First Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir
Dr. David Lewis, Music Director
Dr. Ross Gale, Worship Assistant
Mr. Baxter Jennings, Organist
Music Ministry Notes
Rehearsal has started on Wednesday Nights at 7:00 p.m.
From the desk of Ross Gale
Sunday's music included a hymn by a favorite hymn writer of mine, Fanny Crosby. Fanny was born in 1820 and died in 1915 one month short of her 95th birthday. Some interesting facts about Fanny. She composed over 8000 hymns! Blind from birth and losing her father when she was 5, she was raised by a loving Christian mother and grandmother who helped her memorize the four gospels and other large tracts of the bible, and they helped her develop an amazing memory. She never felt blindness was a handicap and felt sight would have prevented her from accomplishing many of the things she did in life.
She was not a stranger to hardship and lost her only child, a daughter, when the child was only 3 mos. old, but she never lost her faith and trust in God and her Savior. President Grover Cleveland transcribed some of her hymns for her when he was only 16 and they became lifelong friends. She lobbied before congress for better treatment and education for the blind. She played the piano and sang her hymns at the request of President Polk and his wife at the White House.
At age 60 she redirected much of her efforts to helping with the rescue missions in N.Y. city and did so for the next 3 decades. She attended services at many churches in the greater N.Y. area and talked at many of them--she loved hearing new preachers. She was a longtime attendee of 6th St. Baptist Church in N.Y. city and was consecrated by that church as a missionary, deaconess, and lay preacher; which is remarkable considering she was a woman and this occurred about 1860!
The hymn we sang Sunday was "Rescue the Perishing" and it was inspired by her work with the poor at the mission houses in N.Y. city and by a letter from a young man crediting Fanny's hymns with turning his life around and leading him to accept Christ. Her life remains an inspiration to us all even today.