Sunday, May 9, 2021

Cowboy Church #118

 Hello my friends and welcome back for another service of Cowboy Church.

Since it is Mother's Day today's musical selection begins with George Jones singing She Loved a Lot in Her Time. This song comes from George's 1991 album, Along Came Jones. This is followed by Skeeter Davis singing Oh Come Angel Band. This hymn was written in 1860 by Jefferson Hascall. This version comes from Skeeter's 1967 gospel album, Hand in Hand With Jesus. Up next is Southern Raised with Blessed Assurance. This hymn was born when Fanny Crosby visited Phoebe Palmer Knapp. Phoebe played Fanny a piece of music she had been working on. When Pheobe asked Fanny what she thought, Fanny replied,  Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine. Fanny then continued with more of the hymn's lyrics. Pheobe wrote these words and down and fit them to the tune, creating the song we know today. The hymn was first published in 1873 for Palmer’s Guide to Holiness and Revival Miscellany. Next comes Roy Rogers, Dale Evans and their children singing Watch What You Do. This recording comes from Roy and Dale's 1959 gospel album, Jesus Loves Me. Next comes Alan Jackson with Leaning on the Everlasting Arms. This hymn began creation with a man named Anthony Showalter. As a fan of gospel music and an elder in a Presbyterian church, he held many "singing schools" at various churches in the south. One day he received two letters from former students who were struggling after their wives had passed. To respond to these letters, Showalter consulted scripture. He came across Deuteronomy 33:27, "The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms." After reading this verse lyrics for a song chorus went through his head and he wrote down, "“Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms; Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.” After using this in the letters to his former students he sent this chorus to his friend hymnist, Elisha Hoffman. In the letter he also wrote, “Here is the chorus for a good hymn from Deuteronomy 33:27, but I can’t come up with the verses.” Hoffman then wrote the rest of the lyrics to which Showalter put to music. The hymn was published in 1887. Next is The Sons of the Pioneers with their 1937 recording of Power in the Blood. This hymn was written Lewis Edgar Jones in 1889 while at a camp meeting at Mountain Lake Park, Maryland. It was first published in Songs of Praise and Victory the same year and Gospel Praises. Though he had written well over 100 hymns to his name (including I’ve An­chored in Je­sus and We Shall See the King Some Day), this remains his most popular hymn. The lead singer is a young man named Leonard Slye, who would later change his name to Roy Rogers and have a major solo career. We continue with Connie Smith singing Gathering Flowers For the Master's Bouquet. This comes from her 1969 album, Connie's Country. Today's musical selection closes with Maddox Brothers and Rose with their 1949 recording of What a Friend We Have in Jesus. This hymn was written by Joseph Medlicott Scriven. However it did not appear in his published collection of self-written hymns. It is not known why this is, but many guess that it is because it was a personal poem to his mother when she was very sick. While this has not been proven, it seems very likely. Biographer James Cleland stated that perhaps the hymn reached the public through his mother. The hymn was first published (anonymously) in 1865's Social Hymns, Original and Selected.

Psalm 91

1Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

3 Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.

9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." Matthew 28:18-20

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. Micah 5:2

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. Isaiah 11:6

  if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28

Thanks for joining me come back next week for another service of Cowboy Church. Happy trails to you until we meet again.

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