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Frank’s notes about the stories of the Hymns and Offertory this Sunday;

“ Victory In Jesus “

Eugene Monroe Bartlett, Sr. is considered to have made a major impact on the development of Southern Gospel Music.  Over the chorus of his career, Bartlett wrote more than 800 songs. Some of his songs include “Just a Little While,” “Everybody Will Be Happy Over There” and “You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down.” In 1939, Bartlett had a stroke that left him partially paralyzed. After the stroke, he was left virtually bedridden. Although he missed traveling and performing, Bartlett continued to study his Bible during this difficult time. Although he dealt with the physical strains of his limitations, he also looked towards the eternal victory he knew was approaching.  During this difficult time after his stroke, he wrote the words to Victory in Jesus. The song first appeared in a songbook paperback “Gospel Choruses.”  Victory in Jesus was the final song Bartlett wrote. The hymn also became his best known and most embraced song.

“ Amazing Grace “

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound…” So begins one of the most beloved hymns of all times.  The author of the words was John Newton, the self-proclaimed wretch who once was lost but then was found, saved by amazing grace.  Newton was born in London July 24, 1725, the son of a commander of a merchant ship which sailed the Mediterranean. When John was eleven, he went to sea with his father and made six voyages with him before the elder Newton retired. In 1744 John was impressed into service on a man-of-war, the H. M. S. Harwich. Finding conditions on board intolerable, he deserted but was soon recaptured and demoted from midshipman to common seaman. Finally, at his own request, he was exchanged into service on a slave ship, which took him to the coast of Sierra Leone. Although he had had some early religious instruction from his mother, who had died when he was a child, he had long since given up any religious convictions. However, on a homeward voyage, while he was attempting to steer the ship through a violent storm, he experienced what he was to refer to later as his “great deliverance.” He recorded in his journal that when all seemed lost and the ship would surely sink, he exclaimed, “Lord, have mercy upon us.” Later in his cabin, he reflected on what he had said and began to believe that God had addressed him through the storm and that grace had begun to work for him. For the rest of his life, he observed the anniversary of May 10, 1748, as the day of his conversion, a day of humiliation in which he subjected his will to a higher power.  He continued in the slave trade for a time after his conversion; however, he saw to it that the slaves under his care were treated humanely.

“Tell Me the Stories of Jesus”

William Henry Parker (1845-1929) was the head of an insurance company and a devoted member of Chelsea Street Baptist Church, Nottingham, England, where he was active in Sunday School work. Parker wrote this hymn c. 1885 at the request of the children of his Sunday School class, “Teacher, tell us another story.”  This hymn first appeared  in the 1935 Methodist Hymnal under the heading “Hymns for Children.” Perhaps the most endearing stanza is the second recalling the children as they gathered with Jesus.