Lifespring! HymnStories

Bringing a new appreciation for the great hymns of the Christian faith by telling the stories behind the hymns. Hosted by Steve Webb.

HS46: Lifespring! HymnStories “The Church’s One Foundation”

Troubles within the church inspired this stirring hymn. Listen to the show for the whole story, and a great rendition of the song. Today’s Music Worship Service Resources James Morrison “The Church’s One Foundation” (mp3) from “James Morrison: Gospel Collection Volume Two” (Classic Fox Records) Buy at eMusic Buy at Rhapsody Buy at Napster Buy…

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HS45: Lifespring! HymnStories “Rescue The Perishing”

Fanny Crosby was one of the most prolific hymn writers the church has seen. This song is part of one of the most gratifying experiences of her life. Listen to the show to hear the story. Rescue The Perishing Lyrics: Fanny J. Crosby Music: William H. Doane Rescue the perishing, care for the dying, snatch…

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HS44: Lifespring! HymnStories “I Need Thee Every Hour”

This wonderful song has been an inspiration for generations. Even the author of the lyrics found comfort years after writing the song. Music: OneVoice “I Need Thee Every Hour” (mp3) from “A Cappella Hymns” (IMI) Buy at Rhapsody More On This Album David Berchtold…”Serenity” I NEED THEE EVERY HOUR Lyrics by Annie S. Hawks (1835-1918)…

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HS43: Lifespring! HymnStories “Rock Of Ages”

Today we learn about the classic “Rock Of Ages”. There’s a surprising twist at the end of today’s narrative. Music The London Fox Singers “Rock Of Ages” (mp3) from “Hymn styles – Down-Home Gospel” (Classic Fox Records) Buy at Napster More On This Album Instrumental music was Jim Fidler’s “Lillian, A Portrait In Sound”. Rock…

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HS42: Lifespring! HymnStories “What Child Is This?”

Our carol today is “What Child Is This.” This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and angels sing; Haste, haste, to bring Him laud, The Babe, the Son of Mary. What words of triumph and joy! Despite the melancholic melody, this song is a song of celebration of the birth of the King…

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HS41: Lifespring! HymnStories “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

The origins of this plaintive carol date to medieval times. In the 800s, a series of Latin hymns were sung each day during Christmas Vespers from December 17 to 23. To hear how John Mason Neale came to write this hymn, and how it is related to the Latin hymns, listen to the show. Karmyn…

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HS40: Lifespring! HymnStories “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”

Today, we’re going to hear the story behind the beautiful Christmas carol, “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.” Written in 1849 by Edmund Hamilton Sears, a Unitarian minister, this was the second of two “twin” carols. (Listen to the show for more.) Lyrics “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” It came upon the midnight clear,…

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HS39: Lifespring! HymnStories “Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus”

An amazing and surprising story lies behind this great hymn, which was written in 1858. Artists on today’s show: The Eden Symphony Orchestra “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus” (mp3) from “How Great Thou Art – 50 Orchestral Hymns” (Classic Fox Records) Buy at Napster More On This Album The London Fox Singers “Stand Up,…

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HS38: Lifespring! HymnStories “There Is A Fountain”

William Cowper is one of God’s gracious gifts to those suffering from depression. Like the Psalmist who cried, “Why are you cast down, O my soul?”, Cowper shows us that our emotional struggles often give us heightened sensitivity to the heart of God and to the needs of others. Listen to the show for more…

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HS37: Lifespring! HymnStories “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”

The story of Fisk University, and how American music history was forever changed by a fund raising tour, continues with this episode of HymnStories. Lyrics: “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” Chorus: Swing low, sweet chariot, Comin’ for to carry me home; Swing low, sweet chariot, Comin’ for to carry me home. I looked over Jordan, And…

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