FBC Chilton worships God by lovingly becoming and making disciples, serving, fellowshipping with God and others and practicing grace-filled hospitality.
On this Lord’s Day, a piano solo from Rhynn! She’s playing “Dona Nobis Pacem,” a traditional melody that is usually sung as a round. The translation of the Latin is “Grant us peace.” (And you might hear Madi singing in the background 🙄)
Meditate today on these words of Jesus:
“I am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27
And from Paul’s letter to the Philippians:
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts & minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:6-7
As you pray,
- praise God for the gift of peace,
- thank God for a peace that guards our hearts and minds from all that can upset them,
- ask God for what you need,
- request that God bring to your mind others who need God’s peace.
As we continue to worship separately instead of together, set aside time in your Sunday to pray by name for each person/family in our church. It’s hard to be apart (!), but thankfully we can pray anywhere & in any circumstance. Love your church family by taking each to God in prayer this weekend. ❤️
As always, if you need ANYTHING at all - a visit, a chat, groceries, meds, whatever - please call one of the deacons or a friend in the church.
Philip Bliss (1838-1876) - words
James McGranahan (1840-1907) - music
A shocking train accident caused the untimely death of Philip P. Bliss when he was only thirty-eight years of age. He had visited his old childhood home in Rome, Pennsylvania, at Christmas time in 1876, and was returning to Chicago in company with his wife when a railroad bridge near Ashtabula, Ohio, collapsed. The train plunged into a ravine, sixty feet below, where it caught fire, and one hundred passengers perished miserably. Bliss survived the fall and escaped through a window. However, he returned to the wreckage in an attempt to rescue his wife and in so doing perished with her in the fire.
This hymn text by Philip Bliss was found in his trunk, which had escaped damage in the accident. The tune was composed by James McGranahan shortly after Bliss's death, while McGranahan was in Chicago considering Major Whittle's invitation to replace Bliss as Whittle's song leader in his evangelistic endeavors. The hymn had a great spiritual impact when it was first introduced to a large tabernacle audience in Chicago as Major Whittle related how the text had been found among Bliss's belongings. He told how James McGranahan had composed the music for this text and how that this musician would now continue the work begun by Bliss.
The hymn first appeared in print in 1877 in Welcome Tidings, a new collection for Sunday schools, compiled by Robert Lowry, Wm. H. Doane, and Ira D. Sankey.
Kenneth Osbeck, 101 Hymn Stories, 165
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"It Is Well with My Soul"
Horatio G. Spafford (1828-1888) - words
Philip Bliss (1838-1876) - music
This beloved hymn was written by a Presbyterian layman from Chicago named Horatio G. Spafford who was born in North Troy, New York, on October 20, 1828. As a young man Spafford had established a successful legal practice in Chicago. Along with his financial success, he always maintained a keen interest in Christian activities. He enjoyed a close and active relationship with DL Moody and other evangelical leaders of that era. He was described by George Stebbin, a noted gospel musician, as a "man of unusual intelligence and refinement, deeply spiritual, and a devoted student of the Scriptures."
Some months prior to the Chicago Fire of 1871, Spafford had invested heavily in real estate on the shore of Lake Michigan, and his holdings were wiped out by the disaster. Desiring a rest for his wife and four daughters as well as wishing to assist Moody and Sankey in one of their campaigns in Great Britain, Spafford planned a European trip for his family in November of 1873. Due to unexpected last-minute business developments, he had to remain in Chicago, but he sent his wife and four daughters on ahead as scheduled on the S.S. Ville du Havre. He expected to follow in a few days. On November 22, the ship was struck by the Lochearn, an English vessel, and sank in twelve minutes. Several days later the survivors were finally landed at Cardiff, Wales, and Mrs. Spafford cabled her husband, "Saved alone." Shortly afterward Spafford left by ship to join his bereaved wife. It is thought that on the sea near the area where his daughters had drowned, Spafford penned this text whose words so significantly describe his own personal grief - 'When sorrows like sea billows roll..." It is noteworthy, however, that Spafford's hymn does not dwell on the theme of life's sorrows and trials but focuses attention in the third stanza on the redemptive work of Christ and in the fourth stanza anticipates His glorious Second Coming. Humanly speaking, it is amazing that one could experience such personal tragedies and sorrows as Horatio Spafford did and still be able to say with such convincing clarity, "it is well with my soul."
In 1881 the Spaffords fulfilled a life-long interest in the Holy Land. They left Chicago with their two young daughters and a group of friends and settled in Jerusalem. There they established the American Colony which cared for the sick and destitute. Although Horatio died just eight years later at the age of sixty, this significant ministry continued. The story of this special family and their ministry is told in the book _Our Jerusalem_ written by Spafford's daugther, Bertha Spafford Vesper.
