My Life to Tell for Jesus

The Old Fool  wants elderly church members to feel obliged  to tell and record the events that changed them and their churches. This will let younger members know that the church can and has changed in the past and will change still more in the future.

One of his memories goes back to the time when only congregational singing was permitted in regular Mennonite church services.  

The Marion Mennonite Church, the church of The Old Fool’s childhood, was a bit more progressive than most of the churches around it.  It opened its doors to a men’s quartet from the Eastern Mennonite School, now University. Visitors came from all over to hear, and the church was packed.

A section in the front of the church on the men’s side is remembered as the amen corner, usually reserved for ministers and old, honored brothers.  

A similar corner was located on the women’s side of the church for minister’s wives and elderly and honored sisters.

But on this special ocassion a boy of eight or ten was seated on the front row.  The Old Fool remembers it well.  He was seated at the feet of Moses Slabaugh and heard him sing the bass runs to  I Want my Life to Tell for Jesus.”  Click on the link and take a look at the words of the song.

The song left a lasting impression on this young, old fool.  It was one of the times that he determined that his life should make a difference in the lives of others for Jesus.  Changes in the church make room for the young.

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About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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2 Responses to My Life to Tell for Jesus

  1. Miriam Showalter says:

    And do you think I can find an audio recording of that song? Amazing…I’ve never had any trouble locating something like that, but this one seems to be completely unavailable. Oh, well…will have to rely on my own memory. 🙂

  2. I think it may have been sung only by male quartets. I’ll make a search, too

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