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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Favorite Song When Growing Up

What was your favorite song as a child [or youth]? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 1600).

When I was growing up (ages seven to eighteen) Daddy pastored three churches. These churches were in Oviedo, Ellenton, and Bowling Green, Fl.  All of them had two sets of hymnals.  One for the Sunday morning service--The Methodist Hymnal--and the other for Sunday evening worship and Wednesday prayer meetings--The Cokesbury Worship Hymnal.  The Cokesbury (with 346 entries) was somewhat less than half the thickness of a Methodist Hymnal (with 904 entries).  The Methodist Hymnal was used for the markedly more formal service in the morning.  In evening worship the song leader would ask for favorite hymn selections from the congregation.  Interestingly, the oft repeated favorites proved to be the same for all three widely separated churches.  Hymn favorites for the evening services included: "The Old Rugged Cross," "I Would Be True," "More Like The Master," "We're Marching To Zion," "True-Hearted, Whole-Hearted," Praise Him! Praise Him."  There was some overlap with the Methodist Hymnal but a good number of songs weren't in both hymnals..  "An Evening Prayer" was one of my Cokesbury favorites especially appropriate it seemed for evening worship.  

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