It’s Friday – time for another post on old church hymns.
Many of the old hymns I love are found in the old hymnals from mainline churches like Methodist, Lutheran or Presbyterian.
However, since I am a country girl at heart with some southern roots, many of the old songs I love would probably never be sung at the churches with more formal worship.
One of my favorite southern gospel songs is one my mother used to sing. She had a good voice and was often asked to sing at regular Sunday evening services and at revivals held in our area. Everyone who knew her always associated this song with her for she loved it and sang it often.
Accompanying her often on this song, it is one of the songs I memorized and it is one often requested when I play for the “old folks” in the assisted living facilities. What really makes me smile is when I play it the folks from the more “formal” churches clap their hands and/or pat their feet right along with the song.
Recently I made contact through FB with a friend from years and years ago. She asked about my mother and said she always thinks of her when she hears this song.
Written by a prolific southern gospel song writer, Mosie Lister, it is only one of his songs that I love. Anyone who loves southern gospel will recognize this list of songs by Lister:
- His Hand in Mine
- How Long Has It Been (one of my favorites)
- I’ve Been Changed
- Til the Storm Passes By
So – sit down, relax in your chair, get your hands ready to clap (and maybe tap your foot) and enjoy this southern gospel music! And yes, if you notice the piano player, I can play it just as lively as he does!