


Jill Welch said...

Those are some of my favorites too. My all time favorite is Our Saviors Love..It brings me peace!

Laura said...

I love:
How Great Thou Art for many reasons but one being that it was Bubba’s favorite song.
I digress to children’s hymns: I’m trying to be like Jesus and I Wonder When He Comes Again (that is 2 but who is counting)
Star Spangled Banner
Because I have been Given Much
Joy to the World

Now if we could move from maybe LDS Hymns I love: Lord I Know I’ve Changed….really


Carolyn Black said...

Because I Have Been Given Much and How Great Thou Art
Most of my favorites are from the Children's Song Book: To Think About Jesus, I Wonder When He Comes Again, Faith, My Heavenly Father Loves Me
From the OLD children's song book I love: In My Grandmother's Old Fashioned Garden.

Melwel said...

Hi Melinda
I love music too and this gave me the opportunity to think about some of my favourites.

I Stand All Amazed.
Each time I sing this hymn during Sacrament I really feel the spirit and our Saviour's love. "O it is wonderful that he should care for me enough to die for me"
says it all I think.
The Lord is my Light.
I used to sing this when I was about 13yrs old and had to walk quite far to our little branch. In those days we had to go to church twice on Sundays remember? I was the only one in my family who was a member and we lived in the countryside. No street lighting meant trees made shadows from the light of the moon and this song made me feel safe. ( I do admit to running and singing it very quickly at times.)
Praise to the Man.
Words tell the story but oh that tune. " Scotland the Brave" need I say more?? The music stirs my soul.
As sisters in Zion.
I love singing this with my sisters in Relief Society. "The errand of Angels is given to women and this is a gift that as sisters we claim to do whatsoever is gentle and human to cheer and to bless in humanity's name." What a responsibility we have.
Each life that touches ours for good.
This hymn always makes me cry because I think of my Christlike friends Sheri and Lyle Cole who left their mission in Scotland to return home to Bountiful. As the hymn says christlike friends whose gentle ways strengthen our faith enrich our days. That is exactly what they did and still do.

With much love
from Eileen xxxx

Stecky said...

I hardly ever have time to visit your blog and then you do somethign amazing like this. Hymns keep me sane. I have had so many great experiences with hymns. (See Ehoes in my blog list)Here are my toop five for right changes.
I Need Thee Every Hour (In JOY and pain)
I Know that My Redeemer Lives
How Firm a Foundation
I Go Where You Want Me To Go (3rd verse)
Come O Thou King of Kings
I also love I Know That My Savior Loves Me.
I love you, you a such a bright happy 'up' person.