Notes From Rowland June 2017

It’s all such a joy to stand in front of our Belmont family and listen to the wonderful singing each week. I have time to look around and see the participation of almost all the congregation. The sound is strong and beautiful. Thank you for this privilege.

A certain hymn is called by several names; the two most often used are “The Solid Rock,” and “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less.” The writer, Edward Mote, was born into poverty on January 21, 1797. His parents were innkeepers and wouldn’t allow a Bible in the house. Edward said, “I was so ignorant that I did not know there was a God.” He   became a skilled carpenter and owned his own cabinet shop. (It is not known at what point he started attending church.) “One morning on  my way to work, I met Brother King, who informed me that his wife was ill, and asked me to call on her.” It was his usual custom to sing a hymn and read a portion of the Bible before going on a call. He could not find his hymnal, but had some copies of a verse he had written; he sang it to King’s wife. She enjoyed the song so much that she asked that a copy be left with her. He went home and wrote down the music to the hymn. The hymn was so well received that he had a thousand copies printed for distribution. In 1852, at the age of 55, he became pastor of the Baptist Church in Horsham, Sussex. After 21 years, he became ill. In his dying words he recalled a verse from that song that is seldom printed. “The words I lived upon, I am doing well to die upon.”

I trust His righteous character,

His council, promise, and His power.

His honor and His name’s at stake

To save me from the burning lake.

On Christ, the Solid Rock I stand;

All other ground is sinking sand.

Love Ya!

R

 

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