Philip Bliss was so impressed with experience and expression of Spafford's text that he shortly wrote the music for it, first published in one of the Sankey-Bliss hymnals, Gospel Hymns No. Two, in 1876. Bliss was a prolific writer of gospel songs throughout his brief lifetime. In most cases he wrote both the words and music for his hymns. His songs, like most early gospel hymnody, are strong in emotional appeal with tunes that easily learned and sung.
Other hymns by Philip Bliss include "Hold the Fort," "I Gave My Life for Thee," "Jesus Loves Even Me," "Let the Lower Lights Be Burning," and "Once for All."
Kenneth Osbeck, 101 Hymn Stories, 127-128
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"Christ the Lord is Risen Today"
Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
The first Wesleyan Chapel in London, England, was a deserted iron foundry. It became known as the Foundry Meeting House. This hymn was written by Charles Wesley for the first service in this chapel in 1739, just one year after Charles' dramatic Aldersgate conversion experience. The hymn was first published in the Foundry's Collection - which contained "hymns set to music as they are commonly sung at the Foundry." The book had approximately fifty hymns with an additional Psalm Supplement. This hymn was originally entitled "Hymn for Easter Day" and consisted of ELEVEN four-line stanzas.
The popularity of this hymn is due in part to the fine tune with which it has been wedded for many years. The composer of the music has never been identified. The tune first appeared anonymously in the Lyra Davidica hymnal, published in London in 1708. The joyous "alleluia" at the end of each line was not written by Wesley, but was added by some editor to make the text fit the tune. "Hallelujah" or "alleluia" is from the ancient Hebrew worship service and was a common expression of praise in the early Christian Church. Jerome, an important leader of the early church who translated the Bible into the Latin language and died c. 420, wrote that in his day the very ceilings of houses of worship were often shaken with the reverberating "Hallelujahs" when believers sang their praises to God.
Charles Wesley is also the author of "Jesus, Lover of My Soul," "O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing," "A Charge to Keep I Have," "Depth of Mercy," and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing."
Kenneth Osbeck, 101 Hymn Stories, 48
"The Old Rugged Cross"
George Bennard (1873-1958)
Seldom can a song leader suggest a time for favorites from any congregation without receiving at least one request for "The Old Rugged Cross." This gospel hymn, a sentimental favorite of Christians and unsaved alike, was written by George Bennard in 1913. It is generally conceded to be the most popular of all twentieth century hymns.
George Bennard was born in Youngstown, Ohio, but his parents soon moved to Albia, Iowa, and later to the town of Lucas in the same state. It was here that young George made his personal acceptance of Christ as his Savior. Following the death of his father before George was sixteen years of age, he entered the ranks of the Salvation Army. Bennard and his first wife served for a period of time as officers in this organization.
Consequently, Bennard was ordained by the Methodist Episcopal Church, where his devoted ministry was highly esteemed. For some time he was busily involved in conducting revival services, especially throughout the states of Michigan and New York. One time, after returning to Michigan, he passed through a trying experience which caused him to reflect seriously about the significance of the cross and what the Apostle Paul meant when he spoke of entering into the fellowship of Christ's suffering. As Bennard contemplated these truths, he became convinced that the cross was more than just a religious symbol but rather the very heart of the gospel. George Bennard has left the following account regarding the writing of this hymn:
>The inspiration came to me one day in 1913, when I was staying in Albion, Michigan. I began to write "The Old Rugged Cross." I composed the melody first. The words that I first wrote were imperfect. The words of the finished hymn were put into my heart in answer to my own need. Shortly thereafter it was introduced at special meetings in Pokagon, Michigan on June 7, 1913. The first occasion where it was heard outside of the church in Pokagon was at the Chicago Evangelistic Institute. There it was introduced before a large convention and soon it became extremely popular throughout the country.
Shortly after writing this hymn, George Bennard sent a manuscript copy to Charles Gabriel, one of the leading gospel hymn composers of that era. Gabriel's prophecy, "You will certainly hear from this song" was soon realized as "The Old Rugged Cross" became one of the most widely published sons, either sacred or secular, in this country.
Bennard continued his evangelistic ministries for forty additional years following the writing of this hymn. He wrote other favorite gospel hymns, but none ever achieved the response of "The Old Rugged Cross." On October 9, 1958, at the age of eighty-five, Bennard exchanged his "cross for a crown." He spent the last years of his life by the "side of the road," a few miles north of Reed City, Michigan. Near this home there still stands a twelve foot high cross with the words, "The Old Rugged Cross - Home of George Bennard, composer of thsi beloved hymn."
