Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
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 Archived Pastor's Desk 2016.07.03

July 3 – July 9 


Scripture Passage: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts:  and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.”  I Peter 3:15


Dear Friends,


    I recall with fond memories growing up in Surgoinsville Free Will Baptist Church.  Patty’s Papaw Herman led the music and taught singing schools in my early years.  Music was a lot different back in those days.  Congregational songs came from what we called the “Red Back Hymnal.”  The song leader picked out some of the songs while allowing the congregation to pick out others.  I do not remember us singing the same songs over and over, but I am sure the repertoire was limited.  Choir songs came from that same book or a couple of other books and the choir was made up of people of all ages.  Papaw Herman would say, “Now everybody come and fill up the choir so we can sing.”  This always signaled the beginning of choir time and the procession of young and old alike.  I was taught to sing by the wonderful musicians who made that choir up.  I remember standing beside elderly men and trying to imitate their voices and the parts they sang.  Since they grew up going to singing schools they were very accurate in producing the correct pitches and rhythms.  The other type of music we sang was everyone’s favorite Southern Gospel songs.  I remember the greatest names in Southern Gospel music of the time coming to our church to sing.  I know now that it was illegal, but we copied the music from one book and made enough copies for everyone to use.  The composers must not have minded because they came to our church and saw the copies but never said a word about it.  Technology was progressing during this time and I remember my families’ first cassette recorder.  Somewhere in all of my “stuff” is a copy of me singing in a quartet before my voice changed.  I have the cassette tape, but no recorder to play it on.  It is obsolete now. 


     In everyone’s mind there is a selection of songs that trigger fond memories of days gone by.  Mine include several like: “The Old Rugged Cross,” “I Know My Name Is There,” “I’m Winging My Way Back Home,” and “I Can Tell You The Time.”  Most of the younger generation have never heard these songs nor the people who grew up in traditional Southern Baptist Churches.  A matter of fact, we thought most of their songs were not very “spiritual.”  I have learned different.  Beautiful music and inspiring lyrics are good regardless of the books they come from.  So many churches are splitting today over music styles when it is absolutely unnecessary.  Take the best from all the styles that glorify and magnify the name of Christ and you cannot go wrong. 


    To end my Pastor’s Page today I want to set the stage for one of my fond memories.  The choir is full.  Papaw Herman calls hymn number 34 in the Red Back Hymnal.  (For those of you who do not know that is: “I Can Tell You The Time.”)   Papaw Herman and Max will carry the Bass.  Jake and Jim will carry the tenor part.  Shirley and Juanita will carry the Altos’.  Thelma and Debbie will carry the Sopranos’.  The piano and organ play an eight bar intro while Papaw beats the 4/4 time with his arm.   The musicians finish their intro and Papaw Herman brings us in on the up beat of the measure.




I Can Tell You The Time


 by Adger M. Pace


I remember the time when in darkness I wandered.

On the mountain of sin I had traveled so long.

Like the prodigal son all my goods I had squandered.

But the Savior came in and He gave me a song.

I can tell you now the time.

I can take you to the place.

Where the Lord saved me, by his wonderful grace.

But I cannot tell you how, and I cannot tell you why.

But He'll tell me all about it in the by and by.