Song Recommendations

Mercy Wild

I have heard that Charles Wesley didn’t like when people changed the words to his hymns. This article describes how good it was that George Whitefield ignored Wesley’s original word welkin and replaced it with herald angels.
The article shares Wesley’s original:

Hark, how all the welkin rings,
“Glory to the King of kings;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”

Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
Universal nature say,
“Christ the Lord is born today!”

I also frequently hear another edit to this lovely hymn: Peace on Earth and mercy wild—and I think that edit is also for the better.

A Thrill of Hope, the Weary World Rejoices

While it is not at all controversial for our schools to share about Christ’s birth at Christmastime and all the year, Greater Pittsburgh Christian Schools Network is going to make one controversial statement:

The indie band Bombadil‘s rendition of Oh Holy Night beats Queen of Christmas Mariah Carey’s version. 😬


What other versions of hymns should we be listening to this Christmas?

A Non-Political Election Day Post

This election day, Greater Pittsburgh Christian Schools Network wants to offer our friends throughout the region a psalm of encouragement. While this may be a very important day and election, we know that our God the King cares for us.


Hallelujah, praise Jehovah,
O my soul, Jehovah praise;
I will sing the glorious praises
Of my God through all my days.
Put no confidence in princes,
Nor for help on man depend;
He shall die, to dust returning,
And his purposes shall end.

Happy is the man that chooses
Israel’s God to be his aid;
He is blest whose hope of blessing
On the Lord his God is stayed.
Heaven and earth the Lord created,
Seas and all that they contain;
He delivers from oppression,
Righteousness He will maintain.

Food He daily gives the hungry,
Sets the mourning prisoner free,
Raises those bowed down with anguish,
Makes the sightless eyes to see,
Well Jehovah loves the righteous,
And the stranger He befriends,
Helps the fatherless and widow,
Judgment on the wicked sends.

Hallelujah, praise Jehovah,
O my soul, Jehovah praise;
I will sing the glorious praises
Of my God through all my days.
Over all God reigns forever,
Through all ages He is King;
Unto Him, thy God, O Zion,
Joyful hallelujahs sing.