Although it has often been stated that we do not worship the cross as such but rather the Christ of the cross, one cannot ponder the truths of Christ's atonement without a keen awareness of the centrality of the cross in God's plan of redemption for lost mankind.
Kenneth Osbeck, _101 Hymn Stories_, 255-256.
"In the Garden"
C. Austin Miles (1868-1946)
Scripture reference: John 20
It was in 1912 that music publisher Dr. Adam Geibel asked C. Austin Miles to write a hymn text that would be "sympathetic in tone, breathing tenderness in every line; one that would bring hope to the hopeless, rest for the weary, and downy pillows to dying beds."
In George W. Sanville's book _Forty Gospel Hymn Stories_, Miles has left the following account of the writing of this hymn:
> One day in March, 1912, I was seated in the dark room, where I kept my photographic equipment and organ. I drew my Bible toward me; it opened at my favorite chapter, John 20 - whether by chance or inspiration let each reader decide. That meeting of Jesus and Mary had lost none of its power to charm.
As I read it that day, I seemed to be part of the scene. I became a silent witness to that dramatic moment in Mary's life, when she knelt before her Lord and cried, "Rabboni!"
My hands were resting on the Bible while I stared at the light blue wall. As the light faded, I seemed to be standing at the entrance of a garden, looking down a gently winding path, shaded by olive branches. A woman in white, with head bowed, hand clasping her throat, as if to choke back her sobs, walked slowly into the shadows. It was Mary. As she came to the tomb, upon which she placed her hand, she bent over to look in, and hurried away.
John, in flowing robe, appeared, looking at the tomb; then came Peter, who entered the tomb, followed slowly by John.
As they departed, Mary reappeared; leaning her head upon her arm at the tomb, she wept. Turning herself, she saw Jesus standing, so did I. I knew it was He. She knelt before Him, with arms outstretched and looking into his face cried, "Rabboni!"
I awakened in full light, gripping the Bible, with muscles tense and nerves vibrating. Under the inspiration of this vision I wrote as quickly as the words be formed the poem exactly as it has since appeared. That same evening I wrote the music.
Next to the "The Old Rugged Cross" this hymn has been one of the most popular gospel hymns ever written, beginning with the days when Homer Rodeheaver led singing for the great Billy Sunday campaigns and used the hymn extensively.
Kenneth Osbeck, _101 Hymn Stories_, 124-125
To listen: https://youtu.be/hhIGIfsLxVk
The Lord works in mysterious ways! I finished typing up all the upcoming week's devotions on hymns late last night ... and then today, at First Baptist Lufkin, where Mark Newton is the pastor, they had a hymn sing, Brother Mark preached on hymns & singing in the Christian faith, and Mark & Aurelia sang!! You can watch below!
As we continue to worship at home instead of together, please check on each other!
Devotions this week will focus on the stories of hymns & worship songs we sing. If you have a favorite that you'd like included, message or text Julie!
As always, if you need anything _at all_, please let William know.
FBC Chilton's cover photo
Praise for Four Days
by Joseph Bayly
Two days ago
You made the universe
earth sun moon stars
You lived among us
shared our life
taught healed and loved
died for our sins
rose from the dead
Today You live in us
who own You Lord
Tomorrow You'll return
to claim Your universe
and every knee
in heaven and earth and under earth
and every tongue confess
Jesus Is Alive!
Jesus is alive,
Death has lost its vict'ry
And the grave has been denied.
Jesus lives forever!
- Ron Kenoly
People of all ages gathered in a small Baptist church in rural Bangladesh to view a screening of the "Jesus" film. The small building was so crowded that little children had to sit on the floor while rows of adults stood in the back. During the crucifixion scene, weeping and gasps of disbelief could be heard as the audience looked on in horror. As the Bengalis watched, they vicariously sensed the drama of the moment. It was as if they actually could feel the agony of Jesus' pain and the disappointment of the disciples. In that emotional moment, one young boy near the makeshift screen jumped to his feet and cried out, "Don't be afraid! He gets up again! I saw the movie before."
Whether we say, "He gets up again," "Christ is risen," or "He's alive!" the reality of the resurrection should not be reserved for only one Sunday a year. The message of Easter is the foundation of our faith every single day of our lives. Jesus defeated death. He is not bound by space, time, or distance. He's alive! Jesus lives forever! Write in block letters across your calendar, "EVERY DAY IS EASTER!"
Because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Hebrews 7:24, 25
This FB link should help all of our members to keep up & help spread God's word! - Joel
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony; May 6, 2012 @ 3 pm Chilton Texas
Mooreville United Methodist Church near Chilton Texas