Foot-Stomping, Romping Good Time!

Ridgecrest Baptist Church’s adult choir sang “A Night of Southern Gospel” to a packed house last night, and a foot-stomping, romping good time was had by everyone!

Although we often do Southern Gospel pieces in our traditional worship services and have guest groups in who sing it, it’s a perennial favorite for many, especially our older saints. As one expressed to me last night, “I can’t get enough of it!”

I heard a common theme:  Most seniors grew up in church with this music. It reminds them of the little church houses where they came to know the Lord and trusted Him as Savior. They fondly remember these songs ministering to and cheering them on during low points in their lives. No wonder Southern Gospel is also known as “happy music!”


Here are some of the songs we sang: (If you were raised in church AND the South, I hope these hold warm memories for you too–)

“Farther Along”

“Redemption Draweth Nigh”

“Sheltered in the Arms of God”

“Where Could I Go”

“Midnight Cry”


Lyrics of songs were projected to screens, so everyone could sing along. Interspersed in the music were several people’s personal testimonies of God’s faithfulness and grace. We sang, we clapped, we rejoiced, we cried together. (I can hardly wait for the next time. . . !)

May all glory go to Him Who supplies us with voices to sing/speak and opportunities to lift up HIS name! May Jesus be praised!


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  1. Ann Dobies says:

    AMEN, Jean!

  2. carol bobbitt says:

    Jean. I think I could have sat there all night. It was wonderful especially when the congregation could join in. I know it takes a lot of work, but it would be great it we could do it more often. We certainly have a lot of talent in our church, don’t we?

  3. sislynstewart says:

    We SHOULD do it more often. . . and I’ll put a bug in Al’s ear–we’ll see!! Thanks for the comments!

  4. Jean, was the service recorded? I would love to get a copy of it if it was.

    • sislynstewart says:


      It was recorded by Hubert Deans, who’s in the process of putting it on CD. You’d have to contact Al to let him know you want one. . .

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