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There’s a New Name Written Down in Glory

July 22, 2016

It happened this past Sunday.

I stood there while everyone stared at me.

We were at the end of the worship service, and it was time for me to do our Announcements.

The only one to be highlighted was our 7 Week Wednesday Bible Study but I’d blanked out.

My mind, my heart, and obviously all the rest of me, was still back on a song we’d just sung. Where Ann, our Music Director, finds these is a mystery to me but I’m thankful she does.

The chorus goes like this —

There’s a new name written down in glory,
And it’s mine, O yes, it’s mine!
And the white robed angels sing the story,
“A sinner has come home.”
For there’s a new name written down in glory,
And it’s mine, O yes, it’s mine!
With my sins forgiven I am bound for Heaven,
Never more to roam.

Never mind the age of the song. Written by Austin Miles, it’s only 2 years older than my mom and she’ll be 104 next Friday.

Never mind the non-Wesleyan theology of the song’s last line, Never more to roam. I’m living proof of the truth of another song’s line, Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it. Been there, done that.

What got me was the truth of “A sinner has come home.”  Again, I’m living proof of the truth.

And that’s the best kind of proof.

So there I stood, undone by an old song that was new to me.

Pastor Jessica and Cara D. picked up the ball I’d dropped with my silence and zipped us along until I had regained enough composure for the Benediction: Go forth now in the name, power, peace and protection of the God who really does love you. Amen.

And, hey, from one saved sinner to another: Welcome Home.


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  1. Debbie permalink

    Oh Joe! Didn’t know anyone else was feeling that way about that song! Loved it! Thanks for sharing! Larry and I talked about Anns great and mysterious song choices! They’re AWESOME!!


  2. I have sung songs in the few times I have filled pulpits that had me singing with tears streaming down my face because they bring a loved one’s veiled face into view for a moment! And, there are several, several hymns (and non-hymns from church camp) that do that.


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