Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Singing Through The Alphabet (for Kim)

During the school year, I am home alone quite a bit. At those times or while driving in the car by myself, I often let my mind dwell on situations or things that leave me feeling sad or angry. So, quite a few years ago I started what I call "singing through the alphabet". It helps me focus on the Lord. Since I grew up in a conservative, Baptist church, I know a lot of hymns and old choruses by heart, so I usually sing those, but the last few years I've added some more contemporary songs.

If you were a little mouse at my house last week, you would have seen me vacuuming/cleaning and singing (VERY LOUD) through the alphabet two times. The second time through, I try to sing a different song, but sometimes I can't think of one for that alphabet letter, so I just sing the same one. If I don't remember or know all the words, I sing the part that I do know. Sometimes I only know the chorus, and that's okay!

Once when the secretaries at North Valley Baptist Church went on a shopping trip to Medford, Oregon, I had them do this on the way home. We had sooo much fun.

Here's some of my favorites to sing:

A--Amazing Grace, As The Deer Panteth For The Water, All Hail The Power of Jesus Name, Are You Washed In The Blood?, At Calvary, At The Cross, All My Anxiety, All The Way My Savior Leads Me, Awesome God

B--Blessed Be The Name, Beulah Land, Because He Lives, Blessed Assurance, Blessed Be The Name of the Lord, Burdens Are Lifted At Calvary, Be Glorified, Bringing In The Sheaves, Blessed Be The Lord God Almighty
C--Come, Now Is The Time To Worship, Count Your Blessings, Christ The Lord Is Risen Today, Change My Heart O God, Calvary Covers It All, Create In Me A Clean Heart, Crown Him With Many Crowns

D--Do Lord, Day By Day, Does Jesus Care?, Draw Me Nearer, Dare To Be A Daniel, Do You Know My Jesus?

E--Every Day With Jesus, Everybody Ought To Know, Emmanuel

F--Fairest Lord Jesus, Faith Is The Victory, Father I Adore You, Fill My Cup Lord, For God So Loved The World, Fishers Of Men

G--Glory To His Name, God Can Do Anything, God Owns The Cattle On A Thousand Hills, God Will Take Care Of You, God Is So Good

H--Have Thine Own Way Lord, Hallelujah What A Savior, Happiness Is To Know The Savior, Happy Happy Happy, He Is Able To Deliver Thee, He Leadeth Me, Heaven Came Down, His Eye Is On The Sparrow, His Name Is Wonderful, Honey In The Rock, How Great Thou Art

I--I Just Keep Trusting My Lord, I'll Fly AwayI Know Whom I Have Believed, I Love You Lord, I Love To Tell The Story, I Must Tell Jesus, I Need Thee Every Hour, I Surrender All, I Will Sing Of The Mercies Of The Lord Forever, I'd Rather Have Jesus, I'm So Happy And Here's The Reason Why, I've Got A Mansion, In The Garden, In Times Like These, Isn't He Wonderful?, It Is Well With My Soul

J--Jesus Loves Me, Jesus Jesus Jesus There's Just Something About That Name, Jesus Is The Sweetest Name I Know, Jesus Loves Even Me, Jesus Paid It All, Jesus Never Fails, Joy Joy Joy Joy Down In My Heart, Jesus As I Am, Just A Closer Walk With Thee

K--Kum Ba Yah My Lord, King of Kings

L--Love Lifted Me, Living For Jesus, Leaning On The Everlasting Arms, Lord I'm Coming Home, Like A River Glorious, Let Jesus Come Into Your Heart, Let's Just Praise The Lord,

M--Make Me A Blessing, My Jesus I Love Thee, My God Is So Big, Marching To Zion, Mansion Over The Hilltop, Majesty,

N--Nothing But The Blood, Near The Cross, No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus, Now I Belong To Jesus

O--O How I Love Jesus, Onward Christian Soliders, Open My Eyes That I May See, O Say But I'm Glad, Oh That Will Be Glory For Me, O Be Careful Little Eyes, O Happy Day, Our God Reigns, Open The Eyes Of My Heart Lord, Only Believe, One Day At A Time, Oh Lord You're Beautiful, Oh Come Angel Band,

P--Power In The Blood, Praise Him Praise Him, Precious Memories, Precious Lord Take My Hand, Put Your Hand In The Hand, Praise The Name Of Jesus, Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow, Praise In The Morning, People Need The Lord, Pass It On, Peace In The Valley

Q--I must confess I skip "Q"

R--Redeemed, Revive Us Again, Rock Of Ages, Room At The Cross For You, River Of Life, Rise Again, Rejoice In The Lord Always

S--Softly and Tenderly, Soon Yes Very Soon, Spirit Of The Living God, Savior Like A Shepherd Lead Us, Send The Light, Since Jesus Came Into My Heart, Springs Of Living Water, Standing On The Promises, Sweet By And By, Stand Up Stand Up For Jesus

T--The Lord Is Good, The Lord Is My Shepherd, 'Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus, The Old Rugged Cross, Take My Life and Let It Be, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, The Solid Rock, Thank You Lord For Saving My Soul, Trust And Obey

U--Under His Wings, Until Then, Up From The Grave He Arose

V--Victory In Jesus

W--When We All Get to Heaven, When The Roll Is Called Upon Yonder, What A Friend We Have In Jesus, We've A Story To Tell To The Nations, We're Marching To Zion, When I Survey The Wondrous Cross, Wonderful Words Of Life,

X--Good News , E"x"tra Good News (I know that's stretching it some, but can you think of an X song?)

Y--Yesterday, Today, Forever

Z--Zaccheus Was A Wee Little Man


  1. Thank you a million times over. I know that must have taken you some time to reproduce but I DO appreciate it so much. Love the XYZ especially. I am going to reprint this (with your permission of course) and use it myself. I'll let you know if I think of some other songs too!

    Hope we can get together sometime before I go back to school....

  2. Loved your post about singing through the alphabet! I've done that many times (and have the same trouble with q and x). For a couple of years I was interim pastor of a church an hour and a half away. As I drove along, I'd either pray (with my eyes open!), or sing through the alphabet. For k, you might add "King of my life I crown Thee now" (Lead Me to Calvary). There is also a hymn called Keep on Believing in the Living Hymns hymnal, if you have access to a copy.

    I came to your site because you included My Jesus I Love Thee under the l's. Today is the anniversary of William R. Featherstone's birthday in 1846. Take a look at my blog to see other hymn events for today.

    God bless, and keep singing! (Robert)

  3. Haven't visited for awhile, but I'm glad to see you include the hymn "Burdens Are Lifted at Calvary," by my fellow-Canadian, John Moore, in your alphabetical list. He is 84 years old today.