I always love it when a reader requests one of my favorite hymns: gives me a warrant to post it again! Tammy has just joined us from Trinidad, and has requested this: Jesus Saves. I chose this lively rendition by the congregation at Temple Baptist Church in Powell, Tennessee. If the music minister gets any more into it, he’ll fall off the podium. But that won’t stop him singing.
We’re all caught up on hymn requests, which means it’s time we got some more; but for the time being, Jesus Saves–by the kids from Fountainview Academy, during their visit to Prague. (Our class trip was to the Bronx Zoo.) I love this hymn, and it was many years before I was able to learn its name.
I wish I knew who was singing this, so I could give them credit; but I don’t. All I know is that I loved the music of Jesus Saves, loved it for years, but could never find the title or the lyrics that went with it. At my father’s burial service, it played from the bell tower of a nearby church. That was not something I’ll forget.
“We have heard the joyful sound: Jesus saves, Jesus saves!” Published in 1882.
I hope you don’t mind me posting this hymn again, Jesus Saves. I need saving. And I waited years to learn the name of this hymn, and to hear the lyrics. Glad I didn’t miss it altogether.
I like it best, played with muted brass; but there’s something to be said for a great hall full of people belting it out for all they’re worth. This is the congregation at Temple Baptist Church in Powell, Tennessee.
Well, “tomorrow” is now “today,” but never mind. Now I really am in the doctor’s office.
I first loved this hymn when I heard it played at a Civil War battle re-enactment. Then, years later, the church next door played it on the bells as my father’s burial service was in progress. But I had no idea what the hymn was called, until now: Jesus Saves. And I only found out because I was pressed for time and bungled what I was trying to do.
Performed by the kids from Fountainview Academy, during their visit to Rome.