Music is such an important part of our worship. The words and music can give expression to the thoughts and feelings on our hearts. We miss having our choir, soloists, and instrumentalists lead us. But, we can still listen to the great hymns of the faith by the miracle of modern technology.

March 24, 2020 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frances Jane van Alstyne (March 24, 1820 – February 12, 1915), more commonly known as Fanny Crosby. Despite being blinded shortly after birth, and losing her only child in infancy, Fanny had a strong faith and was one of the most prolific hymnists in American history, penning the words to more than 8,000 hymns/gospel songs with more than 100 million copies printed. She was also known for her teaching and her city rescue mission work. By the end of the 19th century, she was a household name. Fanny was known as the “Queen of Gospel Song Writers” and as the “Mother of modern congregational singing in America”, with most American hymnals containing her work. Some publishers were hesitant to have so many hymns by one person in their hymnals, so Fanny used nearly 200 different pseudonyms during her career. Look up her lyrics in our hymnal: Hymns 35, 63, 119, 282, 314, 337, 353, 372, 424, 443, & 461. CCUPC had planned to include 5 of Crosby’s songs in this past Sunday’s worship, but since we could not be together, we invite you to peruse YouTube for some of her most famous songs. To God be the glory!

Fanny Crosby Highlights:
Blessed Assurance
He Hideth My Soul
I Am Thine, O Lord
Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It!
Tell Me the Story of Jesus
To God be the Glory