Hello my friends and welcome back for another service of Cowboy Church.
We start off our musical selection with The Maddox Brothers and Rose's 1947 recording of Gathering Flowers for the Master's Bouquet. Though the group would later record this song again in 1951, this version remains my favorite. Rose's voice sounds as beautiful as ever and her brother Don's fiddle playing here are especially fantastic. This is followed by the Monroe Brothers with their 1937 recording of On That Old Gospel Ship. This is pure early bluegrass at its best. I dare anyone to try not to tap their foot to this. Next comes the Possum, George Jones, himself with the old hymn The Lily of the Valley. This version comes from George's 1966 album, Old Brush Arbors. This is followed by The Sons of the Pioneers with their 1948 recording of Read the Bible Every Day. This song is written by one of the group's founding members, Ted Spencer. Next is the Hee Haw Gospel Quartet (Buck Owens, Grandpa Jones, Kenny Price, Roy Clark) with Blessed Jesus Take My Hand. Coming up next is Roy Rogers and Dale Evans with The Lord is Counting on You from one of the duo's little golden records for children. This was released as the B side of a 1954 record with Open Up Your Heart and Let the Sun Shine In on the A side. Both of those songs were Christian songs written for younger believers by Stuart Hamblen. This was appropriate as Stuart Hamblen had been a singing cowboy on radio since back in 1926. Probably his most famous compositions were It is No Secrect (What God Can Do) and This Old House. The Lord is Counting on You reminds kids of the importance of Sunday School. We close with Johnny Cash singing How Great Thou Art on the 12th episode of his weekly TV show.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. John 13:34
If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. James 2:8
Thank you for joining me come back next week for another visit to Cowboy Church. Happy trails to you until we meet again.
-Michael J. Ruhland