Here’s a little personal hymn trivia for you. What popular Christmas hymn that you probably sing every Christmas season was written by my great, great, great, great, great grandfather? (Read to the end of the post for the answer.)
Beacon Video is offering two (2) Raising Olives readers a gift pack of Hymn Histories by Dr. Al Smith. Each pack will include:
- Al Smith Treasury of Hymn Histories DVD
- Al Smith Christmas Hymn Histories DVD
- Al Smith Christmas Hymn Histories Audio CD
TREASURY OF HYMN HISTORIES – Dr. Al Smith
Dr. Alfred B. Smith, known to many as “Mr. Singsperation,” was often called the “Dean of Gospel Music.” He was responsible for writing some of the songs we know as standards in the realm of gospel music. ”Surely Goodness and Mercy,” “My Father Planned It all,” “I Give You Freedom” (The Whippoorwill Song), and “For God So Loved the World” are just a few of his well-known pieces. He was an early pioneer in the arena of sacred recordings, and his influence toward the furtherance of good gospel music was remarkable.
In regard to the best-loved hymns, Dr. Smith was personal friends with some of the most famous composers and has done extensive research into the stories behind many of the great songs we sing in church every Sunday.
- What a Friend We Have in Jesus
- When the Lilies I Consider
- God Leads Us Along
- My Faith Looks Up to Thee
- Jesus Loves Me
- It Is Well With My Soul
- I Shall Know Him
- The Robin and the Mouse
- At Calvary
AL SMITH CHRISTMAS HYMN HISTORIES
- O Little Town of Bethlehem
- There’s A Song In the Air
- Joy To The World
- Silent Night! Holy Night!
- Like A Choir of Silver Bells
How to enter:
- Leave a comment on this post guessing which Christmas carol was written by my 5 greats grandfather (the first person to guess correctly will win an extra entry) and telling me your favorite Hymn.
- Blog about this giveaway and leave a comment telling me you did.
- Tweet about this giveaway and leave another comment
“Hark the Herald Angels Sing” was written by my 5 greats grandfather, Charles Wesley. Congratulations Theresa, you get an extra entry for this giveaway.
For those of you trying to figure out based on dates, Charles was 59 years old when his son Samuel (whom our line comes from) was born. I actually think that Samuel was also older when he had his son. That type of stuff can really wreck those 30 year per generation averages. So just for the record, I am young.
Giveaway will end Monday, December 21 at midnight and I’ll announce a winner on Tuesday. Open to U.S. residents only.
If anyone orders “Al Smith Treasury of Hymn Histories” (14.99) from Beacon Video and puts “Raising Olives” in the comments section they will send you the Christmas CD and DVD ($30 value) free.