Music Notes

October Hymn of the Month

Whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.
Matthew 10:39

As Judson Van de Venter recalled the day that he dedicated his life to Christ and Christian service he wrote:

“I was conducting a meeting at East Palestine, Ohio, and in the home of George Sebring (founder of the Sebring Campmeeting – Bible Conference in Sebring, Ohio, and later developer of the town of Sebring, Florida). For some time, I had struggled between developing my talents in the field of art and going into full-time evangelistic work. At last the pivotal hour of my life came, and I surrendered All. A new day was ushered into my life. I became an evangelist and discovered down deep in my soul a talent hitherto unknown to me. God had hidden a song in my heart, and touching a tender chord, He caused me to sing.”

Thus was born the beautiful hymn, I Surrender All. He also gifted us with the lovely and lyrical gospel hymn, Shall we Gather at the River.