Eric Liddell Joins the Global Hymn Sing

Keith and Kristyn Getty have invited the world to a Global Hymn Sing this Sunday, February 25, 2018.

The hymn they've chosen is "Jesus Will Reign," which Eric Liddell led a crowd in singing just before boarding the train which started his trek to China. His Olympic gold and bronze medals, not to mention his world record in the 400m, opened up many prestigious offers in Europe and the U.S. But he left it all behind to serve the Chinese as a teacher, track coach, and missionary for the rest of his short life.

I've been portraying Liddell since 2004 in my one-man play Beyond the Chariots, and I planned to dramatize Liddell singing "Jesus Shall Reign" in a follow-up film to Chariots of Fire, but we were beat to the finish line.
I just found out about the Global Hymn Sing, so I thought the best way to dramatize him leading that hymn, given the short time constraint, would be to portray him reflecting on that event at a point of his life that gives us a peek into the life he sacrificially chose.

Here's our Facebook Live Hymn Sing with the video we created:
Recording of the Facebook Live Hymn Sing
Here's the Facebook Live Hymn Sing we did earlier today. I didn't figure out how to switch back and forth between our camera and the video, so I just prerecorded our opening and closing comments and just put it into a single video. That turned out to be great because Joyce had lunch with a friend after church and she missed the train that would have brought her here on time! The bummer was that I didn't realize it would take the audio from my computer mic, so you could hear me typing up where people were from and singing along with myself! LOL! So here's the straight video with much better sound!

The lithograph on the wall behind us was given to me by Eric's middlest daughter, Heather, while she was speaking after one of my Off-Broadway performances of Beyond the Chariots. The story behind that lithograph is told in the play, which you can watch at .

We've had 215 people watch so far from at least the following: England, Malaysia, Czech Republic, Germany, OR, SC, TX, MA, MD, NY, GA, TN, CO, KY, MI.

Find out more about the Global Hymn Sing at
Posted by Rich Swingle on Sunday, February 25, 2018

And here's the video alone:
You can download this video to play at your church ( this Sunday, or at any upcoming service. Permission has been granted from copyright holders on this arrangement.
Be sure to register for the hymn sing, so you and/or your church can be added to the map.
Whether or not your church participates in the Global Hymn Sing, you're welcome to join me Sunday, February 25, at 5pm Eastern, and I'll do a Facebook Live hymn sing. I'll say a bit more about my connection to Eric Liddell's story, and then we'll all sing with an Olympic hero well before the closing ceremonies to the Pyeongchang Olympics begin in the Eastern Time Zone, and hopefully in time for you to get to an evening service if that's where you'll be headed. It will broadcast from, but if we're not Facebook Friends I'll share it on as soon as it posts. It should be there by 5:20pm Eastern.

See the rest of Olympic champion Eric Liddell's Chariots of Fire story in Beyond the Chariots. Watch it online and book a live performance.


Beth Fine said...

Mon 9:13pm
This evening on FB messenger, Rich Swingle gave me the link for the "Global Hymn Sing" dramatization. After watching Rich & his wife Joyce introduce the short film about Eric Liddell, I then enjoyed Rich's portrayal of the famous Olympian who opted to go to China as a missionary rather than to parlay his fame into worldly fortune. Rich captured the innocence and humility of Eric Liddell's farewell to Scotland in the Waverly RR Station scene. Throughout the film and song, I grinned till my cheeks hurt. I also felt that special, joyful closeness that Christians experience when in fellowship, whether online or in person. Although the hymn was unfamiliar to me, I happily joined in to sing along with Rich/Eric. I'm sure 100s, maybe 1000s will get the opportunity to share in this film adventure. Beth Fine, Bristol TN

Rich Swingle said...

Thanks so much, Beth! Bless you!

David and Sylvia Potter said...

Hi Rich and Joyce,
Thank you for this lovely, inspiring video! David and I listened together here in Port Vila, Vanuatu! Thanks for the birthday wishes! You two are so special!
Love, Sylvia

Rich Swingle said...

Blessings to you both, and thank you for extending the reign of Jesus!