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Religion Is the Chief Concern

Author: John Fawcett Meter: Appears in 249 hymnals Lyrics: 1. Religion is the chief concern Of ... give us such repose. 3. Religion should our thoughts engage, Amidst ... Used With Tune: GREEN HILL (Peace) Text Sources: Hymns Adapted to the Circumstances of Public Worship and Private Devotion , 1782

The Old-Time Religion

Meter: with refrain Appears in 283 hymnals First Line: It was good for my mother Refrain First Line: Gimme that old-time religion Topics: Salvation Used With Tune: OLD TIME RELIGION Text Sources: Unknown
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Jesus shall reign where'er the sun

Author: Isaac Watts Meter: Appears in 1,668 hymnals Topics: Social Religion The Church's mission Used With Tune: DUKE STREET


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Composer: Joseph Joubert, b.1958 Meter: Irregular Appears in 96 hymnals Tune Sources: Traditional Tune Key: A Flat Major Incipit: 55611 16511 12232 Used With Text: Old Time Religion
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[A happy religion each one may possess]

Composer: A. L. Byers Appears in 1 hymnal Tune Key: G Major or modal Used With Text: A happy religion each one may possess
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[Oh, happy is the man who hears Religion's loving voice]

Composer: J. Barnby Appears in 69 hymnals Tune Key: E Flat Major Incipit: 17654 66543 33217 Used With Text: Worth of religion


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The Old-Time Religion

Author: M. J. H. Hymnal: Timeless Truths #991 Meter: First Line: I believe in the old-time religion Refrain First Line: Oh, give me the old-time religion Lyrics: ... believe in the old-time religion, For it saves from ... give me the old-time religion, Oh, give me the ... believe in the old-time religion, As our fathers received ... believe in a heartfelt religion That brings joy to ... believe in the old-time religion, For we know we ... Topics: Experience Scripture: Jude 3 Tune Title: [I believe in the old-time religion]

Have You Got Religion?

Author: Herman Altizer; B. B. Edmiaston Hymnal: Heaven's Banner #126 (1955) First Line: Have you got religion, Holy Ghost religion Refrain First Line: Have you got the good old-time religion now Languages: English Tune Title: [Have you got religion, Holy Ghost religion]
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The Old-Time Religion

Author: Mrs. M. J. H. Hymnal: The Best of All #S15 (1910) First Line: I believe in the old time religion Refrain First Line: Oh give me the old time religion Tune Title: [I believe in the old time religion]


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E. O. Excell

1851 - 1921 Person Name: E. O. E. Arranger of "[It was good for our mothers]" in Great Revival Hymns No.2

Edmund S. Lorenz

1854 - 1942 Person Name: E. S. L. Arranger of "[t was good for our mothers]" in Songs of Revival Power Pseudonymns: John D. Cresswell, L. S. Edwards, E. D. Mund, ==================== Lorenz, Edmund Simon. (North Lawrence, Stark County, Ohio, July 13, 1854--July 10, 1942, Dayton, Ohio). Son of Edward Lorenz, a German-born shoemaker who turned preacher, served German immigrants in northwestern Ohio, and was editor of the church paper, Froehliche Botschafter, 1894-1900. Edmund graduated from Toledo High School in 1870, taught German, and was made a school principal at a salary of $20 per week. At age 19, he moved to Dayton to become the music editor for the United Brethren Publishing House. He graduated from Otterbein College (B.A.) in 1880, studied at Union Biblical Seminary, 1878-1881, then went to Yale Divinity School where he graduated (B.D.) in 1883. He then spent a year studying theology in Leipzig, Germany. He was ordained by the Miami [Ohio] Conference of the United Brethren in Christ in 1877. The following year, he married Florence Kumler, with whom he had five children. Upon his return to the United States, he served as pastor of the High Street United Brethren Church in Dayton, 1884-1886, and then as president of Lebanon Valley College, 1887-1889. Ill health led him to resign his presidency. In 1890 he founded the Lorenz Publishing Company of Dayton, to which he devoted the remainder of his life. For their catalog, he wrote hymns, and composed many gospel songs, anthems, and cantatas, occasionally using pseudonyms such as E.D. Mund, Anna Chichester, and G.M. Dodge. He edited three of the Lorenz choir magazines, The Choir Leader, The Choir Herald, and Kirchenchor. Prominent among the many song-books and hymnals which he compiled and edited were those for his church: Hymns for the Sanctuary and Social Worship (1874), Pilgerlieder (1878), Songs of Grace (1879), The Otterbein Hymnal (1890), and The Church Hymnal (1934). For pastors and church musicians, he wrote several books stressing hymnody: Practical Church Music (1909), Church Music (1923), Music in Work and Worship (1925), and The Singing Church (1938). In 1936, Otterbein College awarded him the honorary D.Mus. degree and Lebanon Valley College the honorary LL.D. degree. --Information from granddaughter Ellen Jane Lorenz Porter, DNAH Archives

R. E. Winsett

1876 - 1952 Person Name: R. E. W. Arranger of "[It was good for our mothers]" in Soul Inspiring Songs Robert Emmett Winsett (January 15, 1876 — June 26, 1952 (aged 76) was an American composer and publisher of Gospel music. Winsett was born in Bledsoe County, Tennessee, and graduated from the Bowman Normal School of Music in 1899. He founded his own publishing company in 1903, and his first publication, Winsett's Favorite Songs, quickly became popular among the Baptist and Pentecostal churches of the American South. Pentecostal Power followed in 1907; that year Winsett completed postgraduate work at a conservatory. He married Birdie Harris in 1908, and had three sons and two daughters with her. He settled in Fort Smith, Arkansas, continuing to compose gospel songs, of which he would write over 1,000 in total. He became a minister in 1923, and was affiliated with the Church of God (Seventh Day). Birdie Harris died late in the 1920s, and shortly thereafter Winsett moved back to Tennessee. He founded a new company in Chattanooga, and published more shape note music books. He remarried, to Mary Ruth Edmonton, in 1930, and had three further children. Winsett's final publication, Best of All (1951), sold over 1 million copies, and in total his books sold over ten million copies. His song "Jesus Is Coming Soon" won a Dove Award for Gospel Song of the Year at the 1969 awards. He has been inducted into the Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame.


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Small Church Music

Description: The SmallChurchMusic site was commenced in 2006 grew out of the requests from those struggling to provide suitable music for their services and meetings. Rev. Clyde McLennan was ordained in mid 1960’s and was a pastor in many small Australian country areas, and therefore was acutely aware of this music problem. Having also been trained as a Pipe Organist, recordings on site (which are a subset of the site) are all actually played by Clyde, and also include piano and piano with organ versions. All recordings are in MP3 format. Churches all around the world use the recordings, with downloads averaging over 60,000 per month. The recordings normally have an introduction, several verses and a slowdown on the last verse. Users are encouraged to use software: Audacity ( or Song Surgeon ( (see for more information) to adjust the MP3 number of verses, tempo and pitch to suit their local needs. Copyright notice: Rev. Clyde McLennan, performer in this collection, has assigned his performer rights in this collection to Non-commercial use of these recordings is permitted. For permission to use them for any other purposes, please contact Home/Music( List SongsAlphabetically List Songsby Meter List Songs byTune Name About  
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The Zion Songster

Publication Date: 1854 Publisher: Clark, Austin & Smith Publication Place: New York Editors: Peter D. Myers; Clark, Austin & Smith
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The Zion Songster

Publication Date: 1850 Publisher: J. S. Redfield Publication Place: New York Editors: Peter D. Myers; J. S. Redfield


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